New Tasting Notes
A friend was kind enough to do some photo printing for me for free while she was working at Staples today. I tried to pay her back but she refused. Plus, she hand delivered the photos to me. So, when she showed up, I greeted her at the door with my swap box full of teas and asked her if she wanted anything. She laughed at me and said it was like trick or treating. However, I figured this way I could at least give her something for her troubles plus I was getting rid of teas that I wouldn’t drink but I knew she would (i.e. a sealed package of Forever Nuts that I would never drink but that she loves). Yay for paying with tea :)
As for the tea, it is getting a bit older so its not as peachy or as cheesecakey as it once was but it is still a nice option for the evenings…or I guess in this case…for 11 at night.
Bought this back in June and finally got around to opening it now. I was a little worried that after nearly 8 months, it had lost freshness but my fears were unfounded. Like the regular laoshan black, this is a very chocolate focused tea. However the chocolate level here is much stronger. It’s like comparing hot cocoa to a luscious European dark chocolate bar. Not only is the flavor more robust, but it lasts through several more infusions than the regular grade and autumn laoshan gongfu black tea. The mouthfeel is smooth and well rounded. I gongfued this tea but I imagine it would be just as delicious grandpa steeped.
Flavors: Black Currant, Cocoa, Dark Chocolate, Smooth, Toasty
I don’t know if it was the excessive amount of blackberry leaf in this spoon or that this sample is showing its age but this cup is no where near as delicious as the last. It’s overly sweet and yet has a drying note right at the end of the sip. I am knocking the rating down from 81 because this cup, whatever the reason may be, is just too drastically different from the first and not in a good way.
Teaopia is long gone and this has been languishing in my virtual Steepster cupboard unreviewed. This is from memory, but I recall this being very pleasant. Not transformative, but a good bright cup.
For my own notes, in case the steepster tea profile switches up:
Apple pieces, rose hip peel, strawberry and raspberry leaves, elderberries, bramble berries, sunflower petals, vitamin C from the acerola cherry, and safflower and cornflower petals.
I decided to have one more cup of this because when I had it initially it was so bland and I think that may have been because I wasn’t feeling great. So, I steeped up another cup today and though this is far more flavorful than my last, it is still not my favorite. It’s got that sort of generic chocolatey-nut flavor that so many teas have and though there is nothing wrong with that, there is nothing exciting about it either. The rest is off to Sil who will hopefully have more success with it.
Thanks to JK7Ray for selling me this sample. I /finally/ got around to finishing off a bunch of samples that are getting older.
This is a nice jasmine tea, some vegetal and light tea notes. The bitterness shines through in the after taste, but I should have timed it so I didn’t oversteep.
Flavors: Jasmine, Vegetal
Sil mentioned her cupboard was only three months old and since my cupboard still has teas from 2016 and maybe even earlier, I decided I needed to get to work. I went through my tea drawers and tried to pull everything from March 2017 and earlier. This was one teaspoon that remained from my very first AQ2T subscription box that I got last March. I figured it was time to finish it off.
Thankfully it is still fairly flavorful. This cup is more of that AQ2T honey flavor than anything else though that honey flavor does give way to some starchier potato notes as the sip ends. It is still pretty good and one I could consider revisiting again if (1) it became available again and (2) I got my cupboard down to a much more manageable number. As it is, this is one I can say goodbye to…at least for the near future.
Today i’m packing my knitting stuff, my daily use stuff and my clothes. Tomorrow my brothers are coming to load up my bed etc. That means today is my last day in bass hell. I was hoping for a quiet, relaxing day of packing.
The bass started up today at 10:40 am this morning. I want to go over there and punch him in the face and scream at him that couldn’t he for F’ing ONCE not play his bass at top volume? He once told me, “I like being respectful.” Well, respect this, you selfish, inconsiderate @$$wipe! Grrrrr.
My tea is packed. Actually, it is all in one of those large sized reusable grocery tote bags. To celebrate, I decided to brew a small pot of Ambrosia to sip while I pack. It is a great tea. So, so smooth. The flavor is rich. No bitterness, no astringency. Truly worth the price tag.
I have a collection of teapots and I know I can’t take them all so I decided to pack my DAVID’s clear glass bubble tea pot for mom’s. It supposedly holds four cups. I find it holds TWO, but then, like C.S. Lewis, you can’t get a cup of tea big enough for me. Anyway, I left out a couple tea bags for when I’m here later packing and cleaning. The microwave and a paper cup will suffice for those days.
Very mild tea. Bergamot flavor is elusive, hidden, smothered. Smells like bergamot, but tastes like rose flakes sprayed with fresh spring rain. Sweet and comforting. Somehow it lacks body, strenght and character. Good choice for late evenings or for kids. Actually I find it difficult to describe how this tea taste like. It has flat yet complex. Although I give it strong 5 on a 10 point scale, this tea is worth trying. I will give it second chance.
Flavors: Citrus, Marshmallow, Orange Blossom, Rose, Sweet, warm grass
happy days! a small amount of variety back in my cupboard with the arrival of my 52 teas. It won’t last long, but it DOES mean that i have new teas to drink this weekend :) This one is is very much a green coconut with hints of raspberry. Apparently i’ve gotten over my dislike of coconut in teas (as long as it’s not rancid) and found this one to be really nice, light and refreshing. I’m hoping there will be more raspberry flavour to this one in later cups if i can get a few more in to my cup. :) Still a lovely treat.
Well I started drinking this as a chocolate milk latte over an hour and a half ago. Then about 2 minutes into enjoying the deliciousness that is this tea, my mom started screaming that she needed help feeding our puppy who just recently got spayed. So I put down the latte and ran to my mom. Turns out my mom needed help taking the puppy’s cone off so she could eat easily (her flat shih tzu face and the cone don’t mix so well). The thing is, with her cone off she can’t be left alone and my mom insisted it was a two person job to watch her. Then after eating the puppy got comfortable and went to sleep at which point my mom decided she just had to do something quickly upstairs (aka play a computer game or something) that would take 10 minutes. 45 minutes later she returned and decided she just had to do something else. So guess whose latte got cold and a little less delicious while watching a puppy sleep for over an hour. Now I don’t mind watching the puppy. Just wish everything didn’t have to be on my mother’s timeline. For instance, if she gave me 10 minutes, or even 5, my latte would have been done and enjoyed hot, as it was meant to be. Alright, rant over.
Apparently, my only note about this was in reference to a cold brew. I’m almost to the end of this, so I decided to try it hot again to record my thoughts.
It’s not a favorite. It’s rather nondescript. Yes, there’s chocolate in the dry leaf and steeped aroma, and in the taste. But it’s a rather surface chocolate flavor, not a rich one. The chili aspect is even less obvious. I suppose there might be a hint of it, but it isn’t strongly peppery.
It’s not terrible. It’s just not anything special.