1178 Tasting Notes
Soooo…last night I bought myself a BIG early birthday present….and it isn’t even tea related! http://www.scrangie.com/2012/10/official-announcement-for-opis-holiday.html All of them. Every single one. I had forgotten how much I love James Bond movies. I think I got through around 1/3 of the older ones once but sadly Netflix Instant is horribly lacking. Out of the new ones I’ve only seen Casino Royale, aka how I found my girl crush. I CAN’T WAIT FOR THEM TO GET HERE.
I actually completely forgot I made this tea and started writing the progress report for my group. And it sucks. So I feel bad but whatever but the entire thing has just been an entire whatever. Thankfully this tea doesn’t really care if you let it cool off because it is still tasty.
This brews up really light but the flavor is so good. It’s a very strong lychee flavor, and I can’t taste any oolong because I feel its floral notes got bumped right into the lychee! I’m going to give it another steep while I try to clean up my place a bit…hopefully find a place to put all these teas!
Mahamosa is so awesome and sent me 3 half ounce samples of other things to try! I had seen them posting this one but I didn’t even think to look for it when I ordered. Turned out just fine!
This actually doesn’t come across as pumpkin to me because of the honeydew. The honeydew is so sweet and comes across as melon that when it does transition to the more squash-y flavor of pumpkin it’s kind of a shock! It has a really nice sweetness to it, which I like, but it’s kind of lacking creaminess.
That’s what milk is for, right? Milk definitely subdues the honeydew, although it’s still very present, and it now tastes much more like pumpkin. It’s more creamy too. I wouldn’t choose this for a pumpkin tea, but it’s not bad.
Most importantly, it was a rooibos I could actually drink! And it got me over my fear of nettle leaf. Just look at those things, they’re like a seasonal allergy sufferer’s worst nightmare. I know it’s dried out and not going to attack me with histamines but I am still terrified of it.
Ooh this is on here!
I haven’t been drinking my tea lately :x I’ve been wasting my time with Black Bear Lab stuff. I started making wax melts today! Surprisingly it only takes about 40 minutes to make a round of them. I’m thinking of participating in a friend’s old elementary school’s fall festival next month because etsy isn’t doing much for me. I first need to see if I can not work until later that day in order to do it.
I was really wanting this stuff, but I didn’t know where to find it. World Market! I wasn’t expecting to like it very much, but it’s SO good. I think it was $6 for a four pack, which isn’t bad at all. This is tasty stuff worth $1.50 a bottle.
It actually doesn’t taste that much different from a real cola, which is incredible when you look at the ingredients. They infuse the water with black tea, ginger, cinnamon bark, mate, cardamom, and clove, all organic. And then you’ve got the usual sugar, spice, caramel coloring, and a hit of caffeine.
So basically it’s like cola made with a chai black/mate blend! And that is really cool. I’m going to definitely pick up the mate mojito soda when I go back to cry over all the owl things again. If I hadn’t already put a black cat bottle of wine (seriously!! http://files.myopera.com/slackwrdave/blog/black_cat1.jpg) I probably would have gotten it. But it’ll have to be soon.
Definitely pick some of this up if you see it anywhere! It’s so good!
This one is online now!!! So I used nearly all I had to make a pitcher earlier, and bought half a pound. My boyfriend was like good god that’s a lot, but seriously I think I use about an ounce of it to make a pitcher and then I drink it so quickly…I can’t stop.
No other fruit tea will ever compare to this one. I have no need to sweeten it, because it’s perfectly sweet and tart as is. And most importantly, Mahamosa donates to charity, so I feel even better about being obsessed with drinking this iced even if it’s somewhat cool outside.
btw if anyone is interested, I set up a Facebook page for Black Bear Laboratory (https://www.facebook.com/BlackBearLaboratory) which should have some new stuff soon, as I get a new round of supplies tomorrow…eeeee
And of course I probably will immediately make a ton of stuff tomorrow, while drinking the remaining half of this pitcher.
I kind of sucked this one down a bit quickly. I didn’t realize how thirsty I was!
I couldn’t decide if I wanted it hot or cold, so I went with cold. I was afraid my water temperature was a bit too high, and it somewhat tastes that way, the green tea is just a touch on the brisk side, but doesn’t taste too bad.
