1688 Tasting Notes
First, thanks to Nina’s for the sample!
My first thought after sipping this tea was, “Confound it, cat, would you QUIT scratching the doorpost? I have to sand and repaint!” My second thought was, “This reminds me of Marco Polo and Tower of London a little bit.”
Further thoughts confirmed that this is a little bit like an Everlasting Gobstopper—give it a few moments, and you’ll catch something else. What I took for lemon after it cooled was the orange; now that it’s nearly gone, there’s the cherry. Good cherry, not cough syrup. Lots of wonderful and subtly sneaky flavor changes.
I suspect this would be nice chilled, too, if the cold temp doesn’t completely overpower all the gentle fruitiness. Fruit tea fans should give this a try, for sure.
A juggle-twelve-plates-at-once day at work followed by the aftermath of a bathroom install not going smoothly (aftermath=stressed spouse, late and improvised dinner, can’t shower). Don’t stand downwind.
Hoped that a cup of applemint with a basil leaf tossed in would be soothing and refreshing. Wasn’t as strong and medicinal as hoped, but still pleasant. Praying for a restful night and improved outlook come morning.
On a slightly more entertaining note, the neighbors’ chickens are laying and they shared. I made an omelet with slightly blueish eggs.
I’ll borrow this heading for a lovely cuppa I enjoyed last evening: despite my bumbling and splotchy skill as a gardener, our potted mint plants are doing beautifully. Last night I had my first steeping from the applemint plant. Ten fresh leaves, crushed, a good eight minutes in the cup. The mint was gentle, not sharp. Don’t know that I was specifically getting apple, but there was some soft fruitiness in the background. Quite pleasant.
There’s not much, in my opinion, to distinguish one peppermint tea from another, providing it’s fresh and not musty. This one is slightly different from the pack simply because of its lack of bite. And that’s OK, when you just need a gentle cup to unwind with after a long week. (Also helps to re-watch one particular scene from last night’s Big Bang Theory. No spoilers, I promise; it just made me smile.)
This has gotten very little love so far (poor scruffy stray kitten left at the pound), so I will take it home with me and love it. Less dishwater taste than most unflavored black decaf teas; no distinct stand-out flavor characteristics, but it’s decent hot leaf juice with a little sweetness. No, it’s not top-of-the-heap, but I haven’t found an unflavored decaf black that is. Have you?
Enjoying the rest of my quart jar. After resting in the fridge overnight, it’s developed a little starchiness—like shortbread. Still tasty; enjoying it while watching the bumblebees and butterflies in the back yard and resting my feet—flew kites with a bunch of fifth graders this morning and wore the wrong sneakers.
Kites were made from copy paper and bamboo skewers:
You really need to try this—they fly great!