1852 Tasting Notes
My pumpkin experiment left me wanting just a basic black tea, & luckily I brought a pretty good stash with me this weekend.
Recently there was a discussion on steepster regarding black tea pearls, with one person claiming they all came from the same factory. I will have to politely disagree, because I’m certain that this is not true. I’d say that all of the ones labeled ‘fengqing’ black pearls might, but due to my ‘pearl’ fetish, I have a pretty good selection of them, & I’ve observed the following:
– they come in different sizes
– there are also color differences sometimes
– most importantly, they don’t all taste the same
I would still like to do an official comparison of the ones I have, & maybe this week I’ll finally get around to that. Meanwhile, I can say for a fact that this batch, from Mandala, is distinctly different from the ones I have from TeaVivre, which is different from the ones I have from thepuritea. I like them all.
I think these black pearls have the boldest flavor of the three: malty, rustic, with a little pepper & today I’m feeling a little citrus & allspice.
First off, I made paleo pumpkin scones from this recipe to go with breakfast: http://www.freckleditalian.com/2013/10/guest-post-recipe-paleo-pumpkin-maple.html
I did not make the final glaze, as I’m at Tony’s, & I didn’t have all the ingredients I needed. None the less, the scones are tasty! They are more cakey than scone like. Oh, how I miss the bisquity yumminess of scones!
Anyway, I used canned pumpkin puree, which I still have plenty of, so I had an idea. My silly experiment:
I made a cup of Irish Breakfast, adding a heaping TB of pumpkin puree, some maple syrup, some cinnamon, & some vanilla. It was drinkable, but so so, & the worst part was, in spite of all my stirring, there was a thick puddle of sludge (pumpkin) at the bottom of the cup. :p
Oh well…it was worth a try.
Now…what to do with the rest of the pumpkin puree…
First cup of the day, I made the mistake of letting this go a little longer, & although it was still very agreeable, I didn’t enjoy it as much. That’s ok, next time I’ll pay attention!
I would like to shout out a loud ,“thank you” to Spencer for sending me a sample of this. What a tasty treat!
This is such a pleasantly clean & clear sheng, tasting lightly of cedar & feeling like a light vanilla creamy texture. Through the sippings it became more savory, with a green olive oil pepperiness, & then later there was a sweet citrus type taste & texture. There is a very lively energy to this tea. I feel very present, laid back, & calm, & I’m thinking “bubble bath”.
I’m trying to drink at least one of my TOMC/TOMCR teas each day, to work my way through them. This was from February TOMCR, & it’s a really nice one. Sadly, this is a sipdown.
Home from the rehearsal.
6pearls + mug of hot water X 3 min (resteep 5 min)
All I can say is Thank you, I needed that.
Heading out to rehearsal with the UMSL choir. This was my tea for sipping while practicing at home, part of an order shared with Sil & BoxerMama.
Another tea I needed this morning!
Thank you Tyler!
I know this one is no longer available, & I do want to get some of the newer one, but it may be awhile, as I am short of funds. Luckily, I have enough tea here to last for the rest of my life. Although I’m sure there will be purchases made during the upcoming HoliDaze season.
Now, to my harp to practice for the choir rehearsal I have today at UMSL.
I need this.
“Thank you, Ms Stacy”
Little terri said that, but we all agree.
I played a gig tonight with my trio, 2 hours of Beatles music on flute, harp, & cello. Then I came home & spent the last couple of hours with my son Drew, watching the 3 episodes of Dr Who that I hadn’t seen yet, plus all the previews of the upcoming special. A perfect ending to a perfect day :)
Oh, and Sipdown!