2333 Tasting Notes
I haven’t eaten grapefruit for awhile. Did you know that eating grapefruit, or drinking it’s juice, or drinking water with slices of grapefruit will make your tea taste more bitter? I learned this lesson yesterday & this morning. Tony is really into fruit water right now, & fruit water is very tasty, indeed. It’s especially nice after working out & very refreshing. Unfortunately, if it has grapefruit slices in it, it kind of ruins the taste of tea, especially flavored teas. I had a glass this morning (luckily I had my first cup of tea of the day first), & immediately realized that the center of my tongue retained the bitter taste.
I made a cup of this tea, which is NEVER bitter, & sadly, today it is. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the cup while fixing breakfast, & am sipping the re-steep while watching the recap of last nights Induction to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Thanks to the grapefruit, it’s not nearly as awesome as usual, but I know what it REALLY tastes like. I was hoping eating breakfast would cleans my palate, so to speak, but no…
I hope this passes soon, as I was planning on doing a major sipdown today!
I still have a ton of teas from my swap with Sil, & I was digging around for a ‘dessert’ & decided to have a cup of this.
I love strawberries. Up until last summer about a 5th of my garden (which is huge) was named ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’. Strawberry season always startsed with everyone at my house excited, picking, eating, coming up with ways to enjoy the ridiculous bounty of berries. At the peak of picking season, we had to pick them twice a day. Soon nobody liked them anymore, nobody wanted to pick them. “Can’t we just let the birds & slugs have them?” one of the boys said. We’d freeze enough strawberries to enjoy for the rest of the year in smoothies, etc. Sadly, last year’s drought killed most of my plants. There are a few, so I’ll get a berry here & there, plus a few alpine strawberries. I need to start a new berry bed this year, but this time I’ll try to keep it more manageable.
I’ve never had strawberry rhubarb pie. I like this tea, the berry is there, along with the crust, & a pleasant tartness, but there is a bitterness & astringency that I don’t much care for. Looking at the ingredients list, I’m not really sure where the bitterness is coming from. I’m still glad to try it, & I have enough left to try it one more time. Thanks Sil :)
I can’t believe I’m still drinking this from my generous trade with Sil!
Tony & I played pool for a couple of hours this afternoon, & I’m pleased to say I kicked his butt several times! Once at 8 ball & 4 times at 9 ball. I’m feeling pleased with myself, & yes, I’m gloating!
This tea, with its bold maltiness, was my reward upon returning home.
Thanks again Sil!
Starting my day with a cup of this. I’ve been drinking a lot of Assam lately, so it feels like a change of pace. :)
This tea has such an amazing aroma, it always blows me away with the scent of chocolate & bread. I always wonder if the sprinkle crushed cacao nips all over the fields where it is grown so that the plants absorb that essence into their roots.
The first initial sips are more green bean like, but as I continue sipping there is a cumulative effect, as my mouth comes thick with bread & chocolate, buttered whole grain toast & a fine dark chocolate, or perhaps a dark chocolate croissant. The flavor lingers. I resteep.
I’m having 2nd breakfast.
After the first breakfast, the boys & I worked out in the garden for about 3 hours, clearing a pretty good size area of weeds, setting up a ‘playpen’ for sweet potatoes to grow in, & transplanting sunflower seedlings to grow along the back fence so that I can have a wall of sunflowers again, & tie them to the fence when they get too top heavy.
I’ll upload more pics to my FB soon, but I’m happy to say things are starting to shape up out there! Still a ton of things to do, more things to plant, etc, but at least I can see the progress.
This Golden Monkey is pleasantly Malty & tasty. Teavana is no longer carrying Black Dragon Pearl, & they claim this is the same tea, but it never tastes the same to me. Still, a decent cup.
The boys & I are enjoying our final pot of this Clara McGee fandom blend. It’s been a fun blend: lemony, sassy, a little creamy.
We’re also contemplating our next Adagio order, reading about the 3 Clara Oswin Oswald blends, & finishing our breakfast.
Next up: out into the garden! So much work to do!