1691 Tasting Notes
Yay! Sipdown achieved today after all!
So I steeped the heck out of this walking between the office and getting caught up in a 10 minute conversation with my boss about GuildWars2 (him and his wife play and he was excited that I made a character).
Thankfully this can handle it. If anything it just brings the cinnamon out as that’s the prime ingredient I’m getting. And then apple. It’s very tasty for a bagged tea. The apple is really tasty. I don’t really get caramel but it’s enjoyable enouugh.
158 teas in the stash! :O
I thought I would brew this one as it looked like an easy sipdown, but when I opened the bag, I realized I actually had 3 tea bags in it! So, no sipdown today but I get to enjoy this tea two more times!
And I am enjoying it. It’s doesn’t blow my socks off, but it’s nice and green, and I like the cherries. Seems to me it’d be easy to cherry wrong, and make it artificial and gross, but this is quite nice!
Thanks TerriHarpLady! for letting me try this!
I like that this was Memoirs of a Geisha tea as well – I enjoyed the book and the movie!
So in exchange for letting (making?) my coworker try H&S’s Florence, she gave me some of this tea.
I haven’t had an oolong in a while, so I forgot how good and creamy they can be. It’s very light, but buttery. I’m getting floral notes too. So yeah – I’ll resteep this, and enjoy it, but I am NEVER going to buy this. How can they charge $25 for 2oz? That’s robbery! Even my Laoshan Black (which is probably the fanciestpantsed tea I own was $14 for 2 oz).
Now that I’m no longer drinking Tardis, I’m listening to Youtube Doctor Who fanvids – http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=8HTmE_0jUkY&NR=1 I just ADORE Rory you guys. There’s not enough fic out there on him. Poor guy.
Oh thank you thank you! TerriHarpLady was kind enough to send me a bit of this, and even with all the other wonderful things I’m excited to try, I HAD to have this one first.
And yes, it is just as good as I remember. I was worried that maybe I’d hyped it up in my head, but someday I will get a tin of this. Someday. :O I’m not even a fan of bergamot most of the time.
Bumped my rating way up because yeah… I LOVES IT.
Also I’m listening to the (Fucking) Game of Thrones intro a billion times because I’m so psyched about that fandom right now too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25KABvPbq-U
Midway through the second book, while we are watching Season 3 on tv. I don’t mind watching it before I read it because I see it as an intro, and then I can dive in deep with the book and read the hell out of it and not share it with anyone. :O
This is a good news/bad news sorta thing: my Harney&Sons order arrived today! Holy moley you guys. Everything smells so amazing! I guess the bad news is that I am UP to 145 teas, and some of these are bigger quantities that I don’t want to sipdown. And I’m still expecting tea from TerriHarpLady, Kittenna, JustJames and one or two others.
Either way – Sil – I hope you like H&S, because if I’m as happy with these teas as I expect to be, I’m going to want a group order. :O
Now, onto THIS TEA.
Even though I wasn’t feeling so great I had to try SOMETHING, so here I am. Why not Boston? And it’s as good as I’d hoped for. It’s a strong black, without being bitter, and I can totally taste the fruit underlying it. I think I’m getting the almond too!
I’ll rate this another day as I have 4oz to drink up, and I don’t trust my taste buds completely yet.
ETA: Gaaaah. This is so good. Also, this office is freaking HOT. It’s 27C in here? I hope my tea will be ok in my metal cabinet…
So I’m drinking the second steep of this one now and I’m distressed. I guess this sinus headache or whatever it is is just destroying my ability to enjoy tea. I can breath fine, but my head is so clogged up and aching, and I just can’t taste anything. :| So, I guess I’ll have to put this aside for now as well.
And just crawl under my desk and die. /0\
Hahaha. Ok the wahmbulance has arrived. Enough moping. :P It’s not that bad. Perhaps I have something stronger in my tea stash that I can drink while I wait to enjoy my fancy Verdant teas.
Ok, this one sounded pretty magical so I had to order an oz. Let’s see how it stands up!
First steep: 4 minutes as directed on website. It’s very clear – there’s only the slightest yellowish tinge, but only because I know it’s tea and not hot water. Sadly, it sorta tastes like hot water with a touch of sweetness. :| I bet it’s because my sinuses are still acting up. So unless anything amazing happens in the next steeps, I won’t rate it until I can breathe fully.
Second steep: Yeah, I can barely taste anything. Damn. Guess I’ll put it aside for a week!