2341 Tasting Notes
On the topic of mints, I have been enjoying mint a little more often lately. All of the mints in my garden are grown in containers, in an effort to keep them under some semblance of control. Most of them stay outside through the winter, coming up in the spring, followed by the lemon verbena, stevia, & other perennials. I started some Chocolate Mint this past spring, & since it’s in a smaller pot, I brought it into my sunroom for the winter. Since I’m in a minty mood, I picked some & made a cup. Of course, the chocolate taste is more in the aroma than the actual tisane, & there is an odd tone to the mintiness that I can’t quite place, although it is familiar. I made a fairly strong brew, & between all the Ginger & Mint I’ve been sipping on, my gut is starting to feel better.
I go in & out of phases with mints. Sometimes I love them, sometimes I don’t. There are also some mints I enjoy more than others, with peppermint being my true favorite, & spearmint not so much. I used to love drinking Republic of Tea’s Moroccan mint over ice, it was just SO refreshing! Anyway, for the last couple of years I haven’t really liked mints in my tea so much, although I do enjoy it shredded in a Vietnamese style salad, especially freshly picked from my back yard. I grow several mints, & I used to grow an amazing curly peppermint, which took over a large portion of my yard at my old house. I meant to bring some with me, along with the jewel weed, but in the hub bub of moving, I didn’t. I went back later to get some, & they had dug it all up. There was none to be found. For a long time I couldn’t find that mint anywhere, but I recently found a source online, & I’m looking forward to getting some!
This is a pleasantly nostalgic cup, & I love the addition of lemon myrtle especially, an herb which I’ve always enjoyed! The aroma of the dry leaf is amazingly fresh, thanks to the peppermint, & the tea itself is lightly sweet & reminiscent of my younger days :)
Another Sipdown from my Sil Box!
Thanks So much for knowing that I love Ginger, Sil! BTW, I ordered a ridiculous amount of Sichuan Caravan, LOL.
I think Ginger is one of the best things with Shu, or really with any dark type of tea. This one strikes a really nice balance, with the ginger & puer both at just the right level. The Shu is a nice one, a little earth, a little semolina. It’s perfect for my day, as my guts are a little out of sync still. I made myself another bowl of soup (chicken stock, chicken, spiralized sweet potato, green onion, garlic, ginger, coconut milk, & a little red curry paste). I’m having soup, the puer, & a bottle of ginger kombucha.
Sil just informed me that another box is on it’s way! I’ve barely touched the box she sent last month, so I guess I’d better get my act together! This one is from that previous box, probably meant to entertain me during the HoliDaze season, but I was so busy in the month of December that I pretty much stuck to teas I know & love, for familiarity, comfort, & caffeine. This week I’ve been enjoying a reprieve, & it feels so good to just sit around a little bit. It’s almost noon, & I do have a some things to do, a few errands to run, some desk organizing work. But for now, I’ll enjoy a cup or 2.
This tea makes me think of a lovely lemon curd with a little crust under it, but it doesn’t quite capture what it’s aiming for, in my opinion. It’s not bad, but I would like a base that is a little thicker & chewier, if you know what I mean. Still, as an afternoon tea I can see that many people would enjoy it.
First sipdown of the New Year! 363!
My guts are a little achy this morning, so I broke out the spiralizer, spiralized a zucchini, pulled some stock from the freezer, made some tiny meatballs loaded with ginger & garlic, loaded the stock with ginger & garlic too, adding the last of the bunching onions from my garden, shredded a little romaine in there, & voila, breakfast soup. Add a side of root kimchi (the last of last winter’s batch, it was so good, time to make some more). I think that soup was just what I needed.
And a pot of this tea as well.
This tea gives the initial impression that it might have bergamot in it, but it doesn’t. It has orange bergamot mint, a variety of mint that I’d like to add to my garden (in a pot, because all mints can be terribly invasive!). This tea also has Anise Hyssop, which I’ve wanted to add to my garden for awhile, & there are a few other herbs, & Ginger, which I always love in anything. I think this was the first tea I ever purchased from Republic of Tea, back when they were THE company for interesting teas. I don’t drink it as often as I used to, but it is a lovely & naturally sweet cup, especially nice in the evening after a meal, & good for tummy aches too. I use 2 bags.
So…while I was going through my entire tea collection, I eventually ended up in my bedroom on the third floor with my puer boxes. I won’t go into any great deal here on my puer collection, but those cakes do tend to drop a few leaves & fragments here & there. I collected them into a bowl, & in the spirit of TeaLove (or maybe it’s addiction), I mixed them together & made a cup. So this is a mix of various Sheng & Shu bits. More Shu than sheng, so there is a nice smooth semolina & earth kind of taste, but then it is punctuated by a bright citrus mouth. Normally I wouldn’t combine the two, but whatever! I think I’ll start pouring in the final sipdowns of various teas, so it will be different everytime I drink it!
I even decorated a recycled tin & the title I put on the label is:
“Have Harp, Will Travel Caravan”
I love a good Jin Jun Mei, & this one qualifies, as far as I’m concerned.
It really reminds me of a nice grainy toast, & also of boston brown bread. It’s very re-steepable to!
Off topic, but if you’d like to see the annual New Year’s Day photo of me & my kids, along with photos of my mini-fruit trees in my sunroom, drop by my FB. https://www.facebook.com/terri.langerak
One of my daughter’s friends showed up this morning to pick up my grandson to keep him for the day while my daughter is at work. Ari was already gone, & Ky was still asleep, so we had tea. Turns out Ari’s friend is a tea lover! Yay! Her son went up to wake up Ky, & we sipped on this Assam while the boys had some breakfast, & off they went. I sent a care package of tea samples with her, basically samples of all of the A & D teas. I told her when those were gone, come back & I’ll give her samples of another brand. I love sharing tea!
Yesterday was such a wonderful Day!
Sil, we didn’t play any games, but yes!
I drank tea, lots & lots of tea! And I can’t remember what I drank! LOL
Tony drank Della Terra’s Earl Grey Creme, which was sent to me awhile back from Sil, & he really enjoyed it! After everyone left I finished cleaning up, then went to Tony’s to watch more episodes of Supernatural, hahaha, we’re in the middle of season 4 now!
So I came home & Ms Theresa conned me into starting the ‘tea organizing job’. Hours later (3am to be exact), the job was still not complete.So today has been all about updating & organizing my Stash of Tea. It’s ridiculous & I’m almost done. And I ordered more tea because I realized I was out of a few things. I’m never allowed to order tea again (Ms Theresa said that…but she has to sleep sometime…mwahahaha).