3551 Tasting Notes
Opened up the teabag rapper for this today only to find that the teabag had a giant slit in the side! And not even the side I’d opened it from? Took advantage of that though and brewed this up in my divination cup, letting whatever cuttings/fannings floated out of the slit hang out in the teacup to be read afterwards.
Flavour wise; this is definitely kind of typical Ceylon flavour notes: it’s simple, has a medium body and smooth enough flavour with a lot of floral notes and then a bit of a malty finish. Nothing fancy at all, and would probably take milk super well. I do like that it’s caffeine free – it let me break up a day of tea drinking pretty easily without feeling like I was taking a pause for something herbal or a rooibos blend. Didn’t blow me away, though.
As for the reading, I wasn’t really able to pick out any shapes or patterns from the settled tea leaf, so instead I opted to read to teacup based on the largest concentrations/deposits of tea leaf. As far as the tea leaf around the rim goes, most had settled between the cat and the sunrise positions; the rim represents your immediate or near future and the interpretation for those two symbols are as follows:
The Cat: Your free spirit seeks an outlet; you may feel like behaving unpredictably. Follow your heart and be adventurous!
The Sunrise: A new beginning or sense of rebirth!
Then I looked at the leaf that had settled around the inner circle of the cup. The inner circle represents important events coming in future weeks or months. For me, most of the leaf had clustered around the Mercury symbol which means that the coming future shall be lively and social for me and showcase communications, conversations, and travel in some form. Hmm, things to keep in mind I suppose.
Anyway, thanks VariaTEA for the sample!
Normally I go for green tea baths, but this was just so tempting that I had to do it.
One of the best bath experiences I’ve ever had, honestly. The smell was just absolutely divine, but then the light tingly sensation of the mint all over my skin made me feel like I was on fire but in the most peaceful, relaxing way humanly possible. Oh Lord I want to experience that again…
My boyfriend thinks I’m absolutely insane though. He just needs to experience it himself, honestly…
Well, I had an interesting evening last night…
I got home from work/dress shopping only to come to Trey (my roommate’s) parents and childhood dog in the house cleaning it from top to bottom. Only, Trey wasn’t home.
Admittedly, it wasn’t totally unexpected. I knew they were coming up yesterday to fix out Shauna’s old room since she’s officially moved out now. They wanted to repaint it and shampoo the carpet among other things. However, they were supposed to be gone by 5:30 and I didn’t get home until 8:30. More so, I wasn’t expecting them to bring Shay (the dog) with – though that’s not a complaint. I had a hell of a time playing with the pooch last night. I need more dogs in my life.
Biggest plot twist was that his mom didn’t leave until 10:30 because she went a touch overboard and scrubbed the whole house from top to bottom. I don’t think there’s a single surface anywhere in the house that I wouldn’t feel comfortable eating off at this point. Also his dad crashed on the couch overnight so he could finish painting, and Shay spent the night too. So that was a little weird. Mostly ‘cause Trey wasn’t home…
Where was he? At a party, of all places. But anyway…
Of course I made tea for everyone; since it was late at night I made something caffeine free – everyone enjoyed it. Or, at least, that’s what they said to my face anyway. It was a perfect, light and fluffy tea though. And, I’m gonna echo VariaTEA’s recent observation that it does have a kind of lemony quality to it too.
Which is great.
I think I’m the first person to write a review for this… on any platform?
This was a free sample in my most recent DT order, and I get the impression that it’s going to be a part of the Summer Collection when that inevitably gets released. However, I’m not 100% sure on that so don’t quote me. It seems, though, like it’d be taking the place of Pom Tango which is a tea that normally returns seasonally. While both are black pomegranate blends, differences are that this one doesn’t have mango in it but DOES have hibiscus and stevia. Don’t know ’bout you guys, but that seems like a downgrade…
So, I cold brewed my sample since the Summer Collection is typically designed for cold brewing/iced consumption anyway: the liquor is a really pretty kind of flushed pink colour so I guess if nothing else this was pretty to look at.
Kind of surprisingly though, I thought this tasted very nice too – I expected something richer given the stevia and DT’s recent penchant to sweeten freakin’ everything but the flavour was pretty mellow. Actually, what it first reminded me of was the kind of refreshing “juice” vibe of Vitamin Water, or heavily fruit infused waters. Definitely a distinct pomegranate flavour; not 100% the most natural of one but not shockingly artificial either. It treads that grey area pretty well, in my opinion. What little hibby I saw in the dry leaf blends into the pom notes pretty well; there certainly isn’t a tartness to this that I’d normally associate with hibiscus. Also, I think the lemon myrtle was a nice touch because there was a light lemon quality in the foreground, so not only was the refreshing like Vitamin Water but it also had some of the refreshing qualities of lemon water.
So overall thoughts? Not really mind blowing but it did exceed my (somewhat low) expectations and deliver a really refreshing cold brew. Ultimately it wasn’t a bad experience. Was it better than Pom Tango? Not necessarily. Though if someone’s looking for a tea that showcases the pomegranate flavour a bit more then this does have the advantage of at least doing that.
Commute tea from yesterday.
When you start your day with something orange flavoured, everything just seems right. Doesn’t it? It’s like having a big mug of orange juice with breakfast – it’s a GOOD fit and at the same time it feels like you’re doing things… I don’t know? Properly? I think that’s what I felt like when I made this one yesterday for the bus to work. I wasn’t as tired as I normally feel, and it eased me into the day in a way that didn’t feel kind of forced? Sometimes I really boldly flavoured tea, like a brisk black, early in the morning can feel a touch jarring. This didn’t.
Flavors: Earth, Orange, Orange Zest
It was a really windy and on again, off again drizzly day today, especially earlier in the morning. So drinking this tea, which is like a pina colada with a whole bunch of floral notes and tart but sweet cranberry undertone, was kind of the perfect thing to lift me out of such drab weather. You know, ’cause of the tropical vibe of the pina colada notes…
So, as I’ve commented in recent tasting notes I’ve been very sick all week. While I’d say I’m like 80% better now, this is still day seven of being sick. I don’t actually feel super bad other than being very stuffed out but I sound awful…
I have the most amazing coworkers though! Truly, I’m blessed with their generosity. Twice now this week I’ve had coworkers bring me food as a kind of gesture and way of saying “Please, feel better”. And I’m not talking ‘do you want the rest of my chips?’ sort of food (although that’d still be quite generous). The first coworker, Sabina, brought me a giant container worth of sweet rice which is something her family eats when they’re sick. It was the most heavenly thing; it had cane sugar, nuts, fennel, coconut. I’ve honestly never tasted rice prepared like that and it was mind blowing. I’m going to need the recipe from her, for sure.
The second was today; my Supervisor Laura (who is also a vegetarian) made me easily three days worth of vegetarian mango chicken curry. Today was her day off. Honestly, she got ONE day off this week and she took time out of her day to not only cook for me out of the goodness of her heart but then her and her wife drove into work today to deliver said cooking to me. Laura and her wife Sharla are human jellybeans, and precious cinnamon rolls – too good and pure for this world.
Now, Root Beer Float tea and mango curry? Not exactly a match made in heaven but certainly not the worst pairing either. Actually, the cinnamon notes from the cold brew kind of made it less of a super juxtaposed pairing. I can’t complain though; my coworkers have been a Godsend this week and with how awful I’ve been feeling and how easily exhausted I’ve been getting any time and energy I can save by not cooking is a huge blessing.
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.