I positively ache tonight. I took a nap this afternoon but still feel so tired. It is hot hot HOT here and I have been walking with my neighbor several mornings a week, but the past two times my legs felt heavy. Hubby is sick, came down with fever and chills yesterday, and I am hoping that isn’t what is happening to me!

I should have gone to bed but I needed a little space for my head to clear. I decided to use a gaiwan tonight to really force myself to focus on the tea. I am also hoping it will blast all the pathogens to smithereens.

The dry leaves had that strong chocolate scent that blows my mind. How does green tea smell so much like chocolate? The first steep – no rinse – is chocolatey, floral, and grassy.

Steep two – I fumbled and burned my fingers. In the hoopla, this got a little oversteeped,but I didn’t want to pour it out. It literally tastes like grass and burned toast, but the most amazing super sweet aftertaste followed every swallow. I am so glad I didn’t miss out on this aspect.

Steep three – shorter, grassy and floral with a mineral taste. A little earthy. A little roasty.

Steep four – keeping this steep short and feeling like an athlete in training as I watch my hand while pouring the tea. I thought I was pouring to the middle, between the spots where I grasp the gaiwan, but I see that somehow my wrist angles the flow toward my fingers. I must concentrate on aiming more for my thumb, which will put the flow right where it needs to be. I am beginning to feel the position that I see when I watch a video of a tea master pouring. There is a lingering burnt wood taste in my mouth. I’m lovin’ it. Or… toasted walnuts! Yes! After I swallow the last sip, I feel like I am tasting confectioner’s sugar in my throat, like I have just eaten a Sweet Sixteen doughnut. (Or “donut”, as Susie Dent claims we Americans spell it.)

Steep five – Shortest steep and sweetest flavor yet. Don’t know if I am exhausted or getting a little bit tea drunk. Though sweet, the woody and grassy notes are still there with the roasted toasty flavor. Aftertaste is a little grassier.

Steep six – dogs barking. Checked outside. Oversteeped again. Toasted walnuts!

Steep seven – short again, and floral up front with grassy following. Toasted walnuts present but subtle. Aftertaste still lingering very nicely, more floral now with mineral notes.

I read the note by K S before drinking this, and miss him being on here terribly. Rest in peace, friend. Enjoy the celestial star gazing.

Then I read GMathis long ago note about the storms coming through, and here we are in the midst of terrible storms in the mid-west tonight, and I knew that not long after that note GMathis would lose her home to an F5 tornado. She and her family were safe, thank God. ETA: I had my timeline wrong. It was not long before she wrote her note on this tea that the Joplin tornado occured.

We’ve been through a lot together here on steepster. I hope we can keep meeting here.

And now we can look forward to tales of the new babies (Hi, Sil and Kittena!) and students
taking exams (thinking of you, Martin, and saying a prayer for those finals!) and all of life revolving and churning, while we sip our tea all over the world…together.

Probably tea drunk. Crying in my cup. Love you guys.

Martin Bednář

I was reading this tasting note in a bed on my mobile. I liked the description of tea. But then you hit me with thinking all the people here.
I don´t feel very often that somebody cares about me. But so many people do. Thank you for this note.

mrmopar

I hope everyone sticks around as well. K S , I miss him too. Didn’t know about GMathis but I will add them on the list. As well as you and your hubby. Hope you both get well soon.

ashmanra

Mrmopar: I was wrong. The Joplin F5 tornado was actually not long (about a year?) before she wrote her note on this tea. I was referring to an old event because I was reading the older tasting notes on this tea. Prayers still appreciated! Stormy weather is still nerve wracking for those who went through the big ones, and hubby has a ways to go in his recovery from the bug!

Martin: Yes, you ARE cared for! Praying that today especially, you feel it and see it.

derk

Your sensitivity to the people around you amazes me. Much respect to you, ashmanra, and I give my love for all those mentioned in your note.

gmathis

Our pastor reminded us on Sunday that we shouldn’t fight painful things because of what they take away; we should take them on because of the strength they ultimately provide. (James chapter 1 should you care to check it out scripturally.)

We had another white-knuckle night last night with some quality time in the garage storm shelter. Sirens; rotation about a mile north of us. All is well this morning other than some sleep deprivation. As if the storm adrenalin didn’t have me on overdrive to begin with, an XL spider climbed up my leg!

