1220 Tasting Notes
I’m so tired of rain!!! And tomorrow’s supposed to be even worse. It’s already been bad for my garden. I ran over there today around 10, because I thought it wasn’t supposed to rain until this afternoon and already the ground around my plot was puddling water. But I got a cucumber.
I realize I haven’t been drinking much tea, or I’ve been drinking the same tea in large 2 quart quantities. And now it’s probably going to dwindle more because I’m inevitably going to get back on coffee too considering the markout you get weekly as a Sbux employee. (Can you imagine if they eventually include something From Teavana in there??? I’d die.) btw my manager loves Harney & Sons so I’m gonna constantly be bringing her other teas to try haha.
Ok so, actually because it’s cooled so much I’m gonna spend the evening drinking hot tea. But first I was really feeling some matcha. I bought club soda to make Italian cream sodas but I couldn’t help but use the remnants of a bottle with some of this matcha. I think 1/4 the bottle was full so if I made a huge mistake by shaking it, I wasn’t going to get matcha water everywhere.
It’s. So. Good. It tastes SO much better this way. It tastes more like champagne but it doesn’t have the bite from the bubbles, while still having them. If that makes sense. I think it also takes away from the weird fruity gum flavor I felt this has some other times I have had it.
I’m going to have to reload up on club soda because I wanted to try tea pops too again, AND I have to try the orange/cola mix I love so dearly this way.
Teavana Peachberry whatever + Fruta Bomba, coldbrewed
Ok I thought Fruta Bomba was a green, but the leaves are really dark? I know for a fact it was this tea in this container but it just weirded me out. The entire tea overall turned pink, which I know is a result of Peachberry whatever jasmine ridiculous name.
I hadn’t had either of these in forever so I really have no idea which one is doing what. I did 4 tsp of each and their one common denominator is peach. Then there’s the hibiscus, the jasmine, the strawberry, but I’m not getting much else out of the fruta bomba one, no citrusy notes, not even lemongrass given how much of it looked to be in there.
It’s pretty much just fruity, unidentifiably fruity, with a bit of jasmine. I definitely would not combine these again, or I might use only 2 tsp of Peachberry.
BY THE WAY I GOT THE JOB! Well, conditionally on passing a background check. It’s w/Starbucks, I’m excited. I also got school all settled, I am doing 6 credit hours for the next 2 semesters so while not being able to finish this fall is sad, I have plenty of time on my hands. Also I learned that even though my GPA will likely suck around a 2.17 when I’m done, I can boost my GPA with classes before applying to grad school so if I do go that route it’s not pointless.
This comes far later than intended, I should have just put it off till morning but I meant to do it 90 minutes ago! I went to a yelp party tonight, it was ok, I always feel left out but eh. This one guy there, he’s a yelper too, but he takes pictures not even as one of the official photographer and tbh he’s the best. LOOK AT THIS. http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/yelps-deco-dence-otps-first-yelper-party-marietta?select=eIHKdZKe6TLJwd4PhkjbZQ#jgwwq6EtoVO24tx2MVeutg
I have no idea how that is such a good picture because he was trying to get one and this little fly was getting all up in my face and I was trying to watch it to swat it away before that haha.
ok so I really really oversteeped this as a coldbrew. Like I hadn’t finished up my tons and tons of Sansa Stark tea so it kind of sat there a bit longer than necessary. It’s strong. it’s not very sweet. Though, I have never been much of a fan of this blend. There’s vanilla, but there’s really nothing else to it imo.
Well I used half the bag so at least there’s not much more.
So I got this last week even though I wasn’t to ~ the episode ~ and thankfully even though there is an actual spoiler image on it, it’s oddly printed so I had no idea what it was even implying.
Until tonight. After I watched said episode. Then I understood.
when you find out how to get this tea (which is REALLY EASY and I feel dumb for not understanding) it suggests steeping in your own tears. Totally could have. btw I don’t think it’s possible to get this outside of the sample but I assume you can repeatedly get the sample since it let me add it to my cart again so I could get those great steeping notes.
Anyway the person who helped me out with getting this told me it was really good. It smells really good. But it’s super, super floral. I made it iced because I can’t be triflin’ with hot tea right now, plus hibiscus that’s warm is pretty meh.
So the hibiscus and rose petal are the strongest flavors, not sure if they really go together. For a bit there when I first tasted it, I was expecting someone to just pop in and yell THE LANNISTERS SEND THEIR REGARDS at me because even for someone who loves floral teas, it’s pretty overwhelming.
Since usually after the ice melts a good bit, iced teas start to taste better, I let it hang out. I could get a bit of the apple but definitely no blood orange.
It’s not that bad hibiscus wise. I can tolerate it without adding sweetener. I think maybe I’m losing the orange to the hibiscus, when I think about it, there’s a pretty similar flavor between blood orange and hibiscus.
I’m going to go lay down and cry now that I am finished with the glass. Although, I have an interview tomorrow FINALLY so cross your fingers!! And I will hopefully be over my GoT feels by then.
I’m now watching hockey because I have watched 10 episodes of Game of Thrones in about 3 days. Oops?
