556 Tasting Notes
Made this as an iced tea through the cold steep method at work yesterday (and then realized I’d forgotten to bring in anything to drink it in, iced tea in a mug doesn’t really work). So I’m trying it today. I didn’t sweeten the entire liter because I’m trying to get some of my co-workers a little more into tea but sweetening my travel mug was an interesting experience. The granulated sugar here doesn’t have a spoon so it was sort of a ‘pour a little and shake and taste and repeat until satisfied’ thing so I’ll probably end up with a different amount of sweetener in each cup of this unless I give in and sweeten the rest of it in the jug.
I’m not completely happy with this as an iced tea but I don’t know how much of that is that this tea is super old and I should really just throw it out or something but I created it and it’s got my poor deceased kitty Gizmo on the label and I can’t seem to do that. So I keep drinking it. The hazelnut makes this nutty and toasty but the sub-optimum old Adagio black tea makes this just meh.
Flavors: Caramel, Hazelnut
Unlike the only other commenter here, I steeped this…closer to the directions. I steeped it for a minute rather than 30 seconds at 205 degrees and I have to say that I’m not getting much other than the tea itself. The additional ingredients aren’t making much of an impact with that short of a steeping time, though the tieguanyin itself is quite nice. A bit roasty and sweet. Next time (next steep?) I’ll try to remember to steep this for a bit longer. Right now it’s giving me a headache because I haven’t eaten anything yet today (darn you oolong effect!)
Second steep (the next day) – done at boiling (thanks Dinosara) and 4 minutes. I can taste more now, a tiny bit of citrus and what I think is the sarsaparilla. Which I apparently have been pronouncing wrong forever. The vanilla is very faint, if it’s there at all, it’s hard for me to tell. And I don’t know what birch is supposed to taste like.
Overall, I think I like the plain tieguanyin better.
I actually quite enjoyed this today. Perhaps it’s because I drank it at room temperature. I don’t think I sweetened it any more than usual. Or perhaps I did? Hard to say, it is quite sweet which overwhelmed the hibiscus sourness. However I haven’t eaten anything in hours and hours so I’m not primed for sweetness like usual. \
In other news, I just volunteered myself for weekend work with some of the most tedious boring stuff available to me as an engineer. On the other hand, money and it’s at my normal worksite so all my tea will be there too.
Flavors: Citrus, Orange
I think this one is getting really old. I know I haven’t kept it like I should so I should probably be happy that it’s kept as much flavour as it has. This has lived at my desk for the last….year. Yup. Long overdue for being drunk up.
So I’m trying to get back into matcha. Harder to do at work now. The cafeteria and break room are a lot farther away for milk and I don’t have a whole lot of access to ice. I’m trying though. I put some tea (not matcha) into an iced tea maker to cold steep in a work fridge so I’ll see that for tomorrow.
As for the boysenberry matcha…meh.
I’m not dead!
This tea is the first tea I’ve had in many months. It is not really the best thing to start out with, since it’s fairly low-quality for a vanilla tea and requires some persnickety temp/time to get it not bitter for me. As it turns out somewhat bitter in this case.
I thought I’d reviewed it before but I can’t find my own tasting note. At any rate, I have maybe one pot of this left and I won’t be replacing it.
In other news, my health crisis is pretty over. I’ve changed job sites for 6 months to a year and Things. I’ll be catching up with stuff over the next week or so. Apologies to those I’ve let down. I should really know better than to make any promises to anyone by now.
Nice nice nice. After and still being very sick (and still sorry to the people who are supposed to be getting tea from me), I’m making tea for the first time in days and it had to be this one, something sweet and light and delicious.
I have a headache again so I can’t appreciate it fully but I’m managing to forget it sometimes between this wonderful white coconut tea an the Sherlock fanfiction series that I’m deeply invested in.
Herbal Cranberry Orange – Davidson’s – 2/11/2014
This is a very pretty blend but as I opened up the bag to spoon some into my Finium brew basket, I caught the definite scent of rooibos, which I hadn’t guessed was in this blend. Also hibiscus, which I’m not all that fond of. The tartness is too much sometimes. Most of the time. Such an awful filler ingredient.
I put a bit of sweetener in because that tends to tame the hibiscus a little bit. The dripping liquid from the brew basket looks red but I can’t tell because my cup is black on the inside and outside. I should really get a glass mug for work but I haven’t found one that’s 16-18oz that I like. Not that I’ve looked very hard.
Drinking this…definitely the tartness of the hibiscus right up front, scratchiness in the throat from the rooibos that I can feel but not exactly taste, and the slightly different tartness of the cranberry and every so slight bit of orange in the middle and the chamomile comes out right at the end of the sip and in the aftertaste. I could have identified the chamomile with my eyes closed because that flavour is so distinctive. Mostly this tastes like hibiscus-y fruit juice with a chamomile aftertaste. Not something I’ve ever looked for but it’s nice enough. I would drink it again if offered and I wouldn’t even make the yuck face.
You guys, I am so so so tired. My cold is making my brain fog and it’s taken me an hour to write this note. I’m getting minimal work done at work and there’s 5 hours left (I suppose to get more work done, we’ll see). I’m stuck with a mystery problem in my data file in a why will you do this when you won’t do this that’s almost exactly the same kind of problem. Frustrating.
This is my 500th tasting note.
Tropical Eyebrows – 52teas – 2/10/2014
Well it certainly smells tropical. The smell from the steeping cup is definitely fruity, though when I put my nose closer to the cup I can pick up a faint green tea scent.
This is actually pretty good. I’m not drinking it very hot because I have trouble doing that. The green is quite grassy and the fruit is very generically tropical though I couldn’t say anything more than that. I am getting a faint flavour in the background that seriously reminds me of hotdogs though I’m sure there aren’t any hotdog-like ingredients in here. It really gets strong in the aftertaste.
I can’t say I ever want to drink this again, but I’m glad I tried it.
I’ve finally managed to think through the fog in my head to get some actual work done. (Not entirely fair, I had a lot of work conversations this morning but they were not useful towards meeting this deadline).
Mind Boost Mint – Steap Shoppe – 2/10/2014
Took a break from tea for the weekend because of a vague cold-like thing that I still have but now I’m at work and I need tea. I made this without looking at the ingredients first (stupid me) and have just now realized that this has stevia in it so I’m now not expecting much. Otherwise, we’ll see. I like mint.
Well, it is a little overly sweet and the stevia taste is bleh but it’s mostly pleasing on the first sip. The mint is somewhat subdued to me by the other flavours. I think I’m picking up what must be gingko biloba but I’m not sure, never having tasted that separately before. There’s a certain earthiness that I’m not familiar with in here.
I imagine my taste buds are sort of dulled from my sort of cold and my mind is dull from the cold and lack of sleep and the aftermath of an adrenalin rush from my car accident last night (my fault, stupid mistake). I wish I didn’t have a headache.