2498 Tasting Notes
I was totally absent from Steepster yesterday. I spent the entire morning running errands with my sons, then lunch at PF Changs to commemorate Drew’s 24th birthday (a week late), then finally I came home & worked in the garden for the rest of the day until I could no longer see. My Gazebo area is finally fully planted with a variety things: various peas, radishes, lettuces, beets, turnips, parsnips, dill, leeks, red scallions, etc. Some were planted a few weeks ago, some during this past week.
So during all this, I did actually drink quite a bit of tea! I started with #49 Assam from Smith tea, which is wonderful! Then I made a 16 oz of Foxy Roxy’s, very lightly sweetened with stevia, & sipped on that all morning while I was driving around. It amazes me how long teas stay hot in that thermal cup!
While I was gardening I sipped on the rest of the ginger peach ice tea from Monday. And that my friends is all the tea I drank yesterday.
Good morning Steepster! Happy first day of May!!
Ms Theresa printed up our “Tea Collection” list this morning. It looks like my total teas is 243 (256 if I count straight out herbs like Astragulus, Elder Berry, etc, but we’ll leave those off the list.)
Of course, some of those are samples, & I’ve decided I need to get through the samples & quit hoarding!!
This one came from Sil, & it really is a tasty blend of yunnan & assam, somehow allowing the tastiness of both to shine in a really nicely balanced way! I have truly enjoyed it, & someday when I’m allowed to order tea again (today I have 12 days ‘clean’), it’s on my list to order from Upton! Thanks Sil!
I know I’m one of the only people on steepster that likes roasted chicory root. I also like this blend, which is pretty heavy on the cinnamon & ginger, nicely spicy, and thanks to the chicory it has enough depth to feel satisfying. I drank it in years, saw it on the shelf at the store, & because I’m trying to drink less caffeine in the evening, I figured, “What the heck, let’s get reacquainted”. And we did! Besides, I love the artwork on the box.
I bought a sample of this awhile back, & have drank it, but neglected to write a review. As I recall, it was nice hot, but maybe not as peachy as I’d like it to be. There is a nice bit of ginger though! I love Ginger! So today I used up the rest of the sample making sun tea while I was working in the garden. Then I let it chill & it’s very nice! I’ll actually finish drinking it tomorrow, because I’ve had enough caffeine for today, but I did want to log it, because it’s a SIPdown! :D
It’s been awhile since I enjoyed this tea. It really is a delightful oolong, with a light roasty flavor, a fruitiness like plums, & an undercurrent of caramelized brown sugar & hazelnuts. After awhile it takes on a roasted green bean-like flavor as well, bringing to mind laoshan black in it’s later steepings.
This tea combines the features of a smokey ‘caravan’ type tea with the bergamot of Earl Grey. It’s suppose to be a tribute to Winston Churchill, who was not a tea drinker. It was really a big ‘risk’ for me to purchase some of this, but I had to give it a try. It’s ok, but not something I will re-order… :p