840 Tasting Notes
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!
Whoa, I didn’t think I’d get this review up today!
This is an unusual and fun tea. The fruityness is tasty (woot for freeze dried pineapple and strawberry!) and the marshmallow adds a fun level to this tea. It is slightly sweet on its own. The honeybush base was good, though a little watery, similar to other honeybush blends. To me, this really tasted like bubblegum, ambrosia salad (minus the coconut) and pink marshmallows.
Iced, this tea got even more interesting. The fun mix of “pineberry” and marshmallow reminded me of those crazy sausage tube popsicles. I guess a close tea to this would be DavidsTea’s Swampwater.. sort of.
Full review at my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/04/23/pineberry-honeybush-from-52-teas-tea-review/
I’m having some gaiwan runs with this tea while I can tomatoes.
Seems a little early to can them, but my grocery store had some really nice romas for 4 lbs for $1 so I bought a lot of them to make 3 quart jars worth – I should of got more, but I only have 3 jars! Everything went really smoothly and easier than I remember canning to be. Though, I enjoy using my gaiwan when I’m doing work in the kitchen, maybe the tea made it more relaxing?
This tea is much better running through a gaiwan! It came out sweeter! However, 4th steeping suddenly got too astringent!
Earth day! Customary to Earth Day for me, here is some metal music about Earth Day http://youtu.be/Uh8XAsS0vvU
I’ve been dragging around all day, just really tired. The weather has been hot, my allergies have been kicking in and making today kinda yuck.
YUM! This tea is super yummy! Laoshan black chocolate genmaicha is soooo dark chocolatey with some nutty, malty and roasty. It’s comfort food and luxury in a tea cup!
Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/04/22/laoshan-black-chocolate-genmaicha-from-verdant-tea-tea-review/ The green owl brought reinforcements this time
working on this sample, woot!
And it is way too hot to have hot tea today – I’m having this as an iced latte with honey! Pretty good, tastes like banana milk to me! I didn’t add much sweetener as I have dinner coming up, but this came out pretty sweet like candy. I see others say it tastes like “banana runts” however I think it tastes a little better, as I dislike banana runts! When I was a kid, I used them to throw at people, or fed them to my dad LOL!
EDIT: tea hating husband took a sip – he said it tastes “okay” ! Woooot progress!
Sip down! Yeah, on a roll! I got a number of mates samples kicking around, however this is the only one that is fruit, the rest are coffee like.
Annoyingly, its HOT again today! 78F/ 26c! WAHHH! So iced teas today! At least this tea is really good iced! I still like this one and may get more, but they don’t take paypal and I’m not keen into stepping into their store with pushy sales. Though maybe my roommate will wanna go and we’ll tag team those sales people!
The coolest tea travel mug around! Just make sure you screw the caps on tightly! I love using this tea tumbler for cold steeps and iced tea, but it also does well with hot green and white teas.
I got this travel tumbler from http://zentealife.com/
The bad? It advises not to use boiling water in the instructions. You wouldn’t want to use anything more than 200F anyways as the body also gets pretty hot. The filter is also on the small side and is a tight fit if you use whole leaf teas intended to make a full 16oz tumbler of tea.
I still love this tumbler though – no leaks and it looks really cool!
Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/04/20/t-free-hourglass-travel-tea-tumbler-tea-ware-review/