1736 Tasting Notes
I’ll borrow this heading for a lovely cuppa I enjoyed last evening: despite my bumbling and splotchy skill as a gardener, our potted mint plants are doing beautifully. Last night I had my first steeping from the applemint plant. Ten fresh leaves, crushed, a good eight minutes in the cup. The mint was gentle, not sharp. Don’t know that I was specifically getting apple, but there was some soft fruitiness in the background. Quite pleasant.
There’s not much, in my opinion, to distinguish one peppermint tea from another, providing it’s fresh and not musty. This one is slightly different from the pack simply because of its lack of bite. And that’s OK, when you just need a gentle cup to unwind with after a long week. (Also helps to re-watch one particular scene from last night’s Big Bang Theory. No spoilers, I promise; it just made me smile.)
This has gotten very little love so far (poor scruffy stray kitten left at the pound), so I will take it home with me and love it. Less dishwater taste than most unflavored black decaf teas; no distinct stand-out flavor characteristics, but it’s decent hot leaf juice with a little sweetness. No, it’s not top-of-the-heap, but I haven’t found an unflavored decaf black that is. Have you?
Enjoying the rest of my quart jar. After resting in the fridge overnight, it’s developed a little starchiness—like shortbread. Still tasty; enjoying it while watching the bumblebees and butterflies in the back yard and resting my feet—flew kites with a bunch of fifth graders this morning and wore the wrong sneakers.
Kites were made from copy paper and bamboo skewers:
You really need to try this—they fly great!
Cautiously made a sun-tea quart of this; it’s a little touchy, so to avoid bitterness, I was stingy with the amount of leaf (3 teaspoons to a quart jar) and the steep time—maybe 45 minutes on the back step instead of stewing it for a couple hours like I do with black tea. Result = cool, pleasant, fruity!
And to ensure the quality of my experiment, I happily sat outside in the glider doing not much more than staring over the top of my book at the jar :)