1944 Tasting Notes
I wanted to try this again to see whether I thought it was worth tossing into the take to work pile. It’s billed as a lower caffeine tea so I thought it would be good for work in the afternoon. I had it on the heels of my oft-noted English Breakfast.
After I tasted it again, I decided to bring it to work. It’s not a favorite. It’s kind of bland and doesn’t have a lot of flavor except the peppery flavor I noted before.
I’m bumping the rating down a bit because I’ve had so many better black teas lately, including from Kusmi.
In the realm of experiences relating to having way too much tea, I usually can’t find some tea or other that I could have sworn I had. Like the Adagio Silver Needle Jasmine.
This one is the opposite. I have the notes to prove I had a sipdown of this once upon a time. And yet, when I dug through my drawer looking for things to take to work, there was a humongoid tin of this.
At first I was kind of upset that I found it because I remember it being too tart to be fully enjoyed without sweetening, but I decided to give it a shot unsweetened. Instead, I basically doubled the amount of mix I’d used previously.
It’s much nicer than my previous notes reflect, and I don’t know whether that’s because I put in so much mix, it’s mellowed with age, or my body chemistry has changed over time and is now more compatible with it.
But whatever the reason, tonight it is not: too tart, too bitter, too uneven in flavor. It doesn’t require sweetening. In fact, it seems to have some natural sweetness and a prominent strawberry note.
This leads me to a generality I’ve been noticing about fruit blends with hibiscus in them. It’s not always true that substantially overleafing can cut the tartness to something enjoyable rather than unbearable, but it’s been true often enough lately that I’m going to continue to do it.
Giving it a significant ratings bump.
Sipdown no. 129 of the year 2014.
Not a bad fruity rooibos blend, just not spectacular in my book, though the BF loved it. I am tasting a lot of apple tonight mixed in with the lemon but the pomegranate is still difficult for me to discern. I wonder whether if this was fresher I might have tasted it more. I liked that the rooibos was quietly in the background and didn’t stand up to be counted.
It appears that as of the date of this note, Teavana still offers this blend. So I have time to change my mind, or order more because the BF likes it.
Today was instrument selection day at the middle school and no. 1 has his heart set on playing the saxophone. He’d pretty much decided he wanted to play it two weeks ago ever since he learned he had to have an elective: art, band or orchestra. My immediate reaction was: great, another instrument I’ll have to fight with you to get you to practice (he’s in his third year of piano lessons). But then I thought perhaps there’d be a synergy. The things he doesn’t like about piano, like counting, might be things band would be incredibly good for learning. I imagine it only takes a few times of playing before the rest of the band because you didn’t count the quarter rest before you step in line.
Anyway. Small brag ahead, so if that sort of thing annoys you skip the next paragraph.
Amazingly, he wailed on all the instruments. On a scale of 1-5, five being the best (judged by the ability to get a coherent sound out of the instrument), he got 5s on sax, flute, trumpet, trombone and baritone, and a 4 on the clarinet. I have no idea where this comes from as I only ever played piano. But that’s one of the fun things about kids. They totally surprise you sometimes.
Anyway, he went to get fro-yo with the BF so I’m having an oolong. Ahhhh. Or perhaps I should say Ooooh. This is actually hitting the spot today. It’s really toasty and flavorful, and reminds me of what I like about dark oolongs. It’s quite fruity in its toastiness. I’m getting something peachy-plummy and some grape.
I shall be having a number of additional steeps of this. Carry on.
Exciting: within three servings of sipdown on this one. I’m so close to getting rid of my last tin and my last box of bags in the work stash that I took a big step today. I brought in two big tins and a box of tea bags.
The tins: Kusmi Bourbon Vanilla and LeafSpa Organic Blink Bonnie. I expect the latter may become a commuting home tea on the days when I need a boost, otherwise it will be an earlier in the day tea.
The bags: About 10 Numi Magnolia Puerh, and the last few Numi Red Rooibos and Tazo Honeybush. I was a little conflicted about the rooibos and honeybush. I needed decaf options for later in the afternoon, but the kids like these. Then again, the last few times I’ve tried to interest them in a cup they’ve said no. It is pretty hot here lately, so I expect that’s why.
I haven’t decided whether I have enough variety for a while now or whether I need to add a couple of other alternatives, but I’m leaning toward adding a couple.
In any case, I may sip this one down tomorrow, or it may be next week. But soon.
Sipdown no. 128 of the year 2014. This is a minor backlog as I had it this morning. Unfortunately, it went cold while I was getting the kids to school. If I had more of this, I’d make a note to self to drink while hot. Cold, it was much heavier, and as it already had quite a bit of heft, it did a number on my stomach. I didn’t finish the last bit as I had to run out to a doctor’s appointment. It wasn’t enough to merit attempting to reheat, though.
Sipdown no. 127 of the year 2014. I didn’t drink a lot of tea today—a cup in the morning, two at work, and a commute home with this, plus the last two bags in my bigass Shakespeare mug that looks like this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Wedgwood-creamware-Shakespeare-mug-ca-1964-/161232245159?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item258a30d1a7
(Hope that link works.)
This isn’t goodbye, just until we meet again.
I’ve been drinking a lot of the same things over and over working them toward sipdown. Sometimes there’s something new to say, but often there isn’t—so I haven’t been writing notes on everything I drink.
Today I’m drinking this from a teabag at work (I have a handful of Kusmi teabags of this and St. Petersbourg). It’s really different than I recall it being on any previous occasions.
It’s rose! That’s what I’m smelling, and that’s what I’m tasting. There is a slight citrusy note, too, but mostly it’s floral and mostly it’s rose.
Which is fine with me because I heart rose teas.
As it cools, it becomes more of a melange of indistinct floral, and not quite as enjoyable as it was when hotter.
Does anyone know whether peppermint is associated with St. Patrick’s day for any reason other than that peppermint is green (and peppermint fillings in candies are often dyed green as well)? I googled this question but didn’t find an answer and lost patience after flipping through the first four pages of search results.
I’m glad it can contribute to today’s theme, even if the only reason is it’s green. The peppermint leaves in and among the mate certainly are, in any case. The steeped mate is rather the color of butterscotch candy.
This is progressing, slowly, toward sipdown. Maybe this week, but if not, certainly next.
Today’s commuting tea. It would have been today’s commuting tea even if it wasn’t a GREEN tea in my GREEN Timolino in my GREEN car in keeping with the St. Patrick’s Day theme. But the fact that it is all those things is a bonus today. I am nearing sipdown on this one, probably later in the week at the rate it’s going.
And I’m secretly already planning what I’m going to drink on le quatorze juillet, for which I have myriad contenders already.