912 Tasting Notes
Welp, can’t have a sleepy blend without dat chamomile now, can we?
This one’s been in my physical cupboard since December (a Christmas gift from work) and yet somehow I missed it in the Great Steepster Cupboard Own-Up of 2014. I spotted it tonight when I was shuffling things around and decided to unbox it and bring it upstairs to join my bedside tea station.
Yes, I have a bedside tea station.
No, I don’t have a problem.
Anyway, yes. Here’s another tea in my cupboard, bloody bollocksy bum-bums. My sipdowns were going so well! AND I just got four new teas in my new Monstrositea box this morning and that means my Mr Earl box won’t be far behind and I’m going to a T2 Tea Society event tomorrow night where we always get goodies including a free box of tea LIFE IS SO HARD. ALL I WANT IS A NEAR-EMPTY CUPBOARD. WOE.
#firstworldproblems or WHAT
Anyway, goodnight teahearts
Ok, I have to do it.
I have to bump my rating for this up.
This tea needs to always be in my cupboard. (Even though I’m going to go without for a little while, until I’ve gotten a bit further through my sipdowns.)
After this afternoon’s milk & sugar mistake, I remedied with a 3min boiling steep with the last of my leaves. Yum. Just perfect on its own.
I left a bit in the timolino to take home after work and compare with the cold brew I’d prepared and bottled.
IT’S PERFECT :((((((((((
Seriously, I think I cold brewed for around 12hrs and it’s SO fresh and SO sweet and SO… I wanna say juicy, which is weird, but oh man. I am in love. Amazing cold brew. AMAZING COLD BREW I wonder how long I can hold out from restocking.
My suspicions were correct for once and milk + sugar was not the right choice to make for this blend. Keep it black, friends! Maybe even cold steep it because I did that a couple of days ago and I haven’t drunk it yet but I did have a little teaser sip and I’m pretty sure it’s gonna taste like heaven.
Isn’t it funny that as I drink my very last cup of this blend, I realise that I might actually… miss it when it’s gone? And I’m actually going to… select the “YES” box for “Would you recommend this tea?”
It took me a long time to find my groove with this one. Now that I have, I’m sad the dream is over. Yikes.
(This is so awesome cold brewed, btw.)
APPLE CRUMBLE! You are so great right now!
Finally making some dents in my cupboard and as a reward, another sealed box gets opened… it possibly should have been something a little older but it’s coming on winter and this is the perfect winter warmer, cosy and tart.
In fact, I had a mug of DAVIDsTEA’s Forever Nuts just before this and I actually prefer Apple Crumble. Less killer sweetness. Gosh, what’s become of me?
Seriously, the dry scent of this tea smells like BOOZE. Like a delicious thick PX sherry or port or something. BOOZY. HEADY.
Also of course it tastes divine. I’m going to cheat and bulk up the last of my sample with some straight silver needles and see how that goes. Also I’m going to cold brew it too because I’m obsessed with cold brewing right now and that is going to go AWESOMELY.
So thanks to my ridiculous longing, ashleyelizabeth was kind enough to send me a skerrick of this delicious and discontinued blend to try.
I don’t know if trying it has made my longing better or worse…
I hummed and haahed over how to brew this up, knowing that there was only enough for a (decent) single serve. The weather has been getting colder lately but this is the kind of blend that seems to be best served cold… aaaaaaaaaand I’ve just gotten enthralled with cold brewing. Done. Cold brewed, it is.
This ended up sitting for around 24hrs in my fridge, which was an awesome amount of time for a fruit tisane. Yum. Yum. Yum. I wish I had so much more of this in my life. Fruity and sweet and just everything I dreamed it would be.
IS THERE NOTHING THIS GLORIOUS TEA CANNOT DO THAT PLEASES ME IMMENSELY!?
Tried as a cold brew overnight, from around 10pm (bedtime) until around 8am (worktime)… so good :(((((((( just wonderful. Tasty hints of raspberry and coconut among a smooth and delicious black tea.
Everyone who doesn’t like this tea, please express post any remaining stocks to me. Any future swap friends, this will be on my “also this please” order list.