1873 Tasting Notes
Needed a diversion yesterday. The little orange sticker diverted me at Big Lots … three bucks for 72 bags. (Cheapie! Steep me! Need me!)
Tetley thinks this can handle 3-5 minutes with water brought right off a rolling boil. I departed from that a little; did water in my Hot Shot, which just barely boils before snapping off. Results…a decent, though not stellar, bagged tea with a good showing of vegetal freshness. Not strong enough for weekday mornings, I don’t think; this one will be an afternooner.
The Big Lots run was for marshmallows. I’m teaching Samson to my kiddos today; we’re going to thumb wrestle with marshmallows stuck on ’em. Want to come play?
Don’t see this one on Teavana website, so I’m glad I still have a moderate amount left—it’s more tropical (pineapple/coconut, mostly sweet pineapple) than nut. It represents the lovely, warm, deserted, comfortable beach house in the mountains that I want to run away to after a screamer of a work week. (Hey, it’s my fantasy; I want temps in the low 80’s accompanied by whispering pines and snow-capped mountains; a hot tub on the deck, and a small mountain of books. You’re welcome to visit as long as you are quiet: )
I tried to add a little warmth to a bag by grating and adding some dried candied ginger, but my fingers got sticky and my small grater was so dull it just wallowed the nugget around without really slivering anything. So I just plunked it in the cup.
So the ginger effect is mild, but still adds a teeny bit of zing to this gentle and reliable apple-y nightcap. (It’s still early…eveningcap?)
Gray and gloom, colds and flu lurking—so to stave off all of them, I started this morning with my favorite no-fail fruit tea. (You can’t ruin this, no matter how bumbly you are.) Tossed in a basket with about 1/2 teaspoon of elderberries for the colds and flu part. Hope there’s sunshine in your world today.
Sometimes you have to jam your hand down to the very bottom of the basket to see what’s there. This was.
Sweet 16 is a cheerful, sweet little concoction with a red kool-ade scent that might make you feel nostalgic for church multipurpose rooms and sandwich cookies on napkins. You get “generic fruit” more than you get papaya, but it’s good all the same.
I love sunflower (which is in this) and calendula (which isn’t) in teas—they just give it a happy taste. Definitely not strong enough for workday mornings, but it’s adding a little serendipity to a gray Sunday morning.
Perfect balance of breadiness and a tiny bit of sweetness. It’s not clump-your-noggin-awake strength, so save it for slow mornings when you can enjoy it. Enjoying the flavor so much I haven’t tried it with dairy yet.
I’m not well-versed in Teavana options due to price and general inaccessibility, but the next time I wander by one, I will hold my breath, clamp my wallet tightly, and only open it long enough to get this again.
Ever notice that when many of us are ranting and raving, few of us say, “Man, I gotta get me some good Darjeeling?” Not at my house, anyway, and I can’t figure out why. This poor, neglected packet is still half full of light and brisk, juicy, grape-rind goodness that was a much-needed sensory break from the morning builders’ tea rut.I oversteeped this cup a little and it’s leaning a little toward bitter. My fault, not Margaret’s; and the error is providing just the wake-up kick I need.