This isn’t bad, I thought a strawberry rhubarb tea would be awesome but I don’t think I think too highly of rhubarb. I will not give up on you though, rhubarb, you have too awesome a name.
It has a bit of a strawberry rhubarb pie taste to it. It’s sweet like you’d expect from macerated strawberries. I think I may like it better hot, so that was a failure on my part to try it cold first, but I also wanted to be able to drink it immediately.
This was my 1:30 in the morning tea because despite napping all afternoon, I was ready to sleep by the time the Grand Prix rolled around….only one more early race! Grumble grumble it’s in India so it’s at 5:30am in this horrible time limbo. Do you wake up for it? Do you sleep a bit before it and a bit after? Do you have no sense of time zones and become surprised to realize India could be so far from South Korea? Or are they being mean now because all the Brits have had to wake up for 5:30am for the past couple? Questions. (Seoul is 3 1/2 hours ahead of New Delhi so they’re not just being mean to Americans it turns out.)
I find guayusa and mate are the only teas that actually make me feel awake. It doesn’t last long, but a couple hours was all I needed to watch my favorite driver take the championship back, yeeeeees. RED BULL STYLE.
I didn’t realize this tea had lavender in it, so I’d been carrying it around in my travel kit quite fearful of it. If you’re like me and don’t like lavender, but love vanilla, there’s no need to be afraid. It’s a background note and it is not soapy whatsoever.
This is first and foremost vanilla, and it is very smooth and creamy. I feel like this could be an ice cream flavor from a local company because the flavors match like something I expect from them. Surprises lurking in the background, but sweet vanilla all the way.
I didn’t even feel like I was drinking guayusa, it was like drinking some kind of vanilla bean concoction. I didn’t even drink it sweetened so I’m going to have to try that next.
Jeez, well this company just made me feel like I’m not ever gonna bother with them again even though this stuff is pretty good. I bought it in bulk at Whole Foods and didn’t remember the full name. So I emailed them to ask. This is the entire email I got back.
“I believe the tea you purchased is called Black Mint Fusion.”
Needless to say it ended up in my spam folder because also she made sure to include the forwarded message from someone else which said to email me to tell me that. Because apparently just telling me it directly was too difficult.
So we’ll all just assume this is Black Mint Fusion. At least I know the ingredients, since I guess they might not even know.
This was probably the favorite tea of CupofTree and my tea tasting last week. This is really good. I like when both peppermint and spearmint are mixed together. And the lemongrass adds just a little bit of a different twist to it.
Since this is already here I shall use it for my magical tea.
From Sweet Hut: Jasmine Milk Green Tea with Honey Boba and Lychee Jelly.
I’ve created quite a floral drink! Normally I don’t stray from a coconut milk black tea but someone told me to try this one…I think. All I remembered was milk green tea and jelly. Well they have 3298752 jellies. I figured lychee would best match, and it does.
So good. Taking away all the problems I had driving home. Everyone sits in this left lane even though the right lane continues to exist for a good third of a mile. So I go in it if nobody else is there. Well the person first in the left lane, who has been slow the entire way accelerating after red lights decides they’re going to try to block me. Hilarious. I’m in a little car, they’re in an SUV…so guess who can go faster. And surprise, after I got over they were nowhere even near me. I really wanted to give them a Hot Fuzz “jog on” gesture :(
This VP debate is hilarious. Pretty sure the moderator wins.
I haven’t seen this one around Atlanta so I had to grab it in Florida last week.
Since RoT’s bags tend to produce an underwhelming cup, I put two in a mug and added milk. I’m just going to leave the bags in there to steep while I drink.
This one is actually really good this way. It’s creamy and chocolatey. I can taste banana, and it’s not bad but just kind of fake.
I accidentally forgot about it and now it’s cold and it tastes like banana chocolate milk! So this is good either way when it’s with milk I would think. I was kind of iffy about picking it up but I’m glad I did it in the end!
Pumpkin flavors just taste so much more amazing with a little bit of sugar. It works especially for this one given the other two flavors in here! The spices are a bit strong, but I think that’s just like the nature of pumpkin teas and it’s nothing a sweetener can’t fix.
Just a little milk does an amazing bit of work on the cheesecake too. It seriously tastes like I made a latte despite the fact I added just a splash of milk. This is an awesome dessert blend, sweet and pumpkiny, and most definitely rich.
I almost want more but I want to not have anything more with caffeine tonight.