2511 Tasting Notes
I drank a satisfying cup of this when I woke up. Then we went to breakfast, where I was stuck drinking bitter swill. Now I’m back at Tony’s, watching a movie (Runner Runner) & enjoying another cup. Some Assams are just a cup of black, all brute strength. This one has a nice strip of sweetness up the center. Thank you :)
Oh, & today is day 15 of little terri’s Sipdown Extravaganza!
Let’s drink some tea!
I want to apologize in advance, because there is not listing for this tea, & it’s been in my cupboard for awhile, sent to me from Sil. I’m busy being a desk diva, answering phone calls, emails, I’ve booked 2 gigs & now I’m printing hundreds of biz cards, so I’m just gonna use the random steepings heading for this one. Sorry!
It is sipdown no. 89 (yeah! only 11 to go to reach my goal!) & although it’s not bad, it’s not something I’d purchase, as is pretty much the same as the other Monk’s blends I’ve had from a few other places. Now back to work!
Sipdown No. 88, from Sil, who got it from Cavo. Thanks girls!
There is something about this tea that I just really don’t like, at least not today. I guess it’s the Jasmine, which I do tend to enjoy, but there is a mintiness, perhaps a camphor like taste from the Puerh, or somethings, that just isn’t working for me.
Sipdown No. 87!
This tea has a small history. It started with Tasty Brew, who included it in the BBBBox as part of the ‘grab bag’. I sampled it, sent it on to Sil, who also sampled it, & then she sent it back to me.
I think I liked it better the first time I tried it, but it’s still ok. Now it’s gone!
Welcome to day 14 of little terri’s Sipdown Extravaganza!
It’s hard to believe that I’ve managed to maintain the self-discipline to keep this party going for 2 full weeks, LOL, & I’m not sure if it can go much further, but it’s been fun.
With only 14 teas to go to reach my goal of 100 sipdowns, I’m going all out today!
This is sipdown No. 86, from my tip sister Sil.
In the first steeping of 3 minutes, it was mostly just a decent shu puerh, very little tangerine taste. This second cup, steeped 5 minutes, has a little more of the tangerine that the tea was aged in, but it is subtle. I added a pinch of stevia ( not monsanto’s version, but the real kind, from Cheryl’s herbs), & the tangerine flavor blossomed a bit more, giving the whole cup a juicy quality, on top of the earthy/woody shu puerh. Not bad!
This one is not a sipdown, but is a welcome pot of tea to enjoy with my lunch of soup. I’m still not sure if I prefer the Malty Irish Breakfast, or the other Irish Breakfast from Butiki, but I it doesn’t matter, since I have them both. Right now I love this one the most because I’m drinking it, but perhaps tomorrow I’ll change my mind. I have to load up for a gig in a few moments, so I’ll quietly list my sipdowns of the day thus far here:
82 – Silver Jasmine Green Tea – Teavivre – a lovely jasmine, plucked from the Here’s Hoping TTB, although I realized after making it that I just wasn’t really in the mood for florals today.
83 – Eight Treasures Yabao (Summer)- Verdant – This tea initially mesmerized me with it’s fairy-like appearance, light florals, & Yabao, something I’d never heard of at the time. Now it’s gone, & to be honest, I probably won’t ever re-visit it, as the novelty has worn off.
84 – Taiwan Monkey Picked Oolong – Teavivre – As always, thanks to Angel for the lovely sample, which was shared with one of my students this morning.
85 – Da Hong Pao – Teavivre – I really enjoy the roasty oolongs so much more than the green ones, & will happily linger over them for hours.
I believe that puts me at 344 teas!
Welcome to day 13 of little terri’s Sipdown Extravaganza!
Yesterday I had a bit of a setback & only managed 1 sipdown, & to be honest, I’m not sure how many I’ll get in today & tomorrow, as I have Valentine gigs both evenings, but I’ll try to get in a few. I’m 19 sipdowns away from my goal of 100, & I’d really like to reach that goal, but I don’t want to rush through the teas to get there. Savor the moment, right? :)
I’m also still recuperating from a chemical sensitivity reaction. The headache has dwindled to a manageable level, but my hips are out of place & all of my joints hurt. It won’t be fun to move my harp today, although playing it shouldn’t be a problem.
So (sorry to be a whiner), I’ve enjoyed this tea, with it’s bold & rich maltiness. It is sipdown #81, & one of the only black teas left that were in a small enough quantity to polish off! The only other ones I have left are Keemun 1 & Keemun 2 samples from Teavivre, but I kind of want to save them for a comparison with all the other Keemuns in my collection. So this may be my only pot of black tea today. For that reason, I’m taking the time to really savor it, & it is good!