804 Tasting Notes
Oh, wow! Another pick from Chapel Hill: this has been on my shopping list since I started seeing the great reviews on this site for it. I also picked up Marco Polo, so it’ll be interesting to see how they compare since so many have noted it.
I wasn’t sure I would love this one. I am not a huge vanilla-in-my-tea fan, and fruitiness depends on the season or flavoring. However, this was the perfect blend. It’s definitely about the tea, but it’s about the lovely flavoring, too. I had it with breakfast, and now I’m looking forward to having a cup on it’s own… it might be too good to have with food!
I picked this one up in Chapel Hill, too. The only bottled tea that I’ve ever really had (and that was at least five or so years ago) was peach Snapple tea. I used to really like it. I’ve also been really interested in the Charleston Tea Plantation since I first learned of it. The other day a colleague picked up a DVD from the plantation for me, which was great fun and is keeping this spot in the forefront of my memory.
So, when I saw they had a peach tea, I thought it’d be lovely for iced tea at this time of year. And I really think it was! I carried a bottle of it around with me at Earth Day and it was refreshing and tasty. It was just barely sweetened with sugar in the raw, which I think brought out the peach. Yum!
I picked this one up when in Chapel Hill the other day. I figured, I like breakfast tea, and I live in North Carolina, so this ought to be fun. It was pretty inexpensive, and it’s a pretty indistinguishable tea. I don’t think I’d get it again, but it’s not bad enough to get rid of. It might make a good iced tea, which would be a way to run through a lot of it quickly. We’ll see.
I was in another town today (giving my last presentation until October!!) and stopped by a store I had never visited but had heard had a great tea selection. And wow, they did! I picked up several things from my shopping list as well as a few things that I hadn’t heard of. And I found this! A friend let me have a little of hers a few years ago. Back then I was interested in tea, but not near the degree that I am now. I’d been looking for it since, and had about come to the conclusion that I’d have to order it from France. So yay for A Southern Season in Chapel Hill, NC!
I was so excited that I didn’t want to underdo it, so I think I might have used too many leaves for this first cup. It’s still amazing, but not quite what I remember. A little sugar makes up for it, though. :)