2009 Tasting Notes
OK, ashmanra, my first whiff of this made me proceed with trepidation, because it immediately brought floor cleaner to mind.
However, I followed your advice to steep lightly, and we can swab away that first erroneous judgment. The cardamom is a nice aromatic counterpoint to pu-erh’s darker, heavier baseline. Reminds me a little of pine needles. Thus the floor cleaner, I guess. I can definitely envision this iced. (As my office is erratically and inappropriately cooled to 45 degrees and below year-round, I’ll have to save that for a hot lawn mowing day at home :)
I’m not going to enter a new listing for this one as it isn’t on the Savoy Tea Co. website, which is too bad, because I’d like you to try some of their Irish Cream.
At least that’s the label on the lovely little sample I picked up about a month ago. (Wondering if it was a seasonal renaming or relabeling.) Rather than something stereotypically minty, this has black tea and safflower with strawberries and cream flavor. Love me my strawberry teas, and this is a good one. Nothing chemical about it, nice tea-to-flavor balance. Hoping I can find it next run to Arkansas.
I usually save green tea and oolongs for leisurely Sunday afternoons. Haven’t had many of those for a while—have been serving on a committee at church for several weeks in a row (a good thing; but a time commitment all the same). However, mission was accomplished this afternoon. I’m celebrating by ripping open my little sample packet of Paige Turner.
I am a lavender enthusiast for medicinal reasons, but have always thought it was a little florally much in tea. The sweet vanilla in this blend tones it down gently and pleasantly. The green tea base is nice and crisp. Holds its flavor well for a 2nd steep.
Decided to depart from my normal heavy-builder breakfast tea routine. And a departure it was, with this very scented, very flavorful sachet from k s. It’s a cross between something very floral and very chai. Lots of cardamom. My unintentional overuse of the word very evidently implies subconsciously that everything in it is strongly defined. Probably not something I would choose for myself, but a very welcome change of pace. (Thanks, friend!)
Birthday treat from a fellow DA (Downton Addict). Despite the presence of the dreaded hibiscus, I rather liked it. The hibby is hiding behind some very prominent raspberry flavor and what little rose I could pick up (not much) just sweetens the deal. I think this will be another good one chilled when the weather warms up. (Chilled tea. How rebellious. What would Cousin Violet have to say about that?)
New leaves from Arkansas! Neither the label nor the website description are real specific about what fruit flavors are used, but I think I’m getting citrusy/mango-y/could be strawberry. The rose petals aren’t obnoxiously cloying, and the overall effect is gentle, soothing, and sweet. Perfect for a fancy teacup.
I don’t know that I’ve ever had snails of my very own :) Snagged a sample pack of this one yesterday, and it is exactly as advertised—has that lovely dry cocoa scent, which translates precisely into a dry cocoa taste when it’s steeped. I have half a swallow, cold, still in my cup, and it still smells rich and wonderful.I think this is one I’d buy by the bushel, but since this is one of Savoy’s pricier samples, I’ll have to stretch the lifespan of what I have. I did get plausible second steep out of the leaves.
Hubby picked this one out; his comment when he took a test sniff was, “Orange Crush!” I get that. Sweet without being sugary; smooth with no tartness.
The differences between rooibos and honeybush are very subtle. You can correct me if your palate doesn’t agree, but to me, rooibos is nuttier and shines when it’s paired with ice creamy flavors like vanilla and chocolate. Honeybush is a little brighter and fruitier, so it is a good match for the orangey goodness Twinings added to this blend.
I just did an Arkansas “fun tea” run, so I’ll have some new lovely loose leaf to yammer about soon, but recently, I’ve stumbled on some very pleasant, fuss-free bagged options that make life a little simpler. This is one of them.