1786 Tasting Notes
First experiment with blueberry-bergamot: halvsies; Tropical Tea Co. Blueberry Black and jacquelinem’s Earl Grey Melange, which is bits and bites of miscellaneous varieties of EG. In the fridge overnight.
Plausible, but came out just a touch more bitter and perfumey than I had hoped. Won’t stop my drinking it—it’s cool and not unpleasant, but I think I’ll back off the EG a bit next time.
In the interest of frugality (and the fact that I love this stuff hot), I cold-steeped a small second steep out of the same sachet in the fridge.
Second time around, there’s more choco than apricot, which isn’t the proportion I was hoping for. (I was hoping that the fruity taste would hold out, chilled.)
Didn’t stop me from drinking it all, though.
How this, according to its label, contains no nuts, is a puzzle. Being a Bear of Very Little Brain, I plan not to overload my overloaded synapses thinking on it too awfully hard.
Instead, I shall revel in the unique apri-chocolateness of this lovely and unusual tea and not ask too many questions. You could smell this steeping clear across the kitchen this morning.
Anybody try it iced yet?
Curiosity prompted the purchase of this sample rather than taste preferences; ginseng is traditionally too “rooty” to be very pleasant.
It’s a pleasure to be mistaken in this case—this is a nifty little combo with enough green tea to counteract the ginseng bark-i-ness. Just tastes fresh. The mate’ is doing something in the bass line as well, though I’m at a loss for an accurate flavor adjective.
At any rate, nicely done and a good eyes-open tea for those of you who really don’t like the dark, deep, builders’ blends.
Husband and I took a much-needed, irresponsible, AWOL, just-us day in Northwest Arkansas today. Discovered The Fresh Market in Rogers, which is the identical twin of a Whole Foods with a different name slapped on the front.
The “big names” in the tea aisle made me dance and giggle—Steven Smith Teamaker! Two Leaves and a Bud! Adagio! Harney and Sons! And a handful of Ambessa tins, one of which just had to come home with us. A treat I can’t wait to break into.
Work has been so mind-numbingly nuts of late I’ve been gasping for quiet and moments with no demands made of me.
Enjoying a few of those now, with a half-cup of Calm as a companion. Left the bag in, wonder if that’s the reason the licorice is coming through stronger than usual. The mint and other goodies in this blend keep it from getting too out of hand.
This one has been languishing unopened (that’s so wrong. Not opening new tea?) because my luck with Upton flavored teas has not been very good to date.
In this case, the advantage goes to Upton because I wouldn’t know a lychee if you bounced one off my forehead.
The unpleasant sticking point with the flavored Upton stuff is that it tastes very artificial and syrupy. This tastes floral, not artificial and not perfumey. Decent black tea base. Whether they’ve nailed lychee flavor, another expert will have to decide.
Could have good iced tea potential.
The pace at work the next three days promises to vacillate between screaminess and utter wild-eyed hysteria, so we’re at least starting the morning with a bit of calm and elegance before I start pulling my hair out in panic-induced wads.
This is sweet and subtle and cocoa-y. Stress subtle. Very good, but not for a morning caffeine jolt. Better for afternoon cookies, or for you gentle non-black-tea subtle people out there.