865 Tasting Notes
My chocolate for the day! Rich, creamy, CHOCOLATEY… slighty fruity. Can’t really taste the mint on top, but that’s ok cuz I’m not sure how mint and honeydew match…
My matcha came today! This is my 1st ceremonial grade matcha so, of course, I had to make koicha!:)
1tsp/40ml hot water.
Hmmm… I’ve never had the matcha stay in one glob like wet sand when I add the water before… I’ve never had to… but maybe I should have sifted it?
It takes a lot of whisking, but I think I finally have a coheasive mixture. It’s thick and GREEN! As soon as I take a sip I realize it’s not really mixed after all… the chunkyness is not cool- it almost makes me want to gag. Due to this matcha fail, I’m gonna hold of rating.
Back on 5/7 Rishi had a FB contest. All you had to do was comment on what tea you’d add to chocolate and why. The winners recieved a 4 piece tea ganache variety pack and a canister of tea (found out the tea was Jasmine Pearls). I was one of the winners! I can’t resist diving into these so here it goes. Should be interesting since I’ve never had anything Earl Grey before.
Hmmm… Obviously getting nice creamy chocolate covered in a chocolate shell. I’m also getting citrus. I think I’m getting bergamot, but it’s kinda hard since I have no clue what it tastes like. Not a fan of the raw leaf on top. All in all, VERY good!
TTB Tea #17:
Made this for dessert. I normally don’t drink herbal/fruit teas… especially bagged, but since I wasn’t gonna be stuck w/ a whole bag it was worth a shot. I’ve never had anything acai flavored before.
There are a lot of ingredients in this… which personally ticks me off. If it’s mixed berry, then call it that. And their soy in it… Huh?
Anyway the raw “leaf” smells like a fruity, licoricey cough medicine…
1 bag (2.29g)/6oz almost boiling water.
The liquor is VERY dark red. Almost black. The flavor is a mix of hot fruit juice, licorice, and medicine… blech.
TTB Tea #16:
I’m not a black tea person- especially bagged… but I know black tea is part of the tea culture in the UK and since this is named for one of the royal family, why not? I’m a sucker for novelty teas.
The liquor is a dull brown color… CRAP! forgot to weigh this. Sigh… Oh well… Slightly sweet smooth flavor. Quite pleasing for even the not black lover like myself. Paired nicely w/ lunch- chicken parmesean. Not sure I’d drink it not paired w/ some sort of food though.
Using leaves from last nite (1 heaping TB steeped for 6 min), added 6oz water and steeped for 7 min.
Dark, coffeish liquor. Slight spice. Not much chocolate… almost like a mocha flavored coffee.
Decided to make my own orange matcha today. 1/2tsp matcha and 75ml orange juice.
Now I normally don’t like cold matcha, but this is very good! Smooth, orangy, w/ a slight matcha flavor. I just wish the matcha would be a bit stronger.
Note to self: Matcha Screwdrivers. I even think the green olive garnish I like in them would go well w/ the matcha.
Well, it looks like it’s Maple Day! Decided to make a sugary maplely chai. 1/2 of this mixed w/ 1/2 Adagio’s Masala Chai + 1tsp sugar free maple syrup and 1TB creme brulee creamer. Quite sweet- couldn’t enjoy this every day. But today, it’s SOOO yummy!
1/2 TB MC chai and 1/2TB MC pu erh. I’m gonna blend the rest of my pu erh this way cuz the pu erh needs the chai spices and the chai needs bigger almond slices.
Tea steeped in 1c. water then added 1c. Fat Free Smart Balance milk and 2TB chocolate chip creme brulee creamer.
Mmmm… VERY chocolatey. VERY spicy. Lots of savory sugary flavor. VERY perfect.
I’m drinking this Koicha style not just for flavor today. It’s not unusual for me to wake up in a lot of back pain (it’s actually more unusual that I don’t), but instead of an intense ache that spreads over my entire back and down my arms today it came in the form of a single line of intense needle like jabbing pains along the back of my waist so I need lots of caffeine and L-theanine to deal w/ the pain.