1030 Tasting Notes
Good morning/afternoon Steepster! I am having a slow start to the day due to staying up til around 1:30 on Halloween night haha. It wasn’t an overly eventful evening, it was my first year handing out candy to the kids at our new house, so that was kind of fun! Watched Nightmare before Christmas and Ghostbusters with a friend, fell asleep after my second beer, then just went to bed late lol. Oh, and ate too much candy. Can you say sugar crash? Lol, it was quite fun anyways, just fairly low key :)
This is my tea I am attempting to wake myself up with this morning. I did about a 1.5 min steeping time, and this is sooo malty and honeyed, and delicious, but honestly not really waking me up. It is actually kind of relaxing me, which usually never happens from black teas. Maybe I am just so tired, my brain is like ‘I do not comprehend this thing that is caffeine’. Lol, whatever it is, I need to get in gear and clean up the house for my mom and aunt’s visit in 2 hours! Haha let’s get crackin! Oh, and see previous notes on this delicious tea from the wonderful people at Teavivre (this was a free sample from them!).
Happy Halloween Steepster!!
I love Halloween. I brought a full costume to work but am only wearing the wings and antenna (it’s a bee costume) as I’m scared the dress is not appropriate lol. It’s a bit short, but with leggings it’s not bad. However, my work is pretty conservative, and no one is overly dressed up, so this will suffice for today. Unfortunately I couldn’t bring my Halloween steeping mug to work because the cat broke it last year lol, but I can still have this candy corn tea! I actually don’t think I’ve had it since last Halloween lol. It seems to have held up okay, the honey flavor is maybe a bit more faint, but I had a candy corn in the steeper, so I am happy and it is still sweet. Tasty and appropriate on this ghoulish day! I plan to drink Halloween themed teas throughout the day (switching to pumpkin beers this evening lol).
Hope everyone has a wonderful spooky day! See previous notes on this tea :)
All I want to drink with this colder weather we’re having is shu! Made a mug of this to have while watching hockey tonight. Super soft and smooth, earthy, a slight sweetness that is bordering on caramel..oh and perfect relaxing feeling to unwind tonight after another busy week half over lol. Only half left, and so much to do! Relaxing for now. See previous notes on this tea :)
THIS TEA. It’s so good!!! Ahhh I hardly know how to describe it…creamy, soft, a bit of citrus, some wood, a slight almost scotch aftertaste….this is pretty tasty indeed. Getting caramel notes in a pu’erh too, that hasn’t happened much for me yet! I even brewed this up Western style and it’s amazing. The ounce of tea is in a huge chunk too, so I’ll have to figure out a better method of breaking off a piece for the next steepings than just breaking it with my hands lol. But it’s so tasty! A different shu than anything I have had before.
Sorry for the short note, without much form or my usual style, this is just very delicious and I want to just drink it and enjoy it. I’ll try to elaborate more on flavors later :)
My order of reserve Verdant pu’erhs came this past week, and I am finally trying one out!! I have also been using my gaiwan the past couple of days, about time! This one smells so wonderfully woody in the bag. The leaves are quite fine and separated, definitely a lovely loose pu’erh.
I did two quick rinses in the gaiwan, and then steeped for about 4-5 seconds with boiling water. The steeped liquor is a dark rich brown color, with a hint of red in it too. Like a garnet in the bubble cup. The smell is again woody, a bit musty.
As for the flavor of the first steep, there is a lovely wood flavor. Musty too, my boyfriend said it is like an old piece of wood lol. This is also I think only the second time he has had pu’erh, and the first time he hasn’t just been sipping from my cup to taste it! (maybe I should have started with something a bit tamer, like Noble Mark lol). I do get that as well, the musty, aged scent of a log sitting in the damp forest for a few years, slowly breaking down and absorbing the forest scents. Mmmm. Yes, to some that might sound weird, but to me it is quite relaxing and grounding. I feel a bit of the caffeine from this, a pleasant relaxing feeling. There is also a bit of a sparkling texture already, that clear, fresh feeling.
