1360 Tasting Notes
Another one of the wonderful samples from Dammann Freres’ advent calendar.
Smells really odd out of the package – like chocolate prunes? Then I looked at the ingredient list. Okay! This smells as it should. Steeped, I actually get the texture of prunes (interesting) and dark, bitter cocoa. A little bit of sweetness brings out the orange/clementine a bit more. Missing all of the caramel, however it’s still really yummy. Steeped for only three minutes, and I think that’s what I’ll do for the rest of these instead of the recommended 4-5 minutes.
Fighting something decidedly nasty. Grapefruit seed oil is defintely helping, as is candied ginger and mint ice cream. Hoping this tea, mixed with a bagged dandelion tea, will help flush out some of the yuck.
I’m sure I overleafed this, as I’m using a brand new mug my daughter got me for Christmas – one of the Tea Forte ceramic tumblers with a metal strainer that fits snugly, covered with dogwood blossoms. I’ve yet to measure how much liquid it fits, so I guessed two cups. Yea, definitely wrong. Why? Because this is painfully strong. Medicinal, dark, thick, syrupy.
Let’s just hope it works. :)
Went to this fabulous local pub that bills itself as a “geek’s dream”, where the front page of the menu looks like an old D&D book, and you can roll a D20 for a $5 shot, or order by number for a $6 shot. Shot #20 however is only available if you roll 20, and it comes with a free, specially branded shot glass. Guess who rolled a 20 and then promptly forgot the glass at her date’s house?
After my celebratory shot, I asked for a ‘hot boozy drink’. She made me a lovely Hot Toddy, complete with tea steeped IN the hot booze. Perfect.
Brought this with me on my date, so that I could replenish the young man’s stock. He was sick earlier in the week, so I gave him some of my favorite medicinals… straight ginger, Super Ginger (DAVIDs), Turmeric Tea (Phat Long), and Clari Tea (Whispering Pines). He loved the Clari Tea, and said he resteeped the 2-cup pot six times. Whoa! Also shared tonight that I may have ruined him for store-bought tea bags forever. Must admit to a sly grin, there.
Anyway. Shared some of this with the gent while we watched Seinfeld. I forgot how much I loved that show!
This smells delicious, like juicy oranges, and it came out of Dammann Freres’ advent calendar.
I wasn’t a huge fan of it plain, so I added sweetener almost immediately. Then it becomes a creamy orange with a hint of cherry. I get few spices, but again that’s likely from my oversteeping issues of late.
I was carded tonight! Holy moly. Let’s just say I gladly produced my ID, and told the gal I was easily old enough to be her Mom. She corrected me after seeing my birth date, saying I just looked really young. Still hilarious.
What was I carded for? Tea. Well, a Peppermint Toddy, to be exact. First time I’ve had one, and it was delicious. Peppermint tea, Kahlua and Baileys, served hot in a mason jar with a cute paper napkin tied around the rim like a bandanna to keep my fingers from scorching. So much fun!