3015 Tasting Notes
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…
Just another cup of breakfast tea. This is a nice earthy cup, & what I want to do is linger here on my laptop, drinking cup after cup after cup of a variety of teas, writing reviews, etc…
BUT, I have things to do today, starting with a hot bubble bath (Oh, the busy life of the self-employed, I’m sure I make somebody out there sick, LOL).
Good first cuppa.
It’s an interesting flavor, a little malty, a little smoky, & little sweet. Not too bold, but I got other stuff for that!
I stayed up late last night creating a page in my laptop that is basically a catalog of every tea I have. Then I updated my cupboard on Steepster, so, for the people that I having pending trades with, check it out, send me a message, & lets get this ball ROLLING, baby!
And so it comes to this.
The Moonlight White cake was roasted winter squash, even some roasted green beans near the end…
The Silver Buds Yabao was a creamy cooked grain…
And Golden Fleece is the golden mushroom gravy poured over the top…buttery, sweet, savory & earthy, so satin smooth, so satisfying.
It also feels like a flaky buttery pastry, not physically, of course, but it brings that to mind for me. The mouthfeel of this tea is so thickly satisfying!
Everytime I drink this, the flavor automatically just seems SO familiar. It’s a cooked breakfast cereal: Cream of wheat, or maybe steel cut oats, cooked overnight in the crockpot. There is a pool of butter, a drizzle of honey, a puddle of soymilk, & a sprinkle of cinnamon. It’s a winter morning’s bowl of soothing porridge, bland but warming.
Someone else described it as a Snickerdoodle cookie, & I can agree with that as well. It’s very pleasant, & there’s a hint of pine. Where the Moonlight white cake was roasted winter squash, with roasted green beans being added in later steepings, this is like the bed of grains you might have underneath it.