1276 Tasting Notes
Happy Patriotic Explosions day, to my fellow Americans!
I am starting the day off with a lemony cup, as that’s what I like on hot days, and I wasn’t in the mood for anything fancy. I’m a firm believer that a few basic teas, even basic bagged teas, are good things to have, as somedays ordinary is just what you want.
Todays plans include thrifting, working on the Camp Nanowrimo novel, and a BBQ with my family. I love BBQs, so I’m excited.
Its a three day weekend for me! Oh frabjous day!
Its the middle of summer, time to kill this autumn tea off.
The final thoughts are positive. I like this blend, its quite nice, with a strong cranberry presence, and a hint of citrus floating around.
Its still Boston’s little sister, in my opinion, but lovely.
Sipdown, for the season, anyway.
I cannot for the life of me get a handle on this tea. It sounds so good! So interesting!
And yet I cannot make it dance the way I think it should.
Todays brew had an almost sour note, which was annoying. I feel like this could really be something interesting, if only I could work out the secret steeping code.
Next time a shorter steep, and see where that takes me.
Its very, very bad when you wake up at 5:45 am and its 73 degrees. Bleh.
I like a very strong brew when I need to be up so early, but I also need quick, so a bagged tea it is.
I put this through a lighter steep than I usually do, and it flattened the flavors out a bit. The interesting note of pine vanishes, but the base is still quite tasty, so its not all bad news.
My significant other can be very cute. He may stagger in from the blazing heat and throw himself at the air conditioning unit, but once he’s cooled down, he asks for a cup of tea.
Coming right up!
Somehow he’d never tried this, so I whisked up a cup, and he loved it. I like it too, though I explained I liked Boston better, but he didn’t believe the addition of almond would do anything exciting. Ha! Next cup for him will clearly be Boston.
Now, normally a black tea after dinner is not something I do, but I’ve been dreaming of a solid cup of tea since about noon, and I have work to do tonight, so bring on the black tea!
I am, however, being lazy and opting for a bagged tea, and for some reason had Harney on the brain, so pulled out this.
There is a bready note in here which floats out when I’ve brewed it up properly. Today it tastes much more like a fruit filled pastry than it has in some of my past cups. I think I need to watch my steeping time with this, go a little less aggressive.
First day back at work after a trip is always a little weird. Someone has always taken my stapler, and I need to go and hunt it down afterwards.
So, to bolster courage and prepare myself, I brewed this, one of my favorites, this morning, to provide the extra little push to get going.
I love the smell of this, though its much better suited to autumn than a 101 summer day, but still. I will make autumn if I need to to drink this.
As always, a lovely blend with the almond playfully dancing around the cranberry, and the tea providing a happy background to this blend. A good start to a Monday morning.
I went to yoga this morning, and it was so hard that an hour later I’m still sitting helplessly, unable to convince myself to get up and go put on normal clothes.
I did convince myself to make a cup of tea, though, and this sample that Ost sent me. I wanted something sweet, and this certainly meets the bill.
This is really, really good. Its got an eggnog flavor, but not a canned eggnog flavor, instead a rich and spicy layer of flavors, which is gorgeous.
I might need a little more caffine, though, to get me through this day!
Thank you to Ost for this sample. Sipdown!
Summer has got to be my least favorite weather. I am a cold weather lover myself, loving the crisp snap in the air, sweaters, boots, and hot beverages!
Its not even 9:00 a.m. here, and its already hot, and I’m already 70 degrees, and I’m sweating drinking this, my morning cup.
I am sad that I didn’t pick up any new teas on my trip, but that lets me get really busy with my sipdown and stash reduction goals. I wanted to have drunk more teas before getting new ones, anyway.
I’m not quite done with this lovely cranberry cup, but its going quickly. It really is a lovely blend, though inappropriate for the weather!
Oh its nice to be home.
I am just back from a hugely busy trip, to NYC and Indiana, which was a lot of fun, but I’m so happy to be home among the teas.
The trip had very limited tea drinking, I’m afraid. I brought a few bagged teas, and had to make them with a coffee maker, which no matter how hard I scrub always leaves a faintly coffee like aftertaste. Bleh.
I’m also ashamed to report that I bought no new teas on this trip, no matter how much I wanted too. It was too busy to get to the tea shops, and when I did run into teas they were the usual things, like Republic of Tea, and so not worth using up valuable suitcase space.
Its about a hundred degrees back at home, but at least its not humid here! And more importantly, proper tea is here!