412 Tasting Notes
Drama, drama, drama. School hasn’t even started yet (we have one more week), and already there’s been tears from my daughter who’s entering eighth grade. She and her friends are working it out, but I have to say this is the part of school I enjoy the least. Junior high girls trying to figure out who they are and where they fit in is the stuff of nightmares. I remember being there myself, but it’s just as tough to watch your kid navigate the junior high years! All of that to say I’m drinking this tea to give myself a little break before going to see how my daughter and her friends are fairing. As much as possible I’d like them to work it out on their own.
I’m liking this chai more and more. It’s wonderfully sweet and spicy, and while there is chocolate it blends with the tea very well. This works for me since I’m not a big chocolate tea fan. I hope Wegman’s keeps this version of this tea for awhile. I like it much more than their previous version. The spice is much more noticeable now, and there seems to be more of the base tea. That, along with the chunks of chocolate, makes this one a keeper.
Maybe I’ll resteep the leaves before wading back into the fray… :)
Backlogging. Another tea from my laundry folding, Doctor Who watching, night last night. (Side note: I am almost through Season One (2005) and I have to say I’m really starting to like the show. I’m limiting myself to two shows a day, but it’s getting hard to not give in and have a marathon tv day.)
The tea. It was like drinking a minty marshmallow, but it wasn’t over the top sweet. I did find myself wishing that I could taste the base tea, but it was still highly enjoyable. I’m finding this a great summer to fall transition tea though I couldn’t tell you why. I want to say it’s because this is a great curl up on the couch with a blanket and a book tea, but for me that’s all tea. At any rate, as the weather cools I can see this one ending up in my mug more often.
Backlogging. I made this last night, but I was folding laundry and forgot about it. It ended up steeping for about 10 minutes, so I was expecting a bitter mess. What I ended up with was an ah-mazing cuppa. The oolong gave a peachy flavor at the beginning of the sip and was followed by the blueberry and nutmeg. So good. I’m really enjoying nutmeg in my tea at the moment, and Design a Tea does a nice job blending it into several of their signature blends.
This has been my tea of the morning for the past two days. I’m starting to get into an autumn frame of mind, so a cranberry/almond tea sounded good. H&S did an excellent job with this blend. It’s sweet from the almond with just enough cranberry tartness to keep things interesting. Really, really good.
After much talk/begging/bullying from a friend I broke down and started watching Doctor Who. I don’t need one more thing to potentially suck hours of my life away, but I told my friend I’d give the show a fair shot. In turn she is going to read Jane Eyre or The Brothers Karamazov, two of my favorite classic novels. I guess we’ll each broaden our horizons.
Before settling into the show I made a big mug of this tea. It’s very cake-y tonight. There’s still pineapple but not as much as usual. I am getting toward the bottom of my bag, so that might have something to do with it. At any rate, this is a wonderful dessert tea and perfect for curling up under a blanket while watching tv.
I received this as one of several samples with my last Design a Tea order. Thank you, Brian, for the generosity!
Yesterday was a near perfect summer day for me. I spent the day at the beach with my kids, my best friend, and her kids. Last night I went to a baseball game (I love baseball) where my team managed to come back in the ninth inning for a spectacular win. Great friends, good food, wonderful weather… it was lovely. So I was surprised by my desire for all things fall today. I find myself daydreaming about apples and cinnamon, cooler weather and sweaters. When I went digging through my tea stash for an autumn inspired tea this one was the easy winner.
The tea is spicy – mostly nutmeg – with the pumpkin being much more subtle. I like that the tea doesn’t scream pumpkin (even though it is called Angry Pumpkin) and that the tea manages to have spice without tasting like a chai. It’s unique and really nice. Definitely something I could enjoy on a cool fall evening. Add a blanket and a good mystery novel and I’d be one happy girl!
Put this in my travel mug to drink on the way to church this morning. This is not a travel mug tea. My mug kept the tea too hot, and I couldn’t really taste anything. And I burnt my tongue. So basically I went to church in a very grumpy mood. Oh well, now I know to save this tea for my pretty mugs and to use my travel mug for a nice builder’s tea.
See my previous note for my thoughts on this tea and why I’m so sad I couldn’t taste it with a burnt tongue. :p
There’s a thread on the discussion board about dessert teas which made me think about this tea. Then I realized it’s been quite a long time since I’ve had it, so tonight while the rest of my family had their snacks I made a mug of this. After adding cream and sugar I had a smooth, sweet treat that tasted a lot like a praline minus the nuts. Good stuff.