216 Tasting Notes
Back to work. It was such a nice vacation. I’m glad the company is closed for Independence Day – I only have to work 2 days, then I’m off a day, then work 1 day, and then my normal 3 day weekend will be here. I get to ease back into working.
Threw some Jasmine #9 in my tea bottle. It came out pretty astringent this morning on the first steep. The second steeping seems better so far. I will probably do one more steep later, and start throwing ice in either this one or the next.
It’s a dependable tea. I think I’m starting to tire of it a little though. I should package up a couple of samples since I have a pound of it, and do some trades.
My cold-brewed Orange Dulce won’t be ready for awhile yet, and I needed something to drink with my microwave egg roll. I decided to go with this green tea so that I can try and polish it off – it’s one of the sample tins. So I hot brewed it strong, and poured it into a glass of ice.
This makes a pleasant iced tea. It’s grassy and mild. Not much astringency. I’m drinking it straight, with no sweetener. Which reminds me that I keep intending to make a simple syrup, but I always forget. Last time I made some, I made too much and it became a sugar crystal science experiment in my fridge. I need to make a small amount, and then remember to actually use it!
I swear I wrote a review on this previously, but I don’t see it. Maybe I just tried to do it back when the site was having hiccups.
A few years ago, when I discovered I could actually find loose teas, I bought a set of 6 Mighty Leaf sample tins. Orange Dulce was one of them, and I loved it. Flash forward to about 2 months ago, when I had a big tea shopping spree, and I ordered 4 oz of it, based on those memories. When I got it, I eagerly brewed up a cup, and… BLEARGH! It was awful, and bitter. I took some to work, and tried making some there, where the water is cooler, and still it was bitter. I tried giving that small bit at work to the tea drinker in the next cube, and she gave it back because she didn’t like it!
I am discouraged. I tried again at home. I tried it straight and unsweetened. I tried it with sugar and half & half. I tried frothing it as a latte. All disappointed me.
So now, I am trying one last time. I am using Daisy Chubb’s directions for cold-brewing (thanks, Daisy!) and if this doesn’t give me a tea I actually like, I am pouring the tea out of the cute little tin I bought for it, into a zip lock or some little disposable tub, and offering it up here in trade. There are good reviews of it, so someone out there will want it. Hopefully. I hate to see a tea go unloved.
Check back later and I’ll pronounce the verdict. :)
My little sample tin of Prince Vladimir is getting depressingly more empty. I need to be in a Russian fairy tale where the tin magically refills itself each night, and the animals of the forest help me brew it each morning.
I woke this morning with a headache, which is not the way I want to spend my last day of vacation. So I decided to brew some tea and take some ibuprofen. At first I didn’t want to use this tea, as I don’t want to run out! But I decided that a special tea is needed for headaches and mourning the end of vacation time.
I am on my second cup now, and the headache is abating, thankfully.
I haven’t mentioned it here, but I am on a self-imposed Buy Nothing Summer – no purchases except for food, personal care, and experiences (like concert or museum tickets) until after Labor Day, and I started on Memorial Day. So I’m not going to order more of this tea for at least 2 months. I have TONS of other tea anyway… but… I love this tea. I will miss it when it’s gone!
It is soothing and fragrant, not a hint of bitterness. On a lazy morning, it doesn’t slap me rudely awake, it slowly returns me to full consciousness.
As an aside, I have cheated just a bit on my Buy Nothing Summer – I did give myself leave to get some locally spun and dyed yarn when we were up North on vacation. And I replaced the tennis shoes I nearly walked a hole through in DC – the old ones went in the trash. I was going to let myself buy a couple of shirts so that I have more than just T-shirts and tank tops for Project 333 (33 items to wear for 3 months), but do you know, I couldn’t find anything that seemed worthwhile in 3 hours of shopping yesterday? When you distill your wardrobe down to far fewer items, it just doesn’t seem worth it to let in the cheap made-in-a-sweatshop crap I found at the mall.
I wonder if I can convince hubby to go get me a strawberry muffin somewhere when he wakes up. I want one so much I think I can smell it…
I hope everyone is having a pleasant morning (or whatever, where ever you are).
I’m back home, but still on vacation. So this morning, I am relaxing on my couch, drinking a cup of St Petersburg. One spoonful of sugar and some half & half, frothed with my milk frother. I can really taste the citrus this morning. It’s quite good.
What to do today? I could paint, or go take photos, or spin yarn… sometimes, the number of hobbies I have makes me not know what to do! :D
Back home at last. Ahhh… a cup of tea with The Prince, and shortbread cookies. I missed my tea. I only got one cup – of Twinings Darjeeling – after my last attempt with the sample that turned out to be rooibus. The Prince makes everything better though.
Blast! I decided I wanted some tea before bed. I got some hot water from the hotel lobby, and came up to my room. Rifled through the stack of teabags I brought from home, and noticed that this tea said it was an herbal infusion. Grabbed and started steeping, then read the label.
Chocolate, mint, and Rooibos…sigh.
Rooibus makes me feel sick. So much for this sample :( And for my evening cuppa.
So it’s almost 2 am, and we just stopped for the night in Nashville, TN. I am unwinding before closing my eyes. I brought along some teabags for convenience. I got one bag of this with the Mighty Leaf order I got recently.
Unfortunately, I’m getting some of the wet washrag taste I get from so many herbal infusions. I’m not getting any of the citrus notes that the wrapper says I should.
Oh well…. I should get to sleep anyway! :)
Eeep. Went to make an after lunch bottle of tea, and choose this. I poured the pearls into my bottle, and realized that it was my last serving of the sample I got! No more #12 until I have worked through the POUND of Jasmine #9 that I ordered. If you have never ordered 16 oz of a tea before, please be informed… that’s a LOT of tea!
Jasmine #12 smells so lovely. I want a perfume that smells like it! And I love seeing the pearls unfurl as it steeps. If you have one, use a clear glass pot or tea bottle to enjoy the show.
Went with the basics this morning. My Lock & Lock bottle and Keemun Rhapsody. Straight, no sweetener or cream. I polished off the sampler tin that I fill up for work. This is my last day of work until returning from an over 2-weeks-long vacation, so I’ll probably forget to bring some back for a week or two once I return!
I am still musing how to bring along some loose tea on my travels for the next 2 and a half weeks. I would hate to lose tea or have it get loose all in my bags! I will definitely bring the Lock & Lock, and I can put some loose tea in its lower compartment. Oooo… maybe I’ll put some in some small zip bags (of which I have a ton – but I’m not sure if they are technically food safe, they are those jewelry ones), dump out the Orange Dulce I didn’t like and stuff the bags in the canister I got for it. It’s a nice canister and would probably travel well. Hmmm… this merits thought.