1030 Tasting Notes
Tea of the morning. This is a tried and true favorite. I love the chocolate and stone fruit notes together. They make me a happy, happy girl. I also love that this resteeps beautifully and holds up well in my travel mug because I have lots to do today and zero desire to step out into the cold. The fact that this is called North Winds is not lost on me…. :)
I have had so many cups of this tea over the past week or so. I made pots of it when friends came over. I made cups for myself when I needed a comfort cuppa. I’ve made this fairly weak, and I’ve been distracted and left the leaves steeping for ten minutes or so. No matter what this has been exactly what it claims to be – damn fine.
Everyone I offered this to enjoyed it. Some drank it with milk and sugar, but my favorite way to drink this right now is plain. It’s malty, super duper rich, and has great fruity notes. When I let the tea steep too long I did add some cream because, um, strong.
I am down to my last few servings of this, so an A&D order is imminent. There must always be a tiger in my cupboard.
The next time you get a fruity tea craving at ten o’clock at night please refrain from drinking a tea with the word ‘jolt’ in its name and the word ‘energizer’ printed in large block letters on the bag (even if that tea is in fact very tasty and full of passion fruit and raspberry notes). While the tea might be delicious, being wide awake at three in the morning is not. Of course, being awake at that hour does give you lots of time to reflect on some of the less than brilliant decisions you’ve made in your life. For example, drinking a tea called Passion Berry JOLT right before bed….
Tea of the morning. This was the first unflavored black I laid my hands on when I went to my cupboard, so this is what went in my cup. I do like this tea. There was nice malt and chocolate notes. It’s a medium body tea, and I did wish there was a bit more of a kick to it for my first cup of the day, but it was tasty nonetheless.
Warning: Depressing tea note to follow. If you just want to read about the tea skip to the last paragraph.
I’m behind on my tea notes, so I’m going to start with what I’m drinking now and work backwards from there.
Oh guys, it has been a rough past few days. My daughter’s boyfriend’s father passed away unexpectedly late last week, so this week has been filled with helping young teenagers try to understand the unexplainable. The funeral was yesterday, and it was hard and so, so sad. My daughter and I both came home and slept for hours because we were emotionally drained, and then today I woke her up, made her tea, and watched her walk to the bus stop because life goes on. I’m sure there will be more tears and many more questions, but there will also be more smiles and more joy in the coming days.
Since one of my joys (and comforts) is tea I have been taking my time and enjoying the process of making each cup. This tea has beautiful tea leaves that have a bright jade color while steeping. The flavor is also beautiful. It’s a mix of vegetal and nutty with a bit of dryness at the finish. The nut flavor is a bit like chestnut, but there is another note in there as well that I can’t quite pinpoint. The tea is smooth, slightly creamy, and hints at sweetness. The resteeps are consistent with the first cup but with an even creamier note. Delicious.
To life and the simple joys that make that life beautiful. Cheers.
I think I would have liked this one more if the clove wasn’t so strong. There was a definite pumpkin flavor, which I like, but it was hard to pick out at times because of the clove. I think if the other spices (cinnamon, cardamom, and black peppercorn) held the same weight as the clove this would be an absolute winner for me. As it is, this is just ok.
I needed something high octane to get me moving this morning, so I grabbed my little canister of East Frisian, and I’m thinking it was a wise (and tasty) decision. Even though the dry leaves don’t look like much – broken Asssam leaves and CTC tea – it steeps into a thick malty tea with honey notes and a light lemon-like finish. I decided I wanted a nice builder’s tea today, so I added cream and sugar, and all of the flavors were still noticeable with the additions. Nice.
Flavors: Honey, Lemon, Malt
Last tea of the day. I was in a Darjeeling mood, and this one sounded nice. There is a dry hay note that carries a faint spiciness to it at the beginning of the sip. Then there is the lovely muscadine flavor that I like so much in this tea as well as a light honeysuckle note. A slight dryness comes at the end of the sip.
It’s not a perfect Darjeeling, but it is a very comfortable and comforting one.
Oh, this is nice. It’s grassy and sweet with a strong mineral note right at the end. There’s a hint of a seaweed note, but it is soft and just barely noticeable. The sweetness of the tea is nice. It’s sweet the way spring grass or new hay is sweet. It’s a soft but lingering taste, and I really enjoy it.
The resteeps of this are even smoother than the first cup. Very, very nice.