4658 Tasting Notes
Matcha Milk Sipdown (222)
This was a free simple with my advent calendar…even though if I remember correctly, it is also in my advent calendar.
To me this tastes like Mermaid Matcha…but not as vanilla-y thus not as good. That’s not to say this isn’t good. I just prefer Mermaid Matcha for the vanilla frosting type goodness. This is more soft vanilla custard.
Today has been a super chilly day. It’s cold outside and my class was also particularly cold. Now I am home and back to watching Disney+ and sipping on tea in my pajamas under a cozy blanket.
This tea isn’t my favourite. It is fruity and has a slight green tea twang to it. It’s held up well for its age seeing as even the best before date on this has long since passed but it’s nothing special or life altering.
I took this out because it is on the older side and I thought it would make a good latte. Then I realized I was lacking the amount of leaf necessary for a latte so I picked another tea to make a latte. Then I decided that since this was out and the sipdown was nigh, I would make this too.
Unfortunately I could never get this to work for me. As a latte or plain, it just really was not what I wanted. I used to get chocolate monkey drinks at a stir-fry place called Fire & Ice and it was basically a chocolate shake with sweet banana flavor. This is more like black tea with some banana chip flavor. The base also has more tannins than I like. I am okay with saying goodbye because like I said, it never really worked for me.
Life is different! Disney Plus is out and my brother bought us a subscription and I have literally looked at the movie list for at least an hour because there were so many things I wanted to watch. It’s here and I. am. excited!!!
So now I am watching Disney movies and drinking this as a latte because in addition to Disney Plus, I also have milk again and that is also exciting.
This latte isn’t bad but it drowns out the maple flavor that I love so much in this blend. Alternatively, age has caused the maple flavor to fade but I am blaming the latte because that means there is hope for maple goodness in a plain cup.
Latte Sipdown (225)
This is very milky which is sad because it means the tea isn’t coming through as much as I’d like. That is probably my fault since I didn’t have the right amount of leaf for a latte but made one anyways. I was just excited because I did groceries today so for the first time in a while I have had milk in my apartment that didn’t come from McDonalds. Yay to groceries! Boo to weak tea. It is minty though.
In other news, does anyone get a weird smell when they froth milk? I have the breville milk frother and I find sometimes the milk smells weird after I heat/froth it. I don’t have the same issue if I just froth it. Just me?
Sipdown (229…apparently I had more teas than I thought)
After I pulled this out, I realized it would have probably been better to save this for St. Patrick’s Day so I could have a festive 365 days of tea picture. However, this blend is one of the older ones in my cupboard and I decided the sipdown outweighed the festive photo.
This is actually a pretty tea. Rolled gunpowder leaves with clover sprinkles and blue mallow petals. You can check out the photo here: https://www.instagram.com/p/B4nV5WBh1XH/
I was surprised that this is actually an EG but it definitely has a bergamot flavor. However, I actually don’t mind it here. It seems to pair nicely with the smokiness of the gunpowder and the sweetness from the sprinkles. It also is a fairly mild earl grey which could be due to age or intentional. Either way, it is more to my tastes than a sharper EG and I am actually quite enjoying this mug.