786 Tasting Notes
Of course, when planning a DavidsTea lunch stop, one must also stop by Lupicia. :)
I really wanted to pick up some momo oolong, but they’re still out, and for some reason I got it in my head that I wanted to try the melon oolong (probably steepster’s doing!), but I also saw this tea, remembered something vaguely positive on steepster, and bought it. Heehee!
I really enjoy toasty teas, including genmaicha and roasty oolongs, but I only had houjicha once, and I think it was before I really could appreciate it. This tea totally delivers. It’s sweet, like burnt sugar, and toasty, like a roasted oolong. It actually reminds me of Della Terra’s caramel oolong, which I quite enjoy. And it’s cheaper! Score!! Now, it’s not like an ooey-gooey caramel, so don’t expect that and you’ll be fine. I didn’t add anything, although I think it might be interesting to see what a splash of almond milk might do. I am currently enjoying the second steep, and I’m happy to say it’s resteepable. Nice!
So, I couldn’t help myself, and totally planned an outing to DavidsTea at lunch today to check out the summer collection. I actually tried looking it up online this morning (at 5am…yes, I eat breakfast then), but it wasn’t on until like 6am, when I was on public transit going into work. Ha! I’m such a stalker!
My coworker gladly accompanied me and we oohed and ahhed at the new teaware and smelled the new teas and also the tea of the month, which smells awesome! I picked up an ounce of the latter, some teabags for work, and I got a cup of this tea iced to go. Oh, and I’m a frequent steeper now! Woo!
I wasn’t sure about this tea at first. The leaf is really like 98% fruit pieces. To tell you the truth, I’m not even sure I saw white tea leaves in there, unless they were the little flakes stuck to the fruit. I really like tropical flavors so I decided to try it iced with a touch of agave. It actually really grew on me as I sipped it. I’m pretty sure I tasted the star fruit, and some other fruit. It was crisp and refreshing. If you enjoy iced tea, I’d recommend this one. For me, I kinda have a lot of tea I need to ice already, so I’m going to hold off on getting some for now.
Mmmmm, still drinking some of these samples Angel sent me. So happy to be enjoying this right now, and wondering whether this one should have been included in my last order. It’s so delicious, it’s making me into a green tea drinker!
We just got back from a weekend trip to Salt Lake City to see my sister’s graduation from grad school. Pretty great, and I liked Utah too! Guess we’re going to have to go out there more often. :) I brought a “travel bag” of teas with me…pretty much just Lupicia newsletter samples, which come in handy on travel, since they’re in sachets. I didn’t really drink any tea except for the one full day we were there, and I had Cookie, with some sugar and half and half I grabbed from the hotel complimentary breakfast. Ha! I also had Momoko, which I think I oversteeped, because it was a bit bitter. Despite that, it was really nice to have tea from home…it’s like bringing a little bit of home with you. :)
3.5 oz. all for me! Woo!! As you can see, I received my first Teavivre order yesterday, and I’m so freaking happy! I’m enjoying a cup of these pearls right now. I think I’ve figured out the optimum parameters for me to get as much chocolate-y goodness as possible – 7 pearls in 12 oz. water, steeped for 9 minutes. I’ve found that a bigger cup, (16 oz.) doesn’t result in a better cup, even when I add a couple more pearls. Weird, but true.
Mmmm, great ending to our mini stay-cation. We took Wed-Fri off for our anniversary, and enjoyed day trips to Carmel and Monterey (where we hiked at Point Lobos, shopped, and ate delicious Italian food), and SF (where we visited the Academy of Sciences and enjoyed sushi with genmaicha, of course!) I really don’t want to go back to work tomorrow! We need more vacations like this!!
This was such a weird tea. I’m calling it a sipdown because I drank one last cup, and gave the remaining cup to a coworker. I always feel a little bad giving her my rejects, but she enjoys getting free tea, nonetheless. She sometimes enjoys the ones I don’t, so I guess it’s a win-win situation, and she’s always free to re-home or toss them if she doesn’t.
I think I’m entering a new phase of my tea addiction. I used to want to try them all, but now I’m getting quite particular and just want to have the best ones around to enjoy. Well, we’ll see how long that lasts!
I finished this one off this morning. I never really got creme brulee out of it, because there was a very strong presence of black pepper. The last cup of it was a shocker, because it was comprised of all the bottom dust of the bag, and so it was like drinking straight black
pepper! Just a warning! :P