2430 Tasting Notes
Our favorite Thai restaurant was unexpectedly closed yesterday, so I had my Thai in a cup instead (thank you, Lexie Aleah)!
This has been on my “really want to try it, but never got around to it” list for at least a decade. The coconut and vanilla were fresh and sweet; the green tea and lemongrass grounded everything nicely so it didn’t taste like sticky pudding. Very, very, very nice.
I never thought I was a fan of jasmine tea, but having been gifted samples of the really good stuff from friends, it’s beginning to grow on me. Damman Freres does a fine job with the proportions here, lightly scented instead of obnoxiously perfumed, and I’m getting a hint of fruit (plummy? grapey?) at the back end of each sip. Very pleasant to relax with after a long day.
It’s high time for pumpkins. We’ve had a brutishly selfish summer that refused to leave, and Fall finally booted it out the door with some storms earlier in the week. Finally. Sweater and blankie weather.
I’ve been saving my packet of Spiced Fall Evenings for this first nippy night of the season. I’m getting pumpkin first, then the apple, chamomile, and just enough spice in the background to keep it from being bland. Some of you reviewers mentioned adding a little milk. That sounds like a good plan for the next cup.
This was my second sample from the Lexie collection, chosen because of late, apple is just one of my favorite evening un-mint flavors.
I’ve never messed much successfully with matcha. Let me rephrase that: I make messes with matcha. But in these tidy little bags, it’s ungoofable. And there was the perfect balance of real apple-y apple and a hint of ginger (rather than half the spice canister) to make this a cup of fruity near-perfection.
Another correction: 2/3 a cup of fruity near-perfection. My son was toodling around in the kitchen; said it smelled good enough to be a candle, so I had to share a sample. It’s OK. Kid bonding over a cup of tea, even when said kid is older than some of you, was good for this mom’s heart.
I just lost a tasting note, but it was so rambly, that may be a blessing.
To condense my previous novelette, at first it smelled like toothpaste, but in a good way—like switching back to Crest after muscling my way through an entire tube of Arm & Hammer baking soda/peroxide. What was my husband thinking?
Now that I’m about halfway through the cup, the spearmint (a pleasant change of pace from peppermint—it hits your tongue in different places), combined with the very detectible cinnamon and clove remind me of the spice gumdrops Mom would buy for Christmas baking. I’d grab a handful and eat them all at once. That’s what this blend is like.
Thanks to Lexie Aleah for this little evening treat and a good memory of our farmhouse kitchen!
This was the big hit at work tea time today, spurring the inevitable discussion: “Is it the same as Hot Cinnamon Spice?” The Harney answer we found on Facebook is yes. (You may already know that. I’m slow to join the parade sometimes.) It’s a lovely red-hots candy flavored tea if you haven’t tried it. The orange is more evident in the scent than the flavor. When it comes to cinnamon-orange-clove combos, I think I still prefer good ol’ Constant Comment because of its less sweet properties, but this is a nice pick-me-up that might keep me out of the chocolate before lunchtime.
This is/was/will be one of my favorites from Cuppa Geek; it filled the void left when Celestial Seasons pulled my favorite Sweet Apple Chamomile out of rotation. It was just a little sharper in flavor thanks to a reasonable shot of hibiscus. My packet is almost out of apple bits, so this cup was mostly chamomile and hibi. Then (light bulb! duh! I have a cupboard full of additive possibilities, but never think to use them) I added a big beautiful glob of honey from the Bee Trace Apiary in Macon, MO (isn’t that a delightful name?) and now we’re back to a sweet slice of pie.
What a nice surprise! I pulled this sample from the Bits-N-Pieces bin for a change of pace this evening, expecting a little bit of muddiness from the hazelnut/rooibos combo. Not a bit of it! The apple pieces and cornflower add the perfect balance of fruit and brightness. Reminds me just a little of my mom’s fresh apple cake with raisins, minus the spice. Nostalgia always makes tea taste better.
I wanted different this evening. I got different, thanks to this little sample packet sent my way by Nichole. I prefer my bergamot toned down by other ingredients so the potential of marigold, lemongrass, and green rooibos intrigued me. It smells beautifully light and citrusy, but I may not have gotten the right mix of ingredients on my spoon (that happens with tiny samples of “busy” tea), because the light and citrusy vibe is definitely overpowered by the green beany sencha. My next spoonful may be completely different.