May 26, 2009

I’ve been busy with the art festival season starting up again, but the garden is enjoying its spring growing spurt, I’ve been cooking yummy things, and just received a new shipment of tea from Upton. All of this means I haven’t been reading marketing research articles– I’ll save that for the cold months, unless something truly fascinating comes up (I just did a pass through the journals yesterday, and this month, nothing fascinating has).

So for the time being, a report on the tea in my latest order, which contained my current favorite breakfast tea, Assam Koilamari (which I had just run out of this morning, with the result that I had only had one cup and was just able to summon the energy to drag myself to the mailbox to retrieve the life-restoring shipment).  Also Moroccan Mint tea, a long-time favorite of mine for iced tea, and a sample of Tung-Ting Milky Oolong, which I’m drinking as I type– a very nice cup, but I have to say I don’t taste the creaminess alluded to in its name.  Just the same sort of sweet green flavor I associate with jade oolongs. Perhaps a side-by-side taste test is called for.

Also in the shipment was Special Grade Temple of Heaven Gunpowder (purchased to blend with my own homegrown mints), Earl Grey Creme Vanilla, Orange Spice Imperial, and a complimentary sample of Kandy Ceylon BOP, recommended for iced tea.  Haven’t sampled these yet, and will try not to do so all in one day (would be a lot of tea-drinking even for me).