2918 Tasting Notes
It looks like there are 2 listings for this tea, one as French Breakfast, & one as French Breakfast Tea. Se la Vie… (I don’t speak french, so I probably spelled that wrong).
This is an offering from Sil in the BBBB. I feel as if I’m drinking a croissant glazed with dark chocolate, & there is even a slight coffee bitterness to it, & it is wonderful with breakfast: Asparagus, poached eggs, & crispy lardons, sprinkled with dill, chives, dried shallots, white pepper, & pink Himalayan salt). There is just enough of this for one more cup, so it goes into the sipdown box, for some future extravaganza. Unless somebody would like to sample it?
I was going to head out into the garden for an hour, but suddenly we’re having a spring storm, which is fine with me. I love storms & I can garden tomorrow!
I’m starting the day off with a sipdown of one of the BBBB teas, compliments of Tasty Brew. A nice smooth cup, rich & mouth filling, with a pleasantly deep sweetness, & a bright fruity finish. So often tea companies have descriptions for their teas that are way over the top, but this company seems pretty down to earth, using words like molasses & mango, & I taste where they are coming from.
Boychik offered to send me some of this before it was actually available on A & D’s website, & for that I am grateful! Of course, as soon as A & D made it available, I ordered a tin, how could I not? Both packages arrived on the same day!
So today I’ve been enjoying my generous sample from Boychik. I made a cup earlier, using a tsp, & following the 5 min suggested steeping. It was tasty, but a little on the weak side. Now I’m having another cup, this time using 2 tsp, at 5 min, & it’s very rich & robust, with a fruity aroma & taste, a little smoke, & a lingering bitter chocolate afterglow.
I will probably experiment with the steep time, but I bet this would be especially awesome with a little maple syrup drizzled in…
Thank you LaLa for this one, which is bold, malty, & fruity, with a slight bitter edge that I’m enjoying this morning! I’m not quite at a sipdown with this one, I have just enough one more cup, so it goes into the sipdown extravaganza box for future reference.
Unless one of my friends would like me to send it along as a sample?
And so the new month begins!
I’m starting the month with 312 teas (which includes the ones I ordered from Verdant that aren’t here yet). That’s 18 less than I started last month with. Somebody asked me why I have so many teas (my overall high was something above 450 a few months ago). The truth is, life is all about art & creativity, theme & variation, at least for me. The pitch of the timer on my stove is ‘B’, the key of the current timer song on my iphone (‘silk’) is ‘c minor’. I know the pitch/key of pretty much everything in & around my home. I like to think of each day as a work of art, in a tapestry that is part of an even larger tapestry, etc. So why would I drink the same tea every day? :)
Tea is also a break, for me, of the constant absorption of sound, & the analysis of that sound. Tea is not silent: there are bubblings, timers, pourings…
But tea is another form of art for me, beautifully complex.
I also have a lot of teas thanks to my many wonderful & generous tea friends, such as Charlotte Zero, who sent this one to me. To honor those friends, I’m gonna start this month by drinking the many teas they have shared. This one is delicious!
I’ve been having a little bit of an end of the month sipdown party over here, & this is another one. I’m staying in tonight, so I can a few end of the month things done in my office, including updating my tea list & printing out the new ‘Menu’. I’d like to believe that I’m ending the month with less teas than I started with, but that may not be true, as I’ve received several care packages from friends.
Oh, & I’d like to publicly apologize to the people I said I’d send out samples to, and also to the people who have sent me teas that I haven’t gotten around to drinking & posting about yet. I haven’t forgotten you or your teas, I promise!
So the first steeping of this tea is very tasty, fruity, & satisfying. The resteep is just ok.
I can’t believe I still have all of the green teas sent out last spring from the verdant TOMC & reserve TOMC. This is one of them. I enjoy them, but I tend to drink other teas instead. One of my goals for April is to drink green or white tea each day, so that I can start working my way through these.
This one is tasty. The leaves are pressed flat, resembling dragonwell in their appearance. The flavor is rich & thick (I’m on the 3rd steep), kind of nutty, & of course, green! I know that’s a lame & generic description, but I’m trying to get some work done around here, hahaha