696 Tasting Notes
I’ve been a bit off since I got back from my visit home, and I’m really over it. Tonight I threw all caution to the winds and decided to brew up Brioche.
Surprisingly, this tea is hitting the spot. The flavours are coming together in a great way to make this the delicious tea I enjoy.
P.S. One of my genetics profs sent out an email offering free tickets to whoever could tell him about a certain biologist that will be speaking at a conference tomorrow evening and I won the tickets to see him. Thrilled!
This tea smells caramel-like when dry, and there is a somewhat caramel flavour there steeped too. Caramel, yet cookie. I’ve had to finangle with all the steeping parameters to finally get a cup I’m nearly fully enjoying though.
This cup had 2.8g of dry tea/14 oz. of just under boiling water. Not actually 205 degrees, I only waited a few moments until the majority of steam was gone from the open kettle. Then a quick steep of 2.5 minutes.
I’m finding I want just a little bit more of something. Maybe adding milk would bring something out, though I’m not one for adding milk. Maybe my next cup I’ll be brave enough.
I whipped this one up this morning, then nearly forgot about it as I cleaned the house. However, it had cooled to just the right temperature by the time I remembered.
This one is tasty, but I don’t think I need it permanently. With each sip, I just want TWMB instead. I’m getting a great bready taste, but not enough of the honey-like sweetness I love.
I made this one quickly when I was home and it didn’t turn as well as it could’ve, so now that I’m back across the country, I’m trying again.
This steep was much better. All the elements are subtle, yet apparent. The espresso is not overwhelming, which was my main concern. And the strawberry and dark chocolate are evenly taste-able with the espresso.
Definitely a tasty tea.
Well, J is across the country, and I don’t return until mid-week, so I’m enjoying my Lupicia teas with his mom. We began with Melon Oolong and have now moved onto Pineapple.
The pineapple tastes just as it smells, well, slightly more subtle. There is a buttery hint that’s borderline butterscotch. Quite fascinating. The pineapple isn’t artificial at all, which is lovely.
It’s taken me quite some time to get over my first disastrous pineapple oolong experience, and I’m happy to say this one went over much better.
The weather has cooled a bit at home now, and J flew back today, so it’s time for trying some of these new teas I’ve picked up in my travels.
First, I love that this steeps at boiling. Low maintenance for the win! The mango scent was very strong from the package, but mellowed out once steeped, thank goodness. The green oolong base is apparent, but not offensive. Green oolong is not my favourite, but I’m enjoying this cup of tea, and I could see myself perhaps replacing this oolong.
I didn’t even realize this one had rooibos until I went to record my note. Yes!
This one is pretty tasty, nothing I need to keep around, but my one cup is enjoyable. The chai like spices aren’t under- or overwhelming. There is a subtle hint of vanilla here too. Not at all what I was expecting from looking at the dry blend.
My word, this tea is delightful.
In other news, my brother called me tonight, which has not ever happened. He always texts, and rarely at that. I was less than impressed to hear that his girlfriend had given him an ultimatum over the new house he just bought. Thank goodness I’ll be home in a few short weeks.
But yes, I need this in my cupboard permanently methinks.