2895 Tasting Notes
I do enjoy a good jasmine from time to time, & this one is really wonderful, IMO. I don’t have any revelatory tasting notes to reveal about it, I think I’ve written a few reviews by now. But I really enjoyed a couple of steeps this morning before heading out into the garden. I returned to the house with a couple baskets filled with produce: Turnips, Leeks, Arugula, & fresh dill, which became a soup for my lunch; Lemon cucumbers & dill seed heads, which will be brined with garlic (I ate a couple of pickles from the batch I started last week, & they are so tasty!); a regular cuke, broccoli, beets, a watermelon radish, tomatoes (sungold, cherokee purple, & san marzano), parsley, scallions, a nice big pile of shallots, & an even larger pile of Basil. Time to make some Pesto!! The most surprising thing I found: There were some volunteer purple potatoes from a few years ago, & I’ve sort of ignored them all summer for the most part, occasional offering a drink of water, but mostly just leaving them to do their thing. I decided to take a closer look, as they were starting to die back, & ended up with the front of my t-shirt as a sling, loaded to the max with purple potatoes!
While I fixed my lunch, I enjoyed several more steepings of this tea, breathing in the perfume of the Jasmine, so relaxing. I am not a perfume person, perfumes make me sneeze & effect my breathing, but the natural scent of jasmine flowers doesn’t have that effect on me, & I’m really grateful for that.
One of the things I love about having a large collection of teas is drinking something different every day. I think if you drink the same tea every day, after awhile monotony sets in & you don’t really taste (or maybe even remember) what made that tea so special to you to begin with. I noticed a long time ago that when eating sweets, I actually only tasted the first 2 or 3 bites, & then it was Cone Head Mode, “Consume Massive Quantities”, mindlessly cramming it down my throat, tasting nothing. It can be the same with other foods, beverages, & all aspects of life.
I want to be present & savor the moment. Drinking a variety of teas help me to be here now, to sip & savor, & to love the variety/creativity that is life!
I like this tea. It is bold & manly, even a little smokey, but there is also a sweetness to it, a little brightness as well. Good Morning!
This is an interesting mix of teas, & reads kind of like a who’s who of steap shoppe teas, almost as if they swept up a mix of leftovers from various teas, added a few more things, & voila! Pound Cake!
The truth is, I’m sure nothing could be further from the truth. I have never ordered from Steap Shoppe, but have received samples of quite a few of their tasty teas from various friends, & they’ve all been good, especially the cinnamon bread & brioche blends. So I know a lot of care went into this blend.
The results? It’s tasty! Bready, buttery, thick to the tongue. I can feel & taste the pound cake reference, & my hat is off to Steap Shoppe for their efforts. Thanks to Sil for this sample.
I love black tea. I also love other teas, but black tea is still my favorite. It is what I choose to start my days with, at least most days.
I’m really enjoying the black teas that I’ve gotten from Mandala, this one included. I don’t have much of a description to give, as I drank it hours ago before we went out to breakfast with another couple. But it was tasty & satisfying, just a basic lightly malty cup of goodness.
This is my 2nd tea from the BBBB, sent by TastyBrew, & it is a Tasty Brew!
The leaves are fine & kind of downy, in shades of grey & tan, with a warm sweet aroma.
I used 2 tsp in my mug, steeped 4 min.
The flavor reminds me of beer a little, kind of a yeasty malty almost hoppy taste, a little caramel, and a mouth filling sensation, leaving my tongue feeling thick. A nice mellow vibe to start the day with!
I think Momo has done a terrific job with the TTB. I applaud her commitment & I hope she’ll keep doing it. I’ve been in for 2 rounds. I’m also in one with TeaSipper (it’s almost my turn to have the box), and if you’ve never been part of one of those boxes, it’s very exciting & fun. I highly recommend it! It can be a long wait, & the boxes are prone to calamities, delays, etc. Also, because I mainly like just plain unflavored teas, I’m finding the box will get to me, full of mostly flavored teas that really don’t appeal to my taste. So I had an idea for a TTB with only 4 members, who mainly just want to sample lots of black teas, & thus the BBBB was born. (I’m not going to tell you what it stands for, cuz it’s kind of ignorant, LOL, & also cuz we may decide to call it something else later).
TastyBrew started the box moving, & this is one of the 2 half-oz samples she included for each person. This is a very interesting tea. The dry leaf smells like an amazing fruity pipe tobacco, caramel apple & vanilla. I’ve brewed the tea for myself twice today. For my first cup of the day I used 1 tsp for 4 minutes. Now, hours later, I tried a Tbl @ 4 minutes. Both are tasty! Thanks TastyBrew!
The flavor of this tea is very smooth & sweet, & one minute I’m tasting caramel apple, but then the lingering aftertaste is like a really good bourbon vanilla extract. There is also a hint of chocolate liquor after that. It is all middle flavor, no real high end & no deep bass. I’d say a TBL is a little too much, as a bit of acidity is present that wasn’t in the cup I had this morning, so I’ll probably knock it back down to 2 tsp. The beauty is, with 1/2 an oz, I have enough tea to try it a couple of different ways, but not so much tea that I’m stuck with it for months (or years). Thanks to TastyBrew, Sil, & BoxerMama for embarking on this adventure with me!!