502 Tasting Notes
Sorry for the rant, but I’m 99% sure my supervisor/prof wants me to have a stroke. Every paragraph of this final paper, it’s why this and how so that, expecting me to elaborate on stuff that not a single source even does. Like uh ok, if already a bunch of articles published in scientific journals don’t say why or how, then how am I expected to. This paper will probably be 35+ pages long once I’m done, and it still won’t be good enough. Ugh.
So I need a ray of sunshine in my life, and Pink Passionfruit is just it. Cold-brewed as usual. So bright and fruity, a little tart, and there’s a yummy sparkly note in there too. This kind of flavour profile would make an excellent wine cooler.
I bought a bottle of strong Belgian-style ale the other day, and I’m finding it too strong tonight, so I decided to turn it into a fruity ale by adding some Juicy Cherry I’ve had cold-steeping in the fridge for a day. Much better! I love cherry ales so this works fantastically.
To all my student Steepster peeps, best of luck on final exams and papers. In the words of Tony Little: “You can do it!”
Wow, 500th tasting note! Cowabunga? Genmaicha is like a comfort food to me, so between finishing off the term and battling some virus that wants to take over my body, this is an excellent choice.
When I steeped the leaves the first time, honestly, I was a little scared. It smelled more vegetal than what I prefer. No roastiness, oddly. Haha my iPad just autocorrected ‘oddly’ to ‘diddly’. And I’m sitting invigilating a make up exam, so I can’t laugh at the stupidity.
Anyway, yes, unexpected grassy, vegetal aroma. So I was hesitant to take that first sip. But it was good! The roastiness is luckily there with an added fresh, clean note that most genmaichas don’t have. It’s smooth, yet crisp, and slightly toasty.
I’m currently on the second steep and it’s pretty good too. Not as toasty but not bitter or vegetal. Still smooth.
Great Genmaicha, but honestly, for a fraction of a cost, I can have the Uji one you can pick up in grocery stores, and it’s roastier, which is how I prefer them.
Successful sip down. I ripped through my last pouch in not even a week. Kept cold brewing a 2L jug every day.
I’ll truly miss this refreshing, smooth lime marshmallow cloud. It’s always been one of my favourite 52teas blends, but as mentioned last time, I found this last batch to be a little more bitter than previous ones, so I think I won’t bother ordering it again.
Aww, I sipped this down last night. I would definitely love to order more, and was hoping to get in an order this weekend but time is ticking! I still have a few teas from last order that I haven’t tried yet now, so now I feel obligated to rip them open and try them out (even though I hate having 49382 things opened simultaneously).
But this one has a great balance of flavours, and as mentioned before, this yields a magnificent home brewed chai, a compliment I pretty much never give to other chai blends. :)
Sipdown of this glorious tea but hey, I have another 2 oz. on the way so whatevz!
Unrelated, but I just wasted like 1.5 hours working on a Harney & Sons mock order and for some reason this time it kept giving me $35+ for shipping on a $40 order even though according to the site, an order under $50 = $15 shipping to Canada. Sigh.
Sorry I haven’t had the time to read everyone’s tasting notes lately. I’m scrambling to prepare for my fifth and final presentation for the semester, and am simultaneously trying out some of the Verdant teas I’ve been neglecting to figure out whether or not I should order some stuff during this weekend sale.
I cold brewed my sample of this. Dumped it in my 500ml measuring cup and let it steep in the fridge for about six hours. I’m left with a ruby red tisane smelling like… herbs?
I took a sip before reading the ingredients list, and right behind the tart hibiscus note, I thought to myself, “Huh? Am I tasting licorice in here?” And so I am! And there’s a powerful lingering herbal note that I’m picking up. Turns out that’s the coriander. I’m one of the lucky ones whose taste buds interpret cilantro as metal, and while coriander doesn’t quite do that to me, it’s still off-putting for me. This tisane leaves such a weird feeling on the tongue. I can barely tastes the berries in here.
The licorice and coriander are even overpowering the rose, which sucks. I liked the sound of berries and rose together. If I go a couple minutes without taking a sip, I’m only left with the licorice lingering on my tongue, which I don’t mind, as I really like licorice root, but it is so out of place here.
I appreciate the creativity but all this has done is remind me that I don’t like coriander. The more I sniff the concoction, the dirtier/muskier the coriander smells to me. Oh well.
I survived Black Friday. First time ever participating in the event. I got some stuff at BBW and the Bay, and got a free gift from Rocky Mountain soap company. I walked into Teavana and was there for all of five seconds before walking out, and neeearly bought the last tin of Sloane’s Peaches and Cream at Chapter’s but then realized I probably wouldn’t like it despite the $3.75 price tag (yes, you read that right. I’m strong-willed).
OH YEAH, NEVERMIND, I MADE A BUTIKI ORDER AT 2AM LAST NIGHT.
Despite the fact I have a final presentation that I haven’t even started preparing for yet, since I feel like I’m getting sick again (oh great…), I thought I’d try my sample of this I ordered back in August and put off the schoolwork even more.
Frankincense! That’s crazy talk. This actually smelled very peppery when I opened the packet. And I’m afraid of the jasmine but this will nevertheless be an experience.
This kind of tastes like freshly cracked black pepper. I haven’t had a steak in fifteen years, but I swear this tastes like a mix of black peppery seasoning that you’d slap on a steak that just had its arse BBQ’d off. Or like black pepper-encrusted beef jerky. I think you get my point. And that’s not really a bad thing.
Perhaps the frankincense is giving off that smokey vibe. Not smokey at all like a lapsang, and not earthy like a pu-erh either. For once in its life, the jasmine has decided to pipe down. Usually it won’t shut up. This is an interesting tea, alright.
The golden liquor is most likely due to the saffron but unfortunately, I don’t get any saffron. But considering all the notes it’s competing with, you really can’t expect to detect it.
I better get to my work because I’m getting Earl of Anxious here.
I can’t believe I made my Zen Tea order back in the spring and there are still some that I haven’t even opened yet. This should have been done a long time ago!
If you like your roasty oolongs, this one is rather satisfying. The first cup is like roasted fruits or something. The second steep is even roastier, and the liquor is even darker than the first infusion. It kind of tastes like toasted bread crusts.
This tasted better this time around, but probably because I intentionally overleafed. I also steeped two cups worth at once, and the base turned out stronger than before. I think I actually like it better now because the base is drowning out the flavouring which doesn’t even taste like caramel or vanilla to me anyway. Maaaybe a bit of caramel, but overall, it has a weird undertone.
That said, trying to get the base to overpower the flavouring is my best option. I’m a huge fan of Assam, so a strong brew of it combined with some half and half is always a good option.
I drank it pretty fast and already turned on the kettle to make something else.