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My Dad brought me some home baked muffins today when he came to visit, and I’m having one right now. It’s ok but it tastes ‘healthy’. Healthy is not typically a word I use to describe the foods I really like…
This is a cold brew (12 hours total steep time), and it feels a little heavy handed on the Bergamot – but that could just be because it’s late at night and I associate EG with morning teas. I don’t know – it’s oddly “musty” too though. Tea shouldn’t taste musty…
The Houseguests are being really amusing right now!
Yesterday morning I awoke to find that there was no hot water, thinking it was the pilot light on the boiler (which is ancient and has instructions which may as well be in a foreign language) so I left it for my husband to do when he got home. He arrived home (late due to overtime) and had a fiddle around for half hour before enlightening me that it’s not the pilot light. On top of the hot water there is also no central heating. So I phoned up the gas company this morning and they sent someone over to have a look (he too was late). The man said his name was Wayne and after ten minutes of reading the instructions and starring intently he had to phone a Mr Gotham. My face lit up, Wayne…Mr Gotham…I knew where this was leading. When he got off the phone I as casually as I could asked what time Batman would be over (not being able to hide the smirk on my face for long). The only response I got was a blank expression and a quiet ‘What?’. I thought it was Batman comedy gold but gas engineers apparently are oblivious to it. Oh well, made myself chuckle anyway! Long story short – Boiler still doesn’t work so I have tomorrow morning off work while Mr Gotham comes over to inspect it himself.
So here I sit with my Genmaicha, a smile on my face and the start of a Civilization V game. Oh well, it could be worse.
The blend that I loved so much that I purchased and produced 550g worth. Am I crazy? Perhaps, but aren’t we all? My husband says this tea tastes like shredded wheat and well it does bare that resemblance. It’s a nice full on Genmaicha because of the Hojicha so it does have that lovely toasted charm. Through the toast I can taste the sweetness of the Bancha and the blend lightens and becomes almost grassy and green.
Plus I also love that each pot is good for two steeps :D
Just as a side note – I will not be rating or recommending this tea as it seems unfair of me to do so.
I really like genmaicha and I’ve been looking for one solid brand to keep as a staple. Now I just need to find a way to get KittyLovesTea to produce this in large quantities, because this is seriously good. Very well-blended, just the right amount of toasty to me (I really love toasty) and with a nicely balanced tea base. I’m impressed!
Additives are not my thing, but if I had any maple sugar lying around, I would put some in, and this might be the EU swap version of DT’s Movie Night.
I’m going to snag a little bit more and put in a sample bag for later use, but there is plenty left – the rest of you should really try it.
[Sample from the second round of the EU Travelling Box, spring 2014.]
Thank you Roswell Strange for the chance to try your custom blend. It is not my favorite but I am super impressed at how you were able to turn 3 teas that were not so great into something fairly tasty. This is floral and lemony but not overwhelmingly so. Not bad!
Flavors: Flowers, Lemon Zest
I made tea tonight for both Tre and I, and this is what he ended up having. He asked for something with “No cinnamon, licorice or lemon” and I was already making this for him when I remembered that a third of this is DT’s Earl of Lemon (a flavour he didn’t want) and a third is McQuarrie’s “Ontario Ice Wine” (a flavour he absolutely hated and flat out refused to be served). Oops.
I stole a few sips from his mug before I doused it in sugar and passed it off. It tasted pretty good, maybe a little bergamot heavy though.
It worked out – he liked it for the most part (said he could taste the Goji). He didn’t mention noticing the lemon or the ice wine in it – so yay for that!
Flavors: Berries, Flowers, Lemon Zest, Melon
Well Roswell Strange, this is a pretty successful blend I would say. I was very hesitant given it smelled pretty floral but it is not overpowering. This is buttery, floral, citrusy, and just a bit tart. All flavors I usually don’t like but they are all balanced pretty perfectly. I don’t think I would reach for this but at the same time I doubt I would have much trouble getting through the sample. Good job at combining teas that you didn’t love to make a pretty good mix and thank you for sharing!
Flavors: Flowers, Lemon Zest
Finished off the last of my cold brew of this with breakfast, and forgot to log it. It was nice enough, and refreshing though I think I may need to crank down the settings in my Fridge because it was more like having a Bergamot Slushie – my fridge is apparently that cold…
Now I’ve got some White Angel cold brewing for tomorrow!
It’s amazing how certain combinations of blends can create an enjoyable tea when the blends used individually were really quite unappealing.
