99 Tasting Notes
I should have just made up a whole pot of this and made it a sipdown, but I wasn’t thinking and only made the one cup. Oh well. I feel like the smell of this one is deceiving. It has a really heavy smoky smell to it, however the taste is very smooth with the cherry and vanilla. Then again, Irene is a character with many facets as well and I believe the blend certainly suits her. Will she regard you with leather or lace? The best way to find out is just to dive right in…
I was about to go to bed, when I realized that in all the time I’ve been sitting here on my laptop that I haven’t gotten any of the things done that I had wanted to tonight.
Did I check my e-mail? No.
Did I start my fafsa? No.
Did I read any of my book? No.
Did I look at eyeglass frames? No.
What I did do was paint my nails (then smudge them while doing dishes) take pictures of my cat for instagram, and watch Star Trek. oops. Oh well. I had hoped to at least peruse some different frame shapes and figure out which ones I gravitate towards. The last pair I had were rectangular, and on the skinnier side. I liked the shape, but I think they were a bit too skinny. I guess I’m just worried about liking a pair that seems too “hipster” and end up getting dirty looks for being a ‘fake nerd girl.’ grrrrrrr. Why does this have to be so difficult? Wish me luck.
Anywho, I made up a teapot of this lovely Molly blend. It’s making me sooooo sleeeeeepy. While I do wish I could taste more cherry in this, the chamomile is comforting. I also love the pink color of this, it’s so cute in my little teacup :)
I finally caved and decided to try the “8oz water, 8oz milk, 1 tbs herbal” mix that has been suggested here. I mixed both the milk and water in a little pot on the stove, and brought it just below a boil. I added in the tablespoon of herbal mix, and let it steep on low for ten minutes, stirring. Pretty darn good if you ask me! The milk amps up the creaminess, and tones down the spice. I think next time I will try brewing this the way I normally do, and add just a splash of milk to my mug.
Again Cinna is here to make me feel better. Today was kind of an off day. I just wanted to sit in my blanket burrito all day because it is SO DARN COLD! I love this one with a bit of sugar. mmmmm.
On another note, ya know how when you bite the inside of your lip how it gets all swollen and annoying? Then because it’s swollen you keep biting it by accident in a vicious cycle of agony? Yeeeah. NOT fun. I just want the swelling to go away waaah :’(
I’ve gotten to the point where I realize I have to up my rating on this tea. While it hasn’t reached “tea-stash-must-have” status yet, as I was measuring this out for a pot I had a mini-panic as I’m getting low on this one. The thing that reels me in is the back of the sip, and the aftertaste. This herbal has a lingering sweetness that just pulls me in. Yes there’s some heat to it, but normally not too much. I do manage to get a second steeping out of this as well (I normally only brew 2 cups at a time so I actually remember to re-steep) For me, it also has a lovely welcoming aroma.
I definitely need to experiment blending with this one, as well as brewing it up different ways. (latte anyone?)
Revisiting this tea after a long hiatus… because I guess, being in the Sherlock fandom, that’s our division. I remember this being smokey and very manly. What I don’t remember is how strongly this tea smells of leather. So much so that all I can think of when I drink this is tacking up my ol’ quarter horse when I was a tween to go trail riding. If you had blindfolded me and then had me smell this cup, I would have told you it was recently used tack. Heavy and western.
After that I think it reminds me more of when Rupert Graves played Riddell in the “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship” episode of Doctor Who. Either way, it’s perfect as a character inspired brew, so mad props for that. I won’t be terribly sad when this goes though.
Brewed this up to go with my late night snack! I was in the mood for a really salty treat, like pretzels or tortilla chips. All I have is popcorn though, so kettle corn it is! I didn’t think my usual fruity tea would go along well, so I reached for this one out of my sampler. It’s still like I remember it, malty with that bit of almond that isn’t too strong. Added just a bit of sugar and it’s a perfect pairing!
This is the tea Jon got today while we were at teavana, I had the new marshmallow one. He loves his tea sweetened and iced, so I didn’t get the chance to try it plain. It was a very refreshing tea. He would’ve liked it a bit sweeter, I think I would’ve like it a bit less sweetened. I didn’t really get too familiar with it, however Jon liked it enough to get 2oz so I’ll be able to do that later.
I don’t exactly know what to think of this one. We went there to check out a couple of teas, so Jon tried one of the other new ones, and I got this one. I normally try all my new teas hot and plain. I did ask how the associate had tried this one, she said she prefers it in blends to lend a creamy sweetness. One of her suggestions was brewing this with a cinnamony tea (I forget which one she said) since that tasted like a cinnamon roll in her opinion.
I’ve only had about half of my cup, but I plan on popping the rest in the fridge. It might be the way the papaya is playing into this that’s not really doing it for me. Perhaps if it were strawberry instead… Oh well
ETA: The cold version isn’t winning me over either :/
We finished off the first steeping, mostly mixed with milk. It was pretty darn good that way! Right now I’ve got the whole pitcher (6cups worth) sitting here with me and I plan on drinking most of it throughout the evening lol. After the “green bean tea” fiasco I just want something cold and sweet and this certainly fits the bill.
Flavors: Cream, Vanilla