3091 Tasting Notes
It’s been a great day! The rehearsal with the Bass player went on for hours, he’s a really nice guy & it was fun! Then a guitar player friend called, & it looks like he’s going to come sit in on a few tunes (no rehearsal…). Also, I’m planning to do “A Love Supreme”, by John Coltrane, essentially a version similar to the Alice Coltrane version, sort of, with a friend reading the poem that was originally recited by Swami Satchidinanda! Check it out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBGyfOh5-x8 Our version will just be harp, bass, & maybe guitar, with voice at the beginning & end. I’ve wanted to do this version for years!! Of course, the improv section will be totally different.
Anyway, my head is racing with excitement, & I don’t really have much to say about this tea, sorry. I had it western style, 3 steepings so far, & it is quite nice. Right now, on the 3rd cup, I’m really tasting the olive oil reference, and it has such a lovely creamy kind of texture. I promise a better review next week!
In about an hour I have a rehearsal with a Bass player. He is one of the most amazing bass players I’ve ever heard in St. Louis, & we’re gonna play together at my Annual Birthday Party gig tomorrow night! I’m really excited! I’m also a little nervious, because I don’t play with other people often, although I’d like to. Anyway, I wanted to start the morning with something special.I went to the cupboard,so many choices…
I still have some of this!?! YEAH!
I’ve been hoarding it, thinking there would be a winter version. I don’t have very much, maybe a few more cups worth. So today I’m enjoying some! I’ve already reviewed it several times, & it is a wonderful breakfast blend with all the goodies many of us love. Sweet caramel, robust & malty, bright & dark, spicy & everything in between.
A beautifully balanced cup!
Here is the other sample I received from Stacy @ Butiki.
The aroma of this one is a little sweeter than the other, kind of peachy & a little bit of fresh hay & chamomile to it. The flavor makes me think of clover & peach, & has a really ‘fresh’ taste to it, especially in the after taste. My mouth’s a little tingly, a little minty. Like I just brushed my teeth. I feel like I’m drinking white tea, actually, as it is very light, subtle, & gentle. It’s nice!
Thanks again, Stacy!
Earlier today I had an appointment with my chiropractor & also ran to the bank. Although I’m not hugely into flavored teas, sometimes when I’m driving I want to sip on something sweet. So I made a cup of this, which I spiked with stevia. A long time ago I used to drink coffee, & I especially enjoyed it with Hazelnut & Caramel, so this tea gives me a bit of a flashback to those times. They were good times!
This is a sample sent to me from Stacy @ Butiki.
I’m not a huge Darjeeling fan, at least I haven’t been in the past, others I have tried had an acidic taste, as I recall, but I’m trying to be open minded, so when I placed my most recent Butiki order, I asked to sample some Darjeeling tea. This was one of 2 teas Stacy sent to me with my order. It is actually quite nice! A gentle, mouthwatering cup with essence of peach & some floral qualities.
Thanks Stacy, you’re awesome!
I’ve been working on polishing off some of the teas in my cupboard, mainly the ones that I don’t really have that much left of, and also samples that have been sent. So I was sorting through things, & look what I found! Yay!! I’ve been hoarding this one, & still have enough to enjoy it a few more times. So this is my breakfast tea of the day!
I went with the western brew: 2 t in 8oz @ 1.5 minutes. Now I’m on my 2nd cup, steeped at 2 minutes. The 2nd cup is even better than the first.
Rich, Dark, Chocolatey, spicy. This tea delivers it all. Now I remember why I was hoarding it :)
I sort of feel like I’ve become the official secretary for the Reserve Club: taking & uploading photos of tea, typing in David’s comments. I’m been placing them in the Verdant (Special) folder. I didn’t create that folder, but it seems like the right place to put them.
This tea has large & full, irregularly twisted leaves in colors of mahogany, brown, & Black. It looks wild & appealing.
The dry aroma was a little tart & reminded me of pickled plums (Umeboshi). I heated my Gaiwan, put the dry tea in there to warm up, smelled it again, & it was of tart plums & carob. After the rinse, it smelled of grape peels, & a toasty earthy wine.
The early steepings of this were tart, like a plum wine with a little smoke added. A nice fruity taste lingers after you swallow it!
In successive steepings the flavors continued to develop: Rich, warming, sweet, a little toasty.
The later steepings included a rock taste & a hint of chocolate.