3010 Tasting Notes
This was my 2nd cup of tea at breakfast.
I can’t say I’m a fan, but at least the lavender wasn’t too prominent. I love lavender, the smell of it is wonderful, but I don’t care for it in my tea or in my food.
Gratefully I’m home now, where I have a crazy & wonderful selection of teas that I do love!
BTW…did you know that under the ‘companies’ heading, there are 4 listings each for Stash & for Tazo? This applies to several other company listings as well. If I had more time, I’d go in & consolidate all the multiple listings, just because (look out, here comes a rare left brain moment, someone let Ms Theresa out of the closet) it really irritates me! Maybe a group of us could each agree to take a letter of the alphabet, & clean up that letter, consolidating all the companies & reviews that have multiple listings. Any comments?
Tuesday is the day my daughter Ari & her son usually come for breakfast, & we have a wonderful time drinking tea, & fixing & eating way too much food! Today we went out to a local breakfast joint, accompanied by my 2 sons as well. The tea selection there is always iffy, but I did find one bag of this EB, which for a bagged EB isn’t too bad.
Last fall at the end of one of my posts I ended with “Please, sir, I want some more”, & then offered to send my xmas CD to the first person who guessed what movie it was a quote from. Michelle won!! I sent her the CD & some tea samples as a prize. About a month ago I got a surprise package in return, loaded with generous samples of tea & a cute little note wishing me a good day! Thanks Michelle!
So this tea is in there, & since I was looking around for one more ‘no caffeine’ cup to end my day, this one seemed like a perfect fit.
Since I’m allergic to milk, I’ve never had a creme brulee, but I’m wondering if I could make something like that with canned coconut milk…like an egg custard, topped with brown sugar, set under the broiler briefly…hmmm…of course, I don’t really eat brown sugar either…maybe some date sugar…
Ooops! I got off track into fantasy world. This is a tasty tea, it looks like a pretty little confetti, & in spite of the fine milling , I didn’t get any rooibos stuck on my tonsils, so it was a win.
This is a sample sent to me from Laurent @ Nina’s. Thank you!
I have to admit, after I gave Laurent my address, I think I was suppose to look at the catalog & pick out some teas for him to send. I got sidetracked & never got around to it. So I got random samples.
So…Cancer is not my sign. I’m an Aquarius. Also, I don’t usually like rooibos much, & in fact, for some reason the look of it kind of freaks me out. It just doesn’t look real, LOL. So, even though the rooibos in this blend looks creepy to me, it is the best looking rooibos I’ve seen, in that it’s not as chopped up as usual, & none of it managed to get through the filter & into my throat, so that’s a plus. I’m guessing that this is a higher grade rooibos than I usually end up with.
I decided to sample this because I’m trying not to stay up til 2am for once, so I’m avoiding caffeine for the evening in an effort to wind down. Initially, the rooibos taste was fairly strong, but then the pineapple flavor really stepped forward. The coconut was there too. I’ve still been working on restringing that harp (only 2 octaves to go), so my tea had a chance to cool a bit, & the flavors really blended together beautifully. It was quite good!
I’ve spent the whole day drinking ‘grown up’ tea, & while we were taking a break from re-stringing another harp, and reading Indigo Bloom’s post, little Terri started begging for a chocolate tea. And this one is awesome! First of all, the tea base is real full leaf tea, not chopped up stuff, & it’s a nice malty robust base! Then the chocolate! It reminds me of melted chocolate chips, the semi sweet kind. It has a thick feeling to it. I added stevia & coconut creamer, & I’m drinking hot cocoa! YUMMM!!
I’ve been sipping on this all afternoon, while I restring a harp for a student. It is one of the TOMC selections for March.
I open the package to find a chunk of a nice thick cake, loosely pressed in shades of tan, brown, olive, charcoal, & black.
Dry aroma: Hay & a hint of vanilla
Wet Aroma: very bright & fruity, Elderberry & green banana
5G + 4oz Gaiwan (rinse) X 5 seconds
The early steepings were tart, with almost a lemony feel. The first couple of sips etched my throat, like a very fresh green olive oil.
I lost track of my steeps, I’m probably at 9 or so, & the flavor has mellowed to a nicely savory, slightly creamy cup. It’s kind of buttery, & the flavor somehow reminds me of Kolcanon, which I haven’t had for a long time. For those who haven’t had it, it’s an Irish dish of potatoes & kale.