416 Tasting Notes
I had this after coming home from work yesterday. This is starting to be one of the teas I tend to gravitate towards when I get home from work. Sometimes, I start to avoid having black tea later on in the day because i’m worried about being able to get to sleep at night, although there are so many conflicting reports as to the actual caffeine level of white tea-it’s generally thought of to have less caffeine, but then that’s not always the case and it depends on x y and z and the direction you’re facing and the way the wind blows and how high in the sky the sun is and…you get what I mean. But a gentle but complex tea was what I was after.
Somehow I got the base a bit more this time around, which was kind of nice, as I don’t typically get to taste white tea. But the cantaloupe still shone gently but clearly, and the aroma wafting about the kitchen was enticing enough to get Mr. Keychange to ask for a cup for himself. My supply of this is beginning to get rather low, so it looks as though a Butiki order is lurking in my very near future (always exciting). It’s always so lovely when you’re still in love with a tea you fell in love with a while ago. And what a unique flavour profile!
I have a raging headache to accompany my abdominal cramps, and so of course I’m feeling terrific. I know I say this constantly, and i’ll say it again: i want to go hoooome!
But this tea was a sipdown for me! sip downs don’t happen too often in my life because I don’t include sample amounts to my cupboard, so when I’ve sipped something down, it usually means i’ve sipped down a largeish quantity of tea, which was the case here. I remember saying I would reorder this one, and I still may. But I’ve come to realize that rather than need a specific tea in my cupboard, I often mean that I need a tea type in my cupboard. I pretty much only take flavoured teas to work, so I’ll certainly always need several on hand to rotate between, and this was a good candidate while it lasted. So, if the mood strikes and the price is right, I’d probably add a bag of this to my next order, but if I find something else that’s similar in the meantime, I might not.
Despite the fact that i overleafed a bit, i was really crouching around at the bottom of the bag, so my tea tasted a little “dusty” this morning. Even still, I could still taste traces of that blueberry and brown sugar and crumble, and the addition of milk only thickens things up nicely. Drinking this tea is like drinking blueberry crumble drenched in cream, with a hint of blueberry perfume that verges on soap in the nicest way possible.
I somehow feel as though if I stayed home today, comfortably snuggled up on the couch with a hot mug of tea, I’d be far more productive. Something about sitting at a desk in an office just doesn’t encourage me to get nearly as much done, which I know sounds counter-intuitive because a lot of people say they’d feel distracted by their couches. But not mine! My couch, in its warm glorious depths, encourages me to do great things! and I don’t want to leave it!
But I must. Sucks.
Anyway, I had this tea with breakfast. As far as EGCs are concerned, I’m liking this the most, but I don’t know that I’ll replenish my supply of this once it’s out, although i imagine I’ll always want something like an EGC on hand-I just don’t know if I’ll commit to a particular company. Or maybe I will. Who knows? The wonderful thing about this one is the extremely toned down bergamot, although it’s still a bergamoty bergamot if that makes sense.
All I know is that I’m tired and want to go back to bed at once.
Have you ever had a cup of tea that was perfect, hit like five million spots, but that you don’t necessarily feel compelled to restock? because that was my experience with this tea. Oddly enough, I prepared it really sloppily this morning: I just shook what was left in the sample package into my tea filter for the timolino, and of course half the contents of the package ended up on the dining table. I forgot to set a timer, so this resulted in me not really knowing how long it had steeped and probably a bit of underleafing. and it was even a touch watery, but damn, this cup tasted perfect. A great combination of very strong berry and apple (apple?) notes, along with a heavy dose of acai. I couldn’t get much of the black base save for a subtle drying sensation as I swallowed, but that’s fine. it was like this cup was exactly what I needed, and I can’t even really identify why. But I suppose that doesn’t really matter, does it? good tea is good tea.
My my, it’s already been a bit of a hectic morning. I am really, really sick of this weather. But in good news, we’re meeting with our wedding planner this evening, so that’s kind of exciting. But I also have cramps that are fairly distracting, so that kind of puts a damper on things.
This tea shines its brightest with milk and sugar, I feel, as it did this morning. It’s still a great combination of jasmine and a nice malty base, which you wouldn’t necessarily imagine going well together except that it works wonderfully. I’m starting to think I have a bit too much of this tea left, but it’s also a fairly solid breakfast tea, so I imagine it’ll get used up sooner or later. I also just placed my second h and s order, and ordering tea pretty much always makes my day.
Wow, I’ve had so much liquid today, I might as well just install a toilet underneath myself because i’m peeing so much. TMI, sorry! but such is the life of a tea addict, I guess.
Still a perfect, very simple and warming cinnamon tea. Unlike other types of cinnamon, it’s sweet but doesn’t have a drying mouth feel or after-effect, and is a very forgiving tea to prepare. I’m not close to running out yet, so this won’t be featured in my next h and s haul, the order for which will be placed very soon indeed! yay.
Brewed up a mason jar full of this to have with breakfast with this morning. I’m still trying to nail the proportions right when I make, like, triple the amount of tea I typically do, and i’m finding that it isn’t nearly as simple as just tripling amounts and keeping steep time the same-because I still somehow get slightly more watery tea than I’d like. But it’s about time I come up with a system for brewing in different vessels.
But aside from that, the tea was still pretty good. Some sips were better than others, although I feel as though the flavours were muted some-as if I were drinking the tea while having a cold or something. A little more vanilla peaked through as the tea cooled, which was lovely.
I’ve been putting together VariaTea’s swap package (although I just saw that you’ve already tried fruits d’alsace, so, like, you need to tell me about more tea you want, woman!), and I realized it had been a while since I had this myself. This is probably the only rose I have really, really liked in tea (well, aside from the rose violet calendula, which is like the god of all teas ever so that kind of goes without saying). But it’s fresh, delicate, and just so not cloying. As with many of Stacey’s masterpieces, the taste is subtle but complex, and I love the fact that I really do get the salty, almost ocean-breeze-esque of the champagne paired so perfectly with the aforementioned delicate rose. Definitely a reorder. i swear, there aren’t nearly enough florals in this world.
Backlog. I took this to work today in my timolino, and although I still adore the taste profile of this tea, I find that pretty much all the tea I own eventually tastes flatter. I chock it up both to the passing of time as well as the desensitization that is just inevitable when your first experience with a given tea is so life changing. No kiss is like the first kiss and all that sort of thing.
But still a wonderful cup, if a bit bitter for some inexplicable reason. I’ve only had two takes on pumpkin: this and David’s tea. I find that this tea has more going on, and is ultimately creamier. I may wait until next fall to replenish my supply of this once it runs out, and that’ll probably also keep me loving it longer :).
Although it’s Monday, and although that means I have to wake up early for the next four days, and although this means i’m going to feel exhausted all week, I had a delicious breakfast to kick things off. A blueberry waffle with butter and maple syrup, and this tea brewed to perfection.
Bring it, week.