382 Tasting Notes
The main problem with the whole orange/matcha thing is the fact that since I moved, I now have a 40 minute bus ride to school. This means I have to wake up earlier. Which ACTUALLY means that I wake up 20 minutes before I need to leave the house and rush around trying to get ready and forget things and spaz out. What that means for my morning drink is that I am usually drinking it VERY soon after having brushed my teeth. (I could drink it before, but then what would I drink on my way to the bus?)
This is not optimal. Clearly the solution is to stop brushing my teeth.
So I am in the “happy” position of having the course schedule of dumb. Specifically, on Tuesdays, I currently have class from 9-10 am and then 3-9pm. THREE TO NINE WTF.
I may drop one of the courses, but it will, sadly, not be the one that ends at nine.
Anyway, a day like that requires LOTS of tea, currently I am carrying Yunnan Noir with me (little known fact: just hot water from the coffee carts costs 5 cents, and bringing your own container gives a 5 cent discount, and therefore…—A WITCH—, I mean FREE TEA while I’m on campus!) It is serving well, so far, but it is a little…dry. Not to mention there is the whole finicky about steeping time thing. Not the ideal tea for a busy day, really. Oh well!
Lack of structure does terrible things to my productivity and makes me too lazy to write tea notes. But that is done now! For I…have CLASSES.
Specifically, I have Chinese every day at 9 am which means I have to wake up at stupid o’clock so I can catch the bus/get a parking spot. UGH. This is DEFINITELY a job for matcha.
I have also begun to worry that I am going to get scurvy since lack of structure/productivity is also not conducive to eating healthy, so I decided to take a page from Cofftea’s book and get my orange juice + matcha on. Now, the major problem with me and my constant battle to not get scurvy is that I think orange juice is gross, so I am stuck with vitamin enhanced other juice of some kind or grapefruit juice, which for some reason is NEVER ON SALE. Since orange juice was on sale and matcha makes everything better, though, I decided to give it another chance.
The result: matcha makes orange juice drinkable, but only just. Assuming that orange juice continues to be on sale, I will probably stick with it.
This was my random free pouch thing, which points to several possibilities:
1. random draw (boring!)
2. they realized that I am a sucker for hilarious descriptions (“Ingredients: YES.” ROFL)
3. they have noticed that I only ever order black tea and are worried about my blood pressure.
ok, ok, so the first one is the most likely, but I like constructing unlikely scenarios in my head! Especially ones that sounds like movie synopses (“SHE’S a green tea with multiple personality disorder, HE’S a cop on the edge. Together, they FIGHT HEART DISEASE”) But I digress.
This tastes like fruit salad. Fruit salad that has soaked in green tea. It’s actually quite nice, since despite the sheer amount of stuff in it, the green tea is still very much a presence, and it’s the nice buttery kind that I like. Right now, I think the most obvious taste is blueberry, but it may just be generalized berry and I am going to blueberry because I made blueberry crumble. I’m not getting much citrus out of it…or maybe I am! And I think I’m getting peach as well, which is what is giving me the overriding “fruit salad” kind of taste. All I know is if I tried to isolate all of these tastes, I would probably never finish this.
I am really interested if each cup will taste different, or if it will always just give me that generalized sort of fruit salady sort of taste. I made a pot this time around and I’m probably going to make this into an iced tea at some point because that sounds delicious. First I have to finish off the casablanca twist iced tea that I made and have been using for the Laziest Not!Mojitos Evar.
In general I am quite pleased with this, I’ve been needing a green that isn’t the Adagio spiced green, so win all around!
Count me as another person who couldn’t resist 52teas’ recent 4 for 3 deal. I console myself with the fact that 2 of the pouches are in fact going to my brother. That’s right! I managed to sell Mr. Monocle on the idea of Earl Grey Cheesecake! Go me! (doubt I had anything to do with it honestly, think he just read all the reviews that said that the cheesecake part wasn’t too ostentatious).
So he chose two, and I chose the last and I get to keep the free pouch because I may not have told him about the deal and what he doesn’t know won’t hurt him, mwahahahahahahahahaha.
Now, when choosing my one was torn between this tea and the blueberry cream cheese danish, but then I thought about it, and between coconut cream pie, cheesecake chai, and earl grey cheesecake, I kind of have enough creamy/cheesy teas for the moment. In fact, I could do with a tea that wasn’t pretending to be a dessert…a more MACHO tea. Also, the blurb (which consists solely of “yes, really.”) amused me, and I’d been wanting to try something from the Man Teas line. Also, also, any time I asked someone for their input on the matter they told me I was insane for even considering Chocolate Bacon and there is generally no better way to get me to try/do something than to tell me that I am insane for trying/doing it.
Now, not being male, I am obviously not really the target demographic for this tea, but I will do my best to be objective! It is…very interesting, particularly as the base tea is quite smooth. Smoother, I’d say than some of the other 52teas blacks that I’ve tried. I only get hints of chocolate and the bacon was, at first, only discernible as a faint hint of smoke but the more I drank, the more of it I was getting – there are even hints of saltiness about it, which, while certainly novel also kind of makes me more thirsty rather than less. Which is somewhat irritating because once I finish it I need to make MORE tea to stop being thirsty…well-played, sir, well-played.
The flavor of the chocolate comes out more as the tea cools, which is a recurring theme, I’ve found, with chocolate flavored teas, with the exception, perhaps, of the inimitable Florence.
This tea is certainly different from any other tea I own, so I am quite pleased. I think it will be excellent for those times when I want something different but can’t quite put my finger on what.
In celebration of Coconut Day, I invite you, steepsterites, to join me in a rousing rendition of The Coconut Song, which I have just made up on the spot even though there are songs about coconuts in existence.
O coconut, O coconut
You are so white and…nutty.
O coconut, O coconut
In tea you are just yummy
Which is weird, because normally I hate coconut but I have three (3!) teas with coconut in them, which just makes me seem like a liar. SIGH.
Well ok, I mean, coconut cream pie, that’s pie! clearly it does not count.
And in thai chai…well there’s lots of other flavors in it and clearly you NEED coconut to make something thai-y.
and coconut pouchong…that’s coconut MILK which is different.