700 Tasting Notes
This tea is delightful, as always. I sent a few parcels across the pond, so I’m spreading the Japon love. This tea is really making it’s way around! I’m just sipping away at a resteep right now, where I mixed 1/2 tsp. of Cacao in to “revive” it a bit. It smells nothing short of amazing. Yep, the roasty toasty goodness of Japon with a hint of chocolate from the cacao.
In other news, I just did 40 minutes of yoga and completed my second day of a self-induced squat challenge. I have been feeling so crappy lately, just in general. I’m also constantly exhausted. I’m up early every day and I overloaded my courses this term, but I can’t stay awake later than 9/10pm. No matter what I do. That just doesn’t say “healthy” to me in my mid-twenties. To that end, I’ve told myself I’ll get up 45 minutes earlier each day and do a yoga session when it’s still dark and quiet in the house.
I decided on my Hobbit tea this morning. Along with oatmeal with maple syrup and fresh blueberries. Yum.
This tea is delightful, though I can’t drink it regularly. There’s something in the taste that doesn’t sit right after when I have a lot of it – like a syrupy quality. That sounds bizarre, but there it is. I do love it occasionally though.
I got absolutely nothing done yesterday. I mean nothing. What a disaster. So it’s productivity central here today. I’ve already read half a government report on the bycatch of seabirds and it’s only 8am. I am on it today.
I ordered this one as a sample size in my HI order.
I just opened the package, and it smells exactly like David’s Luscious Watermelon. Looking at the ingredients, I think it may just be exactly like it too. No problem though, since I loved that tea. I miss it in the summertime.
I could see most people enjoying this one cold, and you’re right, it is good cold. But I actually prefer it hot. The mix of ingredients is pretty bang-on watermelon-like. And watermelons are my favourite.
I could see ordering 50g. Plus, look how pretty the colour is!
I ordered a sample of this one in my Herbal Infusions order. I’m not huge on chais, but I’ve been working on coconut chais slowly. They are actually coming along quite well.
The water fizzed when I poured it in my mug to steep. Hehe. It definitely smells chai-like. With creaminess. I’m getting a bit obsessive over creaminess in my teas.
Holy crow. I may have oversteeped this because, hello astringency (1.5 tsp for 3 minutes), or perhaps boiling water wasn’t the answer. It’s still piping hot, so maybe I’ll take another sip in a few minutes when it’s had more of a chance to cool.
Also, I finally got to go pick up my ring after 2 weeks. Yay! While I was out I got 4 swaps/shares in the post. Hopefully you all enjoy your teas Aimee Popovacki, Angrboda, Roswell Strange, and VariaTEA!
Update: I dumped out that cup. No time for astringency! This time around I tried 1.25 tsp for 2.5 minutes at less than boiling.
This attempt is definitely less astringent. The coconut isn’t really present, perhaps only in a creaminess dimming the spicy chai-ness.
So there’s a chance here, that I didn’t let this one air out quite as long as I should have. I’m getting a creamy banana tea. Not that there’s anything wrong with that – I think we all learned yesterday how I feel about banana medicine (and now Bananas & Cream matcha!), but I have a sneaking suspicion this tea shouldn’t have the exact flavour banana as did the matcha.
Thank goodness Sil sent enough for more than one cup. I’ll have to try again later. :P
Alright you guys. This tea is awesome, but I want to comment on Herbal Infusions in general in this note. Feel free to skip right over if this doesn’t interest you. :)
My first order with HI a few months ago went over very smoothly. I placed the order, got the email confirmation, and a day or two later, got the shipping notification. The teas arrived within an appropriate amount of time. I was a happy camper.
