540 Tasting Notes
So this bloom seems much stronger than the last one I had. There are far more tart, fruity, and floral notes to enjoy and overall it is more, hmm, juicy. I think that this could be a really great tea if they had balanced it a bit more. Yes, it is beautiful. Yes, the white tea is there. But I guess it is that fine line between flavored teas being overly flavored and masking the awesomeness of their bases and the underwhelming flavor of weak blends that really makes a tea great. In this case, the white base is just okay. It tends to be a bit touchy with the temp. and it can be strong when compared to what it should be complimenting. Overall, decent blooming tea. I’m taking off some points because, while the first bloom was really wonderful, the others I’ve had were just not as good.
So I went straight from having some kind of stomach problem to having a cold. I hate that about school. But this tea and mint have really been getting me through the week. Both are powerful when it comes to relaxing me. I can also tend to get stress headaches and drinking lavender tea in general helps with that. I’m not sure if it is the herb itself, the smell, or just that I’m making tea, but I’ll take it. Today this smells a bit like raisins, sugar, lavender, and something I can’t quite pinpoint; maybe other floral notes. Beautiful either way.
edit I’m starting to think that the true value of this tea shines in that it could easily be steeped 3+ times. All 3 of my 16oz cups have been equally flavorful.
Wow, I haven’t logged this one in a really, really long time. The tea itself still tastes very fresh despite being so old. I have been feeling really terrible since yesterday and this is the first tea I’ve had in probably two days because I was worried about strong flavors. This is perfect for today though as I’m trying to get some more liquid in my system. It is minty, fresh, and very soothing.
I have to admit that I purchased a pretty large amount of this during the Teavana sale. It is now my husband’s very favorite tea. If I say I’m going to brew some he’ll sneak into the kitchen and add extra water so I’ll know he wants a cuppa too. I think that non-tea drinkers would really dislike this; mostly because of its thin viscosity (is that the right word?). It may taste really chocolaty, but the mouth feel just isn’t there. It is chocolate water and needs something more grounding. I wouldn’t be surprised if someone mixed this with a heavier black base to give it more umph. Overall really tasty and worth the price if you snagged it on sale.
So I realized today that I’ve been eating about 2/3rds of my meals meatless. O.O I’m pretty shocked because it has never exactly been a goal of mine, but I do feel better when I’m eating less of it. I have to say, I tried the new Morningstar Mediterranean burgers and they are super, awesomely tasty.
Since my lunch was a bit spicy I felt that this would go pretty well with it. Despite the fact that this has a fair amount of rooibos in it there is still a kick that comes with drinking this one. I found that when I store this is a tin, rather than the bag, it is easier for me to mix it. The rooibos tends to settle at the bottom while the black comes to the top. This makes for some overly spicy cups. The tea is far better when blended with the rooibos as it adds some sense of vanilla.
ahhhhh. I decided to be super amazing and shovel the whole drive. Well, I got about 75% of it (the part where we walk and park anyways). It took about an hour and I have to say, I’m aching. I have a bit of a migraine from trying to do homework and staring at my screen all day. This tea is the perfect pick-me-up because it is my go to favorite oolong right now.
I’m currently on my 3rd infusion and this tea is still going very strong. For tasting notes please refer to older notes. Today I have to say that my two favorite unflavored teas are this and Hashiri Sencha. They are both perfect, complex, and just what the doctor ordered.
I think I found the perfect spot on this one today. First, I used about 1 and 1/2 tsp for ~10oz of water. Secondly, I used water that was just barely starting to get bubbles rising to the top of the water; so under a full boil. Lastly, only steep for 3 min. Anything over that and it gets super bitter. This creates a really deeply mahogany colored brew than tastes really amazing! It takes a lot of hit and miss to get this tea just right, but it is great for the price if you’re willing to work with it every now and again.