3071 Tasting Notes
I’m enjoying the quiet of the morning
yes, Sil, I know it’s almost 10:00 here, but Tony’s still sleeping :) he needs his rest!
This is a pleasant tea for a relaxed wake up, & although I do prefer it in a gongfu session, it’s good western style as well.
I know my finger is healing, because as of yesterday it is starting to itch like crazy, on the in side!
My 3000th tasting note!
Damn this tea is good!
I love a lot of different full leave single origin type teas, but admittedly, I also love a good blend, something that combines the best qualities of 2 or more teas into one cup. I’ve been a fan of A & D ever since I tried my first cup of Tiger Assam, & I never miss picking up a can of whatever their latest combo is. This one takes the cake, as far as I’m concerned.
Let me get something straight. We’re not talking about refinement here, we’re not talking chocolate, pastry, & cream. We’re talking bold & brash, leather & leiderhosen clad manly men with full beards, hoisting goliath sized ornate ceramic steins, dripping with artisanal beer. As soon as I opened the can, I could smell hops & malt, with brats on the grill, & I can swear I heard an oom pah pah brass band playing in the distance.
This tea is savory & bold, & although the initial aroma portends smokiness, the taste isn’t that apparent. To me its heavy on the malt, slightly bitter like hops, leathery, chewy & a little sour like thick old world rye bread, & I warn you, it packs a serious punch!
Don’t drink on an empty stomach!
And of course, I love the little presents the A & D boys always include. This box came with a cute little German style rubber ducky. :)
Im enjoying a few steeps of this. The leaf smelled a little fishy, but the actual tea is not. Its kind of a milk chocolate, but very clean tasting, if that makes sense to anyone. The chaqi is having an effect of making me want to just lay down & take a nap.
I really want to…
I probably need it…
But a friend is com in over to help me dig up sweet potatoes. I’ll be working left handedly, with a plastic bag covering my right hand. And don’t worry, they are pretty close to the surface!
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Today is Parent Teacher Conferences at the school, & although very few of my Harp students’ parents will stop by my table, one of the other teachers is picking me up shortly.
I’ll be glad when I can drive again, but Im grateful for her willingness to carpool.
This is my favorite Butiki Blend, which I have hoarded for awhile, no flavors added, just tea. Robust, tart, perfect in the morning. It’s almost gone.
This is a sample provided by Brett, & although I don’t really have much to say for it right now, I don’t have anything to say against it. The truth is, I think I under leafed, so its just not all that exciting, however, its me, not the tea. I happen to enjoy this one, in part because it is probably the most beautiful presentation of all green teas, with its long flat buds. Absolutely beautiful, both dry & wet.
I went ahead & added the rest of the sample to my test tube steeper, & now its much better! Sweet & crisp, like a salad of greens & pear. I taste lightly roasted pepitas too.
Not much to say about this tea that I haven’t already said in several long winded reviews :)
It is a wonderful start to my day, with the prominent aroma being honey.
My LH gongfu technique is pretty good, & since I don’t have much to do other than fill out financial papers for the hospital, & listen to music (currently Coltrane’s album Blue Train), I foresee a day filled with back to back gongfu sessions!
The silver lining :)