1865 Tasting Notes
This packet is getting old but has held up nicely. With a light temperature and steep time, it is rich and caramelly and soothing on such a wickedly raw day. Already got word that we get a rare snow day tomorrow (generally, even when school is closed, administrative staff is expected). I may have to have another cup then.
Picked this because it’s a cold, cloudy, raw afternoon; need to be slamming away at a due-too-soon writing project instead of tasting notes, so I’m anticipating multiple cuppas to keep me going—-resteeps should keep the caffeine level manageable.
Used water that was a little too warm on this one, so it’s heavier on the “bite” than my previous experiences. But sometimes a little bite, judiciously applied to the proper spot, is what you need to get off your keister (keester? keyster?) and get to work.
This was a little surprise in a small box of treats sent from a friend. I’ll have to ask her about its origin; whether it was a local purchase or a pass-along (she and I regift with no qualms whatsoever). No English on the box except company name and the awkwardly humorous description I transcribed for you.
I wasn’t expecting a lot. Surprise! This is mouth-wateringly pleasing. Big, flat, ragged leaves with the scent and taste of nutmeg and citrus. I’m going to enjoy this immensely.
Good morning. May your year be full of hope.
As I am blessed with the first unscheduled day in I don’t know how long, I thought a multi-steeper might be a good choice. I’m still highly inexpert at petrified clumpy tea, but I think I’m finally on the downside of the learning curve with this one. After a quick rinse and a short steep, it is mellow with little or no metallic/mineral undercurrents.
An orange bag from this set this afternoon to accompany some puttering and piddling; putting away bits and pieces from Mom’s … you know, those things that are not valuable to anyone but you: her red hat, her earring collection, a miniature (real) cast iron stove with tiny cauldrons and skillets…but no teakettle.
I’ll continue my “this isn’t bad for a gift set” rating for the entire series. Orange is mild in this one; pithy instead of tart. Further proof that one should not discount the value of bagged tea. It serves a valuable purpose.
Close to a sipdown on this one, but it has been a great occasional change-of-pace tea with apple-accurate flavor. Real peel, not Jolly Rancher. Because it requires a short-ish steep time, probably better for elevenses or afternoon instead of early morning, but it has a lovely refreshing personality.