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This is a sample I got from TerriHarpLady, thank you so much Terri for sharing.
For an unknown reason I thought it was a plain tea not a flavoured one . I’m having this tea for my breakfast and this is a pleasant fruity break.
I don’t have much to say about this naughty vicar except praying its smoothness and its good taste of black currant. None atringency even if I stupidely left it steep for 6 minutes, so it is clearly a docile tea.
Pleasant even if not something I would add to my cupboard.
Flavors: Black Currant
I was up bright & early both yesterday & today, & out in the garden, trellising tomatoes.
This isn’t their first trellising of the year, but a much more critical one, as there are tons of fruit already set, & I’ve been neglecting them for a few weeks, so their was serious Urban Sprawl going on. Through a serious of branches, bamboo, string, rope, etc, some of them are now in a much more organized way.
I carried a cup of this around with me during the first round of tying things up, a pleasant wake me up, but it turned out to not agree with my tummy, so when I started getting queasy I had to come in & fix myself some breakfast before I could finish my cup.
Still tasty though!
A nice rich cup of lighty smoky sweetness.
This is day 2 of feeling weird in the afternoon. Yesterday I went to the Farmer’s Market. There is a chick who sells homemade ice cream, including non dairy ice cream, so I got one of her ice cream sandwiches, & it was pretty damn good! Strawberry Mango coconut milk ice cream, sandwiched between 2 homemade gluten free meringue cookies.
Shortly after eating it, every taste bud on my tongue swelled up & I started feeling weird.
I’m pretty positive she uses all natural ingredients, & I honestly don’t know if this was a results of:
1 – something in the ice cream…I recently had a similar reaction to pineapple
2 – the last cup of tea I drank yesterday. I’m not going to divulge it’s name, & I doubt that was it, although the actual tongue swelling started while I was drinking it.
3 – some air born allergy, which is also likely, at least for the ‘feeling weird’ part. Case in point, I started today feeling pretty good, but after going outside I’ve developed a headache & inability to focus, & about the only thing I can envision doing now is taking a nap.
Or maybe drinking some Sheng…
This is generous sample from Terri HarpLady – thank you.
This tea is bold strong malty with lotsa smoke which is fine . i tamed it with Maple syrup teeny tiny amount. thats the magic (Sil and Terri introduced me to maple syrup style drinking smoky teas) it tastes very good. very pleasant afternoon tea.
Thank you Terri for the opportunity to try this tea.
This morning, courtesy of Terri HarpLady, I’m very pleased to review Keemun Mao Feng by London Tea Room, St. Louis, MO, Western style: 8 oz. / 1 tsp (3g) / 212*F / 4 min. without sweeteners, milk, or cream.
Leaf: Thin twisted mostly dark chocolate-brown leaves mostly < 1 cm.
Fragrance: Smoky sweet Keemun!
Liquor: Clear brilliant copper
Aroma: YUM – A mild-to-moderately smoky Keemun with the classic winey profile and a delicate sweetness that is simply relaxing to deeply inhale.
Flavor: Winey, smoky, malty with a delicate sweetness
4-min: A truly rich, fairly thick, full-bodied, smoky, winey, malty Keemun with a delicate sweetness. There was zero bitterness or astringency. A MANLY cup of tea! YUM!
5-min: Not yet
6-min: Not yet
8-min: Light to medium bodied
Impression: I love a great Keemun this certainly predisposes me to enjoying this tea. A Keemun that’s just as enjoyable to smell as it is to taste! A thoroughly enjoyable Keemun! Well done!
Thanks to Terri HarpLady for sending us this gracious sample.
RO water re-mineralized with an Aptera filter http://steepster.com/teas/teaware/39532-puregen-aptera-alkamag-water-filter
Brewed western-style conveniently in a tea mug with a brew basket http://steepster.com/teaware/royal-albert/45581-old-country-roses-afternoontea-mugs
I made this at Tony’s to enjoy in my bubble bath.
It’s one of his favorites, & although I don’t drink it often, I guess today is the day.
It’s main feature is a bright & juicy orange, with a touch of bergamot, & a lingering grapefruit finish. It’s a little on the acidic side for my tastes, but definitely bright & cheery. The base is earthy, & almost shu puerh-like, so although I’m no expert, I’d say it’s yunnan.
