1567 Tasting Notes
Yikes, it took me this long to enter all these Amoda teas into the system and actually try one. It’s been a obnoxious last few days, quite frankly, so now I’m just trying to sort through some of the stupidity that has been thrown my way and enjoy some good things in life in the process.
This is so ridiculously pepperminty that when you initially steep the tea, it smells like straight up peppermint tea, but once you sip on it, oh, there’s the black base, and there’s the smooth vanilla. Hmm, it’s similar to Della Terra’s Swiss Mountain in terms of the level of minty freshness. The chocolate is on the weaker side but I don’t mind since all the flavours blend together so well and create a joyous cup.
I think what I’m learning is that I tend to enjoy chocolate mint teas that are very generous with the peppermint leaf. Loved Swiss Mountain which was very generous with it, and besides Shamrocks & Shenanigans (a lot more vanilla in that one), was a favourite chocolate mint tea from Della Terra. And as everyone knows, I’m obsessed with Zen Tea’s rooibos offering, which is packed with peppermint leaves. Although not chocolate mint, compare these to DAVIDsTEA’s Santa’s Secret, which while decent, lacks that ultra frosty peppermint bite.
I added some whole milk to my mug after a few cups and I find it brings out the creamy chocolate vanilla aspect more, making this less of a straight up peppermint tea and more of a creamy dessert tea.
What an interesting day. I interviewed earlier today for a potential promotion, and I think it went well, plus they seemed to really like me, but who knows what’ll happen. I also just bought concert tickets. My favourite band, Katatonia, is coming to town! Plus my Amoda order arrived today but I still need to add everything to my cupboard.
Now I’m dead tired and still trying to fight off this sickness. I have a headache and mild fever, still, after over a week, plus my neck still hurts from when I fainted and fell last month. So I’m being ultra lazy and useless just bumming around.
But tea! This smells like bee pollen at the farmer’s market, 100%. I was anticipating being smacked in the face with chamomile, but surprises are surprising. The honey really comes through in the flavour and complaints the chamomile wonderfully. You know what? I like this more today than when I had it for the first time the other week. It’s soothing and so smooth for chamomile, which can sometimes be a bit much, especially on its own. I’m not quite sure if I would buy more, but it’s a dope sidekick, at least when you’re sick.
I brought the entire pouch of this tea with me to work a while back, leaving it in my locker and hoping to polish it off there, but yesterday was finally the first time actually brewing a cup there. I used a tea bag and just left it in my mug while I was sipping on it, and it didn’t go bitter at all. Whatever temperature the hot water which our Keurig dispenses seems to stay kind to tea. The flavours and freshness have been holding up well considering that I’ve had this for ten months now. Still malty and slightly honey-ish, and no dusty or stale notes to be had.
Speaking of work, I did my very first full makeover on a customer yesterday and it seemed to be a success despite it being a terrifying experience for myself. She claimed she liked it! And co-workers said it looked sultry but I hope they weren’t all just being nice. Nothing is scarier than applying eyeliner on someone else haha.
Sipped this down with whole milk, and my mom had a mug as well. At first, she didn’t want any milk (she is so freaking picky about it and claims it makes things taste like cow) but after taking a few sips sans milk she thought to try it out and ended up loving it. It just ties all the cocoa and mint flavours together, transforming this into an ultra desserty cup of greatness. Still not my favourite chocolate mint tea, but very good nonetheless.
Protein smoothie of the day:
45g Cellucor cinnamon bun whey protein
250ml Silk unsweetened cashew milk
Healthy dashes of cinnamon and nutmeg
94g frozen banana
70g frozen mixed strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries
I can hardly taste the matcha because the spices and fruits form a supergroup of flavour, but I’m having it for its antioxidant value, anyway.
Morning cup of tea, yo. I wrote in a previous note that I couldn’t detect the cocoa in here but I think I could this time? The orange and clove notes in here are so strong that anything else hardly has a chance. If I concentrate really hard, I taste a faint touch of cocoa at the very end blended in with the milk. It could also be a figment of my imagination.
By the way, I made my first tea order of 2017! I randomly went with Amoda since I haven’t ordered from them in over a year and they have a lot of interesting blends at the moment. I haven’t ordered anything since early autumn either so I’m super stoked to get some new tea. :D
I’m not in the mood for caffeine right now so seeing that I’m bumming around all day at home fighting off a flu and need to stay hydrated, why not have a pot of Oksusu cha simmering throughout the day? This is aways so deliciously toasty, like liquid buttered popcorn. It just keeps getting better throughout the day, and I actually prefer the subsequent cups when the flavour develops more, and although weaker, seems to have a nicer flavour.
Although, I ended up deliberately adding less corn to the pot than recommended, and I actually prefer this first cup to previous first cups. Usually the first couple cups have a richer brown sugar-like liquor and the toasty notes are über pronounced, then the subsequent straw-coloured liquor is not as sharp and roasty, but more buttery. This first cup is halfway between those two worlds.
This second cup is quite delicate already, but I haven’t let it simmer as long as usual. In the end, it’s all good. You can’t really screw this up.
Wicked cool finding this at Winners. They had quite a few of theirs available but in the end, this was the only one that seemed worthwhile. I won’t be rating this just yet seeing that, in the end, I do have the flu and was luckily sent home today since a co-worker so happened to be scheduled to come in for a shorter mid-shift and was ok with taking my closing hours. All of those times I covered for everyone else has paid off! I insisted on staying if she had plans tonight but she reassured me she didn’t and didn’t mind. Phew, I’ve gotten worse throughout the evening with body aches and fatigue, sorer throat, etc, so I couldn’t imagine being there still.
The dry leaf smells mostly of red fruits, and quite frankly, this aligns with the taste. Granted, my tastebuds are currently compromised, but I bought this before I got sick and it even smelled mostly of red fruits then, as well. Maybe a soft rose note scent-wise, but I’m definitely not getting that in the flavour.
It’s nice to experience a green tea that doesn’t go bitter extremely easily either.