Adventaggedon Day Ten – 2/5
I seem to be hitting a bit of a patch of teas that I already own – not just in this advent, but in general. In some way it’s kind of nice because the predictability of knowing what I’m brewing allows me to really tailor my steeping and I don’t feel like I need to dedicate as much mental capacity to each cup.
Marika said something in that vein on the Carnage episode of Geek Steep. Basically, even though we’re always excited to try new teas, each of them is usually double or triple as mentally taxing because our R&D/tea nerd brains can’t help but dissect every angle of the tea. From ingredient balance, the intentions of the blender, how it compares and contrast to other blends of a similar style, etc… And on top of all of that, we’re trying to commit the flavour to memory as well, to add to that flavour library that will be used with each new tea after this one…
All that to say that I was actually a little relieved to see this tea today, even though it’s not my favourite blend from EDC. I knew what I was going to get from the mug. Well, at least I thought I did. My cup actually surprised me greatly because it had such a strong note of allspice – stronger than anything else I’ve ever gotten when brewing this blend. Sure, there were heady floral top notes and some ginger as well. Just… a lot of allspice.
Today’s Advent Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/CmAN8XEuu6t/
Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xW8L_yK3r44
There was some unintentional irony between this song name and my experience with today’s cup…