325 Tasting Notes
Oh the indignity. To treat a princess like this…
It’s Monday, and I wanted something with a little more kick to it, so I tossed some Anastasia into my tea bottle to bring with me to work.
Arrived, and added some suboptimally heated water to the bottle, let it brew, then poured into a mug with a packet of Splenda and a tub of breakroom coffee creamer.
A true princess rises above these things, and comports herself with grace. As does Anastasia. You can tell she is no common working class tea. She would be much better with sugar and real cream, but she will make do with what is here.
I really do need to start bringing half and half with me to work…
It’s my day off, so I’m sitting on the sofa with my jar of oatmeal (I make my oatmeal 5 servings at a time in canning jars on Sunday, and keep it in the fridge. Steel cut oatmeal – yum. Best discovery I have made in awhile.). I opened the cabinet where I keep my tea, wondering what I was in the mood for. One of the Kusmi Russian teas? A chai? No! My eyes spotted the sample bag of Keemun Concerto I got as a freebie in my last Adagio order. I had been waiting for a nice unrushed morning to try it out. It’s time!
I opened the bag and took a sniff. Sweet and cocoa-y. Other people call this tea “malty.” Perhaps that’s really what I mean when I say cocoa-y, but I am not sure. Calling to mind the taste of the inside of milk duds… yes, I think that might be it. I’m still going with cocoa-y though.
The leaves pretty much look like Keemun Rhapsody, and the smell is similar, but it’s less tobacco-y to me. More cocoa/malty but less pipe tobacco-like.
I brewed it in my ingenuiTea and after a short steep, decanted into my mug, added half & half and sugar and whipped it with my milk frother. Yuuuuuuum.
I may change my mind again on the in-case-of-zombies tea stash. This is gooooood. It’s more filling than my oatmeal! I’ve barely touched the oatmeal, but I have already sucked a mug of the tea down while writing this post.
Though I still agree with Hester June that pearls are probably the most efficient zombie stash. I had a sample of black dragon pearls that are probably quite similar in taste. Dang, I think I am out of that though – it would have been nice to do a side-by-side comparison.
I did my second Zombies, Run! mission after dark last night. I didn’t go as far though – not because I was fearful of zombies, but because I was afraid to busting my butt on our uneven sidewalks in the dark. I think I will stick with daylight runs for now.
Decanted the seconds steep into my mug. Trying this straight. It brewed longer, of course. Strong, and smokey. I don’t get the cocoa/malt taste in this cup. I don’t like it straight as much as I like Keemun Rhapsody – it’s heavier. Serious, if you will.
Definitely a thumbs up as a latte though. That was great.
Now to get going and start my day. I need to go bra shopping. Oh joy. :/
I am so very sleepy this morning. I even hit snooze too many times and was subsequently late for work. D’oh!
So simplicity is what this morning calls for. Brewed this up in my generic tea bottle, with water out of the dispenser, which technically isn’t hot enough, but, again, simplicity. I was already heating my oatmeal.
This time, I am tasting the cocoa notes of this, which don’t usually come through for me as much. It’s a comforting, dependable tea though, and that’s what counts.
Last night, I downloaded the Zombies, Run! app to my cell phone, and went for a quick walk/occasional sprint with it. It was a lot of fun as I went around my own neighborhood, imagining it as a post-apocolyptic wasteland where I gathered supplies and ran away from hordes of shuffling undead.
I was thinking this morning that I would definitely have to add tea to my must-pick-up supplies in a Zombie invasion. This tea would be on my hoped for list. And Jasmine tea, as well. At some point, you might be reduced to Lipton teabags though. shudder
If you knew a Zombie invasion was coming, what tea would you stockpile? :D
I wanted a green tea this morning, since the hot water dispenser at work doesn’t get quite hot enough for black tea. I grabbed my little sample tin of this. I have only one more spoonful of the dry leaves left after this, so I might polish it off this afternoon. Hooray for reducing the stash! Brewed in my Lock & Lock tea bottle.
Nice and light, but not the best pairing with my oatmeal with bananas. The oatmeal is really obscuring my ability to taste a green tea. Black tea with my oatmeal is a better plan, and since I have steel cut oats in jars ready for the rest of this week’s breakfasts, I guess I’d better just heat water in the microwave the next two days.
I digress… Emerald Needle: Light, dare I say airy? Not too astringent, but that might be the oatmeal talking. I like it, and I know it works well iced. This might need to go on my shopping list, though I might try another company’s version to expand my experience a bit.
I made some vanilla ice cubes from almond milk last week to try a recipe from Pinterest. I tried them with my Adagio Masala Chai, and didn’t like it. Today I tried them with this, Kusmi’s Caramel, and it’s quite good! It’s not cold all the way through, but very enjoyable. This is definitely something to play more with. I’ll be writing up more info about it on my blog, and that will probably be up Monday, if I feel like writing tonight.