2042 Tasting Notes
On workdays, for time, convenience and proximity, bagged stuff is just the better option. (Remodeling at work; have to walk a city block—literally—for kitchen facilities. So I perched a little Hot Shot in a corner of my office.)
Hubby brought this nummy Numi home, where it is welcome. It’s mild and easy to steep. Not sharp or tangy—the bass line predominates here, and I’d swear it tastes a little grapey. A decent cuppa.
You know how it goes…just when you decide something is tasty, or discover a hallelujah-it-fits style of skivvies, or a favorite candle scent, then somebody decides to take it off the market shelves…so goes (or went it) with this nice, work-friendly afternoon tea. Had been trolling local stores for ages with no luck…
…that is, until my always-thoughtful enabling husband of 33 years today surprised me with a 3-pack.
What’s the big deal here? Not so much green that it is hard to steep, not so much black that it overpowers the green; it’s just right, Goldilocks. A little weight on the tongue so you feel like you’re drinking the good stuff, even though it’s supermarket grade.
Some wives get anniversary flowers that perish in a week. I get three boxes of 72 bags apiece; I’ll be sipping and sharing for months. That’s love. Guess I’ll keep him.
Happy September! I wish the weather was as ready for autumn as I am…but as we will be tooling around in flip-flops for a few weeks yet, I succumbed to the novelty of a fruity, summery tea yesterday. The huge orange hunks are what suckered me in. And the mention of carrots. It has to be good for me if it has veggies in it.
My package of Palm Beach Punch came from our (sort of) new Natural Grocers/Vitamin Cottage store in the bulk section, but as it has a “packaged by Vitamin Cottage” label, I’m assuming it’s a privately-labeled version of this Tiesta blend. Ingredients are nearly identical.
OK, enough with the introductory remarks. This lives up to its name: a nice mélange of fruit and berries without, as it advertises, tasting like Hi-C. Nicely balanced; no particular flavor overpowered the others. I’m thinking it will be tasty on ice.
For those of you whose tea choices are seasonally driven, this is a nice transitional summer-to-fall option (it was foggy and 72 most of the morning—yum!). It is roasty-toasty, woodsy, and sweet. Good on ice as well.
I love the notion of using all the scraps of a tea plant to make something tasty. My mom was a quilter and saved scraps; I do the same with remnants of my paper crafting projects—and quite often, the pieced-together leftover is just as pleasing as the original. That applies to this humble little kukicha as well.
Succumbed to temptation (“no-tea-till-the-weather-changes” ban forgotten) when I found this at our local Tuesday Morning store (a.k.a. the place where I never go to buy anything I need, but always walk out with my hands full anyway).
Due to its sweetness, this would be suitable for a party tea with my new crop of fifth grade girls, but it has some grown-up merit, too. It’s a rooibos blend with fruits that aren’t tart, the honey feels thick and satiny, and the hints of ginger show up at the end of each sip, just warming your tongue a bit.