1212 Tasting Notes
Ok so this tea has definitely not been a favorite of mine but I just tried some amazing technique given to me by Brenden from Whispering Pines.
1/2 tsp per 8 oz of water, 200F, and 8 minutes.
Now finally I can really truly say this tea has FLAVORS. It’s not like just being hit in the face with a bold, malty tea. It’s sweet, and it is so fruity. There’s definitely orange, maybe also sweet potatoes (not a fruit but deal with it for right now) and it has this amazing clean aftertaste.
This poor tea should not be made following Rishi’s directions. Not at all.
Ok now we are up to date. I kept putting this aside to try later, and finally it was time.
I didn’t smell the tea in the bag at first (though I did when I got it), and was I put some in the infuser, it was the most glorious vanilla cream scent.
This is alright. It’s really light. I guess it has been awhile since I’ve had any oolong but…I can’t taste it over the vanilla. I was hoping since they named it Vanilla Orchid, I would get those lovely orchid notes from the base tea, but not so much.
It wasn’t as amazing as I was hoping though, I have saved it though for a resteep! But that is later.
You guys I am so close to becoming the Battlestar Galactica episode of Portlandia but with Doctor Who. I started back on September 14 (thanks Netflix activity history) out of just pure curiosity and now I’m to the point where going out to mail things was like a serious problem in continuing to watch. I am not even writing tasting notes at the right times hahaha. And what do I do when I get to the end of what’s on Netflix??? WAH
Ok so had this last night. It is a bit blueberry muffin-ish I suppose, all I really got was blueberry with a hint of cake. I guess it makes sense since you just put streusel on top of a muffin, so muffin is a perfectly acceptable thing to say. Eating streusel by itself is kind of iffy. At least for me.
Maybe I could use this a little sweeter, it doesn’t seem as wonderfully blueberry as Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish. But there’s butter and brown sugar notes and definitely cake. I will have to experiment a bit before this is up there in deliciousness for me.
Thanks Kittenna! All of a sudden samples from you that I’ve been holding on to for forever have made their way to the forefront. Probably a good thing.
I’m not getting much flavor from this in the way of raspberry or apricot. Sencha though? Definitely. And there is a subtle fruity sweetness to it but it’s kind of hard to tell what it might be.
I let it cool off and I can taste raspberry for sure now. I think I will save the rest of my sample to cold steep.
Also I am so excited for hockey I am already plotting places I want to go in Raleigh. I can’t believe how long North Carolina is, it’s only 65 miles further to go to Tampa and driving back from Tampa felt like AGES. Short list: Tin Roof Teas, tea buying moratoriums stop when you’re somewhere new right?
But I know my boyfriend wants to go to Tampa because they have tesla coils in the arena. Wah wah wahhhh there aren’t even schedules yet what am I doing.
How did I ever drink this and why did I rate it so high? GROSS HOT. SO GROSS HOT.
Now that it has significantly cooled, it is FAR more drinkable. I was about to just leave this at gross, but curiosity got the best of me…so I took a sip now and it’s tolerable. Still a bit weird tasting, but at least somewhat like neapolitan ice cream.
Thankfully I only have enough for a cup of this left now. augh.
Having such a lazy day today. Bleh. I had wanted to go see Les Miserables by myself but after crying at Doctor Who earlier in the day I did not want more of that. Also lazy. Although how lazy can you be while learning French. Je bois du thé et je mange du pain au fromage.
Thanks again to Kittenna for a sample of this, although I got a bit of a packet of this too now so yay. I quite like it.
The bag makes it sound like it is going to be more like a chai, which had me worried, but it indeed is snickerdoodle cookies.
I only discovered snickerdoodles a couple years ago, so of course I had to make them. My boyfriend LOVES cinnamon, so they were a hit. I even had to make them for him to take into work once. This tea is just like them, a bit of vanilla, a bit of cinnamon sugar, and the black tea does do a pretty excellent job of being reminiscent of baked cookies.
Tea from last night! I got distracted while drinking it. I’m learning French through Duolingo and once you complete a section it has all these crazy timed sessions and the tea got cold.
It is definitely still one of my favorite honeybush blends. It’s almost like a caramel apple cider but tea instead! Tastes exactly like caramel apples. Nothing much else to add.
Looking at my old note, I still have a bottle of that caramel apple ale. I need to toss that.