2913 Tasting Notes
“I invoke the *Principle of 45/15” Ms Theresa yelled at the top of her lungs as we were finishing up with breakfast.
“So what the hell does THAT mean”, you ask.
The Principle of 45/15 means that we’re actually working today: 45 min of actual work, 15 minute break. Then another 45/15, etc.
So far all the house plants are watered, & one of them was ‘groomed’ a little. The kitchen is clean, the sunroom & kitchen are swept & mopped. The blankets from my bed are being washed.
We’ve been listening to Bach all the while, as I find his music to be energizing, & drinking this wonderful tea during my breaks. little terri got a little over-exuberant, as she often does, & put a lot of leaf in our teeny tiny 4 oz teapot, so even with very short steepings this has been a potent brew!
little terri is also trying an experiment today: she filled the 1 Qt crockpot with vanilla almond milk & added Chai. We’ll check it during out next break to see if it’s ready. We’re thinking a long steep in the crock on low might turn out to be an awesome thing.
Hopefully it won’t be an epic fail….
This has been one of those teas that I consider hoard-worthy, & so I have a couple of different versions of it, & it even warrants a special tin! This is the last cup of a batch from last year, maybe last spring? I can’t remember for sure, & that is before I started labeling the packages with a date as they come in.
The original Zhu Rong I fell in love with was deeply chocolatey, like a dark fancy unsweetened chocolate bar from some exotic location, with a snazzy wrapper, & it costs way more than you want to spend, but you know that you are going to save it for an extremely special occasion, that you’re going to let every square melt in your mouth, & it’s so worth it.
This may be the last cup of that tea. Or not. Teas do change from season to season. There is more or less rain, or the grower may do a little something different with the leaf. I’m sure there are many variables, so I have packages from Summer & from Fall. I’ll probably order a few oz of the current offering as well, although I’ve noticed that the description of the tea has changed considerably. I meant to save this last cup’s worth, so that I could compare them all, but instead I’m just enjoying it for what it is, & it is good.
I made this at Tony’s to enjoy in my bubble bath.
It’s one of his favorites, & although I don’t drink it often, I guess today is the day.
It’s main feature is a bright & juicy orange, with a touch of bergamot, & a lingering grapefruit finish. It’s a little on the acidic side for my tastes, but definitely bright & cheery. The base is earthy, & almost shu puerh-like, so although I’m no expert, I’d say it’s yunnan.
Note to self: send a sample of the to ks
I have no idea which harvest this is, but probably from a year ago. I went through a phase of stockpiling this tea, & really, I should probably drink it every day for awhile, because I have plenty.
Obsessive compulsive? Yeah, but the other reason I collected it was so that I could do comparisons on the various harvests, over the course of a year or so. I realize different harvests are going to be nuanced differently, due to various factors, so one of these days maybe I’ll open a series of bags, to sample & compare them. Or else I’ll just have enough LB to drink for the rest of my life.
This one? Unsweetened cocoa with a beany backdrop. Yeah, I like it, although some harvests have been beanier than others, & those have been my least favorite (but I have no idea which ones they were).
I got my 2 sons to help me string a fence across my yard, so that Trouble the dog can’t poop & dig in my garden anymore. It’s nothing fancy. We used cheap fencing that I already had, & I made a gate out of a section of fence, some wire, & a bamboo post. Like everything in my garden, it will probably be temporary, but then again, maybe not. I posted 2 pics on my FB.
Now I’m relaxing at Tony’s, enjoying this tea, & watching Cardinals baseball. Unfortunately, it looks like Pittsburgh will win this one :(
I’ve claimed sipdowns of this tea twice! First I drank a Sample Sil had provided, then I received another sample from Garret. And then Sil sent me some more!
Not like it’s a problem, or anything, because it is a tasty cup, & I enjoyed a whole pot of it today with my lunch. See previous reviews for further comments, because I know I’m not really doing this tea justice today.