New Tasting Notes
Backlog (from this past week). I had a recollection of enjoying this tea, which apparently was incorrect, according to my previous note…. but that also fits with how I felt about this tea when I drank it this week – kind of metallic and flavourless, with a bit of soapiness possibly from the coconut flakes. Oh well.
Backlog (from this past week). Apparently I took poor notes the last time I drank this, and wasn’t much better this time, although I did write down that I was picking up a bit of an artificial cherry note that I found to be unpleasant. It looks like I previously thought this was ok, but I wasn’t overly fond this time. Oh well!
Backlog (from this past week). I thought this was fairly weak and boring, though the base flavour was decent, and I’m relieved to see that I labelled this as reasonably boring last time I had it too. I think maybe I need to use a bit more leaf to amp up the flavour, because it’s not really a bad tea at all, I think the popped rice is maybe not adding as much flavour as the tea leaves, yet taking up room in the measuring spoon… you know. Anyhow, still have some left to try, if I remember this!
My oldest tea mixed with my other oldest tea, chamomile. I don’t mind either of these, but prefer them mixed. It is a neat indication that I have come at least a small way in my journey with tea. That I now know that there are unlimited options and that I don’t need a bunch of chamomile! I don’t think I will re-stock either of these, at least until I stop trying so many new teas all the time!
Tre’s birthday is tomorrow! Thank God for Facebook because, like the terrible roommate I often am, I had kind of forgotten that it was coming up so shortly…
It works out well though; with me getting so many tattoos lately we’ve been talking about him getting his first one done soon. He’s got a few ideas, but one of the bigger ones is something Star Wars related. Well, a local shop is doing a special “May The 4th” sale and is gonna be pre-drawing a bunch of designs that can be snatched up and booked to be done on that day. If there’s one that Tre ends up liking enough then that’ll be his 1st tattoo!
So, I told him today that his birthday present from me is a $50 contribution to whatever his first tattoo winds up being: it’s something I think he’ll genuinely appreciate, he still gets to ‘pick out his gift’ (in a way), and it saves my forgetful ass since I didn’t actually buy anything!
I’m low key debating getting a Star Wars tattoo myself but I don’t like any of the designs that the shop has posted so far so we’ll see if any of the others are any better…
But anyway, drinking this right now with some Cinnabon creamer in it; the flavour is a little weaker than I’d like it to be, but the gooey cinnamon icing notes from the creamer and the rich vanilla and apple notes from the tisane itself are creating this super rich, heavenly and almost ‘fluffly’ mouthfeel that I’m just in love with. Plus, the chamomile is drowned out in flavour, and that’s my least favourite thing about this blend to begin with.
Ah, Sunday, my least favorite day of the week. No mail, half the restaurants are closed, and everywhere closes early. I know I am just being a spoiled brat, but I have been looking forward to having some sushi for quite a while, things just keep panning out that I could not have that delicious food that I so desired…until today! Ben left to fetch me a favorite treat but came back sad, alas, it is Sunday (we both keep thinking it is a day different than it actually is, I blame his new work schedule) meaning the restaurant was closed. I feel much like a sad, molting, parrot.
Today we are taking a look at Tea Leaf Co’s Rock Star, a white tea blend of blueberries and Bai Mu Dan, I do not drink as many blended teas as I used to (for shame) but I still get excited when I find a new blueberry blend, since it is frequently my favorite. To be listed among blueberry blends that I like, it has to taste like sweet fresh blueberries, not nasty tart unripe blues, honestly this is one of the few things I do not mind if it tastes extra sweet like blueberry muffins or blueberry candy, I really like my berries to be sweet. Looking at the ingredients, it turns out the berries in question are actually dried Elderberries, and the blueberries come from blueberry essence, which is interesting. The aroma is rather strongly in the blueberry camp, strong sweet blueberry with a tart undertone, and a finish of fresh vegetation and crisp lettuce. Bai Mu Dan always smells a bit like lettuce to me, making it seem crisp and fresh.
