2820 Tasting Notes
My father had a heart attack on Monday morning, and this week has all been a blur. It’s been the hospital every day, with all the horrors and wonders that it contains. It was a very big heart attack, and we don’t even have a prognosis yet. No idea what his mental function is, if he’ll be able to come home, if he’ll recover and what that recovery would look like.
I, fortunately, live nearby, and my wonderful boss gave me the week off, so I’ve been parked in his hospital room as much as I can be, and trying to run as much interference for my mother as possible.
I barely know what day it is. I could not tell you when I last had tea or what I had been drinking. I know I was drinking a cup of tea when I got the call about him, and that I did not finish it.
Do you have blends or flavors that you find particularly comforting or soothing? Or ones that give you strength? I’m going to need a lot of comfort and strength.
This is rambly. It’s weird to write. I still had to write something.
Oh no. It’s starting. That horror of horrors, that unbearable ordeal. The dawn of my pain and suffering.
Summer is here.
Today is 100 degrees. Tomorrow will be anywhere from 106 to 108.
Cue the deep sigh.
You’d think I’d be used to this, I grew up here and have lived most of my life with this sort of weather, and yet every year it catches me off guard. It was also such a mild spring! Whhhhhyyyyy?
This means tea drinking becomes a more extreme sport. Grumble.
I am always a fan of a fruity black tea blend, but it’s going to be extra in the summer months. Has anyone tried anything fruity and delicious I should check out?
Do you have those weeks where you don’t want to drink favorites? That is this week- it’s a busy one, and I’m alone in the office this week, and my attention span for things is shorter than that of something with a very limited attention span. Also my ability to compose metaphor is shot.
So, onto this blend, which is serviceable, but not beloved. Hitting just the right note for this week.
Ooof. Did they sneak extra days into this week, or is it just me?
Lots and lots going on at work, in various hobbies, and just in general. I feel as if I’ve been running since last week, with no breaks, and this week will be no exception.
When I have that sort of week, I like to sit with a classic stand by tea, and so I pulled out the Paris. I can reliably enjoy it at all times, without having to think about it too hard.
Yes, a perfect week for Paris.
Tea of my morning!
You know, I’m not entirely sure why I bought this. Apricots, in any form, are not really my favorite. I don’t hate them, but if given options, it would be highly unusual for me to pick something apricot.
But every once in a while, apparently, I see something apricot and I am interested.
I picked this up the last time I was in the Tea Cozy shop (which is such a lovely shop, run by lovely people!), and I surprised myself by requesting some of this.
I don’t regret buying this, but it’s not destined to become a favorite or a cupboard staple, but there is nothing wrong with it.
I find it actually more buttery than apricot-y, a bit less fresh on the palate than I expected, but not unpleasant at all.
The weather is getting warmer, so I stocked up, and then promptly drank all of, some fruity black teas. Now I’ll need to restock!
I’m not 100% sure that I’ll restock this in the next tea order, but I do like it. The trouble is I have fruity blends from Harney that I like better (Tower of London, Paris, Capri…)
But it still has a nice balance of flavors, and I enjoyed this tin.
I never can entirely make up my mind about this one, but as it’s made it into my cupboard more than once, I feel like I should just admit it has it’s place with me.
A friend made me a bunch of dehydrated citrus slices, especially for putting into tea, so I tried one here. It was just a little too tarte, so the lemon slices will be saved for something else.
So, apparently, when my world is full of stress, I stop logging. I don’t stop drinking tea, of course, but I’ve been an absentee Steepster member.
Well, Evol Ving Ness posted a kind word, and summoned me back from beyond the veil. It was just the invitation I needed.
I had a tin of this that I’ve been drinking all week, and today was the last cup of this particular tin.
Oh, I am so happy to be back! I have to do a serious update on the cupboard, and I"m ready to write so many more notes!
I’ve missed you all.