613 Tasting Notes
Today was a bit busier than I hoped it was going to be. I had been hoping to be a bit of a slug, but instead I did a fair bit of walking outdoors. This tea was with me to keep me warm. Beautiful vanilla marshmallow.
I took this tea with me to the theatre tonight to a rather inspired Toronto-Macau collaboration. Much enjoyed both.
My second batch of not-sick tea of the day: meaning that yes, I am sick, but no, this is not a sick tea that I’ve put aside because I can’t taste anything. My tastebuds seem to be coming back though not yet a 100%.
I’ve added a bit of vanilla bean honey to this. My throat and tastebuds appreciate the addition. The spices in the blend seem to be making my throat happier too. Funny, I never consider that chai blends would be a good thing for colds, but I imagine they are.
Still sick with a cold but symptoms appear to be getting better, so yay!
For a change and for the benefit of my throat, I added a bit of vanilla bean honey that I brought back from out west some time ago. My tastebuds are not fully back but things must be improving because I am tasting a bit of banana and a bit of walnut along with the smoothness of butter. The vanilla and honey sweetness amp things up I imagine.
Truly yum. Also, to be clear, this has certainly not been relegated to sick tea status.
Truth be told, I do have sick teas, but I am too sick to look for them but not sick enough to need precisely them. :)
I should probably get on that.
I’ve come down with a cold with all that runny nose, sneezing, stuffy head horribleness. And now, a sore throat is the new development and my taste buds appear to be waning.
It certainly is freezing out there today, record breaking cold apparently for this time of year—yay! When I came in, I most definitely needed to start the teapot.
Initially, I thought that I’d be going directly to bed with my tea, but I changed my mind to dabble a bit online instead first. I added a spoon of black raspberry honey to this for my throat and it is most delicious this way. The citrus chamomile is coming through with an added red berry element from the honey. Highly recommend.
Well, I took one whiff of the dry leaf and thought, “oh-oh, perfumey froo-froo French tea.”
I imagined that it was a cloud of rose and bergamot rising from the leaf and braced myself for something not altogether pleasant.
I used cooled water to prevent an astringent hit and steeped fast. As it was steeping, more rose, and then, something more interesting and complex happened. I poured the lightly steeped tea into my cup and waited a bit for the heat to dissipate. What I thought was bergamot disappeared completely, the rose deepened and settled to a woodier richness with the slightest tinge of tart green apple and possibly a bit of berry. All this was followed by the solid black base, not airily floating by as I had expected, but rather firmly planted.
Yeah, this tea is quite an unexpected surprise. Delightful even.
Thank you, VariaTEA.