Saturday, 29 December 2012

Netherworld cascadian dark ale

Flying moneys craft brewery  Netherworld cascadian dark ale.  barrie ontario  6%abv

pour: black with a 2 finger fluffy head that levaes lacing

Smell: dark chocolate malts and piney grapefruit hops

Taste: dark chocolate malt with tangy citrus medium bitterness

mouthfeel:  medium body  medium to high carbonation.  a sipping beer  not one to chug.

Thoughts:  a nice balance of malts and hops. big flavor and a good price.  4/5

Friday, 28 December 2012

steam whistle pilsner

Round house brewing's steam whistle pilsner  500ml can 5%abv

Pour:  pale yellow with a small head that dies out fast. but leaves a soapy lace

smell: not much smell asides from that lager smell.

Taste: tangy metallic malt faint earthy hops.  classic lager

Mouthfeel:  thin  low carbonation easy to drink.

thoughts:  bland but easy to drink  not disgusting by any stretch  2/5 if put against most beers  but for it being a Canadian "pilsner" or lager  i'd give it a 3.5/5 in its style.  second favorite lager/canpils after barking squirrel.

Friday, 21 December 2012

2009 Snow Dragon -jas-etea

today i'll be using up the last of my snow dragon for you guys.  I got it 2 years ago or so from Jas-etea  and as it stands the tea is no longer available from him  and so i have no info on it.  asides from it was marketed as a green.

ammount  5.6g in dayi gaiwan 80c

First infusion: 2m

slightly tart  but it has a earthy mineral bitterness to it

Second infusion: 1m

along with the mineral bitterness there's a slight green Sheng dryness to it.

Third infusion 1:30s

flavors the same.  gona stop here.

Thoughts:  in other times i'v had it it's been nice but that was ages ago so sitting in its plastic bag may have killed the flavor of it  and that its 4 years old so at this age and this storage method did not do good for this tea.  If Stephen decides to carry this tea again i'd be willing to come back to it and give it another chance.

moral of the story.  drink your tea when its fresh :(  

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Rosita Blonde

So off to a bad start with this beer.  Opening the bottle caused a head explosion. maybe i didn't leave it chill long enough after i took it out of the car.  well anyways the beer:  blonde ale 5.5% abv

Appearance:  Hazy yellow blond with a 4 finger head.

Smell: Some sort of citrus and hops rather light smell.

Taste: Some sort of spice or citrus then alcohol warmth.  not really any malt or hops jumping out at me a slight metallic grainy aftertaste also has pumpkin seeds on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to high carbonation bite. thin body,  drinks fairly easy

Final thoughts: An ok beer tasty enough but not too unique has some off notes  but better than a domesic macro.  2.5/5

Monday, 26 November 2012


Duvel  a beer i'v been wanting to try ever since getting into beer   rated at  8.5%abv  from Belgium  expirary date 12/2013

Pour: hazy straw colour  with a 2 finger fluffy head that lasts leaves small pieces of lacing.

Aroma:  citrus yeasty

Taste: sweet malt yet still retains the sour belgian yeast  mild citrus and earthy.  then wine like alcohol  warm going down. with a aftertaste of uncooked grain.

Mouthfeel:  thick highly carbonated.  goes down fairly easily  but you know its a creeper.

final thoughts:   good ale to warm you up in winter  not as amazing as i'v heard but good solid beer that will put you on your backside if not careful.  4/5

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Tarry Lapsang Souchong-It's About Tea.

 To finish the night off  lets have some lapsang souchong from  It's About Tea this is what the vendor has to say about it

A taste adventure for the connoisseur of teas. This rich tea has a pine smoke aroma and a tarry flavor. It's a great tea to serve with savory dishes or around the campfire! This tea has a full smoky flavour reminiscent of an evening spent close to the campfire.

Amount: 5g in dayi gaiwan at 95c

First infusion: 30s

Woody smokey not bitter or dry sweet  hint of citrus on the finish.

