1486 Tasting Notes
Surprise to me! Had a little bit of this left that had woodged down to the bottom of my “loose ends” packet. First sip just after steeping made me wonder if it’d lost its oomph, but it strengthened considerably after driving with me this morning.
Dark, just on the edge of a bitter bite, and a little grapey on the finish. Sticks to your tongue long after you’ve swallowed.
Here’s to “oh, I forgot I had that!” serendipi-tea.
This is a quirky, odd duck of a black/rooibos blend. But oddly, the apple fits with the rooibos which fits with the chocolate; it just leaves you a little pleasantly puzzled. Like those days when you discover a plaid jacket that doesn’t exactly not go with some pinstriped pants and you decide to take a fashion risk and then wonder all day if they really match or not. (Or maybe that’s just me :)
Rooibos fans will like this, I think.
Work buddy surprised me with half a sample packet of this. She says it takes a little sugar well, but I had it straight.
The orange flavor trumps the oolong personality, but it’s pleasant stuff. Nice pithy-rindy-peely orange flavor, not tart or fakey.
Downton Abbey hangover ;) I’m a go-to-bed-with-the-chickens chickie and stayed up for the whole thing, then couldn’t quit grinning for another hour. Zzzzzzzz.
And thus, the need for something with some significant muscle this morning. I have now sampled Marks & Spencer’s No. 2 and No. 3 and am curious about their numbering system; No. 2 seems to me to be the stouter of the pair.
Both are great, dark, stern, buck-up morning teas.
Well, whaddya know…a sipdown. Still silky vanilla pleasure. Recommended.
The chocolate-vanilla-mate balance is even; it’s pleasantly drinkable without additional milk or sugar, but if you’re hoping for the sugar buzz of a buttercream truffle or a glop of Pillsbury fudge frosting … not quite.
I’ve magnanimously said in the past that there isn’t a black tea that I don’t love, but I may have to recant. This blend, I guess, takes more fine-tuning than I want to devote to a morning tea. Smells just like I want a breakfast tea to smell; it’s fruity and starchy on top; but at the base is a bitterness that stays on the back of your tongue.
But if you like your breakfast blends at monster strength, here you go.
It’s cozy; a good sloppy, bag-in steeper; and my hands were cold. This isn’t a sleep-inducer for me, but it’s soothing and calming and I was too tired to make anything that required conscious thought.
Three workdays in a row like to killed me this week; a regular Monday-Friday schedule next week may just do me in ;)
I am neither a huge fan of Earl Grey nor of citrusy teas. However, despite both those things being present, this is hitting the spot today! The black tea predominates and the other stuff just attends the reception.
Another light and springy picker-upper for charter members of the I Hate January club.