1645 Tasting Notes
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.
Don’t you love unexpected surprises? Especially nice is when you are digging through your stash and find a tea you don’t remember having. Even better is when you find said tea to be extraordinary! The leaf scent is slightly sweet, slightly sour, and altogether aromatic. This brews almost clear with a clear yellow tint. The leaf aroma is buttery vegetables. The taste is sweet, creamy, and nutty. I seem to love this way more than the other reviewers but I think the same was true of the Teavivre version. Oh well. This is my idea of green tea.
This tea is from an estate in South Africa. It gives a whole new meaning to the term tea dust. How do they pack so much flavor in such tiny leaf. Taylors of Harrogate state this should be infused for 4-5 minutes. I remember only going two last time and thinking that was plenty. This morning I was too asleep to remove the Finum basket for several undetermined minutes. I was expecting a bitter nasty cup. Instead it is very good. Sort of Assam like but with a fruity quality. I still catch hints of clove and cinnamon way in the background that no one else is mentioning. A solid morning cup.
I had a tamale, rice, and refried beans for lunch. Of course there were the obligatory chips and heavily cilantro laced salsa (Mmmmm). Oh yeah, and the necessary side of queso… And two tall glasses of whatever iced tea they served.
I have been craving puerh for days. This afternoon it is necessary. I can’t believe I ate the whole thing.
A 2 minute steep produces a beautiful dark rich, red tinted, cup. The scent is horse tack and the taste is smooth, sweet, hay, fruit, and leather. I had forgotten how good this is. Perfection in a mug.
Time for my siesta? sí (I feel so multi-cultural, lol)
Nudging the rating upward.
I enjoyed the white tea I had yesterday so much I almost had it again, but I have been wanting a puerh lately. This tea settles both the cravings. This white bud leaf is processed like a raw puerh. It tastes mostly like a silver needle but slightly heartier, with some maltiness and a very mild sheng earthy quality. There is zero bitterness. This is very very good.
This is a much needed cup of peace. I love white tea and this is a good one. Sweet, creamy, wonderfully fresh flavor.
The doctor at the disability exam was very nice and kept asking questions to bring things to my mind so he could write it down. After I answered his first question he said, well that pretty well explains it all. Then he added he would do what he could to fight the bureaucracy (his word not mine this time). We were three fourths of the way home when they called and said they just noticed I was supposed to have a pulmonology exam. I had to turn around and go back. Long day. I hurt all over now and am worn out. I am fully convinced the decision makers at the state level will deny my claim. Our state has one of the worst records in the nation. I will get it when it goes to the federal level but that may take a very long time and only the lawyer will make money off it.
The cup has really cooled off and is lightly peppery now. So good.