3981 Tasting Notes
Last tea of the night before I head to bed…
I think this is my first time trying this one hot? Normally I cold brew it but tonight I was craving something light and melon-y so I whipped this one out and gave it a shot. I was definitely light handed with both water temp and steep time because I know that LP has warned this is finnicky when brewed hot, but this worked for me. Just very fragile and delicate overall but with lovely fresh green notes of grass and cucumber skin softly counter balanced by natural, realistic watermelon notes.
I only brewed a small teacup both out of fear for brewing this poorly and because I was trying to be conscious of caffeine intake before bed, but I almost wish I’d brewed more because I finished my teacup in what felt like the blink of an eye and I was so disheartened when there wasn’t more to keep sipping at.
The album that this cover is from is one of my favourites of all time; and in fact the only ‘single’ from that album might just be my favourite song of all time if one can even narrow their favourite music down to one song. Sadly this singer is so unheard of that 80% of his music can’t even be found on Youtube to listen to, though. Fortunately, this is one of the few songs that you CAN find so I’m able to share it with all of you. I hope you enjoy it…
For anyone curious this is the song I’m referring to as my ‘favourite of all time’…
It’s absolutely BEAUTIFUL in its meaning, tone and simplicity and something I honestly feel that EVERYONE can relate to. It also pairs perfectly with this tea; and most teas in general, in my opinion anyway.
Today’s cold brew.
This was so smooth today! I got the absolute perfect balance between acai, blueberry, currant, and elderberry flavours. It created a perfect, well rounded flavour with just the right amount of natural sweetness and robustness. The cherry on top, so to speak, was the refreshing juniper that cut in at the tail of the sip. I love the almost pine like flavour that juniper has, and it works so well in this particular blend because it ties all those smooth berry notes together and creates this almost whimsical feeling of being a bear in a forest or camp ground, munching on wild berries. You know, one with nature in a way.
Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccZuKOTb6ug
More like midday in the kitchen.
Spending the afternoon in and out of studying (last final is in less than an hour! ahh!) and baking Spookyween sugar cookies. You can’t do baking without a tea companion; and this is what teachat voted on out of the things I couldn’t decide between.
I’m really enjoying this mug: mostly getting a lot of mellow but sweet hay/straw notes but this does have a really pleasant soft peach finish to it. Maybe more peach skins than the fruit, though? Smooth, easy drinking and soft enough for a midday tea to break up all the other things I’ve had so far today.
And, I think it was good mojo drinking a white tea because this last presentation is all about Chinese style white teas…
Currently drinking this one and talking to people on Slack;
I’m looking for new people to follow here on Steepster right now ‘cause I feel like my dash has slowed down a lot since many of the people I follow have become inactive in the last year. So, if anyone can think of someone who posts relatively regularly who’s reviews you enjoy seeing on your own dash let me know ‘cause I’d love to follow some new people!
I’m enjoying this one so far – I kind expected it to be a little more full bodied but the medium bodied notes that I am getting are really pleasant/smooth. I actually need to hurry my ass up and finish it off ‘cause it’s starting to get cold now since I’ve been a little distracted with talking to everyone on top of texting my
Most prominent note here is malt which doesn’t surprise me ‘cause I find that a lot of Indian teas really have that strong malty feel and Nepal’s terroir is so similar to India’s that there’s certainly quite a bit of flavour overlap from similarly styled teas. In addition to that I’m getting some nice freshly baked bread notes and a sweeter mid sip/body flavour. I think this is the element of the tea that’s supposed to be fruitier but I’m honestly struggling a little to identify any specific fruit notes rather than just that bright, natural “fructose” type sweetness. The finish has a light sort of “cocoa” taste to it; like a light dusting on the tip of my tongue. Definitely no real presence in the aftertaste, which is disappointing: I like that “imprint” of flavour that creeps on long after you’ve finished the sip. It draws out the mug more because you get to savor the sips longer before taking another…
A little ironic because I’m finding this tea doesn’t really have that aftertaste/“shadow” following the sip. Good song though; it’s been a Wombats day for me. I think I’ve listened to my three favourite songs by them like a half dozen times a piece so far today?
“Kiss me with your fist it’s all right
Wrap your hands around my throat I won’t mind”
It’s almost like those lyrics are describing what I’m WANTING from this tea but not quite getting…
Thank you VariaTEA for the sample!
I was pretty sure I’d tried this one before, but looks like this is my first tasting. I must be mixing up the name with one of the many other French teas I’ve had the fortune of trying.
I cold brewed this one, but I kind of regret doing so because I really, really didn’t like it. I had an impossible time getting over the intensely buttery oolong that engulfed each sip paired with this really off putting sour note at the finish of the sip. Most of this got pitched, honestly. I think hot prep would have been better; I doubt it would have drawn out the same level of nasty from the base. But I guess I wont know until I put that theory to test; it may be a while though…
I need to forget this experience/distance myself from it first.
Flavors: Butter, Grass, Sour
Commute to work tea on one of those mornings that’s just slow, still and drizzly…
Those are my favourite mornings to drink a good Lapsang Souchong; the trickle of intense smoke filling your lungs as you inhale the liquor deeply is both peaceful and commanding in its presence. Another way this feeling could be expressed is that it both lifts you out of your surrounding environment and grounds you at the same time. With this mug, I also enjoyed the hint of sweetness at the end of each sip that kind of caressed the bed of my tongue after the smoke had overrun it.
This was my song pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTOC_q0NLTk
It’s one of those songs I feel like you need to listen to a couple times to really appreciate it because the lyrics are beautiful but the tone and pacing are the sort that slips easily into the background of what you’re doing. It’s a nice “soundtrack to life” type of song. Good for the tea and the environment I was drinking it in.
