321 Tasting Notes
They say you should start a new year out doing what you intend to do in the new year. So for New Year’s Eve I am drinking tea (it’s already next year in about half the world now), and will do so all of my 5 day birthday weekend. My b-day is Monday, so I took Friday and Monday off. My office is closed tomorrow and we closed at noon today, so I am having an early start on my long holiday weekend. I shall have a tea-filled holiday.
I decided to try and polish something off, so I brewed the last of my Adagio LS. I actually had to toss in a little A&D Assam to get enough for a pot, and it blends in quite nicely. Now the next time I am in the mood for LS, I will get to try my Mandala LS. Yay!
So Happy New Year to all my Steepster friends. I hope you have a lovely one.
Pretty good herbal, both warm or iced. I made a double strength cup, and then added it to soda water with Angustura Bitters and lemon juice over ice. It’s nice for something different, especially with the usual thick/overly sweet drinks from the holidays, like eggnog and cocoa.
I got this as a free sample in my recent Adagio order. Upon opening the bag, the scent came exploding out – it’s very loud :D I brewed it up and it calmed down a bit, and is quite good. I drank it with splenda and half&half, and the second cup with splenda and milk. Good both ways. I am not sure that I would order this, as I tend to prefer a maltier or smokier tea. But as a freebie, it’s good and inoffensive.
I hope all my friends here had a good holiday. I had a very quiet Christmas – spent C. Eve with friends at their house, but then was home alone Christmas day, playing with Lego and watching bad TV. I still have today and the weekend off. I need to get off my butt and go out and pick up the workbench for the garage my folks sent me money for as a present. I don’t think I am quite ready for the crowds though!
More “Mount Gray Bravo” for me. The scent seems to have mellowed and meshed a bit more, and it’s not so offensive to me once it’s brewed now. I think I will still retire the tin once it’s empty again, unless I can figure out a way to exorcise the Bravo scent from the metal. Maybe a peroxide soak, or something…
Anyway, it’s another dead quiet morning at the office. I am looking forward to my 4 day weekend, and hoping they close the office early tomorrow. My employer is always really good about that, but I try to never take it for granted.
In return, I’m going to try to actually get some work done, but it’s soooo hard! It’s holiday time! :D
Christmas week here at work is going to be sloooooooow. All the developers are going to be out, so at least I will have time to catch up and test everything in this build before they make another. And then, I am off Thursday and Friday, so 4 day weekend, woohoo!
I brewed up the last of the Adagio Earl Grey Bravo I had at work last week, so I brought the tin I used home and filled it with Mount Gray (it’s so hard for me to spell grey that way!). That may have been a mistake. I think the potent scent of the Bravo that permeated the tin has overwhelmed the lighter scent of this tea and turned it into Mount Gray Bravo. It’s palatable, but barely.
Reordered this after being out for awhile. It’s pretty much a standard in my cupboard.
I decided to take a chance today – I bought some chocolate eggnog last night, and it is waaaaaaay too sweet – I can’t drink more than a few sips without it being too much. I wondered if it would be good in chai – I like chocolate chai. So I mixed about half chocolate eggnog and half half&half. It’s so sweet that I didn’t even bother with sugar – and it’s quite good!
Now I can actually use up this eggnog without getting sick! :D
My last pot of tea from this sample. I am really enjoying it this rainy morning. It has this lovely, silky mouthfeel that I really like, and it isn’t over the top with the chai spices – it is balanced just right. I definitely want to reorder this in the future.
My last pot of this. Working from home this morning, as I am not feeling too hot today. Couldn’t sleep, and I have a bit of a tickle in my throat. Hopefully just a drainage thing, and not a cold, but we will see.
I can taste some of the honey tones mentioned this morning, that’s pretty nifty. I might sweeten one of my cups with actual honey and see how it tastes.