The now thoroughly soggy brewed up leaves take on a richer aroma, with notes of lettuce, a touch of pepper, loam, and of course a blend of sweet blueberries and tart elderberries. These last two notes seem pretty even with each other, the sweet does not overpower the tart and vice versa. The liquid is honey sweet, with notes of, well, honey, and of course blueberries and a touch of fresh green.
The taste is rather soothing and light, not a strong tea, the primary note that reigns supreme is honey and gentle vegetation. There is a tiny bit of pepper and loam, and a finish of sweet blueberries that linger well after the sipping has finished. The blueberry is pretty mild, but happily it is a sweet blueberry taste, which is good since I am not a fan of the tart. So, this was an enjoyable tea, it did not wow me, but I did enjoy it, I think also it could make a really tasty ice tea, if you are into that kinda thing.
This is really good. I know a number of companies distribute this very same tea, but I got the best price from Zen. I ordered it because my daughter tried it from another company when she was in Toronto and loved it, had to have it. I told her I could get it cheaper for her than the company she bought it from there and here we are.
This is so good. A friend had it with me and had trouble figuring out the flavors. When I told her there was fresh ground cinnamon in it, the light bulb went off. The licorice root is nice in this, subtle and sweet. Mint is the main flavor up front, but I had one from another company called Vanilla Mint that just tasted like mint, no puerh at all.
This one has a much better balance, with the puerh serving as a good base holding up the mint, and the cinnamon sparkling as little hints here and there, with licorice root adding that sweet aftertaste.
We got so many steeps, too. This was a good buy.
It was served with some delectable cookies my youngest daughter made called “Will You Marry Me?” cookies. Oh my, they were good. I think I may not let anyone marry that kid, so I can have the cookies for myself.
I got a new teapot! Squeeeee! And I have to give kudos to zentealife.com for the great price and great service and fast shipping.
To try out my new teapot, the 16 oz. dragonfly tetsubin in black and gold by Iwachu, I made several steeps of this. I wanted to see how far I could take it, but three steeps in even a tiny pot is a lot of tea. In this case, it was 48 ounces before I quit. Hubby and daughter drank some of it but I think most of it went in my cup! It was really good and I am pretty sure there were more steeps to be had, but I was sloshy!
Great tea, and a good tea day all in all!
1) Initial Impressions: Full red color and aromatic bush taste make this something I a excited to try. I like Twinings because their Earl Grey is among the few bagged version I don’t hate.
2) First Taste: There’s a bit of saltiness I get first. And earthiness. Not at all what I was expecting.
3) Second Sip: I don’t know if it’s actually salt water in the brewing process or just crappy bags? This is not good. Like…it’s bothering me how much it’s not good.
4) Final Thoughts: This might smell similar to rooibos, but it in No way tastes like it. It’s damn near awful. I doubt it is a dud bag too. Bummer.
Flavors: Dirt, Salt
Sipdown! Don’t really remember what I thought of this most recently, except that I think I tried to resteep everything out of it, which meant that I was enjoying it. I really do enjoy flavoured dark oolongs, though I’ve since learned that I’m not fond of actual kombucha – mostly because it tastes like yeast/alcohol and that’s gross.
I was a little vary of this one due to the lavender (I’m not a huge fan of floral teas), but I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by the taste (and I do love the fact that it’s organic)! I got a strong strawberry flavour (yay) out of my cup, and the lavender wasn’t as bad as I thought it’d be. I had this hot (it still feels like winter out, le sigh), and it is definitely a relaxing-type tea. I’d love to try it iced, see if I like it as much. Out of the three samples I picked up yesterday (this, Spa Day and Vanilla Rose), I think this is my favourite. I
Sipdown! Process of elimination makes me think that this was from Roswell Strange, so thanks! I had to add it to my spreadsheet just now, because I apparently missed writing down a bunch of teas from before… sigh…
Anyhow! This is really interesting. Pineapple + mint? I swear I’ve seen pineapple mint at the garden centres before, but haven’t ever tried it, nor do I know if it actually tastes like pineapple + mint, or whether it’s called that for a different reason. Either way, it kind of works in this tea. The mint is subtle and tastes like fresh mint as opposed to peppermint (which is good!), and the pineapple is light and fruity. The green rooibos is not particularly distinguishable, which makes it work well here. Red rooibos or honeybush probably would have ruined this for me.
