1161 Tasting Notes
OK, Thursday is the anniversary of the day my wife and I met. It was a Halloween party thrown by my entire dorm floor. So in all honesty it was a kegger on one end and hairy buffalo on the other. A friend of mine stopped by after visiting his sister on campus. Seeing there was a party going on he called his sister and invited her over. She brought her roommate. As soon as I met the roommate I knew I was going to marry her. True story.
Actually that was not the end of the night. The keg ran dry right after the girls arrived so we jumped in my friends car and drove an hour to his town to go hear a local band play. Above the band was a cardboard jack-o-lantern decoration. Unintentionally the bands lights hit it and made it flash. 33 years later we still have a soft spot for flashing pumpkins.
What does that have to do with this drink? Nothing except we did our shopping today so we can enjoy our Thursday. Pretty sure it will not involve kegs or staying out long past dark. Though an hour drive is not out of the question. This is probably my last frap until spring unless we get some unseasonably warm weather.
Finally, the furnace repairman made it to my house. It only took a week. He said he is absolutely swamped. A burned out relay replacement later and I now have full heat again. So Yeah heat! Celebrating with Silver Needle and going to get a piece of pumpkin pie. They probably don’t go together but I don’t care ’cause I have heat.
This tea is a over a year old and it is still so light and fresh tasting.
Strange, I don’t even remember having this one! I last steeped it about 5 months ago. Opening the tin releases bergamot and vanilla – there is no doubt this is creamy Earl Grey. Sipping is a much quieter experience. My notes show I earlier interpreted this as medium bergamot flavored and also as light. The vanilla I have noted from light, to I can’t taste it. I am not sure why the confusion. Both the bergamot and vanilla are easily detectable, very flavorful, and medium/light :) The base is not lost. This is a really nice tea. I just find it strange that it never left an impression. It deserves better. I must have been in my Earl Grey must eat your face off mode at the time.
I have now had my one official pumpkin spice tea for the year. Sure smells like spicy pumpkin pie – it doesn’t translate as well to the taste. It is more like pumpkin spice chai. It’s good (and sweet) but the pumpkin gets lost. Maybe if it had Cool Whip on top? :) I can taste the black tea, which for a bagged flavored tea is pretty noteworthy.
I am digging through older samples to see if there are any easy sipdowns. There is still enough for another cup after today. I’ve had it about a year. I steeped it close to 5 minutes today – because I was busy. This is the first time I have tasted the Ceylon. The base is smooth with no rough edges or bitterness. Since I am pretty immune to astringent tea – I have no idea. It seems only mildly drying to me. I am thinking that may be more my reaction to the long steeped slightly tart hibiscus than the Ceylon. The lavender is light and kind of pleasant (gmathis – I may be almost brave enough to add some lavender to a cup before long). The lemon myrtle, orange peel and other stuff are providing a strange peppery pumpkin like spice flavor to the cup. Flavored teas like this aren’t really my thing but it is a pleasant distraction. The brew is a beautiful deep red/orange.
I glanced through the reviews before trying this – I try not to do it but I did this time. Anyway, so I have to admit after doing so, I was a little disappointed when I first tasted this. I wasn’t getting much flavor. But wait! After the cup cooled down this became buttery tasting and creamy feeling. Then it lit up with floral oolong goodness. I tend to like my tea on the cool side anyway and this one was a very good example. Yum.
Between Nina’s and Ashmanra I am learning to be in touch with my more sensitive side. A few years ago I would have smelled the cup and said ain’t no way! Now, well, this is really nice. Rose, apples, and black tea. Not in my wildest dreams, but it works and it is good.
To feel a bit more manly while sipping I am trying to teach myself the bass part to Ain’t No Grave by Russ Taff (off Under Their Influence). It leans towards Zeppelin in places. We are thinking about doing a version of this in church. The ladies agreed to do this if we did a Gaither song with them but they want to tone in down a few notches. We have a drummer that plays professionally in a rock band. We have two metal head guitarists, and me (a punker and the least trained of the bunch). I think the odds of it toning down are pretty slim. Except, I am just not hearing it. Best I can tell it revolves around three chords. I am just not hearing the changes. One of the guys who will be playing guitar is normally our bass player. I guess I’ll have to have him give me a crash course so I don’t cause a train wreck at 100 decibels.