542 Tasting Notes
Backlogging. 2 days ago. Sunday night.
Yet another tea that I’ve drank half a box of already but didn’t log during The Great Unlogged Period. I don’t have a lot to say about this one. General berry flavor more than blueberry and tart.
For this cup, I added honey, thinking to try it as a last night throat soother for a break from Lemon Zinger with honey. This tea really does not work with honey. But I suspected that might be the case.
From previous cups, I know steeping for only three minutes brought out the berry more.
Yesterday morning I tried out the new and improved leaf amount from A&D’s Holiday Blend on this one. I had been having the same problem with this tea – on the weak side and kind of generic tasting. And boy did it help! So much more yum now. I taste oatmeal or some kind of warm grain with maybe a touch of hay or straw as it cools.
2nd steep: 7 mins
With honey. Soothing to my still sore throat and newly developed cough. (But it’s okay because I’m actually feeling much better and like I’m on the getting over end of this cold.)
Yes, I have a cold in the middle of August. Wtf is up with that?
So yesterday morning I wanted a cup of black tea and honey. But I’d finished all my black teas that I knew went well with honey. Time to try something new. I had originally thought to try the R29 Ceylon. Indeed, I had opened the cupboard to grab it but was pulled to make this again even though I thought it would not taste right with honey. Boy was I ever wrong. This was so good and soothing with honey and carrying all the yummy characteristics of my last time having it, just muted a bit by the sweetness.
Backlogging. 3 days ago. Tuesday morning.
On a whim, I added even more leaf than the last time and omg so so good. This is it. I actually really like this tea now and can’t wait to try it again like this.
Backlogging. 4 days ago. Monday night.
I remember this tea being so weak no matter how I steeped it that I ended up having to use two bags to get a decent flavor. However, I used a small mug this time so I decided to steep just one bag the maximum recommended time. It came out sickeningly strongly spiced with no tea taste at all. I could only drink half the cup. I think I have about 6 bags left and I think it’ll be awhile before I have this one again.
Backlogging. 4 days ago. Monday morning.
Had to see if I could replicate yesterday’s delicious experience. I could. Omg this tea is so much better now.
Backlogging. 5 days ago. Sunday morning.
I tried even a bit more leaf that morning and it was so much better. I could taste a stronger tea now and notes of things, like richness, chewiness, and a hint of smoke.
Sipped on while still very warm this morning and waking up. Watched my soap as I drank this tea.
And another one that I don’t have in my cupboard and haven’t logged yet. Three teabags left in the box now. I brought this one because my husband loves lemon. It’s soothing with honey to balance the tart lemon.
I had it that was last night because my throat was feeling dry. And drank nearly the whole cup quite quickly.
Yet another tea that I cannot believe is not in my cupboard and I’ve never logged. =P The general overview is that this is a solid enjoyable Earl Grey with a black tea based that gets too strong and bitter for my tastes if steeped much over three minutes.
Yesterday morning, I steeped it 30 seconds over that with the intention of making a London Fog and wanting the tea a bit strong to counter the addition of some milk. But when I went to make it, I discovered I had no vanilla. =( It’s on the grocery list now. And the Earl Grey with still quite nice with just a splash of milk.
2nd steep: 7 mins.
Early afternoon. No milk.