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So I have clearly had this tea. The bag is open, and its clearly not as new as it could be. I just have not logged it ever.
And, upon this cup, I can see why. Its a basic breakfast blend, a bit strong on the malt, but not overwhelming in any sense of the word. Its sturdy, robust, solid, and fairly basic. Perfect work tea!
It now sits on my desk, to be sipped on during those mornings where getting up seemed to be worthy of some sort of medal. I think it will do very well there.
Yesterday was the local Scottish Games. I am of Scottish decent, and I always love going. And I love a theme, so I brewed this up.
Whammo. This is quite the breakfast tea. This is going to wake you up weather you like it or not. I added some milk, and it took it beautifully. It was strong enough to shine through with no problems.
I’ve always heard that Scottish Breakfast blends are the strongest Breakfast Blends, and that makes sense to me. And, as a proud Scotswoman, it makes me pleased.
Yesterday I felt the beginnigns of a tickle in my throat. As I’ve got stuff to do this weekend, that was not going to work.
I bought this from a local shop in the autumn, and I think its their own blend. I don’t know if it actually helps fight colds, but I feel much better today.
It tastes a bit like wet hay, which only adds to its medicinal appeal. I find myself more inclined to believe its good for me if it tastes like wet hay.
But its not a horrible wet hay flavor. But its really only going to come out when I feel the need to chase a cold away.
I drifted into consciousness at around 5 a.m., confused. Why had I woken? What was going on?
It took me a minute, but I worked it out. It was raining.
This is practically unheard of for this time of year. Rain? In practically June? Madness? I went and looked outside, just to make sure I’d not broken a pipe or something. Nope, rain.
So, in greedy celebration I drank this tea. I always feel like Lapsang Souchong is best when its raining, and I intend to take advantage!
Suddenly all thoughts of spring are gone, in a torrential downpour of rain. The world is dark and grey! I’m personally loving it, though it would be better if I didn’t have to go into work and could instead sit cozily at home. Ah well.
A perfect morning for a Lapsang Souchong. And this was a nice sample of the breed, I must say. Not quite as smoky as I like them, but not heavy either. A good balance, I’d say!
There is a certain thrill in polishing off a container of tea. As I brewed my final cup of this this afternoon I was very pleased.
Not that this tea did not do its job. It was a perfectly serviceable Earl. But it was nothing particularly wonderful, and I have so many neglected teas in my cupboard. I am excited to have sipped this down, and to bring new teas to the office tomorrow.
So, farewell, Earl Grey Cream. I liked you just fine, but there is no need for a repeat performance.
What a frustrating day at work. Ugh, it was just one problem after another, including some very rude people. (Why do people do this? We are all working! The circumstance is frustrating for everyone! Argh!)
So, after a particularly frustrating interaction I made up a cup of this, which tasted nice and helped refocus to the good things in life. This day will end, all will be well, and I will probably forget all about this in a month. Probably, anyway. Argh. Is it only Tuesday?
I feel unable, some days, to drink breakfast blends in the afternoon. Some days I can fill my cup with whatever happens to catch my fancy, other times I’m struck so soundly by appropriateness that I have to make another selection.
Thus, today, an Earl Gray in the afternoon. I don’t think anyone could fault me for that.
(What do I think, that there is some for of High Tea Counsel, who will come and pry the cup from my hands if I don’t drink them at the right time, the right temperature, or show an appropriate fondness for the blend? Well, yes, I do sort of believe that. Just because they haven’t found me yet does not mean they do not exist. I imagine they must have a very small budget, and haven’t gotten to the line item that is taking my tea cup away by force.)
My newest “haul along to work & drink in the office tea” is this fellow. I thought it would be a good fit, as an Earl is a nice, basic blend that I can work while drinking, without falling into little rapturous sighs. That sort of thing is frowned upon in the workplace.
And I made a good choice! Its got an almost candied bergamot smell in leaf form, but brewes up to a pretty standard Earl, perhaps a touch mellower than the un-cream version. I don’t particularly find this “creamy”, but nor did I find it bitter or unpleasant or tasting like soap. All good things.
So, its gonna be a good work tea! I can tell.
I could not, for the life of me, get to sleep last night. I tucked up in bed and then just stared at the darkness, thinking about how tired I was going to be today. And lo, I am tired.
I am eager to get the steep time of this right, as a citrus black tea is a thing of great joy. But this turned out bitter once again, making the whole blend feel heavy instead of the lightness that citrus can bring.
Its beginning to feel like spring around here. The spring in these parts is truly gorgeous, before the weather turns into the baking, mysery filled world of a California summer. So I’ll try to take advantage of it while I can.
I thought it would be good morning to try this one, which is a very citrusy blend.
The trouble is that I’m going to have to watch the steep time like a hawk. It was a bit too bitter for me. The base should be milder, ideally, to stand up to the tart citrus in this blend.
So, an uneven beginning.
I am very proud of myself, I remembered that I was going to steep this for one fewer minute than I normally would, and did so! And it yielded a very pleasant cup, just as I hoped for.
A very nice cuppa this morning.
Part of the sipdown fever is also drinking teas I’ve barely tried more often. I love watching my logged times go up and the leaf go down, when I’m in the midst of this sipdown fever!
My pot of the morning.
I need to take better notes when buying teas from little shops. This has no info on the packaging, and I bought it a bit ago, so I don’t quite remember what it is, other than black tea which sounded good to me at the time.
Aha, I think its got currant in it. Both the leaf and the brew have that fruity tartness of current. Also, I love current teas, so that sounds like me, alright.
Its a decent tea. It has a tart, fruity flavor to it. I think it would probably do well with a minute lighter steep then I gave it.
So far these Tea Cozy teas have done well.
I’m getting soft in my old age. I usually like me tea as black as a Goth’s wardrobe, with no sweetener or additives. But I found myself sipping this today and thinking that a splash of milk might not go amiss.
I mean, I still like it, even without the milk, but it might be nice, even with a little sugar.
I’m going soft, obviously.
I woke up to the rain this morning, so I decided that I needed a cozy blend.
This is from a local tea shop, and its their house blend. I’ve been waiting for the right day to brew it up, and that day has arrived!
I’m afraid the packaging leaves something to be desired, in that it does not list the teas that have gone into this blend, but one of then is clearly Lapsang. But its not just Lapsang.
Its a really nice blend, with the smokey quality I love in Lapsangs, but also some mellow sweetness to it. I don’t know what is causing that, but I’m not about to argue.
It was a very cozy cup this morning, I am happy to say. And I’m glad they are local, because this might be something that, once I drink this particular package down, might be worth bringing back into the cupboard.
It sounds like a siege is going on outside. The wind is battering everything within an inch of its life, and I am huddled inside, clutching my cup of tea, hoping it all dies down soon. I’ve got stuff to do, after all!
Bleh the wind. It makes my head hurt and that makes me grumpy. I am going to huddle around this tea some more, and grumble about the wind.
Goodness but its windy today. This means my head is absolutely full of junk, and I’m battling a sore throat. Brilliant.
So I think lots of hot fluids are called for.
I’m nearly to the bottom of this bag, and while I’ve enjoyed it, its not going to be a staple in the cupboard. That’s alright! Not everything has to be. Some things it was just nice to try.