Normally, I actually like to play something even slower paced and haunting when I drink Lapsang; think bands like Cigarettes After Sex. I find that music hits the right chord emotionally and the tone of the singer’s voice often embodies the smoke notes in the tea. But this does the exact same thing in a different way and is a nice change of pace.
Drank this one last night in a big Nordic mug with some almond milk!
I have to say, this one is really becoming a daily-drinker of sorts for me and that’s really high praise for me given that it’s a Ceylon, which is a type of tea I am NOT generally a big fan off. I just find this one is so smooth and personally I adore the combination of honey, malt, graham, and chocolate notes I get each time that I make it. On top of that, this tea manages to be full bodied with all of those flavour notes that are traditionally really, really rich but I don’t find it cloying at all either. Even during the odd time I take it with honey or some sort of milk.
I think the tone suits the profile of the tea really nicely overall; but my favourite part of this pairing is the emphasis on the smoothness of the tea/honey whiskey respectively. It’s kind of both intense but silky…
Stopped by DAVIDsTEA last night after work at job number one to get something caffeinated to drink while studying last night as well as to fill out some availability sheets so they can start scheduling me.
For the last few days I’ve been in “tea limbo” ‘cause as an employee you can’t collect Frequent Steeper points but I wasn’t on payroll yet either so I didn’t get my staff discount. But that time has passed! And now I can start taking advantage of staff discounts, which is just so exciting.
I picked this one out because, aside from wanting the caffeine, I hadn’t tried it in roughly a year and mentally I didn’t remember liking it so I wanted to give it another chance. I think I’m definitely going to be taking advantage of the free tea on shift to revisit teas I’ve not been fond of in the passed/that I haven’t tried in a really long time in addition to ticking off the last few teas on the wall I haven’t tried at all. It’s funny though ‘cause when I looked at my previous tasting notes of this before logging it today I saw I’d rated it quite high previously as well as actually liked it a lot. So why don’t I remember liking it!?
But it WAS good – lots and lots of sweet, well defined apricot notes that actually took me back to the summers I spent with my Grandma. She’d take us to swimming lessons and then afterwards when we were wet and tired we’d get to eat these apricot flavoured freezies as a treat. They were so good. It’s odd how a hot beverage can remind you of something cold, though. The nut notes in this seemed less intense last night when I was drinking this though; maybe some almond notes over anything else? Sweeter almond, though not quite marzipan like I noted in a previous tasting note. Oddly, when this was REALLY hot, I definitely tasted cinnamon too but not when it had cooled down.
So, I finished the second part of my three part Sommlier finals first thing this morning, and I fucking NAILED it. Now I just have to wait until later this afternoon to do the last part. I’ve already put in a ton of time studying, so at this point I’m really just trying to have an enjoyable morning and relax. I mean, apart from it being finals day this IS my day off too, after all.
So first tea of the day is DT’s Swampwater ‘cause it’s Halloween-y and seasonal. Of course I’m drinking it out of this year’s Halloween themed nordic mug and rather than pairing it with some music today I’m enjoying this while watching some of the Halloween themed Buffy The Vampire Slayer episodes. One week left to Halloween people, time to get cracking on this spooky/themed shit!
I still REALLY get a “Strawberries & Cream” flavour from this blend and I think I actually enjoy it better hot than cold as well. Something about that cream element of the blend is just a lot smoother prepared this way. It’s hard though ‘cause I want to say it’s natural tasting but then I look down at the puke green liquor with the slight oily film on top and think to myself “how in your right mind could you possibly call this natural!?”. At least the oily looking appearance only serves to further the illusion of swamp water and doesn’t actually affect the mouthfeel of the tea.
Just got home from supper out with my old roommate Shauna and her boyfriend; they actually picked the pub we went to and it was really, really nice there.
I ended up drinking a lot so I’m just a little drunk at the moment – but SO worth it. One of the pub specials for cocktails is called a Lemon Meringue Pie and HOLY SHIT it’s good. But almost kind of evil in how smooth and easy it goes down – I was like four in before I realized the alcohol was hitting me really quickly. I almost ordered their version of Blueberry Tea as well ‘cause I saw it was on their specialty menu and I wanted to compare to the Blueberry Tea I had yesterday, but they were actually out of Orange Pekoe so they couldn’t make it. That just means I have to go back there another time, though…
This is probably gonna be my final tea of the night; I made myself a very small teacup of it when I got home just ‘cause I set it aside before I went out in the afternoon not realizing I’d be back so late and if I don’t make it today I’ll be sad ’cause I really wanted to see how it holds up hot.
I have to say that overall I think it’s better hot than it is cold brewed but I still find it really weird too. The peach is so strong though that it almost negates the other odd flavour pairings and what the peach really reminds me of is when, as a kid, you’d finish off a bag of fuzzy peach candies and then “drink” the little sour sugar crystals from the bottom of the bag. I can’t be the only one who did that, right? But it’s the same intensity with that same really bright and almost sort of shocking vibrancy of sweet and tangy.
The rest of the flavour notes are sweet and borderline creamy pistachio and a touch of a soft roasted note/feel. I don’t think this is nearly as floral hot. That, or I just didn’t get a lot of rose petals in the leaf I used. I can’t really remember what the ratio of stuff I measured out looked like, to be honest.
Marginally bumping my rating up – but in a cautious way. A part of me wonders if the improvement in tonight’s teacup has anything to do with the light buzz I’ve got going on as well.