317 Tasting Notes
I feel like I’m getting sick. Oh no!
Big cup of this with lots of honey. Neither of which I like, necessarily… but both of which will help. Am I the only one who doesn’t really like honey?
Long, spindly thin black needle-leaves.
Yesterday I steeped a tumbler of this hot, and it was good. In between classes, though, I didn’t have enough time to heat water and wait for it to steep, so I just filled my tumbler with cold water and let the second steep cold-brew on the way to class.
It was so good! There was a beautiful honey-like sweetness that blended surprisingly well with the smoky notes! And any astringency or maltiness had faded, so it was a much softer brew.
This is from Summer 2012. It came courtesy of Autumn Hearth
I’ve been hoarding the last few cups of this in my stash. It’s so good I don’t want to waste it. At the same time, it’s been a long time since I’ve had any really good tea.
I’m having a hard time breathing today so I’m trying to stay away from caffeine. I don’t want to make anything worse. And I decided that I’ve had a rough couple of weeks. I deserve some good tea.
Brewed Western-style, ~2tsp /16 oz. 30 sec first infusion.
So light, but it’s so thick and creamy and delicious. It’s sweet and sparkling. It has that nuttiness that I love about Dragonwell. And ohhh the lingering aftertaste.
Breathing is good. So is this tea. :)
Nom noms. Deep and rich and hearty.
I’ve spent all night touching up the photos of my school’s winter show, and they’re finally up! :)
(this post more an advertisement than an actual tasting note XD)
I want something sweet and decadent.
Last night I had a bad night, so I went to the music building and played until I didn’t have the fine motor control to trill and playing forte actually produced strain. I was shaky and so, so tired, but I couldn’t stop. When the kid working in the music library left after security had locked the doors, he asked if I wanted someone to walk me home. “I’m fine,” I said, “I do this all the time. But thanks.” (It was about 2 in the morning). It was so unexpectedly nice.
Today, though, I’m falling asleep. My sleep schedule’s been so wonky because of things like this. And I don’t get lunch.
So I want something sweet and creamy and heavy, and I tossed in a teaspoon of mate. Which will either wake me up or give me a panic attack. Here’s to hoping for the former.
I’m leaving school and going home for the weekend. Hopefully I’ll feel better then.
Another sipdown! Woohoo!
I shot our winter play last night, and I’m sitting here watermarking the photos… it’s so boring. This is keeping me company :)
Another sample sipdown! This one came from Azzrian, I’m fairly certain.
I have about five different vanilla teas in my stash right now, and even for me that’s a bit too much.
This one has a really interesting sort of baked goods smell wafting from it – as if it really were a “cafe” vanilla tea instead of just a vanilla tea! There’s a buttery fruitiness to it that’s really intriguing. A lovely cup.
Byebye! Sipdown time!
I’m actually really happy to be getting rid of some of the teas that I like… but don’t love, and therefore don’t drink a lot.
Also: this is my 300th tasting note! Woohoo!
Another mysterious Japanese tea from my friend. I’m 90% sure it’s a bagged genmaicha. The bags have that distinctive sort of roasty smell, and it tastes like a genmaicha. So that’s what I’m calling it.
No information on the tea whatsoever, but it’s good. I just left the bag in my 8oz Pavina and it didn’t get bitter at all, which is wonderful and surprising.
My friend doesn’t drink green tea, and her parents came home from Japan with, well, green tea. So I passed a bunch of my teas off to her, and she traded me.
I can’t read anything on the package except for the words “Blendy Stick.” I figured it was some sort of matcha. When I opened it up, there, were a bunch of little plastic tube-type pouches which had written on the “Matcha au lait.” Awesome. Matcha with milk.
I don’t have a way to heat milk, so I heated my water to 180F and mixed that in 50/50 with milk from the fridge – I figure that would take the temp down to 150ish and also give it the support of the milk. I mixed it with my stick frother until it all looked edamame green and there was a little layer of froth on top.
It’s good, it’s really good! The first thing that hit me was the sweetener – it’s definitely sweetened, but it’s not done so past the point of drinkibility. I can still taste the matcha there, which is good. Interesting!