1823 Tasting Notes
Neat little local place called Woody’s is a combination of working gas station and mini-mart with some of the best smokehouse barbecue in town. (“I’ll have $20 worth of unleaded and your two-meat combo!”) Went for lunch and had iced Luzianne out of the big brew vat. There’s just something about on-tap teas that taste stale and acidic, even for a brand that’s generally pretty reputable. But it was cold and I was hot. Makes me appreciate good, freshly steeped tea on ice.
Because I expected this to be really excellent, I took care with time and temperature to follow the package directions, and I’m glad I did! I would never have paired green tea and butterscotch on my own, but this is light and sweet and just begs for some delicate little almond cookies to go with it.
Guy at the health food store says he uses this for potpourri, and I can see why. Lovely sweet fruity thing happening, and not a ton of hibiscus as I’ve commented previously, but it’s still there. Bought an ounce of bulk mate leaf to try as a blend-in, which I did, and I think it cuts the h-word a little. Will have to experiment a little more with proportions.
This would have been a great morning to sit on the front porch of Shabby House and mull over flavorings and ingredients (a little rain, finally! am temps in the 70’s for the first time in weeks), but unfortunately the overnight rain made me oversleep. Thus, the mate needed to get me going quickly!
Heat wave continues (oh, for a roasty-free day!) so I steeped a Tervis Tumbler intending to ice it down when I got to work. Alas, no ice, so I tried to guzzle it early before it was just too stinkin’ hot to enjoy. I think I still prefer it cold, but even fresh from the hot pot, it has a really nice cooling sensation to the mouth and tongue. Those lemony non-lemon herbs are perfect and not painfully sour.
When I took my first sniff, I got so much sweet-vanilla-cream scent I was afraid something else had scented it. (It was in a little zip-lock sample; my storage facilities at Shabby House aren’t the greatest.)
I think this tea has some of the biggest leaves, steeped, I’ve ever seen. And the creamy-sweet wasn’t an accident … that’s just the nature of this stuff. Still pretty astringent (cream and pucker are an odd combination, eh?) but really, really good! I have to apologize because my care packages have gotten a little mixed…OK, a lot jumbled…but my thanks to the kind donor! (Doulton, I think!)
On the advisement of some of my favorite experts, I did a half-and-half this morning with Queen Catherine
- it’s a match made in a fairy tale. Her Majesty dilutes the rose even a little further so there’s just a breath of it, which is plenty for my personal taste….and I’ll sip happily ever after… (or until it’s gone, whichever comes first).
Review now posted here:
and I’m glad I have a little more to enjoy—this was great!