Second infusion: 30s

Smokey sweet mellow flavor.

Third infusion 1m

Sweet and smokey not too much else.

Fourth infusion:  3m
Smoke  this teas done.

Final thoughts:  This is one of the most well mannered Lapsang's i'v had  it had balanced flavor profile not too much smoke  and it wasn't bitter at all.  a good one to get people into the style of tea.

Dong Ding -It's About Tea

Second tea of today is  Dong Ding  from It's About Tea  Dong ding is one of my personal favorite oolongs  here is what the vendor has to say about it.

Formosa Dong Ding Oolong – One of the finest oolongs in the world, from the Dongding region of Taiwan. It is grown at an altitude of over 4,000 feet. Highly aromatic, full-bodied with a lingering aftertaste.

Amount:  5g in Dayi gaiwan 85c

First infusion: 1:30

Light floral creamy slightly toasted..

Second infusion: 1 m

Nutty floral creamy

Third infusion 2m

Foral and sweet

Fourth infusion 3m

Sweet floral and lightly green tasting.

Fifth infusion 4m.

Sweet green with a mineral like note

Sixth infusion 5m 90c

Minerals i think its best to cut this one short.

Final thoughts:  not the best Dong Ding i'v ever had but its a solid tea.   not as floral or nutty as other's i'v had and also not as long winded as others but still good solid tea.

Quangzhou Milk Oolong- David's Tea.

Starting the last day of the Tea-0-thon  is  David's Tea's Quangzhou milk oolong.  when i opened the package i was met with a very aromatic orange creamcycyle like aroma.   here is what davids tea has to say about it:

This ultra rare Oolong From the Wuyi Mountains of China is velvety smooth and lightly creamy,  with a subtle hint of orchid.  

Amount:  5.2g in dayi gaiwan at 85c.  

First infusion: 1:30

Lactose and fruity  light and delicate but thick mouthfeel. 

Second infusion: 1m

Light creamy and slightly orange flavor 

Third infusion: 2m 

Still light in flavor but its moved a more oxidized fruitiness. 

Fourth infusion  3m

Fruity kinda peach flavor. 

Fifth infusion: 4 m

Still fruity peach flavor. 

Sixth Infusion: 5m 
Sweet but a hint of dryness  not as fruity 

7th infusion :7m 90c 
Slightly nutty flavor but its pretty much done.  

Final thoughts:  Very good tea  has a great aroma and is really fruity. thick mouthfeel and sweet.  no need for anything in this tea  its sweet and creamy  recommended for those trying to transition from flavored teas to straight teas.  

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Keemun (Hao Ya B) - It's About Tea

To finish today off  is Keemun (Hao Ya B) from It's About Tea  here is the writeup they provide on this tea :

Keemun (STD-1110) Hao Ya B 2009 – Known as the “Burgundy of Tea” due to its superb bouquet. Our Keemun is produced in Qimen County, Anhui Province, China. Keemun is a unique black tea produced from small leaf green tea bushes unlike Assam’s from India which are produced from large leaf tea bushes. Keemun is harvested and processed towards the end of April, a little later than most other varieties of China Teas. Keemun is lower in caffeine but is full in flavour. The dry leaf is small and twisted in shape and produces a deep red liquor. The flavour is sweet with a slight “plumy” note and a hint of cocoa, with no bitterness. The flavour is strong enough to stand up to the addition of milk and/or sugar.

Amount: 5g in dayi gaiwan 95c 

First infusion : 30s 

Light delicate flavor  slightly roasted or smokey  with dark ripe fruit  flavors 

Second Infusion: 30s 

creamy and fruity.  light dryness 

Third infusion: 1m 

more lactose bit more dryness and less fruity.  

Fourth infusion: 2m. 

lightly smokey  less dry  and slightly sweet on the finish.  

Final thoughts:  A lovely delicate and intricate tea  that has some staying power to put up with additives   not that i would want to put anything in this.  this would place 3rd in my black tea list currently  definitely recommended for a black tea fan.