305 Tasting Notes
Another one from my swap with shmiracles from last month!
I’m a lazy butt and I don’t want to look up what is in this tea, so I’m just going to say that it smells a whole lot like coconut and… nuttiness? Like Almonds. Just from the name, I’m assuming that it has Almonds and amaretto. What exactly is amaretto? I’ve had it in 2 teas already and my roommate last year was freaking out like crazy over my Apricot Amaretto from way long ago.
*to google I go!!
OH IT’S A TYPE OF ALCOHOL. NO WONDER WHY I’VE NEVER HEARD OF IT BEFORE.
Ahh well. This tea is interesting. I put boiling water in for 3 minutes, like I do for all black teas, and this ended up a bit sour? Not bitter, but sour. I’ve never had that happen to me before, but it’s interesting.
Definitely not a go-to tea for me, and not something I’d throw into my shopping cart, but it’s a nice tea to have if I’m ever craving these flavours :)
I got this from shmiracles like… last month? Ahh so many teas to drink, so little time!
Spending the weekend with my cousins because I have to bring my younger cousin to school tomorrow for a field trip and her parents are gone sooo PARTY AT THEIR HOUSE!!! **Tea party, that is :)
I brought a whole lot of teas with me, and I just brought my wee little teacup with the infuser because they do not drink tea at all and they don’t have tea equipment, so gotta bring my own stuff with me! All the teas I brought with me either has never been drunk before, or has only been drank once.
So today, I’m drinking this very chocolatey tea WHICH I FORGOT TO TIME SO I THINK IT’S DONE AHH Darn. I think it was getting a smidge bitter ahh well, it’s all good. It smells fine! If it’s bitter, then I’ll just think it’s dark chocolate, not sweet like milk :) I wasn’t the biggest fan of chocolate teas before, but now I’m starting to love them! I freakin love my toffee and marshmallow and cream and caramel teas though. Those are so good.
At first I thought this was going to be a nice cup from the smell, but I just tried it and yep, it got bitter aww :( Aww well. Maybe the second steeping might be better, and I’ll remember it this time!
Cold steep from last night!
Tasted a wee bit bitter with nothing, but I added a bit of honey and now it tastes like magic :) Kinda like it a bit more cold than hot :)
Not a tea that I love, but definitely a nice tea to have on hand. Now that I have no more of it, it’s time to try some other herbals from DAVIDs!
So I’m like super crazy excited for my trip to DAVIDs okay. Is it so weird to be excited to go to a tea place? I literally haven’t been to a tea store since last summer and I’m just so excited and I’m totally going to splurge and I don’t even care right now because I just can’t wait to go to San Francisco and BE BACK HOOOOME.
First I gotta finish my two finals and two essays though. Yeah that still needs to get done.
From MissB and I am definitely a matcha newbie!
I’ve always been interested in matcha and I figured that the mystery pack that she was doing was the perfect way to get just a small amount and IT’S GREAT.
Yes. Matcha newbie. Definitely don’t know how to prepare matcha and it was a total fail this morning but IT’S ALL GOOD I STILL ENJOYED IT SO I AM FINE.
This tea is great though. I could really smell it from the package and it was super nice and I definitely don’t know how to make this tea so I’m going to shut up now.
So I love my rooibos teas oversteeped (especially this one) so I put this tea directly into my timolino and attached the mesh infuser and now I’m just drinking out the top so I don’t end up drinking all the rooibos.
Dude wait. I could have just put it into the mesh and drank out of the timolino itself! I just thought of that now wow.
But class hasn’t started yet and someone exclaimed “It smells like brown sugar!!”
And I’m just.. yeah that’s me.
CLASS IS STARTING.
Tasting note #300!
Dude. This is one of the teas that I’ve been eyeing for so long since I love jasmine so much and this one is just dang GORGEOUS!
I was going to wait till the end of the month when I visit DAVIDs, but MissB decided to throw this in the mystery pack I bought from her and I squealed when I saw it!
The leaves dry are just bursting with flavour. Not like overwhelming, but just great and mellow and beautiful and delicate and they’re rolled up in the shape of butterflies which makes it even better and ahhh it’s the best tea ever okay.
The Jasmine just comes out beautifully as it steeps and the leaves unravel and they’re huge and gorgeous and oh my gosh this tea is just the best tea in the entire world.
I’ve got about 10g left and I’m going to make this last as long as I can. I’ll just inhale it and then tell myself that I shouldn’t have some because there are other teas in my cupboard that needs some love.
This may be one of my favourite jasmine teas out there. Just because it’s rolled up so nicely, it’s like… ahhh I love this tea so much.
