Sunday, December 24, 2017

thai rooibos

since teavana is gone I am hoping this guy, thai rooibos, can replace my zingiber ginger coconut rooibos.

thai rooibos ingredients:
Rooibos, cinnamon, ginger root, coconut pieces, cardamom seed, lemongrass, cardamom flavor, vanilla flavor. Contains natural flavors.

zingiber ginger coconut rooibos ingredients:
Rooibos, ginger pieces, candied coconut pieces (coconut, sugar), natural flavor, cinnamon, apple pieces, cardamom, black pepper.

they do taste pretty similar but something is missing from the thai rooibos.
it's still really good, don't get me wrong, but I don't know that I wanna call it my replacement.
of course, I also don't know that I'll find anything closer.

steep time: 5 mins
steep temp: 205º F
added: 3 teaspoons of rock sugar

Saturday, December 23, 2017

zingiber ginger coconut rooibos

this is one of my favorite teas, definitely a comfort tea for me.
it makes me wanna sit, wrapped in blankets, in a comfy chair and just enjoy being warm.

the smell..  mmm...
the taste...  mmm...
high five to whomever came up with this blend,
and seriously,
RIP teavana

steep time: 5mins
steep temp: 205º F
added: 3 teaspoons of pearl sugar

organic ceremonial super premium matcha tea

so I bought this tea on amazon over a year ago and I've been aching to try it.
the bf really likes green tea so I wanted to try it with him.
and, for christmas, I got a matcha bowl.  (I purchased a milk frother when I bought the matcha)

1) the matcha has expired
2) my thermometer did not properly read the temp of the water (too shallow)
3) I used a matcha "spoon" but just guesstimating how much matcha I used

round 1:

steep time: n/a
steep temp: unknown (aiming for warm, though.  water wasn't boiling and let it cool for a few mins)
added: n/a

it was fucking horrid y'all.
smelled strongly of seaweed.
so fucking gross.
after we both tried it I dumped the rest down the drain

round 2:

steep time: n/a
steep temp: unknown (aiming for cool, though.  water straight out the fridge filter)
added: n/a

I used less match and a lot more water, and this round isn't ~bad~ but I still don't like it.
tastes like green tea that's been steeped too warm...  bit of a bite too it.
I think this is probably because it's old.

gonna try some that's been recommended on r/tea.
for now, I'm gonna toss the rest of this container.

also, pics of the matcha and the container:

Friday, December 22, 2017

french super blue lavendar

yay cleaned my kettle
boooh this still looks like swampwater

still smells good though
tastes nice as well
just unfortuntately unattractive

steep time: 5 mins
steep temp: 200º F
added: n/a

pic off their site:

belgian pearl sugar

I've started working full-time and while I haven't been posting here I assure you I've been having 2-3 mugs of harney's hot cinnamon spice every day.

since teavana has closed (well, the website has, and that was my access to teavana), I've been worried not only about losing my favorite teas, but also about losing access to rock sugar.
I put this belgian rock sugar on my food! wishlist and I got a bag for christmas.

it feels powdery, esp compared to the crystal/slickness of teavana rock sugar.
it sweetened well enough, if perhaps a bit less sweet than teavana's rock sugar.

there weren't any pics of the pearls themselves so here they are:

Sunday, December 10, 2017

jumpy monkey

I ordered all of davidstea's high caffeine teas
I'm currently studying for a stats final, so I thought I'd give it a go.
I decided on jumpy monkey because the tin says "sweet energy"

it smells great.  this is surprising to me because I don't usually like the way coffee smells
(off the tin: "with four types of coffee beans, carob, white chocolate and chicory, this rich and nutty yerba mate is a seriously exotic way to get energized.")
since it has white chocolate, and since I'm fixing to start dieting, I decided against adding any sugar before trying it.

steep time: 5 mins
steep temp: 205º F
added: n/a

french super blue lavendar

the picture of this tea on harney's website shows such a bold purple that I was eager to try it,
especially after hearing of a white tea with lavender tea that has been discontinued since teavana has closed.

when I got to the kitchen I was greeted with a kettle filled with this sickly green colored water.
tbf, I've been putting off cleaning my kettle until after finals, but goodness I wasn't expecting what looks like swampwater!

it still smells like lavender,
just the color is SO WRONG.
think I'll hold off on trying this again until after I've cleaned my kettle.

steep time: 5 mins
steep temp: 205º F
added: n/a

Saturday, December 9, 2017

victorian london fog

I did mention that harney is 20% off for the holidays, right?

yeah so london fog is supposed to be earl grey with steamed milk..  like a latte, right?
this stuff is black & oolong tea, bergamot oil, lavender, and vanilla flavor.

I'm excited to try it!
I'm a little worried about the steeping procedure (they recommend 212º for 5 mins, think next time I might drop it to 205º for 4 mins, though I did only do 4 mins this time anyway), but I guess we'll see how it goes.

steep time: 4 mins
steep temp: 212º F
added: 4 teaspoons of rock sugar

it went ok.
both this & paris by harney left a weird aftertaste.
I will def be fucking with brew times & temps, so hopefully it cleans up a bit.
I dunno, the earl grey supreme was great and I want to say I used their recommended time/temp.
fuck me, right?
I'll hafta make another round at 212º with 5 mins before I start fucking with it.
it's still good, just like I said, bit of a weird aftertaste.

raja oolong chai

I got the rebound sampler set from adagio earlier this week and finally got the chance to try one.
I started with raja oolong since, even though it's not as cold anymore, I still like black spicy teas in cold weather.  even though it's an oolong, close enough imo.

