279 Tasting Notes
Oh my, this is good.
I got my cupboard inventoried, and everything is in my Steepster cupboard now except one Verdant pu-erh sample that doesn’t have a database entry.
I didn’t want more of the iced tea, so I decided a little pick-me-up was in order. Went with Euphoria since the idea of something chocolate-y appealed.
I steeped it in my ingenuiTea since I didn’t want the bits floating through one of my screen infusers. It worked well. Decided to try it with half&half since the last mate I tried didn’t really impress me without cream and sweetening. Added some half & half and Splenda to a mug, whipped it with my frother and decanted the mate into it.
Some people who reviewed it said the orange is more prevalent, but I think it’s really nicely balanced with the half & half – that brings the chocolate out. It’s like a good quality milk chocolate bar with orange flavoring. Reminds me a lot of a nice hot cocoa, but without cocoa’s thickness. Cocoa is always a little too thick to me. It’s a mouthfeel thing.
I definitely like this enough to drink the rest of the sample tin.
The instructions on the tin say to bring to just below a rolling boil, which seems too hot for a white and green blend to me. So I watched my kettle like a hawk til it got to about 186 and then snatched it off the base and poured.
Turned out pretty good sweetened with some Splenda and then iced down.
I am drinking it while I update my tea inventory here on Steepster since it seems to have gotten waaaaay off. Buy Nothing Summer is over, and it’s time to plan for some new tea purchases :) But I want to make sure I know what I have and try to drink some of the more ignored stuff first – like this tea!
/george takei voice: Oh my!
I have been trying goat milk in my tea this week, and haven’t really found it as good as my old stand-by, half & half. Until now. Usually, there’s this tart aftertaste that says “I’m goat milk!” that wasn’t playing well with my teas to me.
Decided I wanted chai this morning. Set up my little white teapot and started working (today’s my work-from-home day) and then started working and forgot about it for a bit. Once I remembered, I ran downstairs and frothed up a little splenda and the goat milk, poured the tea in and WOW! That’s nice. The chai slaps the goat around a little, and it blends all in with the spices and everyone sings a happy little tune.
So the goat milk seems to just need something a little more intense to stand up to it. Good to know! I don’t know that I’ll make goat milk a regular part of my tea routine, but it’s fun to try things out.
Well, after quite some time and a lot of use, I threw this cup away yesterday.
The plastic absorbed the jasmine scent, and started releasing a plastic scent, so everything in the cup smelled and tasted like plastic jasmine.
I’ll miss it, it was about the perfect size and shape and form, but I am leery of heating plastic these days anyway. I brought my glass double-wall bottle from Adagio (the activiTEA) to work to replace it, we will see how we get along. It’s almost too skinny – I don’t like it when I can’t really comfortably get my hand in a glass to clean it thoroughly.