3620 Tasting Notes
This is a queued tasting note.
Sample comes from Kittenna! I’m pretty sure she sent along this generous sample because the last time she passed it along around a year ago I quite liked it. She’s thoughtful that way! I don’t know what was up with the packaging though, but it handily wins the award for “hardest sample to open”. It was a resealable zip bag but I couldn’t for the life of me get it open. I eventually resorted to cutting open the sample and transferring the rest of the leaf to a new bag.
I cold brewed this sample; can’t remember if that’s what I did last time but I could see myself doing it that way. The flavour was nice; mostly cinnamon with a mix between fresh pear notes and a more “poached pear” flavour. The base left a little to be desired, but the light malty notes it lent did add something to the tea which elevated to a better brew than it would have been without the malt notes.
Steepster users who work in retail/have worked in retail before what’s the most fucked up thing you’ve seen? Yesterday at work I had one of those “only in retail” moments where you want to shoot yourself.
For those who don’t know, I work in the donation center at a thrift store partnered with a few non profit organizations. We get some characters in shopping, and I’ve seen some messed up donations come in. However, yesterday I was mostly working fitting rooms as a favour for one of the cashiers who was a little slammed. While I was watching the fitting rooms, an adult male literally took a shit in a change room.
He just walked out of the change room and out of the store without saying a word to anyone. I, at the time, didn’t think much of it because quite often people are dicks and leave the clothes they’ve tried on in the floor of the change room for us to pick up/rehang which is what I assumed he had done. But nope. He LITERALLY shit his pants/all over the floor and walked out of the store with a pair of pants he’d obviously stolen to replace his shitty pants. Fucking people…
So yeah, that’s the story of how I literally cleaned up shit yesterday.
This is a queued tasting note.
Drank this one hot late at night while watching Netflix with a friend. I added quite a bit of almond milk to it because I thought it’d really compliment the flavour because this blend has almonds in it anyway. However what ended up happening was the flavour, specifically the lemon, warped into that nasty note that I DISTINCTLY remember tasting in DAVIDsTEA’s Live Wire Lemon blend that I know I compared to the smell of a gerbil’s scent gland. So much yuck and so much nope…
So, my new commute to work is 45 minutes long as opposed to the the five minute bus ride I was taking prior to moving. It’s kind of a bitch, if I’m being honest – however on the plus side it’s the perfect excuse to brew up a travel mug of tea for the bus ride there which just lets me sneak in an extra cup into the day!
Today was my first time taking the bus, actually. It wasn’t bad at all – I expected to have trouble finding my stop or transferring but everything went as perfectly as it could have. So that was one less thing to stress about, tbh.
And the tea was good! I added a splash of almond milk so it’d be cool enough for my to drink right away on the bus and it did wonders for the tea. It was smooth, with a sweet flavour and rich/creamy mouthfeel and a lovely eggyness to the taste with nutmeg undertones. I’ve become pretty fond of this tea overall.
Quite astringent and drying, but with a lovely sweet grapey flavour that kind of compensates a little bit for that unpleasant mouthfeel. And, if nothing else, the mouthfeel does kind of remind me a little of wine. Less so Ice Wine ‘cause that’s pretty sickly sweet stuff and less dry but still wine none the less.
I actually have some ice wine right now; I’m very close to a sipdown now so maybe I’ll infuse what leaf I have left into some actual ice wine for the sip down.
This is a queued tasting note.
Pistachio matcha milk. Not really a lot to say about that one, to be honest.
However, other exciting news! People who’ve been following me on Steepster for a while now know that I’ve had problems with my teeth for a long time now. Well, good news! Next Wednesday I finally am getting my wisdom teeth removed! When I found out I was finally getting in to get it done I damn near cried. I’m just so relieved to finally be getting them taken care of.
Well, this last week has been an absolute whirlwind!
But the important thing is that as of tonight, I am officially moved into the new house! I’m so excited to be moved out of my parents house yet again, and I think this new situation will be a really good one for me!
