3556 Tasting Notes
And this finishes off the day’s tea! I have to say, I’m sad to see it go. This last cup was tasty; caramel chamomile but with a slight apple/tangy after taste! It was better/smoother than it sounds and now I’m sleepy. I’m still kinda sick but have to say I currently feel better than when I woke up this morning so that’s a plus.
We finished off the holiday by watching Olive The Other Reindeer, which is a family tradition. I can’t remember how that tradition started but it’s my favourite one. That movie is so underrated and if you’ve never seen it I highly recommend that you do. I’m pretty sure you can find it online on Youtube.
We also played a cool game called Disaster Looms! I’d call it a combination of Settlers of Catan, Monopoly, and Risk. If my Dad didn’t already own it, I’d buy it for myself. It took like three hours but was SO fun. And I love the strategy aspect of it.
Last interesting thing to note for the day, one of my Christmas gifts (the one from my brother) was certainly a gag gift worth sharing with everyone. What did he buy me? 100g of this super fancy caramel flavoured coffee. YUCK. I don’t touch the stuff! I had a very tough time trying to pretend to be thankful. Ultimately, I gave it to my Step Mom. It might as well go to someone who’ll drink it.
EDIT: Yes you can, here it is…
So, what was everyone’s Christmas/holiday haul?
I’m certainly sure I wasn’t the only one who had tea related things under the Christmas tree! Like I’ve already said, I got $75 towards a Camellia Sinensis order and my Secret Santa at work got me a $15 DAVIDsTEA gift card and a Spiderman mug. Though I still have one more Christmas to celebrate before I’ll know my full Christmas haul.
Anyway; I grabbed this tea last week from Cuppa’T. It was something I 100% didn’t expect to grab or even know was carried by them but couldn’t resist once I’d seen it. Everything Great Gatsby related pulls me in; I’m such a fan of the book and movie! In all honesty, the ingredients didn’t appeal to me at all but just the idea of seeing how the flavour profile would play into how I view the novel had my literary side nerding out so badly!
Ultimately, I want to try this one hot because I just get the feeling that’s how it’ll be best enjoyed but thus far I’ve only had it cold brewed because that’s just what was the easiest way for me to drink it as soon as possible; and I wanted to try it as soon as possible. The flavour is very sweet and in an odd way quite juice like which is surprising given the amount of ingredients in this blend which aren’t fruit. I wouldn’t say the sweetness is overpowering.
Actually, I’d say the richness of the flavour notes nicely parallels the richness and opulence of not only Jay Gatsby but the whole era in which The Great Gatsby is set so that’s a nice tie in with the name of the tea right off the bat. The dominant flavour notes here are: cinnamon, nutmeg, cocoa, sweet apple, and coffee. Moving outside of the setting in which Great Gatsby takes place and onto how this reminds me of the characters I have to say that the one character that this reminds me of in particular is Owl Eyes!
That’s surprising for me because I’ve always pictured that if Owl Eyes was a tea drinker
yes, this is something I’ve thought about before he’d drink Lapsang Souchong because Owl Eyes is in a way meant to be the embodiment of the all seeing eyes that look over The Valley of Ashes. And I still think that’s what he’d drink were he a real person, these flavours just seem to capture the nature of his personality. Also, moving back to setting, we see Owl Eyes in Gatsby’s library and I like to think that a library as elaborate as Gatsby’s would have not only the smell of books and parchment but something comparable to the warming spices and coffee I’m tasting in this blend!
I’m probably putting too much weight on what the thought process was behind this blend and symbolism between it and the characters/setting. However, I’m ultimately happy with the blend overall. This is one impulse purchase I don’t regret.
Thanks OMGsrsly (and I think MissB by proxy) for the tea!
This is the one tea I had set aside today specifically for today! That said, now that it’s steeped up and I’m actually drinking it I don’t like it a whole lot. There’s SO MUCH clove and normally that’d be a huge plus for me
especially when I’m sick but I’m finding that accompanying the strong clove is a lofty amount of bitterness and astringency.
But that certainly doesn’t make it any less festive!
This is such an interesting tea; any time you encounter a ‘savory’ tea with different kinds of unconventionally used herbs and spices, such as the rosemary and thyme in this blend, you know you’re going to be getting an outside of the box tea drinking experience. The dry leaf of this tea certainly has a very pungent aroma of thyme which is quite enticing. There’s also a slight earthiness which adds depth right off the bat, even before pouring any water!
The aroma of the brewed tea is surprisingly smooth with both a familiar, comforting aroma and air of exoticism. However, I just feel like once you begin drinking the tea it fails to deliver the level of flavour that you’d expect from all the wonderful aromas that have been experienced at this point. Not that it tastes bad! It’s just that I feel like this blend doesn’t quite commit to being either sweet OR savory. I taste a distinct flavour of thyme with hints of rosemary but not in the potency I expected or wanted. The sweetness comes from a hint of jammy flavour provided by the juniper berries; I’m missing the distinct pine flavour of the junipers though and that’s a slight disappointment too because I think that flavour note would have really sold the title for me. The whole thing is supported though by a very smooth, earthy base though and I’m REALLY loving that element of the blend.
And of course, like I said, it truly isn’t a BAD blend. On the whole, I actually find it really delicious – I’m just having to mildly adjust my expectations while drinking it. I absolutely recommend trying it if you get the chance. And for people who haven’t had savory teas before I think this would be a really good way to branch into that type of flavoured blend.
I’m loving reading through the discussion board thread of all the teas everyone started their Christmas with: it’s interesting seeing the teas everyone considers “fancy enough” to break out for the holidays or seeing how people are matching themes.
