1965 Tasting Notes
I have never much liked any of the zingers … until yesterday. A very thoughtful work friend brought me a tumbler of this stuff steeped strong, iced, sweetened with half honey, half organic sugar. It tasted like the best celestial kool-ade ever. Between the sweetness and the additional ingredients that I do like: chamomile, blackberry, chicory, there was no make-your-eyes-water tartness at all. Best summer afternoon surprise in a long time!
A friend of mine experimented with flavoring her own black tea with raspberry—with very nice results. No nasty hibiscus to gum up the mix, just a good Assam with fruit. A nice, well-rounded balance. I cold steeped some in the fridge overnight with a sprig of chocolate mint from my own back porch. Chocolate raspberry mint goodness—no, scratch that—superbness.
Of course, the fact that our air conditioner has been broken for two days and I had come in from mowing the ditchy part of our yard sweating battery acid made it three times as tasty. Fall can’t get here soon enough for me! :)
Late night (neighbors + firecrackers) and early morning (nasty thunderstorm) left me feeling this morning like my nerves had been shredded on a cheese grater. So I went halvesies: a decent bulk China black tea with an equal amount of chamomile. Was going for a little wake-up/calm-down alchemy. Not sure if the physical effect was exactly as expected, but it was pretty tasty. (Inspired by someone’s review of a professional blend of the same type, easy to replicate in your own kitchen.)
It’s been way too long between leisurely mornings when there is actually time to think about one’s tea. So, gratefully, with feet up, I’m sipping something a little less hi-octane this morning.
I’m not much of a floral tea person. No jasmine, please; lavender in moderation; but there’s something about rose that is sweet and gentle without tasting like cologne. There’s just enough in this blend to complement the black/green/fruity combo and make it taste a little like fruit punch. May make a second round and ice it down to see what happens.
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.