1665 Tasting Notes
Today myself and this cup got along much better. For starts, I burned no fingers while making it. And, more importantly, I steeped it for a shorter amount of time.
Less ginger, more lemon, and a touch more of the oolong base, I’m glad to say.
I still don’t feel that this is very well balanced, but it was much more pleasant to consume today.
I’ve decided to bring some bagged teas into the office I’m working in. This will save me the money of going next door and buying cups of tea, and it will help me work on various sipdown goals.
So I’ve grabbed this today, hoping for a morning pick-me up.
Its really a “spring” flavor in my mind, but the weather is so nice here that you might be excused for thinking it was spring.
Its a light blend, but that’s not a criticism. Its very soft, delicate, and utterly nice.
I could resist no longer. Boston has been sitting on my counter all week, unopened.
I tried to be strong. I tried to finish off lots and lots of summery teas, samples, and other odd bits in my cupboard before touching this. And, while I have made progress on all those things, I am not made of stone.
So today, with reverence and joy, I brewed up Boston Blend, possibly my favorite autumnal blend of them all.
The notes of almond and cranberry sang, and the fragrant steam from my cup caressed my face as I sipped this, the first cup of fall.
Oh Boston, how lovely it is to have you here again.
I am afraid there is no stopping me now…. The autumnal blends are now fair game!
This tea and I are not friends today. Firstly, I burned my fingers making it. Secondly, the flavors are not the greatest.
I love lemon ginger flavors, and I love Oolong, so I thought this would be a home run, but instead it makes me cranky. The ginger tastes sharp, and between it and the lemon it shoved any trace of oolong aside.
I’m afraid I still have a bit of this, and I will keep trying. Maybe my water is too hot? But I’m not holding out much hope.
The fine people at Harney & Sons are determined for me to like this one as well, as they keep shipping me samples of it.
This is pure red-hots in a cup. No lie. Its spicy cinnamon sugar sweetness, leaving a brisk warmth in the mouth, and tingling the tastebuds.
Its a very, very well crafted tea, but it has one flaw. I don’t really like Red Hots.
So, I’ll drink this without complaints, and even enjoy this single cup, but I’m not going to bring in a lot of it into my cupbard.
I wanted chai this morning, and by gum I was going to have it!
This is a mellow chai. The vanilla eases the spices into the tea, and the whole effect is very light and pleasant. Its a pleasure to sip.
Its not an overly invigorating tea, but rather one that gently wakes you up. This is a quality I like in my morning cups. Well, usually. Sometimes you want to have your very socks blasted off.
So, thus chai’d and breakfasted, I am ready to face my day!
I went and looked at the last note I wrote for this, a couple of years ago now, and it could nearly have been, word for word, this review I was going to write.
The more things change, eh?
The upshot is I’m getting slightly panicked once again about my cupboard, and am determined to sip down the less winning or sample sizes of tea, so I’m working through my sample bowl. So, nearly identical situation.
And my opinion of this tea has not changed. Not my cup of tea at all. I’m not one for tropical flavors, and I’m always a little stumped by black and green blends.
But, like all Harney teas, it wen’t down very smoothly, and is very well blended. I am, as always, impressed with their skill, if not loving their flavors here.
But another sipdown, such as it is!
Alas, this tea and myself just never really got along, no matter how hard we tried. And I feel like we did both try!
But it just wasn’t to be. I found the coconut to be overwhelming, making everything bitter.
So this tea is not for me. Not at all. So I must say that this Sipdown is a bit of a relief.