3015 Tasting Notes
Is June already over? Really? Geez…
It’s time to update my tea list & straighten out my cupboard…tonight!
I feel like I haven’t drank enough tea this month! I’ve barely nicked my cupboard.
I started the day with this lovely tea. I gave it the 1min/2/5min treatment, & it was very tasty, but I prefer going with the shorter steeps.
Still, it’s like toast & honey in a cup, & it was great to walk around my garden with cup of tea, picking & eating a handful of blackberries & some red raspberries, bringing in a shallot & some asparagus to enjoy for breakfast. A wonderful start to my day!
I just spent the afternoon in my garden, which always feels so good.
I picked a basket full of cukes, so tomorrow I’ll probably start another batch of dills.
I gathered some asparagus for my dinner.
I dug up the rest of my Shallots & some garlics, & hung them up to dry.
I braided the garlics & shallots that I dug up a week or 2 ago.
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I pulled a few weeds, watered half of the garden, & ate a few handfuls of red raspberries, all while talking on the phone with my mom for an hour!
Now I’m back at Tony’s house, enjoying a cup of this tea. Cavorcorax sent me several samples from River Tea awhile back, & it’s about time I start sampling them, right?
The name of the tea sounds like the name Troy would give to a 14 foot Alligator on Swamp People, LOL, but in reality it is a classic Assam, bold & malty. Probably something I should be drinking with breakfast, not at 6pm.
My preference with most of my YS blacks, including the 2013 version of this one, has been 5g + 4oz (rinse) x 15/30/45/sec etc.
OR 1/2/5 min.
Today I’m just going with simplicity: 1 heaping tsp in a mug for 3 min.
Any way you make it, this is a delicious mug of tea, toasty, malty, & rich with a creamy caramel & milk chocolate mouth.
When did this become a smokey tea?
I don’t recall it ever having a smoky taste. At all.
But today it does. hmmmm
Ironically, I like it better this way!
A yummy smokiness, a thick chocolatiness…I almost think somebody has pulled a switcheroo on me, except this is from last Aug TOMC, and I’ve drank it before, so I’m not sure how this happened.
But I’m glad it did!
Guess what? The wrapper for this teabag is almost the same color of read as the EB wrapper, so I accidentally made it my 2nd cup. Oh well…I drank it anyway, & if I’d added some stevia it would be almost like a koolaid kind of thing. It wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be, & would probably be tasty over ice.
Am I gonna run out & buy some?
No, most likely not. But at least I don’t hate it, right?
Tony & I went to one of our old haunts for breakfast, a place we used to visit pretty much every weekend, but I’ve just been cooking breakfast for quite some time now, because I’d much rather eat my own cooking any day. Regardless, there was nothing in the frig, so out to breakfast we went. This was my first cuppa there, and as far as bagged teas go, it’s better than most EBs, in my opinion, if for no other reason than the bags are not made of that phony ‘silk’.