376 Tasting Notes
a number of years back there was a movie made called ‘being john malkovich’. i never watched it… i had no inclination. while i think he’s had the odd funny role i have no desire to imagine being him. in fact, the vast majority of famous people i would deliberately NOT MEET…. how could they meet up to the standard of their acting/singing/writing?
i would watch a movie about being stacy lim. what is it like to be her? i wonder. where some people have closets of hats and shoes, i imagine her wandering through a surrounding apothecary of teas….‘what shall i drink today?’ she wanders to the market in her neighborhood and sees a butterfly fluttering over a stand of fresh pineapples….. ‘i can capture that motion…’ she thinks and meanders away. a christmas gift of fudge, baked bananas and tapioca pudding…. scotch and a fine cigar….. everything is a challenge in the world of stacy lim. that’s a movie i would like to see =0)
i brought this tea to a coffee house for my team mates to try with me…. after giving away that amazing tea basket, they’d never tried butiki and this was a new one for me too. my africa calling team mates were wowed (to say the least) although the coffee house staff were underwhelmed that i’d brought my own anything, lol.
they gave me hot water and a criminal tea pot that spilled more tea than it poured…. but still, the tea….. oh the tea! a smooth green. no nuttiness, just a cool refreshing base. i would concur with the word buttery. the grapefruit astounds. the essence of peel, of fruit, even of pith— but with no bitterness.
at this point my imagination diverges; does stacy coax the flavour gently from pink grapefruit by whispering sweet nothings? or does she crush them and bludgeon them into doing her bidding without remorse? muahahahahaha?
stacy… remember i told you your teas turn me into a ham? yeah, well—
somehow steepster ate and buried this? grrr.
nope. wrong mix for me…. actually i thing chico chai might have ruined me for others, to be honest. i had high hopes….. but it was completely out of balance and so strong after a really moderate 5 minute steep that it went right down the sink.
the semester’s almost over. i spent the weekend working my butt off analyzing data on global theory that is outside my specialty only to have it ACTUALLY HAPPEN…..!!!!!!!!! and then i got marked down because i wasn’t focused enough. …. ……. ………… are you sure i wasn’t focused enough? because i’m pretty sure i was. do you feel like reading it again maybe?
however, at least i loved the project. and at least my ‘lower mark’ was an A-. and at least that was tying together SO many different disciplines that regardless of the mark i am very bloody proud.
this chai. hum. if you would like to have random patches of body hair forcibly burned off by spice via tea containing milk and agave…. then steep this for 5 and have at her. this will be going in the traveling tea box for my part. arrivederci!
this was a lovely MissB treat!
now obviously i don’t taste the caramel…. what i do taste though is well ripened anjou pear and brown sugar against a dark oolong background….. a lovely pear curl. (i say that normally liking pear particularly in tea). this is the smell of a pear crumble with fresh pears picked right off the tree…. basted with brown sugar…. gooey in the oven.
who needs dessert? lol.
this is lovely. thank you so much MissB!
rishi, i am normally such a fan. even after the chocolate chai fiasco. this blend stopped me almost as soon as i started….. it was pepto bismol tea. =0/
believe me i wish i could say otherwise. i do feel very badly. i couldn’t even finish my cup. correction, i couldn’t swallow more than 2 sips of my cup— down the drain!
(i need to gargle)
suppose i should be glad MissB hasn’t redecorated… seeing as judging by her current batting average she is living inside my brain, lol!
this was quite awesome. another sketchily described black tea, but with divine curls of fruit that i thought were pieces of apricot? of course with no description it was only a guess. mango, pineapple…. and YUP chilli, definitely chilli as it cools!
nice and smooth. no astringency. lovely with a bit of cream and agave…. B….. no moving the furniture, are we clear? =0P thank you for the lovely sample!
this is a great night time tea! it scores low… dunno why….
very refreshing, not snappy enough to be crisp, but i don’t think i want that right before bed. the vanilla makes it very soothing and adds a cream element to the lemon. i actually didn’t finish my mug last night and shoved it in the fridge… it’s great cold guys. it will make a very nice cold steep.
i get a hint of apple, but not the wishy washy kind- ones with substance. very nicely done. i found this by accident at winners for an awesome price. i would totally buy again! (even though it’s a bagged tea!) no hibiscus. no overpowering lemon. nice and balanced =0).
used 2 bags for my 12 oz mug. 6 minute steep wi/ boiling water.
i am beginning to believe that MissB is having fun with me, lol.
samples are arriving with less and less information on them. hmm, am i a social experiment? maybe!
i got a wicked sunburn yesterday at the fair. slept 11 hours and woke up with a sun hangover. i needed a solid tea to stagger to class with. hattiali? what was it? i had no idea… sure, why not? =0)
this is a brown sugar beauty. reminds me of the bricks of brown sugar you can buy in china town. lovely and smooth, a hint of malt without any acid… ever so light on the malt even with a 5 minute steep.
very nice MissB! oh, and TeaCentre, lol.
i didn’t actually know what this was when i steeped it =0).
just as well i ‘may’ have had a bias against! ceylons and i tend to grouch at one another. however, none the wiser the warm bread smell of this one drew me in happily… along with the fact that it arrived with the springbok enthusiasm of a MissB surprise ‘gotcha’ package. (i love it when she does that =0)
a warm leaf that has nothing to do with temperature. has a significant depth to it. a crusty bread essence…. like a double rise with brown sugar across the top. a drop of agave, but hardy any. mild astringency, nothing harsh. very nice!
what’s this? a ceylon? REALLY?!! well, i personally believe MissB was put on this planet to change minds about tea…. =0P (or at least mine). MISSION ACCOMPLISHED MY DEAR B!!!!!