2859 Tasting Notes
This is my non-sipdown tea of the day. I’d like to personally thank Angel of Teavivre for sharing a generous sample of this tea with me. The parcel arrived a few days ago, & for my first sampling I followed the suggested parameters, resulting in a very potent vegetal tea, with a bit of a bite. Today I’ve been sipping it with shorter steepings, using my test tube steeper, for a more gentle cup. It’s the embodiment of spring itself: a beautiful golden brew that is crisp, fresh, & delicious.
As an aside, I completed my 2nd goal of the day, which was to get those 4 elderberry plants in the ground. Now on to goal #3, which is to run through the music for tomorrow’s weddings one more time.
Goal #1 (start pot of stew) is complete! I’ll add things to it as the day passes, so that by evening it will culminate in a very large pot of stew that can be eaten for dinner & savored over the weekend as well. My next goal? Get outside & plant those 4 elderberry bushes! I’m still a little sketchy as to where I’m planting 2 of them, and I need to remember that from now on I should choose a place to plant something first, then decide what to plant there & get the plants. My previous method has been to buy a bunch of plants, usually on a whim, & then frantically scramble to figure out where they should go & get them in the ground. Experience is teaching me that is not the best way to do things, but I am admittedly a slow learner…sigh…
About a year ago Sil & I placed our first Taiwan Tea Crafts order together. We had a great time on FB together, drooling over the TTC website, discussing the teas we wanted, & I pretty much gave her free rein on whatever sounded good to her. When she got the order, she split everything up & sent me my half. It was glorious. The teas are delicious, and even though we got them in small quantities, I’m still polishing mine off.
This one is a rich infusion of honey, sweet woods, stone fruit jam, & coriander, with a lingering incense quality. I’m sorry to see it go. Sipdown – 395
Now out to the garden!
This is a great tea to enjoy with breakfast, especially a substantial breakfast!
I enjoyed this final pot (until I order more, that is), which is bold & bright, malty & floral. The earthiness of the keemun, the richnessness of the Assam…so good! It’s a little heavy on the darjeeling for my taste, very bright, like trumpets blaring out, “Wake up & do something!” But that doesn’t mean I don’t like it! Sometimes we need to challenge our tastebuds a bit, exploring the edges of what we love.
I am now fueled & fired up to get some things done. I have 3 goals today. The first one is to start a crock pot of stew.
Sipdown – 396 teas to go…
Welcome to day 2 of little terri’s Ultimate sipdown Extravaganza!
I’m starting my day with a sipdown gongfu session with this tea, from last may’s reserve TOMC. This is a golden dian hong, rolled up into the bi luo style, with a dry aroma that is lightly earthy & creamy, & brings to mind milky milk chocolate. I put it in the hot little teapot & let it sit for a moment to warm the leaves, & the aroma bloomed into honey & canned condensed milk!
5G + 4oz (rinse) X 15/30/45/60 sec.
I like to do my gongfu sessions in rounds of 4, back to back, so that I can see the color of the steepings, side by side, & taste them that way as well.
This first round presented an immediate yunnan thick mouth, light cream & honey, & the 2nd cup was, “Oh yeah, Baby! Bring on the milky cocoa!” My favorite cups were 3 & 4, a rich & substantial cup of honeyed deliciousness, with a growing tongue tingle.
2nd round: 1.5/2/2.5/3 minutes
This set started out a deep mahogany, so rich, thick, & satisfying. As the bass note expanded, the cream faded away. In the final cup there was a hint of bitter wood.
3rd round 4/5 min
I only did 2 cups, as the color & flavor have faded down to a pale caramel color & I was ready for a change.
This brings my total to 397.
Another sipdown from my Sil collection.
When I drank this before, I sweetened it, but today I drank it straight up, nothing added but water. I know that if it was sweetened, the english toffee flavor would be more present, but I enjoyed the dark unsweet quality of it today. It reminded me of some kind of pipe tobacco aroma almost, a sweet vanilla kind of pipe tobacco, not burning, but in the pouch.
399 teas to go!
(no, I don’t have fantasies of actually polishing off ALL of my teas, but little terri likes the countdown :)
I just finally printed out my tea collection document for the month, & (mostly thanks to SIL) I’m starting the month at 401 teas. LOL, & a ton of them are flavored teas, which I’m not really all that fond of, but I will of course drink them, or at least 1 cups worth.
I’ve had this summer blend for awhile, from one of the many boxes Sil has sent to me. It’s actually not bad. I drank it without any additives, & today my imagination must have been active, because I swear I tasted a hint of peach. Otherwise, it’s a basic kind of black tea with the addition of a variety of flowers. It looks real pretty & confetti-like as a dry tea, & the various leafs maintain their colors after steeping, although they become muted.
And it’s a sipdown! Only 400 teas to go!
Welcome to Day 1 of Little Terri’s Ultimate Sipdown Extravaganza!
My goal is to complete as many sipdowns as possible, while still enjoying the teas to the fullest, so it’s not like I plan to fly through 100 teas in a week, I’m just trying to drink up all of my small quantities that I’ve been tossing into a box. It might last a week, it might last a month, who knows? Feel free to join me as I free myself of various tea remnants from TTBS, TOMCs, & trades (mostly from Sil).
I don’t really have very many plain black teas to sipdown, so I’ve decided one of the parameters of this extravaganza is to enjoy a nice big pot or gongfu session with any black tea I choose, first thing in the morning. After that, let the sipdowns begin!
Today is was a pot of this blend, which I really enjoy. It’s rich & manly, & a great way to start the day!
This is exactly what I need this morning!
2tsp + 8oz (194 more or less) X 2 min yielded a deep & perfect brew, rich with earthiness in such a wonderful way that I really just want to keep drinking it.
A resteep at 3 minutes yielded a pleasant & very drinkable cup, though it was a mere shadow of it’s former self.
Out to the garden…so much to do!