2265 Tasting Notes
So apparently there was this survey thing when Straight dudes were polled to see who they thought were the top fifteen hottest male celebs. I had a really good laugh reading the results. Hugh Jackman was number one. Do you guys agree or disagree? I’m gonna look for the thingy…
I should have saved the bookmark.
Tea: Floral (Orchid/Lily), Sugar Snap Peas. I oversteeped DRASTICALLY but it help up really, really well. This one is growing on my so quickly, and I never expected it to even a little. Raising my rating.
EDIT: Here it is!
I’ve been in the Steepster chat for less than five minutes and they have me looking at tea sites to place orders. You’re all terrible enablers. Thankfully there was nothing on the 52Teas site that interested me today. My wallet is safe.
But yeah; this is another one of my oldest teas (about a year old) finished off. I’m impressed with myself; I had 100g of this and that was a lot since it’s so light and fluffy. In fact, I’d have several more cups worth if Tre hadn’t been so sick the last few months. This is a good sick tea…
Personally, this last cup was super concentrated licorice root flavour. I guess that’s what ended up sinking to the bottom of the tin the most? It also made me really sleepy when I had it. Chamomile will do that to you. Icky Chamomile. I don’t know; I could be persuaded to get a little bit again. But never in a quantity that large.
Liquid Werthers Caramels in a cup!
When I drank this last week I made a note that I needed to desperately restock it, and I have since done so – so it’s kinda cool looking back on that? I swear though, I restock this more than any other DT blend.
Also, writing this now I’m remembering that the whole reason I pulled it out of the closet was so I could package some for Starfevre. My matcha samples from her came in today (I’ve tried one so far), wondering if she’s yet received my samples…
Hopefully they get there soon!
Well, I’ve put off tasting notes long enough. I have today and tomorrow off and I spent all last night playing Spore (I just bought it and I’m LOVING it) and this morning relaxing/lounging around the house, so no reason not to start writing! Besides, I just placed a food delivery order and it’s gonna be like an hour until that shows up. Caramelized Onion & Brie Cheese Grilled Cheese, Pear and Blue Cheese Salad, and Fig and Veggie Prosciutto Pizza here we come! But that’s not what this note it about…
This tea is from my local store, and when I was picking up the Rocky Horror Spice for my Halloween “Trick or Tea” packages it was an impulse purchase. I honestly can’t say what specifically drew me to it, though. Anyway – now I have 50g of it. Welp.
For my first time trying it I cold brewed it because that seemed like the most naturally suited prep method for the flavours. These are the notes I recorded:
- Very strong spearmint smell
- Smell actually made my stomach turn a lot
- Not sure why spearmint has been doing that lately…
- Brewed a surprisingly dark brownish colour (from the berries?)
- Didn’t really get the elderberries in taste and actually didn’t see much in the dry leaf
- Very sweet mint with some licorice type flavour
- “Licorice” must have been from the fennel, which is noticeable in the leaf
- The name seems fitting
- Not sure how I feel about this one yet
I sent some out to VariaTEA so I’m excited to maybe compare notes when she gets the chance to try it – I’m not sure how I feel about this one yet. It didn’t leave a great impression, but it was drinkable which is a plus.
Well, this is the last cup. I managed to squeak one last one into the night because I had some serious tea cravings left unchecked, and this was a caffeine free sipdown just waiting to be pounced on!
This cup was warm, comforting, Autumnal and delicious with oranges, cinnamon, and pistachio ruling the cup. I never really wanted this tea and when I got it as a birthday present I definitely was not excited but I have to say that on the whole it far exceeded my expectations and I never did really have a bad cup of it – which is something I can’t say about ever some of my favourite blends.
So not too shabby on the whole.
Ok, so this was my big “new tea” today.
I bought it last week; and it comes in little mini-cakes. As it happens, these are my first Pu’Erh cakes which is intimidating in and of itself, except more scary still is that these come wrapped in the dried skin of a mandarin orange. I was so out of my depth figuring out how to open this fucker up to get to the tea without totally destroying and ruining the beautiful mandarin orange shell. The original plan was to send one of the cakes to VariaTEA and let her be the guinea pig testing it out, but I got impatient and wanted to try it today.
Anyway; there is a “seal” of sorts on the top so I kinda gently pried that open with one of the little pick things for walnuts and other Christmas type nut things (not a nut cracker; but the thing that helps get the nut out of the shell?). That part went well enough. After that though, uhhh…
Gotta note; this cake smells amazing! Surprisingly fresh and with this really nice sweet orange scent that fills the room in a very comforting way.
Using the little nut pick thing I did my absolute best to gently pick apart some of the leaf to make my cup; it was sorta hard to do with the tough Mandarin shell really limiting the amount of exposed tea and it made a bit of a mess but eventually I “found my groove” and got a good amount of tea loose and in decent shape. From there, I did a quick wash and then steeped my tea!
This is a white Pu’Erh and, to be honest, I’m not very experienced in Pu’Erh (as my horrible technique tonight likely demonstrates) so I’m not entirely sure what significant flavour difference that has or if the technical side of things (aging, storage, whatever else makes Pu’erh Pu’Erh) is really any different. But my observation was that this was much, much lighter and smoother than any Pu’Erh I’ve ever had – and definitely not as earthy or raw as I’ve become accustomed to.
What it was, was very natural with really beautiful and serene notes of sweet hay, mandarin/orange, and honey. While the process of making the cup was messy, this actual result was anything but; very feminine and soft while still full bodied. I’m really happy I decided to push my comfort zone and pick this one up; and I look forward to the journey I’m sure I’ll be taking with it.
The list of weird “take out” foods I’ve had delivered to my house is getting ridiculous. I’m convinced I must be on a list somewhere. Something like “The young adult orders an obscene amount of delivery; exploit her!”.
But yeah; today we got a pamphlet in the mail for a website called Just Eat; basically it’s like Skip The Dishes but with some different restaurant options. One of the restaurants is a gourmet cheesecake place. Totally took advantage of that. I ordered Red Velvet Cheesecake (yes it’s as good as it sounds) and two one person sized Carrot Cakes, which were also delicious. Their baking is delicious and obviously very high quality.
And in case anyone cared to know; Red Velvet Cheesecake and Iced Chocolate Rocket go very well together! Something with the creamy, chocolate cake components and the roastyness and raspberries. Anyway – it was wonderful.
Cold Brewed for a long, extended 30 hour period.
I was worried it’d be over the top floral but it was actually great! Sweet jasmine and honey; very relaxing and very refreshing with a really full bodied flavour. I have lots and lots of this leaf left so I’ll probably do this again!
Also; I feel like a terrible person. Today is my day off and I spent the first part of it mailing out tea stuff, and then going to the liquor store and grocery shopping. I got way too many groceries to reasonably carry home, but I attempted it anyway. On the walk home I passed an abandoned grocery cart from Safeway and because I was struggling so much to carry stuff I took it…
I FEEL REALLY GUILTY. Even though I didn’t take it from the store myself, I still kinda stole a grocery cart, which is now sitting in my backyard. I mean, I will definitely return it tomorrow! But still – such a dick move. And Tre made it worse by telling Rob (our landlord) when he got home today. Whyyyyyyy…
I feel judged by everyone.
Turned into tea syrup and floated in club soda last night.
Made for a surprisingly smooth and delicious lemon and vanilla drink. Very rich and creamy so for a soda. I really enjoyed sipping away at it, but wont be making it again because it used up so much precious leaf.
And hot is still the best way to enjoy this one anyway.