1521 Tasting Notes
Have I really had this for 6 months? Shows how totally stressful things have been since last October. I don’t taste strawberry today. Maybe I didn’t mix the leaf enough or maybe I should have sipped it earlier. It is a nice mellow rose. Without the strawberry it is similar in intensity to Twinings Rose Garden – which I also like.
Same tea, new note. I added the rest of the sample. This is the last of one of the first teas I received from Teavivre. So sip down!
This is still so fresh and clean. Along with the melon and cucumber notes, it made me think pea pods today. Silver Needle is such a beautiful delicate tea.
This morning we played all hymns – probably haven’t done that in a decade. Started out slow and quiet. The last two we do as rockers, so I turned the volume up a just little (honest – maybe 1/8 turn). The sound guy and the drummer saw this as the moment they had been waiting for. Things got pretty loud after that (he he).
Yesterday I had one of, if not the darkest, cheapest, loose leaf in my collection. This morning (6:00 AM) in celebration, I chose the lightest, possibly most expensive tea I have and it is a beautiful thing. When I take the time to notice sipping tea is a deeply spiritual thing. It connects me with the universe. This morning in honor of the One who created the universe, I rejoice in this cup. To those of you who are followers of the way – He is risen! Rejoice I say again rejoice! Happy Easter All! I’m off to play some loud guitar. Woo Hoo!
This is my 666 tasting note. Yep, the number of the beast. So I thought about what I would be sipping for this note. The beast in my stash is this one. I bought a large tin (8 ounces I think) over two years ago. I don’t remember what I paid, but it was around $8. This was the nastiest stuff ever – It tasted like dead fish stored in a basement wrapped in wet newspaper. Mmmmm ;) I doused it heavily with chocolate mint just to make it drinkable. It actually tasted really good that way which makes me wonder how bad is the base used in a lot of flavored teas?
Moving on, not gonna dwell. Never willing to throw tea away, I kept it stored away in the nice looking tin. A year ago I tasted it straight. It was beginning to become civilized. So today, one day after Good Friday, and one day before Resurrection day, I am left alone with the beast (kind of needs heavy organ music, lightning flashes, and maybe a shriek). This demon still has a slightly bad aroma, but the taste is not bad at all. It is leather and earth. Kind of sweet. There is nothing off putting in the taste at all. Really, the only negative I can find to complain about is it lacks the depth of better shu I have tried. On the positive, for $8 and two years storage I have a solid everyday puerh that will resteep at least couple times.
I had leftovers from Cheddars for lunch today. Country fried steak, mashed potatoes, and brocolli & cheese casserole. This is new in our area and my goodness is it good. My wife and I ate there for $21 and took some home. She had a mountain of chicken and shrimp. Maybe they raise the prices after they hook you or maybe not. Sure is good though. Their iced tea was very brisk.
I had this tea hot with it today. I could smell the fruit the whole time I was eating. It smells so good. This is my most viewed tea on my blog. If Lipton made a small variety pack I could buy or they had an email where I could contact them I would review a bunch of these – for a simple teabag tea this is very tasty.
First off, I thought I already used all this up. I found one bag this morning. This takes me down to 114. I am very hit or miss with rose tea. usually more miss. Too froofroo for me I guess. I really like Teaves Rose Berry as it has just enough strawberry to make an excellent sip. I also like this which surprises me. It is straight up rose in the scent – I would like to say rose always smells like a garden, but to me rose (when it is not perfumey) makes me think funeral. Maybe that is appropriate for Good Friday. Hold on – Sunday is coming. The taste remains true to rose but somehow the Twinings version works for me. It has that familiar Twinings black tea base that helps. Again I am really surprised I like this.