2855 Tasting Notes
I thought perhaps that this high mountain red & whispering pines ailaoshan red were the same tea, so yesterday I made a cup of each (thanks to a sample from our dear TeaFairy) & attempted to drink them side by side. But I was also trying to fix breakfast in between painting sessions, operating on very little sleep, & honestly, l didn’t do a very good job of comparing the 2, although I know I enjoyed both cups. They do look very similar, both dry & steeped, although I think the whispering pine version might be a little thicker & sweeter, & I have enough of both to try again when things slow down a bit.
So for this tea: I’m still working out the steeping parameters I prefer. I tried it using 1 tsp + 8oz X 3min, & it was nice, but a little thin. So I tried the same parameters, using 1 Tb of tea, & that was much more satisfying. I’ve been outside a lot painting, & so allergies are muting my tastes a bit, but it’s a very pleasant cup with a sweet fruity taste. More of an afternoon tea, not particularly bold, or thick, & it has a kind of crystal clear quality to it .
What does that mean?
Heck, I don’t know…kind of like the water from a sweet spring, I guess.
little terri told me to say it.
Now her & Ms Theresa are laughing, like it’s some kind of private joke.
Another tea to enjoy in the tub.
One of the things I love about this tea is the fact that it does not contain rooibos.
You see, back in the 70’s, long before rooibos came on the scene here in the US, herbal teas were a lot better than they are now. They were made from real things, like roasted chicory root…which I will always love. Now everything is rooibos this & tulsi that, both fads that I hope will pass soon, along with all the artificial bs flavoring.
Yes, celestial seasonings sold out to some big commercial giant, but at least they had the decency to preserve some of their original formulas, like this one, which is still my favorite non-caffeine chai.
I’m happy to announce that my front porch rehab project is coming along nicely!
I’ve been slapping primer around for a week, in between other activities like gardening, students, food, & sleep, and today I put on the final coat of white paint, so now the ceiling & all the columns & hand rails are painted, except for the stair rail, which still needs more primer. Tomorrow I plan to do the accent color, which I’m very excited about (if you only knew how difficult it is for me to select colors, you’d be excited too). I’m also hoping to put down the first coat of primer on the floor.
I’m rewarding myself with 2 cups of yum & a hot bath. This is the first one, one of those rare rooibos that I actually like. A creamy dreamy lemony concoction, not particularly tart, but tasty & soothing like a sweet lemon pudding in a graham cracker crust.
This tea smells amazing!
It doesn’t taste as good as it smells, & it burns my throat a little, although I’m not sure why. I’ve drank Lapacho (pao d’arco, taheebo) from time to time, & have a powdered version of it from the local herbalist shop (Chery’s Herbs). Cheryl recommended it to me to improve my immune system to help with allergies, & if I used it like she suggested, it would probably help. But I tend to forget. It is somewhat bitter, but has never burned my throat,
so I’m inclined to think the the burning throat problem is from the ‘flavoring’ in the tea.
Thanks to my Steep Sister, Sil for sending the sample. It smells so awesome that I could sit around huffing the bag it came in until bedtime.
Sipdown! That’s 4 sipdowns today, plus I realized one of the teas on my list is no longer in my cupboard, so I’m down to 384, just like that!
This one is from Cavocorax. I was pretty sure I would hate it, at least as a hot tea. I just don’t like very many flavored green teas, & we all know what it’s like to have a cherry tea that tastes like cough syrup. So I poured the whole sample into a quart jar of water & stuck it in the frig for a cold steep. I drank some a little while ago, with a little stevia, & it’s like Koolaid for grown ups :)
A little tart & tangy, & refreshing!
This raw puerh comes from a trade with Tea Explorer.
The dry leave is brown with occasional streaks of green, very compressed like old adobe bricks, with a horse barn aroma that lingers in the sinuses, & I like it.
Warms, the leaf is less barn like & gives of a slightly sweet & marine aroma.
After a couple of rinses, the tea isn’t horsy or barnlike at all, more like fresh bread & greens, but in a subtle way. The leaf opens quickly & becomes a deep green, like steamed Kale.
I’ve been drinking it for awhile now, & its satisfying & smooth, with elements of roasted barley, butter, & light smoke. I used 4 G to a 5oz Yixing, but I think next time I need to up it, as I’d like it to be a little more robust.
Another Sipdown, this one from Cavocorax.
I made a 16oz teapot of it, a little on the strong side.
I drank some of it with breakfast & it is potent!
It amazed me how different teas can be from one another, & it’s especially fun to drink teas with very different profiles one after another. This Assam has a little of that ‘shiny’ quality, like a piece of black obsidian. It also has a fruity tartness, like not quite ripe plums, & a decent serving of Malt!
Now for some front porch painting!
Last night before bed I did my monthly tea count & analysis. It’s one of my rare left brain quirks, which keeps Ms Theresa happy, so here it is:
Total Tea Collection – 389
Whites (flavored & plain) – 7
Green (ditto) – 9
Oolong (unflavored, all varieties) – 32
Black – 85
Flavored Black – 13
Shu – 27
Flavored Shu – 1 (Sichuan Caravan)
Sheng – 56 “WHAT? When did this happen?” Ms Theresa Screamed. Little Terri looks back defiantly, “Relax, it’s mostly samples…& a few bricks…”
Trades for various awesome friends, of every tea type – 135 LOL, I love you guys!
Mate – 1
Tisanes – 9
Herbs (like elderberry, nettles, etc) – 20
So there you have it, the big reveal. They say the road to recovery begins with honesty, right? Lots of these are small quantities, but some are crazy hoarded amounts. I’m not going to weigh them, LOL, because if I did someone might check me into an observation ward of some kind, where I wouldn’t have access to my beloved teas, & then I’d truly go insane!
With so much tea, what do you drink?
Whatever you want!
So I started the day & the month with this one, a tea I truly love, although honestly, I love almost all of them, especially the black ones.