1855 Tasting Notes
Post-holiday glums usually hit me in the gut like a sack of wet potatoes, so I made a preemptive herbal strike yesterday and bought an ounce of St. John’s Wort. As herbal medicinals tend to taste like tree bark, I dumped an experimental teaspoon in with a second steep of my Bonita Peach green rooibos. It worked—no bitterness and enough fruit flavor left to make it somewhat tasty. Next time I’ll go halvesies with some fresh leaf.
First experience with a green rooibos here…I think I like it, but the fruit flavors are so strong it’s a bit hard to tell what’s what. Product name notwithstanding, the blend doesn’t lead with “peach;” it’s fruity confetti with the strawberry and orange flavors equally evident. A little too elegant to saddle it with a Froot Loops description, but close.
Desperate times—in this case, just enough snow to add a little fluff to tree branches and lawn, but to make it so damp and chilly my bones are cold—call for desperate measures. In this case (shh, don’t tell!) cocoa. Husband makes a reasonable Starbucks signature cocoa clone by mixing two grocery store packets of different flavors in one mug. Dark chocolate and milk chocolate with a Christmas Marshmallow Peep floating on top. Sweet enough to trigger a sugar coma, but a tasty change of pace.
Laziness on my part: there’s a listing for what I’m drinking as part of a set…those inexpensive gift tea sets where the tins are prettier than the tea tastes…but I don’t remember the brand name. It’s a cheapie bagged orange/green tea from the set. Lots of pith and peel taste that can run to bitterness if you’re not careful, but I strongly prefer pithy orange flavor over tart, make-your-eyes-bleed citrus sourness.
My husband’s drinking tea more frequently, and this is one of his preferred types. I’d been through a box of sachets some time back, and while it was a decent tea, I wasn’t highly impressed.
However, drinking a second steep from his morning sachet, I’m discovering some deep and pleasant molasses tones that may have been there all along and I failed to notice. May have to rethink it a little.
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.