3091 Tasting Notes
Today I’m hosting a tea party in my home for the Gateway St. Louis Chapter of the American Harp Society, of which I’m President. Of course, this title doesn’t confer any actual power, I just organize a few events & things like that. I might as well tell you all, I’m not a great housekeeper, and I tend to put everything off until the last moment. I guess you could say I work well under pressure.
My plan had been to come home from last night’s gig & “clean like the wind”, as we like to say in my house. (OK, nobody really likes to say that, but I started saying it when they were little kids, so when I say it, they know what I mean). The truth is, I was wiped out, so I went to bed. This morning I’ve been ‘cleaning like the wind’, & also delegating which boxes get hidden away where in the basement, or on the 2nd or 3rd floor, for some future day when I will go through them & probably throw most of the contents away.
So my main floor is looking pretty good! As a special treat, I’ve had multiple steepings of this awesome blend, which truly is everything a breakfast blend should be!
I have a fancy gig tonight, a very profitable gig. The kind of gig that requires my Barbie wardrobe. The problem is my Barbie clothes (long sequence gown & other fancy pants blouses, skirts, & pants, all in black) are all getting old. I wanted the awesome crochet tunic with the chiffon palazzo pants. Sadly, it’s coming uncrocheted. I settled for the beaded blouse, whose beads are starting to fall off. Nobody will get close enough to notice.
Next irritation: a water main broke, so the water is suddenly off. No shower, no tea!
I packed my go cup & strainer & tea, grabbing my duffle bag with my outfit, etc.
Drove through Starbucks & got a Venti soy chai, 9 pumps in my insulated sippy cup.
Now I’m sitting at PF chang’s, sipping dragon eye oolong, & waiting for my food.
It’s gonna be a great night!
Another lovely tea from France, thanks to Ysaurella!
This is a delightful earl grey, not too heavy on the Bergamot. This cup was proceeded by a cup of Sinharaja, which is a stronger tea, so at first the tea base seemed thin. BUT about third of the way through the cup, something balanced out in my tastebuds & it really began to be a very nice experience, & especially wonderful after each sip, as the bergamot in this tea is not so cloying, & left a pleasant aftertaste in my mouth & throat that lingered, so that I could really relax & sip slowly.
This tea has a very strong, almost coffee like taste! I followed Ysaurella’s suggestions to only steep for 2 minutes, & I’m thinking caramel latte.
Of course, being a fan of strong teas, I like it! It’s bold, but smooth. The flavoring is deep Assam, with caramel floating throughout, and a hint of bitter chocolate to round out the cup. I drank part of the cup plain, & then added some stevia, & both were satisfying.
Thank you, Ysaurella. I’m enjoying my ‘tour’ through the teas you sent!
I’ll be the first to admit that I really don’t know much about puer teas, other than the difference between Sheng & Shu. I’m still learning, & I’m learning by drinking, by reading things online, by reading reviews on steepster, but mostly by drinking a variety of teas.
Crazily, I already have an assortment of both Sheng & Shu teas! I have all the shengs in a big cardboard box together, & all the shu in another box. Both boxes are on the 2nd floor in my office, away from the kitchen. I don’t drink them every day, but I’m trying to drink them at least a few days a week, & gradually rotating through my collection (& adding to it), so that I can really develop a sense for what a good sheng or shu is, & also finding out what I like about them.
This is a young Sheng, but I already like it! It reminds me of a few things:
It has a very lively flavor. It’s mouth watering, a little tangy, & definitely gets the Chaqi flowing!
My formula: 4G + 4oz water (rinse) X 5 sec for the first 5 steepings, then 10 sec for the next 5 steepings.