Martin, ashmanra always beats me to the encouraging word. But you are among kind and caring strangers here. May you trip over a little joy today!

ashmanra

Gmathis: I have discovered that a lot of my anxiety and stress issues have been coming from trying to control everything to prevent pain coming into my life. CS Lewis said that grief is the price of love. I think I have that right. I agree with your pastor. Fighting pain doesn’t work. Acknowledging the pain and finding out what it means and how we go on, that’s the thing! We get stronger. Then we can help other people. Martin quoted, “Love will always win.” Indeed, love never fails.

ashmanra

Derk: thank you! You amaze me, you awesome person, you!

tea-sipper

Lovely tasting note! Precisely why Steepster needs its strength back!

Kawaii433

Beautiful post, Ashmanra. We need more of this in the world, but I’m glad we have it here in Steepster. <3

ashmanra

Tea-sipper and Kawaii433: We do have a beautiful community here. I appreciate you all so much. I hope the site continues!

tea-sipper

Yep, appreciation all around. :D

mrmopar

This is the reason I want this site to keep going. We pray and have encouraging words for those who need the strength.

Martin I just put you on the list as well. I hope your days become better.

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Martin Bednář

I was reading this tasting note in a bed on my mobile. I liked the description of tea. But then you hit me with thinking all the people here.
I don´t feel very often that somebody cares about me. But so many people do. Thank you for this note.

mrmopar

I hope everyone sticks around as well. K S , I miss him too. Didn’t know about GMathis but I will add them on the list. As well as you and your hubby. Hope you both get well soon.

ashmanra

Mrmopar: I was wrong. The Joplin F5 tornado was actually not long (about a year?) before she wrote her note on this tea. I was referring to an old event because I was reading the older tasting notes on this tea. Prayers still appreciated! Stormy weather is still nerve wracking for those who went through the big ones, and hubby has a ways to go in his recovery from the bug!

Martin: Yes, you ARE cared for! Praying that today especially, you feel it and see it.

derk

Your sensitivity to the people around you amazes me. Much respect to you, ashmanra, and I give my love for all those mentioned in your note.

gmathis

Our pastor reminded us on Sunday that we shouldn’t fight painful things because of what they take away; we should take them on because of the strength they ultimately provide. (James chapter 1 should you care to check it out scripturally.)

We had another white-knuckle night last night with some quality time in the garage storm shelter. Sirens; rotation about a mile north of us. All is well this morning other than some sleep deprivation. As if the storm adrenalin didn’t have me on overdrive to begin with, an XL spider climbed up my leg!

Martin, ashmanra always beats me to the encouraging word. But you are among kind and caring strangers here. May you trip over a little joy today!

ashmanra

Gmathis: I have discovered that a lot of my anxiety and stress issues have been coming from trying to control everything to prevent pain coming into my life. CS Lewis said that grief is the price of love. I think I have that right. I agree with your pastor. Fighting pain doesn’t work. Acknowledging the pain and finding out what it means and how we go on, that’s the thing! We get stronger. Then we can help other people. Martin quoted, “Love will always win.” Indeed, love never fails.

ashmanra

Derk: thank you! You amaze me, you awesome person, you!

tea-sipper

Lovely tasting note! Precisely why Steepster needs its strength back!

Kawaii433

Beautiful post, Ashmanra. We need more of this in the world, but I’m glad we have it here in Steepster. <3

ashmanra

Tea-sipper and Kawaii433: We do have a beautiful community here. I appreciate you all so much. I hope the site continues!

tea-sipper

Yep, appreciation all around. :D

mrmopar

This is the reason I want this site to keep going. We pray and have encouraging words for those who need the strength.

Martin I just put you on the list as well. I hope your days become better.

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I am a music teacher, tutor, and former homeschool mom (25 years!) who started drinking loose leaf tea about ten years ago! My daughters and I have tea every day, and we are frequently joined by my students or friends for “tea time.” Now my hubby joins us, too. His tastes have evolved from Tetley with milk and sugar to mostly unadorned greens and oolongs.

We have learned so much history, geography, and culture in this journey.

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