1409 Tasting Notes
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.
This was supposed to be my homesick blend, but I’m not actually homesick – I just left it out of my storage so it was easy to grab and I wanted to get closer to sip-down because the type of bag it’s in doesn’t fit in as well with the foil zips everything else is in.
I oversteeped it. It’s not my fault. (Well… it is) I was looking at a Pride&Prejudice card game kickstarter that is super adorable. Even if I never play it, it’s totally worth $5 for the digital version that I can look at. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1898617831/marrying-mr-darcy-the-pride-and-prejudice-card-gam
Also, this Werewolf card game looks really awesome too: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1680252891/werewolf?ref=thanks
Man, I can see how people can get sucked into so many awesome projects…
oh! And this tea still tastes ok! WIN! I have no idea how long I steeped it but it was definitely over 5 minutes!
So we’re awake and the heat isn’t running yet and I’m being a baby and feeling cold. I think the people upstairs turned it off when they were gone for a week and I have no idea how to turn it back on. Hopefully now that they’re back they figure it out?
Either way, as soon as I woke up I needed tea – ANY tea – just to feel warm. :) The fruit in this one is just perfect actually with what I was craving, even though I didn’t know it!
It’s turkey day today and we’re having two people over, with a Skype conversation to a third. I’m looking forward to it. It’s funny because I never would have thought that I’d grow up to like doing the cooking etc, but I do. Anyway, Happy Thanksgiving!
I think I’m going to fire up Little Inferno on Steam and throw things into a fireplace. That’ll warm me up too?