3001 Tasting Notes
Tony & I went to breakfast at our usual haunt. They have the Numi box of teas that they bring to the table, which is ok for bagged tea, but there wasn’t much of a selection today (or last weekend). I ended up foraging through the selections in my purse.
Tony got the 2 Mighty Leaf Earl Grey bags, since EG is his thing. He said that it was good. I drank:
The mighty leaf English Breakfast – 1 bag…it was ok…
The Numi Magnolia Puer – earthy puer with a hint of floral…better
Harrod’s Earl Grey – not much bergamot flavor, ok.
Glad to be back at Tony’s, where I’m drinking the 3rd re-steep of this morning’s cup of Anxi Fo Shou & getting ready to join the Sample Sipdown Saturday!
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…