300 Tasting Notes
I’m a little tired and I need to open a new box of contacts. How I know this? As I squinted at my profile just now, I read, ‘All pets are off’ and wondered what the hell whoever had written it meant by that.
Those poor smelly pets.
Anyway, this is today’s second batch of Thé du Hammam, but this time… iced! This has the same unfortunate reaction to being cold-steeped as Kränku’s delicious kiwi vanilla – it gets all foamy. My glass seriously looks like I’ve been drinking beer from it (and it’s not just the contacts this time).
Aside from that, it’s nice – clean and fresh, but without much of an aftertaste. I was hoping for a little bit more of that smooth, creamy vanilla LPdT do so well, but this is mostly vaguely Hammamy and nothing else.
In accordance with my ratings rule that greens, whites and oolongs must also be tasty and delicious iced, this might have warranted a five-point reduction, but I was going to give it another five points after enjoying it so much hot this morning, so I’ll just do nothing and congratulate myself on giving it such an insightful grade right from the start.
In other news, the right index fingertip pad is a really bad place for two mosquito bites.
Today’s tasting notes are going to be wildly unoriginal, as I’ve only had one tea, in two incarnations.
This is the first. Hot in spite of the weather, as I had it for breakfast and hot tea really does make more sense for breakfast no matter the weather, in my opinion. I was going to fruit, too, but then there were phone calls and things.
Again, I have to say how impressed I’ve been with Le Palais des Thés in terms of consistency and quality – I know they’re probably (or, most definitely, really) not the tea company to turn to for unflavoured experiences in a fair price range, but the four flavoured LPdT teas I have I really, really love. I find myself returning to them frequently, and I want to restock all of them.
I haven’t tried them iced yet, but for that you will only have to wait for the next note.
I shared a pitcher of this with Em while we hung out on my hideous pink couch. We had a couple of glasses as we caught up (she’s been away) and a couple as I talked about all the packing I have to do (I’m off for a bit on Wednesday) and then a couple more just because…
…and then there were none.
I don’t technically have time for this tasting note. Shhhh. I had to tell you, though, that this is not what I expected.
One of my most beloved iced whites is A.C. Perchs’ White Temple, which has some melon notes. As for Lupicia, I’d only cold steeped their greens before, but they generally come out absolutely perfect. So I figured this would be an instant favourite.
But no! The weirdness! This acquired a surprising tongue-tip tartness that mostly overpowers the melon experience for me. There’s also none of the sweet, lovely, lingering aftertaste the iced greens usually leave me with, and it has an unforeseen dryness to it, for lack of a better word.
I’m actually going to detract 5 points from my rating, as it’s so important to me that greens and whites work as well iced as brewed hot.
This feels like heresy, but, then again, my newly received Veronica Mars Movie Kickstarter reward DVD case was in Italian, so I guess this is going to be one of those days when everything is off by a few degrees.
F and I used up all our pilfered wine in the spinach risotto, so we drank the pitcher of this I’d been cold-steeping.
I can’t even tell you how much I love Lupicia’s greens iced in summer. They’re just so good. Elegant, delicate, highly drinkable.
Now I just have to figure out what to put in the fridge next. I think I’ll try the Melon White and blame TeaFairy.
This is very good, but not quite as good as last time. It has a burnt quality to it that I just don’t feel like today – I think today might just not be the right day for this tea. It’s not illicit library tea. It’s not voting day tea.
It’s not bad tea.
It’s just the wrong tea.