1774 Tasting Notes
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!
Sil was nice enough to send me a little bit of this! And I could tell by looking at it that it was a Yunnan tea! I get points for that!
As expected, this is a nice light tea, with bright honeyed notes. I can’t really tell the difference between this and other Yunnan’s though. I guess I need to work on that!
It’s a Yunnan! I like Yunnan teas! I like THIS Yunnan!
Not sure what to say besides that. It’s slightly sweet and very smooth. No bitter aftertaste. Golden orange colour. Each sip savoured.
I needed this tea. I’m stressing out about having to find a new job in Toronto in Sept. :| I really like the benefits I have with this job! I’m my own boss, basically. I can manage my time – come and go as I please. I can wear jeans and a t-shirt to work, and sit cross-legged at my computer. I can surf the net while I work. And I get paid a pretty decent amount. How the hell am I going to manage to find something like this again? :O Trial and error I suppose…
I guess I should probably update my LinkedIn profile, in case that is a thing that actually helps you find work for people who aren’t programmers etc.
So, I definitely need more black teas at the office, apparently. Good thing my H&S order is being shipped directly here! (Not that I’m trying to hide it from my bf per se…. but more variety here will be nice!)
This is an interesting tea. It almost reminds me of a green with some of the notes. Odd! And it’s slightly bitter, but I guess that’s the muscatel notes you would expect from a Darjeeling? It’s a little grassy, but I’m getting honey too. Very pleasant, but not for daily consumption.
Oh and this is 1 cup away from a sipdown! I’m at 124 now, (assuming nothing arrived in the mail today), so I’m pretty happy about that! :) Of course I’ve got 10 from Butiki and 8 from Harney&Sons coming, as well as a bunch from Terri. My work is never done! Bwahahah
Another sample from Sil!
I’m not sure what to say about this as I’m drinking it and wishing I had other teas at the office to drink instead. And it’s not this tea’s fault – I just saw that A&D have free shipping to Canada for Father’s Day and it reminds me I need to get the bf something for Sunday, and that I’d really really like to be drinking some Tiger Assam. And maybe my Tiger Assam tin could use a companion? Except it shouldn’t. :| I’m just looking at the website longingly just to tortue myself. (I’m supposed to be on a hiatus because I went a little overboard, and I don’t even know what the other A&D teas taste like but I sorta want the tins! Can you see how I went overboard before? Ha!)
This tea seems sorta mellow – it’s barely fruity and barely caramel-y and these additions don’t overwhelm the base which is also mild. It’s pleasant but I need something stronger right now.
(It’s not you it’s me)