1438 Tasting Notes
It seems I have the flu. I guess it’s appropriate for the goings on of my week huh.
Anyhow, I think I got the parameters on this all wrong. It was far too light! and full of hibiscus. Maybe I couldn’t taste everything? I don’t feel all that congested…. hmm.
I used my standard one and a quarter teaspoons for the mug I use, but then I saw on the website that it says to use 2g. I haven’t got a scale and the contents is rather varied so I really do need to experiment. Oh and I went with a three min steep, on the low end of their rec. I may go longer next time.
Also, the hibiscus added a rather pleasant tang while hot, but cold? ugh, might as well have been lemonade…
Today is a sad day. A childhood family friend who I used to play with during summers at my Aunts cottage died in a snowmobile accident. He was my age (32). Since I stopped hanging out at the cottage so much, I saw him only once every few years or so… in truth I didn’t know him well at all in adulthood, but my Aunt and cousin consider him a second son. They are family. I always regarded him fondly.
This is all so surreal. Larry was a good kid, he’s been riding since before he could walk! He knew all the rules and always took care to be safe. He never partied or anything like that. I’m so confused…
The tea: I need to try this again, preferably in my gaiwan. It was a little too thick for me and left me feeling unsettled- backlog from yesterday
What is going on here???? I love this. A floral jasmine-y tea?!
I am shocked. Could it be that my body has decided to end the Jasmine embargo? Or perhaps its mild enough that I can enjoy it in moderation.
All I know is it was a lovely oolong with nice floral notes and a pleasant aftertaste. Thanks SIl!!!
Thanks Sil for the sample!!
I quite enjoyed this cuppa. At first, hot, I was getting an earthy floral note. Not very sweet compared to what I expected or knew of fruity teas.
Then as I sipped more, a honey/berry note emerged. If I concentrate, it actually does resemble rhubarb though, but vaguely. Definitely some strawberry in there. No sugar or milk, and I gobbled it down. Not very common in a black non-asian tea, for me!!
Hot, I did not like this at all!! How odd.
It was musty and a bit bitter, but not in a cranberry way.
Now that its cooled, I can taste the fruitiness a bit more while any must has faded. There’s also something mildly spicy in there, though I can’t figure out quite what.
In terms of a classic cranberry tea, it isn’t exactly what I imagined or craved, so I guess the perfect cranberry tea hunt must continue.
Overall, I’d say that it does evoke a theme of “autumn” so points for that.
Lately I’ve been forgetting to pack my traveling tea pouch. So when I end up at the boyfriends place, this is what I’ve been having on occasion. Not bad, if I’m actually in the mood for chai. Sweet, bold, and savoury enough to hit the right spots. Much better than the to go version you can get in the shop. Luckily he is a lover of milk so I always have some for my tea. (I only have milk in beverages generally… tea, coffee, smoothies etc)
Bah. Either way after a whole day of kid pile-ons (he has two) a cuppa this baby is heaven. Funny, there was a time I really didn’t care for it, and now I look forward tp a cup… heck I would actually buy it for my place, loose!!
I really should get back on the “keep a pouch or three in my purse” bandwagon – if I can find my little portable tin so leaves remain unsquished!
Do you know why my handle here is Indigobloom? Can ya guess? I dare you to guess…
It’s partly because indigo is my fave colour. Seriously.
Actually, its the colour the the sky on a cloudless (usually summer) night right before true night blue sets in, right after sunset. Kindof a royal blue but darker, and some light behind it. I don’t catch it often, but oh my it is gorgeous. The sunrise version is even more breathtaking but lets face it, I’m rarely up that early and outside – but when I am its a real treat.
Anyhow, this tea has me excited given that with a full cup, it matches my fave colour precisely. I could just sit here and stare at it forever. But then I’d turn into a pretty boring person so here I am writing the review while I steal occasional glances at my mug.
As for the taste, I find it relatively pleasant. A little earthy in a flower like way. Sweet but not overly. A tad vegetal as well though not in a way I can pinpoint. Yes I do indeed like it! Not love, but definitely not too far from it. High marks for the colour.