1820 Tasting Notes
I was pleased to find a tin of this in my stocking today (a decaf pastry-pantry standard), but this post truly isn’t about VC…just had to share a giggle:
We are spending a lovely Jammy Day knocking about the house and reveling in Hobbit/Desolation of Smaug extended edition supplemental DVD’s … there’s a whole documentary bit on Peter Jackson and the mug of tea that is a permanent fixture in his hand, whether he’s in studio, on location, or climbing around the set. Asked his favorite kind, he said Kenyan Bold, although he changes up every couple of weeks to keep things different. We share an addiction with creative genius :)
Hope you all are having a lovely day of rest, ye merry gentlemen. Let nothing you dismay. Remember…
Can’t believe this is my first cup of Eggnogg’n for the season, but it is appropriate, as I am contentedly parked in my armchair back in my hobbit hole after an afternoon of Battling Five Armies with my guys. Have you seen it yet?
Green/black combos are sometimes a little tricky to steep, but this one does just fine with water just off the boil and a shorter steep time. Lovely cinnamon-nutmeggy goodness. A fitting bag for tea at Bag End.
Merry Christmas, friends. May Joy find you, wherever you are.
Well, nerts. K S sent a sample bag of this and I messed up the water temp. Too hot. It smells like a fruity little party, and even though I made the green tea go bitter, the floral-fruity stuff is still dancing around on my tongue and it smells like a fruit punch candle. Reminds me a lot of a Korean Wedding tea by O’Sulloc.
Well, everybody messes up a cup now and then…
This is the doppelganger of one of my favorites from Savoy Tea in Arkansas, Caramel Apple Almond. A work friend surprised me with a sample baggie this afternoon. I buried my nose in it and sniffed so hard I nearly inhaled an almond nugget. Sweet fruity caramel. It steeps to the color of pink grapefruit and tastes like caramel drizzled apple pie filling. Lummy. (Luscious + yummy) Decaf, to boot!
Haven’t said much about this one, but it’s been around the house since early fall, and is getting pretty good airplay of an evening. The flavor is unsweet; much better than those mulled cider mixes that taste like sugar syrup with cinnamon and cloves. It tartens (as opposed to wool tartan) up a bit if you leave the bag in. Decent herbal option.
Yesterday was just kinda stinky; so we’re trying to perk the day up today, even if it’s by artificial means. Wearing the Yellow Sweater (reserved especially for doldrum winter days; usually, it doesn’t come out until January) and broke the a.m. unflavored routine in favor of something nostalgic.
Constant Comment is chummy and reliable; not finicky on time and temp; enough orange and clove to warm up your mouth, but not to interfere or go bitter on you. It was my mom’s pantry standard when I was growing up. This bag was a snitch, but a box of my very own sounds tempting.
I have been remiss; k s sent this some time ago, but I have been short on sit-and-think time, and that’s what green teas require. I am decadently and greedily stealing some of that time this afternoon (burning a vacation day for some family holiday stuff). Feet up at 1:20 in the afternoon with Bob melting into a fur puddle on my lap. Have I introduced you to Bob? Scruffy, perpetually bewildered stray cat with no tail and Very Little Brain. Blame my husband.
But I digress. This is a fine green tea, and it comes through loud and clear underneath the flavoring. The flavoring itself is a little tricky to pin down. K S’s review nixed maraschino, but that cherry-on-top taste is what I’m noticing. Like cherry Life Savers or the tiniest hint of cherry syrup with your drink. Artificial rather than fresh off the tree, but not unpleasant or bitter. Bob sniffed it and says it’ll do.