808 Tasting Notes
Still working on my tea scheduling! I made a pot of this with breakfast this morning. I was trying to get too many things done at once, so I bypassed the measuring spoon and guessed how much to add to the pot, then I forgot to set the timer. By the end of the steep it was a very strong pot! Then, I raced through breakfast, bypassing the tea altogether. It has sat on the table all day. So then, with dinner, I decided the tea wasn’t great to start with so I might as well microwave it. To make it more palatable, I added soymilk and sugar, and by the time I had a few cups they struck me as a lot like coffee (the way I was introduced to it: with lots of milk and sugar)… except a strong tea flavored coffee instead. It ended up being a fun surprise, but not one I’d choose to duplicate. :)
I bought this tea after reading such rave reviews on Steepster, but have been hesitant to make a cup until I have a thermometer. (I’ve gotten several based on reviews, not gotten the same taste as the review describe, and often it appears to come down to temperature.) However, after reading JacquelineM’s tasting note yesterday (http://steepster.com/JacquelineM/posts/40867) I decided to give this a go. I sweetened with Sugar in the Raw and used Silk Soymilk as the creamer, and Oh My Goodness that was an amazing cup of tea! I LOVE IT. So thanks to all who gave reviews that made me get it, and a special thanks to JacquelineM for getting me to give it a try!
I love oolong tea. It’s a favorite when I know I’m going to have a period of time in a given place for many resteeps. I know I am up and about the house a lot these days, but I’m in the same house, so I gave this a go (and filled a thermos with hot water so I’d have it at the ready whenever it was time to resteep). The verdict: life is too complicated for oolong right now. I had a (4 oz) cup and a half of this before being wrapped up in so many other things that I forgot I had it, so I think it’ll wait until I’m back in the office.
We have roofers working on the house today (not the greatest timing, but we’re glad to be getting a new roof). It’s LOUD upstairs, so I moved my nest downstairs. Since I’m out of the bedroom, I’m feeling a bit more energetic, so I made a small pot of Brattle Street Blend. And now I’m thinking if I can fit a pot of something into the day each day, I might feel a bit more like myself (still sleep deprived, just a bit more with it). :)