508 Tasting Notes
I’ve been feeling like green tea lately since flavoured blacks (and maybe with milk) don’t appeal to me right now. Probably due to the chocolate I’ve been rewarding myself with over the past few days.
So I thought I’d give this another try and it’s still a little sour. I don’t get the buttery nuance that peeps keep talking about, but it does taste vegetal, and the grapefruit is too delicate to compete with the base, I find. Maybe I just suck.
But FWIW, I’m sure Dragon Wells aren’t my thing at all. Although With Open Eyes is awesome.
Veronica mentioned popcorn in tea and now I want this. :) Frankly, I actually just want to chug two litres of water, but I’ll have some of this too.
I was bad and bought a copy of Rolling Stone’s special edition Paul McCartney issue. And a whole bunch of chocolate. And went out for a veggie burger at the Scottish pub. I was a bit extravagant today.
So this tea will bring me down to earth. Cheap but oh so fine.
Oh look, it’s Steepster. Real life! I just finished my final paper. ‘Twas over 51 pages. I can’t even.
I really haven’t been drinking anything at all over the past couple days, so all I want to do is quench my thirst with some cold brew. Cherries!
I need other kinds of sustenance. Subway maybe? And then more tea. :)
I just had four cups of this, but with two infusions since I steeped two cups at a time. Malty and delicious, but maybe not the best on an empty stomach.
It sucks, I still want to try out the third infusion since it’s been a while since I tried a third infusion of this. Maaaybe later.
I really shouldn’t have since it’s midnight, but I’m getting sick of writing this paper and felt that I needed a little boost even though I should go to bed and try to get up earlier tomorrow. I made this with some milk and a hefty helping of Bailey’s Irish Cream. It’s necessary. Oh, believe me, it is.
I think I prefer Bailey’s with homemade cocoa (Fry’s cocoa with milk and sugar) but it pairs nicely with the hazelnutty/coffee notes in this tea. I also way overleafed. I was staring down into my measuring cup like a zombie, mindlessly pouring the leaf directly from the pouch, and twice the recommended amount ended up in there. So it’s a strong cup too.
Hot diggity, the holidays can’t come soon enough.
Some jerkwad decided it would be funny to pull the fire alarm at 6am, and we didn’t get back in until 6:30. Took me forever to fall back asleep, and accidentally slept until 1:30. AHH! I just finished writing over two craptacular pages for my paper and decided, finally, at nearly 5:30pm to have my first cup of tea today.
I ordered this with the “There’s Matcha in There?!” level of flavouring, basic grade. The matcha is mossy green in colour and smells slightly honey-ish, but not like bee pollen, really.
I combined the matcha with a teaspoon of honey and half a cup of milk, and am sitting here enjoying this hot. I know the honey will compromise the flavour, but I’ve actually had it plain before, and the bee pollen flavouring is ultra mild. I think it’s here for its health benefits more than anything else.
Sorry for the rant, but I’m 99% sure my 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.
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.