1918 Tasting Notes
I went and looked at the last note I wrote for this, a couple of years ago now, and it could nearly have been, word for word, this review I was going to write.
The more things change, eh?
The upshot is I’m getting slightly panicked once again about my cupboard, and am determined to sip down the less winning or sample sizes of tea, so I’m working through my sample bowl. So, nearly identical situation.
And my opinion of this tea has not changed. Not my cup of tea at all. I’m not one for tropical flavors, and I’m always a little stumped by black and green blends.
But, like all Harney teas, it wen’t down very smoothly, and is very well blended. I am, as always, impressed with their skill, if not loving their flavors here.
But another sipdown, such as it is!
Alas, this tea and myself just never really got along, no matter how hard we tried. And I feel like we did both try!
But it just wasn’t to be. I found the coconut to be overwhelming, making everything bitter.
So this tea is not for me. Not at all. So I must say that this Sipdown is a bit of a relief.
Backlogged from last night.
Cardamom French Toast tea is back at Davids, and from the buzz, it might be permanent? Oh please, please say this is so, as I just adored it last year.
Which also means that I grabbed a ton of it, plus a few other favorites, and they will arrive soon. Which means that my cupboard is officially ridiculous. Plus I may be wanting some teas from a Quarter to Tea on top of all of that, and, well, I have sipping down to do….
This is not a sipdown, but we’re getting mighty close. And I’m still enjoying every sip.
I know I’m in a summer sipdown sprint, but its the first properly cold morning in ages. I had to reach for something warmer, mellower, and just more cold weather appropriate today.
I can see why this one is rated so highly among us Steepsterites. Its rich, almost decadant in its flavorings, and has a very strong chocolate/malty flavor, tempered by vanilla.
Add me to the list of its fans!
I’ve got two Butiki teas still in my cupboard, and I’m afraid I may have kept them too long.
This one has still got a nice strong base, with a good, rich and malty flavor, but I’m no longer getting a sense of milkshake out of this, or pumpkin, really.
There is a few cups worth, and I will certainly drink them, and I will do it soon.
But I’m afraid I let sentimentality get in the way of what was best for this tea.
I am desperate this morning, which means I’ve gone to the office Keurig machine, and brewed up this out of one of those little pot things.
Eh. How the mighty have fallen.
But I really just want something hot and tea like at the moment, and this is both of those things.
Its not particularly good, but I must give credit where its due. Its drinkable without causing flinching, spasms, or even much notice. It just sort of slides down, leaving a vaugly tea-ish flavor in its wake.
At lunchtime I will hunt down better brews.
In my new tea panic, and my resolution to drink more evening teas, I grabbed this out of the sample bowl.
And, obviously this has been in the sample bowl since last Christmas time, which is highly embarrassing. What took me so long? Especially since I love gingerbread, and just plain ol ginger.
But it turns out my trepidation was correct, because if someone had given this to me blind, and told me to list the ingredients, I would have said Rooibos, and maybe a touch of spice.
And that’s it. No gingerbread flavor to be found. None. I drank it without paying any attention to it, which I’m sure was not its intention, but here we are.
Ah well. Another one out of the sample bowl, and out of my cupboard.
And so, er, well, the first batch of the autumnal teas I ordered arrived yesterday. It both filled me with delight, and made me panic a little, as now my cupboard is very, very full indeed.
So, squashing the urge to rip open my tins and burrow into my new teas, I decided that it was the day to finish this off.
So I did.
Goodbye Carol! It was lovely while it lasted.
The autumn flavors call me…..