1893 Tasting Notes
Took a break from house hunting (exhausting, frustrating, etc.) to make our first visit back at favorite health food hangout and brought home a couple of dry ounces of this. In bulk, it’s strong enough to make your eyes water. Made a fill-it-yourself bag and tossed it in with the gallon of grocery-store sun tea I made to guzzle this afternoon and it puts a nice refreshing edge on the cheap stuff.
Heat continues; this will likely be the only hot cuppa I can stand today, so I decided to make it a good one. This is dark and strong and sweet and does emit the cocoa powder notes as advertised.
Thanks to JenW for the sample, and this morning, I just want to thank my Steepster friends who have been so encouraging during a long, hot, difficult summer. So much has been wrong and not-normal that the ability to savor a good cuppa and chat about it a little is a greater blessing that I ever realized pre-disaster. Bless you all.
This smells wonderful, sweet, and fruity … but I am approaching with caution because of the plentifulicity (good word, don’t you think?) of the h-word.
However, I have it steeping in the sun on the porch of Shabby House and we’ll see how the experiment progresses.
After running errands and grabbing lunch at a funky little retro soda shop called the Bradbury Bishop Deli (very Route 66 in atmosphere), I came back to find a beautiful ruby-red jar of steepness on my front porch.
The thing about sun tea is that it’s not a very exact science. Proportions and steep times aren’t very uniform. So this test run tasted pretty heavy on the hibiscus, and all the potentially wonderful fruity flavors were kind of mushed together. I couldn’t pick up on anything separate like banana or cherry. A little sugar tamed the tart, and it’s still a nice fruity cooler on yet…another…stiflingly…hot…afternoon.
Just wondering, how do the rest of you feel about drinking fruity teas like this hot? I can’t seem to get past the notion that these flavor blends are summer-only.
Much gratitude for Doulton, the sponsor of this treat and front-porch laboratory experiement.
Ashmanra, who has patiently withstood more whining and mewling about current life conditions that any online acquaintance should ever have to do :) recognized that I need some bucking up and sent the Queen to do the honors.
This tea has backbone. I am a lover of good, stiff black teas and this is, but the subtle coffee-cocoa-smoky-floral chaser I’ve read about in many of these reviews keeps Catherine from becoming a merciless harpy. Perfect with no additives, but I can see that a little milk would tone this down nicely for afternoons.
(Is it a sign that you’ve gone completely over the edge of your saucer when you start attributing human qualities to your teas? I’m blaming on the heat!)
Husband got a bottle of this strictly for guzzling purposes — I think we’re on day 10 or 11 of 100+ temperatures — and let me take a test swig. I have a general bias against sweetened bottled teas to begin with, but this at least doesn’t have that chemically-sweetened whang to it. Reminds me more of crystallized ginger.
Review’s up … another one I miss from days gone by:
My maiden-voyage cup of this one today. Tried not to peek at the tea description before guessing what was creating the sweetness … I was leaning toward something flowery instead of honey. Regardless, this is a nice blend that lightens up the Assam-itude for warmer weather. A very good off-season breakfast tea.
Oh, this is nice iced! I am generally not a tart tea fan; prefer flavors that don’t make my eyes water or my tongue shrivel. But the honeybush is such a nice smooth, mellow balance to the lemon zest and lemony herbs, sour isn’t an issue here. Was great after a hot and frustrating afternoon waiting to get my car inspected. (Five hour wait for a ten minute process.)