56 Tasting Notes
A sweet taste in your mouth brings back the taste of summer, with it’s almost overloaded sensations of strawberry and pineapple, the fruity drink lives up to it’s name, both alcoholic and non.
Because of the saturation of flavors, the books recommended for this tea are:
Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Cohn, Rachel, and The Nanny Diaries
Novel by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus.
I can always fall into the words of Rossetti’s poetry quietly. Her words are quick to catch the attention in any topic she chooses, whether she is writing about unrequited love, love lost, or a sister’s love, and always leave a sweet aftertaste.
The tea I recommended for this book is Hard Candy by David’s Tea. With it’s smoothness upon your lips to the sweet taste, it reminds me wholly of Rossetti’s word, especially her Goblin Market poem.
Nothing particularly stands out about the tea. It is a black tea pure and straight. It evokes nothing but allows you to drink it without thought, without taste. But it is in taking the tea that one can spend a whole day drinking it and not even notice.
The book I recommend for this tea is Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami. Like any of Murakami’s books, this one doesn’t stray far from the complexities of the narrator’s relationships. What is thoroughly enjoyable about the book is that Murakami always has that style to turn the mundane, daily conversations and moments that people take for granted into beauty and become monuments in the person’s life. Just like the tea, of which doesn’t stand out.
Not my favorite tea but my first time trying an Assam at home. Definitely a stronger tasting tea and for the person who has more of coffee palette. It is both familiar and unfamiliar at the same time.
For this tea, I would recommend the book Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
From the mixtures of the flavors, I cannot exactly pinpoint the flavors, making this tea a mystery if I didn’t know anything about it. The tea is light, and tasty, just nothing pops up stronger in terms of flavor than others. It is an easy on the tongue, easier on the nose tea and reminds me of a few books that are similarly easy to read and be intriguing. Those hard to catalog, hard to define, so everyone labels it a little bit of everything book.
With the same air of mystery surrounding this tea, I recommend the books
“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs” & “I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak”
This is one of my favorite green teas.
I am not a fan of green teas as much as other teas, call it my palate, call it blasphemy from a person who is easily labeled as a tea fanatic, but I simply call it the truth. Yet the tea from the first taste is bittersweet reminding of the world of a family I once read that were faced with the same sweet and bitter battle about their own lives in trying to find the balance between the gain in the lost.
The books recommended for this tea are: The Deep End of the Ocean by Jacquelyn Mitchard (the family I mentioned in the tea note) and Hotel on the Corner of Bitter & Sweet by Jamie Ford.
From the sweet bakery smell of this tea to the different ingredients, the reason I picked this tea because it stood out. I had it iced with soy milk and I enjoyed the sweet almost caramel like taste of this tea. I could almost be deceived and take this tea at face value for what it claims to be: a sweet baked treat. If it wasn’t for the ingredients. That’s why I am recommending Diaz’ book, because people and teas are not always as they appear, no matter how sweet they are.
Books recommended for this tea: This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz.
This has to be one of my absolute favorite teas, from the looks and feeling of drinking flowers and pretending to be a fairy with the flower water in my little cup, to the smell of childhood and near holy nights of peaceful moments in your life that won’t be forgotten as you grow up, but this time must be taken only at a certain time as I would not like to be reminiscing when I go. Ergo my book list.
Books recommended for this tea are: Tales from the Dark Tower by Joseph Vargo, Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri