1854 Tasting Notes
This tea has been known to send me into a Haiku writing Nirvana, and if it was snowing outside, that would probably be the case. But the reality is, it’s 3:30 in the afternoon & I haven’t really accomplished anything. Well, that’s the case if I don’t count the novel outline I spent 2 hours on in my bedroom, several tea blend samplings, fantasizing about a music video I want to make, making breakfast, & starting dinner in the crockpot. So I guess I have done a few things, but none of them, other than eating, are the things I had planned to accomplish today. I think I have enough caffeine in my system now, so I’m going to go do the most important one: Make a bank deposit!!
I’m trying to get myself to drink things that I don’t always drink, & I have this Yerba Mate sample from the Tea Spot, & it’s not in the database. And I’m tired of adding teas to the database, so here we are. I guess I’m being lazy here.
I’m also not really digging this tea, & I would hate for the first posting about it to be negative, so there’s another reason.
Anyway, it’s ok, probably good quality, but not my thing. Kind of bland & grassy.
Custom tea experiment #3 of the morning. This is a lovely tea, but just not the right one for my blend (I didn’t think it would be, it isn’t bold enough).
So…I’m experimenting with my tea blend idea.
I can’t tell you what’s in it, but I know what I want it to taste like.
I just have to find the right tea base. This is my first attempt, and although this is a good tea, & combined with my secret ingredients it tastes pretty good, (in the voice of Obie Wan Kenobi)
“That’s not the tea you’re looking for.”
I’m finally eating breakfast!
I stepped out the back door, dug up a sweet potato & a red onion, picked a couple of poblano chilis (this year’s poblanos are crazy hot!), & made a bowl of breakfast hash, more or less, topped with a couple strips of bacon & eggs. This will hold me for hours!
Meanwhile, I drank this tea while cooking & contemplating my new book idea & Stacy’s contests. I have an idea for a tea, but it requires a smokey base, so it probably won’t happen :/
The truth is, I’ve already won the jackpot with this Irish breakfast, which wasn’t my idea, but is a perfectly bold & delicious breakfast blend! Thanks again Stacy!
I am awake, but I feel as if I am still dreaming. I had a really bizarre dream & woke up groggy. Next thing you know I was journaling, & next thing you know I have an outline for my next writing project, including insights into some of the characters. NaNoWriMo starts one month from today, & I had planned to write the sequel to the novel I wrote 2 years ago (never mind the fact that that novel (also based on a bizarre dream) & the one I wrote last year (also based on an equally bizarre dream from back in my 20’s) are far from finished!).
So now it looks like I have a whole new story to tell, which has nothing to do whatsoever with any previous idea I’ve ever had. It’s crazy, it’s out there, & it emerged from the Void while I slept, to taunt me.
My first cup of the day. I read Dinosara’s review up in my room & said to myself, “I wanna cup of that.” I can’t believe it’s almost noon. I brewed & drank this tea as if dreaming, & I’m still dreaming that story in the back of my mind. I need tea & food, & probably will have to carry my journal around with me all day, jotting down more crazy outline ideas, more character notes, more scenery, etc. The creative process sometimes consumes me, & this morning I feel consumed!
I drank this throughout the late afternoon & early evening. I was teaching & needed a little pick me up. The first couple of steepings gentle cereal & mineral, with a sprinkle of salt.
Gradually a lemony mouth developed, followed by camphor which had a pleasant tongue & lip numbing effect. Later steepings were dry & made me think of chalk.
This is not a very good review, perhaps, making the tea sound wierd, but I did enjoy it, LOL.
One of my harp students, a gentleman who teaches Anthropology at a local university, likes smokey teas. So today I served this one. It’s a really tasty blend of teas, including Lapsang Souchong. It was a big hit! :)
I’ve set a new goal to drink one of my TOMC or TOMCR teas a day, at least during the week. So this is the one today, from the April Reserve box. I know I drank this once before, but for some reason I didn’t leave a tasting note. I probably didn’t know what to say. I still don’t.
It’s a lovely lightly roasty Wuyi oolong, with a mineral taste, a delicate floral incense feature that lingers, & a nice thick tongue.
Problem solved. This is the tea I was seeking.