398 Tasting Notes
Snowed in for the umpteenth time this winter! Thank goodness I have a job which permits me to work from home on days like this, because traveling is not an option.
This tea is easy to make and apt for the current environment. I taste the orange zest and vanilla most prominently today.
Some people think this one doesn’t taste like much, but hey, then again, plain sugar cookies don’t actually taste like much unless you add frosting to them anyway.
I finally got the amount for this one right. I normally detest pure peppermint, but I think that’s only because I hadn’t had it in loose form prior to this tea.
Now I can’t get enough of it! It’s ideal for winter, and the natural chemical properties of the mint is helping with the Seasonal Affect Disorder, big-time. Soothing, smooth, with a slightly sweet finish. Doesn’t get much better than this.
Trying to adhere to some principles of the Paleo diet (I still eat Special K for breakfast and I will never, ever give up cheese or kefir). It’s hard enough, giving up bread and my favorite salty processed foods! I honestly don’t know how people do this full-time. Weight gain is ridiculously easy; weight loss is the hardest thing.
Anyway, this is still one of my very favorite bagged nighttime blends. It’s the ultimate comfort tea and it makes me feel full instead of snacking.
Ordered a Paleo cookbook online and accidentally had it shipped to my old college address. I’m going to have to call the mailroom there tomorrow morning and make sure it at least gets sent back to Amazon so I can get a refund.
Stupid, stupid STUPID.
Speaking of stupid purchases I made on Amazon, I made this unpleasant and semi-stressful discovery whilst sipping on a mug of this chamomile tea, of which I bought a whole pound off of Amazon.
I may delete my Amazon account.
Not that this tea is terrible. It really isn’t. It’s your average, very soothing, sweet, apple-y chamomile. I just have too bloody much of it. I need to make better life choices.
The dry leaf of this tea is deceptively mild… I dumped a bunch of it into my brewer, thinking that it was gonna be a weak tea. I waited the prescribed 4 minutes, then popped the top of the brewer for a sniff…
And then got WHACKED in the face by the scent of the steeped liquor. It brought tears to my eyes! VERY strong!!
I’m getting mint, mint, more mint, and a dash of earth. Which is then swallowed up by mint.
I let this one go stale, unfortunately… I overleafed to compensate, but I didn’t really get much flavor until it cooled considerably. It’s not a super flavorful and complex tea to begin with, so I guess it doesn’t bother me too much that it’s past its prime. It’s earthy and familiar and vegetal, light and beautiful to watch steep. Chinese teas have a mysterious, quiet, artistic presence. Tea with a purpose other than to caffeinate the drinker. They evoke and awaken certain feelings.
Drinking this particular one makes me sad, although I am 100% certain that that wasn’t the intent of the blendmaster.
I got it on my very last weekend in college, so just opening the bag and inhaling the dry leaf transported me right back to that day, the sadness, fear, and also strange exhilaration of graduating looming over my head as I made the purchase. Maybe that’s why I went so long without drinking it— I didn’t want to be reminded of the cozy little tearoom where I bought it, or of the friend I was with, whom I haven’t seen for a while.
I think my memories associated with this tea flavored my cup today more than the leaves themselves.
Managed to get 25 minutes of cardio in this morning! I hated every minute of it, but MAN do I feel good now.
No need for coffee this morning, thanks to the happy endorphins, so I’m jumping right in with this creamy, nutty, and oddly robust blend. It’s the total package in terms of a morning wakeup tea.