1766 Tasting Notes
(And sorry if the name of this gives away the surprise to those with subscriptions, but I’m not sure how to handle these things. Before I just added them in and never tagged it Amoda but someone has, and I DO see how that could be a useful thing especially when there are exclusive blends…)
Anyway, I was surprised by this tea, but I am enjoying it! I didn’t care for Silver Buds Yabao as I couldn’t get more than slightly sweetish water from it, but I did like Eight Treasures more, and I can see that this is similarly flavoured. The rose petals are not overpowering, thankfully and I do get sweet nectar and spices with the gentle rose flavours. I probably WILL resteep this at least once since I was careful to only steep 8 oz, and I have the variable kettle keeping my water warm for the next hour.
I guess I’m happy I didn’t cancel my subscription. This isn’t a tea I would have purchased but I do like it and am glad to have been reminded that I did like the other Eight Treasures blend too!
I’m pretty excited about the other two – especially because one is a Sheng (which I’ve never had? I don’t think?)
Also, this tea is foresty. Why isn’t forest a flavour?
This was a sipdown! (175)
And aside from it having some nice nutmeg/cinnamon spices and a nice black base, there’s not much I can say about it. I ended up getting caught up in work and lost my chance to fully appreciate this tea! :O
But I have a few more from the Devotea that I will enjoy at home, so don’t worry: detailed notes are coming.
This was my first free sample from Tea At Sea! I’m happy they are providing us a chance to review their teas, and I adore the packaging these came in. The little cork boat was an awesome add-in too!
I only asked for 2 samples, and they snuck in a third. So they get bonus points there!
Now I thought I’d try this a tea that’s not too challenging, and I was right. This is a nice pekoe, but doesn’t seem to have a lot of depth. I’m enjoying it but I’m not lingering over every sip. I would drink it if I had it around though!
I’m far more excited about the other two samples though, and this one doesn’t disappoint. I just want the other ones more. :D
Huh. To be honest I didn’t expect to like this because I’ve had bad luck with cheesecake flavoured tea, because… how do you do that? It’s a subtle thing to recreate!
But this worked! It was light and fluffy and creamy and tasted a little sweet and a little like irish cream.
I’m happy I was able to snag this from ShadowFall!
And another sipdown! (180)
This one is ok, but I won’t buy it again. I’m done with Teavana. You lost me because you didn’t care enough about me. :P
But it’s time for bed. Today was a success! I kicked butt at work, I fixed my de-DRM plugins for Calibre, I converted some fic, I updated some pins, I read some awesome fic, drank some tea, read mostly everyone’s logs, rearranged my tea cupboard, took pics to prove it, decided not to post them, watched a movie with J and did a load of laundry and tons of dishes.
NOT BAD. And if I go to sleep right now I’ll almost get 7 hours sleep.
I’m not going to talk about this tea though because it’s an oily mess and Teavana is awful.
But here’s a pic of the cute samples from Tea-At-Sea: http://oi58.tinypic.com/14ay6tc.jpg
Mmmm. Thank you MissB for giving me some of this! The first cup was unremarkable, but I added a dash of millk to the second and now I am enjoying this!
I haven’t really had any Gingerbread black teas (that I know of?) but this is much better than the Rooibos I had from DT.
Thank you for letting me try it! :D I would definitely drink more of this so long as I can add a little milk to it!
(sipdown – 183)
(SHERLOCK SPOILERS OMG YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED)
Did you? DID YOU MISS ME? DID YOU?!?!?!
So I sorta found this tea right after I watched the Sherlock 3 finale. As in, I was browsing the Adagio site like 2 days after. I didn’t stand a chance. I wanted it.
This blend is much better than I expected. It says GINGERx3. I usually only want GINGERx1. And there’s all these sour parts but it works. It’s not obnoxiously strong. Strangely enough, it’s almost endearing. The cinnamon adds a bit of charm to the mix, while the chai complicates everything. Smoldering, dark, brilliant…
And, with all that ginger in it, this tea lingers long after the last sip.
DID YOU MISS ME?
(this tea doesn’t give you a chance to)
I’m having this again for breakfast, thanks to VariaTEA and I am trying to be productive at work but I have so much I want to do that’s not work-related. /0\
I need to set up Calibre so that it’ll strip DRM off my books again because they are my books dammit and if I paid for them I want them to work on any reader I have.
I want to reformat some of my fanfic so that complete series are bundled together instead of as multipart books that are on my kindle and then I can never remember what order to read them in… They need covers too.
I need to get Sil a list of teas if I want her to pick me up anything in Florida…
I want to find some good music on Soundcloud. I’ve been doing 8tracks for awhile, but I heard this “This is a Trent Reznor Song” https://soundcloud.com/fredscott-1/this-is-a-trent-reznor-song and I LOVE IT. So now I want to see what else I can find…
Oh and I’m at work and I need to find strange things that I can’t talk about because of SPOILERS for Hannibal and I should get on that because… because… I’m getting paid? Right…
Oh and when I get home I need to figure out how to organize all my new samples/teas because they barely fit on my shelf and it looks awful and part of the solution is to start bundling up teas for MissB and Shmiracles!
So. TL:DR Matcha is GREAT and as a follow up to my coffee I am buzzing with energy and I have no idea how to focus on just one thing so I am now listening to NIN really loud until everyone else shows up to the shop.
Thank you MissB for this sample and the hundred others (not quite) that you managed to stuff into that envelope. Way to raise the standards on our swap. raises eyebrow
No worries. I will send you amazing things in return!
This was a pretty good chocolatey blend. It’s really rich and dark. So dark. Surprisingly dark. I wish the blend had a slightly nicer base to go with the flavouring, but I wouldn’t say no to drinking more of this.
And this is a great start to trying out all my new samples! (My cupboard is up to 181 now…)