Overall, I am enjoying the first steeping of this. Hoping to do a few more before we head out to get some shopping and our pumpkin. It also is looking like rain here, so I want to just sit inside and watch Star Wars with the guy and cat and sip this shu throughout the day. :D can’t wait to see what the next few steeps bring! No rating yet, as I need to have a few more cups and sessions to fully experience the flavors and form an opinion :)
Flavors: Musty, Wood
Ahhh, this tea. When I just need a solid, dependable cup of black tea in the morning, this never fails to disappoint. It’s rich, malty, just sooooo good. I’ve raved about how much I love this tea many a time before, so see previous notes for more info :)
I plan to do some yard work with the guy today, get some errands done, and relax with tea with him hopefully. Enjoy the fine autumn weather, maybe carve our pumpkin tonight :) there’s a fair amount of stuff to get done, but we aren’t in a hurry to do it. :)
My morning tea on this bright, warm Monday (hooray for it being warm again!). This is still one of my favorites, it has everything I love – spicy ginger, pepper, green rooibos, caffeine free, good to fight off bugs…it’s just the best. Wish I had waited to use my DavidsTea free 50g of tea on this one, as it’s one of the few I actually always keep in stock. See previous notes on this tea!
Oh, and if you want to watch something to brighten your day…watch this haha, I laughed so hard at work I was almost crying :D even better, it’s from my city haha would have loved to watch it live! Oh, and Ellen has now posted it on her facebook, so you know it’s big when..haha, enjoy, and happy Monday!
Having a cozy, sweet and spiced cup of this tonight while I READ (yes, I am actually finally READING a book for pure enjoyment! I have missed it so much!) a new book I bought while shopping today. This cup is tasty with the addition of honey as usual, a bit toasty, mostly a rich sweet flavor from the fennel and berries. I am nearly at a sipdown for this, one more cup! It’s been kicking around since last year, so it will be nice to finish off and decide if I need to restock! See previous notes on this tea :)
I was crazily craving Second Breakfast or Red Tailed Hawk this morning after posting in a thread regarding black tea blends, but in keeping with my lowered caffeine intake (I would say no caffeine but decaf has a tiny bit still) I instead chose this tea this morning. It really is quite tasty for a decaf, it has a nice almost fruity malty flavor, bright and fresh, and the sweetness comes out wonderfully with milk and sugar, which is how I’m having it this morning. Smooth and tasty, perfect for this fine Sunday morning. The clouds are a bit pearly, it’s a bit overcast but clearing, just a relaxing almost misty feeling from the clouds. It feels like a relaxing day, but I know I will be vacuuming later and doing other non-relaxing things. It’s what I do :) see previous notes on this tea!
I haven’t reviewed this tea either yet, and I’ve had at least one cup of it! Well, I will tonight. This was from the August blend box I believe…I have since quit the blends box as I was just accumulating too much tea, and some of the flavors (sarsaparilla) were just not to my tastes. Ah well, it was fun while it lasted.
Onto this tea! The dry smell is very strongly cinnamon, a bit off-putting for me, as I am not the biggest fan of cinnamon. There is also a toastiness that kind of reminds me of coriander in it. I steeped it for just over 2 minutes with boiling water, and added a bit of honey because it just seemed to go with this blend lol. The steeped smell is also a bit toasty and still cinnamony but not as strong.
As for the flavor, this one is kind of interesting. There is definitely cinnamon, quite a bit of it, and that toasty flavor is still there. It reminds me a bit of Campfire Blend by Verdant actually. It must be the cinnamon-ginger-vanilla combo lol, and Campfire Blend has orange peel instead of lemon. Interesting! I don’t find the licorice to be too overpowering, yes, it does add a smoothness to the end of the sip, not unlike Bravissimo by DavidsTea though. I also am pretty neutral about licorice, and even like it in some blends. Not getting much spicy ginger, which I find a bit disappointing, as I am a ginger fanatic lol. The honey I would assume makes this sweeter and smoother, it goes quite nicely. I probably should have reviewed it without honey, but I just felt like adding it tonight. #noregrets
Haha, anyways, overall this isn’t a bad tea. I am liking it more this time than the first time I had it, maybe the addition of honey is what it needed. It’s maybe not a favorite, but it’s not a bad tea and I will gladly drink through the rest of the bag, although I might save it for when I actually have a cold. Thanks to Verdant for the opportunity to try this tea in the Blends Club!
Flavors: Cinnamon, Toast