3078 Tasting Notes
This is turning out to be a slow moving morning. I have so much I need to do, & am not feeling motivated to do anything. My kids & grandkids are coming over this evening for our annual New Year’s Day Brunch, which we’re having tonight, LOL. Normally it’s on New Year’s day, more like noon-ish, going all afternoon, but my oldest daughter & her clan were out of town, so it’s tonight. We all love breakfast for dinner.
That entails a certain amount of cleaning… although mostly it’s just clearing off the table & things like that. My food prep will not be too intensive…we have a spiral ham from whole foods (egads, the price we pay for nitrate free!), I’m making a bunch of deviled eggs this afternoon, Ari’s coming over to make fruit salad & help make (paleo) scones, cookies, & whatever else we decide to make. Per my son-in-law’s request, I’m also making my special brussels sprouts.
ALSO, my sister Ginger (Not MsWhatsit, my other sis) is flying back in tonight @ 9:30 & spending the night, which would be great, except she’s sick. So there will be a Reiki intensive upon her arrival, & I’m drinking a melange of teas to protect myself, as I can’t afford to get sick! That leads to the Random steepings, this morning. So far I’ve had:
- Astragulus, ginger, lemon, & honey brew
- A bottle of Ginger Lemon Kombucha
- Khongea’s Golden Tippy Assam (gotta have some caffeine too)
- I also drank re-steeps from yesterday’s Gaiwans: The experimental pressing Yue Guang Bai & Mt Banzang Farmer’s Coop Sheng.
I’m gonna make one more caffeinated tea, crawl in the tub, Reiki myself, & then I have to actually start doing stuff! Onward…
I’ve sipped my way through several cups of this delicious tea today. It’s a beautiful golden color. Honey, walnuts, and sweet potato, on a fruity backdrop that is bright, with a creamy mouth-feel. Some of the cups have tasted malty, others not so much, which has been interesting. I’ve really enjoyed this!
Thanks to BoxerMama for this sample, which I’m finally getting around to trying out. Actually, I drank it yesterday, with stevia. The sample was generous enough 4 2 cupfuls, & during the 2nd cup I shared it with Tony. He liked it! Finally we agree on a tea!
I’m not a big fan of most flavored teas, but I am a sucker for Peaches & Ginger, & together? Oh yeah, Baby! So it is nice & peachy flavored, with enough ginger to bite, just a little. I’d like the tea base to be a little malty/bready tasting, but it did have a buttery texture, & that was nice. I enjoyed both cups!
I have a dry spot in my throat. I hate that!
It started yesterday evening. I drank lots of fluids, it was still there.
I sucked on a Ricola, still there.
I drank hot tea with honey…
I gargled salt water several times.
I suspect that some viral is trying to take hold, & I hate that!
I also have my final gig of the year this afternoon. It’s a 2 hour wedding reception, & it snowed, which I love, but moving a Harp in the snow is never fun. Luckily, it didn’t really stick to the sidewalks & roads much, so the only tricky place will be the stairs on the front of my house.
I don’t have to leave the house until noon, so I’m headed for the bubble bath with 2 teas, both of which I’ve reviewed before:
*Elder Berry (Cheryl’s Herbs), a wonderful antiviral, my favorite.
*Ginger Sage Winter Spa Blend (Verdant), which has a lot of good stuff in it.
I wish I would find my 2 oz of Sichuan Caravan, I never did figure out what happened to it! This would be a good time for drinking it (not to say that there is ever a bad time!)
To the tub…
Harpy HolidaZe, everyone!
I placed an order with Stacy @ Butiki on thurs, & it actually came today! Thanks, Stacy! You are awesome!
My main reason for ordering was to get a few more of those cute little Earthen Gaiwans she carries. They are absolutely adorable & 2 of them will be for gifts. Of course, I had to get a little tea also, so one of the teas I got was this Plum Pudding. I don’t really get into a lot of flavored teas, & I have no idea what plum pudding tastes like. I added a little stevia to mine, and it is fruity, a rich stone-fruit taste. There’s also some orange, & a little cinnamon in there. It’s sweet & slightly tart, & delicious!
Actually it reminds me of the stewed prunes I used to make, which included prunes (of course), water to cover, a sliced up orange, & a cinnamon stick. You can also include a lemon instead of an orange. Let it simmer until the prunes plump up & the remaining juices are thick & sweet. You can also cook it in a crock pot over night. You can also include other dried fruits. I made a variation once that was dried apricots instead, with thin slices of ginger…
We used to eat these in the middle of a bowl of oatmeal, or on buttery toast, or in a bowl full of yogurt, or by themselves. Thanks for the memories!
The world didn’t end! Yeah!
This isn’t the tea I wanted. I wanted something dark & rich, velvety & heavy with malt. But I’m at Tony’s, & his selection isn’t so great, & I realized I had tossed this into my purse, so there it is. My first cup was with 1 tsp of tea, & it was ok, but not really all that exciting. That was this morning.
I’ve been kind of cranky this afternoon, & Little Terri wanted pancakes. Basically, she wanted to be indulged a little, & feel like she was getting away with something. So pancakes it was, & they were tasty, with just a little maple syrup & coconut butter. We also had a bacon & broccoli fritata.
I also just had another cup of Zhen Qu, using 2 tsp of tea. Much better! There is a really nice chocolate-ness to it, a little malt, & it’s very satisfying.
I feel better now.