3091 Tasting Notes
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!
Ah, hot buttery greens!
This is the 2nd tea from November’s Tea of the Month Club that I received from Verdant. The letter David included suggested having the Banzhang Farmers’ coop sheng first, which I did. Then as a contrast, having this green tea next. There are also suggestions for mixing them together, and he also sent some of his mixture of puffed Minnesota wild rice & puffed OG jasmine rice, which can be combined with either or both teas.
Right now I’m just having the green tea, and it is tasty. The flavor is rich, butter, and green bean-like, a true contrast to the darker toasty flavor of the Sheng. The mouth-feel is creamy, like steel cut oats cooked in the crockpot all night.
True confession: Initially when I got this month’s selections, I was a little disappointed, as I already have both teas in my (ever expanding) collection. But I DO like the pairing, and really, it’s just more tea for me to drink and enjoy. I’ll try his combo ideas and probably share the results later. Enjoy the day!