692 Tasting Notes
tea 294. i’ll be at 300 teas tasted before the week is up.
this sample bag is from TastyBrew. (thank you thank you!)
bold and unflinching. yet earl grey-ey sweet.
sweet dry bitter sweet wet warmth.
i want to write a thoughtful note about this tea. but today i am a bit sullen.
sullen due to beauty.
just blame the fandom. and how bittersweet it can all be.
the way it both magnifies and obscures real life. and makes me want to be honest. perhaps live more like a character in a book. which i know sounds completely immature. and dramatic. but i don’t mean it that way.
good fiction, good art, good poetry, good tea, anything that distills down the experience of living.
anything that helps define the internal complexities.
these things can help us be in the moment.
they inspire me to live in the moment.
that’s what i mean.
Moondog – Bird’s Lament
Fili is the careful older brother. i’ll translate that into more patient and loving. cuz this cup is definitely kind and gentle.
this tea smells really good. and i’m gonna say it’s the hazelnut. with this cup i’ve figured out that every single adagio blend that has hazelnut in it smells great to me. and so i like it. that’s all.
this weekend i went to the Bilbo Baggins Cafe. and in this picture is a Hobbit’s Lemonade cocktail.
i also had beer with blueberry mead in it. i would totally drink that again.
Pippin: What’s that?
Merry: This, my friend, is a pint.
Pippin: It comes in pints? I’m getting one.
thank you very much Shadowfall for sharing all these blends with me. i’ve had a great time. cheers!
Kili is the reckless one. the younger one. definitely the flirty-er one.
this tea is all chai-ish with it’s cinnamon and it’s cloves and it’s cardamom. and it has a strange scent that i cant quite place and don’t quite like. perhaps it’s due to the way the SLIGHT vanilla mixes in?
i love ginger and i love vanilla too. but i don’t get much of them in this cup.
i don’t know. this tea is confusing. kind all over the place. but it does blend in the end i suppose. haha, just occurred to me, this is probably appropriate for ADHD Kili.
(i’m thinking about making a ginger-nilla lapsang blend via adagio? or maybe just lapsang vanilla.)
a powerful dwarvish head bonk to you Shadowfall!
“What are you captain of? The Innuendo Squad?”
idk what the descriptor is talking about, this tea is rooibos heavy (at least the sample i got is) so i don’t think it would keep me “up all night”. ..unless john barrowman served it to me personally i suppose??
this IS a nice tea. i can taste the almond and the light chocolate hints.
in related news
someone made this.
and then i watched it.
Single Ladies – John Barrowman
“Bravery is by far the kindest word for stupidity, don’t you think?” – Mycroft Holmes
thank you Shadowfall for this taste of the Queen. haha tv joke.
anyways, i don’t really prefer chai’s but even though this smells very chai it tastes mellower. which makes me like it. (perhaps i should just short steep all my chais?) plus it’s a vanilla chai AND there is the chocolate chip tea too. so it’s good!
i LIKE it.
i’ve spent the past 24 hours reading a looooong post-Reichenbach fic which is kinda Mycroft heavy, in a lovely way, so i thought this was an appropriate tea for the evening. here’s to the CCTV warrior.
The Revolutionary! how can you NOT love the name.
“Crafted as an homage to those who change the world for good.”
it says it’s made with “loads of organic vanilla beans”. but sadly tastes more like it’s made with KINDA MAYBE SOME vanilla beans. but that’s fine.
truth is. i like these Java Tea Company teas because they are super low caffeine. i seriously am tired of rooibos but i never really thought about adding black or green tea to it to give it a little more meat. a little bite perhaps.
i even have some decaf and i should do that more often.
not a tea i love, but i will drink the entire sample that i have that’s for sure.
THANK YOU TastyBrew!
hmmm didn’t really get the chicory or barley notes in this very distinctly, but they are probably helping to mute the rooibos some. that and the little bit of tea added.
the caramel flavor is not very strong. but that is fine with me.
i guess i don’t have too much more to say about this mellow tea.
i will happily drink the whole sample.
thanks again TastyBrew!
OMG Tastybrew my mystery swap box arrived and it’s a smorgasbord of tea! like whoa!
i immediately picked two teas. and this was the first.
the scent is pretty damn decadent. heavy butter, or like a fresh cheese danish. bam!
the base is a pretty mild black so it would be nice when i don’t want a mega caffeine hit or a heavy mouth experience. a mellow dessert tea!
thanks so much TastyBrew, this whole box is gonna be a wild experience.
this tea is. so. good.
i’m listening to spoon on repeat too. this song is also so very good.
Paper Tiger – Spoon
it’s all too bittersweet.
and it’s raining out too. super raining. i keep getting emergency flood warnings on my phone.
it’s a dramatic day.
the mystery swap tea box i got from TastyBrew came with a note. it said the box contained “teas i don’t love as well as some of my favorites”. so The Game Is Afoot!!
actually, i realized that i have already cheated cuz i’m a big peek-er. and i looked up tastybrew’s opinion already. haha oh wellz
fact is, i love lapsang blends.
i really do. cuz lapsang seems like a tea that wouldn’t be blended with anything well and it’s always a surprise.
i also read a lot of sherlock fan-fic. and last night i stayed up till 4am in the morning getting half way through a really long story. and lapsang is always sherlock.
but i digress.
the vanilla and coco nibs are mild, but i can get a hint of the vanilla. i would have never thought of a vanilla added to lapsang but i now realize it’s OBVIOUSLY a great idea and i will hope to find a really good one someday.
i do think this tea itself is pretty mild. and i brewed it according to instructions. but next time i will probably try brewing it longer. (that is, when i brew my last cup. cuz i already drank 3 cups of this hah)
i’ve been loving these tulsi samples i’ve been finishing up. i seriously need to buy some loose leaf tulsi. i have a feeling it’ll benefit me in many ways.
if anyone has a brand they like let me know! :)
now i will go to sleep super early so i can wake up at 5am and run a half marathon in the woods and rain with my sister. i’m totally looking forward to it. i have my pre-run and post-run teas already picked out. and we will go to the twisted branch tea house for lunch. xo