1690 Tasting Notes
Husband, Master of Spatial Relationships, noted that the round tags that came with the samples fit precisely inside the rim of a standard Mason canning jar. We tried it.
The tea itself is a surprise. Tightly rolled leaves, like an oolong, that huge-n up remarkably when you steep. Taste is sweet up front, dark in the back, but a little fruity and oolong-y in the middle. A whole flavor parade.
Resisting the urge to float my cork boat in it. Gotta get to work. Creativity on a deadline.
Samples arrived this week and I am saving them for this weekend when I can take some time to enjoy. However, I have to say something about the wonderful packaging. I put together the little cork boat before I even looked at the packets. And with the cheerful nautical-themed tags and packets, this gets my vote for “most funnest sample packages ever.”
Avast and ahoy—-we’ll dive into ’em tomorrow.
This little cheapie, dark and rich with just a little mineral, is further proof that prowling through the bins at your local indie vendor can pay off. Newbies on a budget—do some local exploring: it’s a great way to expand your tea wardrobe without deflating your wallet as much as you would with name brand mail orders.
(Not that we don’t love those name brands as well ;)
Looks a little like salad dry in the pouch…definitely a woodsy flavor to it (drnking it with a chocolate chip cookie remedied any valerian mulchiness). So far I haven’t met a tisane that will put me out completely on its own—will have to report later on any possible zzzzz effect.
ashmanra, I put Tazo outside so I didn’t have any help steeping it :)
(Yeah, I’m still here. I think.)
I’m still thinking on this one. Previous comments hold; it’s somewhat spicy, but spicy in the bass range—you get it at the tip of your tongue after you’ve swallowed. Don’t think it’s really strong enough (to my taste, anyway) for a breakfast tea. Maybe brunch or elevenses. Still a very, very, very good Ceylon!
Ahhhhhhhh. Weather mild enough to work outside in shirtsleeves, finally able to continue picking up branch fallout from the ice storm a week before Christmas. This is my break and I am drinking it with immense pleasure in the patio glider. Just a good quality longjing with long, flat leaves and a little sweetness.
For second steep, I threw in a pinch of mystery white chai from a work buddy; there’s just a tiny hint of cinnamon in it now. Equally pleasant.
For someone who doesn’t much do honey in tea, this nook in my cherry wood tea chest is emptying out fast! It’s gentle, nicely balanced, a no-brain steeper. Not nearly as syrupy cloying as the Ludens cough drops we’d eat full boxes of during the sermon on Sundays, but brings back that sensory memory.
Challenged or inspired by all you sipper-downers; it’s time to follow suit and take back the kitchen. This is perfect for a mild and sunny day. Decent black tea base, sweet, natural-tasting pineapple.
If you’re interested in finding it, previous tracking down of this one led me to believe that it was a privately branded Metropolitan Tea blend. which is still available at several places including Culinary Tea.