417 Tasting Notes
So I’m back in California for a bit and found a way to easily transport a bunch of tea samples and a tea ball with me, so I’m anticipating a few sipdowns while I’m here. I started off this morning with a nice strong cup of this English Breakfast. Even though the semester is over, I still have a take-home final that I need to work on, so I’m sipping on this to wake up my brain. Maybe later today I will reward myself with some very much missed In-N-Out!
I was a bit skeptical about signing up for Steepster select because I can be picky, but I’m really excited to try all of these teas! Anyway, this is the first tea I’m trying from this month’s package. There is definitely a strong roasted taste with maybe just a bit of smokiness. It’s also surprisingly sweet. For me, roasted + sweet + oolong is turning out to be one of my favorite combos, so I’m really enjoying this one!
Hmm, interesting. Grabbed a cup of this at Starbucks on the way to school. By the time I got there, I think it oversteeped. I’m tasting mostly black and some oolong. Very bold and a bit bitter (probably because of the oversteeping). Also, the tea bag is pretty huge compared to my “Tall” cup. Anyway, the tea seems a bit plain for me, but I’m using it more for caffeine purposes, so it is doing its job!
Sample sipdown! My cupboard is flooded with new Cyber Monday teas, so while I am sad to see this go, it’s a bit of a relief to have one less tea to worry about sitting around and getting stale. This is a nice green oolong that is naturally somewhat sweet and has a bit of a nutty taste to it. I think I prefer darker/roastier oolongs in general, but out of the greener oolongs, I really do enjoy this one. Thanks again to Teavivre for this free sample!
After getting really into Japanese greens, I tasted a bunch of different houjichas and this is one that I decided to reorder. I think I have like 4 oz of this stuff now, so I took this morning as an opportunity to start drinking up! Just enough roasted taste without being overwhelming and resteeps well. I have a feeling it won’t take me too long to go through this batch :)
Ok, so this is my first attempt ever to make a matcha latte. Seeing how I don’t have any of the proper equipment like a bamboo whisk or whatever, I think I did okay. I think I could have used more matcha to milk ratio because it tastes mostly like warm caramel-flavored milk to me. I was reading online about matcha lattes and how some people opt to add sugar. I’m glad that I tasted it before I did because it is extremely sweet on its own. Maybe it’s because I didn’t add enough matcha, but I am not getting much of the matcha taste itself. I am, however, getting an overwhelming caramel, so maybe it is just the caramel masking other tastes. Anyway, I still have enough to go at it again, so I will try try again!
Nothing gets me through a stack of articles about depression for my cardiovascular health class like a nice strong cup of Zhu Rong. I used a little more leaf than I usually do and got a nice bold black tea base with all the other usual flavors trailing behind it. Normally I wouldn’t prefer it as strong, but it seems appropriate this morning.