1402 Tasting Notes
I’ve only got one bag of this left. :O
I’m almost tempted to buy more while they’re 15% off but it’s not worth $15 in shipping. It’s not. It’s… not. I’ll stay strong! (But people sell it and Florence in Canada, right? Cuz I’m hooked now!)
I better not impulse buy though because KittyLovesTea just sent me a huge package with 12 samples in it, ranging from just 2-3 tea bags, all the way up to 50g! Yep. That’ll take a while to get to!
And Sil just sent me an extra generous package today. Also, TerriHarpLady did too (although I think hers will be more reasonable in size! Haha). And I think I’ve still got one more swap coming in after that.
And my Verdant tea order should ship this week. And my Butiki order will also ship this week.
OH GAWD. WHAT HAVE I DONE. :P
(I’m at 125 teas now. Let’s see if I can creep that down a bit before the rest trickle in). I’m making a noob intro pack to loose leaf tea for my sister and we’re both so psyched. I bought her the yellow peacock Perfect Mug and a Perfect Spoon. Now I’m going to choose 20+ teas to give her samples of to show her the best that loose leaf tea has to offer (that I have), and send her a cheat sheet on how to steep them for best results! #oneofus #oneofus
Yes! So good! I added a touch of cream and that was pretty awesome too.
My birthday isn’t until July but I’m already trying to decide what company I want to splurge on with birthday money (my bf doesn’t like gift shopping so I might just buy my own present – bwahaha). Debating on a H&S order, Red Leaf matcha order, or renewing my Amoda boxes for 4-12 months. (Or a combo? IDK).
Now that I’m back to work and my income etc seems to be fairly regular, I’ll be tracking my expenses on a spreadsheet again, so I have a feeling my tea purchases will decline as I have a visible papertrail to shame me. :P
Annnnd, another sipdown!
I probably shouldn’t have had three cups of matcha because I feel a bit outta it now. Too much, man, that was too much!
This was a lovely tea that I’ll miss. I added a bit more leaf and steeped it a bit longer and it tastes more like pastry than it did before. And it’s almost like baked goods cinnamon (instead of fake cinnamon). Very nice!
I’m also a bit wigged out atm because we have movers in our office and they seem like idiots. They’re complaining a lot, and looking around at everything. I was pouring hot water into my timolino from the fancy coffee machine and the one guy just stared at it, and flicked my mug with his finger as he appreciated the machine. NO TOUCHING! :O Bah. Time to go home soon anyway or I’ll get trapped on the stairs while they move stuff around.
So I measured out a perfect matcha scoop of this, put it in a cup and swirled it around with a coffee stirrer. Then I added 4 oz of hot water, and 2 oz of warmish milk from our fancy coffee machine thingy at work. Now: Enjoyed!
I totally butchered it though, didn’t I? I feel like a Matcha Barbarian. This is so good though! I wonder how it’d be if I took better care of it! :P
I also had a scoop of this, mixed with 1oz of hot water, then I poured it into a water bottle with ice and shook it around and drank it that way too. Also tasty, but more like a milk shake.
I can’t wait to learn more about matcha! Thank you Sil for the sample. This is pretty great stuff.
Maybe someday I’ll invest in a matcha whisk so I don’t get sediment at the bottom of my cup.
How do you guys make matcha when you’re at work by the way?
Ok, I’ll miss this but I don’t need to replace it as there are so many other blacks teas out there that I enjoy more. I have a soft spot for it because it was my first non-flavoured black that I bought a tin of. Now that tin will go to my 2oz of Laoshan Black. How things have changed…
I wish I hadn’t got the labels from DavidsTea on the tins when I bought them, but that was back in the day when I thought OMG I’d love this tea forevers! Maybe I can make my own labels to hide the old one. :)
Dropping the rating a little bit so I don’t get tricked into buying more.
I thought this had cinnamon in it when I smelled it, but I guess it was the licorice root that gave it that something extra.
This is my second berry puerh, but there are huge differences between this and the one from DavidsTea. This one tastes more like puerh – there’s a heavy earthiness to it, while the other one was much heavier on the berry notes. I’ll have to try the DavidsTea one soon to get a better idea of which I prefer!
I’m also going to the mall on my way home tonight. I need to grab other things but I’m hoping to find some metal tins, or something that I can store my tea in to organize it better! I’m sure you guys have similiar problems with your stashes! It just seems like mine is 70% foil bags, so it’d be nice to sort them better. It’ll be fun looking for options.
ETA: The vanilla and licorice are pretty interesting in this. They linger long after each sip, and they do sorta wake me up a bit. Not bad for an after lunch tea (that
will won’t magically help me lose weight!)
Thank you JosieJade for this sample! I think it’s been in my box for a while, but I’m hapy to finally give it a proper review!
I love the fresh fruity aroma, with a very smoooooth black base. I wouldn’t want to drink this every day but I could see it quickly becoming a regular.
It reminds me a bit of Tardis! I guess I do like berry teas, especially when they’re subtle.
I had to drink this one because the chocolate rocket gives me too much of a boost at times and I don’t want to get dizzy! This is very mild in comparison. I think I like green rooibos, although I haven’t run into it much.
I accidentally steeped this for about 8 minutes (or maybe more?) because Work got in the way of Tea, but that might have been for the best. The peach and fruit flavours are more pronounced than I remember, and it’s a pretty enjoyable cup. Would I get it again? Probably not. I think Rabbit’s Garden was a bit better for when I’m feeling peachy.
So this isn’t my favourite tea by any means, but it’s not bad. Drinking the last of it won’t be a chore, even though it was hidden for nearly two years! Doesn’t seem to have lost much flavour because it was sealed fairly tightly. I get chocolate notes and raspberry, but for some reason I always associate this tea with coffee. And some days, I’d rather just have the coffee. Most days I’d rather just have an Assam.