2025 Tasting Notes
Tea of the afternoon.
There is something so satisfying about watching the times-drank number rising. After this tea had languished for so long untasted and unloved, its deeply satisfying to see myself sipping it down in real time.
I’ve mastered how I like this- a very, very brief steep, which brings out the flavors I enjoy, but I don’t love it, and won’t replace it when its gone.
One of the unexpected downsides to hot weather is that my boss cranks the air conditioner up to frozen tundra levels. I cannot tell you how often he popped out of the office and tinkered with the AC yesterday. I can see layers will be critical in the coming months.
Also! Also I will drink lots of hot tea.
This was a warming cup in a cold office this morning, though I am still wildly unimpressed with the flavors.
It is once again 100 degrees. In May. Oh the humanity.
It is also one of those days where I woke up and the day has not stopped since, flinging one thing after another at my cranium. Its been bonkers, and I, for one, will be happy to collapse at the end of the day.
And its only a Tuesday!
I did manage to hack my way far enough through my paperwork and clients to grab a cup of this, which was sweet and pleasant. It helps, having a cup of tea in hand.
So this weekend I spent watching the BBC Hollow Crown, the Henry VI and Richard III parts, and that probably stuck the Tower of London in my mind. (I am a total Shakespeare nerd, and just loved this BBC production. )
This shall always be a safety blend. You know, a tea you can count on to always be appropriate. I drank it with great pleasure this morning.
I can’t say that it reminds me particularly of the Tower of London, but hey. I should not quibble about tea I like so much!
Aha, the first 100 degree day of the year. It begins. Blehhhhh.
So its time to embrace the fruity, floral and otherwise “light” tea blends I own, to help me through this miserable time.
I remembered something about this one too late- namely that a light steep is critical for it. Too long in the water and it gets a bitter edge, as it did this morning.
Alas. But what can I expect from the first day of summer misery?
I have been having trouble sleeping this week. My dreams are unusually vivid (not nightmares, just strong dreams), and I’ve been waking abruptly in the wee hours with no idea why I’m suddenly awake.
Its going to be a long day, so I’ve turned to my trusty friend Malachi to get me up, dressed, and on with life.
Bleh. Oh Malachi, how I’d rather be in bed! But if I must be awake, you are a dependable companion.