660 Tasting Notes
Finishing up my sample of Harney & Sons’ Cranberry Autumn. Didn’t have enough for my daily work tea, so I used Joy’s Teaspoon’s Plum Crazy to fill in the gap. It was about half and half, I’d say.
The result is predominately plum in the scent and taste. The cranberry does come through, as does that raspberry leaf flavor, with the faintest whisper of orange peel. Even with 4 tsp at 3:45, this comes out kind of weak. I need to remember that I have to steep Joy’s Teaspoon teas like Early 20’s Tabby would, who always overleafed and oversteeped.
I got a sample of this from Cameron B.! Thank you!
While I’m happy to get to try another one of Kusmi’s Earl Greys, I had been avoiding this one because of the name. It reminds me of a boy I should have been kinder to in high school. I’m sorry, Marcus! I was a monster back then!
Anyway, this one doesn’t really stand out to me. It’s basically just a mild EG with a bit of orange essence. The orange is almost muted by the bergamot, too. I feel like I’ve had this before. It’s really similar to Mélange Hédiard, if you’ve had it. I dunno, I’m just not really feeling this one.
Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Citrus Fruits, Fruity, Orange, Orange Zest
Finishing up Fortnum & Mason’s Assam Superb, but I didn’t have enough, so it’s 2 parts Assam, 1 part Darjeeling. Still working on whittling the sampler down.
This is an improvement from the plain assam, I think. I can’t really taste the darjeeling’s muscatel flavors, but it keeps the assam from being so dang strong.
I got this from Mastress Alita! Thank you! This is just what I need after a week of heavy winter teas.
This brews up to a pretty greenish yellow. Hot, it holds onto a bit of that distinct musky oolong aroma, but what I smell is mostly peach. That fermented flavor fades away as the tea cools. I love the idea of peaches and rose, and the pieces of dried fruit and rose petals look so nice together.
As far as flavor goes, peach is in the forefront. In fact, I can’t really taste the rose notes at all. (Not that I mind – I love fruity oolong blends.) Maybe it’s just the peach, but I feel like I taste osmanthus instead of rose. I adore osmanthus, so that makes this tea pretty perfect for me. Another winner by Lupicia.
Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Osmanthus, Peach
Daily work tea. Not too much left. Still trying to knock it out so I can move on to less harsh teas. This stuff leaves me craving light, fruity things.
My mom asked me to update my Amazon wishlist and it is basically just a long list of teas I want. I hope she picks some of the white or green teas. I need a break from these heavy black teas!
Using up my sample of Kusmi’s Anastasia in an effort to make my Cupboard one page again. Slowly but surely, I’m getting there.
I used one part Anastasia, one part Harney & Sons Earl Grey Supreme. The lime notes from the Kusmi tea are present but nearly buried beneath the Supreme. That doesn’t matter much, though. This is still a hearty, lovely cup of Earl Grey.
Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Fruity, Lime