3102 Tasting Notes
- Dried Fruits (“Fruit Leather”)
So, Pottermore got an update/redesign! In honor of that I figured I’d retake the Sorting Hat quiz to find out what house I’m in. The quiz isn’t actually up on the website right now, but thankfully there’s another site you can take Rowling’s ‘official’ quiz at in the meantime!
I’m very curious to see what houses my fellow Steepsterites get sorted into! Back when I first took this quiz when Pottermore launched I got sorted as a Ravenclaw which made a lot of sense with the person I was at the time. Even before taking the quiz again, I was pretty confidant that’s NOT how I’d get sorted this time; I’m simply not that same person. And not surprisingly, I was right: this time around I’ve been sorted as a…
Tbh, that was probably my least favourite house when I was a kid/teenager reading the books. Wasn’t it everyone’s? But the older I’ve gotten the more I’ve identified with the Hufflepuff house and their valued traits (loyalty, hard working, acceptance, fairness) and the idea that they’d take in everyone and anyone. Plus, Tonks is a bad ass!
I’m a proud Hufflepuff.
I had this one yesterday; it was really nice with really rich chocolate notes and a smooth, dare I say ‘sultry’ coffee taste?
With starting at Value Village early in the morning today, I new my sleep schedule was FUCKED so I’d either have to pull an all nighter then go to sleep at a normal time tonight, so as to “reset” my schedule, or go to bed at like eleven at night or midnight, instead of 5AM like I’ve been doing. And because I didn’t know which I was going to do I wasn’t sure whether I should have been drinking lots of caffeine or lots of caffeine free tisanes. Honestly, this seems pretty split down the middle, option wise…
And like I said, today was my first shift at Value Village. It was a shorter shift and basically I just met another girl named Amy who’s training with me in the same departments, and then the two of us got to watch a whole bunch of training videos (harassment policies, dress code, safety videos, etc.). We also filled out a bunch of paperwork and got a store tour. Honestly, it was really boring but overall I kind of get the impression I’ll like working there. It reminds me, thus far, of Dollarama with the job duties/warehouse kind of vibe but so far the staff engagement aspect/and friendly atmosphere between employees seems a lot more like the upbeat team oriented attitude that everyone at Sobeys had. Honestly, that’s great because it’s pretty much merging the aspects I liked most about each job. Plus, there’s a super hardcore focus on Halloween which is wonderful because that’s my favourite holiday!
I still have an interview at DAVIDsTEA tomorrow while I’ll go to because I said I would and confirmed my attendance, but despite really wanting to work there and get that valuable tea related experience (assuming I’m even offered a job) I’m certainly leaning towards Value Village. It’s just much more practical right now, and while I want to go with my hard I need something practical where I can just save up money and have an easy commute…
Well, this is definitely the last RiverTea blend I had in my stash so this is a sad sipdown. It could very well be the last RiverTea blend that I ever taste, as well. And maybe it should be; at this point anything left out there is probably too old to be any good now.
I hate when the last bit of leaf you have it an odd amount too; do you make one really concentrated cup or two rather weak ones? Since this is usually such a gently flavoured tea anyway I opted for an over leafed cold brew. I figured if I hoarded the leaf any longer I’d really be gambling on the quality of the leaf. I mean, I sort of still am…
The cold brew may have been a mistake. I sipped on a timolino of the brew all evening while I was at the laundromat with my mom; two hours of solid laundry (spare twenty minutes to do a crossword) and I still hadn’t finished the mug. At this point it wasn’t me being nostalgic or trying to savor the liquor. Simply put, it just tasted off. The flavours were so strong they no longer seemed compatible.
Cloying apple, caramel, mulberry, jasmine, and honey…
I’m really upset that I’m ending my journey with RiverTea, a company that I absolutely adored on such a negative note. Seriously, it’s kind of ruined my night a little bit. Ugh.
More chia experimentation.
This time I added a tsp. of matcha straight into the gelled up chia instead of mixing in a concentrated brew of tea; the flavour was really great but without the extra liquid to make the gelled chia less viscous it was really hard to drink this during the afternoon without picturing myself slurping back gross, slimey fish eggs. The colour didn’t help.
I think, bottom line, I like chia in theory but I have to find a way to make it feel less viscous. When it’s more 50/50 chia and water or watered down and paired with a strong flavour it works but otherwise… Gag central.
Cold Brew Sipdown (114)!
Cold brewing this tea brought out some pretty bizarre flavours – definitely ones I didn’t experience with the hot, Western style mug I made. Sure, it tasted malty with cocoa notes and maybe even raisin/raisin bread notes? But there was another very strong drawn out flavour that seemed very foreign to my palate and impossible to place.
