1686 Tasting Notes
Fell asleep around midnight, and awoke at 4:00 am. I’m not sure how much caffeine is in this but with a name like American Breakfast, I am hopeful it is significant. I really like these aluminum infusers. Less mess than a teaball and far tastier than a bag while just as convenient. This one is a blend of Darjeeling and Assam. Not a big fan of Assam on its own as even the better stuff just tastes like tea. Here it adds that classic bite that a good morning cup needs without a pucker factor. It is just good clean bite. It is the Darjeeling that is the real interest here. Even before steeping the leaf has a nice woodsy scent. The steeped cup has that grapey muscat flavor along with a woodsy (maybe nutty or earthy) element that just makes this tasty to me at the moment.
I read the company description. I’m a fat boy. I know what decadent vanilla sponge cake drizzled with caramel sauce tastes like. (hint – not this) This reminds me of Superberry that my wife loves. To me if you said this was rosehips and currants I would believe you.
Downtown Abbey is a show that I am never going to watch despite knowing a lot of people love it. Mrs Patmore’s Pudding Tea seems adored by most who have reviewed it. I’m happy for fans of both, but I’m sticking with my Earl Grey and Star Trek.
Live long and prosper.
The weather has been brutal the last week (compared to the rest of winter so far) but today we are getting a brief reprieve. The temp hit abt 50 F! The snow is quickly going away and I am happy happy happy. Tuesday night went to band practice and almost didn’t get out of the car. The sidewalk was excellent but the parking lot was pretty scary.
Anyway, almost grabbed a coke but tea won the debate over lazy. Just a little of this left. Brewed it western style. The instructions say 3 minutes but I went 2. 3 would be better, it is a little light. Dry it smells fruity and of hay. Once steeped the cup is between damp earth and barn. The taste is light and a little dusty with wood, earth, and mild leather notes there is more than a hint of fruit towards the end. It is coating my throat with a sweet syrupy feel.
Note overly complex but more satisfying than what I started to grab.
Had this twice today. First with boiling water. In my defense there are no directions on the envelop. The taste is cooling peppermint with a light hit of heat at the end from the ginger. Kind of neat. I can sort of taste the white tea but not really except I taste tea in the aftertaste. It just seems muted – even with some sweetener added.
The second cup I used 160F water. The flavor of the tea is fuller and sweeter this way. It is still somewhat muted from the bag but otherwise a simple pleasant cup on a bitter cold snow blowing day. Days like this, I don’t miss work at all (OK that’s pretty much everyday).
This is an infuser system that comes 12 to a box. Each is individually wrapped and contains 2.5 g of leaf. The infuser appears to be aluminum with rows of holes. It is intended to be an upgraded replacement for bags. I used one infuser in a mug of boiling water. The dry stick has a strong bergamot scent. Once infused it is much more calm and refined. The tea base is a blend of Darjeeling and Assam. That makes a pretty solid combination. Where as my normal Earl has a harsh Ceylon edge, this is smooth and you can actually taste it. The bergamot is natural, bright and citrusy. Strong enough to know this is Earl Grey without assualting your senses. Yeah, so a little bit of a straying from my normal barbarian cup. I added a little sweetener halfway through the cup and in addition to being sweet, I think it broadened both the citrus and the base notes. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I’m actually pleasantly surprised. It easily made a second cup.
This is a flavored rooibos herbal in a bag. The first thing I noticed when tasting is the lack of that harsh scratchy woody rooibos taste. I don’t even smell it. I like that. It tastes predominantly of cinnamon. What little (by my standards) heat I catch I think is the ginger grabbing as the cinnamon passes by. There is orange, chamomile, and anise that add sweetness without calling much attention to themselves. The lemongrass is more fill in than a real note. I thought it was a fun cup
Dad is coming home today so thanks all for the prayers and support.
O Ggmathis, why didn’t I remember your review before I brewed this one? On its own this is tasty but lacks a certain wow factor. Had I remembered her comments, I have a whole box of cacao nibs I could have added. Primarily, this is a light peppermint tea. It doesn’t beat you up with mint yet is obviously mint. A good balance in that respect. It is just the chocolate doesn’t reach that decadent level I crave. I added Splenda and it brightened the cup but didn’t really fix it. I may have to try this again with some Charlie Brown love added. Thanks ggmathis.
Dad – there was no infection and no clear idea what was going on. One of his nurses told him she laid awake all night trying to figure out what to do for him. She told his family doctor her idea, who agreed to let her try. They treated his leg as if it were a severe burn. He immediately began to respond. After just a couple days the leg has gone from black and blue to nice and pink. Still looks kind of gross but nothing like it was before she treated him. He is walking all over the hospital wing now and making plans to come home. Truly miraculous.
You ever had a tea that you weren’t sure how to review? Yeah, this one. Most of you know I am addicted to Earl Grey. It’s way beyond passion. And not just any old EG. I want Viking Earl Grey. When I’m done with the cup I want to see the path the barbarian cup has cleared.
Jasmine, I have learned to love much more recently. As long as it is scented and not flavored, I am open minded.
This tea smells like a bergamot bomb when you open the package, but once brewed it becomes a gentle lamb of a cup. The bergamot is the lightest background note. I am not sure how that is even possible. The jasmine is slightly easier to detect and is quite natural.
What the cup really is about is the blending of Chinese black in the form of possibly a Keemun from the light smokiness, or a Yunnan based on the smoothness, and the controlled bite of an Indian tea, accompanied by a pleasant Chinese green that is especially present in the aftertaste. To this add a soft kiss of citrus and an equally gentle touch floral that emerge during the sip and you have this tea.
Non tea stuff – Went to see dad last night. It was the first time since his knee replacement that he looked and acted like himself. He was sitting in a chair, smiling and joking. He was also bragging on the 10 steps he took earlier in the day. The nurses say the doctor has been in his room but he never bothered waking dad to talk to him. We still don’t know what is causing the leg blisters. Still taking it one day at a time but cautiously optimistic that he is over the worst.
I may have finally lost what little is left of my mind. While putting the bag in my cup I started singing “Sugar Cookie, you’re the one” to the tune of Rubber Ducky. So this may be followed with “they’re coming to take me away ha ha”, but I don’t care. So good. The yum is strong with this one! (Que Star Wars music).
Morning tea with a little sweetener accompanied by a sausage and cheese sandwich. My tea, that has been family so long I don’t care if others like it or not. This is Earl Grey to me. The Ceylon has a pleasant amount of bitter bite and the bergamot has a perfectly pungent aroma. Thank you very much.
Thanks to all who have offered well wishes and especially prayers for my dad. The nurse finally made the doctor order tests. It will take a few days to get results. In the meantime, I am trying to be properly angered without improper behavior. It may be just another day at work for the doctor but that is MY Dad in that bed. Mom said last night she tried to talk dad out of surgery during the holidays. He just wanted it over and done. Mom has a bad heart and I’m worried about the stress on her. I’m on a walker with an oxygen tank so there isn’t a lot I can do to help. Just trying to be there. Thanks again for the prayers.