2059 Tasting Notes
Tea of the afternoon here… do you believe I haven’t made it through my Nature’s Tea Leaf order yet? I’ve been busy!
So I am not thrilled with this particular pu-erh. In my opinion it is lacking in the raspberry flavor and what flavor I am detecting seems artificial and weird. It was better with a little turbinado sugar added. I will probably finish off the bag that I have but can’t really recommend it.
Meditation for the day: Real love is accepting other people the way they are without trying to change them.
I got this as a sample with my recent Jasmine Pearl order. I confess I let it steep for too long while I was goofing off reading some poetry by Ranier Maria Rilke: http://sanfrantea.teatra.de/2013/01/26/going-blind/
So my tea got really dark, I think I will wait to rate it until I’m paying more attention to what I am doing. I am definitely getting a sweet potato or squash type of flavor, along with the slight bitterness that Geoffrey mentioned in his tasting note. This is really good but I think I made it a touch too strong.
Tea of the morning here, another one I got in the bulk section at Whole Foods yesterday.
I got a Teavana tea mug for Christmas from my brother and this is what it looks like, very pretty!
As far as the tea is concerned, it’s a pretty nice Assam, hefty and enjoyable with a bit of soymilk. It definitely has a nice malty flavor, maybe with some caramel notes. I would consider getting more of this when the current supply is running low. For me Assams are a great breakfast tea! I think I’ll drink some more tea while I’m doing my chores today. :)
Meditation of the day from Dale Carnegie: “Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving.”
This was discovered on a recent trip to Whole Foods, I am not a big fan of Numi’s Chocolate Chai but I thought I would give this a whirl since I really like cardamom.
I’m glad I got this and I think it’s really yummy. The cardamom is really strong here and it goes so well with the earthy pu-erh, I am glad I got it. I’m drinking it plain but it would also be really good with sugar or soymilk. Thankfully I am finding I don’t really need either. I’ll have to keep this around at work as a digestif. It’s true that the cardamom is really strong but it works (for me).
Meditation for this evening: I deserve to be treated with kindness and respect, not rage and profanity.
Tea of the afternoon here, I’m finishing off this sample I got from Norbu Tea a while ago. It isn’t the sweetest white tea I’ve ever had, it borders more of nutty/sesame flavors. It’s a beautiful day here and a great day for white tea! This stuff is nice but I won’t go out of my way to get any more.
Meditation for the day: detachment is knowing that other people’s criticisms are really about them.
This is a mighty tasty tea, it’s been taking me a while to finish off these little tins I got from the Art of Tea. I really like this with both soymilk and sugar. It’s…. zesty!
Meditation for this afternoon: I will not accept anyone dumping their shame and contempt on me. I was not put on this Earth to feel bad about myself.
I am finishing off a tin of this today and am putting the Queen’s Guard from Bellocq in the tin. This has been a really nice mellow black tea. I would get some more perhaps. It’s about time to place another order with Harney and Sons.
Today’s meditation: Detachment is knowing that what others do is not a reflection on you.
Tea of the afternoon here – always good to have lots of tea on a rainy day. I did let this steep for a while and it reminds me of pineapple and popcorn flavored Jelly Bellys.
Today I am making a conscious decision to not allow people into my life who are contemptuous and have haughty attitudes or behaviors.
There is a store in the Rockridge district of Oakland called Maison d’Etre and that is where I got this tea on Sunday. I haven’t been there in a while because I have some bad memories associated with that place. Time to move on and leave the bad memories behind. I’ve never heard of Bellocq, but of course I had to get some new tea!
It’s a black tea made with roses and lavender, I admit this is a bit too much for a breakfast tea as it is exceedingly floral. To me it almost seems like a shower gel. The lavender is quite strong here. They suggest having this with a piece of lemon cake and I think that would be really nice. I’m not sure if this is an everyday type of tea but I do like it.
Today – nobody is going to tell me I am not good enough. I am good enough.