1613 Tasting Notes
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 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.
Celebrate with me or pity the fool… not sure which. Looks like I last entered a note for this tea almost 3 years ago. I used to drink this everyday and ordered it in loose leaf from Amazon. With shipping it was about $17.
Yesterday I found this on the shelf at Sahara Mart for $8.99. It was Tuesday. That means 10% off! So $8.09 for 500 g of loose leaf. With one resteep that works out to $0.02/cup. Woot!
I just found out the base is chun mee. I love straight chun mee. That helps explain why I love this so. The bergamot is freeze dried so the government makes them label it as flavored. Whatever, it is aromatic and flavorful and cheap.
I went to the store looking for a plain loose green to play with by mixing with herbs growing in my yard. I walked out with this instead because I am a junkie. It’s crazy, what am I going to do with a pound of tea when I already have a cabinet full of sample bags?
I still don’t have plain green tea but this smells so good. My high rating is based on taste divided by value times comfort tea squared. It’s all very scientific.
You ever get so busy sipping tea you forget to sip some teas? I have several ounces of this awesome berry flavored tea and haven’t touched it in months. This is too good to forget. I keep it separated from the rest of my tea because the flavors are so potent they pounce on everything else. But it is so good. The cup itself is not overpowering at all. I need to put a posty note on my stash reminding of this one.
How do you store your highly flavored teas?
So I hit the tea aisle yesterday and I find a box of this left over from Christmas. I’ve read the reviews. This can’t be that good. In the past I have walked straight past celestial seasonings because the boxes are too cute to be taken seriously. Having recently enjoyed Sleepytime Extra I decided to give this a shot.
Holy awesome peppermint blast Batman! Yes, this does live up to the hype. The vanilla is just enough to add some creaminess late in the sip. The cinnamon is barely detectable but probably just right in its supporting role. The green tea I only catch in the aftertaste. Frankly, I am OK with that. Did I mention peppermint? I think there has to be peppermint dust in the bottom of the box. Now I have got to find Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride.