846 Tasting Notes
wahhh! So full! I went to a surprise birthday party for a friend of my husbands. It was also a potluck, so I made a huge thing of bacon kimbap and there was lots of thai food, bbq chicken, double chocolate brownies and cake! Gahh, so much food!
I was so thirsty too, all they had was booze and overpowering lemonaide. Finally back home and having some iced tea to wash down all the food. I might need a few more rounds of other teas to make me feel less bloated. Mmm, candy pineapple strawberry bubblegumy tea!
Sip down! Yeah, finished all my adagio samples finally!
I cold steeped this one overnight, and accidentally grabbed my Tfree tumbler instead of my water bottle on my way to jiujitsu. Totally had some weird looks drinking tea – most people drink coconut water there, other than water, and I’m looking spiffy with my tea tumbler and nice yellow green splotch on my white gi! Yeah, I wouldn’t get this tea again – I’m not too happy with most of Adagio’s teas. Not as fresh as other companies.
I had no internet all yesterday (thanks verizon) and finally have it back! I can tealog again! I did brazilian jiu jitsu last night and then this morning. Why don’t I just sleep at the gym? I was gone for less than 10 hours.
Anyways, I have an event to go to tonight which will have lots of delicious goodies, so I went to jitz to prepare of the mass amounts of calories I will go crazy on. However, I was dead tired this morning and I needed something to wake me up so I don’t look silly yawning during class while someone is choking me.
The kaimatcha, man, this stuff is good. This got me squeaky perky after a big frothy mug of it, simulating me as a “energetic morning person” when I’m a “don’t talk to me until I’ve had 2 cups of tea and after 10am” person. So buttery, fresh and easy to mix!
Gah, everywhere I look, there’s samples that I need to sip down!
Time to work on this one! Ah, I didn’t realize this one was a sheng. I read http://www.teavivre.com/info/pu-erh-tea-weight-loss/ that you drink a pu’er after a meal it helps with weightloss. I need all the help I can get, along with all this crazy freaking exercise I do. Hopefully I burn my energy at brazilian jiu jitsu tonight – I never go thursdays. Something about “MMA/boxing gloves punching while jiujitsu neutralizing attacks” seems too scary for me. But I have to go, or I’ll never get a belt promotion. My plan? Hyper Pu’er energy + rolling up into a ball + spazzing out into leg attacking. Yeah, MMA isn’t my future career…
Screw the large bags plus I bet it’s plastic like other “silk” bags. So far so good. I wish there was more interest to this pu’er – it seems like this one very tea noob friendly, so no fishy or thick taste. Just earthy. No creamy, floral, nuttyness going on.
Mmmm, my second gyokuro! This one was even better! My first gykuro was from Den’s Tea, but this one from Yunomi.us / Kurihara Tea was more balanced and buttery.
I followed these steeping instructions http://yunomi.us/4832/gyokuro-steeping-technique/ which was kind of annoying getting my water to 120F / 50C as my kettle only goes as low at 160F. However, the result was really good! My gyokuro was syrupy, buttery, creamy and spinachy! I got a handful of resteepings out of my tea too! The astringency was actually good too!
Uggg, I think I need to acquire more gyokuro (maybe one of the higher quality ones off Yunomi) but I know my cash flow will be pissed off!
Full Review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/04/25/gyokuro-standard-kurihara-tea-via-yunomi-us-tea-review/
Sip down! Hot Latte mode!
Mmm delicious banana milk again! Hmm what’s my cupboard count? Gahh 200 on the nose! A few more than that as I need to add a few teas to the database and have been too lazy to do so (or not lazy and just don’t want to see my count go up!)
I could be convinced to have this Monkey Fart tea again. I dislike the name though, as I don’t like monkeys – though I do like the humor of the tea name! Actually today in Brazilian Jiujitsu my sparring partner, who is more experienced than me, was being tricky and I was having difficulty sparring her has she glues herself to me. She said “I’m sorry, I’m like a little monkey” and I’m like “no, you are more like a koala bear, they are much cuter than monkeys!”
I got this huge sugar chocolate crazy craving. Even more dangerous, a tub of Red Velvet Cake ic ecream in the freezer! That ice cream and Trader Joe’s cookie butter are EVIL! I took a spoon of ice cream and was like yum, but no more! But I was still crawling for sweets – Time to switch to tea!
Of course, I pull out some really desserty teas – this one won! I made it as a latte. I’m at the end of my bag (just 1 serving left!) so the tea is the smushed side, so it seems I got more graham flavor with a little chocolate.
Must hold out till dinner! Then brazilian jiujitsu and after that I’ll be safe from evil ice cream in the freezer!
Peach picnic! This green rooibos blend is really sweet – lots of sweet orange cutie flavor, with some peach and a hint of strawberry. Be weary of adding additional sugar as this tea is already sweet.
Peach Picnic shines when iced – the sweetness is just perfect, great fruity and citrus taste, along with being really refreshing. The green rooibos does well here adding a little grassy note, working well with the fruityness, but not too grassy in reminding you of grassy picnics.
Anyways, I’m going to use the rest of this tea iced!
Full review at Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/04/24/peach-picnic-from-the-persimmon-tree-tea-review/
I’m trying to get through my adagio samples, phew! 2 more to go. I’ve been finding cold steeping overnight helps reduce the stash of older teas, plus great in the morning because sometimes I’m too tired to make tea. I then use this tea to wake up to make tea! Cold steeping for morning tea is gonna be great once summer hits!
Anyways, this is pretty good iced. It has this earthy sweetness that comes out, reminding me of like apricot mixed with some floral. The bonus here is no bitterness or astringency! Hot, there was some astringency.
This is an old sample. I can smell even from the dry leaf that this tea is gonna be flat. Actually, I recalled this tea was kinda flat to begin with. So I cold steeped it with a lemon slice, yah! Not too bad, the lemon did save it. I’m moreso happy that this tea is finished. I’m back over 200 teas after Monday’s flood of tea order that came in. Must sip down stuff!