1103 Tasting Notes
I haven’t been drinking much tea in the evenings. I was so overheated each day on my walk home from the train that hot tea was the furthest thing from my mind — even after I cooled off in the air conditioning! Now that the weather has cooled and I’ve been having breezy, pleasant walks home, the craving for evening tea has returned.
I had made an apple cake (http://notwithoutsalt.com/2012/10/21/chopped-apple-cake/ – easy and delicious, but I bet it would be just as good with only 1/2 c oil and 1/2 c sugar and half the salt) and thought this chai would be lovely with it — it was :) Very cinnamon-y and sweet-spicy. Flavorful enough to eat with cake. Wonderful with a little honey and milk. In fact, I have every intention to repeat this same exact combination this evening. Perfect.
The last of my stash of this delicious, tangy, roasty, interesting tea is in my cup this morning. I’m sad to see it go and would add it to any future DAVIDsTEA orders I may place!
I’m not sure what else to call it but tangy/roasty — it’s a flavor almost like soy sauce nut butter tea! Only a few teas I’ve tried have this unique flavor profile, and this is an accessible (and organic!) example of it. Yum.
Next week is sure to be crazy (the university I work at starts classes, and I also start my class!) so I used this morning to cook some things for the week so that we have food on hand — black bean stew, Indian lentil stew, German potato salad, mini meatloaves with pasta, roasted hot peppers — one less thing to worry about! I’ll only need to made a few side dishes. I also made some mustard and BBQ sauce.
My reward? A nice sit down with a giant cup of this tea. It’s magical. So smooth, malty, raisiny-sweet and flavorful. Invigorating without being strong like your typical breakfast tea. I’m having some milk and sugar with it and it’s comforting and delicious this way. Those of you that have been around for awhile — I do believe it has an echo of Thomas Sampson to it :)
Many, many thanks to ashmanra for this tea!!!
I was invited to a BBQ/play rehearsal last night (my husband is doing photography and an additional art piece for the performances) and I thought an iced tea would be nice to bring (along with some cookies!). I was doing some perusing of fancy iced tea recipes and came across this one:
I just so happened to have blackberry syrup in my freezer (a failed jam attempt! Don’t worry, I got it right on my second try), loads of mint in the garden, and some bourbon stocked in the bar. It was fate ;)
It was also delicious! The Harney tea is just wonderful and only needed a few tablespoons of blackberry syrup to make it perfectly sweet (and the most lovely color). All the fancy in the world can’t mask bad tea in my opinion!.
If you make it, prepare it a day ahead and add the bourbon to the mix — all of the flavors blend and it’s not the least bit boozy or strong. I think it would be less complex but wonderfully delicious sans alcohol as well.
Cry. It’s gone! And so is the blueberry buckle!
Goodbye golden honey turning to milky friend. I’ll revisit you when my cupboard is once again manageable!
Blueberry buckle is also reeeeeeally good with this Darjeeling. The wineyfruity notes paired with the baked blueberries are a bit outrageous.
Absolutely delicious with homemade blueberry buckle. Just sayin’
So impressed with how this lighter, honeyed tea resteeps so well — three glorious steeps today. I think I have one more serving left in my tin — weep!
How can a tea be so delicate and so robust at the same time? Gorgeous deep molasses flavor that tastes rich steep after steep. I’m on number 4 right now and it’s so incredibly flavorful! At the same time, it’s so smooth and … not tannic or astringent. A dark sweetness is the overwhelming flavor.
So, so impressed. I think this is my favorite tea so far from the Golden Moon insiders tea club!
Many, many thanks to gmathis for this tea!!!!
First off, this is a very pretty tea. Lots of blue cornflowers, citrus peel, and other herbaceous beauties! It made me really excited to try it as one of my Earl Grey Alternatives.
It’s really nice once brewed. Citrus-y but there is something else — I thought it was chamomile. I was convinced it was chamomile. I was expecting my head to hit my desk at work at any moment until I read the description and saw that the herb-y flavor was eucalyptus! Phew! I am so relieved as I am one of those people who can talk themselves into falling asleep with chamomile. :) It’s interesting that I taste herb-y but not menthol-y as I would expect with the eucalyptus, though!
This definitely fulfilled my “something different” wish. I don’t think I’d go searching it out (I like herb-y more during the night) but I am happy to have tried it! I may combine my remaining bit with my Earl’s Garden to tone down the herb-y for work drinking.
Platonic Ideal of Iced Tea. Seriously, seriously good. The very finest of nothing fancy, straightforward, black iced tea. I followed the directions (1 pouch steeped in 2 cups water for 15 minutes, then add 6 more cups of water, squeeze and remove bag) and I have the elusive (for me) perfectly clear wonderful iced tea of legend!!!!!!!!
(Being who I am, I couldn’t help but add orange slices and a little raw sugar!)