346 Tasting Notes
I got a sample of this today from MzPriss
I really wanted to love this tea, I really did.
I liked it a lot, but I didn’t love it. It smelled amazing, but the tea itself was just very good and not amazing. It was cocoa and vanilla and something else. But it wasn’t amazing.
I prefer Cocoa Amore over GO.
Who knew? I wasn’t expecting that after all the love this tea gets. But it is what it is and I’m honest about it.
I’m really glad I got to try it. It helped me decide what to order tonight, because after the day I had, I needed more of the River Rain. And I’m still good on the CA, so I didn’t have to order that, but I did order more Arbor Mist, because I’d like to try aging that.
So after a good dinner, and a successful order placed, totally breaking my tea buying hiatus, I’m going to have some gelato, a mug of tea and head to bed.
Today has been another cruddy day. It’s not been a good week. Penny, the kitty in my profile picture, has been acting off, and since that has resulted in WWIII in our house, I took him to the vet yesterday to make sure he wasn’t sick. Dr. Fear, the awesome vet, called to tell me that he is indeed sick, but we don’t know with what. His white blood cell count is through the roof, but all the rest of his number are fine. We get to go back and do an xray tomorrow because he does have a known lung abnormality that has never been identified. Anyway, that was just part of my great day. Work has also been awfully awful. I have a terrible stress headache, possibly from pounding my head against my desk in frustration. (Okay, I didn’t really do that, but I wanted to.)
So I needed some comfort tea. This was the tea I chose as jasmine is one of my greatest comforts.
Brenden, I love this tea. It’s a really good jasmine. Not too jasmine, but just perfect. Comforting. Peaceful.
But now I am out of it, as this was just a random sample thrown in with my last order, and it’s out of stock. (Yes, I really, truly thought about breaking tea buying hiatus for this one. It’s that good and I need it in my cupboard. I didn’t realize it until now, but I do.)
edited to fix the fact that hearts seem to break my tasting notes….
From the wonderful Stephanie
not smoky, but minerally I think
I was drinking this all day while dealing with a shit ton of work crap that just seems to be getting deeper. I don’t even know anymore. I remember drinking the tea and enjoying it, but I don’t remember a lot. It’s a shame. I know I want this one again.
One of my TeaVivre samples.
complicated and complex.
I enjoyed this quite a lot.
I was really surprised how green the leaves got when steeped.
This tea kept me company through a long afternoon in the office. Pseudo gongfu, of course, following the TeaVivre recommendations for time and temperature.
And the last infusion still has incredible flavor. If it weren’t for the fact that I want to go home soon, I’d probably try another infusion or two.
I got this sample from Mandy a while back and I’m just now getting around to trying it.
I like it.
I like it a lot.
It’s creamy and floral. Sweet. Easy drinking.
I was just sad because I didn’t feel it lasted quite as long as I’d hoped.
I also don’t remember enough of it because I’ve been working all morning and it just went down nice and easy. (And yes, I’m just now getting to logging it. I’m a slacker.)
Yes, I completely forgot that I said last time I would actually weigh this one before making it.
I just did a bunch of tea, at 180° for 90s.
And I took a picture for Cwyn this time, too. https://www.flickr.com/gp/cheri0627/5696am
So it’s not the most beautiful of the teas that I saw in pictures, when I googled it, but it’s not as bad as some. It’s got whole leaves and buds, but most are broken leaf pieces.
it still tastes good. Light and vegetal, slightly sweet.
I should weigh it next time, and let it steep for longer, but whatever. I liked it this way.
from the (Mostly) Unflavored TTB
I like this one. It’s still green and floral, but also roasty and nutty at the same time. It has a really nice mouth feel as well, buttery. And it’s nice and sweet.
I think I’ll add this one to my wish list, so I remember to buy it. I’ve decided that there are enough SOT teas that I’m enjoying that I will place an order when my cupboard is back down to a comfortable level. Right now, it’s overflowing (literally. You should see the piles I have elsewhere because they won’t fit in the pantry) and I need to be patient. Patience…yeah, yeah, yeah…how long will that take?
from the (Mostly) Unflavored TTB
Now this tea I like. I like it a lot.
Sweet, creamy, slightly nutty, slightly grassy, but sweet, very sweet.
Makes up for the last tea.
I’m feeling very dreamy about this tea.