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Recent Tasting Notes
I’m probably going to regret going low-caffeine today: while I’m meant to be manically cleaning the flat in anticipation of Gentleman’s return tomorrow night – the laundry’s on at the moment and good Gosh that washer takes bloody forever – I have to be up at about 6 tomorrow morning to get down to Oxford for an interview, so I can’t be over-caffeinating myself and risk not getting to sleep tonight. I’ll probably regret this soon, but in the meantime, it’s a lots-of-things-without-caffeine-in day. Though given that it’s day three or four of my spectacular TMJ-induced headache, we’ll see how long it lasts.
The first thing I note is an enticing aroma of warm honey and apples floating over the blend. The scent and flavour of blend is a mix of tart, bright apple, cutting through warm, fragrant chamomile, and balanced by a finish of sweet, smooth caramel. It has a wonderful brightness that’s lovely with or without sugar, and it’s certainly what I’d choose to drink if my evening at the opera were cut short by a strange man with too many hearts on my operating table.
Backlog from yesterday, because I accidentally napped this afternoon.
Also, paid (I hope) my council tax bill last night, though I’ve a sinking feeling they’re trying to make me pay upfront for the next year, which I’m not comfortable doing because a) I AM TERRIFYINGLY BROKE; and b) I doubt I’ll still be living in this flat by summertime, either because I’m working in another city or because I’ve run out of money and have been forced to leave. So yeah, no. Salford City Council scares me more than anything else in my life, if I’m honest. It’s a Kafkaesque nightmare.
So, you know, a brave heart tea seemed kind of fitting, yes?
There’s certainly nothing quiet about Tegan Jovanka. Opening the bag, the scent is strong and bright, sharp grapefruit cutting through sweet orange. Indeed, orange is the dominant flavour, but made complex and aromatic by the other citrus, the grapefruit and background notes of bergamot. It’s tart and robust, refreshing and juicy, but not too bitter. It tastes like the recipe for a brave heart. But somebody hug me anyway.
ADDENDUM: This one time in Los Angeles I was asked to sign a sample of this tea for former Doctor Who BBC Books guru and current children’s author and now very dear friend Steve Cole. I’d never been asked to sign anything before. Steve made my day. I like Steve. :3