2335 Tasting Notes
Ahahaha! Cue the triumphant laughs! Operation Office Tea is working like a dream. This blend, which has been sitting neglected in my cupboard for years now is finally, finally gone! I am triumphant!
Farewell, Napa Blanc! I shall never again have this tea grace my cupboards!
(That’s two today! I’m feeling very productive!)
Its one of those hurry up and wait days. Where everything happens all at once, then grinds to a shocking halt, only to pick up again the moment you have readjusted to a slower pace.
I am digging citrus blends in this heat. It somehow feels more seasonally appropriate, and so I sip with pleasure. Fortunatly my office is air conditioned enough to have a nice cup of tea without suffering. (It is often on too high, in fact, making a cup of tea a survival mechanism, but not today. Today my temperature is perfect indoors!)
The heat has not abated, and my days are now super long, with rehersal and everything. I leave my house (in the heat) at 7:30 a.m. and get home (in the heat) at 10:00 p.m. Did I mention its going to be 107 today?
So I’m tired, and hot, and cranky, and its only Tuesday, and I brewed up all my remaining leaf of this to form my breakfast pot of tea.
This blend has served me well in its time in my cupboard, mellow, with a very subtle sweetness, and just a generally nice cuppa. I liked having it!
But, in my sipdown summer questing, it is over today. Sipdown!
So the world has happened, as it often does, very suddenly and very overwhelmingly. I have started rehersals for a youth Shakespeare program (I’m assistant director), and of course that’s not overly organized. It is, today, 109 degrees, up from 107 yesterday (110 tomorrow, I am told). Plus my normal work duties!
I require air conditioning and tea.
I almost never sleep with the air conditioning on. I usually like to open my windows at night, get fresh air and hopefully cool down the house that way. But, with the temps being as high as they are it never cools down, so last night I slept with the air on, and had the first good nights sleep in days.
My tea, this morning, was this blend, which I always found to be fruity and pleasant. It is also a sipdown, to my great pleasure. It was a lovely blend, but I’ve had so many lovely blends in my cupboard that I am suffering from blend overload.
So, this was my final cup of this (at least for a good solid while), and I hope it gets me through the day well.
I had a truly horrible nights sleep. It was so hot, and I never do well in the heat. The coolest it got last night was around 80 degrees.
I am short staffed today, of course, so I really need to focus as much as possible. Not easy, with such a bad night of sleep under my belt. I will have to pump the tea directly into my brain.
First cup was this, which I confess I was so tired as to not really even taste. Alas! Well, next time I will be more awake.
So I have clearly had this tea. The bag is open, and its clearly not as new as it could be. I just have not logged it ever.
And, upon this cup, I can see why. Its a basic breakfast blend, a bit strong on the malt, but not overwhelming in any sense of the word. Its sturdy, robust, solid, and fairly basic. Perfect work tea!
It now sits on my desk, to be sipped on during those mornings where getting up seemed to be worthy of some sort of medal. I think it will do very well there.
Its going to be a hot day. In my neck of the woods, each day this week has been 10 degrees hotter than the day before. We are now in the 90’s, bleh.
So its prime fruity tea season! And this was nice, with a juicy grape flavor to it today. I’ve got to watch the steep carefully, or it can turn bitter, but I timed it well today.