614 Tasting Notes
My tea of the morning…though really the french vanilla part feels more coffee than tea.
I can’t even believe the tea of the week this week. Almond Joy in a darn cup. They’re my favorite candies, too. I’m trying to hold out in case the Blueberry Cream Cheese danish comes back so I can just buy everything at once…and I shouldn’t even do this because I’m trying to abstain until 2/26.
WHY IS IT SO HARD TO STOP MYSELF FROM BUYING TEA???
I love that the dry leaf smells warm – like cinnamon apples steaming inside a freshly baked crust.
But I think that the dried apple bits that are in the dry leaf almost have a hibiscus effect here – they make the tea very tart even at the 3 minute mark. It’s a balancing act though because I like the strength of the base at 3 minutes – just not the extra astringence from the fruit. In other words, I need sugar to help bring the two flavors together.
Once the sugar gets added it is perfect – apple cider-esque with a cinnamon pastry feel on the end. I love apple pie, and this is a great way to have it without going through the prep work of the real thing. Yay for instant gratification!
Made this with milk and sugar yesterday morning to celebrate having a week off from work. Yay for random vacations!
I’ve been making an Excel spreadsheet for my tea collection to keep things in some semblance of order (since no matter how organized my actual stash is, the mishmash of tins always makes it seem sloppy). This one has it’s own tin, and will be kept in constant supply. I really think I enjoy it more than actual s’mores!
Argh! I broke my David’s Tea mug (the pretty clear one with the branches) yesterday before work. It didn’t shatter so much as just split cleanly into 3 large pieces. It’s like the world is determined for me to break my no tea-related purchases ban…
Anyway, before I hit the sack I wanted some Earl Grey. The steeped tea is always so dingy looking to me – it has an unattractive grayish hue that I just don’t really understand. It has no bearing on the taste though, fortunately!
Mmm. Creamy orange, orangey cream. I love this with milk and sugar…good thing I have a lot of it!
Had this as a latte at the Zen tea bar today with my mom. It’s the first time I’ve been there – or any tea room, for that matter. Mom tried the herbal Pitta blend (which was a nice combination of lemon and mint), but I wanted something decadent.
Steep notes: I don’t know, for a change! There’s something both awesome and unnerving (because I’m a control freak) about having tea made for me!
I didn’t really know what to think about it, though. I feel like there was an artificial caramel note that I could pick up on on some sips, and then not on others. And sometimes the texture would be nice and chocolatey rich, but then others – it seemed like it might have been made with skim milk and was therefore too thin for me. And then sometimes it tasted sweetened, but sometimes it didn’t…so weird, now that I think about it.
But I love that I got to try it, and that my mom and I got to just sit somewhere and relax with a pot/mug of tea and not feel rushed to go anywhere. Since mom teaches yoga and they offer classes I will probably go back with her one of these days to try it out. So fun!
This poor tea…
I killed it with both steeping time and hot water. My mom still loved it, but I thought it was too astringent for me. She said “it tastes like spinach water” and, as she is someone who totally drinks spinach water on occasion, I guess that’s not a bad thing. :)
Before it cooled and became too astringent, though, I thought the thick brothy texture was tasty. The dry leaf looked like grass clippings and it reminded me of spring. I can’t wait until it actually is spring again!
My mom bought some tea from Teavana’s heavenly sale this year and brought it up to my grandparents so we could try it. I also gave her an unopened pouch of their Dan Cong that I got from last year’s heavenly sale, since I’m still working through the other 6 oz. of it I got then, too!
This one had huge chunks of what looked like raspberries in there, but I couldn’t find raspberries in the ingredients themselves. Maybe those were the yumberries? I could also see the dried chunks of kiwi and strawberry. The oolong used was rolled in tight little balls – it was a greener oolong, maybe formosa? It smelled like vanilla/cream and fruit, but I don’t know why the vanilla was present because that’s not in the ingredients either!
