1480 Tasting Notes
There hasn’t been much love for this one in previous reviews. Perhaps mine tasted a little better because I was being carolled by a bunch of really talented fifth-graders who came to our offices. I defy you to improve upon the buzz you get when you listen to children sing at Christmas.
The tea. Mostly cinnamon, maybe a little plumminess that has kind of faded away now that it’s cool. But nothing to pitch down the sink.
This came in an unmarked baggie from a work buddy. Black tea with birthday sprinkles sounded like a nice antidote to a dreary gray Friday morning.
It’s very similar to H&S Vanilla Comoro; the sprinkles don’t do much but add a little levity to it. Milk would probably boost the buttercream illusion; I just didn’t get that far. Tasty and fun.
Some shaved coconut added a little body, if not strong coconut flavor, to a second steep. Still mighty tasty.
Ku Cha Keemun Monkey + CS Sweet Harvest Pumpkin = Punky Monkey?
My little jar of this Keemun is getting a little old. Its personality has faded, but I think it will be just fine reincarnated into a blender-inner. In this case, I needed something to tone down the wicked sweet stevia in the CS Pumpkin. It did and it goes nicely with homemade gingerbread (yes, friends, I baked from SCRATCH, not a box) for breakfast.
I’m really digging this little blend. Was just the right topper-offer for take-out lo mein tonight. Not changing previous descriptors a bit…lovely candied-fruit sweetness that reminds me of good Christmas fruitcake.
Hubby took a sniff and wondered what it would be like with a little shaved coconut thrown in. Still enough left to give that a try soon.
Back under my own roof enjoying a real cuppa in my own mug with my own water. Love, love, love this cocoa-y, bittersweet brew. Too good to mess up with milk or sugar.
Thanks for the prayers. The good news is that tests went fine, Mom is home, and nothing requiring immediate action. 80-something bodies just begin to wear out. (Actually 40-something bodies do too, but let’s not go there.)
Hospital tea. I generally like this, pleasant and strong with no bitter bite; but there’s just something about Styrofoam that messes with the leaf, no matter what.
Ahhh….civilization! After 24 hours of radio silence, the hospital where my mom’s having tests has wifi. Funny what small comforts we get dependent on.
This nice little pyramid-bagged sencha is one of those small comforts. It’s not one of those greens that has a temperature sweet spot of less than a quarter degree. Makes a nice, very lightly vegetal cup even with microwave water that isn’t from home.
My spine feels like a corkscrew of fusilli pasta. Partly a little stress (tagged to spend parts of the next three days away from home on LPN duty before and after my mom’s colonoscopy). Partly from an afternoon hunched over mother-in-law’s “Family Pets” scrapbook (tornado salvage) re-mounting pictures for a Christmas surprise. Photos from the 1970’s when you had to take film to be developed, and thus learned to live with badly framed out-of-focus snapshots.
So, needing to relax and not needing to fuss, this was a good call. Chamomile is chamomile; I’ve never noticed any significant variance in flavor. But Celestial Seasonings picked a really nice apple scent and taste to pair it with.
Ooh. Need to pack some.
I’m having to use the carrot-and-stick writing method today. This was my reward for 300 words.
And it really was a reward, not just a reason to get up from the writing chair. First steeped sniff was so floral I expected eau de lilac flavor. Not at all. This is sweet and thick and a little flowery, but not cloying.
And at six purported steeps, I should get 1800 words out of it! (Please let them be spelled and punctuated correctly.) Thanks to K S for the diversion!
Steep 2 report: a little more floral, not less. Hmm.