2081 Tasting Notes
An Advent Calendar treat again; perfect for a quiet afternoon as our household settles down for a deliciously introverted Christmas. (That’s not a bad thing: married an only child, had an only child, there just aren’t many of us to make noise.) The cats are safely tucked in and curled up in their favorite spots, house smells like candles and cookies, and for a few shining moments, all the laundry is done.
That’s a long preface for a short tea commentary. The green base is light, thin and slightly sweet. The popcorn is , well, perfectly popcorny. Scent is sweet and toasty. Lovely.
I’ve had a time chasing down a picture and company-provided description of this tasty afternoon tea—at the moment, what I’ve pulled in to the description is a picture of the gift box in which this is enclosed. What we’ve got is a tasty, not-too-heavy gentle black tea with strawberry and vanilla notes. Something you’d serve in Grandma’s teacups, although it was sufficiently tasty in a mug.
Also something I should’ve served this morning, when I took a tea party to my church kids. Nothing fancy, just an electric kettle and a cherry-wood box of bagged assorted oddments—flavors I thought would appeal to 10-year-olds. The big winners: Bigelow Eggnogg’n, Salted Caramel and White Chocolate Peppermint. (I told you, nothing fancy.) Oh, and one renegade who loved Tazo Wild Sweet Orange.
My girls were priceless when they walked in: “You brought real tea! Oh, and it’s in a fancy box!” Doesn’t take much to let young’uns know you love them. I think I need to do this more often.
I’ve had a lot of “candy cane” teas over the years that were just a renaming/relabeling of something already peppermint. Adagio does a better job of pulling in the creamy candy part. Reminds me of those puffy peppermints that come in a tub that melt in your mouth.
I love textured mugs—something to rub your thumbs on while you’re enjoying the aroma, and I’m sure this tastes much better because it’s in a raised holly-pattern Pfaltzgraff mug thoughtfully gifted by a friend.
Advent sample. My first mistake was steeping this at work, where I couldn’t give it good attention. I definitely got a candy apple “shape” with it , but it turned out awfully bitter. (Shape—you know, the way you hold your mouth when you taste a certain food.) Added a little rock sugar, which helped, but sometimes you can’t undo the damage. Wish I could give it a second go at home, with better water and a little milk nearby. In that case, I’m thinking it would have been very creamy and tasty.
Another advent calendar surprise I wouldn’t have chosen for myself, but glad I had the opportunity to check it out. Very nice, and probably especially so for jasmine fans. I caught major jasmine “fumes” in my mouth (if that makes sense), but the taste was much sweeter than expected—almost honeysuckle. Very nice change of pace to challenge my sensory descriptors.
Advent calendar entry (I’m behind as usual). Yunnan is generally characterized as having spice and pepper. My sample pyramid was a little milder than that description would indicate, but it was extremely drinkable. Emphasis on was. (One of those teas that go so fast, you look at the bottom of the cup and ask, “When did I drink all that?”)
My experience with chestnuts and their flavor derivatives is limited, so the first thing my brain said when I took a sip was, “Maple syrup!” An hour later, just at the bottom of my tumbler, I’m still getting a huge pancake-and-waffle vibe. Sorry this was just a single bag from the advent box—would like to try another with milk!
My Steepster Chronicles (someday, I need to print them all out and edit into a book…My Life In Tea) indicate that I had this a mere … 9! .. years ago. No wonder I forgot. But today’s cup was a happy memory jogger. It was so fresh and bready I thought it was Assam-based, but the tea info says it’s primarily Keemun. Not builders tea strong, but enough to get me out the door in a pleasant frame of mind on a Monday morning. Recommended.