2953 Tasting Notes
This is only the 2nd tea I’ve had all day! It’s never good to drink too much tea (or other liquids) before playing a wedding, & once the wedding was over I took my harp home, changed out of my fancy pants, & came to Tony’s. I don’t have a scale here, so I went with 1 Tb of tea to a 10oz or so mug (I honestly have no idea how big these mugs are). The first steep was 1 minute & it was creamy & nice. The 2nd steep, which I’m on now, is 2 minutes, & it is even nicer :)
I’m going for one more steep, at 5 minutes, to enjoy while we watch the baseball game, which is just starting!
I drank a pot of this with breakfast this morning. I only had one pot of tea, & then left the house to play a wedding. it was a really fun wedding. The bride had selected all mostly classic rock tunes for the prelude. The family was seated to Crash Into Me, the Bridesmaids entered to Just Breath, the Bride walked in to Here Comes the Sun. Other songs I enjoyed playing: To Make You Feel My Love, Free Falling, Don’t Stop Believing, How Sweet it is to be Loved By You, & a bunch of other fun tunes, some which I already knew, some which I learned this week.
So, I thoroughly enjoyed this malty Assam, & my only regret was that the pot was empty far too soon.
Getting ready to load up for a wedding. This has been another weekend of 2 weddings (the 2nd one is tomorrow) in which the bride requested almost all tunes I don’t know, & although most of them have been relatively easy to put together due to my ‘fly by the seat of your pant with a lead sheet’ mode of doing things, there have been a few that required a little more effort. None the less, I love my ‘job’!
The highlights of the weekend? I get to play “Crash Into me”, which I’ve played before, but never at a wedding, & “Feel My love”. Both are songs I love.
Teas sipped today:
Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black – Butiki
Numi China Breakfast – we went out to breakfast. WHY can’t waitresses EVER actually bring HOT water to the table?
Crimson Horizon – Butiki
Organic Superfine Keemun Fragrant Black – Teavivre
Lord Petersham – Devotea
I’ve reviewed all of these many times, so I’m just putting them all in one place.
It’s been a long day & I’m exhausted! My 2 sons & I spent the entire day (from 8:30am – 5:30pm) staining our back porch. It looks awesome! Did I drink tea while we worked? Of course! I had a cup of Butiki’s Irish Breakfast first.
This Black Pearl from Mandala was my only sip down today, which was steeped & resteeped @ 1, 2, & 5 minutes. It’s sad to polish this one off, as Garret doesn’t have any more of it, but might as well enjoy it!
I ended the day with Foxy Roxy’s Banana Walnut treat. Sorry I’m posting all my teas in one place, I’m feeling kind of lazy at this point.
This is not really a review, it’s a sipdown notice.
The mother of one of my students is from Taiwan, & a few weeks ago she went for a visit & brought me back some teas, which I’m pretty excited to try out!
So today when they came for the lesson, I sent her home with some teas. I knew she liked jasmine, so I gave her the rest of this, which was the Reserve TOMC from LAST February, but is still very nice & fragrant. I also gave her samples of Verdant’s Yunnan White Jasmine & Fujian White Jasmine, & a sample of Meditative Mind, from the Tea Spot. She seemed pretty excited to try them all. I also gave her a head of lettuce, some parsley, & cilantro from my garden.
So, even though I didn’t drink the last of it, I’m counting this one as a sipdown anyway!
I’ve been practicing for a few hours. This is another weekend with a bunch of pieces that brides have requested, some that I know, some that I’ve never played, selections by:
Dave Matthews (crash, of course, I love that song & have played it before)
Tom Petty, Van Morrison, Adele, etc…
And another sipdown! This is from the July Reserve TOMC. It feels good to be letting go of so many teas, freeing really. I’ve written a pretty decent review of this one before, so that’s all I got.
I’m not going to go into a lot of detail, as I’m sure I’ve written a decent review of this at some point previously. This is, of course, from last summer, & was from the Oct TOMC.
I am taking 2 sipdowns here, one for this tea, & one for the minnesota Northern Lakes Wild rice, because I combined them to make a glorious pot of genmaicha to share with one of my students. Brewed in a glass pot, served in those tiny jello shot cups.
Good morning Steepsterites!
I actually drank 2 cups of this. The first one I oversteeped, ridiculously, but guess what, it really wasn’t all that bad, maybe a tad bitter, a little astringent, but not enough to make my empty belly get queasy while I was fixing brekkie, so no real loss.
But I went ahead & made a 2nd cup, simply because it was the LAST cup, & now I get to claim a sipdown. Of course, I’m sure I’ll restock soon, so it’s silly to log a sipdown on this tea, but I’m going to anyway, cuz I can!
First sipdown of the day!
I’ve been sipping this one over the afternoon. I want to thanks Nicholas for sharing this sample with me. He recommends a double rinse. I only rinsed once, & the first steep had a slightly soapy taste, so I dumped it (basically that counts as the 2nd rinse).
All in all, this is a lovely sheng, very mild & savory, although the aroma is fruity. It doesn’t have that crazy intense taste that some young sheng have, but the energy of it is very good. I was exhausted all day, & after several steeps of this I feel much revived & ready to practice for a couple of hours for this weekend’s gigs.