3002 Tasting Notes
Here is another tea from my swap for Ysaurella! Thanks again! I hope you have received the teas I sent by now!
It has been snowing in St. Louis every day this week, which might sound exciting, but the temperature has been a fairly steady 34 degrees (F), & so there really is no accumulation, just a dusting here & there. In some ways a disappointment, as I love a good deep snow, but in other ways a relief, as I have a gig tomorrow evening & hate moving my equipment in those conditions. Still, it is always beautiful to watch the snow fall! I love it.
I’m heading out the door to make a bank deposit (I love being self-employed), & for some reason when I drive I like to sip on something sweet. This tea sounded like a perfect companion to my drive!
The aroma is Almond, apple, & cinnamon, & the flavor is tasty, with all 3 present. The apple gives it a bright tangy & juicy element, & it reminds me of the mince pies my mom used to make, which didn’t actually include any meat, but rather, they were a mix of apple, raisin, spices, & whatever.
Another yummy tea from France, & although I admit that the Pleine Lune is my favorite so far.
I’m taking a very strong cup of this to sip in bed while I read a bit. I’ve had a bit of a headache on & off today, & am feeling some achey sensations, & my ribcage is feeling heavy. That’s usually a sign that I’m fighting viral, & since elderberry is such an awesome antiviral, I’m drinking some.
I don’t often drink tea at night, because tea = pee = no sleep for me, but tonight I’m making an exception.
I really enjoy drinking sheng, and then following it up with shu. It almost seems like the sheng is the savory meal, & the shu is the dessert. In fact, I’ve noticed that if I don’t drink shu after my sheng, I feel like I’m missing something, and if I don’t drink sheng before my shu, I don’t seem to experience the sweetness & subtleties of the shu as much.
So I knew I wanted some of both today. I started with a sample I got from the David’s choice (Verdant) box: Haixin Tang ‘07 Stone Pressed Sheng. It’s a nicely aged tea, very mild & sweet. I enjoyed it while I was teaching & gratefully I get to sample it one more time.
Then I moved on to Yong De, which I’m still drinking now. I absolutely love the contrast between Sheng & Shu, & really, this IS like dessert. It has a vanilla wafer cookie profile, at least to my tastes. It’s nicely bold, & now I’m thinking Vanilla wafers dipped in espresso. Of course, it doesn’t really taste like coffee, but it has a nice depth to it, reminiscent of coffee. I love it.
I drank this a couple of weeks ago with my daughter Arianna, & I swear I wrote a review, but it isn’t here. Oh well…
One of my adult harp students stuck around & had tea with me this afternoon. I didn’t have another students right after her, and neither of us were in a hurry, so it was really nice to just hang out. I brought out the glass teapot & we watched the flower bloom. She had never had a blooming tea before & was mesmerized. We sipped, savoring the moment & the tea. It is a very mild jasmine, & the first pot especially had a really nice mouth-feel, like drinking a cup of warm almond milk. We re-steeped, & after she left I resteeped some more.
I spent the evening sorting through my tea stash, & reorganizing the whole mess. I have a ridiculous amount of tea!
I also boxed up most of my cookbooks. I’m thinking I might sell them on Ebay. My cookbook collections is like the “who’s who”, of vegetarian, vegan, macrobiotic, & raw cuisine. I spent the majority of my adult life practicing one form of vegetarianism or another, & I adore cookbooks, but I’m not using them anymore. Might as well sell ’em.
Also, the shelves the books were on are now officially covered with my teapots, gaiwans, cups, etc. One more step towards being able to see the diningroom table!
This tea is not spectacular, but it doesn’t have caffeine in it. Unlike many of the people here, I like roasted chicory, & I really like ginger!
It’s my last cup of the day, & it’s the last teabag I had from the TTB “A”. I don’t plan to buy it, so this will probably be the last time I drink it!