1385 Tasting Notes
Waking up so early is starting to take its toll on me. I drank green tea all morning because I was awake. Chugged a Mtn Dew with lunch but it has since faded. I need go-go juice. Reached in the drawer for a Yunnan, came out with this one. Finished off the sample. I leafed a little heavier than my normal. The result is a little more rose than I noted the first time. As soon as the cup cooled the rose faded some allowing the glorious Dian Hong to rise up and give me the boost I needed to make it through the afternoon. A very nice rose black tea.
I have been awake since 3:00 AM. My grandmother used to tell me she couldn’t sleep. I told her to quit taking naps which she swore she wasn’t napping. I now understand. You would think I would want a big bold in your face mug-o-black tea, but I am already awake. So, I chose this one to start my day and I’m really glad I did. After one cup (it should go three) I really like this. When I inhaled the aroma of the wet leaf I immediately thought citrus. That is something new. The taste is different from the scent, at least for me. It is clean with no bitterness. Very creamy, almost buttery. The taste is vegetal but not grassy, though Verdant calls it sweetgrass. It is very fresh tasting. The aftertaste is sweet. There is a feeling of dryness but that doesn’t describe it well. I see others called it savory. That works. However you choose to describe this it is mouthwateringly good. Thanks Terri for another excellent tea.
I finally changed the name of this to match the packaging.
Oh Green Tea with Earl Grey why do I love you so? Others don’t see it but I just can’t quit you. You are my addiction. Someday I am going to run away. But not today.
Just a light bergamot with a strong slightly bitter green base. Less than $10 a pound. A Cheapster Steepster delight.
I cannot use Verdant’s steeping method. I tried but I just can’t drink tea when it is that hot. So I had maybe a 30 second steep before realizing I had to pour into a drinking vessel. Even with botched methodology and a pretty short steep, this turned out very nice. This is an excellent version of the type. Clean, crisp, fresh and green. The aftertaste is sweet. I am on my first cup but expect to enjoy several more.
Tea of the morning. From a bag. I’m OK with that. I had more pressing matters.
This morning at 6:15 AM the unmanned Mun Rescue II vehicle was launched in an effort to rescue the crew of the Alice K (to the moon Alice) who have been stranded on the moon since losing fuel. Thanks to warp technology, within minutes the unmmanned lander sat down within 3 meters of the crippled ship. The stranded crew EVA’d into the lander and proceeded its return to the Kerbal Space Center. Everything was going textbook perfect when the chutes deployed 500 meters above the landing sight. Then tragedy struck as the chute and remote unit were ripped from the top of the crew cab. The crew were blown to bits and bytes (thanks TeaExplorer for the pun). Our engineers are looking into strengthening the connection for future missions.
On the bright side the tea was brisk and went exceptionally well with the honey multi-grained bagel with cream cheese schmear.
I needed this simple green tea to keep me steady and calm my nerves. For those who have been following the saga of the Mun stranded Kerbals – great news! I designed a remote control ship and land within inches of one of my two stranded vessels. The three trapped aboard the ship did an EVA into the new ship and as we speak the ship is returning to Kerbin. If the chute deploys and we don’t disintegrate on reentry – both real possibilities, Jebediah and crew will once again be flying misions. If all goes well tomorrow I rescue the other stranded crew.
Not having the original packaging, I wasn’t sure how to steep this as it has both white and black teas in it. A quick web search and off we go with boiling water and a 3 minute steep. My quick search led me to Lord Devotea’s blog. If you aren’t already reading it, you should. A lot of wit and occasional insight :D So anyway, I learned they grow their own oranges and lavender. Back to this tea. The aroma is much as expected from the list of ingredients but on lighter side. The taste made me reread the ingredients. My first thought was light cinnamon and light pepperiness. That is what my brain translated from my first big swig. Going back and sipping slowly I first encounter natural bergamot morphing quickly into orange. Late in the sip it changes to light lavender. I mention light because I find lavender to usually be overwhelming. It fits very nicely here. The more the cup cools the more I taste the base especially in the aftertaste. This truly is well balanced and quite different from anything I have had before. There is enough depth for those who want it and there is simple relaxation for those who need it. I did add sweetener because that is how I roll.