820 Tasting Notes
Ugh. What a week. I can’t wait for it to be over haha. I need a strong cup of A&D’s Double Knit blend today, but I am still going easy with caffeine (trying max 1 cup a day of black) so I am having decaf EG this morning. It’s good, but I need some strength for today. Gahhh. At least it tastes good lol. See previous notes!
I’m breaking my caffeine hiatus tonight, today was just too much for me to continue it. Thank goodness for good tea tonight! This tea is also very appropriate for the weather this week, – 20C with wind chill making it like – 37…So cold! I made this western style in my giant mug with honey… Absolutely perfect. So happy I have 2 more oz of this on the way! This tea might get its rating bumped to 100 yet haha, definitely one of the best I’ve had. See previous notes on this amazing tea!
Ugh. Worst. Migraine. EVER. last night. And it’s a mild, muted version of it today. Thank goodness for mint. I had a cup of this last night and a cup this morning, and it is helping ease the pain. Man, I really need straight peppermint tea, or spearmint. Which have people found more effective against headaches? I’m pleased with this tea because it also has a rich creaminess. I will have to stop by Davids for a few mint teas, and some Cold 911 again as well. See previous notes.
Mini sipdown..because I have another oz on it’s way to me from the Black Friday Sale! Yay! I need to try mixing that batch with some cider, this one I’ve just had either plain or with honey. Today it’s with honey, not as much leaf as I’d like, as the liquor isn’t purple haha, but still tastes very good. Going without caffeine this week is going well so far, I need a break again from it sigh, too much on the weekend lol. See previous notes on this tea!
A sipdown from this afternoon! I tried Sil’s steeping parameters of 6 minutes with a bit more tea, and it turned out quite good! I still don’t think I found the full potential of this tea, but it was dark and creamy vanilla spice today at least! I did get pretty caffeinated from it though, which was a bit bad haha, so I’ve been drinking herbals to calm down haha. See previous notes!
I haven’t had sheng in quite a while, and it definitely was calling out to me today, so I’m having a gongfu session with this amazing tea. I’m debating ordering a few more shengs during verdant’s cyber Monday sale, and eventually want to try mandala, but I really do not need more teas at the moment lol. But we will see :) anyways, this is sweet and pure today. So much honey! I love how this one changes, I will continue to enjoy quite a few more steepings this afternoon. See previous notes :)
First cup of the day! I debated trying more new teas today, but I have the day to myself (boyfriend is working) and, well, I just feel like having some old standbys, relaxing. And this tea seemed like the perfect start to the day as I await the giant storm on its way. Might make some cookies, read.. One of those days. :) oh and it feels like a puerh day too, maybe some sheng later.
This is a very good tea. I should pick up some more, I only have enough for one more cup. It’s sweet and soothing and soft. Vanilla, apples, light cinnamon. I really enjoy this tea. Having it in my handmade green mug as well. Lovely! See previous notes.
Second tea of the day! Mmm this one smells soo good dry. Cinnamon and frosting! I steeped this one for 5 minutes (or 6?) with boiling water. The resulting tea does indeed smell like a cinnamon bun! It also helps that my boyfriend is making bread, so the whole apartment smells of fresh bread and this tea! :P
As for the flavor, this is a very good cinnamon tea. Wow. I am usually not a fan of teas that the main flavor is cinnamon, and if it is too strong, it’s not for me. This one, cinnamon is definitely the main star, but it’s a fresh cinnamon, and reminds me of a cinnamon bun again. I get a bit of a buttery texture and there’s an underlying creaminess that definitely is the cream cheese frosting. This tea puts me in the mindset of eating a cinnamon bun, so I’d say it’s well done! Near the end of the cup, the cinnamon does get a bit stronger and a bit drying, but not overly so. That is probably because I used a wider strainer with not as fine of a mesh, not my Finium that I usually use for rooibos/honeybush blends. Ah well, I’ll know for next time! This one is pretty good I must say!
52 teas tasting day! I want to try a bunch more samples from the bestsellers today, and this is the one I started with. The dry smell, first whiff was rice crispy squares, then it turned pretty strongly chemical. I let it air out for a bit and it seemed to help :) however when brewing, the chemicals disappeared completely (Huzzah!) and the toast rice smell took over. I brewed for 3 mins with about 180 degree water. After steeping a mild sweet marshmallow scent was present.
As for the taste, it’s pretty good. The toasty genmaicha flavor is definitely the strong point, and the marshmallow sweetness comes on afterwards. An interesting tea, but the sweetness seems a bit weird haha, my brain has a tough time figuring it out because it’s a genmaicha lol. Overall I think I prefer graveyard mist for a marshmallow tea tho, but it is love mint, so that could be why lol. Happy to have a bit more of this one to try though!