2333 Tasting Notes
I’ve been putting off sampling this one for awhile, I guess because some part of me didn’t really think it would taste like lychee. I was wrong. I was SO wrong. Not only is the taste & aroma true, it matches the floral oolong so beautifully that I will have to add this one to my collection at some point. For now, it’s a lovely spring like cup, bringing to mind the narcissus & daffodils that will bloom in my yard in a couple of months. Time to resteep & sit in my sunroom, because in spite of the snowy outside, the sun is shining & it’s really nice back there. A sunny tea, a sunny day, surrounded by my little fruit trees & other plants.
Yes, there is a Heaven…
I got half an oz of this with my last Butiki order, so that I could sample it more than once, so I’m drinking a cup now. It’s different from the other greens I now, starting out gentle & sweet, & finishing a little on the tart edge. As it cools, I’m definitely getting the cherry & grapefruit references.
My son Drew (age 25) is sick with an upper respiratory thing. Tony also had the same thing over the weekend. I can feel it trying to take hold on me, & I’m pretty much saying, “F#$% O$$”. So I started with some Elderberry tea earlier. I handed Drew the last of a Respiratory Tea from Cheryl’s, which he drank, & meanwhile I started a batch of my newest concoction, which everyone in my house will be drinking for awhile (& yes, they’ve been drinking whatever I hand them since early childhood).
Here’s my formula:
In a saucepan combine 1 Qt of water with a handful each of Astragulus Root & Ginger Root. Cover & simmer for awhile (don’t ask me how long. I bring it to simmer & let it go on it’s lowest setting while I do some other stuff. 15 minutes or so?)
Turn off the heat & add a few slices of lemon & a handful of lemon verbena leaves (yes, mine are from my garden!). Cover for 5 minutes or so.
It’s fine as is, or you can add honey, stevia, or whatever.
It’s actually pretty tasty! The Astragulus (known as Huang Qi in Chinese Medicine) has a variety of uses, including as a tonic to strengthen the immune system. Ginger is good for throat & sinus irritation, & so many other things. Lemon is good for sore throats, lemon verbena is soothing & has anti candida properties.
I went with the Western steeping parameters for this one today. I haven’t really been drinking my green & white teas much, or any teas that require gongfu sessions either. It’s mostly been a parade of black teas, because they are easy, they are satisfying, & I love them.
As expected, all of my students have cancelled due to the lingering foot of snow, & I’m enjoying a day of cooking, eating, etc. I’ve got beef stock cooking in the crock pot, will cook some kind of roast for tonight, & am planning to start a new batch of root kimchi & a batch of sauer kraut maybe this afternoon. Otherwise, it’s tea, deskwork, & harp playing for me!
This is a really White tea, probably my favorite one so far. It’s sweet, with a lingering almond milk taste & texture. The resteep ended with a pinch of salt. There’s more to it than that, but that’s all I got.
I drank a pot of this earlier with my breakfast. I’m not usually the CTC type, but wanted to try it out, so I bought some in my last Butiki order.
I don’t have any descriptive notes to share yet, as that was a few hours ago, and you know the saying, “out of sight, out of mind”, right?
I’ve drank several teas since then too. All I remember is that I enjoyed it & it went well with my Brekkie.
Cheryl’s Herbs is a shop less than 5 minutes from my house. Cheryl is an awesome internationally known (at least in herbalist circles) Herbalist. She really knows her stuff regarding herbs, aromatherapy, & many other holistic arts. She sells any herb from anywhere that you might want or need (all of the highest quality), makes custom formulas, hosts all kinds of workshops & classes at her shop (from aromatherapy to Wild Fermentation featuring Sandor KatZ), AND she’s a professional French Horn player! If she looks at me when I’m in the store & says, "Terri, I think you need to drink (insert herb here), I’ll do it, cuz she knows. Needless to say, I get my herbs & tinctures from her…& my veggie culturing supplies…and the replacement filter for my water purifier… And essential oils…
So, this is real elderberries! not some blend with a berry or 2 in it. It is the best tea I can drink when there are virals floating around. It is a potent anti-viral that actually tastes pretty good too, especially lightly sweetened. I like to steep 1 TB in 8oz for about 10 minutes, add a pinch of sweet, & enjoy! Kids will usually drink it too, even adult children, which is why this is a sipdown.
But I won’t even bother to remove it from my cupboard, because I’ll restock today.
This is from the sampler I got a few weeks ago from the Devotea. I’ve enjoyed sampling their teas, especially the black ones.
This one isn’t bad. I’m drinking it hot, with a pinch of sweet, because it’s cold here in St. Louis! It is lemony & bright from the combo of lemon peel & hibiscus. It also contains marshmallow leaves & root. Marshmallow was originally used as a treatment for sore throats. The thick juice & pieces of the root were combined with honey as a healing treat. Modern day ‘Marshmallows’ were inspired by, but have nothing to do with the original, they are merely a cheap knockoff, & of course, there is nothing healthy about them :)