I ordered again in late January and after ~2 weeks I still hadn’t received a shipping confirmation nor my teas in the mail. I spoke with a couple people here who mentioned similar problems. I emailed them and was provided with an explanation and the promise the teas would be shipped out the next day. I received my teas yesterday, so they were shipped out quickly after the email. From the date of the order to receiving the teas was near to a month, which irritated me slightly, but it wasn’t something I couldn’t get past. I weighed out my Cacao and SCC this morning because I found it strange 50g could fit in one bag, whereas before I had received 2 bags of 25g each. When I weighed each bag I found that the tea inside was ~40g rather than 50g. I emailed HI again, and I have to say, they were incredibly quick replying and explained that the tea had been being weighed at their cacao supplier versus with them, and they’ve now fixed it so that they weigh it with their own scale (they provided me with the scale accuracy) and that they would ship me a couple 25g bags of Cacao this afternoon.
I have to say, the order taking an age did bother me, however it was alleviated by the explanation they provided when I emailed about it. I was slightly irritated this morning as well when I discovered the tea weight was off, because who wouldn’t be? However, all in all, I have to say I’m happy with all the explanations provided in both instances, and the immediate response about the weight and offer to ship some Cacao off to me to make up for it.
Feel free to take what you want from this! Also, this tea is amazing! I have done an actual tasting note on it a short time ago, if you want to know about the tea itself haha.
This one was sent to me by Ysaurella. Thanks!
I did spy some rose petals, eep. Hopefully they won’t come across too strongly in the taste. I also treated myself to some stroopwafels, for no reason at all. My uncle is Dutch and he taught me to put the waffle over the top of your tea so the heat from the tea melts the sweet inside. So yummy!
Onto the tea! Oh no! The opening to my mug is evidently too big because I just took my stroopwafel off the top and half of it has fallen in! Well, the tea is guaranteed to be tasty now. I suppose when I finish this mug, I’ll have to make another sans stroopwafel to do an actual tasting note.
This one came my way from Sil. Thanks!
This one brews up like White Rhino, smells like White Rhino, and the initial sip is just like White Rhino. Excellent!
A short story from my morning. When I can both drop off and pick J up from work, I drive him. This morning was one of those days. I dragged myself out of bed at 6:05 and picked up the socks that someone left on the bedroom floor. I go to the bathroom, where the hamper is, and promptly opened the toilet and dropped them in. It took a second to realize even what had happened. This is exactly why you shouldn’t have to drag yourself out of bed at ungodly hours of the morning to drive your other half to work.
I hope everyone has a great Wednesday!
This one came in my Herbal Infusions order today.
The scent is pretty awesome. Warm creamiscle. I have to say the taste is more orange than cream. I wish there was more of a cream aspect to it because I adore creamy teas. My package of this specially says “Orange Lapacho/Vanilla”, but I’m not so sure I’m getting vanilla. I’ll update as I sip away.
On the upside, this lapacho type of tea is great! When I saw a comparison to rooibos/honeybush I was slightly concerned since I generally don’t play nicely with those, but there’s no bizarre medicinal taste here. Yay, lapacho!
P.S. Maybe orange is the flavour that works with these teas that I can get on board with? I loved L’Autome with orange and rooibos, and I’m enjoying this one with orange and lapacho. Hmm.
This smells exactly like banana medicine. The best scent in the world. And one of the best tastes. OMG. Even if this one doesn’t taste to my liking, there’s a very good chance I’ll buy it just to keep around to huff
occasionally all the time.
Thanks Sil for adding this delightfully scented treat to our swap. :)
I warmed milk in the microwave (thanks to Stephanie for this tip), then proceeded to dump in 1.2 tsp. of matcha and use my frother (and thanks to a tasting note from someone I can’t recall eep, for reminding me I have one of these bad boys) to mix it up. Probably not the best matcha protocol, but there you have it.
The scent is intoxicating. Intoxicating. More to come on the taste!
Ahh yes. Banana creamy milk. I’m tempted to use more matcha next time. I poured about half my mug full of milk and the flavour is definitely there, but it couldn’t hurt to try and coax a stronger banana-ness.
This one was distinctive flavouring.