3429 Tasting Notes
I enjoyed this one a great deal and I am sad to see it go. It accurately captures cranberry soda which is weird given this is a flat drink that still has the effervescence of pop. It’s sweet but not overly so and it was delightful both hot and iced. I don’t recall trying this as a teapop and that might have been a missed opportunity. Hopefully I will have the chance to try this again in the future.
When I had this the first time I brewed it hot and definitely was not impressed. This time around I decided to try something different and dumped the teabag into 1/2 a bottle of water to cold brew overnight. I think it has steeped for 12 hours now and yet it has very little flavor. It is less astringent than the hot brew but also less fruity. And has a slight vegetal quality, nothing else. If I didn’t know any better, I would have thought I accidentally grabbed a plain water bottle. I guess this one just isn’t for me but thank you Arby for the share and the chance to try something new!
This is one from Angel at Teavivre. Thank you! I steeped this for about 5 minutes and since that only 1/2 opened the tightly wrapped ball, I probably should have steeped this for longer. Nonetheless, the tea is the typical white tea hue so I figured it might be okay. Flavorwise, it is light but flavorful with notes often associated with white tea like sweet corn, hay and butter. It is good but it is also a plain white tea, which is not something I reach for very often. So, I would recommend this for those who enjoy white teas even though I myself probably won’t revisit it anytime soon.
I have had this sample from Cavocorax for months now. It got lost amongst my ever-growing stash. Though today I found it and brewed it up. It is quite lovely. Soft and creamy coconutty vanilla goodness. My cup was underleafed and old and it is still good so I imagine this tea fresh is probably pretty awesome. Thank you Cavo for the share!!
So my mom’s ex boyfriend has been living in our basement for months now. I believe I mentioned him before but in case I haven’t, he is this kinda super annoying guy who is really taking advantage of my mom and her kindness. They made a deal where he would get a room in our basement and in exchange he would paint a room in our house for each month he is down there. It has been 4 months now and he only just started painting and that was after my mom and him had a little tiff over who would actually pay for the paint. The thing is, their deal was a room for a room but he is using our utilities, on our internet, on MY netflix account and eating our food. My mom will include him for dinner but he comes up in the middle of the night and just eats whatever he wants. He’ll even go grocery shopping with my mom, adding what he likes to the cart and never once offering to pay for anything. He’ll go get himself food sometimes but never think to offer to bring any back for even just my mom. I find this to be incredibly frustrating.
I have also had my own issues with him. Besides the fact that he is quite ignorant and has a very gendered/misogynistic view of the world, he is also a very touchy person. I, on the other hand, am an agoraphobe who does not like being touched. I went two months of him petting me on the back to say good morning until I finally snapped and told him he couldn’t touch me anymore. Then when he told me I could never have a bf if I didn’t like being touched and thought it was funny to continue to poke me, I very nicely told him that since I clearly revoked any consent for him to put hands on me, his continuing to do so was technically assault. That got him to stop but still it is incredibly frustrating for me. Add to that, that as an introvert I sometimes don’t even like being surrounded by my own family and now here is this loud and obnoxious man who is ALWAYS around (because he also has no job)!
Anyways, the reason for today’s rant was spurred by a dirty teamug. Because I drink tea, he has decided he wants to drink tea too. So he is using my teamugs and my kettle and that should be completely fine except for some reason it feels invasive. He isn’t even really drinking tea either. He takes a tetley teabag, puts it in the mug, puts whatever temperature water I boiled the kettle to over the teabag, stirs it and removes the teabag after 1 minute. Then dumps 1/2 a cup of honey or sugar on top. He is so proud and keeps saying “I never drank tea unless I was sick but now because of you I always drink it. I even drink less pop because I am drinking more tea”. He is also a slob who will only use mugs he can put in the dishwasher and never rinses them out. And he like my mugs so he uses them even for coffee. So today when I grabbed one of my teamugs, I dumped the filter in without looking and brewed up this tea. It wasn’t until I took my first sip that I noticed the coffee scum ring on the inside. This got dumped because of it and now I am just a little more irritated than usual with his presence.
Mint and grass still, though today it is also a little buttery which seems out of place. It’s not bad perse but it also doesn’t stand out among the sea of mint teas, at least not in any positive way. I think I will stick to the mint teas I can more easily get a hold of but I am still grateful to Arby for the chance to try this tea. Thank you!
Hello Tiger Eye! The chocolate and caramel is strong with this one. I don’t love Adagio’s black teas and this is no exception as the flavoring is artificial and processed but it has more flavor than I anticipated. I don’t get any pineapple though and there definitely was a chunk of it in my filter. Oh well.
So 2/4 of my incisions were sore today which is weird because I had the surgery last Friday and though one incision has been uncomfortable from the start, all the rest were fine until the other started bothering me today. Add to that a low grade fever. So I thought maybe I needed to remove the plastic covers/gauze that was on the 2 incisions that were sore and after we consulted one of my mom’s friends who has been a nurse for almost 40 years, we learned that plastic and gauze should have been taken off last weekend and therefore none of my incisions were really breathing.
Anyways, the bandages are off and though none really look infected, two are still uncomfortable so the plan is to watch the fever and let them breathe and see how things are in the morning. If there is no improvement, I will call the surgeon and see what she says. I’m sure all is fine. It just sucks that I might have set back the healing process.
On the plus side, my throat seems to be healing for the most part so I can actually sorta taste teas again. This one is very pungent with the smoke scent which helps with the taste aspect tbh. More than that though, this tea, now that it has cooled, has a distinct leather flavor to it. Sweet leather, but leather nonetheless. There is not a whole lot of maple this time around but that could be my still-slightly messed up throat and tastebuds. I am still enjoying this last cup but I am also okay that this is the last.