2859 Tasting Notes
I think I’m taking the day off from sipdowns.
I just got home from the wedding, & I’m extremely exhausted. When I play at the botanical garden, I have to walk for about 15 – 30 minutes, pushing the harp on its dolly. My son Leif comes with me, to carry my bench, etc. I took a zyrtek before I went, because they have every kind of pollen all in one place there, but now I can barely keep my eyes open. There are a few other things I could complain about, but I’ll quit now. ;)
Anyway, I’m tea deprived, that’s the main thing, so I’m treating myself to a steep & resteep of this awesome tea. I’m almost done with the 2nd cup. I also need food, & little terri is over in the corner, talking to one of her imaginary friends about how much she wants pancakes…
I’m giving the sipdown extravaganza a rest, at least for this morning.
All I really wanted is one delicious pot of tea, something bold & bright to enhance my breakfast & sustain me for a few hours. This suited my fancy nicely, & it’s the only tea I’m having this morning, as I have to leave in half an hour to go play a wedding at the botanical garden, & I wouldn’t want to walk out in the garden tea-logged.
Another sipdown, this one from the BBBBox, courtesy of my steep-sister Sil.
I don’t have anything to say about it, so instead I’ll tell you that my Lily of the Valley’s are blooming! Yay!
Another tea from Cavo to Sil to me! I’m not sure who Magic Will is, maybe part of Magic Mike’s Male Stripper Review? ;)
I wasn’t really expecting much, to be honest, but this turned out to be a decent little Shu. I brewed it long & proud, lol, & ended up with a very satisfying cup of earthiness, with no objectionable qualities whatsoever. As it cooled, it took on a creamy cocoa quality, which I really enjoyed. I was sipping & practicing my harp for a wedding I’m playing tomorrow at the Missouri Botanical Garden. It’s suppose to be a beautiful day, & this wedding is in my favorite part of the garden, the Chinese Friendship garden. It’s enclosed by a wall, there is a little stream winding through the center, a couple of little bridges, a pagoda, several weeping willows, & if I had time to go hang out at the garden more, that would be my place. Here’s a link:
Special requested pieces for this wedding:
Tangled Up in You
Mine would be you
If I didn’t have you
This is a sipdown, of course! Thanks for the sample, girls!
I have no idea who this guy Steve is, but this is a sample sent to me, which was sent to Sil from Cavo. My first couple of sips were boring, then I added a little sweetener & the tea lit up with flavor. Grapefruit, for sure, a warm ginger mouth, a whisper of vanilla, & lots of tangy fruity stuff. Not something I would normally drink, but like most of the teas conceived by Cara McGee, it’s pretty good, & I bet it would be especially tasty over ice.
It’s Day 9 of little terri’s Ultimate Sipdown Extravaganza!
I stayed up til 2am, playing harp, paying bills, setting goals, & reading Sherlock Holmes. I’m getting close to the end of the collection, & it’s been fun, but I hope to move on after this weekend.
I’m having a nice morning. I slept in until 9:30 (I love being self-employed), then I woke up with Bach’s invention #8 in my head, so I sat at the piano & played a slow rendition of it. It’s been years since I played the inventions! I grew up on the piano, but I don’t really play it much, & I need to create time for it, because I still love THAT instrument too. If only there were more hours in each day!
I’ve visited Joseph Wesley’s website a few times, but never ordered. It seemed a little high brow for me, a little too polished/designer/sterile. Plus, I’d think naming a tea company after yourself would be kind of risky, like getting your girlfriend’s name tattooed on your arm, LOL. Of course, Joe is really probably a really cool guy who just loves tea!
I’d like to thank boychik for sending me this generous sample. I divided it, placing 5 grams in my 4oz pot for a gongfu session of 15/30/45sec/1min/2min/3min, & a nice Tb in my 8oz cup for 3/5 minute steeps. I drank the gongfu brews first, & although it was nice, the flavor profile remained pretty much the same throughout. It was a lovely wheat toast, made from a darker molasses sweetened bread.
The 8oz cup X 3min was my preferred steeping, with a nice dense chewy kind of thick mouth, Boston Brown Bread with a touch of rye & dark molasses, lightly sweet & savory, & even a little tart, as if some citrus peel were added. It is also mildly astringent, & the resteep @ 5min tends towards a slightly bitter ‘hops’ quality. Not a bad tea, & a sipdown.
I’m ending the day with 350 teas in my cupboard.
I really want to start drinking a different Sheng every day, so that I can really get a feel for what I like. This one is tasty, starting out a little tangy, & fruity. It brings apricot to mind, & the later steepings make me think of lavender, which I don’t like as a tea usually, but this is a crisp clean tart lavender herbaceousness, not soapy or perfume-like.
The best part of this tea, which was mentioned earlier today on someone else’s tasting note, is the awesome energy it brings, the clarity of mind & heart. I sipped this before, during, & after a rehearsal this evening with a flute player, & although I would have loved the rehearsal either way, I do feel that the tea contributed a good vibe & nice sense of focus. My favorite piece of the set was Faure’s Pavane…god, I love that piece.
For those who would like to hear the piece, here’s a youtube video (no, it is NOT me, lol)
I’ve been drinking this while practicing this afternoon. It’s a fermented tea, & I want it to have the chi stirring energies of a Sheng, but it doesn’t. Flavor-wise, it’s red grape peels, maybe a little molasses, & a few sips reminded me of canned condensed milk, but a little sour, kind of like buttermilk in a way. It has a very dry quality to it as well.
Confession: I’m getting kind of bored with my sipdown extravaganza. Well, maybe not bored, just missing my regular black teas, LOL. On the other hand, I’ve made it through 49 teas, & it feels good to be making progress! I don’t really expect to clear out my entire stash, that will take the rest of my life, but it will be very freeing to get through all these samples.
For this one, I’m delving into the new box from Sil. So many of the teas in that box are in too large of a quantity for a sipdown, & are mostly flavored teas, but I wanted a cup of something with some substance to it, so I fished around & came up with this one, which is the final cup of a sample Ysaurella shared with Sil. I love how our tea samples can have a history of their own!
This is a nice roasty oolong. It doesn’t really taste like coffee or chocolate to me, but that is probably because of allergies muting my sense of taste. It is a tasty cup, & somewhat satisfying, so I’m enjoying it, & that is good enough for me!