2270 Tasting Notes
Messed up my back again. I wake up feeling like Bruce Li beat me up while I was sleeping. It is time for the Queen!
We are having this with second breakfast – Rich Tea Biscuits with Nutella and carrot sticks.
We are being very good and NOT watching X Men First Class while middle daughter is still working on math. The “teacher” already threatened to take her iPod Touch if she watches it before her schoolwork is done, so I guess youngest and I will wait for her. We have to go photograph some bolete mushrooms after this, her newest interest since she found their special ability when gathering and chopping ’shrooms for our box turtles!
I am (SOB!) almost out of the Queen, and completely out of Emperor’s Red. Must…place…orders!
I wasn’t going to log the teas from tea party this week, because we have had them all before, but I just had to go ahead and review Emperor’s Red again because it was especially arresting this week. We had Baker Street by Upton first, and followed with this one. For some reason it tasted unbelievably chocolate-y. It is dark, rich, and smooth. No additions, perfect as is.
I wish I could say that I enjoyed a big pot of this today, but when my five ounce cup was empty and I reached for the pot to refill, youngest had already polished off the whole thing! LOL! DOULTON sent me a huge amount of this, and I am glad because it looks like I will be keeping it on the shelf for the “little one”, who is several inches taller than I am already by the way but that wasn’t hard to do.
Sweet and smokey, like grandda’s cherry pipe tobacco! Guess I will have to brew up another pot.
I couldn’t wait any longer for my friend to have time to come over to try these teas that JENN sent! I did manage to keep my hands off the piña coloda one, since we are both looking forward to those lovely tropical flavors!
This is my second honeybush ever, so today I decided to also look it up and find out a bit more about the plant and it’s benefits. Nice! I am not a fan of rooibos, so I really want to like honeybush tea!
I tried this one first because I am not a fan of Neapolitan ice cream, and I want to work my way up through the samples! See, I do have SOME self-control!
This is good. I took it plain and hot, and next I want to try it iced with a wee bit of raw sugar. I think I am definitely going to find some nice caffeine free options for evenings.
I mostly picked up the strawberry flavor, maybe got a little vanilla, and really didn’t pick up the chocolate. It could be that additions really enhance those flavors, so I expect it may change when I ice it and add sugar.
Thank you, Jenn! I am excited about trying all these new goodies! A “thank you” package is in the planning stages!
I bought one of these at TJ Maxx a couple of months ago and I really like it. I use it to cold brew tea. It is borosilicate glass so it is very strong while being very light weight. We handle it a lot, and no chips, cracks or breaks so far. The lid has a built in strainer. I don’t even remove my leaves and it hasn’t made the tea bitter. The lid can snap apart for more thorough cleaning.
The reason I am writing about it today is because I saw that Marshall’s had gotten a ton of them in. I figured it was only a matter of time before they went on sale. They did! Retail price is $40, TJ Maxx was $19.99, and they have been marked down to $15. If they go any lower, I will gladly buy another one!
Hubby is off and home for lunch today, so I let him pick the tea! This is one of his favorites. He took his with milk and sugar.
The first time I tried Marco Polo I didn’t care for it. (Gasp! I know, right?). Then I read to try it with milk and sugar to bring out the strawberries and cream notes. Delicious! But my tastes have changed a lot, so I wanted to see if I like it sans additions now. I did! It was extremely smooth. One thing that was strange to me…I hadn’t picked up floral notes before and today this was very, very rosy! I had several cups and enjoyed it very much just as it was.
I am trying hard to be good and wait for my friend to come over so we can try Jenn’s honeybush teas together, but I think I am going to cave and go ahead and start tasting them tonight. The names make your mouth water!
I have tried to be good and save some of these new tea samples for Wednesdays when I have tea guests, but today I couldn’t stand it any longer. I am ironing…again…..and that is not something I enjoy, so on went Pandora (if you are around my age try putting in “Send Me An Angel” radio when you need motivation to bebop and clean house) and in went the tea. I made a cup hot and unsweetened and one glass iced and lightly sweetened. This is AWESOME! I think I especially liked it iced,and then I have another sip of the hot and change my mind. Good stuff, and made a less than enjoyable task more bearable. Thank you, thank you, QUILTGUPPY!
I am drinking some more of the sample SimplyJenW sent to me. Tis is a very nice Earl Grey. I have had one or two that made me think I was drinking industrial cleaner or perfume, but I have not had that problem with any of Harney’s Earls. Imperial Earl Grey is one of their most strongly scented IMO, but it makes a very nice cup that doesn’t offend. This Viennese Earl Grey is a touch more refined than many, and it really running almost neck and neck with their Earl Grey Supreme.
Cheese toast and tea! Youngest is joining me, so I chose this one as it is one of her favorites. I think there are other teas that we like more, so I don’t think I will reorder this one. I can drink it with milk and sugar, but it just doesn’t appeal to me plain, and there are other milk and sugar teas that really WOW me. I had hoped that the Golden Monkey in it would make it a favorite, but it doesn’t come through as much as I would like. Perhaps I should try mixing the last bit of Golden Blend with another breakfast tea that I like better, or even add some extra Golden Monkey to it. Hmmm….might have to have another pot of tea!
This was new to my guest today, though I have had it once before. It was very well liked. Youngest added sugar as always but was surprised by how sweet the tea is naturally and had to add more tea to cut the sweetness a bit. Everyone else took it plain, and it was quite good. I really get a lot of chocolate flavor, and a smooth vanilla flavor, though the coconut is the top note in the aroma. The teas were paired with warm apple cobbler…lazy pie, actually, if you know what that is, and a wee scoop of Breyer’s vanilla ice cream.