It was a Very Proper Valentine from my Thoughtful Husband…Two Boxes of Tea Carrying the Royal Warrant. This was the stouter of the two (the other was my newfound love Yorkshire Gold). On the dark side of the color and flavor spectrum, plenty of deep maltiness from the Assam. Quite Appropriate for watching The IT Crowd or the season finale of Downton Abbey.
It’s so wicked hot I think my taste buds have withered. Thus, the stronger the better, at least for the now. I used (accidentally) two bags in a Tervis tumbler this morning, then when I realized my oops, I cut the steep time down to about a minute and a half, and was still able to throw both bags in a Mason jar to leave all day for iced tea tonight. And it was still viable.
Nothing particularly subtle about the blend, just dark, strong, and handsome. (Did I just say that? Ay-yi-yi.)
Steeped a stout mug this morning to celebrate
a) rain—well, sprinkles but it’s a start
b) the sudden and thoughtful appearance of some half-and-half in the fridge; we don’t keep it in hot weather
c) the sudden and thoughtful appearance of an unexpected writing assignment (thanks, God!)
d) oh, and while I’m celebrating, it’s Barton County Fair week, should any of you care to swing by Lamar, Missouri. Art show, agricultural tent (doesn’t smell like tea!) and the parade’s at 2.
Because of the big event, Mom’s hair place closed for the week and I’m on my way to help with an octogenarian hairstyling party.
Running late, chilly and rainy, eyes won’t open … what is it that I’m drinking? Oh, yeah—-good utilitarian Darvilles, no milk. This is just Tea, but sometimes that is what you need the most, eh?
Nothing much new and notable to say about this one, other than we’ve found another one my husband will drink…when he deigns to drink with me, it’s always stiffer stuff, Assams and all. Makes me smile to be able to make two cups in the morning, not just one.
This was also a T.J. Maxx find, and at $4.99 for 50 round sachets, definitely qualifies for a mention in the Cheapster Steepster Noteworthy List.
Just needed a cup of simplicity. Dark, strong, breakfast tea, no fuss. Light touch/short steep is good with these bags. But if you see this brand in the odds-n-ends shelf at a department discount store and wonder about it, it’s OK.
Fridge-steeped in the Homebrew jar (do I sound like a hick or what?), this comes out a little more acidic than the hot-steeped version. Lovely red-gold color, but clouded up a bit. I need to remember to try the baking soda pinch trick.