1807 Tasting Notes
I am once again afflicted with Sipdown Fever (brought on by an embarrassing amount of autumnal teas winging their way to me). Plus I’m determined to drink more evening teas!
So last night I had a rummage through my samples bowl, which is now so large that its become a samples pile. After sifting out the likely candidates, I settled on this one. I was feeling adventurous.
Chocolate tea, while a thing I should like, is not exactly my thing. They just never taste right to me, and I’m always disappointed. But, this is chocolate and mint, two favorite flavors in the outside world, and it was caffeine free. But it was a rooibos, a tea base that I have a hit and miss relationship with.
And you know what? After my trepidation that I wouldn’t like it at all, due to rooibos and chocolate, it wasn’t actually bad. I found it a little weak, as I often do with chocolate teas, and the rooibos was perhaps a touch too strong for the base, but it was generally pleasant.
Its the sort of thing that I don’t think I’ll order, but it was nice to try!
And, importantly, a sipdown!
So, in honor of the first day of fall last week, I decided I could order a ton of autumnal favorites, and a few new things to try. So I may have, uh, a lot of tea coming in. Errr….. Whoops?
So it is doubly imperative to start some more serious sipdowns, before I start to twitch.
So, with it being nearly 100 again today, and having just enough of this, I thought it was the perfect time to sip it down, and I was right!
This got bitter as it aged, I’m afraid. But it was still light, and retained a freshness.
But I’m now proud of myself to get rid of it. Sipdown!
Its going to be nearly 100 degrees again today. Bleh. So, while I am ready for fall, the weather is not.
But, its a perfect chance to sip down some of my more “springy” teas, which is exactly what I will do.
I love Yume, I really do. I can see how its not exactly everyones thing, but to me its a springy, fun tea, and I love having it in the warmer times of the year.
However, today I have sipped it down, and may that be an omen of cooler weather to come.
The tea of my morning, paired with an English muffin and some lemon curd. That’s a highly recommended way to start a Friday!
What can I say? This was just perfect today, with the notes of honey and stonefruit really singing together. I loved every sip, and was sad that I had to leave for work, instead of brewing up more of this gorgeousness.
In other news, now that it is officially Autumn, I’ve decided its ok to order the fall teas I’ve been longing for. There will be some beloved classics, and a few new ventures, and I am excited for it all!
I’ve still got a lot of “summer” tea, but I’ll work on that pronto. Tea, here I come!
So I hopped next door again to grab another cup of this. I was desperate for tea and I thought I’d try this again, to refine my thoughts.
Well, I got a non-tea barista. You know the ones, the poor creatures who know that tea is technically on the menu, but are much more prepared to create latte art for you.
So, when I got my cup, I sat for a bit, letting it steep. Or so I thought. When I removed the lid, lo and behold there was not teabag in the cup (they used the paper filters with the leaf in it, before). Just a pale amber liquid. So I’d just been letting my cup cool, with no added steeping benefits.
So it was weaker than I liked today, but still pretty nicely flavored. Maybe I’ll try again at a later date.
This is a backlog from last night. My favorite chamomile and myself had a date!
I’ve been nursing a headache for a few days, which I suspect is my sinuses. It has not rained around here in ages, and theres all sorts of gunk in the air, which is no fun whatsoever. Bleh.
So I thought this might be nice, as I worked on the scarf I’m knitting (only my second knitting project. I’d say its going well so far, though I do need to learn how to keep my edges tighter.), and I was right. Its all very nice, and the warmth made me feel better.
I’ve gotta drink more evening tea. Why did I stop? (Oh right, summer. 100 degree days. You don’t even want to look at a heat source from there.)
Oh, I missed an opportunity! I forgot that it was the first morning of fall, and didn’t brew an autumnal tea. I brewed up one of my “spring/summer” teas instead.
The horror. The shame! And I call myself a seasonalist.
So I drank this instead. I really like this blend, but its turning into another Mary Poppins tin. How much more can I possibly have in there? Argh! And I thought I was making such good sipdown progress.
Now, white tea and myself do not always understand one another. But when Super Starling! sent some of this my way, well, who was I to refuse?
So I brewed it up this morning, and boy, if this isn’t some good stuff. It had none of the muskiness that I can sometimes get from white teas, and a lot of really lovely, almost earthy flavor. I might be forgiven for thinking this was a black tea, for a split second. Its very rich, and I really enjoyed it this morning!
I’ve popped next door to the little café to get some tea. I’m exhausted today, and can’t wait to be done with the whole day.
I’d never heard of this tea, so I was excited to try it. (And the café has loose leaf! Huzzah!)
This is a fruity blend, but its not a particularly sweet blend, I’d say. Its a more mellow fruitiness, and the black base is pretty mellow too.
I’d say its enjoyable, but I’m not overwhelmed by it. But I’d certainly go next door and have some more!