1693 Tasting Notes
First, many thanks to the really friendly people at Nina’s Paris for the cute Emily Littella sample bags (itsy, bitsy, teeny, weeny, tiny). Just perfect for two teaspoonsful.
After reading the description and other reviews, I expected a full frontal Froot Loops assault. Also, based on other reviews, I kept steep time short (2 minutes with another minute-ish re-dump after deciding it wasn’t done yet).
Needed more. I’m getting fruity, especially a wonderfully natural-tasting cherry (so many cherry teas taste like candy flavorings), but it’s very pale and subtle. In this case, the sample size may work against it—not enough to get a good scoop of all the “goodies.” The tea base is good; smooth.
Just enough for one more cup, in which we’ll go longer and stronger in a smaller cup. This has the potential to be superb, just wish I’d had more to play with. (Then again—that’s the point of a sample, eh? To interest you enough to want repeats!)
Guess you can tell you’ve hit the tea-dious dog days of summer when you have bins and baskets of perfectly acceptable and flavorful fancy stuff and you just shrug, say “eh,” and make yourself a cup of plain brown leaf juice.
This was the leaf juice of choice this morning; not unpleasant; just nondescript. Likely a good base for blending, but that would require thinking. It’s too hot to think.
Prompted by a few of you who have done the same thing, there’s now a jar in the kitchen labeled “Junkyard Tea” to contain the not-quite-enough or a-little-too-old scraps of black tea that accumulate when you’re not looking.
The fun of this is that its personality changes regularly, it’s still reasonably drinkable in the a.m., and if it doesn’t taste right…just add something else, and it’ll change again.
At the moment, the jar is a little Keemun-heavy with some sweetness in the background from odd Assams and a Darjeeling or two. Tomorrow…who knows?
Unpredictably yours till then,
This one isn’t on the Savoy website any longer. It’s just one ingredient away (no chocolate chips) from their Chocolate Cream Truffle. It would stand to reason the Savoy folks streamlined it from their product line since the two are so similar.
Enough chitchat. What does this taste like? A Russell Stover chocolate coconut candy, heavy emphasis on the coconut. Sweet, thick, heavy on the tongue.
A little pricey for this cheapskate ($2.50 for a half ounce sample) but it is tasty.
Thought some of you might like to post to this generic category, something like the Chance Combinations that gets a fair amount of traffic.
Feel free to edit the description as you see fit.
In this case, courtesy of k s and company, we’re enjoying homegrown chocolate mint. You’ll have to ask him for the particulars of the variety, but you better believe this is pleasant! Cold steeped a couple of teaspoons in the fridge on a hot afternoon. There is definitely something in the baseline of this tisane that has a Hershey bar aftertaste. So I ate a Hershey bar with it. It just had to be.
Pinched this one in the fridge with a little baking soda.(So glad you taught me that trick, fellow Steepsters!) Truthfully, I may have overdone it a little bit—the idea is not to turn it into baking soda water, but to take the acidic edge off. But there is a noticeable difference in the sharpness/brassiness of this cheapie tea. And playing alchemist is just fun.
Our friend ashmanra advises that this is chameleon tea: three minutes for rose with apple; four for apple with rose. Opted for the latter. Very Granny Smith; very refreshing. As I was rocking and sipping (watching Tazo the Therapy Cat conduct his morning grooming routine), the thought came that this would be tasty sweetened. I’m not usually a sweetener…but the week’s been full of sour grapes. Maybe that’s why ;)