2027 Tasting Notes
So I currently have two Lavender Earls in the cupboard. Both were gifts, interestingly enough!
I decided, as I am exsausted, that I would bring a different black tea with me to be a work tea (other than the disappointing Candy Cane Crush that I’ve already got there), so this was tucked into my bag and away we went.
First order of business was to brew it up, and you know? I prefer this to the other Lavender Earl I’ve got. That one is sooo strong that I keep thinking its a mislabeled Lapsang with lavender instead of an Earl. This is a much gentler incarnation of the blend, with the lavender and bergamot in a good blend, not overpowering, and not medicinal.
Its going to be a lovely work cup, I think.
It was not a good night for sleep. I had two major interruptions, both of which made it difficult to get back to sleep, after the sleep had been interrupted. So I am running on truncated sleep, and am dragging like hell this morning.
I brewed this as my first cup of the day.
The dry leaf smells wonderful, exactly like I would hope that something called Black Cherries in Sweet Cream would.
It brews up differently, though. The scents become a pale imitation, and the flavor is not as strong as I’d like. I’m going to try for a longer steep time next, and see what that does.
It was a really busy morning, and I’m dragging a little, but still have a ton to do. I’ve only got one black tea here at work, and this is it. And its just not really cutting it.
I will be glad when its done, I tell you! I get a faint mintiness, but mostly its just a cup of oily water.
I would stop drinking it if it was bad, but its just so, so, well, words fail me, but its just that bland.
I’m almost done with it. Almost there!
Gotta bring a better black tea to work.
Its my first Valentines day being single in a bunch of years. And as I only just became single again, I’m feeling a bit wobbly today. Generally ok, but still, it makes one wistful.
So I’m being extra nice, starting with this as my morning pot of tea. And its a lovely Valentine, full of fruity flavors, and touched by honey. Its one of my favorite blends, full stop.
My sister gave me a fancy tea bag of this, and I’ve drunk it down this afternoon. Goodness, this is a bright and cheerful blend! So sunny, and fruity, and just all around nice.
I don’t want a ton of this in my cupboard ever-its the kind of sweetness that’s alright once and a while- but it was nice to try today.
I may be going through a personal tough time, but my professional life is looking rosy. Its my first day as a full time in an office I’ve been temping in. I am delighted, as I love this office, and its a really good place to be. I love the town, I love the office, I love the coworkers, and I get a raise, too!
I’m very happy in this regard.
My new boss brought me a cup of this tea from the café next door, to celebrate day one. It is so nice of him, and I enjoyed every sip.
A very auspicious sign.
Darjeeling this afternoon. I hadn’t had any Darjeeling for a while, so I broke open the tin of this, to give it a try.
Initial pot is not encouraging. Its turned bitter, and not even a splash of almond milk really helped it. Hmm, not ideal.
Next time I’ll try a shorter steep time, and see if that works.
Today I am going to have at least one pot of something I am not enthusiastic about, in an attempt to sip it down and try and get my cupboard in better order. And todays pot is this blend, from a holiday collection a couple of years ago. That should tell you how unenthusiastic I am about it.
Its not a bad tea, but its not well blended. I should be happier with an oolong with these notes, but the spice and citrus do not seem to go well with the oolong base.
Ah well. I will work on this more regularly until its drunk down.