2863 Tasting Notes
Like many others here, I took advantage of Green Terrace Tea’s offer of 3 free samples, & I’m glad I did. My teas arrived on Saturday, & I’m enjoying this one now.
This is a lovely tea, a very gentle tea, that brings to mind a creamy bowl of oatmeal, with some peach or apricot jelly stirred in, & some honey drizzled on top. I’m thinking apricot, as there is a slightly tangy quality to it. All of the flavors linger nicely. This is not a bold wake up! kind of tea, but is more like a homey breakfast, very soothing & comforting.
Thanks very much for the sample, Green Terrace Tea! I’ll share the remainder of it with my dear Tea Sister, Sil.
Unless she got her own…
I was up bright & early both yesterday & today, & out in the garden, trellising tomatoes.
This isn’t their first trellising of the year, but a much more critical one, as there are tons of fruit already set, & I’ve been neglecting them for a few weeks, so their was serious Urban Sprawl going on. Through a serious of branches, bamboo, string, rope, etc, some of them are now in a much more organized way.
I carried a cup of this around with me during the first round of tying things up, a pleasant wake me up, but it turned out to not agree with my tummy, so when I started getting queasy I had to come in & fix myself some breakfast before I could finish my cup.
Still tasty though!
I drank a lot of tea yesterday, while I spent the day putting down the last coat of noxious primer & the first coat of porch paint, but they were all teas I have reviewed before, so I’m ok not posting about them.
This is my first cup of the day, my 2801 review, & I just took the last sip. I thoroughly enjoyed it, but am having trouble coming up with anything to say…
I don’t really feel like it is similar to PTA, it’s a bit more masculine, if that makes sense. The aroma is fruity, the flavors I tasted were malty, fruity, with an almost candied fruit kind of taste on the edges, chestnut, & an interesting almost coffee-like bittersweet chocolate too.
Keep in mind 2 things:
- I used this strainer a couple days ago for red queen cupcake, & although I soaked & rinsed it thoroughly, there still may be some flavor contamination (although it’s damn good contamination), &
- I spent the last 2 days breathing paint & primer fumes, & although the paints I’ve used are low VOC, the unavoidable primer I had to use is not, & it’s awful. I’m pretty sure I have lung, sinus, brain, liver, & kidney damage now.
How anybody ever develops a glue sniffing habit is far beyond me to understand.
I spent another day working on my front porch. Lots of caulking, & finally covered the floor of the porch, stairs, etc with primer. My porch looks like a Cinderella porch right now, IMO, there is so much White everywhere! But that will change tomorrow when I lay down the actual real paint. If you want to see my latest progress:
So I got my Butiki order yesterday, including an oz of this tea.
I arrived at Tony’s after a full day of work, covered with paint, caulk, etc, made a cup of this tea, & crawled into the bubble bath.
The aroma of this tea is heavenly! It immediately brought to mind the image of a dessert I’ve never had, but I had a very clear picture of it in my mind. I’m talking about a beautiful clear glass serving dish filled with layers of ladyfinger cookies soaked in espresso, strawberries, whipped cream, & a dusting of dark chocolate powder over the top.
This tea IS that dessert, not only in the aroma, but it also tastes like I imagine that dessert would taste.
“Hello old friend! Would you like to take a walk in my garden with me?”
And so I brewed a cup. It’s been awhile since I ran out of this tea.
We watered the Northern Quadrants, picked some dill & cukes,
ate some berries & sungold cherries, & harvested some zukes,
We gathered some greens, asparagus, onions & garlic. And then I weeded.
This lovely cup of tea was exactly what I needed.
I had a headache this morning, & really needed a boost of energy. I made a cup of this malty satisfying brew right before Tony showed up & whisked me away to Lowe’s to pick up a few supplies, including a new front porch light. The old light was ugly to begin with, poorly hung, & doesn’t match anyway (it was a yucko cream color that had yellowed over the years), plus the cover was always full of bugs, which caused the light to be dim.
The new light is beautiful. My son Drew hung it, with Tony advising him.
Another full day working on my front porch rehab project. Tony came over to put rubber treads on my steps (so my harp dolly won’t tear up the paint), & I had to face some disappointment when I discovered that the 4 X 8 foot commercial runner I ordered won’t come for 4 – 6 weeks. Dammit. It’s the width of my front door, & just long overlap the top stair tread. Anyway, the latest pics are up on my FB, for anybody who would like to see my progress. I think it’s coming along nicely!
This was actually my last tea of the day. I was peeling off the blue painting tape, making note of touch ups I’ll have to do, & this was the perfect tea for the job! Comforting, grounding, bringing me back down to earth after spending a large portion of my day on a ladder, paintbrush in hand.
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.