1913 Tasting Notes
Its been a long day.
I’ve had a work training, which was out of town and took six hours, and now I’ve got my Nanowrimo writing to do.
This will require some tea.
Starting with this.
Forever Nuts will never be my very favorite blend, but I’m never sorry to see a sample of it. When you need a slightly sweet, slightly savory pink cup of tea, this is your guy!
But, for today, its a Sipdown.
Its quite warm in my part of the world. I can go without tights, and abandon my coat at lunchtime, and all is well. Bleh, I say. Bring me the cold weather instantly.
But still, its usually freezing in my office, and so I brought a sample of toasty genmai chai with me today.
This is a pleasant, but somewhat weak blend. Its very light, but the toasty notes ar at the forefront of each sip, and the greenness of the tea never gets vegetal.
I’m glad to have tried it.
I was going through the sample bowl, when I found this.
I thought you were gone, Peanut Butter Cup. I thought I had vanquished you! I thought, with my full sized packet gone, I would never need to see you again. But here you are, a smug little sample packet, and you’ve ruined my cupboard numbers again.
I could, of course, just have thrown it away, no one any the wiser, and been done with it, but I’ve got a rouge completionist streak in me, and I decided I’d bring it to work, and give it one last shot.
And nope. Still dislike it. I’m gonna finish this cup, and this time its a sipdown for rea. (Please? Universe, don’t spring any more of this on me)
When Super Starling! sent this to me a few months back, I was kinda excited. I went through a period a few years ago where I was trying all the chocolate teas, before I concluded that chocolate teas are just not for me. So I’d had this one before, but it was years ago, and I do like revisiting things I’ve had before.
I remembered this being watery to me (maybe I hope all chocolate teas will somehow morph into hot chocolate?), so I overleafed this cup, and I let it steep quite a log time (due to my distraction, rather than any brilliant insight). And that combination has worked!
I am relived to say that I don’t get coconut out of this, or at least not a lot, but I am getting an amazing bouquet of milk chocolate! Its like someone poured a splash of hersheys syrup into my cup.
I am still not convinced that chocolate tea will ever really be “my thing”, but my rating on this one is getting bumped up.
Its moved out of “most certainly not” and is now “the occational cup might be nice”, so improvement!
My commitment to sipdowns and trying things that are untested continues, this morning with Bonfire Toffee.
I feel like I did something wrong here. I got an applely, slightly smokey cup of mostly water. No toffee to be found!
I might have to tinker with the leaf, and with the steep time, as the revews have generally been positive on this one, so I feel the fault must lie with me, somehow.
I’ll reserve rating it for now.
“Ooh” I thought, when I opened the little sample pouch. “This smells so sweet! Almost like marzipan. Good, I love marzipan.”
So I brewed it up in a state of good cheer, waiting eagerly for the marzipan almond glory to hit my tastebuds.
Wait, what happened? This turned into a painfully watery, vaguely green tasting beverage, with the hint of something that tasted like cheap almond oil floating in the background.
Drat. After the relative success of Toasted Walnut, I had hopes for this, but now I’m just glad its a sipdown.