Anyway – steeped this up at the below parameters, using a pretty sizable tsp. and a half. I figured it would be weak otherwise. The liquor was a very pale pink, and it retained the dry leaf smell. Tastewise, it was still quite delicate, but with a green oolong as the base that’s not too surprising. I really like it, actually. I used way too much leaf for it to be economical at its full price (well, back before it was discontinued!) but the slightly vegetal, creamy fruitiness would be fantastic iced.
This was one of four I made up today to have a mini tasting session with my grandparents and mom – it was so much fun to teach them about tea!
Woo hoo! This morning I woke up and the sun was out, and the sky was blue! It feels like so long since that’s happened, since it’s been raining for most of the week.
To celebrate the beautiful day and the fact that I’ve got an open schedule, I went for pancakes in a cup. I went gluten free as an experiment a few months ago, and recently tested the necessity of it by reintroducing wheat back in my system. Turns out – yeah, I have a definite sensitivity to gluten and need to keep it out of my diet. :(
So this will probably be the closest I get to actual, buttery mapley pancakes for the time being. That’s not really a bad thing though because this is really does mimic pancakes pretty darn good! I had two cups of it with some milk and sugar and I think I’m finally ready to get some things done today.
Happy weekend everyone!
So. I love black tea, and I love dan congs. Far and away they make me the happiest of any other teas out there. And when I saw this – a combination of dan cong AND a black tea – on Verdants website, well…. let’s just say that it didn’t take much to make me decide to add this to my cart when I finally placed an order.
I went with their western style brewing recommendations mostly because I don’t have a gaiwan but I do want to try it that way in the future as well. So – I guesstimated about 4 g. of tea and started with a 35 second infusion.
It smells strangely like a roasted green once steeped – like genmaicha or hojicha, maybe. But the texture is buttery smooth. I see avocado because of the texture alone, but combined with the ‘green’ smell I really think it becomes the prominent note. Once cooled honeyed flavors emerge as well. But I’m definitely not getting the salty/peachy dan cong elements I love so much. Maybe in a steep or two I will?
Steep two: 45 seconds – 1 minute. Even more avocado! This is absolutely amazing. Its the texture mostly. As it cools a maltier, cocoa note peeks through. Chocolate avocados. Who knew that would be so perfect?? Now that it’s cooled off completely the peachy aftertaste that is indicative of my beloved dan cong oolong is shining through, only it’s more of a grilled peach, which I’m assuming comes from the fact that the tea base is a black rather than oolong. I would say there are no words….but this small novel seems to show otherwise.
Steep three: One minute. Hmmm… hot I don’t get anything, strangely. Like – hot water, nothing. I’ll wait until this guy cools a bit….and once it’s cooled I only get the fainted notes of…genmaicha?! I’m going to let this steep a bit more to see if I can eke out any more flavor, but I love how mercurial this tea is. Green and black and oolong and fruity and honey and roasty all together and separate at the same time. An extra minute or two of steeping time brings the genmaicha-esque flavor out more but also adds a smidge of astringence. Not bad, just…I can tell it’s reaching it’s peak, you know?
I think I’ll just finish this infusion and call it good, but it was quite the adventure while it lasted! What a fun tea that was well worth the splurge!
What. a. week. It started with a light tap on my car bumper, and pretty much ended with calling a code on my floor at work. I’m glad it’s Friday, and I’ve got today and tomorrow (and most of Sunday) off.
My schedule is really wonky since I work nights now, but I was up to greet my boyfriend as he left for work and decided to make a latte out of my first time with this tea. It was definitely a good decision!
Steep notes: 2 tsp. leaf, 1 cup milk, 1 cup water, and 1.5 tsp. sugar.
This reminded me very strongly of the pumpkin chai from David’s Tea, in terms of spices and pumpkin flavor. This didn’t have any real ginger or cardamom, though – I mostly got cinnamon. There was also a custardy note (probably really helped by the milk and sugar) and it did kind of remind me of creme brulee! I went ahead and steeped the tea for the length of the cup and there wasn’t any astringence, either.
I will say that though 2013 is shaping up to be and has already been a rough year so far, I at least have discovered good tea to help guide me through it. The little things, right? Between Butiki and Della Terra I think it’s a good thing I’ve got some extra income on my hands….