155 Tasting Notes
2nd cup of the morning, My Morning Mate was first but I drink it every morning so I’m not going to log it.
I drank this when I got back to my office after running a couple kitties to the vet for the Humane Society. It was a mama kitty and her baby!! Trina was the mama 1.5 years old and Trixie was her baby, 9 months old. They were fluffy little black kitties with white chest, paws, and nose. I wanted to keep them and snuggle them all day. At least I get to see them again this afternoon when I pick them up from the doctor!
It’s technically a holiday but since I’m not salaried I had the option to come in today and not use my time off. SO here I am!! Drinking tea, singing, and just doing online job searches (I work as an employment counselor, so this counts as direct service :p).
This was my 3rd cup today, as always, LOVE it. You can read the other tasting notes for it, I just wanted to log that I drank it.
Sunday sample Sipdown #3
Ok backlogging this. I’ve had this sample for a while and just tried it for the first time yesterday. I didn’t really get much of a chocolate flavor, then again white chocolate doesn’t taste very chocolaty. I guess I would say it was a bit creamy and slightly slightly sweet with a nice strong black base. I wouldn’t stock it as one of my main dessert teas but for people who like a little flavor but not a BAM dessert tea like Della Terra type teas, this would probably be really nice.
I didn’t love it enough to purchase it, but I will definitely finish the sample.
Sunday sample Sipdown #2
This was actually more delicious than I expected!! I had tried the sample once before and I remember it being fairly astringent and bitter. This time around I realized that it was just because the quality of the black tea base was pretty great. It is definitely strawberry, from the second you smell it to the linger of the sip. Not overpoweringly fruity but a really nice touch of sweetness.
Sunday Sample Sipdown! Thanks to Rachel for this one! I’m just going to log the teas I drink today and review them tomorrow at work since I only have the internet on my phone at home.
My first Lapsang Souchong ever! I actually really liked the fire smokeyness in this tea. I couldn’t quite taste the pumpkin spice or caramel, but I think it’s because I was paying closer attention to the smokey flavor in the tea. Like a chickory almost. I’ll have to try it again soon and see if I can get any of those flavors in a note.
I had this at a local restaurant as an appetizer recently and I was surprised (pleasantly) by it. I do love ginger tea, but this is a sweet and spicy one, not just the spice. I often drink it to settle my stomach or to help digest after meals but the sweetness of this really made it feel like a treat before my meal. I wouldn’t buy it I don’t think, but I’m really into loose teas over bagged teas, however I would certainly order it again!
Sipping this sweetie while I impatiently wait for Della Terra to release their 5 new teas around 1pm!! I’ve only had this tea once before, and I’m going to let it cool before I really sip. The smell is a sweet tarty delicious candy land with cream on top!
What I truly love about this tea is that it isn’t all flavor, I’m beginning to appreciate that more and more as I drink tea as my main beverage. I can taste the quality of the black tea and that’s what really makes this such an enjoyable cup. I love dessert teas, but most of all I love teas.
On a kind of separate note; my dad came to visit Rick and I last weekend and took us out to dinner. I’m working on conditioning for 3 half marathons this year and I’ve sober since July with the help of tea. I was so angry when the butter soaked bread came out and I took a bite of Rick’s. Then he suggested I ask for a cup of hot tea to keep me occupied and BAM, my mind was off the bread and I wasn’t craving wine. It was a simple Pukka Three Ginger tea but it held me over and kept me strong. Tea helps keep me strong, how awesome is that? I love that.
Thank you QueenofTarts for this swap!! Though I am slower getting my swap out, I was so excited to get this in the mail last night. I tried it immediately, while my boyfriend Rick looked at the package and said “Is this a real thing? Gooey butter cake? Why haven’t I ever eaten this?!”. I’ve never had it either but I did love the tea.
While I didn’t relate it quite to cake, I definitely got kind of a fresh lemon shortcake flavor out of it. The first time I tried Frank’s teas I wasn’t sure because the flavor of the black tea is strong, but now that I’ve tried a few of his and my tastes have adapted, I LOVE LOVE LOVE that you can taste the quality of the actual tea and not just the flavors in this! This is a delicious tea, something that I would love to have in the afternoon with friends or on my own to just recenter my mind. I can’t wait for another cup!
In my attempt to branch out into some oolongs, I discovered this beauty on my shelf! Who knew?! So to me, since I am not an oolong expect or even novice at any rate, I think it tastes a lot like the Jasmine Gold Dragon tea. It doesn’t have the sharpness of a green tea but it has the floral flavor, which to me is delicate and simple. I’m a big flavored tea fan, so this is a great step into oolongs.
I’m going to need to look up in the discussions some more information about oolongs and do some research because I feel that I don’t fully appreciate the flavor and fullness of this cup. I think oolongs are supposed to be fresh and beautiful and I feel very under knowledged about them. Wisdom welcome!
This was my first matcha experience and I don’t know if I can live without it now! I tried it a few ways; mixed with hot water, shaken up in a cold water bottle, and in a smoothie. I loved it in the cold water and the smoothie the best. In cold water it was like a grassy earthy yet sort of rich and thick drink that was nice to keep on my desk throughout the day. As a smoothie I added a teaspoon to almond milk and mixed fruit and it added a SLIGHT grassy earthiness, but mostly a freshness that enhanced the flavor of my drink.
The flavor of this matcha truly shows it’s quality, it is fresh and crisp. I ordered the basic grade of flavoring so I didn’t have a ton of the flavor that people say comes with the robust setting. However, this was a great way for me to try matcha for the first time, I could really tell what the taste of the tea was like without too much added extra.
This is an amazing way to get your antioxidants, speed up your metabolism before a workout, or simply to enjoy a strong fresh green tea at its most natural and pure form. You can buy your own here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/english-toffee-matcha.html and I highly recommend you do so!!