2069 Tasting Notes
I’m excited, because here is a tea where the cashews are a prominent note. Finally!
I get a lot of cashew creaminess, but can’t say I get a lot of the “turtle” aspect. This isn’t dreadful to me, as chocolate teas and I have an agreement not to bother one another too much.
I have enough for another cup later, and I’m looking forward to giving it another spin.
I’m a sucker for vanilla. I love vanilla probably beyond what is reasonable. I love it in all forms, but I especially like it in tea. So I was almost guaranteed to put this in my basket during my whispering pines order.
And oh man, this leaf smells glorious! What an absolutely amazing scent, so rich and lovely.
The flavor is a bit less vanilla-y than the scent promised, but it is a rich, layered, wonderfully complex cup that does not get carried away.
I’m holding my rating so far, but I’m looking forward to my next cup!
I feel a need to apologize to A Quarter to Tea for not liking this blend. I want to so much! And I can tell that it was put together with skill and grace. But I cannot make myself really like it.
Its the coconut, which is entirely my own fault. I know that I don’t like coconut, but I insist on trying somedays, which proves that I am foolhardy.
The base is good, theres an almost earthy quality to it, which is hearty and good, but I don’t get either carrot sweetness or cashew creaminess from it.
This really hit the spot this morning, but now I’m almost wishing I’d chosen a heartier brew. I’m flagging a bit now, and somehow have talked myself into the belief that a stronger flavor would have pepped me up for longer.
In reality, it has to do with screwy sleep schedules, and should not be blamed in any way on this fine tea.
Its just so spring like, with its strawberry and vanilla flavors. I’m a fan, and always have to chuckle that its part of the Christmas teas.
Oh ho, this is just plain nice.
I mean this as the highest compliment. Its a tea that has no bells or whistles (and normally I am the head of the bells and whistles section of the orchestra), and yet manages to be special, have presence, and just be so gosh darned nice.
Pleasant, smooth, flavorful without becoming overwhelming or intense at any point, this is just a good time in a cup.
As this is the first thing I’ve tried from Whispering Pines, I must say I am excited for things to come, and more tea to try.
So my throat culture came back, and it is strep after all, just a weird sub group of strep! Hip hip hooray! /sarcasm.
So they’ll give me some medication, but in truth I was already feeling so, so much better, that it seems a little silly. I can swallow much easier now, and most of the pain is gone. Still pouring tea down the ol’ gullet, though.
And I’m starting to get a little frustrated with this. No temps, no steep times, nothing can coax anything even resembling “ice cream” out of this. C’mon, oolong! Play nice!
First things first. The tea base on this blend is just lovely, both in flavor and in appearance. So many little twisty, curly bits! And the flavor is smooth and enjoyable.
I do get a honey flavor out of it, but I seem to be missing the gingerbread and pancake’s aspect entirely. It sometimes takes me a few brews of Quarter to Tea blends, however, to really nail down my opinion.
I will try again for ginger and pancakes, but will enjoy the honey in the meantime!
Throat still hurts, but the doctor prescribed a course of tea drinking, so that is what I will do today.
I’ve brought a baggie of teas with me to work, which, now that I really look at it, may not be enough. Hmm. Maybe lunchtime will see a run to go grab something cheap and herbal.
I did not feel up to a proper black tea this morning, so I grabbed this instead. It smells better than it tastes, but the taste is not offensive, and I looooved the warmth from it today. I think that’s gonna be the theme today.
My initial impression of this was that it wasn’t an exceptional oolong, and I stand by that. If anything I taste more of the ginger than I do of the oolong.
Now, I love ginger, but I still found that a bit disappointing. Still, on a day when “medicinal tea” is called for, this fits the bill nicely.
Down the hatch!