1593 Tasting Notes
Downton Abbey hangover ;) I’m a go-to-bed-with-the-chickens chickie and stayed up for the whole thing, then couldn’t quit grinning for another hour. Zzzzzzzz.
And thus, the need for something with some significant muscle this morning. I have now sampled Marks & Spencer’s No. 2 and No. 3 and am curious about their numbering system; No. 2 seems to me to be the stouter of the pair.
Both are great, dark, stern, buck-up morning teas.
I’ve magnanimously said in the past that there isn’t a black tea that I don’t love, but I may have to recant. This blend, I guess, takes more fine-tuning than I want to devote to a morning tea. Smells just like I want a breakfast tea to smell; it’s fruity and starchy on top; but at the base is a bitterness that stays on the back of your tongue.
But if you like your breakfast blends at monster strength, here you go.
It’s cozy; a good sloppy, bag-in steeper; and my hands were cold. This isn’t a sleep-inducer for me, but it’s soothing and calming and I was too tired to make anything that required conscious thought.
Three workdays in a row like to killed me this week; a regular Monday-Friday schedule next week may just do me in ;)
I am neither a huge fan of Earl Grey nor of citrusy teas. However, despite both those things being present, this is hitting the spot today! The black tea predominates and the other stuff just attends the reception.
Another light and springy picker-upper for charter members of the I Hate January club.
Landscape outside is steel-stone gray and gloomy. From now until April I will be starved for COLOR. This little floral pu-erh blend has it! Looks just like potpourri with pinky-tip sized rose blooms; more blooms than tea in this little sample.
This is a floral tea done properly. Plenty of rose and lavender, but it’s sweet and natural, not chemically-perfumey. Can’t really taste the pu-erh independently: my conclusion is that it’s providing the balance this needs to keep from getting too cloying.
My thanks to Azzrian for a little promise of spring on a cold and bleakish January morning.