Overall, not a tea that would fall into my favourites, but a very interesting try, and not a tea I’ve had anything remotely like previously! Thanks Roswell!
Sipdown! Of one of the baggies I got from Sil way, way long ago when we first met.
Definitely is showing its age, as it’s just not as tasty as it used to be (I find oolongs seem to go a bit metallic with age, sometimes, and this one has done that), but still drinkable and thus I have done so tonight. It’s nice to have a bit of time to actually finish a few things off…
Perhaps my palate is a bit cleaner tonight (which is weird, because I’ve had some very garlicky tomato salad), but I’m picking up the hints of mint here, along with some vanilla on a nice, just slightly astringent, malty/chocolatey base. Pretty enjoyable, other than that twinge of astringency on my mouth, but I do still wish the flavours were stronger. Still delicious though.
After hike tea – I am trying to get back into shape and have been walking more but today it was a super intense hike. I am tired and wish I could kick back with some wine but I still have things to do today.
So tea it is ;)
This came from my Obubu sampler pack, I found it in my box of samples. I thought I finished the Obubu samples a while ago but found this one. This is a really delicious green tea, though it reminds me more of Chinese green tea than of a deep steamed Japanese green. It is yellow-ish gold in color and has a nutty flavor along with deep vegetal notes, a bit like a dragonwell. There is a mild bittersweetness in the finish. Something about it seems very soothing, which is good because I wanted a little boost but don’t want to be awake all night. A nice one from Obubu! I’d consider getting more of this sometime.
This is a queued tasting note.
Thank you VariaTEA for getting this one to me, and Kittenna for splitting it with me! It smelled so good dry, and I ended up making it yesterday morning for my breakfast tea on my day off. Mmmm! I’m pretty sure it’s Bear With Me who’s obsessed with Grapefruit EG so I’m happy to finally be getting the chance to taste an EG with grapefruit in it (you’ve gotten me super excited!), even if there are other additions too.
I actually find I’m tasting the tangerine more than anything else; it tastes exactly like the tangerine in Butiki’s Tangerine Creamsicle guayusa blend except while I really disliked the flavour in that blend I think it works perfectly here. It ties in better with the base tea, and has a lovely, mellow sweetness to it and just a touch of citrus pucker. The grapefruit notes are more in the body of the sip, and ave the faintest bit of bitterness but in a way that’s pleasant and natural for grapefruit.
The EG itself wasn’t as strong as expected and I found myself craving a little bit more from the tea. It mostly was apparent running alongside the grapefruit notes and in the aftertaste. It paired phenomenally with the grapefruit by the way; I can see why that pairing seems to be a successful one.
The base was nice but didn’t impart a whole lot of flavour; not that I necisarrily wanted it to dramatically affect the taste of the tea but it would’ve been nice if it had not have been as mild and I could have pinpointed some distinct note from it. This is a really nice breakfast tea though; I will absolutely enjoy finishing off my little bag of it!
Today’s word of the day is/was: defunct, which means “having finished the course of life or existence : dead, extinct”. How dreary…
Really happy I like this one ’cause VariaTEA just sent me 25g of it in addition to what I bought for myself. This is coming from her sample, not from my own tin of it – and call me crazy but I feel like hers has a bit more peony?
It’s good though; I love the peony flavour of this one. With the nice white tea backdrop and weird crop up of strawberry/pink jellybean notes I’m still very into this tea! I don’t know why but it makes me think of this movie:
I watched that so much as a kid/when I was living in Eyebrow that I wore out the VHS tape of it that my Aunt rented out in the video section of her convenience store. Oops. Kinda want to go watch it now, actually, for the nostalgia factor but I don’t think it’d hold up to my memory of it.
Also; Tre just walked out of his room and gave me the biggest “What the Fuck” face ‘cause I’m eating popcorn with a spoon. Sorry, but it’s so sticky/buttery! This was the easiest way to go about eating it without getting my keyboard all gross…