1378 Tasting Notes
Lately, despite the fact that it is freezing outside, all I want are cold drinks. Tons and tons of ice cold drinks. Which is all well and good, but requires some planning on my part. Either I need to cold brew or stick soda in the fridge or harass my wife into refilling the brita when she uses it. In a 24-hour period this weekend, I went through two sprite “double gulps” from 7-11…which I just discovered were 64 ounces each. Yikes. I meant, they were 3/4 ice, but I ate the ice too, so I don’t really get much leeway there.
Anyway, what I’m trying to say is I am thirsty. This is a cold brew I made for today and it was heavenly. Sweet and floral with a berry burst that I adore. So, so good. It went perfectly with my lunch of a reuben, homemade chex mix, and clementines.
I used 2 bags for 25 ounces of water.
Mrrrf. Day number two of waking up at 2 and being unable to get back to sleep. I told myself I’m not allowed to nap today because we have a full day tomorrow and I need to sleep tonight. And I was doing okay until about…now. 11:30. On top of that, I have a package coming and the mailman usually delivers around 12:30, so if I nap now, I’ll miss the delivery of a jacket I want to wear tomorrow.
Matcha to the rescue!
Or so I thought, But the first gulp of this brought along a major headache that is only getting worse as I sip. I’m trying to power though in order to get the wake-up boost, but it just isn’t working. I am disappoint.
In a twist of fate that made me laugh, the latest round of sample provided to me by TeaVivre arrived yesterday, just after I placed our black friday order. Hopefully these will tide me over until that order comes in! On to the tea.
This tea, folks. It’s so damn good. The leaves seemed to burst open in my infuser. I was so busy chatting with the wife this morning that I forgot to set a time and yet this tea forgave me. As it steeped, the kitchen began to smell like fresh, buttery vegetables. Man, I was already regretting not signing up for a Mama Earth (organic produce) delivery for this morning, and the yummy veggie smell of this tea only made it worse.
On the sip, at first it’s floral, but then it expands into a buttery, steamed kale deliciousness. Ashmanra put the kale idea into my head and I can’t help but agree. I stood at the kitchen counter just breathing in this tea as my poor wife was shuffling around me trying to get the trash to take it out. But I couldn’t help it, it smelled so dang good. I’ll have to make sure my tortoise doesn’t get a whiff, she loves kale.
Now, I did add sugar. I can’t help it, I sugar every tea I drink. However, I only used about half the sugar I usually do and it is just perfect.
Here comes the honest part. I will recommend this tea with my whole heart and I will love every sip until it is gone…but I will likely never buy this tea. My wife and I just don’t reach for straight teas, we’ve learned that over the years (and seen a lot of Verdant Teas go to waste because of it.) My wife will occasionally go for a straight oolong, so there is a small chance this could find its way into our cupboard, but it is doubtful. But you never know. She could try this tea and absolutely fall in love.
But this is an amazing tea, and if you enjoy straight oolongs, give this a go. You’ll be glad you did.
I AM SO EXCITED FOR MY FIRST TEAVIVRE ORDER.
For ages they have sent me tea to try and I adore it and then forget that I wanted to order more. Three separate times they have sent me samples of tea, big samples, in exchange for review, never once pressuring me to buy or to only give positive reviews, just sharing their tea. As a result I have nothing but good things to say about the company and the tea, even when I don’t particularly like the tea (I’m lookin’ at you, pu-erh), I’ll work to find something positive to say about it.
WELL NO MORE. Thanks to their Black Friday sale and gift card, I managed to snag nearly 400 g of tea for about $40. I was so excited I woke my poor wife up 15 minutes before her alarm was due to go off so she would have time to look over the site and see if there was anything she wanted me to pick up samples of.
And let me tell you, I love that you can get a sample size of every tea on their site. We ordered 100 g of Strawberry Oolong, Flavoured Milk Oolong, and this tea, Da Hong Pao, and then we got 8 additional samples. SO EXCITED.
….crud, I hope it gets here before we leave for the States! I did not think that through >.<
Anyway, to celebrate, I opened up one of the sample packets of Da Hong Pao they sent to us in the last round of samples and brewed up a pot…which my wife immediately claimed to drink on the way to work. Good thing this resteeps so well!
I can say with absolute certainty that these three oolongs will become staples in our household. The roasty toasty goodness of this Da Hong Pao will be a welcome addition to my mornings, it’s just so delicious. And! Now I’ve had other Da Hong Pao’s to compare it to and I know I much prefer this one!
Holy crap. This blend has been brewing in a mason jar in the back of my fridge for two full weeks. I pulled it out to toss it and curse myself for forgetting about it, but I took a sip, just to test it…
…and it’s good! Shockingly so. It’s that lemony minty goodness I know and love. Pekoe (our cat) is desperately trying to get some, she loves the mint., But this mug is allllll mine.
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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