1502 Tasting Notes
Rant on. I am right at the limit on my monthly internet (20 Gb) They will probably shut my account down shortly. It will restart tomorrow on the first of the month. Verizon suddenly refused to renegotiate with our provider. Verizon’s greed knows no bounds. They doubled our monthly bill when they took over. $100 for internet and I can’t even watch TV shows or movies – seriously? I live in the middle of nowhere. It is overpriced wifi or nothing. Rant off.
So this morning I mixed some organic green tea powder with 2% milk and added a splash of caramel syrup (zero calories) and a half splash vanilla syrup. I got them in the coffee/tea section at Walmart. Have so say, it is pretty tasty. It is not quite Starbucks but it is as close as I have gotten. Also have to say that as cheap as this green tea powder is, it is close enough. Basically the only calories are in the 2% milk. I try to start my day with a glass of milk. I usually use chocolate syrup. I think I like this better, which is good because I have like 5 ounces of green tea powder. I do miss the vivid green of Starbucks – this is more clay colored – but I’ll get over it.
See you on the first. Stupid Verizon.
Morning cup. First off I just noticed this is Bolder Breakfast not Boulder Breakfast like I spelled it on my blog a while back. Had to fix it. Second, I didn’t feel like searching to post, so I typed bolder breakfast into the search. There seems to be at least 3 different listings for the same tea. Such is Steepster in the morning. My blurry head tastes chocolate, something mildly spicy, and pu’er. That’s all I got until I wake up. I recall it being awesome from last time.
I thought this tea had at least two listing. I picked one and went with it. Then realized it was in the wrong place. I’m not OCD but I fixed it anyway.
Scouring through my drawer today I stumbled upon this one. Apologies to Life In Teacup for misplacing it. It’s all good as today was the perfect day to sit with this lovely tea. The leaf pellets are very tiny and dark but really expand. The wet leaf is highly roasted in scent. The sip is medium to light roasted. I really like this one. It is sweet and tastes like roasted honey (can you do that?). I can definitely see why some called this nutty. After reading it, I totally agree. Seems thick like milk but has more glide. Not sure that makes sense either. This is light and refreshing and not the heavy chunk of roasting I normally associate with darker oolongs. I taste the Taiwan mountain oolong in the lingering aftertaste but it isn’t super floral or latex like some. This is just all around a nice cup for a rainy dreary day.
This is my favorite tea from The Persimmon Tree. The other reviews run the full range from hate it to love it and all points in between. The base green is a strong vegetal tea bordering on bitter but it is the good kind. The lotus is light. Mixing with the green base it takes on anise and vanilla notes. Unlike anything else I’ve had. Nothing like Tazo Lotus which is decaf bagged with a wimpy green base. That one is a lovely simple floral tea. This one is full bodied and complex with the base standing along side the floral. Love.
Afternoon tea. When you sniff the wet leaf you can almost smell the green tops on the strawberries. Yum. The taste is lighter than the aroma. On one hand I kind of want more, on the other I realize it would be more like Kool-Aid or something if it were more strawberry. It is a fine line. As I continue to sip I decide this has been done correctly. I can taste tea, and the strawberry lingers nicely in the aftertaste. I keep thinking I’ll add ice but it keeps disappearing before I get the chance. Good choice today.
Look at me, grabbing an Assam first thing in the morning – on purpose. It has taken a very long time to get over my mistrust. Cheap bagged Assam tea will do that to you. This one is helping in my recovery. Not sure what I did differently today but this is nicely malty.I thought it was very light last time. More leaf maybe. Yes, it still has some cheek tingle and I think I need to get something to eat with it but it is hardly the beige meh I considered all of Assamdom in the past.
Terri was amazed at the dry leaf scent. I didn’t really detect much of any. That is OK because the wet leaf more than made up for it. While the leaf was still steaming hot, this was mostly just dark roasted notes but as it cooled a moment it made a magical transition. This aroma of spices and a fruit (maybe apple?) came forth. It reminded me of an incense I burned years ago. I don’t recall ever smelling sandalwood before that that is the description Verdant uses. I’ll agree because I don’t know better :)
I have never had aged on purpose tieguanyin so I did not know what to expect. The taste is far smoother, silky even, than I expected. It has a little side tongue tingle but no harsh edges. The roast and the oolong notes are mild and very well behaved. The aftertaste is sweet like a mix of honey and raisin.
I am not normally a big fan of dark roasted oolong but this was a wonderfully surprising cup. I very much enjoyed it and am looking forward to more steeps. Thanks Terri for sharing.
I have barely had time to drink tea lately, much less post about it. I did manage to get in a cup of this last night. I wanted sugar cookie but only have a few bags left. This one I have a box and a half of so it is my go to for a while in the evenings. It is a pleasant cup so I don’t mind.
Finally got ordering this down the way I like it. 2% milk, 1 Splenda (no syrup), and no whipped cream. That should bring the calorie count way down. They went heavy on the matcha much to my appreciation.
I noticed today this does have a slight caramel note. When we did our shopping today, I picked up a small bottle of caramel syrup and one of vanilla. I am going to play with the China green tea powder and see if I can come a little closer to the taste of the GTF.
Know what you get when you don’t really wash out your press from the last spicy pu’er you had and then brew white peony in it? Yeah, that’s right. White peony with a light ginger taste midsip. One of those stupid moments that actually didn’t turn out too bad even if it isn’t what I was going for. 3:00 and its the first tea I have had all day. Too busy.
I never see reviews of Peony Tea S anymore. I suspect shipping is the culprit as their tea is very good. This is 2 years old and still very fresh tasting.