382 Tasting Notes
I have declared today…COCONUT DAY.
It all started when I realized I had not had Coconut Cream Pie in, like, a week and a half, which is just wrong and strange and needed to be remedied as fast as possible. Added in a bit of ye olde soy milk and it was delicious as usual.
Then, I was thinking, I am kind of in the mood for Thai Chai as well AND while trying to find the buttered cinnamon raisin toast I opened up my tin of Coconut Pouchong and decided I must have that today as well. Therefore…Coconut Day! (Buttered Cinnamon Raisin Toast can wait until tomorrow.)
Morning smoothie! Man, my local grocery needs to stop selling strawberries at $1.50/pack. I want to try other fruit dammit, but I can’t pass up a deal like THAT. Surely, you understand.
Added a bit more matcha today. Nice and green tea-y.
So, every time I see someone review a tea that I happen to own (and like), I basically immediately want to go and have that tea. mrawlins reviewed this last night and so I MUST drink it today. That’s just the way it works.
I used more leaf today on grounds that I generally drink out of a 12 oz mug and the pouch sez 1 teaspoon per 8 oz, and I think the cheesecake is a lot more noticeable. In general it seems much more fragrant than it has other days. yummeh.
Last mug from the pot! Very ginger-y.
Also! For Your Edification:(1)
Real Conversation I Had With My Brother Re: 52teas Awesome Special This Week(2)
(2)note: some knowledge of comics is required to have any idea what we are talking about.
Me: URGH 52teas has a buy 3 pouches get 1 free deal
Brother: POUCHES!? is he ROB LIEFELD IN DISGUISE
Me: …oh man, IF ONLY all of Rob Liefeld’s pouches were full of tea
Me: (It would have to be MAN TEA though…holy shit he IS Rob Liefeld!)
reference: Pouches: The Pouchening. Now with MORE POUCHES: http://i.somethingawful.com/fashion/comicSWAT/12.jpg
Giant pot of chai! Weeeeeeeewt!
I was a little worried about this, actually, since 52teas base black tea tends to be pretty non-amenable to long steeping, but it’s worked out really well so far. I think the milk helped.
Hey so…is anybody else not seeing Steepster Selects? Did we stop doing those while I wasn’t paying attention? What’s going oooooooooooooooon?
Made a giant pot of this yesterday afternoon and drank it all evening long.
Very nice! and the longer it steeps the more Golden Monkeyish it gets. I think part of the fun of making a large pot is that (if you are lazy like me and never take out the leaves) your tea changes with each cup as it steeps longer. Of course, that means that you can’t really do it with every single tea…this one works though!
Been drinking this iced for a while now. It’s all right. Like most other people, not getting much peach out of it, but eh.
Needed to warm up after my smoothie. Stupid cold Santa Barbara.
Morning banana strawberry matcha smoothie. The color combination of strawberries and matcha makes for an odd result. Kind of…flesh colored. Ew. Ok, now I have to wash that mental image out of my brain.
I have been pining for Golden Moon Tea’s Coconut Pouchong for a long time now, but they are SO far down on my “to buy from” list (it’s just in order of stuff I have tried samples from – but between various samplers, promotions, and being distracted by 52teas /shakes fist at Frank, I keep putting it off)
Also, I am cheap. And poor.
So of course when I saw that Vices and Spices (to which, if you recall I had a $50 gift certificate courtesy of the BEST MUM IN THE WORLD) had a coconut pouchong, I decided to try it, knowing full well of course that it will probably not be as delicious (unless they are secretly sourcing from Golden Moon, but…I don’t know!)
I actually brewed up a bunch in my teapot rather than a single serving in my ingenuitea. Sadly, the water I used was too hot. I have recently switched over to a stovetop kettle as the wiring at my new place is…not that great and I have so far managed to blow a fuse twice – both times using my electric kettle. Anyway, I still have not figured out the new kettle’s “moods” regarding water temperature so I just let it boil. I could really tell that the water was too hot, because the leaves tasted kind of burnt and vegetal at first. As the tea steeped longer and cooled, it finally settled on that nice borderline oolong taste. Hurray!
Now, at this point, I do not really remember how Golden Moon’s Coconut Pouchong tasted, although I do recall being very pleased with it. I was very pleased with this as well. (well once it cooled) The coconut milk is not overpowering and goes well with the oolongish taste. I got three (giant doom coffee) mugs out of Ivan last night and was very satisfied – especially since each mug seemed better than the last. I love a nice forgiving tea that doesn’t mind how long it steeps!
I think I shall go grab some tea lights so that I can activate Ivan’s “pretend samovar” mode and keep this nice and warm for afternoon drinking.