47 Tasting Notes
2nd tea of Christmas
firstly, I just want to say that these little mystery teas have been a really nice thing to look forward to. Yesterday I had to take my cat to the vet and talk about an impossible choice regarding his quality of life. well, it’s not an impossible choice, but rather a very hard one. however, my cat does seem to have more of an appetite today than he has had the last couple of days…I think it has a lot to do with the treatment they put in his ear. these are things that are hard for me to deal with and often I just need a break with music and tea.
The tea from yesterday was…Coconut Fog? Foggy Coconut? I gave that one to my mom because, unfortunately, I am not a fan of coconut, but she loved it. today though? I love genmaicha, and especially enjoy all of the various flavoured ones that Anne has created, and this was absolutely no exception. the roasty toasty-ness of the genmaicha flavour with vanilla and peppermint? YES, thank you.
one of my absolute favourite savory oatmeals is miso with cooked spinach + mushrooms, aahhh. yes. I bought this specifically to make with oatmeal (steel cut oats), aaaaand I could have put more in. I was a little scared of putting too much but honestly, it could have taken more. I didn’t have spinach or mushrooms to stir in, so I just put some furikake, and despite needing more of the matcha/miso mix, oatmeal lunch was very good. I can’t wait to try this again tomorrow, and also in the future as a ramen base.
this is a nice malty/honey assam that was included in my Sipsby box this month. perfect for these colder mornings we’ve been having (bc texas, it’s colder in the mornings and then goes right into the mid-60’s to mid-70’s in the afternoons).
my cat, Spooky, is acting more and more like himself, which is such a damn relief. I took him to the vet this past Saturday, just for a re-check which was actually perfect timing because sometime between Wednesday evening (I took him to the vet AGAIN on Wednesday bc I could not COULD NOT get his tiny little pill in him bc he is old and awful) and Friday evening he licked his little arm (where they had shaved him to administer the fluids) raw! it was so red and awful looking and I felt so bad that I didn’t see it sooner :( they had to give him an antibiotic shot and a steroid shot (to help with the itching). but anyway, yes. he’s acting like himself, yelling for food and not giving a shit about my sleep schedule.
ahh, it always feels victorious finishing one of these tins. I’ve had this one forever and will miss it. it is everything I enjoy in black teas: malty, bready, stone-fruit-y, bright & brisk.
does anyone know what’s going on with Andrews & Dunham? both last year & this year they didn’t release their Oktoberfest blend :( I don’t even think they released their Christmas blend last year either (could be wrong).
today has been a very stressful day, spent 2 hours at the vet with my cat who was not eating. they did a full blood panel and urinalysis, both of which looked good (he has kidney disease and I was worried that he was getting anemic, which is not what is happening). the bad news is they don’t know why exactly he has been more sleepy/not eating (the not eating/not eating very much thing started yesterday evening and continued this morning), they gave him an injection and some other medication, one to treat potential nausea and the other to help with his appetite (this one is a little tablet that I will have to give him every 72 hours and I’m already feeling anxious about giving him a pill). when we got home, Spooky started eating a little bit, and then we took a nap. now he’s been eating off and on, which is great. tomorrow he goes back for some fluids, because he was a bit dehydrated. I’m not a big fan of leaving him at the vets office though, I love the staff and his doctor, but I get weird when I have to leave him there.
anyway, what a weird ass way to drink hojicha. I ordered this on a whim (well, kinda, I really want to put this in some oatmeal), what a novel thing, I thought. prepared this like it was matcha, but instead of that wonderful green/sea matcha smell, I was greeted with the warm coffee/nutty hojicha smell. uuuuuh. they should make hojicha candles. I really enjoyed this, but I also just really love hojicha in general so….
Flavors: Coffee, Nutty, Wood
this is my favourite non-52 teas flavoured genmaicha. I’m saying this and I just read that this actually has bergamot oil in it, so if I have a headache later this is why. but I don’t recall getting headaches from this? /shrugs/ we’ll see.
this really is wonderful though, the rose/toasted rice-ness. yesss.
it’s been rainy the last couple of days, the temperature has dipped down and it actually feels like fall. yes. perfect, just like this tea. I thought I was going to have to partially swim to work this morning (it had been raining since at least midnight and stopped around….5am ish?) bc the city where I live is so used to being in drought, that rain? raiiin? the entire city like floods bc WHO KNOWS WHAT TO DO WITH THIS WATER? so, I packed an extra pair of socks and this tea to prepare myself for being upset this morning, but surprisingly it wasn’t too bad. I didn’t even see any huge puddles of water. nice.
tldr; it rained and this tea is actual banana perfection.