734 Tasting Notes
the bottom of this tasting note is an over caffeinated note from last night.
i watched the full “Victoria Wood’s Nice Cup of Tea” part 1 and 2 this morning.
the program is very fun and i’m shocked i hadn’t learned about it earlier. it never occurred to me that there would be shows about tea! how exciting!
while watching there was one moment that was totally weird, but during the first episode they showed a grandiose dance performance in china that was about the story of tea, where at the end of the performance they gave the entire audience each a cup of tea. and for some mysterious reason, i started crying.
i mean really?
i was so moved i actually started crying.
i think i’m in too deep. whew!
i like this tea much more this time around! the rind adds a strong pithy flavor to the tea. earthy and pithy and oddly dark in flavor. i don’t know much about what a white puerh should taste like. it is a complicated balance of both delicate and dark flavors. which makes sense. i’m glad i bought this when i did.
Hell! tonight was shot becuzzzz…..
JacquelineM got me started with this awesome vid! (THANKS!)
Morrissey talks tea with Victoria Wood
and then i went here
Doctor Who’s Matt Smith Talks Tea – Victoria Wood’s Nice Cup of Tea
and then naturally here
Mark Ruffalo acts out a fan’s dream conversation – The Graham Norton Show
and then i naturally progressed to the Martin Freeman episode of Who Do You Think You Are. and on and on.
i love tea! i’m so grateful to have it in my life! i know i sound crazy! but seriously. what other simple things are this easy to enjoy?!
now don’t get angry but i did dump out a tiny little tea tin this morning. it was a tiny cup’s worth of root beer tea. my sister wouldn’t drink it and i was tired of looking at it. this Berry White tea was also in the orphan box. (box of teas my sister said she wasn’t gonna drink and mostly they were samples i’d given her cuz i wasn’t gonna drink it either hah) i drank this one again because i had never reviewed it.
[side note: i have a ‘tea purgatory’ and a ‘tea orphan box’. ‘tea purgatory is where i keep teas i don’t have room for in my cupboard yet, and ‘tea orphan box’ is where i keep the last bits of tea that i didn’t really like and don’t wanna try again but there’s just that little tad left] [oh the science of tea organization systems]
it’s very red red pink liquor. and it tastes just like that. it tastes pink. and by that i mean it tastes like it’s hibiscus trying to be a larger variety of berries. but it’s not awful. it tastes kinda festive i guess.
now off off off to mail some swaps! (and then a lame subcommittee meeting zzzz) (but don’t worry i have some watson tea for the meeting so it will be alright i bet)
very orangey at first. but i might have steeped it aggressively? so added a bit hot of water back to the already brewed cup. definitely still orange, but gentle and fun!
i love blood orange in my tea.
(i mean i have a decadent blood orange puerh in my cupboard and i would have never thought that those go together so well.)
last weekend we filled in the old fire pit in our back yard and built a new one.
this new one is WAY BETTER.
i am gonna go home and prep some tea swaps. …and can i just say that i’m absurdly giddy about it?!?! it’s not even the getting part, it’s the giving! i find it so exciting!
wow this one is kinda good. the spicy part is just kinda a delicate nudge and really brightens and deepens the chocolate flavors. and it’s all very well balanced with the tea. i know we have some mexican hot chocolate in our cupboard at home and it tastes very accurate to that flavor.
i steeped it for over 4.5 minutes cuz i know kusmi does fine with longer steeps. i probably could have let it go even longer.
well done kusmi! well done.
The BPA feat. David Byrne & Dizzee Rascal – Toe Jam
i went to the opera house to take pictures and they were selling this tea in the store. i didn’t buy it because i recognized that i was falling for a consumerism trick.
but when i went shopping at Mariage Freres a few days later this tea still stood out with it’s boldness and beauty. and it was my official green tea purchase of the day.
i’m so glad i have a tin of this ready in the wings for spring and summer. so very glad.
aka “tea of dreams”
i guess i didn’t know this was lower in caffiene, and now i’m super glad to hear it. cuz i had 4 cups of tea today already and i’m about to have 2 more.
i made this in my timolino to take to the movies. me and a friend went to go see “Inherit the Wind” which is about Darwinism vs the Bible Belt and stars Spencer Tracy and Gene Kelly and the guy who plays Darren on the original Bewitched. the movie was very fun and full of zingers. i was definitely entertained. also sometimes it’s sad how some arguments from fundamentalists never change.
this is another tea that i bought while in Paris and my sinuses were infected and i couldn’t smell anything and i would ask my boyfriend to describe the smell. so we did our best. the tea is flowery and fruity and the smell is strong to me but the flavor is mellow. and i love it way more than i thought i would. which is even awesomer since i have more of this tea than any other right now. yay!
now i am home, have re-organized my room a bit, and am drinking 221B Tea as i watch the new ‘Elementary’ episode and next i’ll watch the past 2 weeks of new Doctor Who while i drink the ‘Weeping Angel’ tea i just brewed. i’m gonna end this weekend on a high note.
this tea is so mellow that i think i’m probably not sensitive enough for it.
i already know i have a poor sense of smell due to years of horrid allergies. and that i tend to like my food really spicy and really salty for this same reason. because taste is actually like 80% smell or something. so i think really this tea is just too subtle for me to understand and appreciate. which is sad. but also makes sense. perhaps with more time i can reverse my sinus damage. that would be cool.