the raja oolong is pretty heavy on the cinnamon for a chai, and when I looked it up on their website I found that it says:
A blend fit for royalty, this Indian inspired chai is a cinnamon lover's dream.
for the first line of the description.
gonna hafta give 'em points for accuracy lol
I ended up using the entire sample bag and it came out nicely.
the first round I used 5 teaspoons (for 2 mugs-worth) and it was a little weak, so I threw in the remaining 3-5 teaspoons (I just poured the remaining tea into a tea bag) for the resteep and it was really nice.

steep time: 5 mins
steep temp: 212º F
added: 4 teaspoons of rock sugar and 1 half & half

bonus pic of the sampler set:

Thursday, December 7, 2017

hot cinnamon spice

before I order more I wanted to be sure I like it.
so I made another round of hot cinnamon spice.
still smells great.
still tastes great.
I'm ordering more.

steep time: 5 mins
steep temp: 212º F
added: 3 teaspoons of rock sugar


I'm fixing to order a tin of harney's hot cinnamon spice for the office and thought I'd try another harney flavor before I make the purchase (in case I wanna grab more of whatever I try).
I looked them all over, and it's fucking cold out, so I wanted to try a black tea that I can sweeten up real nice.
I chose paris.
y'all.  Y'ALL.  it smells amaaaaaazing.
I can't place it, but it smells familiar somehow.
I'm sitting here just sniffing the tin and, while I'm not remembering what it reminds me of, it's an entirely pleasant experience.

the ingredients are:
black tea, oolong tea, black currant flavor, vanilla flavor, bergamot oil, caramel flavor.

I don't think it's the bergamot oil, it smells thicker?
I know, that doesn't make any sense.
the aroma after steeping has greatly diminished, but the taste...  it's like drinking the smell of the leaves.

I think I am gonna order more of this.
well, I know I am.
but not right now.  I'll have the cinnamon for work and I have such a variety to choose from at home.
once things have settled down I will def be ordering more.

it's odd.
I had expected to be ordering a ton of stuff from davidstea and adagio,
but I may end up a harney girl.
we'll see.

steep time: 5 mins
steep temp: 212º F
added: 4 teaspoons of rock sugar

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

duchess grey

this is elmwood inn's version of duchess grey
it's ok.  I'm kinda in a foul mood and I'm not sure how much that's affecting my enjoyment of this tea.

steep time: 3:30 mins
steep temp: 212º F
added: 3 teaspoons of rock sugar

Monday, December 4, 2017

vanilla chai

so, do you remember how great the hot cinnamon spice from harney was?
well I do.

in the move, I found some bags of cinnamon tea (black) by bigelow.
and we all know how much I love bigelow.
so I made a cup.  since I didn't know the age I decided to use two bags.  dry they didn't smell nearly as good as the harney stuff, but it's bagged, other excuses, etc.
I steeped it anyway.

smelled terrible so I threw it out.
along with all the bags of it.
and along with other bagged tea that I'm not sure of the age.
with my cyber-monday purchases I've got lots more coming.

anyhow, I wanted to stick with bigelow (plus my kettle still had hot water) so I went with chai.
sorry for the water spots, I didn't dry my cup after getting rid of the cinnamon tea.

steep time: 4 mins
steep temp: ~ 200º F
added: 3 teaspoons of rock sugar, 1 half & half

Sunday, December 3, 2017

jade citrus mint

I've had entirely too much sugar so I switched to a favorite - jade citrus mint!
I finished off the last bit that was in the tin but luckily I've got several bags of it.
how fortuitous!
(not really, I stocked up as soon as I heard about teavana)

steep time: 1:30 mins
steep temp: 170º F
added: n/a

hot cinnamon spice

even with this tea being one of their bestsellers, I was still pretty hesitant about ordering it, but with 20% off I decided to take a gamble.
it's delicious y'all!
for real!
it smells like big red gum, so I was worried, but the taste is a bit more mild and really good.
glad I took a chance.

I also used the last of my teavana rock sugar,
so I'm switching to some adagio white and brown that I have.
will let you know how that goes, but honestly I'm not even sure that teavana was still using beet root.

steep time: mins steep temp: º F added:

earl grey

trying to finish up the last of my rock sugar before the new shipment comes in.
also wanna try some adagio rock sugar in the meantime.
and don't wanna be forced to have two mugs so sticking to bags atm.

steep time: 2 mins
steep temp: ~ 200º F
added: 4 teaspoons of rock sugar

Saturday, December 2, 2017

gone in two days, plus a rebound

I didn't get to post this yesterday,
on 11/29 I received an email from teavana indicating the online store would be closing on 12/15.
on 12/01 I received an email from teavan indicating the online store closed.

in 2 fucking days the entire online selection sold out.

I was telling the bf on 11/29 (in the evening) about it closing and how I wasn't going to order anything else and he suggested I get more white chocolate peppermint while I can, so I loaded up the store and at that point they only had 3 items left in stock.
I snagged an artisanal brewing kit as it contains a few teas and some rock sugar.  they were already sold out of all the teas I like, including white chocolate peppermint.

I can only assume they actually went out of stock on 11/29 or maaaaybe 11/30 but didn't send out a notification until 12/01.

in brighter news,
adagio is sending out free samples to people who bought from teaana before 10/31.
just email a receipt to rebound@adagio
here's a link for more info:
Adagio on Facebook
talk about good guy adagio, and what a great marketing idea.