Personally, this is what I chose to start the day with. My reasoning is that I’ve always sort of low key felt like this tea in particular really matched the Christmas season. The flavour profile personally reminds me very much of a Terry’s Chocolate Orange and for me that’s definitely a holiday treat/tradition. I know there are other chocolate orange teas out there, but I’m choked to see this one go though. I really, really thoroughly enjoyed it!
At this point, I’m not even surprised that this was already in the Steepster database.
One of my Aunt’s living in the US sends us some sort of gift basket every year for Christmas and this year’s basket showed up the day before Liam (my brother) and I left to spend Christmas with our Dad. This year it was primarily filled with different sorts of chocolate and cookies but in the bottom we found this little packet which had two of these teabags.
I’m curious; how exactly is this ‘filled with the Spirit’ of Ernest Hemingway? I mean, the only thing in the teabag is Ceylon tea fannings/dust. That, to me, doesn’t seem like a well thought out thing to name after someone with so much character. But I’m just nitpicking before even steeping this…
Honestly, for a teabag, it could be quite a lot worse. It’s not overly bitter or astringent in my opinion. Actually, it’s quite flat/dull in flavour with a very bland floral tone to it. I can’t quite tell whether that’s because it’s just shoddy tea or if it’s because I’m sick. I have an inclination it’s the former though.
First off, thank you OMGsrsly for the sample!
I enjoyed a large pitcher of this one last night brewed in the style of Lazy Man’s Gong Fu; something like six or seven infusions worth (minus the wash) all poured together. I was skeptical that I’d be able to taste this tea clearly given that my being sick and lent a slight ‘foggyness’ to the flavour of everything I’ve steeped recently. However, prior to drinking any tea I had a neo citron which for a brief period afterwards left me feeling
and everything I drank perfectly clear. No ‘flavour fog’.
I’m still finding my sea legs when it comes to Pu’erh but it’s hard to learn without experiencing so I’m happy my observations with this tea can contribute to that growing knowledge.
First off, I thought this was definitely earthy in a particular ‘wet soil’ or petrichor type way. Those flavour notes were very smooth, and rich with this lovely depth to them that created a well rounded full bodied flavour. Even though it was literally Christmas Eve I felt the strong desire to go camping while I drank this tea because those very natural, earthy flavour notes strongly reminded me of the bed of a forest floor after a heavy summer rain. Additionally, the thickness and brothy texture of the liquor reminded me of a heavy vegetable stock with mushrooms and sort of green peppers? It’s a semi-sweet well rounded vegetal flavour with a meatyness to it and just a very slight bitterness. Finally, I also tasted hints of what I’d call walnut notes.
This was really interesting to me because I didn’t get to taste the evolution of the flavours; but rather all of the flavour notes combined. I enjoyed this immensely though; it’s one of very few Pu’erh that stick out in my head as having such a prominent vegetal taste. And hopefully I’ll get to experience that some more in the near future as one of my Christmas presents this year was $75 towards an order with Camellia Sinensis which I decided to use almost entirely on Pu’erh so I could continue this learning experience without any personal financial risk. Since I don’t really know where to start I just grabbed an assortment of things which were more affordable and which the descriptions appealed to me. Here’s the list of my Pu haul:
Pu Er 2005 Jingmai Mini Brick Organic – 50g
Pu Er 2005 Haiwan – 25g
Pu Er 2006 Macao Scenary – 50g
Pu Er 2011 Yibang Malishu – 25g
Laos Pu Er 2015 Ban Komen – 25g
For some of you major Pu heads it may not seem like a lot, but for someone just tapping into that area of tea I’m sure it’ll go a long way towards learning more about this massive category of tea and how my own personal tastes fit into that.
When I’m sick I usually reach for lemon teas though I have to say grabbing this one off the shelf was a first for me; it’s not really the same kind of lemon tea as normal ‘sick tea’. That said; since I’m not a drippy-nosed mess confined to bed and my sense of taste isn’t that off I figured that it would still taste like it’s normal yummy self with possibly some of the benefits of lemon on a sore throat still coming into play.
I wasn’t exactly wrong and I wasn’t exactly right: this still tasted much like it normally does but without any of the ‘brilliance’ I’m accustomed to. I couldn’t taste the nuanced, layered flavour: I just tasted smooth creamy lemon. As well, this didn’t really do much for my throat but at the same time it didn’t so much do anything negative for it either…
I wouldn’t call that a ‘win win’ or a ‘lose lose’ situation. Is there a word for something in the middle? If there isn’t, we should certainly come up with one.
First tea of yesterday morning.
I worked a regular eight hour shift yesterday even though it was Christmas Eve. However, since I’m spending Christmas at my Dad’s
my mom is in Vancouver visiting a ‘friend’ for Christmas I had to get up way earlier than I would have normally in order to accommodate taking a different bus to work. I have to say though, for a shift on Christmas Eve all went surprisingly well. It was a blissfully slow day with very minimal expectations from management as they all knew that no one wanted to be there.
My Dad/Step Mom don’t have any milk in the house so I had this whisked into almond milk to kick start my morning. I have to say, of all the milk alternatives almond is very low on my preferred list. The only substitute I dislike more is regular old soy milk. That said, I thought this was very tasty in the almond milk! The coconut was creamy and delivered a rich flavour and the almond hardly noticeable at all. I don’t know if that’s a testament to the matcha, the ‘milk’, or the fact my tastes are just slightly altered because I’m still sick.
Merry Christmas to those on Steepster who celebrate!
And to anyone who doesn’t, I hope the day is still very delightful!
This cuppa was from yesterday, Christmas Eve. I’m like 90% sure I over steeped it but I’m still sick and my sense of taste is just off enough that I couldn’t really taste the bitterness that I’m sure was there. Instead it was more of a muted floral and foggy berry flavour that was pretty tasty all things considered.