2005 Tasting Notes
First, my humble and apologetic thanks to the donor of this one…I think it was teaequalsbliss, but if it wasn’t, the rest of you know l love you anyway, yes?
Second, I am a Midwestern farm kid with a very plebian spice repertoire. I will publicly admit I don’t have a clue what saffron’s supposed to taste like.
And finally, the tea itself (you were just holding your collective breath waiting for my pronouncement, I’m sure): It was bitter. I hit exactly the middle range on time (2:30), with water boiling as advised, and it put wrinkles in my tongue. But—and you may have experienced this—I still got a sense that the base itself was pretty good black tea. Dropped in a sugar cube and re-evaluated. Improved marginally to “formerly bitter black tea that now has a little bit of a metallic thing going on.”
I hate not having wonderful things to say about a tea, but that’s what this whole forum experience is about.
A day ahead with less-than-pleasant tasks in (writing deadlines dead ahead, disaster paperwork never stops, and we’re newbies to the wide world of college financial aid applications which requires tax stuff to be in order) so I’m trying to make it palatable with really good tea. REALLY good tea.
Ashmanra taught me the secret of this one … light and quick makes it magic. Strawberry jam in a cup.
I think this is the last abused and neglected bag of this one in my work stash. Rereading the ingredient list, I wonder why barley and carob were used in the mix—-it does give it a cracker-y, pastry-ish personality instead of straight-up citrus and spice. Not very lemony; could be because of age of the bag, but I see similar comments in my previous notes.
PIcked this one for an evening wind-down. The vanilla is there, but more subtly than my currently favorite red/vanilla combo (Celestial Seasonings Madagascar Red). Still a good selection, but when I’m craving vanilla, it’s usually because I need a sweetness buzz.
Score one, Cheapster Steepsters, for the superiority of a less expensive alternative.
After completely ruining a pot of loose green tea yesterday, I crankily dumped the whole mess and decided to go for simplicity in a sachet. This is a nice bagged oolong; I didn’t get much on the fruit/apricot side, but the safflower and marigold gave it a nice sunny disposition. Which helped mine a bit.
This was a gift from the extensive and famous Teaequalsbliss collection, and I was grateful to try it!
Steeped the recommended 5 minutes, this is dark, almost ebony, and rich and thick. There’s not a bit of fruit in it, but it made me hold my tongue the same way I would if I was eating a bowl of black cherries. A very good black tea with subtleties you wouldn’t want to miss by having it too early in the morning.