598 Tasting Notes
Today feels like Monday to me because Fiance took yesterday off for his birthday, so I’m all out of sorts. Or at least kind of out of sorts.
I have club soda in the fridge again for tea soda, so while it’s not tea soda I added some to my cold matcha this morning to give the champagne aspect some fizzy bubblyness.
This makes it a much better, and truer champagne flavor. It’s still a bit weaker flavored than the others I’ve tried, but like this, I’m thinking it works better this way. Hot, it kind of tastes almost a little bit like a fruit gum, the zebra stripe kind from the 90’s.
It’s much better chilled though. It’s more like a light, sweet grapey flavor with a bit of raspberry that kind of mixes together. I don’t know that I’m completely sold that I’m drinking champagne, but it does have a nice airy, light feeling and the bubbles definitely add to the illusion.
Thanks for the sample KallieBoo!.
I’m pretty sure that my brain checked out today as it took me at least six times to type ‘orange’ correctly to find this tea.
Anyway, this was a sipdown.
I didn’t find this too orange-y no matter what way you sliced it, and hot it was too hibiscus-y, but it’s an okay brew cold steeped with a little rock sugar, which is coincidentally how I finished this off. It’s tart and a bit juicy. The orange isn’t super prominent, but it’s present.
This is good, but not much more than that. It’s a fun little brew to mix into other things for a tart citrus element, though.
This is the first time I think I’m reviewing this one hot, even though I’ve had it a couple times this way. It’s still deliciously malty with a silky and thick mouthfeel, that’s almost like satin waves in my mouth.
Thanks again TeaTee, I’m glad I got to try this.
1 tsp Vanilla Cream Earl Grey (California Tea House)
1 tsp Blood Orange (Adagio)
10 oz water
This is my second time making this concoction and it’s been cold steeped each time. The first time it sat in the fridge for probably 36 hours because it got hidden behind something and I am the master of forgetfulness-fu. I only steeped this one for 8 hours, and it really didn’t seem like the extra time made much difference.
The orange rind/hibiscus combo latches onto the bergamot in the EG and makes this a really bright vibrant cup. The vanilla and cream aspects seem to temper the hibiscus to a degree, so while it is still quite tart, it’s not metallic or overly hibiscusy. I’m actually a bit enamored with this combination and once I have a manageable inventory of tea (so never, really), I would pick up both again to drink this. Especially in the summer.
Bready, yeasty oolong with notes of stonefruit? Check
Walnutty, pecan toastiness? Check
Sweet maple accents? Check
While I’m not blown away by this, I do quite enjoy it and wouldn’t mind having it around from about September – March every year (which is good, because that’s coincidentally when it’s offered). It’s a classic combination of flavors and has a nice comforting quality to it.I can’t wait to latte this. Do I want to wait until morning, though?
I’m all about muddling the holidays, so woo!
This one came thanks to jeweledthumb.I didn’t actually find this weak like other folks (but I leafed pretty strongly at 2 tsp for my 8 oz cup), but it was pretty much devoid of chocolate flavor. I get a nice mint and a pretty well-disguised rooibos, with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel though.
This was okay, and even really good for rooibos, but give me Butiki’s Peppermint Patty for my chocolate mint cravings, please.
I steeped this at a lower temperature and time to keep the smoke notes down and found I like it a lot more this way. The fennel is the strongest note, and adds a nice anise flavor and is a bit sweet. This is so much better. Wow.
Also, I just sent Fiance this note because he hates puns. I hope he loves it. But I’m pretty sure I’m just going to get ‘the look’ (you know, the exasperated why the hell would you do that look)
At first, I couldn’t say with certaintea you were the one for me; the realitea was you were a bit arrogant and needed to learn some humilitea. But over time, I’ve gotten claritea to the situation. You’re my favorite person and you suit me to a tea. In actualitea, I think you’re teariffic and Wuyi totealy belong together.
The vitalitea you have put into my life with your generositea and kindness is outstanding. You’re a Jasmine Pearl in the rough, and my love for you is bounteaful. You have dealt with my eccentriciteas and peculiariteas like no other. Your emotional strength has made me realize that you’re my Iron God(dess) of Mercy. (Not just that, but you’re pretea cute).
Like most relationships, ours didn’t come without a degree of difficulitea. But we have overcome that together and you have helped me with my frailtea and insecuriteas and made me realize that I am beauteaful and worthy.
I love you to eternitea, Valentine, and I promise my undying loyaltea to you forever.
Come home soon, I oolong to have you in my arms.
I know this got a little long, but I hope you appreciated my sensitivitea and creativitea
PS: Is that pu-erh tuo in your pocket, or did you just love my pun thread?
Spoiler Alert on February’s Amoda Box!
I was so, so, so excited when this showed up in the mail today because yay — Valentine’s Blends!
I’m so incredibly less cynical about the holiday than I was when I was a teenager, but still don’t do anything special for it. I don’t really go out of the way to make myself miserable anymore either though, so there’s that. I pretty much like all holidays now because gifts are so much fun to give!
Amoda said this tea has a ‘surprising similarity with a Valentine’s Day tradition — candy hearts’ and I’m not sure I’m quite getting there with this.
I really like the yabao in this, because Verdant’s yabao has always tastes like wet cedar planks, with a bit of pepper and glimmering bursts of marshmallow sweetness.
The jasmine adds a delicate floral note and another element of sweetness, while the vanilla makes it thicker on the tongue (more noticeable on consequent steepings). I think the Tulsi and burdock also ramp up the savory-esque cedar/wood notes a bit more as well. It all kind of blurs together and it’s a bit hard to pick out individual components, but I think this blend actually works.
Subsequent steepings yielded a slightly altering wood-tasting profile that emphasized pine instead of cedar.
So well I guess in a way, this does kind of remind me of deconstructed candy hearts — a little woodsy, with a slightly drying mouthfeel, and a good amount of sweetness. I still really I think it’s more like a canoe ride alone on a lake surrounded by only pines and cedars at the break of dawn. It’s beautiful.
Happy Heart Day, Steepsterites!
(The picture on here was wrong so I replaced it with the one from they’re site. Not sure why there’s a green tea pictured here?)
Unlike other reviewers I don’t find this one cough-syrupy or medicinal. I think it’s just a really rich cherry flavor. Tealux says it’ll make you think of summer, but I get an autumnal feel from this through and through. I think the fig adds a bit of depth to the cup (it doesn’t seem to add flavor) and it just screams cherry cordial to me.
Also I’m finally at the bottom of my bag and there are some big fat whole cherries chilling in here. Wish I’d known that sooner — they’re kind of neat.