Oh lucky me, another nice tea to chat about. This is Adagio's Huang Jin (yellow flowers) Bolero. This definitely calls to mind a very mixed bag of images, from the mountains of China to the heat of Spain, from the quiet of the tea fields to the opera.
The dry leaves are almost crinkled into balls and give off a gentle hayfield aroma, mixed with some floral. The suggested brewing is for boiling water for 5 minutes. I pretty much trust Adagio, so I do it. It works!, even though this is a bit unusual for Oolong and not what you should do if you are going for multiple steeps. The aroma has moved more into the often characteristic orchid smell, along with a bit of fruit. The tea is sweet and mild, with a floral/fruit taste. There is also an unmistakable greenness to it, along with a hit of mineral. Altogether very fine.
I finally got smart and decided to buy the squirrels peanuts. Otherwise I would spend my life chasing them away from the bird feeders. I put them and things for the ground feeders down near the squirrels' trees and it seems to work. Even the turkey is happy.
We have pair of rose-breasted grosbeaks! They are such beautiful birds. As usual, the female is quite drab, but lovely in her own way, having a multitude of browns and speckles. There are many sparrows and I am having a hard time distinguishing them all, as they don't sit still in good enough poses. The fur persons seem to have given up bird chasing for mice and voles. I am happy with that. The little downies are beginning to look a bit raggedy. Parenthood is a lot of work! Sometimes they just sit on the suet, apparently having a breather. I wonder if the male is a bit of a cross, as he seems to have a lot of touches of yellow on his head, wings, tail and body. Hmm. If you are interested in birds, the Cornell site www.allaboutbirds.org is a great one