2608 Tasting Notes
I made a big pot of this for my books club’s tea party today, and it was well liked by all. I actually got a couple compliments about how good the tea was, including from one person who’d turned their nose up at H&S blends before because she prefers British teas. Anyway, we all had a couple cuppas with milk & sugar, but there was still a good bit left at the end (it was a 10-cup pot!) so I’ve chilled it and will enjoy it iced tomorrow. That’s a win-win!
Bought this on impulse during a lunchtime grocery store run. Not like I need more tea… went ahead and made a cup when I got home, because why drink one of the 100+ teas I have when I can open a new tin, right? Anyway, it’s yummy and soothing – it tastes and smells more like candy to me then a real fresh strawberry, but that’s ok. I find the scent comforting. It’s sweet enough but not tooth-achingly so, which is nice. The chocolate isn’t strong, in fact it blends seamlessly with the strawberry flavor. This reminds me a bit of a milk chocolate Ritter Sport candy bar w/ strawberry filling that I had recently. Next time I will try it with a splash of milk as suggested. (It would probably be good with almond milk, coconut milk, or even vanilla flavored versions of either.)
After watching the horrible video out of Japan I needed comfort this am. This seemed to fit the bill as it was quick and effortless. I brewed this sachet in a big Starbucks mug (these sachets are made for 12oz. water). Added 2tsp sugar, a touch of vanilla honey, and a healthy splash of 2% milk. Served with oatmeal raisin cookies. Feel marginally better, but really need to turn the news off and focus on work.
I cold brewed this pitcher way longer than planned (and also probably used too much leaf) so it turned out a golden color with a syrupy mouthfeel. I’ve been cutting it with cold water or ice when I pour a glass, which makes it just fine. It still tastes vaguely minty to me at times, but that’s ok – it feel fresh and crisp!
Had an 8pm urge for Irish Breakfast + Bailey’s, so I went for the decaf. Will have to remember this next week for St. Patrick’s Day (and drink it earlier, full-caf!) The decaf definitely tastes “thinner” than the normal tea, but the richness (and booze) of the Bailey’s helps give it more heft.