1119 Tasting Notes
Sipdown no. 127 of the year 2014. I didn’t drink a lot of tea today—a cup in the morning, two at work, and a commute home with this, plus the last two bags in my bigass Shakespeare mug that looks like this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Wedgwood-creamware-Shakespeare-mug-ca-1964-/161232245159?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item258a30d1a7
(Hope that link works.)
This isn’t goodbye, just until we meet again.
I’ve been drinking a lot of the same things over and over working them toward sipdown. Sometimes there’s something new to say, but often there isn’t—so I haven’t been writing notes on everything I drink.
Today I’m drinking this from a teabag at work (I have a handful of Kusmi teabags of this and St. Petersbourg). It’s really different than I recall it being on any previous occasions.
It’s rose! That’s what I’m smelling, and that’s what I’m tasting. There is a slight citrusy note, too, but mostly it’s floral and mostly it’s rose.
Which is fine with me because I heart rose teas.
As it cools, it becomes more of a melange of indistinct floral, and not quite as enjoyable as it was when hotter.
Does anyone know whether peppermint is associated with St. Patrick’s day for any reason other than that peppermint is green (and peppermint fillings in candies are often dyed green as well)? I googled this question but didn’t find an answer and lost patience after flipping through the first four pages of search results.
I’m glad it can contribute to today’s theme, even if the only reason is it’s green. The peppermint leaves in and among the mate certainly are, in any case. The steeped mate is rather the color of butterscotch candy.
This is progressing, slowly, toward sipdown. Maybe this week, but if not, certainly next.
Today’s commuting tea. It would have been today’s commuting tea even if it wasn’t a GREEN tea in my GREEN Timolino in my GREEN car in keeping with the St. Patrick’s Day theme. But the fact that it is all those things is a bonus today. I am nearing sipdown on this one, probably later in the week at the rate it’s going.
And I’m secretly already planning what I’m going to drink on le quatorze juillet, for which I have myriad contenders already.
Sipdown no. 126 of the year 2014. I thought about drinking down the remainder of this sample several times over the last few weeks, but decided to save it for St. Patrick’s Day. Coincidentally, I don’t have any other teas ready for sipdown today (unless I drink a single serving sample), so it’s doing double duty. After this one and the last of my string of calls from home this morning, I’ll pour a GREEN tea into my GREEN Timolino and get in my GREEN car and head to the office. Heh.
This is really delicious. Today I’m getting some lovely cocoa notes and a touch of smoke, but without heaviness and with some natural sweetness in the sip and the aftertaste. It’s more full bodied and has a richer flavor than the LeafSpa Irish Breakfast that started my morning but it’s easy to sip and doesn’t bother my tummy.
I really love the Harney & Sons black tea blends. This is on my shopping list already, or I’d certainly put it there.
The second in the St. Patrick’s Day themed tea-drinking day.
I’m realizing what it is about this tea that makes it somewhat less easy of a sipdown than the other 52teas blacks I’ve had recently. It’s pretty heavy.
The heaviness is what gives it the character of Irish Cream. It’s a non-alcoholic way of approximating an alcoholic beverage’s character, as it were. I don’t drink liqueurs that often, but of the ones I’ve had, I can’t say they’re light drinking experiences. This tea successfully replicates that aspect of liqueurness along with the Irish creamy flavor.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Not that I really need one, but what a great excuse to do a thematic tea drinking experience today. You don’t have to be Irish to miss the celebrations in NYC, the parades, the green beer, etc. It’s not that there isn’t an Irish community in the SF Bay Area, it’s just not very big by comparison.
After having the English Breakfast for a number of consecutive mornings, I can say there’s a big difference between the two. I go back and forth on which I like better. Initially I thought it was slam dunk English, then I thought it was hands down Irish, and now I think it really just depends on what I’ve been drinking more frequently—the more I drink each of these, the more I like it.
No. 2 sipped this this morning and said, “I like the breakfast teas because they’re plain.” By which he means unflavored and taste like “tea.” This doesn’t have the body of the English Breakfast, but if anything, that just makes it easier to drink in the morning when the stomach still hasn’t gotten with the program.
Sipdown no. 125 of the year 2014. Happy dance! Currently, this is my least favorite tisane in my cupboard so the fact that it is no longer there is a cause for a minor celebration.
Apart from this herbal, I drank NO tea today. Was out of the house most of the day and constantly on the run. I’d really like to go to bed now but must get my writing exercise in for my class before I can crash.
As the name of this says, sleep tight, all!
Sipdown no. 124 of the year 2014. Back to the gaiwan for the final serving because not enough leaf left for the Yixing.
I still feel somewhat intimidated by pu erh and I’m not sure why. I think I just need to drink more of it. Desensitize myself to my fear, so to speak.
I hope this will have provided me with a good baseline for a higher quality, unflavored shu as I sally forth into the pu erh world.
Had breakfast at Starbucks today with no. 1 on the way to kung fu. I had my usual, a spinach wrap, but as often happens when I’m in Starbucks I was really lusting after one of the pastries. I would much rather have had something with the almond paste-y flavor of a bear claw or an almond croissant this morning, but I behaved myself. For most of the day, though, I’ve been thinking about pastries and I wanted to have some Brioche. But I’m saving it for a special occasion, so I had this instead.
Sweet, buttery, almond-y goodness. Yum.