3004 Tasting Notes
First sipdown of the day, first sipdown of the week!
I took the weekend off from sipdowns. I just really needed to enjoy some of my favorite teas, so that’s what I did! Now I’m ready to dive back in, clearing out teas that are taking up space, teas that have been around for awhile, remnants of tea clubs, etc.
This has been a tasty tea, rich & fruity, and while I have enjoyed it’s company, & may eventually reorder, I don’t plan on making it a permanent resident. I was originally enamored somewhat with it’s interesting qualities, but the truth is, it just doesn’t really fit the profile of the kinds of teas that I really love. At least not today.
But that isn’t to say that I don’t enjoy it! It really is tasty, it’s just not a tea I crave.
Before I get started on day 12 of little terri’s Ultimate Sipdown Extravaganza!, I needed a cup of something black & beautiful, something tasty, something I hadn’t had in awhile. Last week I think I polished off all of my black tea sipdowns (at least for now), so although this one isn’t a sipdown, I’m getting close to the bottom of the barrel, so to speak, & I might polish it off later this week. Of course, if I do, it will only be a temporary sipdown, because while many teas in my collection are just visiting, this one is a permanent resident.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms, past, present, & future!
Everything I’ve drank today is something I’ve reviewed several times, all favorably, so I’m just gonna post a list:
- Imperial Breakfast Blend – Verdant – enjoyed in bed, while reading another tale of Sherlock Holmes, I’m about 80% done with the collection.
- Malty Irish Breakfast – Butiki – with the breakfast Tony made: a scramble of eggs, green onion, asparagus, & lettuce (all from my garden), & a side of bacon. (no pancakes…)
- Laoshan Black Chocolate Genmaicha – Verdant – I made a cup of this to take along & drink during the Mother’s Day Tea I played for at a local nursing home.
- Finbarr’s Revenge – Devotea – I treated myself to a few gluten free cookies & a pot of this tea. A perfect after-the-gig late afternoon pleasure.
I’m not sure what I’m drinking next, but I’m gonna grab something & take it over to Tony’s.
I want to again thank Charlotte Zero for sending the rest of her stash of this tea to me.
I went with gongfu steepings at 15/30/45/60 sec, & then 2/3/4/5 min.
This is such a wonderfully savory tea, so malty & delicious, & I’ve reviewed it so many times. I really needed a treat like this, & am starting to feel revived, which is good, because in a little while I have to leave the house again. My student at UMSL has her senior recital tonight, & I’m bringing my harp for her because it really is an amazing sounding instrument.
I think I’m taking the day off from sipdowns.
I just got home from the wedding, & I’m extremely exhausted. When I play at the botanical garden, I have to walk for about 15 – 30 minutes, pushing the harp on its dolly. My son Leif comes with me, to carry my bench, etc. I took a zyrtek before I went, because they have every kind of pollen all in one place there, but now I can barely keep my eyes open. There are a few other things I could complain about, but I’ll quit now. ;)
Anyway, I’m tea deprived, that’s the main thing, so I’m treating myself to a steep & resteep of this awesome tea. I’m almost done with the 2nd cup. I also need food, & little terri is over in the corner, talking to one of her imaginary friends about how much she wants pancakes…
I’m giving the sipdown extravaganza a rest, at least for this morning.
All I really wanted is one delicious pot of tea, something bold & bright to enhance my breakfast & sustain me for a few hours. This suited my fancy nicely, & it’s the only tea I’m having this morning, as I have to leave in half an hour to go play a wedding at the botanical garden, & I wouldn’t want to walk out in the garden tea-logged.
Another sipdown, this one from the BBBBox, courtesy of my steep-sister Sil.
I don’t have anything to say about it, so instead I’ll tell you that my Lily of the Valley’s are blooming! Yay!
Another tea from Cavo to Sil to me! I’m not sure who Magic Will is, maybe part of Magic Mike’s Male Stripper Review? ;)
I wasn’t really expecting much, to be honest, but this turned out to be a decent little Shu. I brewed it long & proud, lol, & ended up with a very satisfying cup of earthiness, with no objectionable qualities whatsoever. As it cooled, it took on a creamy cocoa quality, which I really enjoyed. I was sipping & practicing my harp for a wedding I’m playing tomorrow at the Missouri Botanical Garden. It’s suppose to be a beautiful day, & this wedding is in my favorite part of the garden, the Chinese Friendship garden. It’s enclosed by a wall, there is a little stream winding through the center, a couple of little bridges, a pagoda, several weeping willows, & if I had time to go hang out at the garden more, that would be my place. Here’s a link:
Special requested pieces for this wedding:
Tangled Up in You
Mine would be you
If I didn’t have you
This is a sipdown, of course! Thanks for the sample, girls!
I have no idea who this guy Steve is, but this is a sample sent to me, which was sent to Sil from Cavo. My first couple of sips were boring, then I added a little sweetener & the tea lit up with flavor. Grapefruit, for sure, a warm ginger mouth, a whisper of vanilla, & lots of tangy fruity stuff. Not something I would normally drink, but like most of the teas conceived by Cara McGee, it’s pretty good, & I bet it would be especially tasty over ice.