1696 Tasting Notes
I had one infusion and then the boyfriend accidentally spilled the leaves in soapy water.
Me. not. happy.
The cup wasn’t as tasty as last time, although that could be due to skimping on the leaf, or maybe the water filter needs changing. I so wanted that second infusion to find out more. Ah well
On the plus sign it is now weekend and tomorrow I’m visiting a friend for her bday. She has a hot tub. Plus I had a heart to heart with a friend that I’ve been in flux with the last while. Over text, so not ideal. but I’m hopeful we can fix things.
Anyhow. I’m quite tired and rambly. and emotional. Happy Friday :)
I wish I could recall more about this tea. It was warm. Toasty. Tasty. Not too strong. It kept me warm.
Third infusion was the best. (so steeps 3, 1 and then 2)
Also? I attended a macaron making demo. Thats some complicated stuff.
Oh and I ate gold. Errr gold dusted macarons. With Cola filling.
And for some reason I can’t stop thinking about this song. My first pairing? Nothing to do with orientation or anything. I’m just darn cold. If you keep me warm I don’t care who you kiss lol (err well actually I do, just no the bits underneath. sucker for love stories here!)
I’m kinda sad my students didn’t win the case competition. Apparently they did a great job. I know nothing of finance so can’t comment. Except to say that I would like to buy some futures in macarons.
Ok I’m rambling. Time for bed.
My last tea of the day. Taken with dinner at our office event.
Very tangy. But after the super sour lemonade mocktails they made for us, I didn’t notice much.
Everyone hates on this tea. I don’t love it or anything, but it was far from the worst option available to me at the time, and I was grateful for it!!
Also, I have a soft spot for orange candies. Especially tart ones
Hot, this does really well in a travel mug! I had it in a regular mug awhile back and it was just ok.
No need to add sugar. I wanted to experiment and with a dollop of milk it just gets more buttery. Damn. If the remaining cups are like this I may consider grabbing more one day
Also today was a very long day. I was in the office before 7am. We had a work event. But because there was maybe a third of the people around, the place was cold. I spent most of my day drinking coffee and tea in a lame attempt to stay warm. It didn’t work very well. I’m still cold. Brrrr.
Anyhow. I’m feeling pretty antisocial. The introvert in me is hissing at everyone for no reason
I bought this at the 2016 tea festival. Since then, I’ve cooked maybe half a dozen dishes with it. Mostly chicken. The stuff is potent! Only a third of the tin has been used up. Amazing value!! Mind you it doesn’t need much. Half a teaspoon is more than enough for a typical dish. I use it to accent, not as a main attraction :P
When I run out, I hope to buy the lemon green version (already bought it but gave it away as a gift! I’m not sure if they tried it out yet, but it smells heavenly).
The best part? Very little salt!! So if you want more salt, simply add it yourself. Seriously. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that aspect. Far too many rubs out there are salt heavy. That factor alone is why I hadn’t bought any rubs previously.
Today I made vegetable soup, and despite some people not liking smoked tea (or smoked anything) it was a big hit. I had a feeling it would pair really well with a beef base. I marinated the sauce in olive oil on my stove for a few… sauteed a bunch of veggies in the saucepan, and then added water/the base. Will be trying it again with a cream based soup of some kind. Also paired super well with the onions so I may make an onion sauce one of these days. Oh and I sprinkled in some chili flakes. Perfection.
I’m not a fan of stringy meat, but if you enjoy roast beef or brisket, I’m sure it would go really well that way!
And yes. Pulled pork is my nightmare haha
I’m drinking the last of three infusions now.
This is pretty good! A little sweeter than I was hoping for. Super sweet really. Somewhere between molasses and sugarcane. I’ve seen this type of sugary note before in Lapsang, although this is the strongest I’ve seen yet. Maybe I’ll try making some kind of dessert with it someday. Or whiskey cocktail.
Today… I wanted a more robust tea, since I bought it with the idea of mixing it with the pine tea I bought from Algonquin teas. Trying it solo first so that I can see what flavours come from where.
Not much change from one cup to the next, other than getting a bit lighter.
Second infusion I accidentally left for quite some time, and it didn’t get bitter at all. That was a bonus :)