1873 Tasting Notes
I spent the evening sorting through my tea stash, & reorganizing the whole mess. I have a ridiculous amount of tea!
I also boxed up most of my cookbooks. I’m thinking I might sell them on Ebay. My cookbook collections is like the “who’s who”, of vegetarian, vegan, macrobiotic, & raw cuisine. I spent the majority of my adult life practicing one form of vegetarianism or another, & I adore cookbooks, but I’m not using them anymore. Might as well sell ’em.
Also, the shelves the books were on are now officially covered with my teapots, gaiwans, cups, etc. One more step towards being able to see the diningroom table!
This tea is not spectacular, but it doesn’t have caffeine in it. Unlike many of the people here, I like roasted chicory, & I really like ginger!
It’s my last cup of the day, & it’s the last teabag I had from the TTB “A”. I don’t plan to buy it, so this will probably be the last time I drink it!
This smells pretty nice, but the flavor is a little watery.
I added stevia, which helped.
As it cooled it got a little better, there’s a nice lemon cake with creamy frosting kind of thing, but not real inspiring.
Still, it didn’t taste bad.
I drank this in the morning, but forgot to log it.
It didn’t really seem like an Irish Breakfast, to me.
I mean, when I think of Irish Breakfast, I think bold, deep, “Wake up”.
I want to take a sip, & open my eyes to find Colin Farrell sitting across the table from me, saying, “pass me a sip, lass”.
This tea didn’t do that for me. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t Colin Farrell Fantasy worthy either.
This is another tea sample from Ysaurella! Thank you!
I initially thought I would add some stevia to this cup, but when I smelled the tea, which smells rich & sweet, I decided to leave off with adding anything & enjoy it plain. It is very tasty! I like chestnuts, but have never had them candied, & that sounds interesting!
I love vanilla as well. There is also a hint of spice. Maybe I’ll sweeten the next cup, & see if it enhances the flavors. Then again, maybe I won’t! :)
I drank this during the afternoon, & it’s a real treat.
A very gentle cup of pureness. Lightly sweet & clean, slightly fruity.
The aroma of Jasmine is always heavenly, of course!
This was in the Tea of the Month box for February, & I’m really glad it was. It’s delicious!
The flavor is sweetly subtle. It tastes kind of like banana peel a little at first, with some light florals. After awhile a really nice herbal undertone that reminds me of oatstraw came through, with a creamy texture.
(Part 2 of my Ritz-Carlton Story. For Part 1, see English Breakfast by Taylors of Harrogate)
I had a lot of time to kill, so I really took my time to savor that breakfast, dipping my asparagus in the hollandaise. The food was quite tasty, although the steak could have been a little more rare, but it was tender, none the less.
For dessert, I had a pot of this Earl Grey with stevia added. It is nothing remarkable, but at the moment it felt like a sweet after breakfast treat, and satisfied the desire for something sweet to contrast with the savory meal I had eaten.
(Back tracking a little)
On Sunday I had breakfast at the Ritz-Carlton.
It’s not a place I would normally eat, but I had to set up early for a Bridal Show there, & was going to have plenty to kill between setup & the actual start of the show, so I figured, why not treat myself, LOL.
They have a breakfast bar, but the majority of the offerings are loaded with gluten, sugar, & dairy products, so I went with the steak & eggs with a side of Hollandaise (yeah, I know it was loaded with butter, & I have suffered for it, but it was SO worth it!). It came with potatoes, which were cooked with onions & bell peppers. It also came with asparagus, but it only turned out to be 2 spears, so I ordered a side of those too. I like a lot of veggies with my protein! So the breakfast was yummy!
I had this english breakfast as well. I went through 2 pots of it. I like my EB plain. And it is. It’s a very basic tea blend, no bright notes, no real depth. Just black tea. It is a little malty. I was a little disappointed to be quite honest, I mean, I was at the Ritz!
Here is another tea from the book club tea trade, this one coming from Three Whales. Thanks!
It’s snowing in St. Louis, but it’s not cold enough to stick. I love watching the snow fall, & I don’t mind that it’s not sticking, not one bit! That makes it easier for me to move my Harp, although I actually don’t have another gig until Saturday night. So I’m sipping tea & alternating between students, desk work, & a few other things.
I suddenly have several earl greys to sample, & this is one of them. I’m not really all that good at comparing the flavors & nuances of teas. I’ve tried, & although I can taste differences, I can’t always find the words to describe those differences. So for the most part, I’d rather just enjoy each cup as it stands alone, & not try to decide which one I like more.
Having said that, this is a nice Earl Grey too!
This one also doesn’t have a strong bergamot presence. It is there, but not in your face.
The black tea base is very smooth, & there is a very buttery quality to the cup, & an almost caramel like flavor. Perfect for sipping while I watch the snow fall.
This is a sample sent to me from Lariel, as part of our book club tea trade. Thanks Lariel!
Years ago The Republic of Tea was one of the only tea companies I knew about. I used to drink this plain over ice all summer, along with their Ginger Peach (which still makes my head wiggle with delight as an iced tea).
Then for awhile I didn’t really care much for the Earl of Grey. For some reason bergamot just didn’t appeal to me. Lately I’ve been sampling a lot of earl grey. I started enjoying them again when I tried the one from the Tea Spot. It tastes like a lemon bar.
So, this one is nice too! The Black base is substantial enough, & there’s enough bergamot that you know it’s there, but not so much as to be over powering. I like mine with stevia.