3048 Tasting Notes
Sil shared this, & the rest of the Verdant Blends club teas with me (& about 100 adagio fandom blends, but we’re not talking about those right now). I divided all of the Verdant Blends in half, & shared them with Dag.
So here’s the first one. I haven’t had a snickerdoodle cookie in about 20 years, so I can’t really say if it comes close. Plain it is just soso, add a little maple & it isn’t bad.
I steeped it for 3 or 4 minutes. I’m not really sure how long, as I forgot to set the timer.
I’m drinking my next to last serving of this tea.
It is still just as wonderful, & a part of me wants to continue with the hoarding, but little terri’s Ultimate Sipdown Extravaganza is drawing to a close, & there are still so many teas in my cupboard that have been there for awhile, & although I want to savor the final cup of each of them, the final cup of this one, which I’ll most likely drink later this week, will be especially bittersweet, because it is irreplaceable.
This is only the 2nd tea I’ve had all day! It’s never good to drink too much tea (or other liquids) before playing a wedding, & once the wedding was over I took my harp home, changed out of my fancy pants, & came to Tony’s. I don’t have a scale here, so I went with 1 Tb of tea to a 10oz or so mug (I honestly have no idea how big these mugs are). The first steep was 1 minute & it was creamy & nice. The 2nd steep, which I’m on now, is 2 minutes, & it is even nicer :)
I’m going for one more steep, at 5 minutes, to enjoy while we watch the baseball game, which is just starting!
I drank a pot of this with breakfast this morning. I only had one pot of tea, & then left the house to play a wedding. it was a really fun wedding. The bride had selected all mostly classic rock tunes for the prelude. The family was seated to Crash Into Me, the Bridesmaids entered to Just Breath, the Bride walked in to Here Comes the Sun. Other songs I enjoyed playing: To Make You Feel My Love, Free Falling, Don’t Stop Believing, How Sweet it is to be Loved By You, & a bunch of other fun tunes, some which I already knew, some which I learned this week.
So, I thoroughly enjoyed this malty Assam, & my only regret was that the pot was empty far too soon.
Getting ready to load up for a wedding. This has been another weekend of 2 weddings (the 2nd one is tomorrow) in which the bride requested almost all tunes I don’t know, & although most of them have been relatively easy to put together due to my ‘fly by the seat of your pant with a lead sheet’ mode of doing things, there have been a few that required a little more effort. None the less, I love my ‘job’!
The highlights of the weekend? I get to play “Crash Into me”, which I’ve played before, but never at a wedding, & “Feel My love”. Both are songs I love.
Teas sipped today:
Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black – Butiki
Numi China Breakfast – we went out to breakfast. WHY can’t waitresses EVER actually bring HOT water to the table?
Crimson Horizon – Butiki
Organic Superfine Keemun Fragrant Black – Teavivre
Lord Petersham – Devotea
I’ve reviewed all of these many times, so I’m just putting them all in one place.
It’s been a long day & I’m exhausted! My 2 sons & I spent the entire day (from 8:30am – 5:30pm) staining our back porch. It looks awesome! Did I drink tea while we worked? Of course! I had a cup of Butiki’s Irish Breakfast first.
This Black Pearl from Mandala was my only sip down today, which was steeped & resteeped @ 1, 2, & 5 minutes. It’s sad to polish this one off, as Garret doesn’t have any more of it, but might as well enjoy it!
I ended the day with Foxy Roxy’s Banana Walnut treat. Sorry I’m posting all my teas in one place, I’m feeling kind of lazy at this point.
This is not really a review, it’s a sipdown notice.
The mother of one of my students is from Taiwan, & a few weeks ago she went for a visit & brought me back some teas, which I’m pretty excited to try out!
So today when they came for the lesson, I sent her home with some teas. I knew she liked jasmine, so I gave her the rest of this, which was the Reserve TOMC from LAST February, but is still very nice & fragrant. I also gave her samples of Verdant’s Yunnan White Jasmine & Fujian White Jasmine, & a sample of Meditative Mind, from the Tea Spot. She seemed pretty excited to try them all. I also gave her a head of lettuce, some parsley, & cilantro from my garden.
So, even though I didn’t drink the last of it, I’m counting this one as a sipdown anyway!