1251 Tasting Notes
Anybody know what day it is? Come on… anybody? No, that was yesterday. This is green tea frap day! Woo Hoo! A new lady behind the counter. Great multi-tasker. This is THE best GTF ever. Seriously. It was gone in just a couple minutes – didn’t even slow down for the ice headache. The green tea powder (is it really matcha or not?) was so fresh. I have them use half the normal syrup, skim milk, and no whip cream. Today this rates a 100. My son had a buy one get one for a cute little ham & cheese sandwich with dijon mustard. The bread is almost cracker like. It went perfectly with the drink. I have no idea what it cost but I’m sure it was too much to do very often.
Another experiment. I used one scoop of this rose/strawberry black tea and added 1/4 tsp lavender and 1/4 tsp cocoa nibs. I was busy with the computer and steeped about 5 minutes. It turned out a little bitter. I’ll have to try again but I’m thinking this was not my brightest idea. I taste rose, lavender, and nothing else.
I have been craving LS for a few days. People in the neighborhood are firing up their wood stoves (pun not intentional) and it just smells so good. When I mixed lavender with EG this morning I got the idea smoke and lavender should mix well. Used my usual scoop of leaf and slightly less than 1/4 tsp of lavender. Steeped 3 minutes. This blend also has a very light touch of bergamot but it is barely noticeable. I was right. The two seem to go together very well. So much so in fact I would have liked a little more lavender in my cup. That’s just crazy talk but true. A very nice cup. When I have time I am going to try rose and lavender. Gmathis, you have created a monster. It’s alive!
I finally got brave today. I opened the bag of lavender gmathis sent me. I have learned to love jasmine. I’ve grown quite fond of rose when it is well done (Nina’s Mmmmm). I find the floral notes of oolong comforting and tasty. Lavender though scares the puddin’ out of me. Why? It is just so intense.
Today I selected this Earl Grey as it is tough like Superman. The bergamot is pretty intense but the Ceylon base does eventually show up as the cup cools. I am just hoping this jasmine isn’t the kryptonite I fear. I used my usual scoop of leaf and about a 1/4 tsp of lavender. This turned out really interesting. The two flavors combine. Neither overpowers the other. Neither is intense.
I just realized ETS’s Scent of Bergamot contains lavender and it is similar to what I am getting here. That one has some other ingredients and I think I like my simple concoction better. Next time I will use slightly less lavender as I would prefer the Earl Grey to shine through a little more. Maybe I’ll use Moscow Nights as it is a Lapsong with light bergamot. The intense smoke just seems like it will really work with the lavender. Actually really enjoying this cup though. Glad I finally manned up and used the flowers. :)
Realized how far I am falling behind in my class that I was ahead of every one else in until I caught the lazies. So today I went to the library and watched all the required videos. Still have to download some example pdf’s and I have two assignments due before Wednesday that will require a ton of research and work.
Walked in the door at home exhausted and knew I needed Earl Grey to help me relax. This is a wonderful version. Not heavy on the bergamot and lots of emphasis on the Kenyan base. Really like this one.
The tea helped but I made the mistake of checking my FB page before coming here. Please bear with me as I vent. Trouble in the praise team is brewing. Ladies, no offense, but in general you are really hard for guys to work with. With guys you just tell them to stop being a jerk and get over themselves – and they do and even if they don’t that’s usually the end of it. Drama and having to constantly calm people down wears thin after a while. The lady involved knows she is behaving terribly but that doesn’t seem to stop her. I’m not in charge so I am not sure why this has become my issue to deal with. Arrgh! Give me strength.
I’m finishing this one off today. This about a year old. I thought I had enough for a cup but it turned out really light. I added cocoa nibs and apparently too many. It kind of tastes like drinking a melted chocolate bar – not that there is anything wrong with that. Just not what I was hoping for. Leaving the rating alone but today this was more of a 60.
Back from our Halloween date – it poured on us all day. Who cares, we had fun. Ate lunch at Red Lobster. I love shrimp scampi. Took her to every craft and fabric store in town (without complaining!). Found some cacao nibs at the food mart. Now I have to figure out how much to use. Could not find any candy cane lane or sugar cookie sleigh ride but they now have a huge Ahmad selection (my favorite cheap tea). We started the morning with a stop at Starbucks. Since discovering that when this EG is fresh it is actually pretty good, this is the first time I have been somewhat disappointed. New girl behind the counter. She had a deer in the headlight look and had to have help. It showed. It was weak and bitter. How do you get weak and bitter?