1108 Tasting Notes
Today was a day full of caffeine, courtesy of Kashmiri Chai. I wanted more tea and unfortunately, all the ones I wanted to drink were caffeinated. Sad moment in tea world.
Since I was already buzzing, having more caffeine was out.
Perfect choice. The honeybush base is lovely fit here. It seems to lend itself to the dense baked good muffin concept. Natural blueberry followed by the hint of icing sugar drizzle. Nicely executed blend.
Drinking this like a boss. One reason for this is that it is a rare occasion that I happen to have cream handy, and chai is especially nice with cream.The predominant flavours are cardamom and the hefty black base. This particular cup has a good bit of mint in the after sip which blends in nicely with all else. Refreshing. The first time I am noticing its presence.
In addition to the life stuff of the past few days, it’s been a bit of a challenge to get a decent night’s sleep here in my world. Last night, baby began shrieking at about 3 am. I am guessing that this wasn’t the first time baby woke me last night as it was impossible for me to get back to sleep after being awoken. And so I dozed lightly. At 6 am, the questionable neighbour on the other side, rumbled her garbage carts out over the bumpy brick covered with even bumpier ice. A 7, her tenant’s cellphone went off as he walked past my bed. And baby started up again at about 6 or so as well. And yeah.
Drank more of this as the day went on. One needs a punchy cardamon tea for days like this. I drank it with cream and had a vanilla macaroon alongside. And then an almond cranberry cookie too.
The past couple of days have been exceptionally difficult, but I have been most fortunate in having encountered many many kindnesses which have done so much in terms of softening the hard edges of challenges. Little things, people. Gentleness, well-intentioned things from kind hearts.
Anyway, cliche or not, such things need to be said to remind that the smallest things, that require very little effort on our part, can make a significant impact on a person who is struggling.
And tea. The frisky cardamomed Keemun, with various spices, continues.
Magnificent. Just magnificent. Lovely play of caramel and pecan against the killer base.
I turned everything upside down after today’s hint that the pecans might be on their way to the dark side. But nope, not here. All the gloriousness remains intact. I blame the deep chill that we endure in this part of the planet. There must be a bright side.
If Liquid Proust decided to make an occasional comeback into tea blending, I’d like to see this in his repertoire.
Yes, very similar to the DTs one, but this seems to me to have more vanilla cream going on, almost that of a good milk oolong. Here, the bergamot is toned down too, which is another plus. I truly dislike bergamot screeching harshly in my cup. I may prefer this over the DTs version .
And as the cup cools, I can see this blend growing on me.
Suspect that it will be over the top delicious with milk or cream.
When I moved here, this was a residential neighbourhood with low rise small businesses and familiar faces. Condo world has moved in and land is being bought up and buildings gutted. I hear fresh construction and new excavation equipment hammering away at the ground next door. Now what, now what. Ugh.