1303 Tasting Notes
So after I stopped drinking tea last night, I crashed, hard. Like I laid down in bed and couldn’t move. Ugh. But then when bedtime rolled around, I couldn’t sleep. It was wicked hot, but I couldn’t open the windows due to the insane winds going on outside, so I eventually just got up and played Little King’s Story until 7:30, when I crashed again for a nap that solved nothing >.>
So you could say I had a bit of a stormy night. I wanted a nice black to wake me up a bit without making myself all jittery…I’ll be watching my caffeine intake better today.
I’ve never reviewed this tea, apparently, but I know I’ve had it, even if the package was still sealed. It smells so good, cinnamon chocolatey goodness. I love when I make a tea and the scent is so strong that it fills the room.
It’s good! I likely wouldn’t reach for it often, because if I want a cup of chocolate, I go for hot cocoa and I don’t crave chocolate often. Still, this is a creamy treat.
I keep thinking I don’t like Sleigh Ride, and I am always wrong! I really enjoy this blend of cinnamony Christmas goodness. It warms me up and just brings a smile to my face. I think I might need to stock up on this one.
Also, I am crashing hardcore. An hour ago I wanted to clean the entire house. Now I can barely keep my eyes open. It’s weird.
Seeing as how this is my 6th cup of tea today and I have been cleaning the house like a madman, I’ve switched to herbals.
I don’t know that I’ve ever had Goji Pop hot, and if I have, it was just a sample in store. But it called out to me, so why not? I did put the used “leaves” with a scoop of fresh in a mason jar to coldbrew overnight because I know I’ll be craving it tomorrow.
I love the way this one smells, and I pray that the hibiscus doesn’t take over. And it doesn’t! It’s very tasty, but I think I prefer it cold.
Man alive, I am wired, which is a welcome change from the last three weeks where I could barely get out of bed. If this is a side effect of the pu-erh, I might need to learn to like it.
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When I was sharing this with my sister in law last week, my wifey was talking about Opposites Attract, telling her mom that it had been discontinued just after we got into tea, but I managed to find 200 g so she wouldn’t run out of her favorite tea any time soon. My sister in law doesn’t pay attention, though, and thought De was talking about Blueberry Jam being discontinued and she nearly had a heart attack at the thought.
So keep that in mind, DAVIDsTEA. If you discontinue this blend, my sister in law may very well die.
This is the perfect palate cleanser after the terrible Strawberry Shortcake. We’re running low and will replace it as soon as the tin is empty…it’s just too good to not have around.
This was supposed to be a treat for trying the lapsang, but it was a punishment. I don’t know if it’s gotten funky or if I screwed it up, but it was bitter and harsh and the flavor did nothing for me. Into the tea sale pile it goes!!
Not adjusting the rating, as it could have been user error.
So I go through 100 g of this every three months or so, but I’ve never actually had a cup, I just cook with it a lot. But when we got the Adagio Scott Pilgrim sampler, one of the tins was Lucas Lee, which had lapsang in it, and I loved it. Lucas and I were bros. So I thought I might enjoy straight lapsang.
It’s…okay. I can see how it is delicious in blends and I love cooking with it, but I don’t see me drinking another straight cup any time soon. Especially since the smoky flavor is making me miss cigarettes and that’s a big no no for me.
I am not a pu-erh drinker, let me say that right out. I have one or two I like, but overall I don’t reach for it. So read this review with a grain of salt, because I really don’t know what I’m doing.
The directions on the sample said to brew for 3-10 minutes in 17 ounces of water. So I got out my 16 ounce nordic mug and brewed it for 2 minutes, but first I let it brew for 30 seconds and threw that out as a rinse.
The smell of the brewed tea is very earthy. Reminds me of when I’ve just opened up Pao’s cage and the smell of the wet soil hits me. Not a bad thing, just different. I smell hay too.
Now, don’t shoot me. I added two teaspoons of sugar because that is how I take every tea I drink. Without the sugar, I am guaranteed not to like it, so I’d rather add sugar for a tasting note so I’m not just sipping it, thinking “this needs sugar, I don’t like it”.
I don’t really know how to describe what I’m tasting. It’s earthy and nutty and sweet. I…I’m enjoying, but I’ve not become a convert by any means. It’s alright, but not something I could ever see myself reaching for. I’m not rating it because it’s not fair for me to negatively rate something I knew I wouldn’t enjoy.
Thank you, TeaVivre, for letting me try this tea, you are extremely generous!