Thursday, July 24, 2014

Stained Fingers on Thursday - A Review of Noodler's Violet Ink

Sadly, I had only enough of this ink for a single pen fill, but I was certain to review that!



This scan was done on an HP Deskjet F4280 at 600dpi.
Note: Because these scans are done with a light emitting printer, actual colors will, more likely than not, be slightly darker than they may appear, here. The colors shown, here, are probably a bit more reminiscent of what the ink would be like under a bright light or if it were held up and viewed with a light behind it.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tea Review Tuesday - A Review of Easy Pleasy Tea's Red Rooibos Tea with Hibiscus & Rosehips

Pardon the rushed review, today, top secret projects are in-progress!

Wow, the scent of the dry blend in the teabag is fruity! I was definitely not expecting that fragrance when I opened the packaging. However, according to the box, this tisane contains rosehips, rooibos, elderberry, hibiscus, and other flavorings - a mix made for amazing aromas. I gave this mix a long steep in just boiled water, as I like my rooibos strong.



Upon first taste, I thought "The flavor is a bit like TUMS in its fruitiness." Strange, yes. However, the more I drank, the more pleasant the flowery and fruity rooibos flavors became. Overall, this was a very tasty tea that I can see myself drinking at night when I need a relaxing, caffeine-free beverage. On my personal enjoyment scale, I would give it an 86/100 on my personal enjoyment scale.


Photo credit to the English Tea Store.
Easy Pleasy Tea's Red Rooibos can be purchased from the English Tea Store, here, or from other online retailers, such as Amazon.
This review was unsolicited and uncompensated.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Stained Fingers on Thursday - A Review of De Atramentis Absinth Ink

This drink-inspired ink has character!



This scan was done on an HP Deskjet F4280 at 600dpi.
Note: Because these scans are done with a light emitting printer, actual colors will, more likely than not, be slightly darker than they may appear, here. The colors shown, here, are probably a bit more reminiscent of what the ink would be like under a bright light or if it were held up and viewed with a light behind it.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tea Review Tuesday - A Review of Canton Tea Co's 2006 Fu Hai 7576 Pu'erh Tea

Just a quick review, today, of something from my cup...


Canton Tea Co's 2006 Fu Hai 7576 is a cooked pu'erh that arrived in cake form. The dry leaves smell delectably loamy and full of forest-y scents. After rinsing the leaves, I perform the first thirty-second infusion. This first infusion impresses greatly. Quite smooth with just a tad of subtle roughness. The leaves are just beginning to release their flavors. The second thirty-second infusion loses the rough edge but remains much the same, flavor-wise.




Infusion number three, same guidelines, gains a more full body. The wood tones are rich and smooth. The fourth infusion is much the same. After eight infusions, the flavors slowly begin to give out. This tea was an amazing experience to drink. On my personal enjoyment scale, I rate it a 93/100.


Photo credit to Steepster.
Canton Tea Co's 2006 Fu Hai 7576 has sold out and is no longer available. Please visit Canton Tea Co's website for other great teas, here
As this tea is from the Meng Hai tea factory, it can be acquired under other labels from alternative sellers.
This review was unsolicited and uncompensated.
Text content is copyright 2014, Built from Ink and Tea.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Stained Fingers on Thursday - A Review of Noodler's Polar Black Ink

Intensely black and very waterproof, this ink can survive freezing temperatures...in case you happen to be sitting outside in freezing temperatures, while writing.



This scan was done on an HP Deskjet F4280 at 600dpi.
Note: Because these scans are done with a light emitting printer, actual colors will, more likely than not, be slightly darker than they may appear, here. The colors shown, here, are probably a bit more reminiscent of what the ink would be like under a bright light or if it were held up and viewed with a light behind it.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tea Review Tuesday - A Review of Teavivre's Nonpareil Te Gong Huang Shan Mao Feng Green Tea

This week's review concludes the series of posts on Teavivre's spring 2014 green tea collection. Last week, we discussed Teavivre's Premium Huang Shan Mao Feng Green Tea, and, while this week's Mao Feng may sound the same in name, it takes the varietal to an entire new level of perfection. On their website, Teavivre provides a very brief history of the meaning of "Te Gong," explaining that this signified that the tea was without equal and used to pay tribute to the emperor - high praise and certainly high quality for a tea!

Teavivre also explains that the altitude at which a tea is grown can positively affect the aroma. As compared to what I consumed last Tuesday, this tea certainly carries slightly stronger notes of sweetness and floral aspects. In some respect, they are still just as light - very light - but they are pungent, though not cloying.

I chose to brew this tea in a twelve ounce mug for four minutes, using water heated suitably for green tea. Approximately two teaspoons of leaf were used, and I decided on the four minutes to average the three to five minutes, which the packaging recommended. (Note that Teavivre suggests I could have brewed this gong fu style, as well.) The result? A pale, light yellow brew with a slightly fruity nose.

For a moment, I wonder about the floral aspect, until I take a sip, letting the tea move across my tongue, slowly. While one could never use the word "bold" to describe this tea, it is equally not "weak." "Subtle" would best describe the flavors and aromas, requiring one to pay attention to what is being sipped, rather than "slurping it down." Very light floral notes are complimented by just a touch of sweetness, which seems less than what I noted in the aroma. To me, there is no nuttiness or grassiness of which to speak. I sip the tea, and it glides over my tongue. No bitterness or astringency stops the delicious flow of tea. For a brew so subtly in flavor and aroma, it maintains a wonderful amount of complexity, which I truly enjoy. On my personal enjoyment scale, I would rate this tea a 96/100.


Photo credit to Built from Ink and Tea.
Teavivre's Nonpareil Te Gong Huang Shan Mao Feng Green Tea can be purchased from the Teavivre website, here.
This review was unsolicited and uncompensated.
Text is copyright 2014, Built from Ink and Tea.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Stained Fingers on Thursday - A Review of De Atramentis Royal Blue

A quick-drying royal blue...with some shading!



This scan was done on an HP Deskjet F4280 at 600dpi.
Note: Because these scans are done with a light emitting printer, actual colors will, more likely than not, be slightly darker than they may appear, here. The colors shown, here, are probably a bit more reminiscent of what the ink would be like under a bright light or if it were held up and viewed with a light behind it.