1413 Tasting Notes
I guess I’ve just been busy the past two days and not on Steepster enough. :( It doesn’t help that J has been using my computer a lot so it’s not as convenient to check everyone’s reviews!
This tea is a perfect accompaniment while I catch up!
I think J is going to study for two midterms today so I’m planning to take TK to the library so she can play with all the toys and other kids. She loves it, and it makes me feel better about her not being in daycare at the moment!
Hmmm. I’m sad to say that this one just isn’t for me. :( I’m trying to put my finger on it and I think it’s the combination of pumpkin and ginger – it tastes like some sharp squash note that I’m not keen on. Drinking this with milk and brown sugar turns it into something quite nice, but still, maybe a little too much ginger? Maybe I can pick it out. Further experiments to follow with the remaining 1.5 oz. :P
I was too ambitious when I brewed this as I was making three cups at once (all of which will be sipdowns —>105) and so I over-steeped this a bit. I will definitely have to reorder another sample of this when I do my next teavivre order. I can see the potential in this although this result is just a touch too strong for me. It smells fruity and sweet and I get bits of that in each sip. Had I not over-boiled it, I might have tasted it more.
And that’s the end of this one! Down to 109 teas! :O
So, yeah. I guess getting to 100 in a month will be a snap?
It makes a big difference once you stop buying ALL tea. Damn. Still it’s nice to go through my cupboard, figure out what I like and don’t, and drink down everything so it doesn’t get stale. I tried nearly 500 teas last year. I don’t think I’ll try so many this year. I think I’ll get more comfortable with what I like and experiment less, and that’s ok too. (Also cheaper because I can order more from one place and save on shipping/get cheaper prices!)
Ha – my calculations suggest that it’d take 250 days to drink all the tea I currently own. So, yeah. I don’t need more. Ha.
Time for another oolong sample!
Now this is what I think of when I think of oolong – very green, light, slightly buttery and very floral. It’s bright and refreshing. I usually start with a black tea in the morning but this is very good. It’s much like a gentle wake-up, a tingling on my tastebuds, instead of the usual slap-to-my-face from the stronger alternatives. (Bolder Black & Tiger Assam to name a few!)
I think I prefer roastier oolongs over floral ones, but there is a time to appreciate these ones too. And I think the Iron Goddess variety is one of the most popular? I’ve had a few versions of this, and I think I’m happiest with this one from Teavivre!
There’s a slight seaweed aftertaste here – I think I may have oversteeped it just a tad, so next time I’ll try 2, or 2.5 minutes.
Ugh. I feel super-sinusy today and groggy and the baby has a bit of a cold. Good thing I don’t have to work? I guess?
I wanted something to cheer me up and this is it. I love it. I also made a bottle of Mother’s Little Helper (DAVIDsTEA) for the baby and I’m crossing my fingers that she’ll enjoy it. Then we can both have a nap. :D
ETA:I really need to teach her to drink from a proper cup instead of a baby cup. Then I can give her herbal tea more often as it’s easier to wash a regular cup instead of the straw/bottle.
I only had a sample of this, so I decided to save it for my 1-Year Steepster Anniversary: THAT’S TODAY! :O
I can’t believe it’s only been a year – this site, and the people on it, have become such a big part of my life. I’ve said this before, but I’m generally on here before facebook or twitter and I try to constantly stay up to date with it. I’ve learned so much, met a lot of great people and tasted roughly 480 teas. Wow. That’s… more than one a day. :O
So I thought I would take the time to do this one properly, and steep the entire pack in my little gongfu for 10 seconds as advised.
It smells amazing. Rich cocoa notes, malt and a bit of caramel sweetness. It tastes pretty similar as well! I’ll see how many steeps I can go through of this throughout the day and add to this as I go.
1-3: Very strong cocoa notes, with malt and caramel. It dominates my mouth – almost makes me think I’m eating something instead of just drinking.
4-6: Still good, but far less cocoa with each steep.
This is so perfect today with a dash if milk and sugar. So warm and comforting! I thought I had a lifetime supply of this, but it might not last the winter.
I’m having such an awesome weekend too. Today we are relaxing by reading and computer games. We’re totally dystopian with Prison Architect and Papers Please on the computer, while I read some angsty fic.