2859 Tasting Notes
Yesterday evening I stopped by ‘Traveling Tea’ shop in Maplewood before I started playing. This is the same place where I get the much adored & coveted pumpkin ginger tea that Sil & I love SO MUCH. I talked to Kateri (the owner) about getting more of that this fall, even offering to roast as many pumpkins as she needs to guarantee an ample supply for the winter. Here’s her blog – http://www.traveling-tea.com
So while we were chatting, she offered me samples of various things, including a Vanilla Oolong that was nice, & this cold drink. She actually opened a fresh bottle to offer me a little taste, and it was tasty, so I bought the rest of the bottle from her. Unlike some overly tart hibiscus drinks, this one has just enough of that herb to lift the flavor up. I haven’t drank much guayusa, so I don’t really have much to say about it, but this was a pleasant cold drink to enjoy while I was playing my first set, kind of light, kind of sweet, & gratefully cold!
I’ve bitched about making tea at Tony’s before, & I might as well admit that I’m a grumpus today, although I’m trying to get over it. Anyway, I took the kettle off the heat before it reached boiling, & even let it sit for a minute before I steeped my tea, but for some reason this cup came out incredibly bitter. That pisses me off, but I’m sure it’s not the tea’s fault, cuz I enjoyed it before. Sorry for the crappy review, Stacy.
I’m recuperating from a 5 hour gig last night. (Just for the record, WTF is up with auto correct these days? It just tried to turn recuperating into * recto opera* . Seriously! )
A 5 hour gig is a very long gig, for a harpist anyway. It was a fun gig, mostly Jazz & Originals, & I got to really crank up the volume on my Electric Harp. Maplewood, where I live, is the first suburb west of St Louis city, & this is our big annual event, a huge art show, with one of the main streets blocked off, music everywhere, food, belly dancers, hula hopers, all kinds of art on display, all kinds of artists in the act of whatever art they do. They call it Let Them Eat Art because the event is loosely based on Bastille Day, with crazy contests like The Marie Antoinette hairdo contest (think huge tall crazy white wigs), dog contests, etc.
Lots of fun for the entire family, & I’m sure there will be lots of photos too, cuz I think they have a photo contest as well.
Regarding this tea: it’s still good tea, but not the same as the original zhu rong I fell in love with.
Tony became a gramps last night! His daughter & her wife had their first baby, a little boy, & of course, he is adorable!
On another note, Leif (my son, age 21) & I made an awesome breakfast frittata this morning, & I enjoyed my half with a pot of 1910, the quintessential English Breakfast. Next up: Bubble Bath.
This tea was my gardening companion of the day, as I watered the Southern Hemisphere, ate a few blackberries, pulled a few weeds, picks some tomatoes, cukes, & red russian kale, & really just enjoyed the early morning. I’ve been waking up earlier lately, no matter how late I stay up, but it feels good to get out there in the morning.
When I opened the tin of this tea, I had a vision of cinnamon toast, which I sorely miss. That image stayed with me while I sipped both steepings of these leaves, and it was good.
Thank you to Green Terrace Teas for sharing samples of your teas, including this one.
Sometimes I like to sit with my cup of tea while it’s still too hot to drink, & just hold it under my nose & breath it in. When I did that with this cup, it was like I was breathing in the essence of a bowl of cream of wheat, drizzled with honey, & topped with a big spoonful of peach preserves. The preserves are melting, from the heat of the cereal, & it’s like anticipating that first bite of a favorite childhood comfort food.
Yup, the pretty much nails it.
Trying out a sample of this, & I want to have more to say about it, but my sipping reverie was interrupted by a client dropping off a harp for restringing, & I lost my train of thought.
I adore both Fujian & Yunnan Blacks, so there isn’t even a chance of this tea NOT being a winner, since it combines the best of both worlds. Toasted honey wheat bread, molasses, chocolate, a lovely thick mouth… sigh…