599 Tasting Notes
This smells lovely! I opened up my packet and took a deep breath. Ah.
This brews up nicely, and is a nice flavor. A soft flavor, but with a good vanilla complexity.
Thats what I like in a vanilla tea, some complexity to them, not like someone has just dumped a bottle of extract over the top of the dry leaf.
This will be enjoyable to drink.
A rare caffinated dessert tea for me. I’ve had a lousy day, and the thought of a delicious cup of tea has helped get me through it.
The dry leaf smells amazing. Oooey gooey, and like a smores.
Then, brewed, it had the smallest of coffee notes in the smell. Uh oh. I hate coffee.
But it does not taste it! I’m not sure what marshmallow really tastes like in a tea, but I’m getting a general cup of sweetness. I’m hoping that next steeping will bring out that caramelly goodness that lurks in every sip.
I baked myself a loaf of pumpkin bread for dessert. Work may be hard, and my confidence may be taking some hits, but I have tea and cake tonight. It will be ok.
Its gonna be a long, but hopefully very fun day.
Today my brother, my significant other, and myself are going to the Dickens Fair. For those not familar, the Dickens fair is essentially a ren faire, but in Dickensian London. Its a lot of fun, and a wonderful excuse to wear a bonnet. And I grab at any chance I have to wear a bonnet!
Its gonna be fun. So to start it off as properly as I can, I am having this cup of wintery goodness. Now, on to don my hoop skirt.
This is pretty nice. The ginger and the gingerbread spices are really noticable, which is exactly what I wanted. And I love gingerbread.
Important to have a holiday themed tea today, as its Tree Day. My family has very few traditions, but this is one of them. We go and select our tree, and spend the day decorating it. We have a huge and impressive collection of ornaments, which we’ve collected on our travels.
I love tree day. Holiday teas ahoy!
The first of the Black Friday orders came in. I am now up nine teas. I can only honestly be blamed for eight of them, as one was a sample. And this is only one of my three orders. But this is the big one.
The dry leaf doesnt smell like much, but the addition of hot water gave it a slight smell of vanilla, a but like the grocery store bottled vanilla.
I do not get as much vanilla as I would like out of the taste. Its there, but mostly towards the end of a sip. And its sweet, like a hint of frosting, instead of actual vanilla.
Its pleasant enough, but the quest for the most perfect cup of vanilla tea ever remains to be found.
Nine more teas! And at least five more teas on the way. Eeeee.
I had tea at the Empress a few years ago. I had forgotten that they sent us home with these neat tins full of tea, until I was rumagging around in my parents tea cupbord a while ago. I spirited this tin home with me, mostly for the neat tin, I must confess.
But I’v got three tea bags of this in the tin, which are now several years old, but I am determined to try them anyway.
Hmm. This brewed up very dark very fast. And the first sip gives me a bitter burst.
Second sip provides a little more roastyness, a hint of something greeny lurking in its depths.
This is strong! I’m not sure. I’m such a sweet tea drinker that this is almost overwhelming. These three tea bags will be an adventure in comfort zones, I can tell.