986 Tasting Notes
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.
Decaf. Can’t taste the black tea. Has some spices in it, maybe cinnamon? I don’t think this is real lemon. Maybe lemon grass. I almost never add lemon to tea. This does not taste like fresh lemon in tea anyway. It is more like a gooey lemon snack cake or something. I liked it for that reason it is more of a desert treat without the guilt. Just use a really small cup as there is only 1.67g in the bag. Not enough for a man mug.
Yeah, yeah, I know, that’s three days in a row. I promise to move on to something else soon. This morning I was forced to get dressed and go out the door to yard sale. Any one want to guess how much I didn’t want to do that? It would be ok if occasionally there was a nice guitar or tea kettle – but there never is. I stalled the inevitable for a few moments while I made a travel mug of this and grabbed a bagel. Out of a ceramic travel mug this is so satisfyingly delicious today. It can turn bitter (like most Ahmad teas) if you over heat or over steep but I’m what you call an expert (stolen line from Mythbusters). It tastes slightly roasted out of the travel mug and I do love the smell of bergamot in the morning.
I think I’m about over this one. Way too sweet today. Not sure what I could order different. Any non-coffee icy ideas?
I woke up at 2:00 a.m. again. :( Pretended to be asleep until 4:30. Gave up and decided to play bass guitar (headphones are your friend). 6:30 and I am starting my tea day with this one.
If you have ever used Twinings loose leaf, I find Ahmad to be just a notch above. The bergamot is fairly light in this by my standards. If this were a new to me company I would rate it mid 80 but this tea and me have history.