I had (most of) a nice mug of Kotobuki this afternoon while Skyping with my dad. We just recently started practicing using Skype for our weekly chats, rather than just the phone, because he will be leaving the country in just under two weeks, and will be away for a month.
Lupicia says of Kotobuki:
Taiwanese oolong tea scented with French mirabelle plums. Sweet and fruity taste.
It was a pleasant and not too sweet tea, and though in the catalog pic it appears to have three different sorts of flower petals (rose, marigold, and something purple?), it does not come across as overly perfumed. Lately plums have come into season and I’ve gotten some in my produce box, and added them to my super duper juice in the mornings; this cup had the same sort of fresh plum flavor over a pleasant Oolong. It’s actually sort of the Oolong rendition of the Yume.
The mistake? I thought I had drunk it all up, and usually I’m not very fond of cold Oolong. But the last sip was waiting for me over an hour after I had gotten off the phone, while I was responding to emails and letting my haircolor set inside its plastic cap, and i gulped it down.
Wow! Sweet and refreshing! I was nto expecting such a crisp flavor. …So I might end up buying some Kotobuki to try as an iced tea, maybe even to cold steep like I did with the Grapefruit Green.
I ate my little wheel of Purple Haze in a sort of goofy fashion, because I wanted to eat cheese, crackers, and Tofurky slices, but I didn’t have the sort of crackers one generally uses for such things. You know, flat crackers?
So Cypress Grove says this about Purple Haze Chevre:
The unexpected marriage of lavender and wild fennel pollen distinguish Purple Hazeand make it utterly addictive.
They’re not wrong. Now, most foods and drinks with lavender in them are intriguing enough for me to try once (provided it’s not something I just don’t eat; lavender bacon is for someone else…or for nobody, perhaps), but I usually get squicked by the sort of autocannibalistic aspect of it. It’s not just other people who associate the strong smell of lavender with me; I do it, too. So it was a very happy thing to discover that, while the flavorings that the nice people at Cypress Grove roll their little wheel of goat cheese through are certainly detectable, they are by no means dominant over the tasty, tangy, creamy, crumbly goatiness of the cheese; and in fact, I would say that the fennel pollen is a stronger flavor than the lavender. In any case, it’s good stuff.
And it’s even good when you smear a bunch of Purple Haze down the middle of a slice of Hickory Smoked flavored Tofurky, then stick a series of Annie’s Snack Mix bunny crackers (or bunny or carrot pretzels) onto the chevre, then roll over the sides to make a weird little wrap-thing. It’s danged tasty. If a bit weird.