1230 Tasting Notes
I had a rough brazilian jiu jitsu practice last night. Mostly involving a 220lb+ guy and having to repeatedly change levels, grab his legs, get up, practically pick him up and toss him to the ground. Got home, found out we had no hot water, so showered in cold water, ugg.
Woke up barely, hurting everywhere, and I made some black tea that I was intending to review for the blog, but inhaled it. Now I figure I should drink the rest of this oolong, which is like half a cup worth. Not sure why I didn’t leave much. I dig the floral and the fleshy cream coconut taste.
I’m hoping to do a Zen tea order and send it to Canada when I visit, or have family bring it to me before visiting.
This came as a sample with my Georgia Tea Company order. I was looking for something to drink before jiu jitsu without having to open something new. Iced of course! I’m going to be overly hot and sweating once I start rolling!
Ehh, not for me. The raspberry flavor is good – I added rock sugar so the raspberry closely tastes like candy.
However, I can taste that red rooibos flavor – which I do not like! I feel like sucha brat for not liking a type of tea and I only like rooibos if I
1. Can’t taste it
2. the flavoring manipulated to taste like crust or whatever in a blend.
So, if you like red rooibos, this has a good raspberry taste, especially iced!
Okay – I noticed on Della Terra site, it referenced a lower water temperature than what said on my package. I contacted them and they confirmed to do as per website instructions – 158 – 167°F
I totally noticed the difference between 175 and 160F steepings. The higher temp has less creamy and more vegetal and bitterness, whereas the 160F is more creamy and not bitter.
Overall, a nice creamy, tangy tea with a great mix of bases – the buttery green with a juicy white tea. I like this a little more than Lupicia’s Strawberry & Vanilla as the flavoring tastes more natural and has a better base, but Lupicia is more forgiving and easier to steep.
Full blog post review on my blog, The Oolong owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/03/05/strawberries-cream-from-della-terra-teas-tea-review/
Post workout matcha! I made it a iced latte with bavarian cream matcha, splenda, soy protein and ice.
It was a really nice cool day, so I did a jog to the post office. Got home, lifted weights. Annoyed as I had to deload due to spraining my knee the other week and too much time off lifting, but I still did a decent job with 100lb squats. Of course, right now I’m sporting a taped up sprained finger from Friday. Sigh. Now to work up again to 150lb, BLEH!
The matcha tasted almost like ice cream here! Probably from the ice, and thick consistency of the protein powder.
I’m running low on this matcha and a couple others. Looks like another RLT matcha order in a month or so. Boo, so much to save up for!
I made a strong cup of this tea with lunch, a sort of post workout reward. Dang, I love the peachy orange with that humming ginger! So refreshing! I really needed refreshing, my muscles are killing me! I’ve decided to step up my working out, so I’m doing Rushfit again in the mornings.
Steep City teas – you’re gonna kill my wallet. I’m saving up for another order. I wanna try the orange glam, purple peach, citrus sunshine oolong, and maybe Pom Pom, mint chocolate and a rooibos. Wahhh!
Sip down sample!
I was eating some thin mint girl scout cookies and decided I should have a minty tea. Weird, but I miss the Canadian girl guide cookies. Yeah, theres like 2 kinds, but I dunno.. these american ones don’t taste as good and not as sweet. Made my husband go crazy as I eat Korean rice cake sweets, and those aren’t really sweet! Ehhhh, maybe I just miss Canada. Man, I need those “Dad’s Cookies” in that yellow bag. Too bad shipping to Canada sucks, I’d trade for cookies! I’ll have to wait until family or friends visit from Canada again.
Anyways, I did this tea as a latte, unsweetened cuz I’m too lazy to do anymore. Pretty good – much better as a latte!
annnd sip down!
1oz sample didn’t last long – I guess it doesn’t help that it’s a heavy fruit tea. I got 3 cups out of this, 2 of them iced – this being the last iced.
I tossed in some fresh blackberries in my iced tumbler along with lemon slices! I’m hoping I’ll find a really good fruit only tea out there so I can load up for iced teas all summer.
Having a nice strong cup of Coconut Grove. So coconutty with a delicious white tea base with a hint of rose. The tea tastes so snuggly for me this morning, if that makes sense.
I’m rating bumping this tea because I want to drink this all the time as it has become my favorite coconut tea so far!
I felt like treating myself before jiu jitsu tonight with this tea. There’s some white belts testing out and will be in class – so I’m not the runty newer blue belt anymore and I can beat them up.. errr teach them new skills.
Anyways, I planned to pour King Of Fruits over ice but my crazy IngenuiTEA decided to jam so I couldn’t pour, so this got oversteeped a minute until I got it unjammed (and burnt fingers). It’s on the bitter side, I was panicking a bit as it’s a 45 second steep, but some sweetener helped out a bit.
Ginger Zinger is a refreshing zing of ginger, bit of smooth sweet orange with an after taste of juicy juicy peach. The white Pai Mu Tan base is juicy, slightly sweet and a teeny bit floral. The peach flavor in this tea is addictive! And the orange is really good, like squeezed orange juice – I guess it is to be expected with a Florida based tea company.
Very very good tea! One of those teas I had a cup and immediately made another cup right after. Thought about it all evening. Next day, had another cup.
Probably one of my more weirder tea blog reviews and pictures so far:
The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/03/01/ginger-zinger-from-steep-city-teas-tea-review/