1521 Tasting Notes
Yesterday I had the bagged version iced. It was good for the moment. Today we left home early and on the way out of town I grabbed one of these full leaf sachets iced at Starbuck’s. Iced tea seems to confuse them. That amuses me. I ended up with one iced tea and a cup of hot tea. The iced was nice and citrusy floral with lavender notes. Once I finished it, I grabbed the now cooled hot cup and yeah, I couldn’t drink it. I made a scrunchy face that lasted several minutes. I very seldom complain of astringency but this was like hyper astringent.
Another thanks to CelebriTEA. Much Thanks. I’ve mentioned this a long time ago but I cannot buy this in bagged form around here. Well, I can, but it is always spoiled. Too much heat, too old, direct sunlight? Who knows but the local bagged stuff is not good. So I open the envelope and it smells of floral bergamot (Yum). Steeped and iced – this is going well with lunch. This will do nicely until I am forced into Starbucks and have a cup of their over pricey but otherwise very good earl grey sachet.
This bagged offering came to me from CelebriTEA. I took her advice and only steeped this for 3 minutes at 180 F. Without additions this was pretty lifeless. I added Splenda and now I taste woodsy with cinnamon notes and light floral muscatel. Of course there is a lot of side tongue tingle. I don’t like milk in my black tea but I think that is what this is demanding. It isn’t the most horrible tea I’ve had by far but my thought is you can do better. I have no problem with bagged and I am a big fan of cheap bargain finds. My favorite cheap bagged Darjeeling is Mother Parker’s. This Tea of Life offering behaves more like a cheap aggressive Assam. This is the first time I have clicked the not recommended button. CelebriTEA called this a regret purchase. I’ve had more than a few of those myself.
Today is our 33rd anniversary (applause applause). With the cold rainy weather we changed our plans and just went looking at dogs at the animal shelters. For some reason my wife thinks Spike needs a playmate. My opinion is, it will just eat my pretzels and poop on the floor but what do I know. Luckily – I mean sadly ;) we didn’t find any small house dogs she had to bring home.
In between shelters we went out for lunch at Texas Roadhouse. They have changed their iced tea since our last time there. They are now serving this brand. I am pretty sure it is because Cheddars next door is putting the hurt on them. I love this stuff. For a bagged tea this smooth roasty blend hits the spot. Steak was good too.
The secret to a long marriage? Early on we agreed, the lid goes down. That way no one gets a middle of the night surprise.
It’s cold. It’s raining. The furnace is running. I checked the calendar and it’s the middle of May even if I can’t tell it. Peach tea just says summer to me. So closing my eyes and pretending. Steeped this up and hot it is a light flavorful peach and white peony. Very pleasant. Very relaxing. Halfway through the cup I realized I was late for an appointment and had to abandon the tea. When I got home I decided to go ahead and taste it. Very happy I did. Once the heat leaves the cup the peach begins to jump and shout. This becomes the summer thirst quenching peach tea I wanted today. Cold and nasty outside but it’s summer in my den. This begs for ice.
I had my usual green tea powder and milk breakfast. Then started working on music for band practice tonight. I got so involved my wife had to shove lunch under my nose. I decided there was no point in tea if I wasn’t going to give it the proper attention. Now I am sitting back and checking my chord sheets so I had time for this one while making corrections. I had a little more leaf than needed but not enough to make two sessions, so in it all goes. I just reduced the steep time a little to compensate. Wonderful malt, molasses, and baked brown bread flavors today. This is a really nice Yunnan.
Now I’m off to the other room to make corrections on the desk top computer and print.
Primula blooming teas are kind of hit and miss with me. This one I actually enjoyed. The flavor is light and sweet jasmine with the green tea also being soft but pleasant. I cannot single out the nasturtium flower taste wise. The display is not amazing but it is pretty. The tea is lightly tinted green. I don’t care for blooming teas that belt you with flavor because most of them are just barely drinkable. This one, while it was not outstanding, it also had nothing off putting in the taste. Strange as it may sound based on what I wrote, this may be my favorite from Primula.
I think I have developed a new addiction. I have been starting every morning with this one mixed with milk, caramel, and vanilla syrup. I am also noticing the amount I add to the glass is growing each day. I am up to a lightly heaping tsp. I started with only 1/4 tsp. I have learned to appreciate the taste on its own merits instead of comparing it to my usual Thursday drink. The syrups are sugar free so the only calories are in the 2% milk but with the added bonus of the benefits of tea.
There is no doubt this is beautiful leaf. The flavors are well blended. I would think with vanilla as the first word in the name that this would be far more vanilla. To me it was only a subtle hint of creaminess. Mainly this is ginger, orange, and cinnamon. The black base peaks out occasionally. I think that is my main complaint. I want less stuff and more tea. Good but not my thing.