1405 Tasting Notes
I have a precious few moments this morning, so why not brew up a pot of one of my favorites, toast an English muffin with some honey, and take some time. Sigh.
I have no qualms about drinking this, even when I’ve got so many sipdowns to attend too. I’ve got a ton of this. I panicked last fall and bought a pound of it, which is a decision I should regret more than I do. I love this stuff, one of my all time faves, to be sure. It may “feel” more like an autumn tea, but even so. I’m not about to say good to an almond and cranberry cup of loveliness.
Its the first day I’ve had in a while that I’m not running around like a madwoman, so I can drink one of my fiddly teas.
You know the sort, the teas that need a close eye when you steep them, or delicate brewing. This, for me, is one of them.
I can’t make up my mind on Eight Candles. Its very creamy and sweet, when it behaves itself, but I can’t seem to get it to behave with any consistency.
I’m almost done with this, and, I’m afraid, I’m really looking forward to that. Its gonna be nice to be done with this picky tea.
Happy Mothers day, to all who celebrate it! My mother and I are doing our tradition, of going to a local festival and shopping. Hooray for a girls day!
This is one of my favorite spring teas. Really light and pleasant. I’m almost through this packet, which is sad, but hey, that’s gotta happen sometime.
Backlogged from yesterday. I should have picked a stronger tea for the morning, as it turns out. Eight Candles has its charms, but strong brew is not one of them.
I like Eight Candles, but only sometimes, I must admit. Sometimes it brews up funny, and sometimes it tastes of (shudder) coffee, which is a big no for me.
Yesterday it brewed up sweet, but not very strong. Its a fiddly one!
When I killed off the Ginger Peach, I knew it was time to move on to other teas! Time to get these bagged teas sipped down!
I’m gonna have a while to go with this one, as Harney is generous with its bagged teas. I’ve got a lot of sachets to drink!
It tastes a little bit like a fruit pie thing, but not quite as sweet as I would wish. Ah well.
I was staring at my teas, unsure of what to have this morning, until I remembered I had a lot of samples, sent by kind Steepster people, to try! So, something new!
This smells so rich and magnificent in dry form. Rich, almost custard-y, with a good hint of caramel. I can certainly smell all the elements advertised in the name.
It brews up less potent than it smells, but it still keeps the flavors, just a gentler form. Its a very smooth cup of tea, and a very nice drink.
Thank you, Ost for sending me this. I really enjoyed it!
So Boston Blend, which is one of my favorites, was my pot of tea this morning. However, I come not to wax rhapsodic over this brew, but instead tell of my weekend! It involves tea!
Sunday I went to a Japanese Tea School, to take part in a demonstration of the traditional tea ceremony for Boys Day.
It was fascinating. There is a ton of ritual and symbolism, and the actual preparation of the tea was done with great slowness and care and each guest is given the bowl of matcha one at a time, to drink. Then we pass the bowls around to study them, and the students told us about the instruments they used in the ceremony, where they were from, or any linage they had. A tea scoop with lineage! Thats fantastic.
I’m a novice in all things matcha, and to be honest I liked the ceremony more than the actual tea, but it was a wonderful experience! I’d love to go again.
And maybe I’ll be a little more mindful with my own morning beverage, from here on out.