990 Tasting Notes
Just got home from my final exam. I decided I needed some comfort that I know I love, don’t have to think about, and almost can’t ruin. Yeah Ahmad tea!
My final was in Solid Works – a 3D modelling program. It was a grueling 3 hour experience. I was comfortable that I would pass but I exceeded my own expectations. Of a possible 240 points, I scored 240! Don’t mean to brag but Woot! You really can teach an old dog new tricks. As I left, some of the others were starting to kick the tables and slam their keyboards. I feel their pain. They should have some tea.
Having this one today. It reminds me a lot of Heritage Honey Oolong from Mountain Tea. That one is from Taiwan. This is Fujian. Very nice cup. I was expecting heavy smoke or roasted notes. Nope. It is fresh and fruity with hints of osmanthus, ginger, and cinnamon, all wrapped in nuts and orchids.
Last night’s cup. Anyone surprised? I didn’t think so.
Fixed this just before bedtime. My desktop is behaving badly. Virus and Malware scans aren’t finding anything. So I decided to do a system restore as I sipped this. Bad idea. At about 2:00 am I turned off the monitor and fell asleep. At 6:00 I was back up working on it again. It at least boots now but still running slow. It may be a motherboard problem in which case it will have to wait. I’ll just use my laptop. I have irreplaceable software on it that even if I could find the disks, they won’t run on Win 8.
I am going stark raving mad. I haven’t been out of the house since late last week. My sons dug out our driveway late yesterday but until the ice is off the parking lots. Getting around is way too difficult for me and I am not going to risk it. Tomorrow I am driving to town to see how safe it looks.
In the meantime I brewed one of my simple favorites. I am so happy to have drawers full of amazing teas, but honestly sometimes I just miss a simple cup.
Church was cancelled today because of snow and ice. I got my house pants and a mug of this. Looking forward to many resteeps. Sweet, fresh, smooth, mellow, scent of hay, and maybe the cup wasn’t rinsed well but I am getting a little spicy. This is the last of this one. All the Nature’s Tea Leaf teas have been very good.
So I had a burrito this afternoon and poured some queso over it. Then out of boredom I kind of ate all the queso and chips – I’ve been very very bad. I need puerh (and self control). I took a scoop of Nannoushan puerh, I think it was $6/8oz so you know it was good ;P I added 1/4 tsp of cocoa nibs and a half spoon of Teaves rose black tea. The rose is too heavy in this. It needs to be at least cut in half. I can smell the puerh but it is over powered. Good idea – poor execution.
I used the last of the leaf – which was more than I thought – and increased the steep time around 3 minutes. Dang this is good. I don’t get any long jing inferences. It is somewhat creamy. Strongly but wonderfully bitter with a dandelion greens aftertaste. Very, very, nice. Wish I had tried this earlier.
Another tea that has been in my stash for over a year. This one has sadly lost its power or I just wasn’t ready for ultra subtle today. I have enough for one more go. I need to remember to sip this one before it sits much longer.
I wrote a lengthy review on my blog. Short version – this is a cool twist on the classic. This is not for weenies. The bergamot is strong in this one. The peppermint surprise attacks while sipping with an icy blast. This is a blend of Nilgiri and gunpowder, and yes I can taste both. Glad I added this one to my subscription!
My new box of this is slightly different than my previous experience. The old stuff leaned more toward butterscotch. Maybe it had just been sitting on the grocers shelf alone and unloved for too long before I brought it home? Anyway this new box has just a hint of citrus. Love the aroma. I use one bag in a 8oz cup and I add sweetener. I notice most everyone else double bags – does that mean you don’t sweeten? This is sugar cookie. Emphasis on sugar and cookie :) This tastes exactly like what I would expect. Just like the smiley face cookies I get at a local bakery – except this is better because its cheaper and guilt free. I can have as much as I want. I tend to just leave the bag in the cup. Good stuff. I hope I never out grow it.