1477 Tasting Notes
Though this one hasn’t my preferred level of clout, it gets props for “impossible to ruin.” Insomnia, weird dreams (chased by the Chinese mafia because I had two of their miniature dogs, deceased, in matchboxes), and some unsettled fretting about elder care had me up at 4:15 a.m.
Made this just to have a warm mug to clutch, left the bag in; too tired to get up and dispose. Fell asleep in the recliner and 2 hours later, bag in, it was still drinkable.
I have a perpetual wrestling match with this one. I’ve finally figured out the prime timing — about 2 minutes, definitely less than 2 1/2. Now if I can just find the confounded temperature sweet spot. Cold brew doesn’t work; anything hotter than tap water seems to make it bitter.
I want this one to work; it’s got potential and it’s a Cheapster Steepster. But I’ve blown through nearly a third of the little box and not gotten a cup right—at least to my taste buds.
Psalm 111:2 says I’m not pondering enough. So I am basking in a slow and quiet morning of thanksgiving and pondering—-life, the unverse, and good tea. Conclusion: God is big and I am small and I am amazed.
I can’t reach as firm a conclusion about this Upton Breakfast blend. The smell in the sample pouch was deep and grainy—a scent to make Assam lovers swoon.
Steeped, well, I’m not sure what I’m getting. Feels good and thick in the mouth, but there’s a little off-center sharpness that’s making me scrunch up my face a little. That just may be my cue that this one isn’t to be taken without a little additive. (Off to get milk.)
Today, among many other things, I’m grateful for the funny friendships and conversations I’ve encountered here. Be thankful.
Hedley’s Cherry Rooibos + Bigelow Cozy Chamomile
The cherry syrup vibe is so strong in the Hedley’s I rummaged around in my work stash to find something that might tame it a little. This worked decently. Now chamomile with a little cherry instead of CHERRY that makes your eyes cross :)
Pie. Good pie.
(I could stand for it to be a tetch less sweet, but then it wouldn’t be pie, either.)
Many, many morning delays and distractions (mostly me just sp..a..c..i..n..g out) so this steeped a couple minutes longer than intended and has a little bitter bite to it now. If I had milk handy, it’d be just fine. Still a good medium-weight, medium kick assam. Have really enjoyed my Tea Merchant samples.
Hubby brought this home just as a Thoughtful Thing. He noticed the apple scent as it steeped before I did. It does have noticeable hints of Golden Delicious apples. Not unpleasant by any means, but I think it could be a little apple-ier.
A bottom-of-the-basket surprise I had forgotten about; Darjeelings get short shrift at my house.
This Darjeeling/Yunnan combo is smooth with a little “pep” from the Yunnan, with a creamy, carmelly personality. Really nice, especially when you keep an eye on time and temp. (Lightish on both.)
The fact that I giggle at the tea lump and think of elephant dung every time I open the packet probably means I’m not mature enough to drink this!
Shaved off what I thought looked like 3 cups’ worth this morning and gave it a cautious 2 1/2 minute steep. It does not taste the spare part of an elephant. Sweet and a little earthy. Pretty pleasant. I’ll give it two trunks up.
Sticking to my comfy-is-best mentality this morning. Decent inexpensive “classic” Assam, little milk, no brains needed. Good choice for a pantry staple if you’re stocking up for a long weary winter.