Note to self: send a sample of the to ks
Terri sent more of this my way and I think i love it a little more than the first time. Bumping the rating up a bit but i am going to pass the rest of this on to someone who hasn’t had a chance to try it. Sharing is caring! This + maple made my day when we went out to the nerd store to pick up a game!
First cup of the day, I reached into one of the black tea shelves & just grabbed something, & this was it! A decent cup to start my day, although I’m aching for something bolder now.
In a little while I’ll begin For the Love of Pearls, the great pearl sip-off. But first I have an appointment at 11:00, so it will have to wait. Anyone else who is participating is welcome to start without me though.
I had a fun rehearsal with my flute playing friend. I have a couple of flute players that I do gigs with from time to time. One is only good for classical music, but she is very very good at it. In fact, we have a wedding coming up next month together. Another is more flexible, being able to play pop tunes, etc. There have been several other flautists over the years, including a gal I went to college with, & also including my ex-husband, who was an accomplished musician on a variety of instruments.
So my new flute player? We’re the same age (55), we know all the same people around town, have played with a lot of the same musicians (including junky Wayne, the percussionist), & yet we never met. We had heard of each other, but just never turned up in the same place. That changed about a month ago, & now we’re meeting up every 2 weeks to work on some stuff. She can play classical, rock, & Jazz…I mean she can really wail! She also play cello & guitar. I don’t know if we’ll get a lot of gigs, but I’m sure we’ll be playing around town at least, once we get a couple of jazz sets together. Most importantly, I want to have fun. :)
So I made a big pot of this tea, & it was perfect for the afternoon.
I made myself a batch of almond flour pancake. I’ve been feeling unsatisfied, food-wise, causing me to venture into eating things I shouldn’t. Today I really want something sweet for dinner. Not TOO sweet, just lightly sweetened. Hence I’m sitting here, enjoying a nice stack of pancakes, spread with coconut butter, & lightly drizzled with maple syrup. And bacon.
And I’m having a cup of this tea.
I feel like my senses must be off today regarding tea. Every single cup I’ve made has seemed lacking, somehow. I want something amazing & bold, & every tea I’ve drank should have fit the bill, & yet all day long it’s been this way, from the first cup in bed, to this one. Hopefully by morning this strange syndrome will have passed. If not, I’ll drink a series of green teas , in an effort to reset myself.
Another tea for the Qimen Quandery
I was out & about today, & stopped by the London Tea Room, which recently moved to the Tower Grove neighborhood (for those familiar with St. Louis, which is probably almost nobody). It is now much closer to my house (in the Maplewood neighborhood), & I’m in that area fairly often, usually on Fridays. So I stopped by there, with plans of having lunch & tea, because that’s what I usually do when I go there. Sadly, they no longer have a full kitchen, so they only serve quiche & a few other already prepped things. They still have lots of scones & such, but with all of my allergies etc, there was nothing for me to eat. I still drank a pot of tea, & then picked up a couple of oz each of the following:
Keemun – which I’ve been drinking. It’s what I think of, when I think of a Keemun: a little pine smoke, a little brown sugar, a nice middle body, no highs, but not overly bold or bassy.
Kenyan Kaproret Estate – to share with the BBBB & NofarS
Jubilee – for Tony – it’s basically an earl grey plus orange, he loves it.
Parisian Breakfast – Black tea, orange, vanilla, & chocolate, as I recall…
Including the Taiwanese Oolong I received as a gift, this bumps my total back up to 331.
Thus ends my Qimen Quandery for now. There are now 5 in my collection, & although I enjoyed all of them, I’d say my 2 favorites are Verdant’s Qimen Anhui, & Teavivre’s Organic Superfine Fragrant.
A lovely blend. I enjoyed that I could taste each of the components of this blend but none was too overpowering.
The rose is the first flavor I noticed. Sweet and distinctly rose, and it complements the flavors of jasmine and lavender quite well. Floral, yes, but not soapy or perfume-y.
A nice white tea base. It is light and airy, with notes of earth and vegetation. The peppermint is not overdone here, and I really appreciated that as peppermint can sometimes easily take over in blends like this. It is more of an accent flavor here, not a dominating force.
A nice tea.