355 Tasting Notes
Prepared this in the takgoti chai style (recipe in my Chai thread on the discussion board), and it turned out.. okay. I really need to buy a tea strainer. I tried straining this in my Bodum Assam teapot, but there wasn’t enough tea for it to strain correctly. So it has more bits of coconut in it than I would like.
Either way, the chai is good – not too sweet, not bitter at all, and not too spicy. I’m curious to see how this tastes prepared with just water.
A weak, but pleasant tea. This says to steep for only 3 minutes, which has kept the bitterness that I often experience with Assams away. The vanilla is creamy but not too sweet; unfortunately I can’t taste much in the way of roses, but I do get a slight floral smell from my cup. I’d try steeping longer but I’d be scared it would get bitter.
Didn’t feel like doing a note of this last night..
This is kind of odd. By the end of the pot, I was enjoying it, but I don’t get apple butter at all. It has a unique taste that combines apple with some heartier fruit flavors like raisin. Good herbal for nighttime (I need those desperately), but weird.
I’m in Austin for the weekend and it’s absolutely miserable here. Rainy and cold at 55 degrees. Well, by Austin standards – it’s downright balmy compared to Chicago’s 30 degrees.
I found out about this place, Koriente, in my search for awesome restaurants on Austin’s Yelp site. They feature fresh Korean foods as well as a pretty big tea selection, mostly furnished by Harney & Sons (was so tempted to finally try that Pomegranate Oolong). They also have a big menu of bubble teas. I was going to go for the almond milk when I saw matcha as an option and just about jumped up and down with joy. I LOVE matcha, but I hate how expensive it is and how much preparation it requires. So this was my choice.
It was SO. GOOD. I think I’ll have to go back before my trip is over, as Koriente isn’t too far from my hotel. It was sweet and creamy and the tapioca balls had more flavor than I’m used to in bubble tea. So, Austin and I are off to a good start.
Today was simultaneously terrific and awful. I got word that my organization received a $15,000 grant (from a proposal that I wrote) for a program that is near and dear to my heart. I also got a call from my doctor with some potentially very troubling news.
So to celebrate/pity myself, I brewed up one of my “special teas,” Milk Oolong. It’s not as sweet as I remembered. Definitely more grassy this time, but that’s alright. It’s still smooth as silk and hits the spot.
Another wombatgirl tea. This is kind of an odd one; the smell of the dry leaves is hard to place, and the taste isn’t all plum. I taste a lot of tartness from the hibiscus, which has become one of my all-time least favorite tea ingredients. Do taste a bit of honey and nougat at the end, though, as they say. Was just expecting a lot more from this.