518 Tasting Notes
I should have written this note earlier when I was drinking the cup of tea from this pot that actually tasted pleasant. I made this with more tea than I think I usually do since this is my first brew with a pot than a portable steeper, I think. Hard to say. Anyway.
The first cup tasted good. Sweet and light though it was a little overwhelmed by my lunch. I polled the Steepster chat and that was the best suggestion offered for a tuna fish sandwich tea pairing. Wasn’t horrible.
Second cup is after I had to go to a psychologist appointment (reason why later) and a meeting and I re-heated it in the microwave and blech, this is bad. I have one cup left and I think I’ll just drink that cold.
So yeah. One of my co-workers was murdered last night. What the fuck is wrong with people?
Sitting at work at 8pm, staring at the Steepster Explore tab. Exciting.
I haven’t yet mustered up the motivation to walk to my far-away car since I’m in the overflow parking lot today and I don’t enjoy walking that far and over gravel in 3-inch heels. Bah.
This tea today, I overleafed it a bit, I think. I made it for the first time in a mug with my finium brewer and mis-judged how much leaf per water ratio. I usually make it in the pot but I didn’t have that much water because the filtered water is all the way on the other side of the building, and like my car, I didn’t want to walk that far today. This is still good, just a little bit…much.
Made a pot (5 cups) of this at work to spread around. Both it and the second steep of it were drunk by quite a few people around. At least 5, not including me.
Everyone thought this was quite nice. One person told me it tasted like spinach from a can (and that she liked spinach from a can, so that was okay). It tasted a bit like that to me and also soybeans.
I did enjoy this tea, but it’s been a very very long day and I am ready to be done with the world. Done done done. So very done.
Flavors: Soybean, Spinach
This is so very blah. It’s not nearly fruity enough to sate any berry cravings and it’s got kind of a meh aftertaste. It’s also old so that might be contributing. Not enjoying but this was kind of a sipdown. I’ve finished the big packet at work with this pot (one cup left in the pot, half of my mug still left to go). Reading my previous tasting note, I have 2 more small packets at home, so I can’t mark this as gone quite yet.
So I’ll preface this with the good news. My Indian (as in from India) cube neighbour shares most of my workday teas these days and he liked this one a lot. He’ll probably be getting the balance of this once I finish this pot, if I can’t foist the rest of the pot off on him also.
For me, well, I haven’t even tasted it yet but it’s brewed too hot to drink and when I smell the tea liquor, it makes my too-spicy senses tingle without even touching my tongue. Like the back of my throat is on fire. So I don’t have high expectations of this myself.
I did add some sugar because I find that sometimes that makes the cinnamon a bit more palatable for me. I can occasionally eat cinnamon rolls after all. (Not sure anything makes ginger palatable for me).
This is…sweeter than I expected, even with the added sugar. And the licorice…well. I can never really tell with licorice because I don’t hate the flavour itself but every time I drink a tea with a strong licorice flavour, I can’t suppress the shudder that goes down my spine. I’m really not sure what causes it. The ginger and cinnamon aren’t too strong but they’re definitely there, making this tea experience one to be endured rather than enjoyed. If there’s vanilla in here, I can’t tell. I can’t even really taste the lemon. It’s spicy licorice all the way.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger, Licorice
I wasn’t in the mood for anything complicated as my last tea of the night and after I’ve finished spending the day deconstructing binders. Busted up my fingers of my dominant hand enough that they’re so sore it’s actually painful to use my phone touchscreen. Bah. Hopefully they’ll heal soon.
This tea is getting old but still good. It’s nicely malty and nicely smooth. I’m coming to the end of what I have of this, one or two more servings (pot-size). I’ve enjoyed this but it’s time to move on. I’ll consider getting it again if I ever pare my hoard down to the point of seeking out tea to buy and needing a Yunnan Dian Hong.
This tea is getting me through this working Saturday. I’m not like Sil, this is voluntary overtime, but that doesn’t make it any less sweaty work since I’m used to sitting at a desk to do my work and all day today I’ve been deconstructing binders full of stuff. About 100 left to do before I can go home.
This tea is back to what I remember it being the first time I drank it. It is chock full of almonds and vanilla beans and it’s smooth and sweet with no astringency or bitterness.