909 Tasting Notes
I feel awful that I preordered this tea, got it in May and never got around to drinking it till now. The tea smells very fragrant and fresh.
What makes this tea session more special is this tea is also hand picked by me. Off the floor. As I dropped the open packet. Sigh. FYI, don’t step on a tieguanyin.
Tastes like spring: daffodils, butter, creamy, crips, wet grass and minerals. Very lovely and quite floral in early steepings – perfect for floral lovers.
Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2013/09/04/hand-picked-early-spring-tieguanyin-from-verdant-tea-tea-review/
Silk Fruit Protein soymilk in mixed berry + some blueberry matcha + little ice. No sugar needed since the milk is pretty sweet and fruity. The taste got really blueberry with hint of other fruit, so very tasty. But omg, I feel so full drinking this with a light breakfast. I think I need a gaiwan oolong or green session to make me feel less blobby.
(see previous notes for review)
Stayed home from brazilian jiujitsu due to migraine (bleh) and after I felt a little better I made this tea, iced latte style.
Really mellow as I’m towards the bottom of the tin. I find the longer steep really helps bring out the banana. Just before I was done steeping, my roommate enters with a bag of funnel cake mix and asks me to help him make it. Sigh, I missed exercise and now I’m eating funnel cake.
(see blog post for review http://oolongowl.com/2013/02/13/banana-coconut-from-the-persimmon-tree-tea-review/)
COME TO THE SPECIAL DARK PU’ER SIDE!
If I could describe this tea in a few key words it be: rich, decadent, and addictive. The flavor is strong and rich cocoa that gets better and sweeter each steeping. Early steepings the tea is so rich that I had to drink it in slow sips, savoring it. Later steepings I’m guzzling this tea like crazy and wanting more.
I feel I could have this Special Dark Pu’er and Milk Oolong (also from Mandala tea) and be set on dessert teas.
Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2013/09/03/special-dark-ripe-loose-leaf-puer-2006-from-mandala-tea-tea-review/
So much canning done!
First: picked lots of pomegranates, like 15 or 20. Then I took the seeds out, blended and separated into juice, about 10 cups. Then I turned it into jelly and canned them. Turned out fantastic again!
After that, blubarb jam – so had to cook down some rhubarb and mixed it with fresh blueberries and turned it into jam and canned that.
Then bleach down the giant mess made, pomegranate splotches everywhere! I probably need to do more watermelon jelly, but after that I’ll be done the canning (and xmas presents sans the wine jellies planned for the when next 5cent Bevmo sale)
After all that, need a big glass of iced tea – tamarind pop! Very tasty, I added some light agave for sweetness. Flavor is great, as always – little tarty tamarind candy and a slight caramel like taste at the end.
Time to relax and knit!
I was excited to try this tea and I heard it was a popular one.
The dry leaf smells like purple grape drink. Hot, the flavor is a mix of pineapple and berry with artificial sweet and dusty texture.
Maybe I’m not digging this because I’ve had real acai (my brazilian jiujitsu school are huge fans and would give us acai bars and other things). I was hoping for a more intense fruit flavor.
Oh well, I try this iced later.
Rethinking my rating on this one to lower. I’ve had some great pu’er since I last had this tea, and this one is really weak in comparison. Western steeping the tea doesn’t get very dark, and with shorter steeps, there is little change of flavor. The flavoring isn’t very complex. Quite dull really, like stereotypical diet food.
I iced it, as out of all the pu’er in my collection, this would ice the easiest as it is light on flavor to begin with. Came out light, with a bit of sap flavor with a 7 minute steeping, no rinse.
I have so much matcha, I was in disbelief that this was the last of the tin. This and the blueberry matcha is the only ones my husband will drink. Maybe the Acai one, but that one is MINE! He really dislikes the taste of tea, but I can hide flavored matchas in smoothies for him.
Anyways, it is one of those rare mornings I woke up before my husband as my sleeping has been off lately. He is always really tired in the morning, more than anyone else I know, and doesn’t drink much in caffeine. So, I made him a strawberry matcha smoothie with husband appealing ingredients: Whole Milk (eww), whey, frozen strawberries and strawberry matcha hidden in there. Of course, his giant bucket of protein powder is place on the highest spot in the kitchen where only tall men of my house can reach. Bleh!
I think I’ll see if I can sip down some more matchas, maybe put an order in for that coconut matcha I’m eyeing.. nooo I’m on no buy!
(see previous notes for full review)