2193 Tasting Notes
So….I thought I was getting better and expected to be 100% today, and instead find myself back to where I was day before yesterday, just not coughing as much. My throat is raw and sore and feels best when I am drinking tea so I prepared another gong fu session for hubby and myself tonight.
As I went through the envelope so generously sent by K S I read off the name of each tea, trying to pick. I was a little wheezy and my voice is a lot deeper than usual. When I got to this one I said, “Jade Oolong from Little Red Cup? Aren’t you pretty! Yes, I believe I will have you tonight.” And I totally sounded like a perve. A weird tea perve, but a perve nevertheless. Seriously, I creeped mySELF out.
So in an embarrassed silence I prepared the tea with a single moderate wash of the leaves and then about five steeps. My tastes are the most occluded tonight that they have been all this while, but the impression I got was fresh, green, sweet veggies, not roasty, rather light. It definitely blooms when it cools a wee bit. We made over a liter of tea from one teaspoon of leaves and I really want more, so I am off to the kitchen to get more water and more leaf.
Hubby liked it. I asked his opinion since he hasn’t been sick and he said it was very good oolong and he would call it vegetal. He’s come a long way, baby!
Thank you, K S!
Still suffering through this cold/upper respiratory thing. Was craving a Jamocha from Arby’s and sweet hubby picked one up for me. Are they caffeinated? I mean, is that real coffee with real “keep you awake” power? I could not fall sleep. I got up and made a cup of this and it was very pleasant to drink. It is light and sweet, with minty floral springlike notes. I taste a lot of the herbs I taste in RoT’s Get Some Zzz’s, I think.
What did not happen was I did not get sleepy. Once I fell asleep I woke up every one and a half hours. Maybe from the cough, cold, caffeine, triple whammy. But I did dream about silver teapots, so that’s something!
Just before Christmas, I received a wonderful surprise in the mail…goodies from K S! In all the hubbub and getting decorations up and then down and then having the wedding, I didn’t get started on them. But hubby suggested we do yoga together tonight and I thought this one looked like a prime candidate to sip between sets and after cool down.
The first pot was a combination of four steeps made by youngest. I had given her a short steeping time because I thought it smelled like it could get strong, but instead this was cool, clean, clear snow melt,with a hint of baby sugar snap peas. We drank all of that and wanted more, so I took the remainder of the sample and made four more steeps. I gave it a little more time and now it is a little more assertive, more like green bean hulls. I wouldn’t have noticed the light smoke if I hadn’t read about it, but as I swirl air around in my mouth I pick up on it.
Thank you, K S! This was a perfect tea for relaxing tonight. Lovely!
A miserable cough and cold has struck the females in the house. I have been drinking lots of this hoping to strengthen my immune system, and I am the least miserable of the lot of us so I guess it is working. This and the Taiwan Ginseng Oolong from Teavivre seem to help me beat colds, so I will keep drinking them! The ginseng of the oolong and the cinnamon of this one gets past the stuffiness and you can taste it!
Hubby and I drank a whole lot of steeps of this tonight. A single teaspoon in my little glass pot and over a liter of water, and it just kept giving with each resteep. We are drinking this because we love it and also because middle daughter has caught a nasty cough and cold and this tea seems to help me stay well when I feel something coming on.
On a side note, my eldest daughter married her Irish fiancé Friday. We had the wedding dinner at the Pit in Raleigh, NC. I didn’t realize it had been featured on a television show as one of the best restaurants, and it was amazingly reasonably priced. But best of all, the food was unbelievably good. If you ever have a chance, go! My son’s girlfriend is vegetarian and had the barbecued tofu and loved it so much she wants to go back with her mom.
Superanna, my daughter, congrats to you! You have chosen a fine young man who is a great addition to the family.
Backlog: we drank this ALL DAY yesterday, one pot after another, each one a resteep. It stayed nice and strong. I was going to drink the lincang at first, which is really luscious, but I wanted to use the beautiful puerh knife mrmopar gave me and the breaking tray my daughter gave me for Christmas. Hubby hung the tray on the tea wall for me so it is in easy reach and yet out of the way when not in use. I will post a pic if I can get it to work!
Today was tea party day, and as promised, I served this as one of our teas. It was the second tea I served and we were having White Stilton cheese with cranberries in it, served on crackers.
My guest lifted her cup, sipped, set it down, did a double take, sipped again, and said, “What IS this?” I told her Laurent sent it and gave her the name of the tea. She sniffed it again and said, “Some tea is good. All of your tea is good. Some of it is A Plus. This is A Plus.” She remarked that it was especially nice with the cheese, and I agree. The orange of the tea didn’t fight with the stripe of cranberry running through the cheese, but instead enhanced the fruitiness. This was a great combination that I don’t want to forget.
I had also mentioned that I wanted to try it iced, and I did. I added a little of my homemade simple syrup, which is just sugar and water and no additional flavors, and it tastes just like orange blossom honey to me!
A real winner, and it is sooooo nice to have a Christmas (New Year’s, etc.) tea that doesn’t contain cinnamon and clove. I like both of those, but this is a refreshing change!
Thank you, Nina’s and Laurent!
I just received a marvelous surprise in the mail! I will try to add a link so you can see the adorable “I am keeping this forever” miniature Marie Antoinette box and the beautiful white tin of this tea.
I saw this advertised but did not order because I knew the girls had purchased lots of tea in London and Dublin for me for Christmas and hubby was getting me some puerh teas. Then I got a message from Laurent to look to my mailbox and today this arrived!
The smell when I opened the tin was incredible – I couldn’t stop smelling it. It was so intensely sweet and pure pure orange! Mandarins, I think. It is very like the fresh spray that hits your face when you are pulling back the peel of the juicy fruit.
The base tea is strong enough to taste through the orange, and the orange is the dominant flavor of them blend. I take my tea plain but I imagine this would be incredibly sweet with a bit of sugar added for those who are so inclined. This is such a lovely change from the all of the Christmas teas that are just a change of proportions of orange, clove, and cinnamon.
I am just so touched by the generosity of Nina’s and the Caravels. Thank you so much! I will be serving this at tea time on Wednesday!