1195 Tasting Notes
Every time I have to read about the subprime mortgage financial crisis stuff I just completely shut off because it just seems so painfully stupid, bunch of dumb banks/nonbank financial institutions (I hate this phrase so much and I have to write it at least a couple times tomorrow NOOOOO)
This reminds me a lot of Tropicalia but not as flavorful and with green tea. It even has pretty similar candy hearts. With everything in this tea I was expecting some fruity mess, but I was pleasantly surprised. I tasted mostly coconut and pineapple, and the sencha added a nice change of flavor, so it wasn’t like being overpowered with sweetness.
I was also surprised it was really good hot. These are sort of the flavors I’d choose for iced tea, but it wasn’t bad at all hot!
Sample sipdowns count for something right?
Since my mom declared tea to not be her cup of tea, I’m keeping the perfect tea mug I got her for Christmas. It also doesn’t help that she just bought new dishes and it came with mugs, so there are now 8 new, bigger mugs in the cabinet. So mine, I get to have one at my place and one at my boyfriend’s.
I have a test tomorrow in Int’l Finance and I want to study a bit before dinner, so I figured another cup of tea would be perfect. I’m not worried about this test at all because I am a Bretton Woods and Eurozone expert as well as way too well versed in the subprime mortgage stuff that occurred here so joy, going over that stuff for the 1000th time.
This is not as tasty as the first time I had it…it tastes oddly like a Lipton soup I’ve had. I’m not sure if that’s because I did not steep it as long as last time or what. But the pistachios are kind of giving it that taste.
I can’t drink this because of it, hahaha I don’t know what the problem is but it’s just too weird that it tastes like chicken noodle soup.
This reminds me a lot of Pumpkin Chai, except that I can taste pumpkin without sweetening the tea.
It doesn’t completely remind me of pumpkin pie, but that’s okay. I’m not a fan of pumpkin pie. Give me pumpkin cheesecake!
Pumpkin it indeed is though, and the pumpkin sprinkles are an adorable touch. If you’ve had DavidTeas’s Pumpkin Chai, this is verrrry much like it but so much better. I’m not even worried about getting some of it now because this is far more enjoyable to me. I only really like that tea with milk and brown sugar. This one doesn’t even need anything, and it tastes just like the flavor I get with those additions in Pumpkin Chai.
Though I imagine maybe some milk brings out more of a creamy flavor that’d be like pumpkin pie? But it does seem to be lacking any kind of pie crust type flavor. Like I said, fine by me. I’m just here for the pumpkin.
I had this last night and had to have it again today because it is awesome. This is the redesigned version of the tea, which was redone last month (other notes are months old).
Both times I have steeped it at 3 minutes. For me this is like the nice sweet spot for breakfast teas. With this tea, it means not even needing a splash of milk at all.
It’s slightly malty and sweet, with some nuttiness to it too. It’s bold, but not too in your face. No astringency at all.
Now to just actually have it in the morning. I’m struggling to get through this day so a little boost of caffeine now is just right.
Teas like this in my gaiwan are the reason I convinced my mom to get me an electric kettle for Christmas.
I only had two steeps and I’ll probably go back to it later.
First steep was 10s, second 11. I probably should have had the water a bit warmer so I’ll make sure of that next time.
First, I am not a fan at all of darker oolongs like this, but I actually like this one! My problem is usually that they taste of wet wood with all these other flavors bouncing around. This one does not do that.
On these two steeps so far I mostly taste honey. I didn’t get much of anything else. It does have that woodiness, but not in a bad way at all. There was also just a hint of floral.
Ok, steeped 4 more times and it really never started to taste any differently. Maybe it got creamier. I just really need to try again when I have a kettle that makes this easy. Even with a gas stove it took forever to get just a bit of water to reboil for a second steep after the first I’d do.
Now I have to drink water because I ate a giant slice of cake. Ugh.
Oh, Sebastian turned into seed. http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_me4kbi69vG1qz5e5oo1_1280.jpg He is a growing bird though, but this was his 8th meal of the day (my mom kept calling him Bigfoot because he’s so small compared to them)! Also he finally chirped at home, to a Formula 1 video, a German video at that. He is very smart already.
Backlogging from 11/25
I wanted something that said birthday without resorting to rooibos. So this was the winner, especially because I knew I could steep the leaves again and have it iced. I actually forgot I was doing that on the counter, so I came back home later and it was like surprise tea just waiting for me.
I think this tastes way more like buttercream when it’s cold. It’s not bad hot, but it really tastes like mango and chamomile separately instead, rather than combining to taste like frosting.
I love this tea so much, they need to give in and make it again >:O
Backlogging from 11/24
I’ve been having problems liking rooibos if it’s not fruity, but I figured this might work just fine because I do love chocolate and peppermint.
But they are not enough right now to cover how red rooibos will stand out and just taste horribly woodsy and sickening to me right now. So I didn’t drink much of this at all. I’m going to hold on to it though in hopes one day I get my taste for chocolate rooibos back.
This is so amazing! It’s like a 2nd flush Darjeeling meets a Yunnan black. Out of all the black teas I’ve been drinking in the morning, this needed absolutely nothing added to it.
I taste nuttiness, honey, chocolate, and just a nice touch of floral notes to it. Maybe a bit of caramel too! The caramel especially comes out now that the remaining tea has cooled a lot.
It’s a very mild tea, I found myself sipping it very easily, without even thinking about the taste, other than about how good it tastes!
I’d definitely get more of this in the future, I really wanted to take advantage of Butiki’s sale yesterday but I couldn’t justify it, and I tried to get my mom to buy even $15 of it and she just tells me she doesn’t like tea (and 10 minutes later she liked the chocolate tea I had last night when I gave her the mug to try it). Oh well. I’ll have money one day.
My brother doesn’t drink much tea, but he would not take his nose out of the infuser after the tea steeped.
SO MUCH CHOCOLATE. This was perfect with our birthday cake. My brother’s is today, my dad’s tomorrow, mine Sunday, so we sing “Happy Birthday to Us.” The cake was white frosting and yellow cake, so chocolate on the side was excellent. I added a little bit of milk for creaminess, and it’s like a really rich, malty hot chocolate. No more sugar, so much already in my system, and it doesn’t even need any!
A 3 min, 45 sec steep was really good. It’s more like a dark chocolate flavor, a bit bittersweet, and all around tasty. I think I only got this in a sample pack so I am definitely going to need more in the future!
This tea gets a seal of approval of not needing any more chocolate flavor, a rare feat!
Ok I can’t find this on the website so I guess it is no longer around.
It looks like it’s gunpowder with peppercorn, and it tastes like that too. I steeped it twice this morning and it was just really easy to drink. A little smoky, as you’d expect from its name I guess, but very mild.
It also had a bit of fruitiness to it, and I quite enjoyed it.