3772 Tasting Notes
Well, I’m not at 100% yet but I’m certainly getting there.
Still, no fancy tea for me until I’m in tip top shape – my palate definitely isn’t at its best right now. So in keeping with more of my basic, every day drinkers I made this for my commute to work. It’s my most drank tea, according to Steepster, and I do adore it. There’s not much left of it that can surprise me, honestly.
I will say that I think I used a bit too much leaf today; I was trying to compensate for a my stuffy nose and dulled tastes and I ended up with a really, really strong brew. It wasn’t bitter or astringent levels of concentrated ’cause I kept my steep time show but it was very, very sweet.
I guess you could call this a toddy?
I steeped up a mug of Meyer Lemon, ‘cause go to sick tea. However, that wasn’t enough so I added a shot of vodka and a shot of limoncello liquer. Mmm! Hot lemon alcoholic tea. And guess what? I can actually taste the lemon! Made one for Trey too, though added some Peach Schnapps to his as well. Apparently it tastes really strong? I guess it must be kind of strong if I can taste it. But strong isn’t necessarily a bad thing, I suppose.
Drinking this one now;
I can still hardly taste a thing (curse you, stuffy nose!) but drinking this anyway because I figured that the ginger would probably be good for me. Not totally sure it’s doing anything, but at the same time I’m not totally sure it isn’t? At least it’s washed the taste of peaches and phlegm out of my mouth. Bleck. Still feel mildly nauseous though…
DAVIDsTEA order arrived, and since I feel the best I have in the last five days I figured I’d dip into it in an effort to get a bit more back into tea…
Don’t remember this one tasting this peachy last time I had it. Though, that was years ago and I suppose DT could have reformulated it since then? Really all I taste is the brightness of peach, and then of course the grossness of my own phlegm and sickness. I’ve had the taste of peach and phlegm stuck in my mouth for the last few hours now, and it’s making me feel a touch nauseous.
Need to revisit this when I’m not sick; something about it isn’t working for me right now and I feel confidant in saying that it’s me and not the tea itself…
Another wasted cold brew from my ongoing “Sick Period” that I just couldn’t taste…
So, instead of writing about something I couldn’t even taste, I’m going to share some of my favourite songs at the moment, ok? Kay.
Princess Chelsea – The Cigarette Duet
The Antlers – Stairs to The Attic
Watsky – Sloppy Seconds
Iron and Wine – Her Tea Leaves
Cold brew, but from the first day I was sick.
This cold caught up to me so damn quickly that I went from feeling completely fine the night before to curled up in the fetal position on the couch with a bag of halls and a box of Kleenex that first day. I wish I could comment on the tea, ‘cause I sure as hell drank the whole 25 oz. of it but I honestly couldn’t taste a damn thing.
Sipdown, but it doesn’t count ’cause I drank it just as fast as I received it.
Guess who’s sick? This tea drinker right here! There’s a really nasty cold going around work, and I appear to have caught it. Right now I’m at day number five of feeling like literal human garbage. It’s the kind of sick that just has me feeling miserable and unmotivated to do anything…
Drank this on the first day I realized I was sick; it was soothing and pacifying and helped me breath again when I just felt so badly stuck up. And then, just like that, it was gone. And I felt like trash again. Honestly haven’t drank much tea since then: less than five cups over five days. I just feel unmotivated to brew anything up, even though I know tea is good for a cold. But I can’t taste it, so what’s the point?
Cold Brew Sipdown (137)!
A pretty average sipdown, and not a really devastating one. We’ve come a point in the year where the flavours of this tea don’t really enchant in the same way that they do in the fall or winter. That’s not to say the flavour of buttery, pistachio pastries is a bad flavour. It’s actually a delicious flavour. It just doesn’t feel right seasonally. And this is a really easy tea for me to restock, so it’s for the best that I’m out of it for the time being.
Until we meet again.
Everyone knows what Pocky is, right? I found an ‘off brand’ version of pocky in my grocery store in the Asian Foods aisle, and they had a couple really cool flavours like blueberry, mango and… green tea!
I didn’t buy the blueberry, but I got the mango and the green tea. Mango was better. The green tea tasted like most “green tea” flavoured snack foods: a highly sweetened version without much of a distinct vegetal or grassy taste. This particular incarnation had a strong creamy flavour from the yogurt coating. Tasty, but not quite the flavour I was looking for.
Drank this one on the commute to work, Western style of course. The roasty, more oxidized base was certainly a stronger presence in the mug as far as the flavours go. However, there was also an underlying plum flavour and a hint of a floral quality. So, pretty characteristic of how this one normally tastes brewed up Western style.
And I restocked it! I had two freebie teas to redeem, so I wound up getting 50g of this and of Ginger Pear (more bang for my buck) ‘cause they’re two teas I really like that I needed to restock. Since I ordered online, I also grabbed The Glow because you need to actually buy something to redeem freebie points online. And of course DT gives you samples with each order; this time the teas that I presume will be a part of the summer collection showed up as sample options! So of course I grabbed those as my samples. For those curious…
Luscious Watermelon is gonna be back, and then the three new teas I had options to grab were Caribbean Crush, Pura Vida, and Pom Diggity. I wound up getting Luscious Watermelon and Pura Vida and Pom Diggity. Pura Vida is a green tea with pineapple and coconut and Pom Diggity is black tea with pomegranate, though it does have stevia in it. Not sure what the fifth summer tea will be? Didn’t see anything else new or returning in my sample options.