1482 Tasting Notes
This time of February is almost as bad as Christmas for over-sugaring. But when a work buddy brings a tall strawberry layer cake with pureed strawberries in the fluffy frosting that’s almost a third layer tall…who am I to hurt her feelings?
But great googly moogly, I am nearly comatose from too much goody-ing this week. Hoping this herbal blend starts to thin out the glucose that’s clogging my veins. It’s minty enough to balance out the red clover/dandelion rooty-woody undertow.
Though white tea is in the lower end of my favorite flavor scale, this is definitely my favorite white tea ever. It tastes. Sweet hay. Smells like a barn on the first day of spring it’s warm enough to leave your jacket on the hook.
Two bags are better than one. Two bags left in the cup while sipping are better than two bags. Leisurely watching Downton Abbey while sipping two bags left in the cup surpasses it all.
(Two bags left in the cup reminded me surprisingly of Vanilla Comoro.)
Recycled Upton Amgoorie Estate Assam leaves (rich, dark, malty) with a half teaspoon of Lover’s Leap Ceylon from Capital Teas to brighten and freshen it up.
Result was a nice little breakfast tea; just not overly strong. Not bad for a half-awake schlep to the kitchen and half-hearted “eh, that’ll do” morning alchemy.
I was beginning to worry when I didn’t see replacement boxes of this spring and summer staple appearing at the store. So I did a little happy whoop when we went in today and I saw a healthy stack of red-and-white stripey boxes smiling at me…and resisted the impulse to buy them all.
I haven’t tried it yet, but there were some happy purple-and-white striped boxes right next to them on the shelf, a blackberry version. Hmmm…could be tasty!
Went to Fox Farm Grocery this afternoon and got a glimmer of hope for this one: the owner tells me San Francisco Herb & Spice has been out of commission due to some customs issues, but those are starting to work themselves out—tea shipments soon, we hope!
I save green teas, largely, for Sunday afternoons, when I have time for one more cuppa than usual but don’t need to amp myself up on lots of caffeine.
This was the first one that shuffled to the the top of the basket. It’s my second go-round with these cute little yarn balls. I still prefer a steep longer than the recommended 1 minute—-I’ve been doing 90 seconds-2 minutes, but when I do, it’s light and rich (are those terms contradictory?) and silky. Not a bit vegetabley.
Level teaspoon instead of heaping, 3 minutes instead of 4; now smooth, light and toasty.
I’m thinking perfection will be 30 seconds more + 10 extra leaves. I’ll go get my tweezers.
After several weeks of scrimpily, scroungily sipping scraps of swaps and samples (say that five times fast!) I splurged with this sumptuous selection from Upton.
At 4 minutes, it steeps a deep burgundy-brown and tastes the same color. Rich and crusty-malty, and
- just because I was very excited to open a new packet and was very generous with the leaf - almost on the edge of bitter. I think that can be fixed next time by backing off the measurements a bit.
Was my handy in-the-purse bag for breakfast date at Denny’s. For what it costs locally ($7.99 for 20 bags), it’s a little pricey for a fair-to-middlin’ Assam. My previous notes include “toasty” and ‘wheaty" as adjectives. I won’t adjust that, but there are so many other kick-your-eyes-open breakfast teas I like better, this isn’t on the repeat list.