980 Tasting Notes
Last night was the last day of VBS. I have been running sound all week. The music was Kingdom Rock. It was loud and fun. The praise team have already decided we must learn one of the songs for the adults. I spent yesterday afternoon charting out a lead sheet.
Anyway, I got home last night, exhausted, and my legs were hurting so bad I could barely walk. I couldn’t set down in the booth and see the kids, so I stood all week. Fixed a cup of this at bedtime. Legs still throbbing so I had a hard time falling asleep. Next thing I know it is 9:30 a.m. I guess the cup worked. I feel like I was hit by a truck today, but the songs are still bouncing around in my head.
After the tea disasters of the last few mornings, I thought I should grab one I had plenty of, just in case. OK, I’m lying. I totally wanted this one again today. I put this in the database as Earl Grey Green but it is actually called something more like Green Tea with Earl Grey. The Chun Mee is the driving force behind this one. Bergamot adds a nice aroma and a light touch to the cup. It is not overly complex, just comforting.
I had this as an iced tea at Starbucks today. I have had Tazo Earl Grey several times at home as a hot tea. Only once, of those several, could I taste the bergamot. I thought everyone was crazy that said the could. Apparently the boxes at the grocery store, and even in Starbucks, had at some point been exposed to too much heat or something and the flavor was lost.
I said all this to say my expectations were not high.
Much to my surprise I could immediately smell the bergamot. I was starting to get my hopes up, but when I tasted, I was once again disappointed. The tea seemed OK but it was too hot when they poured it over too little ice. One of my pet peeves – watered down iced tea. I never add sweetener to iced tea but I did today in an attempt to salvage it.
Since I cannot avoid Starbucks, given my wife’s addiction, I guess I am going back to the green tea frap and just ask them not to add sugar. At least I always enjoy it.
Let me tell you about my morning so far. I started on Facebook complaining about the ads in the middle of the post area of the screen that can’t be closed. A friend agreed then told me to have a Snickers. lol. So then I get a bagel and think I’ll prepare tea. The press is full of spent leaf. Back to the kitchen. The water jug is empty. Back to the kitchen. I remembered the bagel, forgot the press. Back to the kitchen. Had to search for my mug. Filled the scoop with leaf. Flipped on the kettle. I was talking to my wife and watching Destination Truth – nobody doesn’t find monsters better (how could they cancel this show?) – then I grab the scoop and toss it back to storage… except… I forgot to pour the leaf in the press first. Good grief. Yeah, back to the kitchen.
The tea is wonderful and much needed, but I need more Snickers.
My wife NEEDED coffee. I think they put crack in that stuff. So, I ordered this as an alternate to the green tea frap I normally get. It isn’t bad. It just isn’t what I wanted. The taste is very close to the Bigelow Lemon Lift I had a couple days ago. I thought that one tasted like lemon grass. Next time I guess I’ll try an iced Earl Grey latte.
Two mugs of this to start my day. It was only supposed to be one, but somebody can’t see the water line on the kettle at 6:30 in the morning. Since the water was already hot, no since wasting it. I have enough leaf for a couple more sessions. Age is taking its toll. This is getting a bit weak and flat.
Tonight I used one bag and a 12 oz mug. Of course it was weaker but I thought overall it had a truer sugar cookie taste. I did add a packet of Splenda. Next I want to try this in a 8 oz cup. First time was 6 oz. I am looking for that sweet spot. Bonnie said you can buy this year round from Celestial Seasonings. I saw it on Amazon as well. Christmas year round. Woot!
This has a beautiful color in the cup. It is dark and shiny with a red tint around the edges. Lightly malty. Nicely fruity. Bold but not too bold. Not bitter or harsh. Assam based teas are not likely to ever be my first choice when thinking what to sip, even so, this one is very enjoyable.
Thank you gmathis for letting me try this one. After being blown away by Candy Cane Lane I commented I would have to find this one, so g sent me some. She warned me it was better with two bags. I opted to try it in my tiny cup with one bag. If I mess it up, I get a few more tries.
I can’t imagine anyone (at least in the western world) not smiling when they smell this stuff in the bag or brewing. Almost makes you want to check to see if the oven is on. They absolutely nail the aroma of sugar cookies.
The taste didn’t make me think sugar cookie as much as butterscotch. I looked up recipes for both and they seem to use the same basic ingredients but in differing amounts. I think this has too much buttery flavor for sugar cookies. It is really good, just different than the aroma suggests. My granddad always had butterscotch disc candy around when we would visit. So bonus points for memories.
This is fun and I can see why it is a holiday favorite. Me, I just happen to like cookies and candy all year round.
Visited with friends today. They live a hundred miles away so we don’t see them often enough. While playing cards my friend asked if I wanted a chocolate espresso. I turned up my nose a little. He said how about some hot tea. It was this one. Of course I never turn down Earl Grey.
He had a kettle and heated the water then he got out a 16oz insulated tumbler and one bag! I asked, don’t you have a cup. He said he didn’t want me to run out. Having lost the cup argument I said – Fine. He put the bag in until the water turned lightly brown – maybe 10 seconds (and I am being generous). Took it out and started to throw it away. I yelled at him, put that back in! He looked at me like I was crazy. I tried to explain but it was obvious it did not compute. No wonder he isn’t a bigger tea fan. He is only drinking colored water. I laughed about it all the way home. Yeah, it tasted as diluted as it sounds.