This blend mixes three blends I didn’t like in a 1:1:1 ratio, and somehow that created a really lovely fruity, light Bergamot drink. After sending some of this as an extra to VariaTEA I decided that I definitely needed to try this cold brewed, so that’s exactly what I did!
I think my small pitcher worth of this cold brewed for around 15 hours – possibly a little less. The smell is definitely Bergamot, almost entirely straight Bergamot; but the taste is a nice balance of Bergamot and sweet fruits like red berries and fresh citrus like lemon. Quite refreshing!
VariaTEA, I think the sample I sent you of this was pretty large so I definitely recommend trying this hot and cold!
Well… as it is the ‘Holiday Season,’ I am giving my loved ones tea. The special friend of mine that will be receiving this tea, drinks about two *$ Venti Soy Vanilla Lattes a day. Thus, I decided to create a tea alternative. It’s a very subtle tea, but I think that she will appreciate the flavor profiles. With unsweetened vanilla almond milk and a tad of sweetener, it bears a decent resemblance to her brew of choice.
Decided to try my “Frankenstein” tea again, to see if it’s as good a second time around. I’m sipping at it as a bedtime tea while enjoying a late night snack/supper of sloppy Joe styled princess Alphagettis…
Second time I’m not nearly as floored, but I think that’s because the first time my expectation were so low that even just a decent/mediocre tasting tea would have seemed crazy delicious and exceptional to me.
I am getting a light bergamot, and the lemon/goji/berry notes give it this really weird but appetizing taste. Tonight, the mouthfeel is quite a bit thicker than I recall it being…
Also, I’m weeping inside right now… I just finished watching tonight’s Supernatural episode and I wont give anything away for anyone who hasn’t seen it but I’m just so, so heartbroken and it really makes me wish that I wasn’t caught up right now, and I could go back to the (somewhat) happier episodes earlier on. :’(
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Today I decided to do a custom blend featuring Upton’s Fuding White Treasure and Harney & Sons Nahorhabi full leaf Assam. If you’re interested, my reviews can be found here:
Initially, I was a little concerned that the Assam would mask some of the subtleties of the white tea, so it’s possible that I used more white tea than I normally would if I were drinking it straight. I used 2-3 grams in my glass press for my 8 oz cup. For the Assam, I used about 3/4-1 tsp. While steeping the tea, I was picking up more of the nutty or roasty quality of the white tea, and only slight aromatic qualities of the Assam. Had I under compensated and not used enough black tea?
The cup color was midway between each tea, being light brown in nature. Even in the cup, I was detecting more white tea aromatics, and only light maltiness from the black tea. On my palate, surprisingly the Fuding White dominated with its roasted taste, and I was only noticing light, malty, chocolate flavors. I believe the white tea smoothed out the Assam. I was amazed it had turned out this good for totally guessing on the amounts of tea. While my first cup was smooth & delicious, I was hoping for just a bit more of the Assam character and flavor.
I decided to reuse the steeped leaves for my second cup, adding roughly 1.5 tsps of the Fuding White & about 3/4-1 tsp. of the Nahorhabi Assam. Did I now run the risk of the black tea masking the white tea? Steeping aromas were more malty chocolate Assam, but the white toasty aromas were lightly noticeable. :)) Cup color was still a mixture of the two teas but darker. Cup aromas were more malty & chocolaty, but the roasty quality of the Fuding White refused to whimper away. The Assam flavors were leading here, with the toastiness shadowing the sunlight. The flavors on my palate were deeper, but still sssoooo smooth & delicious! :)) [2:45 at 185-195F].
I’ve gotten the best of both worlds with my custom black & white blend today. The first cup showcased more of the Fuding White Treasure, and in the more balanced second cup the Assam was master. All in all, quite a harmonious blend, like a good friendship.
Speaking of friendships, my loving Beagle Cookie died 10 years ago today. While it was a very sad day & time, I still think of her quite often, usually remembering the happy times! We used to go for walks almost every day-she (we) loved our walks! I still remember how I would worry when she snuck out “on the prowl” all night long. :// She used to love to chase rabbits (she was a rabbit dog), outside kitties, and eat crickets. I’ll never forget those clear, bright, sunny, blue sky days, when she used to roll on her back in the grass with a smile on her face [YES, I said smile :)) ]. She always enjoyed chasing butterflies-running, trying to catch them in the sunlight! :))
Oh, how the memories return, and give me sadness & JOY! :)) :
Cupped & Reviewed: Saturday, July 7, 2012.