2913 Tasting Notes
My kids were raised on Traditional Medicinal teas, & all 4 of them (ages 21, 25, 28, & 31) still drink them, when needed. They aren’t always the best tasting, but are definitely not the worst tasting either, & really, they go down pretty easy.
I’m drinking this as a sipdown, because really, who knows how long this one has been in my cupboard? I’m the only one that drinks this respiratory blend, as I have a history of Chronic respiratory problems, but I haven’t had to drink it in a few years, ever since I removed the gluten & other grains from my diet, & started eating meat again. All of my autoimmune issues miraculously disappeared, along with the constant bronchial infections, low blood sugar, & some other things. Anyway, the most recognizable active ingredient here, which also makes it taste good (to my tastebuds) is licorice root! There’s also a mix of chinese herbs & eucalyptus.
I came across this lone bag of Egyptian Licorice while cleaning out my purse, & so of course I had to include it in the sipdown extravaganza!
I’ve loved this tea for a long time, & will probably restock at some point, because as far as an evening tea is concerned, this is among my most favorites, oozing with licorice, ginger, & a variety of other spices.
This sipdown is from the final Reserve TOMC. I haven’t ever gotten around to comparing this ‘reserve’ huang zhi xiang to the ‘regular’ huang zhi xiang, so I can’t really tell you if it was amazingly better or not.
It is an interesting tea, & has been my companion during this afternoon of teaching, yielding a gentle fruitiness, some incense after-aroma, & a building citrus mouth that to me is more like grapefruit than orange. It’s a lovely tea, & it’s a sipdown!
I’m counting this as a sipdown, as it is the last tuocha I have in my little Rishi tin, from probably a few years ago. I also have some rishi tuocha’s that Lee shared with me, but I compared them, & they are of a different size & shape, which in my mind means they are from a different batch, so I’m taking this sipdown, heh!
As far as Tuos go, this is nice & full, with a deep molasses & cocoa taste to it, nicely earthy, a little peat, but no negative flavors. It’s been handy to have for occasions when I want a cup of Shu, without ceremony or too much thought.
Another sipdown! 377
This was in my box from Lee. I’ve been sort of avoiding it, as I just wasn’t thinking I’d enjoy it. I love chai, but somehow the idea of a Dragonwell chai just wasn’t resonating for me. As it turns out, it’s really not bad. I added a little stevia.
On another note, my black currant bush arrived! It took all of last week (in between students & gigs) to get the red & pink currants, the grapes, elderberries, & kiwi’s in the ground. This plant is ready to go, with green buds opening, etc. The packing reeks of the smell of cat urine though :p
This is a lovely sample that Stacy included in my most recent Butiki order. I sipped it whilst doing deskwork early today, but didn’t really take notes, so my review of it will be lame. It was a gentle cup, & all I recall is bready qualities, & an apricot aftertaste. I plan to resteep in a bit, maybe I’ll have something to add afterwards. Sample sipdown.
Thanks to TastyBrew, who included this TastyTea in the last round of the BBBBox.
I drank this last bit as short gongfu steepings, 15/30/45/60 sec, 2/3/4/5 min.
I didn’t take detailed notes, but it was yummy with essence of honey, malt, wheat bread, & a slight spicy & floral quality to it. Sipdown!
Welcome to day 5 of little terri’s Ultimate Sipdown Extravaganza!
I managed to polish off 20 teas in the first 4 days!
This morning I started off with this CTC, so finely chopped that it looks like coffee grounds! I over-teaed the cup just a little, so it was potent enough to warrant the addition of stevia & almond milk, something I don’t do often these days, but nice on occasion.
Thanks to Lala for this generous sample. This sipdown brings me to 380 teas to go!