2342 Tasting Notes
Because (a) Turmeric is the first noted ingredient and (b) I got called away and left this on my desk considerably longer than intended, I expected it to burn my throat. Not so—it’s pleasantly peachy, and any bitterness from the moringa has been beaten into submission by the fruit flavor. I like it and will save a little to try iced…spring is coming, right?
Had my musical characters mixed up—as I was steeping Herr Drosselmeyer this morning, I was actually envisioning smarmy “Uncle” Max Detweiler from The Sound of Music and thinking that this Darjeeling-heavy, wine-before-breakfast blend suited him nicely.
It definitely leads with the grape, but there is enough Assam to add a good, strong bass line and get your eyes open. Genießen Sie noch heute Ihren Tee.
Prowling through the Everlasting Gobstopper of Tea Treat Boxes (don’t you love tea friends?), a packet of Jade Needle caught my eye, partially because of the eye-catching package—funky art, a sleeping cat sketch, and a wax seal; but mostly because of the steeping parameters. Green tea that invites abuse at 203 degrees and 4-6 minutes!
So I abused it at a good round 5 minutes and the results were pretty spectacular, considering green teas are generally on my B+ list. I can’t quite place the scent of the steeped leaves—simultaneously sharp and sweet. But the flavor is gentle and nutty—-pistachios dusted with a little brown sugar. Absolutely delicious, even the dregs I let get cold.
Pleasant things about waking up at 5:30 a.m. on a Sunday:
a) Mork and Mindy on Antenna TV
b) Not having to hurry
c) Time to ponder over a cup of East Frisian, which has been on my tea bucket list for a long while. Bucket filled, courtesy of ashmanra :)
This is hefty, beefy, and malty and I think I’m in love. Dark rye or pumpernickel with a little brown sugary uptick on the tip of your tongue, and the uptick is upgraded by a little bit of milk. It smells heavenly—I think that’s the Darjeeling talking. Delicious to wake up with.
Had it not been for the lovely and talented Nichole, I wouldn’t know about Wise Ape Tea. I do now. I don’t know that Blueberry Time Machine added any time to a busy day of household drudgery, but it was a nice little refresher between chores. The berry flavor was authentic without being tart and the green tea/moringa just added a little crispness. Nice!
Oops. I just plain forgot I had some left. This was luscious when it was new; now that it has aged and I fished all the fruity chunks out of it for previous cups, it’s just faintly fruity. Not “off” or unpleasant; it will do for office tea. I’ll just have to remember it fondly, as it has dropped off Savoy Tea’s current product listing.
After last week, I am need of all things spring. Pink. Blue sky. Normal clothing instead of polar bear wear. Flowers. Bunnies. Confetti. Lilacs.
Therefore, a light and fruity tea was in order yesterday as I enjoyed a little silence after a rowdy afternoon helping supervise a 14-kid service project.
The picture on the TeaMaze website is an accurate representation. Big hunks of dried cherry and pineapple. An as-prescribed steep of 4 minutes gets you a cup of light, sweet, fruity sunshine. The lemongrass brightens the mix without making it tart. TeaMaze’s description references “tangy” twice, but I think that’s a little overstated. All the same, it was a very pleasant change of pace on a mild but muddy afternoon.
Some of you were still having pretend tea parties with your Furbies when I first reviewed Tea Forte’s English Breakfast, but at the time, I was very complimentary of it. Trying it again after a 10-year-break, I still have nice things to say about it. A good and beefy Assam with some brown sugar and raisin notes. Simple and sufficient.