1812 Tasting Notes
Vendor description says: Try it with breakfast, brunch, grilled duck or dark chocolate. Something about grilled duck makes me chuckle, especially since we have two little white neighbor ducks across the street.
After two good strong steeps of these cute little yarn balls, I’m at a loss to pin the flavor down. The inner chocolate addict notices the cocoa first; maybe some of the baked apple vibe when I frown and really concentrate. A very good “think about” tea for a deliciously foggy Sunday morning. Thinking of you, Terriharplady, with a smile as I drink it. Thanks.
Don’t you love how a slow, all-day rain turns a gotta-do Saturday into a legitimately luscious, lazy afternoon? Cease-fire declared on household chores; harvest coffee candle scenting the room; hubby’s homemade steak chili in the crock-pot scenting the kitchen. PBS travel shows to escape with. Tazo the Serial Killer innocently snuffling rabbit-breath while he naps with a paw over his eyes. Ah, fall.
Thus, nothing more fitting for the occasion than this rich, thick choco-nutty blend concocted by keenteathyme. I’m cool with honeybush and rooibos, but for those of you who aren’t, it politely steps out of the way to make room for the lovely hazelnut. Little half and half turns it into dessert.
Well…there goes a carefully crafted tasting note (don’t you hate when that happens)? Deep breath—-now what did I say that was worth repeating?
First, thanks to the Little Red Cup crew for the sample. Eyebrow tea is just cute. Perky, short, curly, happy leaves.
Went to the long side of the recommended steep time—2 minutes. I’m always pleasantly surprised when I can taste a green or white tea. Rice Chex with honey at the front of the sip; little bite of bitter (dark red leaf lettuce) at the end. Grain and veggies. I feel healthier already.
Neither being a huge fan of Earl Grey nor decaf black tea, wasn’t expecting a great deal—-but the office air conditioner was set to “blizzard” this afternoon and I needed to warm up. Exceeded expectations! The bergamot didn’t taste like cheap cologne—couldn’t detect much personality in the base, but it wasn’t bitter or astringent. Good utility tea.
As anticipated, milk accentuates the subtle chocolate hiding behind the excellent black tea base. Chocolate fog. This is not the one you want if you crave fudge.
Our little creek bottoms were coated with deliciously wispy vanilla fog this morning. I wanted to drive 20 mph to absorb the scenery; unfortunately, the vehicles behind me did not have the same opinion. So I had to enjoy it far too quickly.
Posted an hour ago on FB, sharing here for your amusement:
Career tip: I strongly advise against taking up cat juggling, particularly after the age of 40. You’ll likely end up sitting woefully balancing a bag of frozen chicken noodles on your sprained foot and picking sawdust out of your backside.
I’ll leave the highly unglamorous details to your imagination. A tango it wasn’t.
Pride is bruised as much as the tootsie. I needed something sweet to make it all better. Cocoa with orange, bag in.
Confession first: this isn’t Celestial Seasonings; it’s looseleaf bulk from the local herb & indie grocery, but I’m too lazy to poke through 64 pages of peppermint brands trying to find what fits.
Stomach bug keeping me at home today. Much improved since 2 a.m. but need to be near the, uh, proper facilities.
But I can be under the weather just as easily sitting outside in cool sunshine as I can indoors.
Anyway, plain peppermint leaves—first thing I grabbed when I felt like I could ingest anything. Can’t beat it for tummy uglies, clogged sinuses, or other assorted miz’ries. Will contend further that there is no need to pay for anything upscale or brand name. Plain ol’ Cheapster Steepster peppermint leaves, steeped strong—-keep some in your medicine cabinet. Cold and flu season coming.