3046 Tasting Notes
I allowed myself the luxury of sleeping as long as I wanted/needed to today, laying there, coming in & out of consciousness until 10. I could actually probably sleep until noon, but I do have 2 weddings to play at today, one at 1:30, the other at 5:00, with quite a bit of driving in between, so I figured I’d better get rolling.
This is a lovely & sweet tea, with a rich flavor & fragrance: hay, malt, sweet potato, caramel. No blaring brass, not particularly bassy, I’d say it’s a woodwind quarter, with maybe a little cello & viola thrown in.
Delicious! This is reminding me of an earthy oval tine on the 3rd steep! Peat, milk, light chocolate. An aromatic wood, maybe cedar, joins the ensemble after a few steeps, gradually building, with a lingering sensation in the front sinuses, & a building third eye energy. My mouth & throat are all a tingle, with a vics vaporub camphor/eucalyptus sensation too.
It’s a very potent 5th, 6th, & 7th chakra opening mind blower.
And now I think I’ll go play my Harp for awhile.
Still watering the garden. I planted 5 different varieties of Sweet Potatoes this year. Some of them are showing great signed on productivity! Others don’t appear to be all that robust. No matter, I’ll enjoy whatever I get. I’m hoping the first frost takes it’s sweet time, to give them as long as possible to grow. This is the biggest sweet potato crop I’ve ever planted, & I’ve been thinking recently that I really need to figure out where I’m going to store them all this winter, because I could really end up with ALOT of sweet potatoes (which is a good thing, I eat one almost every day, they are SO good).
Breakfast was leftover fajitas from last night, with an egg on top, & a pot of this tea. It seemed like a good pairing for something spicy, & it was! Rich & smokey, a little sweet, & rather bold. A very big contrast from the purple tea gongfu session. I will say that it is tasting kind of woody to me today, but I probably over-tea-ed a bit, while I’m doing all this multi-tasking.
My first cooking project of the day is well underway: slow roasted tomatoes. I’m using a mix of Italian paste, & my beloved San Marzanos, drizzled with olive oil & salt. They’ll be in the over at 300 for about the next 3 hours or so. Now back to the garden.
I’ve had trouble getting myself to wake up this morning, & would still like to go back to bed, but I goofed off for most of tuesday (the day I usually do a lot of food prep for the rest of the week), & there is just SO MUCH that needs to be done. So I got up at 8:00, dropped my car off to get a new alternator belt & check a few things, walked home, & started watering my seriously neglected garden. I’m using the small sprinkler method, where I set up a sprinkler somewhere, do a little weeding nearby, move the sprinkler, come in & drink a steep or 2 of tea, move sprinkler, pick something like tomatoes, or graze on raspberries (that was actually one of the first things I did). I’ve been doing this for the last hour or so, during which time I sipped a cup of bone broth laced with a pinch of salt & crushed homegrown garlic, sipped a smaller cup of my Elderberry Kombucha (it’s SO good!), & sipped several steepings of this tea, which is from the spring of 2014 .
I’ve really been enjoying the wild purple varietals of tea for awhile now. I think I have 4 or maybe 5 in my collection (not counting purple puerh). They are not a tea I drink all the time, because I feel like it’s the kind of tea I want to really take my time with.
This one has a dry aroma of tart plums, & once the leaf is warmed, it becomes fruity & rich, even a little malty, like some kind of baked plum dessert. That alone is a beautiful thing, just breathing the aroma from my tiny teapot. After lingering for a few breaths, it’s time to drink some tea! The tea itself starts out reminding me of congee rice, only sweeter, with a brothy quality as well. Through multiple steepings it blooms into full flavors.It is sweet, it is tangy, plumy good, with a Eucalypus sensation, an awesome tongue tingle, & a growing strong & peaceful energy that is perfect for just putting one foot in front of another: Walk to garden, move hose, pick something, enter house, pour more tea & savor. Repeat. Don’t forget to breath deeply. This is my morning.
Here is the September offering for Jalam’s tea club, which features a different 100G puerh cake each month. I love that size of cake :) Most of the teas have been sheng, but a few have been Shou, with this being one of them. Today was my first sampling of this one, which started out with an immediate sweetness & graininess, like boston brown bread, sweetened with molasses. It quickly developed a cream taste & quality, somewhere in the middle it tasted kind of like copper, followed by a kind of sour rye taste, and although that might seem weird to some of y’all, I’ve been enjoying every steep. Now it’s a sweet
There was nothing funky about this cake at all, no weird tastes or smells. It has a very clean quality, a strength to it, & immediately I felt great energy spreading throughout my body, revitalizing me from head to toe!
I love working from home!
I slept in until 8:30, such a luxury these days. It felt good just to lie in bed & gradually unfold into the world, sunlight streaming through my south window, filtered by the plants that reside there. I knew I wanted some kind of golden yunnan type of tea, with a laid back gongfu session, using my golden yunnan yixing & other beautiful teawares.
5G x 4oz yixing (rinse) X 15/30/45sec/1/2/3/4/5min
And breathing…lots of slow deep relaxed breathing.
This is such a lovely tea, perfect for waking up to. It’s not bold & brash, it’s comforting.
Dropping the long beautiful leaves into a preheated yixing, the aroma of honey & malto-meal immediately rises to greet me. I breath it in, & exhale, saying, “Thank You”.
The tea itself becomes toast with butter & honey. Sweet, rich, satisfying, delicious.
I savor every drop.
I was feeling in need of a perk-up earlier, so I decided to pull out one of the many YS Sheng samples I haven’t tried yet. The dry leaf is predominantly in shades of gray (50? no not quite, heh), with strands of beige & olive, & an aged but sweet hay aroma.
Warming the leaf brings out a sweet creamy barley shroom soup essence…hmmm…!
I’ve been through several steepings, but I can tell there are still quite a few to go.
This starts out with a very appealing taste that I can’t quite pinpoint. It’s fruity & sweet. It kind of reminds me of fruit loops a little bit, ha! In fact, for a moment I was afarid that my cast iron kettle, which I had combined a few steeps in, was contaminate by somebody brewing some flavored blasphemy in it, so I poured a few steeps directly from my yixing into a cup, & the taste continued down the sweet & fruity path! Yay!
A little tart, definitely sweet, a little floral…I’m really enjoying it, & would sit here & continue to steep it out, but I’ve got somewhere to go.
I’ll take this back up tomorrow…