307 Tasting Notes
Another Butiki Tea for the day.
I love this tea.
I finished the end of my little sample that I had. I ordered a bunch of this tea on Stacy’s birthday, though, so I’ll have more again soon. This is another one of those, “What happened to me? I’m loving black teas!” teas.
I did manage to spill boiling water on my hand while pouring this one. Oops. And since the whole world is going crazy here at work (3 different skies are falling at the moment) I didn’t even have time to go run cold water on it. Fortunately, it was only really in one little spot, and it’s only slightly twingy.
Yummy in a cup!
I decided that I wanted to drink Butiki teas all day again today. It’s always a fun way to spend my tea day.
I started with this one. I had a teeny tiny bit left from what I took from the TTTTB what seems like ages ago. (That tea box is what really got me from enjoying a couple of Butiki Teas to loving Butiki Teas.)
Creamy, rich, just the right amount of nutmeg. Delicious.
It helped keep me a little more calm this morning once I got into the office.
I finally got to pick up my car yesterday, after 57 days in the body shop. He looks great. (Yes, my car is a boy. His name is Jake.) This is after they screwed up all the vinyl work before. But now he looks nice: https://www.flickr.com/gp/cheri0627/Bp16P7/
The one taillight and brakelight were both not working on my way home. And then trying to get to that to check it out, we realized that the hatchback wasn’t opening with the button. Nice. They actually broke the connector for the button and the license plate lights.
So I had to go back to the body shop and show them my problems. They’re ordering new parts.
And I’m still ticked off
But nice tea really helped.
Oh this was yummy!
I got this sample a few days ago from Cameron B. and it is even labeled Wee Snaily Yums!
Creamy, chocolaty, but not overly so. Just the right amount of malty. And I might even call that bit kind of sweet potato. Maybe. I’m not sure. It definitely has a hint of sweetness to it.
What has happened to me? When did I start liking black teas?
Interesting. Somehow this wasn’t listed as being in my cupboard even though I know I added it.
Anyway, this was my drive into work tea today. I have it like this a lot, but today I feel like writing about it. For whatever reason, it was really blackberry today. I mean really blackberry.
I’ve been listening to Aspects of Love in the car the last couple of days. Love Changes Everything was the first song played at Janet’s funeral on Sunday, and it had been ages since I’d listened to this. I love it. One day, I will get to actually see it performed. Really, I will.
But this tea, it kind of fit this musical. Fresh, lush blackberries, slightly sweet, slightly tangy. Delicious. With a bite of lime. Yes, it fits exactly.
I’ve recently braved a trip into sheng and when Brenden, that wily tea hobbit put this up for sale the same day as The Jabberwocky, I knew I had to get it.
I’m so glad I did.
Miso is right, and sweet. And cashews.
I’m not getting lime, which disappoints me, but i seem to be missing out of some of these flavors that Brenden tells me are in the tea, when I get others so clearly.
But anyway, this tea is good.
I didn’t follow his instructions, but made up my own, lots of short infusions.
And I’m listening to Oneohtrix Point Never today, too, after apt told me I’d really missed out at the NIN/Soundgarden show. Yep. I’m loving it. It seems to go really well with this tea. I’m definitely in a hello of a mellow state. (Although I can tell I’m pretty caffeinated, too. But I find that very calming.)
And while crazy things are happening at work, I’m giving people the answers they need to get things moving again, and somehow I’m finding time to tell the Wellness Coordinator that she needs to get us all tea (thanks Andrew!), buy more tea on sale, and keep refilling the cup. And I’m not even angry that one of my co-workers made the same stupid mistake three different times. Normally, this would have me fuming.
So yeah, I guess it’s this cha qi that Brenden talks about. I’m tranquil. I’m focused. I’m relaxed. I’m on top of everything.
And it’s all good. The tea, the energy, the day. It’s all good.
Just so you know, when I close my eyes, the pine trees are whispering to me.
When Brenden released The Jabberwocky, I was so taken by the name that I wanted some of that. And since I feel silly placing a tea order for just one tea, and one that I wasn’t sure I was going to like, I wanted to add more teas.
And then Brenden showed up in the corner of the web page, ready and able to chat. So I asked him about some of his teas. I was really interested in Port, but some of the others, too. He convinced me that this was the tea I needed to try with this order. (Oh, that hobbitses is really sneaky, my precious.)
And he was right.
This tea is heavenly. Dreamy.
It’s soooo chocolaty and creamy and comforting, rich and smooth, and I’m in love with the malty finish. I’m not getting as much of the promised cherry as I would have liked, but this is GOOD. I liked North Winds a lot, but this one was even better. It’s the vanilla. It’s got to be the vanilla. But like North Winds, it reminds me of Up North. It makes me crave Up North. I don’t know when I will get there again next, but that’s okay, because I have Up North in my cup in front of me.
Delicious. I’m pseudo gongfuing this one at work. It’s definitely been a Monday. Good tea really helps with that, but only to a point.
The weekend was long and I was barely on here. Friday night was summer beer fest, Saturday was Soundgarden/NIN, and Sunday I wound up going to a funeral in central IN. I had to drive my mom’s awful to drive car home through some storms. It was not fun.
I’m just about out of clean laundry. I was supposed to do that on Sunday but it obviously didn’t happen. Hopefully I will be able to get at least some done tonight or I’ll be coming to work naked in a couple of days.