I actually don’t have a ton of queued posts from the week; most of my tea was actually packed up early into the week so I wasn’t drinking a lot of tea this last week. I’ll have to make up for that. The reality is, that I drank a lot of matcha because it was the last tea to get packed up (because I store it in the freezer). I’ll have to drink this one again more properly and at a time I can really focus on it because really none of the tea I had this week got any proper attention, and my notes from this week are shit…
Case and point, this is all I wrote for this tea:
- Floral forefront
- Grapey finish; a little mild but quite nice!
So, I will revisit this again. Also, I’m not gonna rate it until I get a chance to have it again as well because I just know I didn’t put the time into appreciating this new matcha to rate it with any semblance of precision.
This is really showing it’s age, which is disappointing. This just tasted really thick and ‘swampy’, but not in the good kind of earthy/mossy or “rainforest” way that guayusa normally does to me. In addition, it had a funky buttery flavour that I know I’ve observed before. It seems to be getting stronger, though. And maybe that has something to do with the near 48 hour steep this got (because I’d forgotten about it) but maybe not. I’m not sure, honestly. The only redeeming sort of thing, actually, is the apricot notes which are weaker due to age but still quite nice overall.
I only have one more cup worth left; I’d wanted to wait to sip it down until I’d ordered a replacement for the tin (one in and one out): I decided I want that to be Lime + Cola Guayusa from Bluebird Tea Co. but it’s currently out of stock. I may just sip this down anyway and earmark the tin for that tea, ‘cause I’m worried it’s only gonna keep getting worse.
Thanks for the sample Kittenna! I like this one better than Pumpkin Houjicha, though it’s worth pointing out that I had pretty well opposite prep methods for the two. I Gong Fu brewed Pumpkin Houjicha, but cold brewed this one…
I think the flavour here is more accurate to what it’s trying to be though: it’s not exactly spicy from the ginger but then again, in my mind, gingerbread isn’t really all that spicy anyway. This has notes of ginger and cinnamon, as well as molasses and a note that kind of reminds me of thick, whipping cream. It comes together in a way that, combined with the roasty flavour of the Houjicha, really reminds me of gingerbread or ginger snap cookies! If it were still December/Christmas time I’d definitely be looking to get more of this…
Maybe if it makes a reappearance next Winter
I can’t remember if this was one of the holiday teas or not then I’ll bite. I need more flavoured Houjicha in my life.
So, I’m rewatching The 100 right now with a coworker; and drinking herbals like this one while I’m watching it…
Basically, we just sync up Netflix at the same time and then just watch the same episode at the same time and share commentary – I know that’s not a totally ‘out there’ concept or idea, but it’s the first time I’ve ever watched a TV show at the same time as a friend without actually watching in person with them and it’s honestly been SUCH a great and fun experience. It probably helps that The 100 is a phenomenal show, and one I wouldn’t mind watching over and over a dozen times. It’s funny though; we have pretty much opposite views on all the characters for the most part…
Anyway, the point of me sharing this kind of boils down to the point of why I wanted him to watch it in the first place: I desperately need someone to watch Season 3 with/talk to about season 3 because apart from my own family I don’t know anyone actually currently watching the third season and I have SO MANY THOUGHTS AND EMOTIONS I NEED TO EXPRESS!! So, Steepster – watch The 100 with me so I can talk to people about the show!
Flavors: Apple, Peach, Pleasantly Sour
This is a queued tasting note.
Sipdown… but not of one of my teas.
This tea was from my mom’s stash, but because I was strongly craving something minty I finished it off with her permission around a week ago. About a quarter of the mug was milk, and it was just super thick, rich, and delicious! Like a peppermint patty, but creamier? It was a touch oily as far as the mouthfeel goes, but the soothing and tasty flavour makes up for that in my opinion.
I don’t think I was a big fan of this tea the last time I had it since I rated it a 65 which is sort of the number I’d use for something subpar but not awful, but I honestly can’t remember what my experience with this one was like at all. I’m gonna have to read my old tasting note after I’m done writing this one – but I feel safe in saying that whatever I disliked last time has been improved upon.