It was like…
Earthy, but also kind of mildew-y and vegetal? In a way it reminded me of wet, rotted wood, actually. I skimmed all of the tasting notes currently up for this tea to see if anyone else tasting something comparable to that; beelicious mentioned tasting mushroom. I can’t actually eat mushrooms (allergies) so I don’t have a frame of reference for that flavour, but I suppose that could be it?
It weirded me out pretty badly though, so should I revisit it this tea it’s going to be hot and not this way again. I’m distancing myself from super freaky foreign flavours that my gut says ‘will kill me’, even if the odds of the leaf actually coming in contact with mushrooms are astronomically insignificant.
‘Adult’ Tea Soda!
So, I brewed this up like I would any tea soda I make, though I skipped the sweetener because I figured this is a tisane with a flavour strong enough to carry itself without the extra hand. After the soda had been made and I’d poured myself a glass I topped it off with a shot of gin.
The flavour of this was really interesting because it felt so deliberately layered; take a sip and you’re hit with the intense flavour of juniper (from the gin) and a very weighty body, but then you feel the bubbles and the sweet, exotic taste of guava albeit it slightly watered down and any possible alcohol ‘burn’ is quenched. Finally, after you swallow you can taste the lingering flavour of mango (from the tisane) and the spices from the gin. It’s all at once this weird combination of an intense, full bodied drink and a light, fruity spritzer but yet you’re not tasting the sum of the parts, you’re tasting the parts that create the sum.
I wasn’t confidant it’d be a success – but it really worked.
Tea from yesterday. I made myself a hot cuppa with a splash of milk. It tasted delicious, warming spice notes and a tangy creamy flavour – though honestly not as much “carrot” as I would have liked to experience. I’m still really happy with this tea overall, though.
My sister liked the smell (my sister who REFUSES to try any of the tea I make, not even a sip – she’s worse than my brother) and actually asked me to make a mug for her! So I added about 1/2 tsp. of new leaf to the steeped leaf and brewed a mug for her too, with the same amount of milk. Her mug tasted better – not sure why.
Did anyone watch the first season of How To Get Away With Murder? Viola Davis is absolutely slaying in it; I watched the first half last night (marathoned it) and am watching the second right now – currently I’m on episode twelve but I’ll likely finish it before I go to bed. Also; Connor’s ‘boyfriend’ Oliver is absolutely adorable and is probably my favourite minor character. I want my own Oliver, please and thank you.
Please tell me there’s at least one other person on Steepster who got obsessed with this show – I need someone to watch Season Two with when it premiers on the 24th.
My sister and I used up the last of this matcha baking this evening; we made banana chocolate chip muffins! They came out deliciously, though unfortunately you can’t taste the matcha at all, but it still counts as tea! Though it did take a lot of convincing to get anyone in my family to actually try eating one: while you can’t taste the matcha you can see it – the cupcakes all took on a rather unappetizing greyish brown hue which, as my sister so kindly pointed out, looks a little like chunky (because of the chocolate chips) vomit…
And speaking of matcha; I found the most adorable Chawan on Riyku tonight! Halloween has always been my favourite holiday; and wouldn’t this be such a wonderful piece of teaware for the season? Though, I suppose it’d look a little out of place during the rest of the year. Anyway, some pictures:
I know it’s likely not gonna happen what with the move and my just now getting a job, but should I happen to find myself with some extra money during October this is totally what I’m gonna spend it on.
Last tea from last night; I was painting my nails while this was steeping and I got distracted, so by the time I was done my nails/remembered I had tea brewing this was stone cold and had been steeping for like half an hour? But, but!
It tasted delicious! No ‘cream’/gelato notes to be found. However, the persimmon, mandarin orange, and tomato notes were incredibly strong and juicy. They were incredibly long lingering, and made my mouth salivate so much. Very sweet, tangy, and umami! I continue to really enjoy this tea!
I’m so happy with this purchase.
I had no idea what wild dagga was when I bought this tea, I just thought it looked pretty and I wanted to continue my exploration of Pu’erh. Imagine my surprise when I looked up wild dagga and learned that dagga is a mild psychoactive plant sometimes compared to cannabis.
Straight from Wikipedia: “It is sometimes used as a Cannabis substitute by recreational users as an alternative to illegal psychoactive plants”.
Now, I’m not sure if those properties come through through steeped tea because the article references smoking the plant, but one thing is certainly true – I steeped up a mug of this Western style and after finishing that one mug I felt more tea drunk and pacified than any other tea has ever made me feel. And the taste was great on top of that; I don’t think I tasted the dagga at all (I don’t even know what it’s supposed to taste like) but the Pu was very nice. Smooth, earthy with savory, meaty notes and a cocoa sweetness. Maybe a little wood-y as well.
I look forward to further exploring this one.