1983 Tasting Notes
The good part about ordering from Upton is the option to sample everything inexpensively—I treated myself to a box of goodies to combat the winter miz’ries. The other part about ordering from Upton is that their selection is so huge, I forget what I have and haven’t tried. So this one’s an accidental rerun.
Didn’t give it much love the first time around, some years back. Upon further reflection, you just gotta know what you’re getting into. This is an Assam/Ceylon blend; heavy (to me) on the Ceylon side. Stout and sharp with a little bitterness at the end. Clouts you awake instead of coddling you awake. We’ll give it a whirl with some milk tomorrow, but clouting is what I needed to get moving today.
It rained all night; I’m wondering if I need to start gathering animals two by two. Got the cats already, except they’re both male…
Anyway, it’s a wet, sullen, chilly morning and a stout wake-up was needed. Pure Leaf is filling that bill pretty decently. Has enough bite to it (and usually I need morning tea with fangs) that I prefer it with milk. Nice to find a good morning loose leaf on the shelves at Walmart. Hope it stays there.
The English Tea Shop teas I’ve seen and tried are generally part of a gifty-pack thing, the kind you find at TJ Maxx around Christmas time; teas that are generally enjoyable, but maybe slightly less in character than hardcore tea-ophiles like us prefer.
But I’m a sucker for a pretty package, and a dear friend set me up with a 12-pack of fun little cardboard pyramids containing various flavors of English Tea Shop offerings. (I’m keeping the pyramids. There’s got to be a game in there to play with my fifth graders.)
Of the ones I’ve sampled so far this is my favorite. It’s just a standard Ceylon that’s not bitter, not acidic, just right in the middly comfort zone. Took work microwave water abuse well. Prepared a little more carefully, I think it would be a nice afternooner with a little milk.
I try every so often to understand white tea. It bamboozles me. Not being a particularly intuitive person, I don’t want to have to chase down whatever flavor is in my cup. I want it to find me.
I didn’t have to run quite so hard for this one, a thoughtful sample tossed in with a Nature’s Tea Leaf order. Leaves were huge and virtually untouched; some stems in the bundle as well, but that isn’t a turn-off. Steeped as precisely to instructions as my sloppy methods allow, it was a honey-goldenrod color, satiny in texture, and a little sweet and soapy in taste. Soapy in a good way. And cornsilky. A nice little spring break in the middle of a very weary week.
Best surprise Christmas treat to myself ever. (I had purchased a sample pack a good while ago, and it had woodged itself down to the bottom of the heap.) Unearthed it, opened it, and was transported to dark chocolate and strawberry rapture. (Or something like that.)
Has a nice thick creamy mouthfeel to it without milk. The strawberry tastes like strawberry and not soda pop syrup. Will hoard the rest and divvy it out parsimoniously over the next few weeks … Janu-weary often requires little treats along the way. This one will help beat the blahs.
I think this was a share from tea buddy K S a while back. Drank a celebratory cup after restoring the living room to (sort of) order, tree down, tringlings and trapplings up for another year.
Cherry with chai is an interesting concept.
My general beef with chai is that folks cardamom it to death, and it ends up tasting like somebody just dumped the contents of their spice rack into a cup. In this case, Good Earth was light on the cardy, light-ish on the cherry, and generous with good old gentle cinnamon. Took it without milk, and it didn’t need any. Would try this one again.
This was a thoughtful “open one early on Christmas Eve” from my sweet husband. Sweetly scented cocoa both dry and steeped…is creamy on its own without milk, but a splash turns it into dessert mousse. Perfect for watching Tazo snooze in my lap and counting blessings.
Indeed, we have all received grace after grace from His fullness… May your home and heart be filled with grace today.
Oh, the weather outside is frightful! This was a day for staying in, but freezy drizzle re-jiggered plans and we had to make a farm run to batten down the hatches and deliver groceries to housebound elder family members. Put down ice melt, covered vents, insulated pipes, fought our way through Walmart on Barton County Shop-With-A-Cop Day…so when we finally slid into home, my one overwhelming urge was “FUDGE!” Which, fortunately, is currently in stock at our house. This Bigelow tea was the chaser.
This isn’t my favorite Bigelow flavored tea. It leads with plenty of coconut; not much caramel follow up. Not spectacular on its own, but with milk and a good sweet treat beside it, it’ll do on a cold day.