drank Russian Blend by Samovar
911 tasting notes

Had a pretty late night last night (but hockey is worth it) so I had a lot of trouble getting up this morning. So I’ll be honest – I picked this tea out purely for caffeine content. Cause it’s got some. Oh yes.

Today is also a chance to try this with some half & half and sugar. And in a travel mug. So yay! Multi-purpose tea day! I feel so productive! Quick conclusion: if the rest of my day goes how this tea did this morning? Today will be awesome.

Sweet, smoky, substantial, thick and almost a little syrupy (the fruit – lychee I believe I read – adds a thick sweetness that makes me feel like this has been spiked with syrup like a homemade cherry coke). This tea made me happy. It also made me think of sausage. Meander with me for a quick moment. Every time I stop by the fancy-pants grocery store I so love, I check out to see what nifty sausage they have in the case. A few weeks ago, they had a cherry and walnut chicken sausage. I like interesting things so I gave it a shot. So good. Sausage-meat-heartiness plus sweet, tangy fruit almost to the point of potential dessert-dom and a little earthy/nutty note? Yum. Just yum. This tea? Cherry and walnut chicken sausage. All wrapped up in awesome. And caffeine.

This morning? Guarantees this tea a reorder. Seriously good. Not something that I think would be a daily tea for me, mind you. But then I wouldn’t eat cherry and walnut chicken sausage daily either. Both are a bit too rich, distinct and flavorful to have daily without making me feel like I’m attempting to bludgeon my taste buds to death. It’s a tea I’m going to have to be in the mood for and be able to deal with the strong wow-ness of the flavors. But what flavors they are. I seriously could have had twice my normal morning amount if I didn’t think I would be plastered to the ceiling afterward.

Seriously. Awesome. Can I have more?

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I’m trying to be a better tea logger and actually post semi-regularly again! I’ve let my tea tasting senses become too complacent – it’s time for some focused and attentive tea drinking!

Sometimes my notices for PMs and such have been questionable. Email me at your own risk at aug3zimm at gmail dot com.

1 – 10 – Bleck. Didn’t finish the cup.
11 – 25 – Drinkable. But don’t punish me by making me have it again.
26 – 40 – Meh. Most likely will see if the husband likes it iced.
41 – 60 – Okayish. Maybe one day I’ll kill off what I have in my pantry.
61 – 75 – Decent. I might pick some up if I needed tea.
76 – 85 – Nice. I’d probably buy but wouldn’t hunt it down.
86 – 100 – Yum! I will hunt down the vendor to get this tea!

Not that anyone but me particularly cares, but there it is.





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