682 Tasting Notes
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.
I opened up my bag of this this morning, took a deep breath, and said “oh!”
This smells wonderful. You can smell the peppermint, but also a delicate touch of vanilla. Yum.
Brewed up, the beautiful smell continues. It reminds me of Read My Lips without the chocolate.
This sipps a little milder than it smells, but it leaves my mouth feeling tingly, and thats what I like in a mint tea.
I may have to hunt down a little more of this before the end of the holiday season, as its just my cup of tea.
I love black tea, but I feel like I need to take a break from it, after a long morning of sipping the stuff down.
This is a nice enough cup, and I always seem to grab it when I have a headache (though no headache today), but when I’m done with it I will quest for a loose leaf milk oolong. It will be a little while if I have this sipped down, though. But I’ll work at it. I have such a lot of Black Friday sale tea coming in my direction that I feel like I should work on sipping down the smaller quanteties, and the stuff thats only ok.
I cannot make up my mind on this one. Today I gave it a milder steep then I have in the past, and its made it much tastier to me. Hmm.
Light, and this steeping gives it only the softest waft of bergamot. Which is how I like my bergamot.
I’ve got a fair amount of this, so I should certainly find the way I enjoy it most.
I could not resist this tin the last time I was in Lupicia. It was so pretty. Lupicia has the prettiest specialty tins.
I dearly love a strawberry and vanilla tea. I dont really associate it with Christmas, however. But all of Lupicias holiday flavors are diffrent then what I am used to. Less spice, more fruit. Interesting.
This smells lovely,remining me very much of my beloved Yume. It brews up very nice, a soft and dreamy cup of strawberrys and vanilla cream.
Maybe not a traditional western Christmas tea, but very tasty.