3002 Tasting Notes
I’m smelling this tea. When it was dry, I swear there was a hint of banana, a very mild sweetness. Wet, it smells wonderful & somehow familiar. I linger with my nose in the cup, eyes closed, inhaling slowly. There is a sweet buttery-ness with the implication of vanilla. I want to breath this all afternoon.
I would like to tell you what this tea tastes like, but I can’t. I don’t have a reference point. I’m really still a Pu’er novice myself, still learning, probably forever. I’m on the 3rd steep, and I feel like I’m drinking from an sacred mountain stream. It’s slightly sweet, and the only thing I can really say is that it’s so smooth that I feel like I’m drinking air.
After the 1st cup, I felt that tingly numbness in the back of my throat and it gradually spread to my tongue and sinuses. After the 2nd cup, I stood in the kitchen doing Quigong while time stood still. My brain is lit up like a lightbulb, and a tingling sensation has spread throughout my body, as if I can feel every cell vibrating just slightly. I’d be happy to do Quigong or yoga or meditate all afternoon. I see myself in a canoe, floating down an endless misourri spring fed stream, just enjoying nature.
Is this the reason people drink Pu’er? I’m no longer worried about it being an allergic reaction. After reading some things online, including a link sent to me by Claire (you’re awesome, Claire, thanks!), I’ve concluded that THIS is Chaqi. I am drinking a Heavenly Elixer.
My student, Elaine, gave me a sample of this a few weeks ago when she came for her lesson.
Sage, lemon thyme, Mint, a little Bergamot, not really my cup of tea plain. I grow fresh herbs and use them regularly in cooking, but I’m not a real big fan of them in teas usually, at least not the ones I consider culinary. I do make tisanes from lemon verbena, lemon balm, chamomile, and mint, among others, when I’m in the mood.
Having said all that, with a little stevia, the sweetness brings forward the more pleasant tastes of gentle bergamot and the lightly lemony thyme. It’s not bad, but still not something I’d reach for. I’m only drinking it to use it up, and because I want to drop the caffeine for the rest of the evening.
I have to admit, this tea is pretty nice for a flavored rooibos blend. I was drinking all these straight black teas and Puehr, and suddenly really wanted something sweet to counterbalance all the savoriness, & also wanted something without caffeine to counterbalance all the…well, all the caffeine!
I steeped 1 T in a muslin tea bag (from Cheryl’s Herbs), which I placed in a brew basket, and there are no rooibos particles, thank you! I hate rooibos particles, they get stuck in my throat and make me want to never drink rooibos again. But that is not the case today, and this tea is a tasty treat!
I forgot to mention that I brewed a cup of this to sip on while running errands to the PO and such. I’m also resteeping it, so right now I have 3 cups in front of me: This, a small cup of the Fuhai (steeping number whatever), and apricot upside down cake. I think I have a serious problem with obsession/compulsion disorder.
Here’s the true confession:
In spite of my sometimes brain numbing effects from random puerhs, I just spent a ridiculous amount of money on the Verdant website, taking advantage of his Puerh monday specials. I should now own stock in the company! I should open a tea house, and call it, “Ms Terri’s Puerh Parlor”, or something like that, LOL.
I still have a little of this Fuhai left, and I’m enjoying the almondiness of it. I plan to sip it all afternoon, but just one cup at a time (and yes, I am feeling a little brain numbing effect…oh well).
First, Thank you Jason! Everyone missed logging our teas, and I’m grateful to see that things are back in order. You are awesome!
I had to leave the house early today, without having drank any tea. It’s a rarity, for sure, but I was getting a much needed massage, and I’ve learned from experience that I shouldn’t drink tea before I get a massage. I’m sure you all understand why. Luckily I didn’t have to drive far, and the massage was awesome and wonderful. As soon as I got home I turned the kettle on, and reached into my black tea shelf, for something I haven’t drank for a few weeks, and this was it! It went down quick and smooth, a brisk and bright start to my day filled with students, a few errands, and NaNoWriMo!
And so, my black tea rotation begins again!