1538 Tasting Notes
There are days when I get tea wrong. Not in the “I’ve brewed this improperly” way, but in the “today called for a stronger/weaker/more flavored/more classic tea” kinda way. Am I alone in this?
And then there are days like today, when you say “I’ll brew this!” and it turns out to have been the perfect way to start the day!
Its been a weird one today, folks, so the memory of this lovely tea is carrying me onwards, with calmness and confidence. Thank you, tea, for being just right today.
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!