2341 Tasting Notes
First cup of the day, hours ago. The mugs at Tony’s house are huge, & it seems like I always either under leaf, which is what I did today, or over leaf in an effort to compensate. Add to that, in spite of the fact that I soaked my steeper basket over night, it still enhanced the cup with essence of campfire blend, which wasn’t necessarily bad, lol.
It’s Chai Time!
I used to drink a lot of chai, but since I gave up the soymilk & soy creamer (& am allergic to real milk), I haven’t been drinking much of it. It’s not the same without some kind of creamy goodness involved.
So I steeped this in minimal water, combined it with some of my homemade almond milk, & a little coconut milk keifer, & it’s pretty tasty.
This is lovely.
I don’t really know what else to say right now…sigh…
It’s a beautifully complex cup, starting with brown sugar & pine smoke (but not a BBQ or a cigar) It’s sweet & smooth, with an incense quality to it, & there was this point in the first cup where my tongue was awash with saline for a moment, & although that might sound gross, it wasn’t! Each steep opens up subtle elements, including florals & mineralsm but they are lightly present.
I followed the western steeping parameters:
5 G + 8oz (was I suppose to rinse? oops!) X 1min/2min/3min etc
Next time I’ll probably try 1 T + oz X 3min/5min just to see what happens.
A lovely Assam tea that I served to my friend Willem, the Bass player. He’s a big guy, a little gruff looking if you don’t know him, but once you do know him you’ll find that he is a teddy bear, AND an excellent musician! He’s been playing jazz most of his life, & is amazing. Of course, he also studied classical, & although bass IS his instrument, he occasionally pulls out a cello, a Bass Ukulele (who knew there was such a thing?), & can also play a few other things. He plays all over town with pretty much everyone that plays jazz in St. Louis, & although we don’t get to play together much, we’ve both agreed we want to book more gigs together. His wife gave me a big hug the first time we played a gig & whispered in my ear, “Don’t tell Willem I told you, but it’s always been his fantasy to play jazz in a trio with a harpist”.
Yet another dream to come true! Now we need someone on percussion.
Looks like steepster is on the fritz again!
Oh well, I have a rehearsal at 11 this morning, so I this will help get me away from the computer to tune my harp & run through a few numbers before my Bass player friend gets here.
I’ve reviewed this many times, so if you want a full report, feel free to read through my older posts if you like. All I’m gonna say for now is, “It’s been way too long!”
A nicely robust oaky assam that got lost in the shuffle of my tea shelf for awhile (the price you pay for having too much), but so nice to come ‘home’ to!
I need to take a break from gongfu steeping today, & just drink some cups of tea! This one sounded intriguing to me, so I picked up a little in my Yunnan Sourcing order, which arrived this week! I’m not sure how to describe it, other than to say that in my exhuberance, I probably overleafed a bit, so there’s a low bitterness (which I actually don’t mind), a sweet slightly burnt caramelized taste, & the mouth of it reminds me of that canned sweetened condensed milk, for some reason.
A terrible review, I’m sure, but it’s actually a tasty tea!
One more reason why I avoid the ‘rating’ button.