896 Tasting Notes
I made this after breakfast so I could just sit and enjoy. I realized while I was sipping that this tea reminds me of muscadines. More to the point, it reminds me of the large bronze muscadines my grandpa grows on this farm. It is the earthy note combined with the muscatel one that does it. My grandparents also grew zinnias for a while, so the floral note in this tea combined with the other notes really took me back to the days when my grandpa would hand my sisters and I buckets and tell us to, “head on out to the vine.” I loved picking fruit on his farm because he’d tell us stories or let us talk his ears off about all the things that little girls find important. My parents would come out and help us move step stools so we could get the fruit at the top of the vines. Then, when our buckets were full, we’d take them into my grandma, and she’d turn them into muscadine jelly. Now that I’m grown and make jelly of my own I appreciate all of the work she did so much more. While she and my mom were working in a steamy hot kitchen my grandpa and dad would take my sisters and I swimming at the creek, so we’d come home to lots of jars of pretty jelly lined up on the table. It seemed magical to me, and I guess in a way it was.
Happy memories. Lovely tea. Not a bad start to a Sunday.
Here is the Wikipedia page for muscadines if you haven’t heard of them before:
Sipping on the last of this while we wait for the fireworks to start. It’s actually pretty cool next to the water, and I’m wishing I had brought a hot tea instead of an iced one. Oh well.
I still can’t taste the vanilla in this tea. Strawberry and chocolate, yes. No vanilla, not even in the form of creaminess. The floral note that was present the last time I drank this is, thankfully, absent.
This is good, but there are several SBTs I like more.
My little town is celebrating its 100th birthday, so each weekend during the month of May there is some type of “celebration” going on. Last weekend there was a parade. Today there was a classic car show along Main Street. Along with the really awesome cars there were the typical vendors, bouncy houses, and craft tables. My kids and I had a nice time walking, looking around, and playing games. And then I saw it. A tea table!!! A wonderful lady who owns a tea house is Woodstown brought a variety of her teas to sell at the fair. Among them were several Harney and Sons teas including this one. It was meant to be. I had to have it. After talking tea with my new friend (and getting the address of her tea shop) I bundled up my little tin of the Queen and happily headed home.
It has been years since I’ve had this tea, and I think it is even better than I remember. Perhaps I am just able to appreciate it more now. The cocoa notes are deep and rich, there is a thick malty flavor, and there’s a hint of smoke at the end of the sip. The feel is full and silky. So, so good. I’m so happy to have this back in my cupboard!
For the first time in what seems like months I have nothing planned for the weekend. Nothing. I am loving the idea of a slow lazy Saturday. I wanted a good Assam to help me kick off my day of nothingness, and this is definitely a good one. It’s biscuity with great malt notes and a sweet finish. Serious yum.
Ok, I’m off to the farmer’s market. I haven’t been since last fall, and I am going to stroll around while finding something to feed my family for dinner tonight.
This tea is ok. It smells amazing. As soon as I opened the package my entire kitchen smelled like blueberry muffins. Once it’s steeped there’s lots of blueberry flavor, but unfortunately there is also a strange medicinal note and it gets stronger as the tea cools.
I had no problem finishing my cup, but this isn’t a tea I will reorder.
This is actually a better herbal than my rating suggest. It has a nice sweet apple flavor along with cinnamon and a nuts. If the tea were called apple crisp or nutty apple or anything that even hinted at its true flavor my rating would be higher. Alas, it is called Gingerbread Chai, and I taste no ginger, no bread, and the spices are very mild.
This was a thank you gift from a friend because I babysat her kids. She knows me so well to pay me in tea! :) This is one of her favorite herbals, so I was excited to give it a try even though rooibos is very hit or miss with me.
Yay! This one is a hit. The rooibos has an earthy, nutty flavor which combined with the ginger, clove, and cinnamon does taste pie-like. Adding some sugar and milk really took this to the next level. I don’t know if I get the crust or bready notes, but it is a great creamy pumpkin spice tea. The fact that it is caffeine free is a big bonus.
I met a friend of mine for lunch at one of our favorite Italian restaurants. It was great visiting with her and sharing a delicious meal. I managed to say no to dessert even though this place has the best gelato I have ever tried. That’s saying something since I live just outside of Philly, a city that takes their cheese steaks and gelato quite seriously. Since I managed to avoid temptation, and because I was chilled from the walk home in the rain, I decided a dessert tea was in order and chose this one.
While I’m still not as in love with this tea as I used to be, today’s cup was very nice. It was heavy on the caramel with enough of the sweetness from the marshmallow to give it a dessert-in-a-cup kinda flavor. It definitely warmed me up and made me feel like I was having a nice treat (without all the calories) at the same time. Win!