1855 Tasting Notes
This is one of the teas where, for no good reason, I’ve been nervous about trying. I mean, what gives?
Well, no more! I am trying things in the cupboard, and this one is up.
I’ve never had kombucha, and I can’t say it really interests me. But I do like fruit, and I like oolong, so I thought there might be a chance I’d love this.
Eh, is the answer. Its mostly a mango-y taste, which is not for me. I don’t care for mango. The oolong base is fine, nothing exceptional, and the whole thing creates a fruity, slightly earthy cup.
Meh. I’ll finish it, but then it will not be coming back.
I felt like lavender today. Maybe its the pouring rain that inspired me. I for some reason really love lavender when its raining.
So I’m wearing a lavender perfume today, and this lavender Earl is my first cup of the work day.
Its a really nice balance, with neither the bergamot nor the lavender taking over completely, which I appreciate. It would be easy to have this blend be unbalanced.
As it is, I am sipping away happily, and wondering what warm and delicious thing I’ll make for dinner. I am feeling cozy. I wish I didn’t have to be at work!
I woke up to the rain this morning, so I decided that I needed a cozy blend.
This is from a local tea shop, and its their house blend. I’ve been waiting for the right day to brew it up, and that day has arrived!
I’m afraid the packaging leaves something to be desired, in that it does not list the teas that have gone into this blend, but one of then is clearly Lapsang. But its not just Lapsang.
Its a really nice blend, with the smokey quality I love in Lapsangs, but also some mellow sweetness to it. I don’t know what is causing that, but I’m not about to argue.
It was a very cozy cup this morning, I am happy to say. And I’m glad they are local, because this might be something that, once I drink this particular package down, might be worth bringing back into the cupboard.
I’ve brought this to work as one of the work teas, and I am determined to do better by it.
Its been in my cupboard a shamefully long time, I’m afraid, and its time to quit being scared of it, and drink it.
I find that a light steep time is key here, it keeps it from getting bitter. But I’m still not really loving this one.
Still, now having it on hand and committing to drinking it, maybe I will unlock its secrets.
Ah but this is pleasant.
I slept like a stone last night, and woke much refreshed today. I decided on an all around good tea for the morning cup, and this is what came to hand.
This is not to bold, to malty, too anything, really. Its just a balanced cup of niceness, which was highly enjoyable to sip on. Next time I should have it along side some toast and lemon curd, which I think would be fantastic.
Cup of my afternoon.
Its been a weird day, and I’m exhausted. I am taking care of some ducks, and the owners were supposed to be home tomorrow, but they texted me that they were coming home today (at 4 a.m.) and then have gone silent. So I don’t know whats going on there.
It is one of those days in the most profound way. Bleh.
This tea is technically black tea, not that you’d ever know it, and I thought that would probably do for a day where I want some more wake-up juice, but don’t want anything too strong at this point. We’ll see if it works.
So I currently have two Lavender Earls in the cupboard. Both were gifts, interestingly enough!
I decided, as I am exsausted, that I would bring a different black tea with me to be a work tea (other than the disappointing Candy Cane Crush that I’ve already got there), so this was tucked into my bag and away we went.
First order of business was to brew it up, and you know? I prefer this to the other Lavender Earl I’ve got. That one is sooo strong that I keep thinking its a mislabeled Lapsang with lavender instead of an Earl. This is a much gentler incarnation of the blend, with the lavender and bergamot in a good blend, not overpowering, and not medicinal.
Its going to be a lovely work cup, I think.
It was not a good night for sleep. I had two major interruptions, both of which made it difficult to get back to sleep, after the sleep had been interrupted. So I am running on truncated sleep, and am dragging like hell this morning.
I brewed this as my first cup of the day.
The dry leaf smells wonderful, exactly like I would hope that something called Black Cherries in Sweet Cream would.
It brews up differently, though. The scents become a pale imitation, and the flavor is not as strong as I’d like. I’m going to try for a longer steep time next, and see what that does.