1625 Tasting Notes
Oh ho, this is just plain nice.
I mean this as the highest compliment. Its a tea that has no bells or whistles (and normally I am the head of the bells and whistles section of the orchestra), and yet manages to be special, have presence, and just be so gosh darned nice.
Pleasant, smooth, flavorful without becoming overwhelming or intense at any point, this is just a good time in a cup.
As this is the first thing I’ve tried from Whispering Pines, I must say I am excited for things to come, and more tea to try.
So my throat culture came back, and it is strep after all, just a weird sub group of strep! Hip hip hooray! /sarcasm.
So they’ll give me some medication, but in truth I was already feeling so, so much better, that it seems a little silly. I can swallow much easier now, and most of the pain is gone. Still pouring tea down the ol’ gullet, though.
And I’m starting to get a little frustrated with this. No temps, no steep times, nothing can coax anything even resembling “ice cream” out of this. C’mon, oolong! Play nice!
First things first. The tea base on this blend is just lovely, both in flavor and in appearance. So many little twisty, curly bits! And the flavor is smooth and enjoyable.
I do get a honey flavor out of it, but I seem to be missing the gingerbread and pancake’s aspect entirely. It sometimes takes me a few brews of Quarter to Tea blends, however, to really nail down my opinion.
I will try again for ginger and pancakes, but will enjoy the honey in the meantime!
Throat still hurts, but the doctor prescribed a course of tea drinking, so that is what I will do today.
I’ve brought a baggie of teas with me to work, which, now that I really look at it, may not be enough. Hmm. Maybe lunchtime will see a run to go grab something cheap and herbal.
I did not feel up to a proper black tea this morning, so I grabbed this instead. It smells better than it tastes, but the taste is not offensive, and I looooved the warmth from it today. I think that’s gonna be the theme today.
My initial impression of this was that it wasn’t an exceptional oolong, and I stand by that. If anything I taste more of the ginger than I do of the oolong.
Now, I love ginger, but I still found that a bit disappointing. Still, on a day when “medicinal tea” is called for, this fits the bill nicely.
Down the hatch!
Ok, I’m breaking one of my tea rules, which is not to try something new when I’m in a hurry or unwell. I am unwell, and trying a new tea.
My mom brought be back a packet of sachets of “Organic Corn Tea” from the Japanese shop Muji, and I know nothing else about it. And, as I’m drinking tea as if there is no tomorrow, I brewed some up.
Firstly, no idea if I brewed this correctly. The package may have instructions, but its all in Japanese, so I’m out in that respect.
It smells very rich in the sachet, but the scent thins out somewhat once brewed.
What I get is a roasty, almost earthen cup of “tea”, which is quite interesting. Huh. I’m gonna hold off on rating it, as I need more sampling time!
I woke up two days ago with a mildly sore throat that has turned into a Massive Sore Throat, full of pain, swollen glands, and agony swallowing. A visit to the doctor says its not strep, but we have to wait a few days to see what the cultures say. In the meantime, no drugs, just lots of fluids.
So tea it is! And lots of it! And poured down the ol’gullet in an attempt to make things feel better. So nothing special is called for.
And, it pains me to say this, but this is nothing special. Just a basic oolong, without frills or anything really special.
Oh well, good for this purpose.
Oh dear. Nope.
I always have such high hopes for things that are ice cream flavored, and this looked promising! It had sprinkles in it!
But it tastes greasy, it tastes flat. It tastes so utterly fake that it sets my teeth on edge. Why?! Where is my creamy, sweet, rich treat in a cup?
Sigh. Oh well. It was a good shot.