357 Tasting Notes
Hey all — yes, I still exist and haven’t imploded from all the stressors in my life at the moment. Unfortunately, my tea drinking exploration has temporarily come to a screeching halt as I’ve been stuck on Jasmine #9 for at least a week. I typically brew some up in my JOEmo and take it to work where after I almost drink it all I add some cold water and continue doing so throughout the day. And that’s been it. As I type this I’m slightly horrified. Oh well, it’s working for me right now, so I’ll go with it.
One thing that I’ve been meaning to mention is how awesome the JOEmo is at keeping the tea temp. I had filled it with cold water and driven out to my interview the other week where I left it in my car (heat index was above 100 degrees — blech). When I came back out almost 2 hours later my car was an oven. I grabbed the thermos (which was warm to the touch) and then almost did a spit-take when the water inside was as cold as it had been when I originally poured it. It was a super-pleasant surprise. :)
There’s more family visiting so things have been hectic (but fun) here. I also potentially may have some extra-good news on the job front, but I don’t wanna jinx it (I should know by the end of the week). So I was feeling pretty upbeat this morning even when the family brought over doughnuts (of which I did not partake). Instead I treated myself to this uber-yummy tea. It’s wonderful in that I’m not experiencing any sort of “doughnut remorse” (which can be caused by either having or not having doughnuts). Hooray for this tea! TG
My new teapot from Upton arrived this morning (I shall call him Colin). It’s one of the 4-cup Chatsford Bone China (on-sale!) pots that I’d been eyeballing for over a month — so I’m thinking that it’s fate that Tim was mortally wounded (Tim’s now chilling on one of my bedside tables right next to my Wonder Woman lunchbox — every now-and-then he gets to wear the cozy Doulton made just for fun).
Anywho, since I was ordering from Upton I naturally had to get a few samples (I’m so weak). I held myself to the three that were on my shopping list. And this is the one with which I decided to christen Colin.
I could very much smell the bergamot when I opened the packet, but it was almost a woodsy bergamot. After steeping it’s a lot more woodsy than bergamotty. It’s a pleasant, innoffensive cup of black tea. The description mentions grapefruit — I get no grapefruit. Maybe in the distant aftertaste, but I’m not a fan of grapefruit so this is a good thing.
Overall it’s a decent breakfast tea, but I don’t plan on buying more of this. NE
I got the job! I got the job! I got the job! ::checks one stressor off her list::
So, Jasmine seemed like the perfect tea to celebrate this morning. And how ‘bout that? It’s the best that any tea’s tasted in weeks! I’m truly thinkin’ that my tea mojo’s returning for realz :D TG
Had this this morning using the ForLife mug I’d bought my mom as a gift (since replacement teapot has yet to arrive). I think that my tea mojo is slowly making a comeback. There’s still a ton of stress in my life (job interview tomorrow and the GRE looming), but I think that I’m starting to handle it a bit better. I think. NE