1858 Tasting Notes
I have to leap into action in a few minutes, as I have a busy saturday, but for now I’m lingering over the re-steep of this yummy malty tea.
For the last couple of weeks I’ve been sampling a lot of flavored teas, & it feels so good to have something like this today. No real bells & whistles to brag about here, just a tasty solid cup of black tea. It’s not as bold as some, also not bright & edgy. Just a rich smooth center, which is why it is the perfect center piece in Stacy’s Irish Breakfast, which I think I’ll have a cup of next.
I’ve been drinking this tea all evening, ever since I got home from the college. I wish I had more to say about it, I’m still sipping it, & all I can say is I like it, & nice Chaqi. There is a little bitter edge, & I’m getting a nice tingle tongue. I’ll say more next time.
3 G X Gaiwan X short steepings 5/10/15/20/etc. I made it to 50!
I’d steep it some more, but I have to leave now!
I am now officially an adjunct professor at 3 colleges in St. Louis:
Missouri Baptist, where I’m not currently teaching, but am on their list for when somebody wants harp lessons
University of Missouri St. Louis (UMSL), where I have 1 student that will graduate this year.
Maryville University, where I registered today, got my parking pass, etc. I have one student there, here from Denver to study Music Therapy & Harp!
So I steeped this tea twice, at 3 min & then at 5. I combined both steeps with stevia in my large go cup (that awesome porcelain lined stainless steel one!). This was my driving tea on the way to meet with HR at Maryville. I think I enjoy this tea more each time I drink it!
This is a really lovely tea, & although I am not as wild about it as my other half (that’s you, Sil, LOL, at least in the tea world), I do enjoy it. I know I should write more detailed notes about it’s layers of deliciousness, but right now I’m just trying to play catchup on a long & busy day!
The aroma of this tea is lightly floral & a little coconutty, but there is also a smell that makes me think of parmesan…kind of milkly but a little pungent. I have enough in my sample to try it a few more times, which is good because really, I was doing desk things while sipping this, so it didn’t get as much attention as it should.
I’m not a huge milk oolong fan, but having said that, there wasn’t anything objectionable about this cup. There also wasn’t anything memorable.
I’ll have to remember to cut back on the number of pearls I use for this one! Most of the ‘pearl’ teas require 6 to make a decent cup, IMO.
I previously used 6 for this one, & that was too many. Today I used 5, & I think that was also an over-leaf. Next time I’ll try 4!
Still a tasty cup though, just a little on the strong side! Oh well, I have places to go, people to see, harps to move, etc. A strong cup is what I need. I steeped 3 times: 3 min, 4 min, 5 min, all very potent. This tea resteeps well! (alternatively, maybe next time I’ll shorten my steepings as well…)
I have seen these pearls on steepster, & Jeweled Thumb was kind enough to send me a sample. I finally got a chance to try them out today, & although they were ok, they weren’t really my thing. I do enjoy a good jasmine tea from time to time, but today it just didn’t do it for me.
It’s probably me, rather than the tea.
However, thanks to Jeweled Thumb for sharing it with me!
And that’s a sipdown!
I spent the afternoon prepping the Here’s Hoping TTB for travel.
It’s full & ready to go!!
Tea Sipper is in for a real surprise! Heheheheh
I also prepped the BBB Box, which going out to Sil tomorrow!
So drinking this tea was my reward, & it was also my pleasure!
Another tea from the HHTTB, & a sipdown. There wasn’t much left of this, so Drew used it all. I tried a small sip.
:p tastes artificial
From the HHTTB
My son Drew made a pot of this & I drank a small cup. I think I sampled this before from the first swap I had with Sil. It’s not bad, though not something I’d keep around.