11846 Tasting Notes
I still don’t have any oat milk in the house but this blend has been continually growing on me as I’ve had it hot, so I’ve decided to just push on and finish it off as a hot tea. This cup was particularly blueberry forward with a buttery undertone and nice hint of cinnamon. Brisk, flavourful, and starting to feel very familiar and cozy. One more cup to go…
Once strained I mixed this cold brew with a ginger beer, which made for a nice sweet and zests bright orange flavour with a bit of a spicy kick to the finish and the nice smoky green mate notes coming through in the finish. I liked it a lot prepared this way; it was a nice fun spin on this more simple (but strong) blend!
This was a freebie sample from my last order. It’s not something I probably would have ordered for myself, because of the base tea, which kind of makes it the perfect freebie. I love being challenged in my preferences! The dry leaf aroma was kind of off putting to me; the orange had an almost chalky kind of smell to it that reminded me of children’s chewable vitamins. However, it didn’t translate into the cup at all and the result was a miedum bodied and smooth infusion of sweet orange with a tropcical leaning undertone. Simple, but effective in communicating that “Mai Tai” flavour profile, and I did enjoy it.
Honestly this mug could have probably been two mugs with how much leaf I had left but I underestimated it when I poured it into the strainer – and it was a newly washed strainer so the leaf definitely got water contact meaning there was no going back.
Even with as heavily leafed as this cup was, the flavours weren’t heavy and unpleasant. I feel like the lime came through the strongest and most clearly, but it was crisp and clean finishing – boosted by soft notes of ginger and a bit of a floral undertone. Honestly pretty simple in flavour but with great flavour clarity.
It’s not a sipdown I feel bad about, but for Anne’s first foray into blending with Butterfly Pea Flower I think it was really fun!
Friday tea session with some cannolis! I took a wellness day on Friday because I’ve been going through another insomnia batch, so this ended up being a bit of a self care kind of tea session. I didn’t pay any mind to tasting notes as I steep though I did notice subconsciously that this tea is a major malt bomb. However, I mostly just wanted to be in the moment and enjoying the tea for itself and I was able to achieve that!
I took advantage of the gorgeous weather yesterday to enjoy a tea session with a delicious vegan Korean Corn Dog!! Shou is such a perfect compliment with greasy foods like this; and the super syrupy liquor and aptly named flavour is delicious with the more savory flavours of the corn dog!! This was definitely a puerh that just kept giving though, and I enjoyed several additional delicious infusions with brown sugar, molasses, raisin, and sweet earth notes long after my food was gone. Such a good way to spend a Sunday afternoon!!
This was an early morning weekend session for me. I remember when the original 2015 version of this sheng came out; the name and description intrigued me but back then I was intimidated by pu’erh so I passed on trying it. Even if this isn’t the exact same thing, it still feels like a second chance to revisit a tea that I always wondered about – and its good!! Starts off pretty soft and sweet; more so than I would have expected. There’s a floral “flower nectar” vibe to the early steeps, and as it progresses the texture of the soup becomes a bit thicker and slightly astringent but the overall sweetness remains alongside a greener edge and a slight candied yuzu taste. When pushed it can get more bitter and pithy, but the huigan is more intense as a result!
My first tea of the day!
It’s been far too long since I last had this tea, and I think it’s gotten a little funky with age. There’s a gentle creaminess to the pistachio that is pleasant but overall it’s very floral and the strawberry reads to me as incredibly chemical. I’m a bit sad it’s not holding up to my memory of it, but oh well… You live and you learn.