2329 Tasting Notes
Starting my tea drinking day with these pearls, which are completely different than thepuritea’s pearls, which I had yesterday. Although both pearls are tasty & sweet, I’d say Mandala’s pearls feature a more savory & malty kind of taste, & today I’m getting an almost lemony sensation on the edges & underside of my tongue. They are also much bigger.
My steepster select teas came a few days ago, & how could I not start with this one? I am a fan of Wuyi teas, & this one is no exception. It has a deep earthy kind of taste, & a fruity richness. My only regret is that I only get 2 servings. I drank one this evening, re-steeping twice. I may try one more steep, just to see if I can get anything else out of it.
2nd bubble bath tea. This is so good. I can’t remember if I bought more on Black Friday weekend, but I hope I did cuz this one’s a sipdown.
I’m so glad my schedule has become so empty, cuz I have tons of things to do. First up will be moving the dining room table into the kitchen. Next my office moves from the 2nd floor to the the dining room, putting it right next to my studio. Then my former office becomes my grandson’s bedroom.
And my entire tea collection gets re-organized & documented.
Oh…& my sunroom…all of my plants need to be repotted & divided as needed, with the babies being potted as New Year gifts to my students, along with a few tea samplers too.
And my bedroom…well, I probably won’t ever get to that…
Might as well get out of the tub…I’m out of tea :(
This is the first of 2 bubble bath teas…
“Shhhh, little Terri, don’t tell everybody we’re in the bath tub!”
“Why not? It’s not like they can see us!”
“Yeah, but it might creep somebody out!”
(Harrumph) “Not my problem”
Yes, we are going to lay here with our iPad & soak, drinking delicious tea, including this one. And post about it.
This is a semi-sipdown, but not a real one. I have loved this tea enough that I bought 2 bags of it (I actually bought more of that, over the time it’s been around), keeping a smaller bag at Tony’s. So I’m having the last of that bag now. I still have more at home, of course, & I plan to also get some of the new version.
I’ve given more extensive reviews of this, but lets just say that as Irish Brekkie’s go, many fall short in their boldness, IMO. This one rises to all expectations, bringing fantasies of Colin Farrell to mind…
I’m enjoying a much needed day off! No practicing today, no students, no gigs.
Last night’s concert was wonderful. We had a full house, including several of my students (who took up the entire front row), & I also saw some friends I hadn’t seen since my kids were young.
I played Midwinter’s Canon, a piece I wrote a few years ago that is a fusion of Canon in D & In the Bleak Midwinter. (A sample of it can be heard on my website www.harpsinger.net) I also played a piece I composed for this event, still un-named, though she called it Winter’s Light on the program, I think. Then we played Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, for harp & choir, which includes a Harp solo in the middle. It all went beautifully! And just like that, my hard work is done! I still have a few Xmas eve services to play, & 2 weddings during the week after Xmas, but none of those require much preparation.
Now the tea! As a fan of ‘pearls’, I’ve enjoyed this tea. The flavor profile of this one is different from the others, & I know there are people who think all pearls are the same, but I have found this to be incorrect. This one has a malt & fruity profile, very smooth, a little chocolate. I’m going back for the resteep, & am sorry to say I only have enough of these left for maybe 2 more sessions.
In January, I want to line up my entire pearl collection & do a real comparison, finally. I think right now I have these, teavivre, mandala, & Teavana. Anybody got any from anywhere else? Should we designate a pearl sip off day? :D
A little spicy treat to allow myself to drink more tea without adding more caffeine. Sometimes it’s not good to get too much of a caffeine buzz going before a concert.
So I’m getting ready to head out the door! I’m looking forward to the show, & will savor every note, but I’m also looking forward to having this one done!