1103 Tasting Notes
My poor husband had a vile and long day at work yesterday, and didn’t feel up to doing the shopping. We are out of coffee and milk. I’ve talked before about how I drink coffee AND tea. Two cups of coffee with milk and sugar has been my happy wake-me-up for decades.
TODAY is different, and I am drinking Queen Catherine. It was of course delicious, and really lovely with a buttered English muffin. No bitterness, that slight sweet smoke amazingly delectable.
BUT, I have to say, I am missing my coffee something terrible. Of course part of it is caffeine withdrawal. I’m headachey, cranky, and impatient. I would have to drink at least twice the QC to get to my coffee state (and that doesn’t take into account the tea I drink later in the day which adds even more caffeine). Part of it is that I’m missing the milk and sugar comfort. I think I would be pining much less for my coffee if I had a cozy Assam with milk and sugar instead of the austere QC.
I don’t even know what I’m trying to say! I am feeling very annoyed with my dependency on caffeine, milk and sugar…that’s for sure. This little morning of “doing without” is revealing. I felt very excited when I started appreciating my late morning and afternoon plain chinese teas, and maybe it’s time to take it a notch further? Maybe this will all be a distant memory once my husband goes to the store? We shall see…
Some of the Emperor and an Everything Bagel! Heaven!
This tea is really helping me cope today! I am back in work despite not feeling 100% and this honey sweet tea is keeping me upright. I’ve already had three magic elixir cups! It turns even more gentle and milky on later steeps. Mmmm!
It went well with my white whole wheat “coffee” cake – if you are trying to get more whole grains into your life, try this!
Super easy and so delicious!
Soothing and minty. I’m not sure what kind of rooibos is in here but oh it’s so rich! This tisane brews to such a dark and flavorful cuppa. It takes milk and a little sugar so well just like a “real” cup of tea :) Wonderful choice for the evening.
One more day at home with this cold. I needed a sweet treat – Coconut Chai to the rescue! So much rich flavor, and so nice to just pop the bag into the hot water when you are not well. I love how this almost tastes like a liqueur has been added!
The cold has won for today. Home with a tea that reminds me of being sick as a kid only 100000000000000000 times better, Mountain Malt. I’m sure a medicinal tisane with no milk or sugar would be better for me physically, but oooooooooh this is so perfect for me emotionally :) Rich malty comfort.
We had a cozy pot of this to end our weekend. Funny how this has morphed into one of my favorites! I love that spicysweet that I get by adding crystallized ginger slices and honey, and it’s very cost effective to have one bag make two cups :)
I’ve managed to pick up a little spring cold, and knew I wouldn’t be tasting right today. I chose this tea for the citrus, and was sad but not surprised it tasted like…berries! It was still enjoyable and soothing, which is all that matters :) It was my last spoonful from Jaime’s generous sample. Thanks again!!!
I put some Rosy Earl Grey in for the next steep and…yep. Berries. I guess having everything taste like berries is a pretty good way to have your tastebuds wackadoo!
We had this last night, and I liked it even better than last time (which is saying something, because I quite liked it already!). Once I accepted and expected the Ceylon flavor profile, I was able to get on with the business of simply enjoying a great cup of plain tea at 9pm! Horray!
Sit down everyone! There is a plain, black, decaf tea that ACTUALLY TASTES LIKE TEA! No strange chemical taste. No horrible dirty dishwater weakness. A solidly good cup of tea that I would quite pleasurably drink during the day, even if it was not decaf! A minor miracle!!!!!
Now, that being said, this is not the best cup of tea you will ever have. It definitely has that Ceylon profile – bright and lemony – which isn’t my favorite. It does not knock you down with deliciousness, like most of my daily drinkers. But it’s a gosh darn good cup of classic tea that you can have at 9pm and not stay up all night! I’m amazed!
Thank you ashmanra for another tea love!!!! This one is getting ordered!