3004 Tasting Notes
Brett, from Tribute Tea, sent me some free samples of teas that aren’t actually on his site yet. This is one of them. The dry leaf is fresh & green, & the tea is sweet & a little buttery, very enjoyable. I don’t have much else to say, but it’s because I’ve been watching baseball & knitting like a fiend while drinking this cup. The Cardinals swept Denver, & the sock is hopefully gonna be finished today…finally!
Another tea I drank earlier today, this is a Taiwanese hong yun type, I think. Thick, rich, & fruity, today I’m really enjoying it’s sweet decadence. It brings to mind a fruity plum jam.
Sometimes I don’t enjoy taiwanese blacks as much, & I think it’s because I have a tendency to use too much leaf, & they don’t respond well to that. Today I was a little more conservative with the tea quantity, & the result was delicious.
I’m enjoying a delicious cup of this tea, along with a deliciously relaxing Sunday morning.
Toasty, malty, nice tongue tingle, a little spice, a rich resinous feel, a sweet aftertaste.
Kind of like having a bowl of oatmeal, drizzled with bee pollen, cinnamon, & honey, & a piece of toast.
Now for breakfast…
I had a little time to kill between weddings, so I came home to relax for half an hour, & made myself a cup of this, which I got in my last YS order. I do enjoy chrysanthemum, & of course, I actually have some here, so I guess I didn’t really need to buy a 100 G brick, but it is beautiful to look at, & I am always & forever curious, so I bought it.
I probably should be doing this gongfu, but I don’t want to take in TOO many liquids before the 2nd wedding, so I went with a western steeping of it for 3 min.
And…I don’t really know what to say…lol. It isn’t knocking my socks off, but it also isn’t gross in any way either. Very smooth, very drinkable, I’m getting a bit of a head rush, along with a nice tongue tingle. My sinuses are opening, & that’s a good thing. As I’ve said before, I think Sheng pure helps allergies, & now I guess some Shou Puerhs also are helpful, or maybe its the chrysanthemum flowers? Anyway, flavor wise, I’m having trouble pinning it down…
roasted hominy…a rich soil…a slight bitterness like hops…
my cup is empty, time to go play the 2nd wedding. I’ll try to return for a resteep or 2 later.
I have 2 weddings to play this afternoon.
The first one is a Catholic wedding Mass at 2:00
This is an amazing church!
(That’s coming from a non-religious, semi-buddhist irreverent musician)
The 2nd one is outside at a golf club, weather permitting (I’ll need my fingerless gloves).
I can’t drink too much tea, because:
1. Sil & I drank so much tea yesterday, I’m still peeing
2. Once you start playing at a wedding, you better hope you don’t have to pee, unless you are wearing a catheter & bag (NOT, LOL).
So this is my final cup of the morning. Really, I’m being a copy cat cuz several other people are drinking & posting about it, so why not me?
It’s rich, it’s hot, I like black tea, & I like vanilla.
Since my Senses are somewhat senseless today, that’s all I got.
So far today I’ve been just laying around at my house, but I finally made some breakfast & have also been enjoying 3 & 5 min steeps of this tea. For some reason, it’s not as wonderful as I remember it, & seems kind of weak, even though I know I used the same quantity I always use.
It’s probably because my tastebuds & sinuses are allergy-affected.
OR maybe there was a higher ratio of white tea in that TB.
Who knows? Who cares?
It still tastes good, & although I drink hot tea year around, I especially enjoy it when the cool weather arrives, & it is pleasantly cool & wonderful here is St. Louis!
My visit with Sil was awesome, but short. We laughed a lot, & we drank a bunch of tea!
If you’d like to see a video of her playing my small harp, here it is:
I have become Comfortably Numb…
I’d like to thank Gingko from Life in Teacup for sending me a sample of this. I was curious about it, due to their blog, but they don’t offer it on the website, so I feel very fortunate to be able to give it a try.
We’re enjoying back to back steeps of it, maybe on #5 & 6, & although it’s not particularly potent, it has a pleasant sweet cream kind of taste, & vanilla mouth. A gentle maltiness is also there, & the chaqi sensations are outrageous. My chakras are all pulsating on high.
Sil & I have to leave for the airport pretty soon, but this has been a really fun, albeit short, day. :)
Sil is Here!!!
We’re having tea! Of course we are!
This is a sample of 2 different versions of the same tea, which I got from Life in Teacup.
One is dry stored & the other is wet stored. We’re drinking them side by side. I have the dry stored in my mixing & the wet stored in an earthen gaiwan. Each tea has it’s own pitcher that holds 2 steeps, so we’re doing 2 steeps of each tea in each round, combining those 2 steeps in their respective pitchers, & sipping them side by side. Is that too complicated?
I’m not gonna be overly eloquent.
The dry stored version is my preference of the 2, at least initially. It has a bit of a metallic sensation on the end of the tongue at first, which I feel later translated into more of a camphor quality. The wet stored initially had the taste & aroma of a root cellar, & cedar. And dirt.
We’re on the 3rd round. (which is technically the 5 & 6 round of each).
Now the dry is becoming sweeter, the wet has a very strong tongue tingle.
Anything I say from henceforth might sound like utter nonsense, because I’ve got a hell of a tea buzz going on now!