1011 Tasting Notes
I have no idea how long this steeped for – the online timer I use had an error so it didn’t start and I didn’t realize it for awhile. However, the Queen is just that awesome! I don’t think you can ruin this tea – delightfully strong, slightly smokey with a hint of caramel/fruit today. Maybe she will give me the energy I need to finish reorganizing my classroom (I decided to completely rearrange yesterday, which has become a much bigger project than I anticipated…)
I love how the Queen gets me up and going, not accepting any excuses. I have lots of school stuff to do today (not due soon, but I’m trying to get ahead so I’ll have less to worry about during the crazy holiday season with 6 year olds). I just may have put a drop or two of this amazing Red Velvet Cupcake creamer which is going quite well with the smokey cocoa of the Queen. Love it!
This is SO good! You really need to get some of this tea. It is rocking my socks tonight. Just what I needed after 10 parent conferences in a row (and that’s after 3 no shows and 3 families that couldn’t make it today – so I still have more conferences next week :/ ) This is making everything better though.
I’m not getting much pumpkin, but the ginger and cheesecake are definitely there. It is a nice, slightly spicy, and warming tea that is much appreciated after a long, stressful day at work. Maybe I’ll actually get some sleep tonight also since it is honeybush. I’m usually horrible about drinking black tea late at night.
Crazily, I added a pinch of 52teas’ Butterbeer to the leaves for my third and probably final steep of this pu-erh tonight. As soon as I added the pinch to the infuser I started kicking myself – Rose Congou would have been a much more reasonable choice. Luckily, the addition turned out pretty good and didn’t result in an undrinkable cup of tea. Its definitely growing on me!
I’m back!!! I’ve been lurking for awhile, but it is finally getting to be tea weather again down here in Texas. I went home early from work today almost doubled over in pain because of some stomach bug I probably caught from my students. If I hadn’t made up this tea earlier I’d probably still be in pain and having to call in to work tomorrow – but pu-erh to the rescue! I seem to be getting everything the kids have this year which is strange because after teaching for a few years your immune system is usually pretty strong. It was strong last year at least. So glad I got a flu shot because otherwise I’d probably get the flu also.
Anyways, on to the tea. After a thorough 30 sec rinse in boiling water, I steeped it for 3 min 30 sec. I added a little sugar (just a tad) and this lovely, earthy tea was ready. I don’t crave pu-erh super often, but I’m always asking myself why I haven’t had it in so long once I get around to making it. Unfortunately, I only have one cute little bird’s nest left so I’ll probably be saving it for another bad tummy day. This stuff is a miracle when it comes to that.
My precious- while this tea may not be that perfect for summer in Texas, it sure is great in the AC watching a Star Trek marathon. That reminds me, I need to start my Fall/Winter tea shopping list…
But this tea- very smoky and full-bodied with a nice sweetness lingering in the background. If you like smoky tea, you need to get your hands on this.