1676 Tasting Notes
As my morning cup was so bitter, and as it looks to be a long day ahead of me, I thought I’d brew this sample sachet up, and see how it does.
Decent, is what I think. Not, perhaps, “great” as it claims, but a solid, dependable sort of brew.
I suspect that this would indeed pair well with a hearty British style breakfast. Alas, I have no English fry up with me, so I’ll just have to enjoy on its own.
Its been one of Those Days. You know the ones, nothing terrible is happening, but theres an avalanche of little things, the phone ringing, the little tasks piling up, the research to be done. They’re all small, and nothing is absolutely critical, meaning prioritizing is hard. And just when you’ve made a dent in the ol’ pile, the phone rings again.
Ah, yes. Those Days.
So I’ve been busy, and decided I’d have another cup of something. But the black tea samples I had did not immedietly appeal. Fortunatly I threw this in, a sample from my recently arrived Bluebird Tea order.
I can’t say I really get “lemonade” out of this, but I don’t actually think that’s a bad thing. Lemonade might be too tart for enjoyment, at least in a hot brewed tea. Theres a lemony sweetness, rounding out a very fresh and juicy rose, but nothing puckers the mouth.
I actually really enjoyed it! I wont rush out to order it, but it might be pondered when I put in my next Bluebird order….
I’ve been going through my sample bowl, and to my very great surprise, there was an old tea bag of this sitting at the bottom. When have I ever had teabags of this? Did I get it as a freebe with some order? I’ve never seen a Harney & Sons teabag before, only sachets!
Well, I thought, I’d better log this, and then drink it right on down. The cupboard numbers will go up, and then down just as fast.
This teabag serves as a potent reminder. Drink tea when its fresh, and loose leaf is better when you can. (For me, anyway).
This is Paris, but its a shadow of its usual glory, a pale imitator.
Still, a nice spot of warmth on a grey afternoon.
So, in addition to sipdowns, I’m really keen to actually, you know, try the teas in my cupboard. I’ve got more than half of my stash that’s currently listed as no tasting notes, and I’ve not yet tried. This is so silly! I’ve got all this tea so I can drink and enjoy it, so I should get started on that.
So, this, which is me being brave and venturing into unflavored black teas again. I picked it up on a whim with my last Whispering Pines Order, as they’ve not steered me wrong with unlfaovred teas yet.
This is almost creamy. I don’t mean that there is a creamy or vanilla flavor to it, but the richness of the sip is the same as a “creamy” tea.
That said, the flavor is not too dense or heavy. There is admirable lightness, and so the slightly woody, slightly floral flavors of this blend have a chance to stand on their own.
Unlike some unflavored black tea, where I can see why people add milk or sugar, this one I think would work best as it. Additives would just weigh it down.
Yep, Whispering Pines has not steered me wrong yet.
Alright, a new order of teas has arrived, my cupboard is pushing 100 teas, lets get sipping on some things and move them along!
Many, many thanks to Super Starling! for the chance to try this. What a charming notion, peanut butter and jelly tea.
My love of all things peanut butter is almost all encompassing, and the more peanuts I can fit into my life, the better. That means I’m a little disappointed in this. I can taste something nutty, but it seems more like cashews that peanuts, and the jam aspect is not showing at all.
Still, it was fun to try! Sipdown!
Its getting colder! I’ve purchased pumpkins, which are sitting on my porch, gloriously awaiting carving. It might rain!
This is, to me, the flavor of autumn, in the way that nothing else is. I only had a mug of it this morning, but sometime soon I’m going to have a date with a huge old pot of it, and just be blissed out.
I made an error today, I let this steep too long, and it got bitter. Drat. I can see that this one needs a careful eye.
Its Pumpkin Day! My family has only two major holiday traditions, the first is the whole Christmas Tree ritual in December, and the other is this, Pumpkin Day.
We take pumpkins very seriously here, and the carving of jack-o-lanterns is a serious business.
So today we’ll pack up to the local pumpkin patch, find our chosen gourds, and take them home.
I confess, I’m always as excited as a child to do this. Its one of my favorite days.
I feel as if I am going to be the dissenting voice on this tea- its not for me.
I am strongly reminded of Harney & Sons Carribe, which is also a blend with tropical fruits in it, and also does not light my fire.
I do not care for tropical fruits, and I care even less for them in tea. Also black and white blends tend to make me, well, a little queasy. I’m afraid this one did.
But I’m not going to rate this poorly. Just like Carribe, I don’t think this is a bad tea, I just think its a bad tea for me.
Thank you for Super Starling! for letting me try, but this one will not be staying with me.