Anyway since I felt I used a lot of tea on the pitcher of iced tea, I decided I’d cold steep it too. This bunch of tea was less pink in color and looked a bit more like black tea, so I intermixed the two, which was much needed. I tried a glass of what I had originally steeped and it had become completely tart – no underlying cream flavors at all.
In the future I will probably just make this on a cup by cup basis.
The funny thing about this tea’s description is that I have been knitting a blanket while watching Game of Thrones. I bought this because it sounded good out of all the Stark based custom blends, so I got it. It smells amazing, and I thought it’d be good iced.
I oddly feel like the pouch wasn’t entire filled though? It seems less full compared to a couple of my others that I’ve yet to open…It seems actually it’s heavier compared I guess. I used almost an ounce to make a pitcher of tea…jeez. Kind of an expensive iced tea.
So the strawberry tea in here is the strongest ingredient because the tea is bright red.
It’s really good though, I really can’t taste black tea at all until the very end, but the vanilla cream is there. The hibiscus isn’t terrible, it tastes more like strawberries.
I’m just sad it takes so much to make iced tea :( Next time I’ll be less impatient about it..
So I coldbrewed this for a really long time. It didn’t make it gross or anything though. It’s a lot like an apple pie herbal with a bit of rooibos in it. It’s not bad. It’s a bit more cinnamon flavored than I’d really want in an iced tea.
This really is the only Art of Tea sample I bought that I have even slightly enjoyed.
The problem is though that its name has a cocktail connotation, as does the description, and the tea does not match it whatsoever.
When this one became available online I loaded up on half a pound. I’ve now used up two of the bags I think. I am still convinced I’ve only used up one but I find no proof of it anywhere. It’s that good I hope I have more.
I typically make it hot and then leave it sitting until it cools. This is probably not the best option right now because I’m sure it’s still a gram of sugar per cup max but that’s a lot of sugar right now. I should probably water down the rest since I have powered through it today.
Still as delicious as ever. And it’s going to have to keep me occupied since I have to wait until morning to get my Adagio order. ARGH MAILMAN WHAT DO YOU HAVE AGAINST PUTTING MY MAIL IN THE LOCKERS.
I REALLY wish the notes on here would have some semblance of organization…having your own listed first would be marvelous. I’m trying to find out if I ever coldbrewed this before, I’ve logged this tea five times but because the first time was in 12/11, that comes up first, and because it barely has any likes, it bumps me all the way to the FIFTH FREAKIN PAGE. In fact last time I logged it I bitched about this.
Answer: I coldbrewed it after the first time trying it. Guess I better commit that to memory now.
So I got this going last night when I realized I finished off a gallon of the pink lemonade iced tea already.
If you bought tea from me, it’s going out tomorrow. It was going to today but after I ate breakfast I felt like hell and my stomach is now realizing what’s happening (I’m doing a Whole 30) and oh it was not fun until about 3:30pm.
Then all I felt like doing was going to my garden and seeing what was grown…I had another huge zucchini. In 4 days I’ve picked 30 ounces of zucchini. I’ve picked 3 jalapenos too. There’s a lot of standing water in the mulch around the plots and it’s attracting mosquitos :( I got so many bites and I was only there less than 10 minutes! The deluge of rain lately has really screwed everyone’s tomato plants…they all look horrid on the bottom halves. I hope they’ll be okay. I’ve got some little bell peppers and cucumbers on the way soon.
I ate a lettuce wrap burger that I knew would be okay to eat because otherwise I was definitely not gonna eat nearly enough food for the day…and finally felt okay ot nap. That felt good, but I slept till 7:30 hahaha. So finally after that I got around to getting this out of the fridge. For being in there about 24 hours it didn’t get gross.
I. LOVE. IT. I need to do this more often. I think I far prefer it this way. It seems less bergamot-y and more fruity with a nice creamy vanilla flavor too.
Too bad I only made a quart of it and I’m already polishing it off.
PS anyone have any ideas of how to eat zucchini I’m already tired of it :(
USPS said my order wasn’t coming till Monday so I was psyched to check my mail last night and find these already arrived!
First off I like that they come in bigger bags now, although I’m guessing the need to make the labels bigger played in that too. Over the seasons I was not drinking iced tea I lost my ability to carefully open the smaller packets these came in last year.
I did the usual steeping of the bag in 2 cups of water then transferring it to a pitcher filled with ice and cold water. I then put the bag in a quart of water to cold steep it for a second steep since getting 2 uses out of these bags is great.
I always think these taste better after chilling in the fridge overnight so I didn’t even try it last night, but it was definitely the first thing I did this morning. Straight out of the fridge there wasn’t much flavor, but as it warmed at room temperature, out came the pink lemonade flavor. You can definitely smell the cotton candy in here over any other flavors, but you don’t taste it. It does its job at just adding sweetness, which is great because sometimes the grapefruit seems a bit heavy, especially as it gets too warm.
When it’s right it tastes just like a mix of pink lemonade and iced tea, minus the it being super sweet. I’m sure if you do sweeten it, it’ll be even better, but I quite like it how it is.
Honestly this might become my favorite SBT already.