2009 Tasting Notes
Ashmanra, who has patiently withstood more whining and mewling about current life conditions that any online acquaintance should ever have to do :) recognized that I need some bucking up and sent the Queen to do the honors.
This tea has backbone. I am a lover of good, stiff black teas and this is, but the subtle coffee-cocoa-smoky-floral chaser I’ve read about in many of these reviews keeps Catherine from becoming a merciless harpy. Perfect with no additives, but I can see that a little milk would tone this down nicely for afternoons.
(Is it a sign that you’ve gone completely over the edge of your saucer when you start attributing human qualities to your teas? I’m blaming on the heat!)
Husband got a bottle of this strictly for guzzling purposes — I think we’re on day 10 or 11 of 100+ temperatures — and let me take a test swig. I have a general bias against sweetened bottled teas to begin with, but this at least doesn’t have that chemically-sweetened whang to it. Reminds me more of crystallized ginger.
Review’s up … another one I miss from days gone by:
My maiden-voyage cup of this one today. Tried not to peek at the tea description before guessing what was creating the sweetness … I was leaning toward something flowery instead of honey. Regardless, this is a nice blend that lightens up the Assam-itude for warmer weather. A very good off-season breakfast tea.
Oh, this is nice iced! I am generally not a tart tea fan; prefer flavors that don’t make my eyes water or my tongue shrivel. But the honeybush is such a nice smooth, mellow balance to the lemon zest and lemony herbs, sour isn’t an issue here. Was great after a hot and frustrating afternoon waiting to get my car inspected. (Five hour wait for a ten minute process.)
Full review of this one is up at
Been a while since my initial sample—I’d forgotten how good it is!
Following the example of many of my esteemed colleagues here, when one has a particularly challenging day ahead, one enlists the help of a Queen. Today’s challenge—traipsing up and down a three-story, two block long church campus with a troop of fourth graders. (Let Vacation Bible School begin!)
And thus, something strong and substantial and bracing was needed. I started to type “thick” but that wouldn’t be correct; this is still light enough for me to consider it a summer-appropriate tea.
As the heat wave continues, so does my experimentation with Ozark-y fruit teas. Steeped a pot this morning and chucked it straight in the fridge to cool.
Huckleberries, so says Wikipedia, are eccentric cousins of the blueberry—scent and taste remind me of a cross between blueberries and black berries. So the flavor is strong, especially when I got a trifle generous with the amount of leaf I used. Tossed in a couple of sugar cubes and that helped immensely.