3091 Tasting Notes
My first sipdown of the day, sent to me from my tea sister Sil.
This is, without a doubt, my favorite from the verdant Blends, but only because I have a long love of licorice root. I’m not really so much of a fan of Fennel or Mint in my teas, but my guts are achy this morning from poor choices over the weekend, & both of those herbs are helpful for this sort of thing, so there you go.
Welcome to day 27 of little terri’s Ultimate Sipdown Extravaganza!
I haven’t really been quite as productive this past week as I had hoped to be, however I’m now at 301 teas, which is 100 teas less than where I started from on the 1st of May (not counting all the teas that have arrived in the last few weeks, which will be added into my database over this coming week, heh)
There are about 36 teas that I’d like to finish off this week: remnants of tea trades, small samples, remnants of TOMC, etc. I’m only trying to finish off teas that are just one serving left, but I’m still also committed to enjoying every cup! No point rushing through things, right?
With that in mind, I’ve started the day with this wonderful Jin Jun Mei, & although it is the last of the tin, it’s not really a sipdown because I have more. It’s one of those teas who’s warmed leaf aroma alone can make me feel cozy & comforted. It’s rich toasted bread with honey & bee pollen, & I can drink it on an empty stomach!
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.