599 Tasting Notes
Backlog from Friday -
Considering I have been mostly avoiding bergamot for a while because I lost my taste for it, I was a bit surprised that I liked this so much. It isn’t overwhelming, a nice balance and a very very nice base tea.
I actually really enjoyed it and was sad over the weekend when I couldn’t have more because I was craving it. This is actually really good earl grey and I am sad that it’s an archived blend. Hopefully it will come back at some point.
Backlog because Steepster wasn’t cooperating on Friday -
Still enjoying this tea, though this is the last of it. Posted a list of my work desk teas and apt in the chatroom picked this one out for me when I was being indecisive. Good choice. The honey is definitely still present in the smell, quite nice, and the taste is mostly okay, but for an old bagged tea, I can’t complain too much.
Enjoying this tea again tonight though it is possible that my tastebuds are even more sensitive than normal today for some reason. Since I’m normally on supertaster level, this isn’t really a good thing. Especially since I taste things really strongly but I’m not good at identifying what I am tasting if I’m not very familiar with it in other contexts.
In this case, I still enjoy this tea but it tastes very ‘dark’ tonight, with a bit of an unpleasant aftertaste. It’s not quite perfect and definitely not my preference for vanilla tea, which is normally my favourite type of tea. Ah, well. This is a sipdown anyway.
ETA: second cup of the pot, added granulated sugar instead of rock sugar (because I was lazy and didn’t want to wait for it to melt) and more milk and it came out really much tastier. Very tasty actually. Much better. Now I’m sad that it’s a sipdown :(
Stayed home from work today because combination PMS nastiness and headache of doom. Finally worked up the nerve for some tea later in the day (was afraid of nausea) and having finally set up my computer at home and hanging out at the Steepster Chat, decided I should really make some. I haven’t made real tea at home in months. Kitchen is still atrociously disorganized and in some places dirty but the Breville is sparklingly clean after it’s bath with the specialized cleaner stuff. Hardly any stain at all and I finally got the bleachy smell to go away.
So, on with the tea. I think I may have overleafed it this time. I didn’t record how much tea I put in the last time I drank it, but I seemed to have liked it much better than I did today. It is still sweet and pleasantly toasty but the thing about green teas that I don’t like, not quite bitterness but close, was really strong, especially in the second cup. I should only try 1 tsp per 8 oz next time please, self. I think that would be more pleasant.
I did enjoy quite a bit of kitty cuddles from 3 of my 5 kitties while hanging out on the couch. And now it is time to call my mother.
Flavors: Berry, Rice, Toasty
Drinking this again and I am far far too tired to be really interacting with Steepster, as I discovered about 5 minutes ago when a response to a comment I made almost made me cry for no reason.
This tea is quite malty but I’m not enjoying it as much as I apparently did last time because there’s a definite bitterness that sweeps in on the aftertaste. I’ll try again with the second steep tomorrow morning and then thankfully it is the weekend and I can die on my bed on Saturday.
Found more of this. I’m not sure I can properly make an unbiased tea note toward this tea because I’m resentful that I found more of it. I didn’t really measure properly when making it, just made the whole thing into one pot so this one had BETTER be a sip down. The hibiscus is a bit strong. Coconut is okay and not soapy, pineapple is present, otherwise I am very much not impressed. Yokotea has been a continual disappointment for me in terms of blends.
The bergamot in this today is just really not making me happy. Could be a couple of factors. This tea is old. I’ve really lost my taste for Earl Grey in general. I ruined my tastebuds this morning with a (delicious) marionberry greek yogurt. Possibly overleafed.
At any rate, not especially enjoying this today but it’s only one cup this time, not a pot because I hadn’t gone water gathering yet when I made it and soon it will be over and I can move on. Until next time, TARDIS blend. Until next time.
Surprisingly, for a Teavana tea, I actually like this one, for the most part. I thought for sure I had reviewed it before, but apparently not, or Steepster has eaten the review.
This is minty but I’m not picking up much chocolate. One of the other reviews I read suggested adding some hot chocolate and I think I might do that next time if I have any on hand. It was a bit disappointing otherwise.
In other news, I spent way too much time looking through posted teas on this site for spam tea. Found a surprising amount. Highlight was the escort girl spam. I’ve run through the first 500 pages of tea now. I’ll work on the rest later.
I will not be changing my rating because it’s my own fault, but this tea is old old old and has not aged well at all. If any of you other steepsterites still have some of this in stock, check it because mine has turned super gross.
The upfront taste is fine, if meh, but then I get an attack of BLECH face in the aftertaste so I’m tossing the rest of it, which makes me sad since I bought it at Ovation’s going out of business sale and I still have probably upwards of half a pound of it at home. Sad.
This is a sipdown and I am sad about it. This is probably on my RESTOCK FOREVER list, but I have too much tea right now so it’ll have to wait.
This tea is two years old, according to the label. It was produced 4/2012, though I don’t think I’ve had it that long. Surprisingly, it has aged really well. At least in taste.
When I was scooping the last of the tea out of my container (which is one of those Teavana with the fabric on them that are so pretty but so expensive), there was a lot of golden fuzz at the bottom. I was like ‘what is that?’ but it didn’t smell like mold at all, though it sort of had that appearance. Cameron on the tea chat referred to it as ‘Golden Yunnan fairy dust’ and I think she might be right because it hasn’t made the taste bad at all.
This is possibly sweeter than it was when I first tasted it, I think. This is an incredibly sweet and malty infusion. I didn’t measure all that well for how much went into the Breville because there was obviously only room for one more pot and then I shook most of the fairy dust over the trash out of the infuser but wow, this is a tasty pot of tea.
In other news, Alestorm is now my favourite band. Scottish Pirate Metal is awesome.