2068 Tasting Notes
The morning sipdown!
I had a lousy night of sleep, though I’m not quite sure why, and I needed something powerful this morning.
And this was not it. Whoops. I let my sipdown fever get in the way of wakefulness, and I have ended up with this, which is a rather uninspired cup.
Ah well. Its gone now, and I’ll move on to something mor flavorful.
A few weeks ago I found myself at a pirate festival. No, really. People dressed up and swashbuckling and even a sea battle! I love that sort of Ren Faire stuff, and the pirate twist was fun.
My significant other had to laugh, because as soon as I saw the booth with the tea jolly rodger (a teacup over crossbones), I was lost to the group, and spent a good quarter of an hour pouring over blends and having earnest tea conversations with my fellow piratical tea enthusiasts.
This is a local company, apparently, and I am always delighted to find new tea merchants. After discussing a great deal with both the staff and the people who had drunk these blends before, I made my selection, and rejoined the scurvy masses, tea in hand.
This was one of those blends. I love black tea and fruit blends, I could drink them in every season (and, honestly, do), so I thought their black currant would be a good test of the waters.
And, well, its fine. It does not have the full bloom of the currant flavors that I would hope for, but its still a decent cup of tea. I’ll sip it down no problem.
I can’t wait to try the other blends I picked up!
Now, this tea is a conundrum. I like it, I actually like it a lot. Its bold, and the lavender and the tea make an interesting and pleasant combo.
The trouble is, however that I cannot be convinced that this is an earl grey. All the defining characteristics of the earl is gone (namely, bergamot), as the boldness of the lavender, and the general smokey quality of the tea.
So, I like it, but it puzzles me.
This is one of the teas I’ve been drinking more often than my steepster logs would indicate. I’ve reached for this during the note drought of 2016, and not for a particularly flattering reason.
I don’t love this. Its not even a little bit impressive. I was hoping that the addition of fruit would make this Earl really shine, but it doesn’t deliver on the garden promise.
Its totally drinkable, but not able to hold my attention.
To my American Steepster compatriots, happy 4th!
To everyone else, happy Monday!
I am happy to have a long day off, and to be sipping this very nice cup of tea this morning. Its a very light and refreshing blend, which is great in the summer. (Lupicia’s Christmas teas crack me up.)
I’m glad to have it.
Now off to the seasonal Goodwill half price sale!
Well, this is awkward. I have not logged a single note of this tea, and yet I have drunk my entire container of it. Whoops.
Its really quite pleasant! I have a long and somewhat complicated history with Earls, and they don’t always work for me, but this is so fragrant, and so pleasant, and so easy (there is something to be said for a quick and easy sachet of tea on the mornings when waking up is painful.), that I give it a solid thumbs up.
It may come back into my cupboard some day. Not urgent (especially as I am now on a buy-ban. I can buy some in the fall/winter, but even that is limited.), but it may work its way back.
This afternoon I’m applying to a few jobs, and working on some of the part-time work I’ve got, with the air conditioner at full blast.
So I figure I can indulge in a sipdown of this lovely tea.
I really, really like Rose Royal. Its just so sweet and sophisticated, with its champagne sugar and its rose petals. Yum.
Its certainly a re-purchaser, but not immediately. I’ve got a lot of sipdowns to do!
So I’ve been gone a long time. The short version is that my new job, which was so exciting and supposed to give such lovely security to my life has turned out to be an utter nightmare. The stress from working with my co-worker I was becoming physically ill, and hardly spent a day where I wasn’t sick and crying.
And I’m putting it all behind me. I’m leaving this (otherwise perfectly nice) position for a few cobbled together part time jobs, as I hunt for the next good thing.
When I was in the middle of all of this, I was so stressed that I was hardly drinking tea, and felt very blah about everything, but ever since I gave my notice (one week to go!), I’ve been becoming myself again, enjoying tea, cooking, getting excited about new teas and writing tasting notes, and wanting to engage in sipdowns again!
And, of course, its 105 today. Bleh.
So out come the fruity blend.
This blend of grape and black tea comes out in Lupicia’s Christmas collection, but I always save it for the summer, as it just seems more correct there.
Ahh, its good to be back, Steepster. I’ve missed you.