1812 Tasting Notes
Roasty Toasty goodness!
I have no idea why I get nervous around Genmaichas. They seem so fancy! But they’ve been nothing but kind to me, with their warmth and beautiful flavors. They are rich and earthy and savory, with a delightful air of being popcorn teas.
This has got some really neat flavors, which have are both rich and light.
Many, many thanks t Ost who is a great tea-friend, for introducing me to these toasty teas!
Its a week to fiddle with teas that I have not yet made up my mind about, it seems.
This is growing on me. In this steep I’m finding a hint of citrus. Lemon, I think, not bergamot, though I could be wrong.
The rose is only a suggestion, not a full on floral, and the chamomile adds…. well, this I’m not sure on. Its certainly a rounded tea, so manybe the chamomile is what takes the edge off the astringent black base. Hmm.
Overall, my impressions are improving.
This was the earliest tea of the morning. I need a bagged tea first thing on a Thursday morning, as I wake up so early and have to move so quickly that I don’t bother with brewing a small pot.
I’ve got to say, this is interesting. The pine in it makes it very wintery, as well as the ghost of mint, which floats through the cup.
This is a nice strong black as well, perfect for a pick me up, but its not a favorite.
Backlogged from last night.
I sometimes have mixed feelings about limited edition teas. Usually I’m pro. I love seasonality, and a new and exciting variety in flavors, and so on and so forth.
And then I run out of a beloved seasonal tea, and I rethink my entire philosophy.
Oh Silent Night, you cunning mint tea. Shall we be parted? Alas! We shall, until the winter rolls around again. I shall be watching like a hawk, come December, for your triumphant return!
Sad, sad sipdown.
Alright, wedding tea, lets do this again!
I really, really want to understand white tea. I think there could be a whole world of teas and tea flavor combinations that would be spectacular with this base, if only I could get the hang of it!
Today, I must say, I have been more successful with the brewing of this, and I’m getting a lovely creamy lemon flavor. So good! So light and appropriate for hotter weather! I’m so glad!
I’ve still got to do a back to back trial with Royal Wedding and this. They might be the same thing!
I’d been wanting to try this for ages, so I was pleased as punch when Ost sent me this sample. It sounded like exactly the sort of flavors that I would like.
And I was right! This is really nice. The black base is not overwhelming, and there is a lovely creaminess to the tea, on top of which float the crisp fruit notes.
Its a very classy tea, and I’m really glad to have tried it.
And it counts as a sipdown! Woo!
Backlogged from last night.
Jury duty took all day, and then we were finally dismissed. I never even saw the inside of the courtroom, or answered a single question.
Well, I’m glad I brought a book.
Oh well. I’d really like to go through the jury services, but alas, it is not to be. Not this time anyway. And back to work today!
I’m almost out of this, which is both progress, and a tradgedy. I love this mint tea, and will be so sad when its gone!
I was excited when Ost send me this, as I had completely loved another of the Lupicia Hawaii teas, Loke Lani. So I was more than happy to try this, even if it did have pineapple in it. (Pineapple? In tea? Hmmm)
The first surprise is that it smells quite creamy. There is absolutely a vanilla smell to this. Awesome! I love vanilla!
The vanilla does sort of fade to the background of this flavor, I must say. Its there, but it has faded down.
There is pineapple in this, I can see the little chunks! But I cannot really taste it, or really much of any fruit flavors. It seems to be a black tea with a vanilla aftertaste, and a slight tang to it. So maybe that’s it? The pineapple lurking?
Completely inoffensive, but, for me, not particularly memorable. I’m glad I tried it!
I have Jury Duty today! I would say boo, but its always been interesting to me. I come from a family of lawyers, so I know a lot about the whole legal process, and the jury process is interesting.
Of course, it is inconvenient to have my week all ruffled up like this, but what can you do?
Well, I’ll see what happens.
I’ve been wondering why I have not been drinking tea in the evenings? I’ve got so many nice herbal and rooibos blends, I should be enjoying an evening cup of tea! So I’m making a push to do that.
This was a sample from Ost, I think, and I’m really glad I tried it. Its a rooibos, which I have a hit and miss relationship with, but its well blended, with a nice caramel-y aftertaste. A really nice evening cuppa.