1496 Tasting Notes
I like this. That won’t change. But the more I drink it, the more I think it tastes less like almond and more like something starchy. Like homemade cranberry bread.
It is so damp and cold that I have been making tea just to clutch, not necessarily to drink. This is a good unknown cheapie from the bulk bin at Fox Farm Foods; a mild and sweet green tea that’s a little woody.
Landscape outside is steel-stone gray and gloomy. From now until April I will be starved for COLOR. This little floral pu-erh blend has it! Looks just like potpourri with pinky-tip sized rose blooms; more blooms than tea in this little sample.
This is a floral tea done properly. Plenty of rose and lavender, but it’s sweet and natural, not chemically-perfumey. Can’t really taste the pu-erh independently: my conclusion is that it’s providing the balance this needs to keep from getting too cloying.
My thanks to Azzrian for a little promise of spring on a cold and bleakish January morning.
H & S Tower of London + bulk cocoa nibs = ooh!
Our little indie import grocery had cocoa nibs available for bulk purchase—couldn’t resist; thought it might feed the winter-blahs chocolate monster without actually ingesting candy and tubs full of fudge frosting.
So, first thing out of the bag, I spooned in a very scant and experimental 1/4 teaspoonful with this morning’s Tower of London. Didn’t hurt, but didn’t have much effect, either.
Seond steep of the TOL, I popped in a full teaspoon of the nibs. Added some very pleasant, gently chocolatish (as opposed to sweetly chocolately) personality to the used leaves.
Good for a picker-upper after taking down the Christmas tree. I didn’t want to do it this year. When the tree goes, January comes :)
After a lovely week of downtime, I’m wrestling with a case of post-holiday, here-comes-January-and-taxes, darn-I’ve-gotta-take-down-the-tree, my-favorite-jeans-don’t-fit blues. Seasonal depression breathing down my neck like cold orc shadows.
In an attempt to keep from drowning my glums in the last of the Christmas candy in one gnarf, I made myself the tastiest tea I currently have to hand. I haven’t had marzipan in years, but this is what I think it tasted like. The orange-almond-vanilla combo in this is so sweet and confectionary, it’s a good dessert substitute.
A sample-sized packet was not enough of this!
The moon must be in the proper phase or a week off work has actually rested me enough mentally to actually pay attention … but after bumbling through most of a sample tin, I got it right—-it tastes peachy! Second steep, particularly, after the greenness wore off.
a) I have way too many open half-packets of tea and tisanes. I have got to do some serious sipping down. (Surely this does not happen to you.)
b) Probably not a good idea to have a caramel Milky Way snowman before I tasted this. It’s messing with tastebud accuracy.
c) Hibiscus in peach tea? Seriously?
d) It’s bone-cold, cloudy, threatening to spit snow, I’m freezing; at the moment, the only flavor profile that matters to me is WARM. This is.
The sweet condensed-milk flavor in this is so strong, it rates a “weird,” but a good weird. Bet you haven’t tried anything like it! (And if you like dairy, creamy, caramelly, desserty teas, you need to try it.)
I half-and-halved it with some basic unflavored Ceylon and that cut the strength to just about perfect.
Manomanomanoman, oh, man…I wish I had Smell-O-Net so you could get a whiff of this, dry. The smooth, marzipanny almond is so rich it’ll make your eyes roll back in your head. I want a candle that smells like this. I want pillows that smell like this.
The first fresh cup was fabulous—tasted every bit as good at it smelled. Orange and almond predominate, with the rest of the godies serving as backup singers (doo-wop!)
Second steep is still smooth; more almond, less orange, and oh, wow—there’s some pretty decent green tea under there!
Unfortunately, this isn’t on the Savoy website—must have been an in-store holiday-only treat. Locals, grab it while you can ;)