It's tea time!!
It’s 9:27, and I’m waiting for some Honeybush Vanilla to cool off so I can sip on it. It’s the very last of my 2 oz (2nd steeping, even), and I blended it with nettle-mint tea for some bizarre reason. Don’t do it, kids. But I think all the mintiness got steeped out in the 1st, so this should be better. Cheers.
I woke up (5am) and had some plain old green tea that I must have understeeped or used water that was too cold for once, because it was not to my liking, I will have to dig around in my purse to see what will be next. If I can’t find anything there I know I have some Happy Kombacha hidden at the Day Care.
It’s 11:39 and I’m on a second steeping of strawberry paraiso (Teavana). I think I’m going to need a few cups of sencha later to get through today.
It’s 11:40 PM. So far my wife and I have enjoyed four steepings on Frank’s Caramel Vanilla Chai and each has been very tasty. We also did one on some of DavidsTea’s Mom’s Apple Pie. Thanks to Ashley, it was our plunge into dessert teas; we were astounded at how it tasted like apple pie! We are both excited about what the flavorful new world of dessert teas has to offer us!
I didn’t have much of the apple Pie, or I would share it. I had plenty of the Vanilla Chai, however, and would share it with anyone.
It’s 12:09 am here. It’s Autumn and rains and cold has begun.
I drink a 2009 spring pu erh, small quantity of leaves in gaiwan, very hot water, small steeping times because it’s still young. I love the mushroomy thing that goes on, I got about 10gr left so I would definitely share it with someone. Not many people love pu erh though…
Mmmm, check mate tea in my libre tea mug, I’d share this it’s so tasty people would stop fighing to have some!!
Pistachio Ice Cream (Mao Jian base) in tea bowl I found at a local art gallery store place. It’s 11:03am here and time to get some work done.
Yay for getting pretty much ignored during lunch in the teacher’s lounge.
It’s 12:38 PM here, and I just got back to my classroom with my second cup of Frank’s Pineapple Upside Down Cake green tea. At least while all the teachers around me were having great conversations and ignoring all the things I said to try to jump in or contribute, I had a great tasting cup of tea to mull over. Now to sip my second cup slowly as I create Friday’s test!
As for sharing my tea… I dunno. One teacher asked me what I was doing as I was steeping, and when I explained, jokingly called me a hippie. I smiled and acknowledged the fact, but couldn’t help feeling somewhat misunderstood nonetheless. I suppose I might share if anyone was interested, but they probably wouldn’t be. More for me!
@teataku: They called you a hippie? I personally don’t associate tea with hippies, but then again, depending on your values, there’s nothing wrong with being a hippie. If not owning a cell phone, believing there is good in everyone, living simply, and believing in a world without war is part of being a hippie, than I am one, BIG TIME. : – )
I suppose that in a way, steeping loose leaf tea in a single-cup metal strainer is a somewhat purist thing to do (relatively speaking—where I come from, “tea” consists of bagged orange pekoe steeped in gallons of hot water for hours and then sweetened with about 6 cups of sugar, which method I am in no way frowning upon, but still…). I guess if you’re just so used to bagged tea that it’s become part of your culture (which it has around here), seeing someone doing it the “fancy” way might make you think that person is hippie-ish. It all depends, like you said, on what you define as “hippie.” Loose leaf tea, particularly green tea, as mine was that day, could also somewhat remind one of a certain other green leaf used by hippies… so that’s another place her mind might have been when she said it. Either way, it wasn’t the type of comment that would encourage me to elaborate to her about my philosophies on tea. The matter seemed pretty closed after that, which is where my feeling of being misunderstood came from—I wasn’t even given a chance.
it’s 2pm here, and after getting out of work early, I am happily sitting here drinking the first steeping on a peach oolong that I brewed up last night and chilled because caffeine that late at night is too much for me, and I am glad I did it. It’s gooood! I’d happily share it (I have LOTS of this tea still).
I hope to brew up a sample later this afternoon from Den’s green tea sampler I just got yesterday.
It’s 5:22 p.m. here…in a few minutes I will be off on a much-deserved long weekend to clean my house, play war video games in honor of our soldiers, and prepare for my annual watching of Band of Brothers. (I always watch on Veterans Day.) I’m enjoying a relaxing cup of Sugar Plum Spice by Celestial Seasonings. Heaven…