1113 Tasting Notes
It’s been a long time Steepster..I have been pretty busy with life, had a work conference in Toronto last week, lots of events, not much time to have tea, except for a bunch of bagged peppermint last week lol. But I thought I’d log this tea this morning because it’s FRIDAY and I can finally (hopefully) go home and nap and catch up on sleep before my brother’s birthday celebration tonight. This tea is minty and fresh citrus, as usual. Tasty and happy to not have caffeine today, my digestion has been on a rollercoaster from too much eating out the past week and a half…need to eat veggies and avoid tannins for a bit! See previous notes on this tea :)
Brewed this with the wrong temp this morning lol, I am so tired I didn’t feel like looking it up online lol. But still a decent tea, although again muted by the travel mug and the steep temp being lower than it should be. Still some mild cream/honey notes, hopefully this tea also isn’t too old that it’s losing it’s flavor.
Funny, I just read my note and it said my sleep schedule was screwed up 10 months ago and I was going to fix it on the weekend..I feel like that again today, 10 months later lol. I am proud to say I have made a habit of going running at least twice a week, 5 km each time I go minimum! This has been ongoing since about the start of April, I am very pleased I have finally kept up with it. But anyways, that could be contributing to my sleepy state this week, just an accumulation of no sleep. Gahhh. Today I am off at 1:30 from work though, so I will go home and sleep hopefully if I am tired enough :P
See previous notes on this tea!
Bah I haven’t written a note on this one yet but have drank it quite a few times..and today is not the day to write a detailed review since I’m at work lol..but let’s just say this is a great EGC with a bit more bergamot in it than Acquired Taste’s other cream offering I have tried. I think the first time I had this was steeped in a pot at my great aunts, with not much attention paid to the time it steeped for as we were visiting, etc, and it was still excellent! A great one for a large pot or just a cup, however today in my travel mug it is a bit perfumey from the bergamot. Nevertheless, this is one of my favorite earl greys and it can stand up to being brewed a lot of ways it seems! Tasty and warming on this cloudy, cooler morning. Finally got some rain last night :) I am still waiting for the t-storms this summer! Not really any good ones yet. Anyways, back to work now, I will write a more detailed note later!
Having this tea this morning at work, blah I am tired today, something with caffeine might have been a better choice. This is a tasty tea in a travel mug though, so that’s saying something! Lots of coconut flavor, fitting as it is supposed to be quite warm here today so a summer-y tea is a good choice. Maybe it’s the long weekend catching up with me, but I’ve just felt off this week so far, tired and kind of cranky. It could also still be my allergies lol. Hoping it passes soon. In the meantime, I will drink tea lol. See previous notes on this one.
I picked up 25g of this tea for myself and 25 for my mom for Mother’s Day at the mall yesterday, since coconut is her favorite thing in tea. She loved the first cup I made for her yesterday, and I had a sip and thought it was tasty, so I decided to brew up a cup tonight. It’s also caffeine free, so maybe I’ll actually get to sleep on time haha.
The dry smell is heavenly, definitely rich, creamy coconut milk. Sooo yummy smelling, a bit of extra sugary sweetness in there too!! Yum! I steeped for about 3 or 4 minutes, as I don’t like too strong of a honeybush flavor, although I don’t mind honeybush. The steeped tea has the characteristic coconut oil slick on top, but it actually doesn’t seem as bad as other blends I’ve had from DT for oiliness. It smells like that coconut sunscreen mixed with honeybush lol, a bit oily but mainly coconut and honeybush.
As for the flavor, this is a pretty simple blend, it tastes straight forwardly like coconut and honeybush. Not sure if the cocoa shells are imparting a rich flavor in this or just adding to the weight of the tea. Nevertheless, it is creamy and pretty good. I would like to try this iced to see how it does compare to coconut ice cream likeness!
Overall, this isn’t a bad blend, it reminds me a lot of the 52Teas honeybush blends with coconut, although I loved the addition of pineapple and cheesecake flavors in the 52teas versions. But I like that this tea has a much more simplified ingredient list and actually tastes like what’s in it – coconut and honeybush. Tasty and I will definitely try this iced. A nice caffeine-free tea to drink for a while! Might even restock at some point :)
Hello Monday..I oversteeped this tea and have bitter, tart, mostly disgusting hibiscus water lol. Next time we will try a 3 min steeping time, this has a ton of potential but just wayyy too tart right now. I steeped about 6 mins. Gahhhhh. My bad. Monday brain needs to wake up when making tea. The very mild coconut and strawberry flavor is nice though. If that can come out more, it will be delicious. But I messed it up lol. My bad.
I haven’t been writing many tea notes lately..I have been drinking tea, but just haven’t felt like logging. Mostly some sipdowns too. But today I feel like I should log this yummy sheng, as it is making my Saturday a good one. The bf got called to work unexpectedly at 6 am, so that kind of threw a wrench in the day/weekend. So I have been brewing this tea with a killer headache (it seems to be helping) and working away outside cleaning up the raspberry patch. A messy, scratchy job but I’m happy it’s done!
Anyways, this tea is light, fresh, fruity, and a bit of a grape flavor today. It could still be the apricot, my allergies are running rampant so I had a pill today and my sinuses are dried up now haha. But this tea is still delicious as always, I see it is now archived on Verdant’s site so probably won’t have a chance to order again once I finish this bag. I should try Master Han’s 2014 to see how it compares one day :) see previous notes on this tea!
Oh, and in entirely unrelated news that I want to share because it makes me happy – we have a robin nesting under our deck right outside the kitchen window! They are in the process of building the nest and have been sitting in it a bit already! I will try to get pictures at some point and post on IG :)
ETA – I found the apricot flavor :) about the 4th or 5th steeping. Sooooo delicious.
I’m sipping this down this morning, after much hoarding :( but it’s the perfect morning for it! It’s sunny out, the flowers are beginning to bloom, and it’s Saturday after a long week! What better way to celebrate than with this delicious tea! I slightly overleafed as I would not have had enough left for a final cup, so today started out a bit stronger in the malt department, but still oh so good. Less honey notes today too and a bit more fruit, so when I order more of this, I will remember to keep the 3 min steeping time but use a bit less leaf :) I am sad this is out, but I see WP was having a sale……..not that I should order more right now, but I am considering it :) see previous notes on this tea!
This tea is so freaking good. I am having a yixing session with it and it’s amazing -woody, creamy, mushrooms, and almost a milk chocolate note coming out. The smell is soooo good too, definitely a creamy chocolate scent! So rich, so delicious. I needed this. Perfect for a chilly, lazy, stay inside day. The bf is hungover so might be a relaxing, drink tea kind of day so as to not disturb him with vacuuming, errands, and everything else I should get done. But I should just enjoy some down time and de-stress.
Oh, and prayers and love to everyone affected by the Nepal earthquake. Such a terrible thing to have happened :(.
It’s been a weird week, lots of ups and downs, busy/not busy spells at work, and some less than good news regarding family. I am so tired and am grateful it is the weekend so I can recharge and try to relax. I made this tea yesterday but was so busy I didn’t really get a chance to drink it at work, so I made it today as well and am having it as my morning cup. With milk and sugar to make it cozier and because it looks like it will rain outside. I also don’t need much caffeine today as it will just aggravate all the things I am worrying about. So far this tastes like the correct pick for the morning. Tasty and comforting. See previous notes on this tea.