3091 Tasting Notes
This is more like it!
Ah… I love the sensation of caffeine, spreading through my system…sigh…
Even though I’m still a little under the weather, I have food in my belly & I’m kicking back & watching this week’s episode of “Elementary” with Tony.
This is a satisfying blend of Indian & Chinese teas. I’m grateful that I found it in my purse :)
Yesterday was a long day. There’s a stomach bug going around, & I felt it coming on Thursday evening (Tony had it Monday), so to avoid total disaster I narrowed my intake to sips of water, cultured veggie juice, kombucha, homemade broth, & an occasional slice or 2 of apple. To add a little drama, I had to practice most of the day, & also played a wedding at the Jewel Box last night. I never had a single cup of any kind of tea all day…sigh…
The good news? I never erped, if you know what I mean, & although I had stomach cramps, chills, headache, & unfocused dizziness, some of which may have been from allergies and/or caffeine withdrawals, I made it through the wedding, took my harp home, traded my fancy pants clothes for comfy PJs, & rewarded myself with a jar of trader joe’s fruit juice packed pears.
So this is my first cup of tea in roughly 36 hours, mostly out of convenience because it’s one of the only black teas at his house (the other options were Tazo awake, which I can’t drink on an empty stomach, & earl grey, which is a “no”). Luckily this one is mild.
I was once in love with these pearls, enamored with their sweet malt & chocolate essence. Then other suitors appeared, so much more glamorous, seductive & delicious, & like that boy next door from your past who went from being a lover to being a friend, it’s nice to visit & play catch up once in awhile, but the magic is gone. You can never go back.
Thanks to Lee for sharing this one, which reminds me Red Zinger, one of Celestial Seasonings originals from back in the 70’s. If you ever watched That 70’s Show, that was basically my life, lol.
This tea is bright & puckery, & for me a little rough on the tummy, but would be wonderfully refreshing over ice in the heat of summer, without a doubt. Probably not something I’ll ever stock, but for those who like tart & tangy, this one is for you!
I’ve been drinking An Xi Tie Guan Yin from Life in Teacup for the last hour or so. It’s from a sample that KS shared with me awhile back, & it’s really lovely, a golden liquid that is gently sweet, kind of brings cream of wheat with honey to mind.
I posted it here because I did see a listing for it, & I’m too lazy to add one, especially since it’s a sipdown.
Yesterday evening I dumped the rest of this tea into a qt jar, filled with water, & put in the fridge. Today I’ve been sipping it all afternoon. It’s a very refreshing blend of green & white teas from a local tea vender, with freeze dried black raspberries mixed in. It’s not something I’d crave, but I’ve enjoyed drinking it & sharing it with a few friends! That’s all she wrote!
I’ve been eyeing this tea with much trepidation. Sil has nicknamed it Tea of Doom, & included it in my box, heh. I had company this morning for a little while, company that enjoys tea. Company that actually prefers flavored teas, so I whipped this one out & served it, LOL. I used half of the sample, & the rest is going to Dag :)
Of course, I am not a fan of bergamot, although on rare occasion I can tolerate a few sips, usually from Tony’s mug.
I do love lavender in my garden, in a bath, on insect bites, on a cotton ball in my ear if I have an earache, or in little dream pillow in my bed. I don’t like it in tea so much, it’s like drinking bath water. I tried cooking with Herbs de Provence, which includes lavender, & it pretty much ruined the meal for me, although everyone else ate it.
So how was it? Both of my friend adored it. One even asked where she could get more.
Interestingly, it didn’t gross me out as much as I thought it would. It kind of tastes a little nostalgic, like the hippy herbal teas of my younger days, but it isn’t something I’d ever want to drink again.
Welcome to day 15 of little terri’s Ultimate Sipdown Extravaganza!
For the final session with this tea, part of a joint order Sil & I placed a year ago, I decided to go with about 5G steeped in 8oz at intervals of 1,2, & 5 minutes.
It’s tart & tangy tea, still reminding me of Apricot, more than anything. There is also a spicy quality, like maybe allspice &/or clove.
I’ve enjoyed the teas we got from Taiwan, & they are of high quality, but truthfully, none of them will become permanent members of my cupboard, as I don’t really love them.
I actually love chrysanthemum tea, all by itself. I used to drink a cup every day while I was fixing dinner. I haven’t been doing that, for awhile. I also haven’t been drinking my Nettles tea, which is probably why my allergies are so bad this year.
So today, after my gig, I drank a cup of this while I was fixing my dinner. I’ve had these flowers for awhile now, but the tea still tastes good to me, & I enjoyed it. End of story.
This is not a sipdown. I woke with a headache today, & every time somebody opened the door, it got worse. Some new allergen was in the air, my ears were popping, my entire body hurt, especially my head. I had a gig to play this afternoon, & I finally broke down & took a Zyrtek. I don’t really like taking medication of any kind, but I was reeling with dizziness. I haven’t been that dizzy since shortly before I gave up alcohol, lol.
I also broke down & took an Aleve.
I also used my cool finnum Zita cup (I finally figured out how to use it!). I put 1 Tb of this sheng into the filter area, added hot water, & left for my gig, adding more hot water as needed. It was just what I needed. Somewhere between the 2 meds & the tea, or possibly just because I was playing my Harp, my achiness improved.
I also now have even more money in my Playpal account…