3001 Tasting Notes
OMG, Stacy, this is the best Darj I have EVER tasted!
Please, sir, I want some more…
I came home to discover that my Butiki order has arrived!!!
Yay!! I started this order a week ago, & Stacy asked me if I’d to sample some of the new teas, giving me a list of what I could choose from. I ended up buying an oz of each one, because they all sounded so amazing, & I’d rather get an oz than a 1 serving sample any day. So I basically doubled my order, LOL.
I immediately made a cup of this one. It’s rich with malt & chocolate, but also fruity & bright. I haven’t been drinking as many assams lately, & this is a welcome potent cup of awesomeness. Thanks Stacy! You can always count on me to buy more tea!
I’m not going to go into any detailed reviews here, because it’s been a busy day. I managed to have a 2nd cup of tea before I left to play the wedding, a cup of Crimson Horizon.
Short story about the wedding: Usually I play solo, but today I played with trumpet, oboe, guitar, & 2 vocalists. It was a Catholic full mass, & I was suppose to play classical solos for the first 30 minutes while the guests were arriving. Then we all played together, in various combinations. The Oboe player is an older gentleman, & is friends with the bride’s family. He is very good, but maybe a little out in left field? While I was playing my solos, he was messing around with his oboe, making little nasal tweet sounds, with no regard for the solos I was playing. I’ve never had that happen with another musician. I kept thinking maybe I should politely ask him to knock it off, as it was distracting & disrupting. Did he realize I was suppose to be playing? Then the trumpet guy whispers to him, “hey man, why don’t you practice later? She’s playing, ya know?” So he stops, & they are whispering back behind me in the musicians area, which doesn’t bother me at all. Next thing you know, he’s back, making little squacks & sort of half-ass trying to play along with me. I looked over my shoulder at the trumpet guy, he shrugs & mouths, “I tried”.
Thank god, the wedding finally started. I also played a few solos at the end, but he was packing up to leave, so he left me to it.
Finally, a decent cup of tea!
(breathes a sigh of relief)
Here is my story…
I enjoy incense, but NOT in my tea, as is evidenced in my reviews of the Earl of Anxi. I didn’t get to drink very much tea yesterday, & this morning I have to get ready for a wedding, so I won’t get to drink much either, so imagine my unhappiness when I started sipping my first cup of the day, Lord Petersham, & it tasted of perfume. WTF????
I dumped it, incredulous that it wasn’t the beloved lord of tea that I was looking for.
I made a cup of Persian Princess…same problem! !#)%&$^@)P$#KUW)R!@%$TPQL???
Then I realized there was some fine brown powder on the table, (I’m not very observant when I first wake up) & yes, it was incense power, as if somebody opened a box of incense there & didn’t bother to clean it up. Right next to the towel on the table where all my little tea pots, cups, spoons, strainers, & other paraphernalia await me while I sleep. Except for my yixings (thank god!!). They all live in my office.
So now, finally, I’m enjoying a cup of something that doesn’t taste like perfume. I love Nag Champa, but not in my tea! I brewed this cup in my office, with my office electric kettle, & later today when I get home from the wedding, I will be on a cleaning rampage, washing all my tea stuff that’s in the vicinity of the desecration, soaking them in baking soda water too.
Speaking of baking soda water, some of you might recall that about a month ago the mother of one of my students gave me a beautiful stainless steel tea caddy. Unfortunately, she must have stored something other than tea in there, as it reeked of perfume. I ignored it for awhile, but yesterday I decided it was time. I soaked & then washed it in soapy water, then I soaked & rinsed it in fresh water. It was sparkling clean, but I could still smell a perfume smell. So I soaked it in baking soda water for the rest of the day.
The good news? It smells like…nothing!!!
Except it’s on that towel on the table, but it’s upside down, so hopefully it won’t smell like nag champa.
I will probably let it dry for a month before I actually use it, just to make sure it’s really dry!
Anyway…This is a tasty & welcome Assam, & I’m grateful to enjoy it.
It is the evening, & I’m not quite ready to quit drinking tea just yet, but I’ve really been cutting back on my caffeine lately, & admittedly, I’ve been sleeping so much better!
Sil sent me this, once upon a time (a couple of boxes ago…her most recent box will be the death of me). Tonight seems like the perfect night to drink it. We’re suppose to have severe storms all night, & although we had a little wind earlier, & I just heard thunder, we haven’t had much rain yet tonight. I’m staying in, trying to get caught up on a few things at my desk & then hopefully going to bed early.
I eat dandelions for breakfast. You might laugh, & think that as a gardener, I’m just saying that as a threat to any dandelions that might be thinking of springing up in my garden, but actually, I really do eat them for breakfast this time of year. In fact, I selectively allow them to grow, & then when they look just right, & twist them out with as much of the root included as possible. They make a great frittata, especially if you include some of the flowers too. They are amazingly good for your liver, & although they can be a little bitter, we need a little bitterness in our lives to help us enjoy the sweetness that life also has to offer. I have a friend that goes to the park every morning & digs them up, taking the roots home & roasting them for tea. I’ve never roasted my own roots, but I do enjoy roasted dandelion tea (& roasted chicory as well), so naturally I thought this would be the roasted root. It’s not. It’s the leaf & stems. Oh well. It’s not as satisfying as the root tea would be, but it’s not bad. More of a delicate herbal, & would probably be nice mixed in with some lemon balm, mint, or other delicate herbals of that nature.
This has been a rough & non-productive week for me, for the most part. My desk is piled high with unfinished business, I did almost nothing in my garden all week. OK, I did pick some asparagus, onions, & lettuces, & today I finally went out there for an hour & weeded the gazebo, where hopefully tomorrow I’ll plant grapes & kiwi’s. But that’s really pretty much it. Allergies suck!
This tea, on the other hand, is a lovely oasis of delight. I sipped it over the afternoon, & I know I should give some description of it, but I’m brain dead, & I just can’t think of anything to say. Except it is lovely.
Time to rehash my day, through tea :)
This was the gong fu cha of the morning. The black leaves are small & tightly twisted, with an aroma of chocolate.
5G + 4oz (rinse) X 15/30/45 sec
This first round of 3 steeps featured roasted grain, sorghum molasses, & a quickly building satisfying mouth of hot cocoa, with an unbelievably creamy texture.
In the 2nd round of steepings the flavors began to fade, until I was left with sweet wood & a slight lingering incense feel.
A perfect start to my day :)