204 Tasting Notes

drank Peppermint tea by Twinings
204 tasting notes

I’ve been horrifically ill with flu since I was on the train back from Manchester on Saturday afternoon, so this has pretty much been all I’ve been drinking.

And my sense of taste is such that I can only tell you that I think it probably tastes like a standard cup of peppermint tea, probably?

In less tea-related news, I decided on a wedding dress, providing that 2 months of the 5:2 diet and a pair of spanx work their magic and I manage to get it zipped up on the big day, and tonight I get to go home and review the special features for this past series of Doctor Who. Special features are my favourite thing about television.

But mostly I miss being able to properly taste stuff. Like, I genuinely had a cup of this tea yesterday, and if I hadn’t made it myself, might not even have guessed it was peppermint. Stupid sense of taste. COME BAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK

carol who

Boo on feeling sick! Yeah on finding a dress! Yeah on DW specials! Boo on loss of sense of taste!

Hope you feel better soon.

K S

I wish we could get BBC America. I miss Doctor Who. Best of luck with the dress and the wedding. Feel better!

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drank Aussie Wattle Breakfast by T2
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Man, this is one of my favourites ever. The base shines through as a solid, smooth black tea, and it’s got all that lovely warm, nutty, cinnamony sweet awesomeness that is apparently what wattleseed tastes like. I spent all day attempting to complete a new software training course while also still having to do the usual amount of work, and writing three articles for Cultbox. So I’m just going to sit here and drink this forever until I’m no longer exhausted and sore. It’s like a big cozy hug.

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Seemed like Leela was an appropriate choice for breaking in this new Doctor Who mug:

https://forbiddenplanet.com/76143-doctor-who-mug-lets-not-be-ostentatious/

And also an appropriate choice for the end of a weekend where I ate WAY too much bad food (Canadian/American Thanksgiving party times) and need something with lots of wholesome goodness too soothe my tummy. Leela’s a blend of oolong, pu erh, and roasted mate, so she seemed like a good choice. And it’s so earthy and warm and smooth, with forward notes of cocoa and chicory, followed by soft hay and a slight creamy nuttiness. Yeah, this is good.

OH MAN, I missed Thanksgiving not doing it last year! And it gave me an excuse to make puff pastry from scratch for an apple tart, and a batch of pumpkin muffins, which are the best part of autumn. Good.

ashmanra

LOL! Love the mug! I made that scarf for my youngest daughter. Tom Baker was my first doctor. :)

Sami Kelsh

Tom Baker is a very special Doctor indeed. I’ve had this mug for like 18 months and only just now started to use it because it’s just so special :p

carol who

Tom Baker and Liz Sladen were my first! Cute mug. I have to be careful or I could become a seriously disturbed collector of DW stuff. I am still working through my Adagio DW sampler very slowly because I want it to last but… now I have to speed up a bit or it will get old.

Got to love Leela! She was so unique! There has never been a companion like her (at least not that I can think of).

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My hours have just been increased to actually, properly full time at work as of today, and I’m torn between rejoicing and being totally afraid this means I’m going to end up massively overtaxed with things to do. Especially since I’m currently sat in my office not able to do anything because all of the things rely on other people doing their bits first. Oh well. I’ve got articles to write up for Cultbox, and if I’d thought ahead to bring my tablet with me, I’ve got a couple books I need to review. There’s knitting in my purse, but that may be a little egregious should anyone find me mid-stitch when they come to knock on my office door. Never mind.

This blend is such an autumn/winter thing, all sweet, juicy apple and cinnamon and ginger, with a subtle but present backbone of brisk black tea. It’s slightly managing to smoosh down the fear that everything is just about to go terribly, horribly wrong, in any case.

Kittenna

Congrats for full-time! I would love a FT job right now, heh.

Sami Kelsh

It’s been a LONG time coming, for sure. And it may well not last beyond Christmas, but right now I’m swamped with work, which hopefully means it will!

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Ok, so I guess I’m grudgingly getting into the holiday spirit. Or maybe it’s just that it’s cold outside and the residual heat from the oven when you leave the door open after you’ve baked a batch of cookies means you don’t have to put the radiator on, thus killing two electricity birds with one stone. Or that it’s grey and grim as heck and I need all the blankety, cardigan-flavoured, comfort things I can get to keep me going.

Whatever it is, the flavour of peppermint, dark chocolate, made deep and toasty warm with a pinch of bonfire, is totally hitting every conceivable spot right now. It is definitely the time of year for all my winter warmer teas. The rain seeps into your bones here. That’s why they drink so much tea. You need it to protect you, and Benton’s doing an admirable job.

Kittenna

I am cold today too. Yesterday it was +16C, today my car was reading +1C and there are little snowflakes. I have a cake to bake… probably a great idea to help heat the house!

Sami Kelsh

Definitely. By the time we’d finished cooking dinner tonight, it was 19 degrees in here!

Kittenna

Yep, definitely bumped up the house temp by a few degrees thanks to some cooking, and I’m no longer shivering while fully clothed in a housecoat. Hahaha.

Sami Kelsh

I anticipate it’s going to be a sauna at mine tonight by the time I’ve done baking. JOY.

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Oh god, no.

It’s like my whole mouth is crying. It might be my own fault for having to use a zip-tap for water at work, or the fact that this is 6 months past its use-by date, or it sat on my desk a minute too long, or something, but ugh. I get that there’s raspberry in there, but mostly I’m getting overriding bitterness. Like, SO bitter. Like a festival of all the tannins in the world concentrated into one cup. It’s everything I hate about white tea. Even 4 sachets of sugar couldn’t save it. Nope, nope, nope.

Kittenna

:( :( :(

Sami Kelsh

I ended up stopping in town before I got home and bought a gingerbread latte and it made my mouth less sad and awful. So that’s a thing.

carol who

Hahaha…“Like a festival of all the tannins in the world concentrated into one cup.”

Sami Kelsh

:p yeah, it was awful.

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drank Nosy Bey by Dammann Freres
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It seems like peach is one of those flavours I don’t instantly gravitate toward as a favourite tea thing, but will very occasionally really fancy. And I do really fancy this one! It’s juicy and peachy and there’s a warmth that comes from the vanilla and it’s just really lovely. Dammann does do fruits well, my goodness, they do. The base sits in balance with the flavours, and there’s a little floral whisper that makes it feel like an elegant summer afternoon in a resplendent garden.

Given how grim the view is out my office window today, it’s a welcome distraction.

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drank Lung Ching Classic by T2
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Fairly sure this is what I wolfed down 3 sample cuppies of at the T2 shop in Shoreditch; why I didn’t buy it, I can only guess I was being good knowing we’ve just moved house and resolutely do NOT need more stuff to store. Still, a good lung ching! I’d buy it when I’ve got a green gap next in my tea cupboard. No idea under what parameters it was brewed, but it was nice and sweet, low in astringency, with a touch of nuttiness and top notes of a lightly floral fruit. Yeah, this was lovely!

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drank Kukicha by Adagio Teas
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Been having quite a bit of this at the office this week – it’s really nice for winding down in the afternoons, with its light, moreish sweetness, and a flavour redolent of steamed greens, chestnut and soft brown rice, and a touch of maybe apricot. Oh, you cozy marvel, you beauty, you jewel among teas. With your help, I think I can muddle through this very daunting but oh so fun job. Wicked!

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drank Yunnan by T2
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OK so every time I have this, I get loads of hay. Maybe sweet, but mostly hay. Not like the dark, creamy hay of a pu erh, though: it’s lighter in body but definitely hay. Maybe I should experiment with brewing times to bring forward the fruitcake and chocolate?

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