1108 Tasting Notes
An interesting assam and gunpowder -based tea with interesting notes of tartness, ginger, cream and something else a bit darker back there in the mix. I wish there was more ginger in here.. right now it’s a bit mellow in the background, almost like a faint ginger creme. It’s still lovely, and I’m glad I steeped it for a short time to eradicate all possible bitterness.
Thanks to Khaleesical for sharing this in the 12 Days of Christmas tea swap!
Note to self: try this with a black base, and robust flavoring. Right now, at delicate flavoring and the green base, I’m just missing out on anything Irish Cream-ish. It’s still yummy and creamy, however I want some of the ole Irish in me. ;)
In unrelated news, my son got another notice home saying there’s a lice infestation at his school. Sigh. For whatever reason, the four times this has happened in the past two years, I’m the only one that gets it. For those (like me) trying to avoid the harshest of chemicals in those lice treatments – use Listerine. Dump half a bottle over your head (I use a lot, because I have very long, thick hair), leave it in for an hour, and then wash your hair normally. It works like a charm, although frankly I do feel slightly ill after — I’m told because the alcohol in the Listerine gets absorbed by your skin. Also, this is a much cheaper option… $2 vs $37.
Now on to our regularly scheduled programming…
Heaping 1.4 tsp in 1/4 cup of heavy cream.
My first reaction to sipping this tea was, “Oh, wow.”Yep, it surprised me with it’s smooth-as-silky-cream feel, and the very light peppermint flavoring. Would I immediately think Candy Cane when drinking this tea? Hm. Likely not, and I’m confuzzled as to why I’m saying that. It’s a lovely, creamy peppermint tea… it’s just not candy cane to me. It’s still delicious, and I’ll be happy happy sipping this one down.
Thank you to KittyLovesTea for sharing the cutest little package of this with me!
Apple, hibiscus, pineapple, something oddly bitter (melon?), more apple. I think this would be really fun cold-brewed and given to the kids; kids that love apples! An interesting tea, however I think I steeped it a bit too long, or perhaps used too much (two teabags for 12oz).
Thanks to KittyLovesTea for sharing this with me! Something I probably wouldn’t have found on my own, which is always one of my favorite things – to discover things within someone else’s wheelhouse.
Forgot I even had this tea, and also forgot how much I like a Monk’s Blend. Reminds me of the Shirley Temples my parents let me have each time that we went out for dinner. This time though, there’s a floral note that I’m just meh about. I’d rather the grenadine, with zero flowers in this blend.
Made it again from scratch, underleafing it this time like others suggested. NOW it’s delicious. NOW I can recommend it wholeheartedly. I get every note in there that’s supposed to be: cream cheese icing, blueberry, danish pastry. So glad I re-did this so that my daughter had something nice to wake up to! Not so happy about the 10 tsp of tea I wasted prior, though.
Which makes me wonder: does Frank try his teas before making them? If so, why does he avoid offering any sort of steeping instructions to help his customers avoid such mishaps? Thank goodness for y’all here though, or else I would have given up on it.
1.5 tsp in 16oz.