Thank you TONS MissB!!
I’ve never had Guayusa before. With exploration on the DAVIDs site, I feel like it’s in the Mate family? I don’t even know why friends think I’m a tea expert. I just drink tea and I really don’t know much about it haha.
I’m just assuming that it has like natural caffeine in it. DAVIDs say it is a stimulant soooo I kinda need the energy since we’re cleaning the kitchens today! Aww this is the last time I’ll ever be in the kitchens this year :( I’ll be in them again in a bit over a year though :)
But dry, this smelled nice and bright! It smells like… a thing.. But I can’t remember what that thing is though.
Now it’s steeping and it’s picking up a smokier/toastier flavour?
And now.. dude. It’s like smoky, but tastes fresh. Like it’s so weird, but IT WORKS.
I actually really like this, wow. Probably not an everyday kind of tea, but a tea where I’ll utilize its caffeine content for days like today :) Definitely a morning tea. I don’t know if my body can handle this after Dinner hahah
I do get the faint cider flavours though! During new years, my aunt makes sure to buy a costco pack of apple cider because my cousins and I always drink a whole lot ahha. I love all versions of cider and looks like this is going into my cider-love list :)
Oh my gosh. So I was drinking tea earlier and my roommate dropped her pretzels and I exclaimed “FOOD FELL!!!” right when our other roommate and her boyfriend walked in! And both of them were all “Kyra, are you drinking caffeine again?” and I was all… no…
I told them that it was 7pm and so no more caffeine for me and I held up my package of Lemongrass. And then Levi decided to give me some chocolate and Laura was all “Levi, no. She can’t have any more sugar”
I’m seriously laughing right now because I totally act like a 5 year old. We totally had this conversation with another one of my roommates last night ahha.
But Laura and Levi left and Laura said she’ll be back sometime around midnight and I was al “You bet I’ll be up :))”
So yeah. Caffeine turns me into a 5 year old.
Luckily Monica and I are going to have a matcha party right before her 9am class.
OKAY TEA. LEMONGRASS.
I’ve never had straight lemongrass. I’ve blended this into my chamomile or minty teas, but never lemongrass alone. It smells like… curry? No. Like some sort of zesty spice that’s really good but I can’t put my finger on it right now.
It tastes really good as well!
I didn’t know how to make this tea though. I thought that 3g would be a bit much since it’s so light, but Ido tend to like my herbals and rooibos more flavourful. So I just did 2g in my smaller teacup, that way if I want more, resteeping it would be easy peasy, lemon squeezey.
I AM LAUGHING SO HARD RIGHT NOW. I really didn’t want to make dinner tonight. Like it’s dead week so I’m just worried about school and it’s already 8pm and I don’t have the time to make dinner! If I can live on tea and air alone, that’d be great.
I remembered that I had a slice of chocolate cake in the fridge so… looks like it’s cake for dinner :) I’m the definition of a 5year old child right now.
Shout out to shmiracles for sending this to me! Looks like I’ll get that sipdown after all :)
A whiff of this and I was all WOW it smells flowery and fruity and… mediciny. Everything cherry or grape flavoured just reminds me of medicine okay.
But that doesn’t stop me! I shall try this tea and see how I like it :)
Oh hello cherries, it’s nice to smell you again.
Oh oh.. cherries are running away now that the tea is steeping longer! Well, I am perfectly okay with that :)
Before, I was a bit hesitant with this tea, but now it’s mellowed out a bit and the cherries aren’t as harsh so that’s what I love :)
The cherries definitely have a bite to it, but it’s nice. I feel like my water may have been a bit too hot because it’s getting to the slight bitterness of the tea, but it’s all good!
The smell from the package wasn’t the most pleasant, but the taste of it is all that matters, and it’s pretty good!
I wanted to drink a couple teas from my sipdown pile (hence this photo: http://instagram.com/p/ldrYIRvhCI/) but I wanted black tea and none of the black teas in my sipdown pile was really calling my name.
So if I can’t sip a tea down, might as well drink tea and put the remainder of that tea in with all the other teas to get sipped down!
So this one was from MissB which I got not too long ago :)
Dry, it smells like your basic black tea. Like dry and dusty and antique and books and old people and nice :) No seriously. My roommate completely agrees with me when it smells all ancient and old and beautiful and just full of lovely memories. THAT’S BLACK TEA FOR YOU.
But this tea tastes like… black tea. A special kind of black tea though. It just takes me back to memories and wonderful times with friends and family and it takes me to the lovely laid back side of my Mind Palace, not the weirdo scientific/mathy/problem solving Mind Palace.
Overall, a very pleasant tea :)