2350 Tasting Notes
This is my official saturday morning tea now. I’m at Tony’s & it’s just so easy & convenient to bring with me. No measuring, no weighing, just open the packet, dump it in the basket, add hot water.
1 full packet + a mug of hot water X 3 minutes = yum!
Full, rich, sweet, savory malty chocolatey…
2nd steep at 4 minutes: a little thinner, not as sweet, with a rocky flavor blending in. Satisfying!
I was reaching for the Laoshan Black, but then I thought to myself, “Quit copying Sil”. So I looked around to see what I hadn’t drank for awhile, & this Ceylon was it.
I’m not a huge ceylon fan, I admit it. It tastes like tea. Just plain old tea. Like the kind we all drank when we were kids, like lipton, or something. I want to dye eggs or white fabric in it. It doesn’t have all the malty, chocolatey nuances I tend to reach for. It’s a light & refined tea, & I’m into bold & deep. Ceylon is royalty, I’m a pirate.
BUT regardless of that, this is a high quality tea with a bit of a citrus-ness & maybe a little allspice. I overleafed a bit, & I think I’ll do so from now as, as that added a little thickness to the brew.
I used to have a terrible sweet tooth. I also used to have to eat something every hour or 2, or my blood sugar would get low & I’d be dizzy, ditzy, & worthless. That has all changed, due to a major overhaul in the way I eat & the way I view food, & a recognition of a significant list of foods that I thought were good for me, but were actually ruining my health. It’s been about a year & a half since I made that transition, & I’ve lost alot of weight & I feel great!
But once in awhile I want something a little sweet. Today is that day. I’m having a ‘hail mary’ meyer lemon tart. It’s sweetened with agave & coconut sugar, & although sweets are not my friend, & they usually make me feel like crap, it’s a small treat & I ate well today. It’s dreamy & creamy, & not very big. It requires a robust unsweetened cup of tea. What I really wanted was a strong assam, but I have none. In retrospect, the Kenyan would have been especially nice with this, I think. But this will do: Malty, grainy, even a little sweet. Yup, this will do…
While I was at the college today I needed to refill my 16 oz tea thingy, & looking through my purse, I had 1 of each of several things. I’ve been carrying around ‘chocolate hazelnut decaf’ (stash), which was a free sample they were handing out at the last Bridal show I played at (I should have took more than 1, right?). I had Numi’s ‘Breakfast Blend’, Harrod’s ‘Earl Grey’, Mighty Leaf ‘Earl Grey’, & Numi Magnolia Puer. The first 2 won out. I felt like they were probably compatible, so into the cup they went with a little stevia. Not bad! The chocolate hazelnut is probably pretty tasty on it’s own, & it’s flavors held up nicely. Now I’m home…hmmm….what to drink next?
So here I am at Maryville U. A young lady from Colorado is here to audition on harp.
I met with her & her parents last night, & they are delightful people!
I brought a 16oz insulated mug of this Tardis blend. I was a little worried about buying this, as I was when I purchased ‘farewell ponds’, but as I sipped & cried over the final Amy & rory episode, I decided to give the Tardis a try. It’s earl grey, blackberry, & vanilla, & it’s good! Probably good iced too!
1st sip down of the day!
This tea is reminiscent of Dian hongs I have known, with hints of malt, butter, & sweetness, even a little linen, but they are mere hints, more like the memory, rather than the actual experience. Nonetheless, it was still a fair cup, which I enjoyed en route to Maryville university, where I am now.
I’m on my 2nd cup of this blend, & I’m thinking that I need to up the quantity of leaf next time. This is a blend of silver needle, Darjeeling, and Kenyan, created in honor of the engagement of Kate & the Prince.
I drank the first cup while I was making myself breakfast (Brussels Benedict anyone?). I’m having the 2nd cup with breakfast.
A little history: I bought this tea to go with the steepster bookclub, as the title of the tea was perfect for two of the characters in the book. I drank it a few times, & sort of dismissed it, quite honestly, as “ok, but not exciting”.
Today, it is interesting. There are floral & fruity flavors & a certain brightness in there, mostly from the darjeeling I think. I love Kenyan, & the depth, & body of it is in there too. Given the choice, I’d probably just prefer a bold cup of kenyan, but this is a nice change of pace, & a satisfying cup.
…and here is the 2nd bubble bath cuppa.
I wanted something that would contrast the other cup, and here it is.
This is a potent black tea with highly fragrant Rose flavor. The last time I drank it was when we were reading “Anna Karenina”, as it was my pick for that book. And now, on to the hard work of taking a bubble bath…
Have I mentioned before that I love EVERYTHING about this blend?? David is a genius, this blend is SO awesome, with all the elements: Yanxin’s puer, ginger, elderberry, licorice root, etc. There is no doubt in my mind that ginger, elderberry & licorice root are my 3 all time favorite herbs.
This is my first bubble bath cup…