3091 Tasting Notes
Lisa likes Jasmine tea, so I sent her home with the rest of this one. There’s enough to try a cup steeped western style, & to try it in a Gaiwan. I kept enough of it for one western cup, which I’m enjoying right now. It really is a nice jasmine, & this last cup is really wonderful, but I know she’ll really enjoy it, & I’m freeing space on my shelves!
I also gave her a Butiki earthen Gaiwan (because really, how many do I need?).
I also sent her home with a few samples I’ve received in Verdant boxes, because I already have those teas anyway:
Huang zhi xiang phoenix dancong
Bai Mu Dan
I feel really good!
Lisa had never seen a Gaiwan, so I pulled one out & showed her how to use it, explaining the principal of more tea, less time (I really sounded like I knew what I was talking about too, Wow! HAhaha). We drank multiple steepings of this one, & I have to confess, it was so awesome seeing the looks of surprise on her face when every tiny cup (yeah, I finally got to use my teeny tiny hand painted porcelain cups!) tasted slightly different throughout the infusions. I need to open a damn tea shop!
The 2nd tea we drank was a 16 oz of this one, compliments of Carol Who.
This is one of the only teas from Teavana that I’ve ever really liked, & for awhile I really liked it a lot, so when Carol sent me some in my recent trade, it was a little nostalgic to see it there. It doesn’t appeal to me like it used to, & that’s ok cuz it’s a sipdown!
Have I mentioned on here before that I love my life? Oh yeah, like a gazillion times, right?
Today has been an ongoing tea-party here, a truly wonderful day. First my friend Lisa came over right after breakfast. Last time she came she left with a sample of Meditative Mind, from the Tea Spot. So today we drank some tea!
I let her pick the first one, which was this Keemun. I made a 16 oz pot of it, using the suggested parameters. It’s a decent Keemun, although not at the top of my list, still very drinkable & tasty.
Welcome to day 29 of little terri’s Ultimate Sipdown Extravaganza!
I want to call this a sipdown, & in a sense it is one, in that this is the end of the tin.
The truth is, I already have a refill for it, somewhere in my bedroom/tea hoarding place.
This is like a rich & chewy molasses sweetened old world rye bread today, both sweet & savory, AND delicious!
This is a really tasty & gentle shu, absolutely free of wierd ammonia or fishy tastes. The early steepings were of sweet semolina, with a nice creamy kind of texture. Then it took on a coarsely ground whole wheat bread kind of layer, followed by a rich well aged peat, then a light aromatic wood like cedar. A lively sensation built up around the edges of my tongue, & although I got sidetracked & steeped some of the rounds much longer than intended, the flavor remained sweet thoughout, with no bitterness ever. Another sipdown!
This is the 2nd Ginseng oolong I’ve tried, & they were both basically the same. The oolong is coated with a matte finish of powdered ginseng & I think licorice root as well. It’s an interesting taste, & I’m gonna drop the leaf into a mason jar because I think I’ll also enjoy it cold later! This one came from KS, thanks brother!
I have a ton of things to do: replace a broken string on my electric harp & check the other strings to see if any are worn; restring a Troubadour harp for one of my students (she’s 74, & in Italy for the month on vacay!); pick the last of the head lettuces before they get bitter, pick the first of the leaf lettuces, & wash & spin them all; start learning the music for the wedding I’m playing this saturday (another “no classical” wedding); start prepping my front porch for paint!
That’s a start! It’s almost noon, & I haven’t really done anything yet today.
This tea…from the January reserve TOMC of 16 months ago. It is still delicious, & I’ve reviewed it several times, so not much else to say except the warmed leaf smells amazingly awesome, the flavors of this tea are delightfully complex, & I’ve got an amazing tea-buzz going on right now, the kind of headspace that is only appropriate for mindful zen-like activities. I think I’ll start with the lettuces…
Welcome to day 28 of little terri’s Ultimate Sipdown Extravaganza!
My first sipdown of the day is Mandala’s Black Beauty, which I’ve already reviewed numerous times. It’s rich & delicious, & today just for fun I tried steeping it gongfu style. It was nice to see the flavors build, however it’s not one of those teas with layers of flavor, so it pretty much tasted the same throughout: Delicious.
With this one, I prefer the longer steeps of 3 & 5 min, where it is at it’s best in my opinion, but it is also very nice with 1/2/& 5 minutes. Anyway, it is a sipdown, but it’s also on the list of teas to restock when I place my next order from Garret.