Lovely lazy days in with the Colton
I’ll take a combination of these rooms please
THAT SECOND ONE LOOKS LIKE THE SLEEP ROOM IN MY MIND PALACE
I think I just had a roomgasm
team aqua is still better than team magma
Good morning everyone, the day is foggy and chill, I’ve spent the morning watching house hunters and now it’s time for a review. Today’s tea comes to us from Xiu Xian, and is billed as “one of our highest quality white teas”. I present to you:
Background: White tea has disputed origins, it may have been created as late as 1876! Derived from the tea plant, white tea is picked, withered and then dried, although as simple as this sounds, the selection of leaves for white tea can be very strict, with harvesters choosing only “baby” leaves. The way Mako once described it to me is like this: “The jasmine tea is like a teenager. You brew it too long and don’t treat it right, it gets angry and bitter. White tea is just a baby, babies are sweet, you can brew them for a long time and they will be okay.” White tea contains the most antioxidants of all of the teas created from the camellia sinensis. White tea is also arguably the healthiest tea, with cancer-fighting and blood pressure and cholesterol lowering properties.
First Impression: I got this tea on a trip with my parents. I was inexperienced with quality white teas at this point, and picked this one because I thought it smelled the best. After a tasting I was sold on everything but the price: $8 for 20 grams. (about .7 oz) or $11.43 per ounce. That’s pretty rough on a college budget, although I am very aware that Xiu Xian is actually quite reasonable compared to some. However, I had just finished finals and was in kind of a reckless mood so I splurged shamelessly and cheerfully. The tea comes in the reflective package that all of Xiu Xian’s smaller quantities are placed in. Vacuum sealed and safe from UV lights, the tea will stay fresh until the package is opened, although I would advise moving the tea to a better container after the initial unsealing.
The Scent: Pure, kind of vegetal. It smells like artichokes and other steamed veggies.
Ingredients: White tea leaves, rolled into balls to create a “pearl”
The Tea: It brews to a light golden color, and stays clear and fresh without growing bitter. This is a lovely white tea that yields a pure flavor, with no additives in it. There is almost nothing better than tea that is simple and natural. The only thing is this mellow tea is almost a little too delicate, and one needs to sit and focus to fully appreciate its vegetal taste. This isn’t a bad thing, it forces you to sit and relax and take time to enjoy your tea. But if you’re looking for something to drink while on the go, or while you’re busy doing work, look for a different tea. This is a good tea, but at the same time it’s not one of my favorites for some reason. I can’t put my finger on it, but it’s not quite “complete” somehow. However, if you are a white tea person looking for a treat, give this a go. It’s a pleasure watching the leaves unfurl and tasting the delicate flavor of this delightfully mild brew.
Thank you for reading, I hope you all are doing well. You can find this tea at Xiu Xian. I have other reviews, and if you want to check out my current teas, I would welcome suggestions on what to review next! My ask box is always open for feedback, criticism, questions, discussion etc etc, so please feel free to shoot me your opinions. See you next Tuesday!
This review is a bit different than usual. It is a tea chocolate bar, from Adagio’s new line, only available at their physical locations in Chicago. Because they are not let available online, I cannot link to the product. If they appear in the online store, I’ll add the link later.
Product: Earl Grey Moonlight chocolate bar from Adagio Tea
Cost: $6.50 for one chocolate bar (2.3 oz)
Ingredients: Milk chocolate (Cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, milk, whole milk powder, soy lecithin, vanilla) Earl Grey moonlight tea (black tea, natural vanilla flavor, natural earl grey flavor, natural orange flavor, natural creme flavor, blue cornflowers) Hiwa Kai Hawaiian black sea salt.
I love the idea of chocolate that is flavored with tea, so when I saw these bars I knew I had to try one. Earl Grey is one of my favorites, so I decided to pick this one out of the four flavor options available. According to the employee, these chocolate bars are only available in store to test how well they’re received before they go online.
This chocolate bar is really interesting. Unlike other tea flavored chocolate, you can actually see the tea leaves inside the bar. The bergamot stands out against the brown, and looks pretty nice. The smell of chocolate drowns out the Earl Grey unless you smell closer to the leaves, but the tea smells like Adagio’s standard Earl Grey Moonlight (obviously) and is soft and sweet.
The chocolate itself is less sweet than I expected, and the tea leaves crumble off the top easily. It’s crunchy. While I can’t really taste the black tea all that well, there’s a very light bergamot aftertaste which I really like. I think this would be really good melted over a tea infused cupcake, and if I had more of it I might try that. I think the tea taste is more prominent with smaller bites, but it is a bit weaker than I’d like.
I really like this chocolate, but at the same time I don’t know how well it will go over in the stores. Not only are they really expensive, but the pure tea topping may make people think twice about buying it. It tastes really good, but most people I’ve talked to seem surprised by the idea of eating dry tea or using it as a topping for foods. I definitely recommend this for tea lovers, if you can get to the physical location.
Whoa, it works:
y’all enjoy your anime gifs while i just
YO THIS SHIT ACTUALLY WORKS
Holy shit it does work.
Now that’s cool
also known as Lofted Bedrooms, check these out, and a few other cool bedroom designs. I’m already drawing up a design to have one done for my house in the Philippines.
Finally, some good advice from Cosmo
well, i am groot
THIS IS THE CUTEST MOTHER FUCKING THING ON THIS SITE I WANT TO CRYHaving a bad day? NOT ANYMORE.
There’s been an update with @PsykoUK’s ordeal and im sickened. These racist thugs that are the metropolitan police found it was ok to detain him without probable cause. For simply sticking up for 3 eleven year old girls who did not have their Oyster cards, he was criminalised for being black. The worst part about this is that there will be no justice. Take a good look at Institutional racism and white supremacy here folks. Absolutely disgusting.
This is absolutely unacceptable. This happens to young black people all the time, it needs to stop. REBLOG. This NEEDS to go viral otherwise the MET police will just sweep it under the carpet