869 Tasting Notes
The name of this cracks me up. (What happened to the first 1236 herbals?) It’s like the guy who named his boat “Lucky 2.”
I am excited, however, to be drinking an ingredient called Moldavian dragonhead. I feel tough just thinking about it.
My first note on this recorded surprise that I liked it as much as I did, and I agree with what I said before. It isn’t an overly lemony lemon tisane, and the vanilla isn’t enough to push it into the cream or chiffon camp. It’s got an herbally lightness to it that is more grassy sweet than sweet-sweet and the vanilla supplies more mellowness than actual flavor. It’s not a fruity lemon, but it’s a pleasant one nevertheless.
This is tonight’s after dinner tea. I had a choice of sipping down a few things or having this and I chose to leave the sipdowns for a day when I might need them to hit my at-least-a-sipdown-a-day mark.
It’s actually quite pleasant after food. Something about tomato based sauce seems to mellow the maltiness a little so that it is just a bit more pronounced than the natural maltiness of genmaicha.
In other news, I found my matcha bowls! I only remembered having two, but apparently I have three. (Quelle surprise.) I only had to go through five cabinets looking for them and had basically given up when I thought to look some place I really thought they weren’t. So there is now matcha in my future. Awesome.
File under stupid tea tricks.
I had two Finum baskets on my desk at work, both with measured portions of this in it. The first was to consume, the second was to attempt to ascertain how many servings were left in the tin. (My guess is there were about 3-4.)
I say were because after I steeped the first basket, I grabbed a basket to toss out what I thought was the spent yerba mate and dumped the dry mix into the garbage.
There are now about 2-3 servings left and I feel like an utter dolt. If this had been something I love, I would have been heartbroken, too.
Fortunately, I’m sure it is more than apparent from my previous notes on this how I feel about yerba mate. On the bright side, I’m one serving more away from being able to recycle the awesome black matte Samovar tin. I already know what I want to put in it.
Sipdown no. 101 of the year 2014.
Today it was a little on the too much side, really dense. Almost like an oil slick, really.
I attribute this to the descent of the chocolate pieces to the bottom of the sample packet and their concentration there much more intensely than its blenders intended.
I had some nicer cups out of this and the bottom of the barrel experience doesn’t ruin it for me.
This concludes the sipdowns of my SpecialTeas samples, though I still have part of a tin of Rooibos Lemon Chiffon. I’ve been enjoying it in the evening, when it has been populating the mug beside my bed. Though it hasn’t aged particularly well, it is far more enjoyable than the last tisane to fill that role, Tazo’s Sweet Cinnamon Spice.
This was, again, my first morning tea.
Today was the first day in a while that I didn’t have as an initial tea something I wasn’t wild about and was trying to sip down. Not having that hanging over my head made for a very pleasurable tea experience.
I have a full sized tin of this and I hit the halfway mark today, so this is becoming a candidate for sipping down. But this is the way it should happen—naturally, as a consequence of being enjoyed, not because its owner is on a mission. ;-) It’s still a solid, middle-of-the-pack Earl Grey that I enjoy drinking, but it isn’t off the charts in any respect. That’s fine, though. Sometimes I just want a tea that isn’t so incredible that I spend all my time thinking about it while I’m drinking it. Sometimes I want something that doesn’t call attention to itself with every sip. That’s this tea.
I haven’t had this in a very long time. Today we were running out of the house to go to the laser tag place and I had to grab something fast. I didn’t have time to measure or think too much about water temp and I am down to very few types of bagged tea, so I grabbed this and stuck it in the Timolino.
I think that pu-erh isn’t really the best toodling around tea. Or at least not for me.
Which isn’t to say I didn’t enjoy this. It was leathery and a bit brothy like it apparently was the last time I had it, judging from my previous note. I just think that it’s meant to be sipped in peace and quiet and in smaller amounts.
I never realized how rushed my life is most of the time until I started having to fight for minutes to get tea made before leaving the house. Or even getting it ready to steep on the way. Sigh.
We have finished our bike ride and will soon be heading out to laser tag. I’m having this in the interim.
I didn’t really get to see it the last time I had it because it went straight into the Timolino. This time I’m having it in a cup, and I can see a sunshiny yellow clear liquor. It smells like sweet, buttery, fresh hay.
I forgot to steep it shorter (I see in my previous note I meant to do that). I’m not getting as much of a bitter note this time, though. It may be because I used a bit more leaf? I’m also getting just a tad of roastiness today which is pleasant. Not quite as strong as a roasted veggie flavor, just a nice note under the surface. I’m still getting buttery vegetables in the sip and a green nuttiness in the aftertaste.
Quite nice, and feels like the right thing to put in one’s body after an hour of cycling.
Sipdown no. 100 for the year 2014! Woo hoo!!! Pretty exciting.
I would feel sad about this one except for the fact that I still have the Teavana Almond Biscotti, and even better, the American Tearoom Brioche, and Brioche is still available.
This is the an-tea-dote to the earlier sipdown. A lovely, sweet, almond, butter, and some cookie-like flavor and a happy note to end on before going bike riding. The kids and I are going for a ride to take no. 2’s new birthday present out for a spin. Followed by laser tag, followed by Lego shopping.
I have an exercise due tonight for my writing class. (When is that going to get done? I have no idea…)
Sipdown no. 99 of the year 2014.
This has been a difficult sipdown because the flavor of this tea, while incredibly maple bacon, isn’t for me.
If I didn’t think this had done a stellar job of living up to its name, my rating would definitely be in the orange face range.
Bye Maple Bacon. Thanks for your role in helping to refine my understanding of my own tastes.
ETA: No. 2 asked to try it and liked it, so I didn’t even have to finish the sipdown. Yay!
Continuing with the jasmine theme….
The last time I tasted this was quite a while ago, and I made it in the Breville. Today I’m doing short steeps in the gaiwan.
It makes all the difference in the world! This is at least as good a representative of its type as the Adagio Oolong #40 is for its. So I’m bumping the rating to the same number.
This responds very well to short steepings. The little rolled balls of leaves opened up for me fully by the third steep. I didn’t record in my original note whether they unfurled for me in the Breville, but my recollection is that they didn’t.
I did two at 30 seconds, two at 45 seconds, and I would have done more but we are leaving for no. 2’s birthday celebration.
Between this and the Tavalon Jasmine Dream, though, I definitely got my jasmine fix.