1627 Tasting Notes
Putting this in the “chance” category since it’s a home-blend from a co-worker. Thoughtfully given to me as a thank you for turning her on to the tea world.(Like that was an inconvenience ;)
In this case, the student has far surpassed the teacher. She added raspberry flavoring to a good Assam black tea base; I think there’s a little vanilla in the background as well. Results remind me strongly of something in the Marco Polo/Tower of London flavor family.
Adds a little lilt to a gray, gloomy, gusty morning!
Still throat-scratchy and a little achy; still sticking with antioxidant-heavy choices. This one is such an opaque green-beany/guacamole color, even with a scant 1/4 teaspoon of the powder to the cup, it has to be good for me, yes?
This particular powder needs a light touch, it’s very vegetably. But not unpleasant.
I have often said that tulsi is my friend; but I think I’m getting close to BFF’s FOREVER with little hearts drawn around it.
Fighting off a wickedly sore throat/swollen tonsil last night, made a strong cup of tulsi with lemongrass (which didn’t affect the flavor; tulsi is pretty strong) and within an hour, the excruciating swallowing pain subsided significantly. A little surfing confirmed that tulsi is purported to be effective for oral and throat care. (Taking into consideration the effusive miracle-drug language you see on some websites.)
Not proclaiming myself cured just yet, but chalk up another one for this lemony-clovey stuff!
This has so many companion ingredients, I’m wondering if “just pineapple” is a bit of a misnomer.
However, the other goodies (calendula just makes a tea happy; I’ve got to pick some up for blending) make it bright and sunshiny tasting. Decent orange pekoe base. This has great chilled/iced potential, but I’m enjoying it warm, too.
Belated thanks to Nicole. This is good!
This time of February is almost as bad as Christmas for over-sugaring. But when a work buddy brings a tall strawberry layer cake with pureed strawberries in the fluffy frosting that’s almost a third layer tall…who am I to hurt her feelings?
But great googly moogly, I am nearly comatose from too much goody-ing this week. Hoping this herbal blend starts to thin out the glucose that’s clogging my veins. It’s minty enough to balance out the red clover/dandelion rooty-woody undertow.
Recycled Upton Amgoorie Estate Assam leaves (rich, dark, malty) with a half teaspoon of Lover’s Leap Ceylon from Capital Teas to brighten and freshen it up.
Result was a nice little breakfast tea; just not overly strong. Not bad for a half-awake schlep to the kitchen and half-hearted “eh, that’ll do” morning alchemy.
I was beginning to worry when I didn’t see replacement boxes of this spring and summer staple appearing at the store. So I did a little happy whoop when we went in today and I saw a healthy stack of red-and-white stripey boxes smiling at me…and resisted the impulse to buy them all.
I haven’t tried it yet, but there were some happy purple-and-white striped boxes right next to them on the shelf, a blackberry version. Hmmm…could be tasty!