2036 Tasting Notes
From Sil. :)
My first impression is Whoa, butter. This may partially be contributed to by the cream I put in the tea this morning. As I was steeping it I definitely smelled the caramel and salt.
I’m really enjoying this tea. Hopefully I manage to finish the whole mug. :)
I’m other news, I let my kettle rest and it worked this morning! Yayyyyy!!! Definitely need to remember to unplug it now, but the plan is to try to keep it going as long as possible. Maybe closer to Christmas I’ll get the Cuisinart one from Costco.
Oh man, this tea. It’s so good! Even though I ended up having to make it with boiling water this morning.
You see, my variable temperature kettle has lost its capabilities. It doesn’t understand the temperature presets, and it also doesn’t know when to STOP BOILING. So I made my tea, and hoped, and the tea is fine! Yay Lupicia and the ability for their teas to withstand boiling temperatures!
Boo, broken kettle.
So I’m in the market for a new one. I’m not really sure what to get, but my budget is tiny. And because my budget is tiny, I can’t order from the States as the exchange and shipping kinda ruin any “reasonable” price. Walmart seems to have a couple things. But IDK. I need to find my old regular kettle that still turns off when it boils, and I’ll try using that for a few days I guess.
I already miss the variable temperature options. Already.
HA. I am reviewing this tea over here because keychange did, and ALSO because this seems to be the full real tea name.
I just decided to make decaf because I was thinking it was SUPER LATE and time for me to switch and then I looked at the clock and it’s 6:10pm. FML. Granted, I did wake up just before 6am with a migraine (ugh) so maybe that’s just my body telling me I need more sleep.
Anyways. Sniffing the dry leaf it’s MAGICAL. Much strawberry. Very cream. Wow.
Steeped for 5 minutes (which is about my cut off for honeybush sorry instructions), it still smells strawberry, but hot it doesn’t taste it as much. I think this tea would be best left to cool for a bit but I’m impatient and adore milk in my tea, so I went ahead and added some.
I do really like this one. But. (omg I know) The strawberry isn’t in the front and centre of the sip. It’s more towards the end. So while it IS strawberry, it’s not STRAWBERRY AHHH as I was expecting from the smell.
Eh whatevs. I’d still totally buy more if I needed some strawberry tea. (Another really good strawberry honeybush is that one from TeaG, Smooth Strawberry Dream. But it’s strawberry and caramel.)
Ooo, I still really like this one. It’s less mega-floral in my travel mug, but it’s still delightful and complex.
I think I might like it more with milk in it, but I’m trying to not have milks in my travel mugs due to accidentally making butter. Or cheese. Something chunky anyways.
HA. So I have to be at work early tomorrow, and it’s 7pm and I’ve already been drinking.
First I had a Dark & Stormy, and now I’m brewing up some Ginger Beer to have with the rum. So far, the tea smells sweet and gingery. I very much smell the apples. I hope it makes a good hot toddy to go with my fresh baked gluten free bread. :D
And tasting the tea, no. It’s too thin to have with rum. But on its own it’s nice. It’s kinda like watered down apple juice with ginger in it. I do like it. I’m not sure I’d buy more, but I’ll happily finish what I have!
I woke up at 6 today since I went to bed super early last night and that dratted time change happened. I’ve been puttering around, getting things done in the apartment before I head out to the mall to run some errands. Sadly, the mall doesn’t open until 11. Yeah. It’s like half my day will be over by that point.
Anyways, I went through my teas again last night and (gasp) threw some out that were old and icky. Set some aside to send to my brother. Put a couple out to taste again before I get rid of them.
This is one I had totally forgot I had. And it’s so good. I made it and sipped on it while I set up a chicken and wild rice soup in my slow cooker. I think I have 1 or 2 cups left, and I should really go ahead and drink them. The other teas are straight blacks, so they’ll be fine for a while if I throw them into a tin to protect them a little more from the air.
I used this recipe, but with more of everything since my slow cooker is ginormous. http://pinchofyum.com/crockpot-chicken-wild-rice-soup I’ll also use tapioca or sweet rice flour to make the thickener. And I’ll get some almond or cashew milk today to make it creamy.
Yes, it’s Halloween. I’m dressed as a viking, drinking Christmas tea and cleaning my house. Anachronisms, yo. I might go out to Costco like this, as I need to pick up a couple things. We’ll see how I’m feeling in an hour or so. Right now I just want to crawl back into bed!
So yes, a Christmas tea. I was going through my cupboard choosing things to throw out (yes, throw out) and give away. This was one that pretty much only had a serving left so I decided to drink it. Again, it’s pretty nice. Not my most favourite spiced tea, but pretty nice.