3046 Tasting Notes
47,203 words and counting!
I’m still sipping steepings of Pu’er and Zhu Rong, but I like to think that I’ve washed all the caffeine and ‘energy’ out of them by now.
Meanwhile, I was digging for something sweet and caffeine free, and “Oh, Yay! I didn’t know I still had some of this!” Little Terri said.
This is probably my most favorite Teavana Blend (there aren’t really that many that I like, to be honest). I use a heaping T per cup, sweeten it with stevia, and it’s a heavenly dessert. Yum num, slurpin it down! Now back to my story…
I really enjoy this rich dark Yunnan, with it’s chocolate and spice profile. This is the first time I’ve actually steeped it gongfu style, & I really am gaining an appreciation for doing it this way! It’s fussy, in a way, and I combined a couple of steepings at a time in a cup so that I could go relax and enjoy before having to reheat the kettle, but I’m liking using more tea with shorter steepings. It’s really very very good! Each cup holds slightly different nuances of flavor. Now back to my NaNoWriMo Fairy Tale.
Heaven, that’s what I’m experiencing right now!
After an all day affair of savory teas, starting with the last of my Butiki English Breakfast (very tart!), then Butiki Organic Assam (potent!), then the Sheng (which I’m still drinking, LOL) and Matcha I’ve already documented, I wanted something sweet.
This really hits the spot. I didn’t even bother to try it plain, just dumped in some stevia, and YUM! I don’t really need any extra caffeine, but I plan to write on my novel until it’s finished tonight (if possible, I’m at 44,356 words, only 5,644 words to go), so maybe a little caffeine is in order?
I think this is the best Chocolate flavored tea I’ve ever had, it really is good! The tea base they use at the Tea Spot is also good.
Yeah, I think I want another cup…
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).