773 Tasting Notes
right on cara mcgee. [twohandhighfive]
this tea has bracing notes of a stale coffee flavor and smells like the breeze cast off a used ashtray.
in the best way of course.
i’m really digging it.
i’m sure anybody else who likes toasted mate likes it for this reason.
it’s sometimes like a mouth of dirt. juicy dirt.
(ya know, the same way green tea can taste like damp grass)
maybe i’ll get a chance to listen to an episode or two of this podcast today.
i’m up to episode 6.
oh gawd guise i’ve been so MIA!
i’ve been setting up my standing desks at home and work and restructuring my entire life from the ground up in slow motion.
it takes a long time.
(and swappers, hi, ya you, i swear i’m putting your boxes together tonight. i swearit.)
i drank this tea on sunday as my roommates and i embarked on a house cleaning day.
cleaning day went awesomely but this tea was kinda lame. just flat.
but i’m glad to see so many other people got a kick out of it!
cuz if nothing else, tea should be fun :)
thanks to Eva for swapping this with me so i could try it!
i saw the gifs of the DWARVICISE yesterday on tumblr for the first time.
so here you go!
thank you jump62359 for the dwarven party!
hey i think i’m improving my blending abilities! either that or i got lucky :)
either way, i still kinda win.
this current blend is blackberry, caramel, and mocha nut mate with cornflowers added.
i hope to add cocoa nibs to the next batch i think?
you don’t have to really know what i’m talking about here. this is just me trying to parse out what taste profile i’m going for and then trying to judge if i’ve come even a little close.
i was going for a dark earthen tea base with a kind of unsettled sweetness incorporated? i figured the mate would add a rougher kind of masculine note and the dark berries and caramel could help create a slightly salty yet decadent tone. the tea basically needs to be sensual and intense and troubled and sad. comforting but still very very sad. and i wasn’t aiming for it, but the mate definitely has a sort of riding crop flavor-tone to it.
so beautiful it hurts and so stinging it’s beautiful. i’ll keep drinking this bag, get to know this version better, make some changes and then see what else i learn.
Bach’s Chaconne Partita No.2
i started today having this blend because i saw Cavo’s note first thing yesterday and also it has safflower accents in it. safflower is not very common in the adagio blends overall. but i like the way it looks and i’d like to use it in my own blends. so i wanna try to get to know it better.
(safflower is also an accent in the ’sherlock’s experiment’ blend.)
so i prepped a good amount of leaf to brew 24oz worth of tea.
i poured the water …. and then forgot about it. woops!
(it probably brewed for about 5 – 8 min? idk. i’m a susceptible victim to time gremlins. so i’ll ask one of them how long forgotten tea brews, if i ever catch one.)
but the over-steep didn’t completely demolish the cup!
in fact, i think the long steep really just brought the cinnamon out a lot more.
Shadowfall and Cavocorax both described the tea very accurately.
damp and earthen and mossy and cinnamony.
i do like the cup.
it would be a tea for the days when i’m feeling equal parts brave & sullen.
idk what the safflower does.
i think it’s just there to look pretty. totally fine by me.
earl grey creme with cinnamon! very nice.
no, really. i drank this hours ago and i’m still remembering it fondly.
it was a great way to start this monday.
me and cinnamon, we are getting to be better & better friends. happy ending :)
i have several of you to email and put swap boxes together for.
don’t worry i haven’t forgotten you!
i just, get, like, distracted and stuff. and i know full well that i’m not really great at prioritizing. and i tend to get 90% done with a task and then kinda stall out a bit? but i spend time telling non-tea people all about how steepster is fun in so many different ways and how we can be a sea of all different types and walks of people and still have so many things in common and how it always impresses me and how i have a fondness for my internet buddies even if i chat with you lots or barely at all.
(okay brace for blab city now)
i lurk some of you, sure i do, i see your tea reviews and read a little about your day or your morning tea or whatever, and i may not have much to add, but i see you and i get it. i see you! hi! i understand you a little! hi!
this site is kinda all about the love, and the complete acceptance and freedom to love/hate any crappy/pristine tea you darn well want to.
and you can tell because instead of clicking a little thumbs-up at the bottom of a post, you can click a little heart! proof!
party on heart clickers!