307 Tasting Notes
Okay. This is where I should start off by admitting I was up far too late last night, and although I was able to fall asleep quickly, it was not the most sound of sleeps. (Pleasant enough, just not solid.) As a result, I am tired, and consequentially in the mood for a high caffeine pick me up.
I will also admit that, as I’m finishing up a package of this tea, I used a bit (1/2 tsp?) of plain mate to boost it up to a full tbsp for my little tea pot, so this may colour my experience a bit. The lemon, however, came through very well despite that. My issue is more that although the lemon is pleasant, mate may be better suited for a bolder flavour than lemon.
I have a feeling that, according to the song the title may be rated on, the tea is meant to be better than all the rest. (Either that, or I just think too much in song. Both are equally likely, in all honesty.) I’m not sure if I quite agree with that, but it’s not bad for what it is, either.
I bought this tea because I saw 100g for the ridiculously cheap price of $2 and went YES PLEASE. As it turns out, it was quite a good purchase. It’s really not a bad brew at all, and so I consider it a good investment of a toonie. ;)
I certainly like this tea a lot better than the last cup of straight back I had. It has a nice, robust flavour, still with a bit of a flowery note, but balanced out by a deeper taste as well. Admittedly I got sidetracked while making it, meaning that it steeped longer than I intended by a few minutes for the first steep, but wasn’t too oversteeped tasting despite that. Also, it holds up well with a bit of milk, as I prefer, and even is agreeable with my habit of microwaving cooled down tea well after the fact.
Yes, a decent cup indeed, especially for the price!
Forget delicate, this tea has incredibly strong floral notes, more than I was expecting from a straight black tea. I’m almost surprised that there isn’t some jasmine in there or something of the sort. I tried adding milk and honey and found that I didn’t mind it, but I think that overall I prefer more of a malty than a flowery cup of black tea.
In my opinion, nothing pairs better with ice cream than a good fruit tea.
While hot, there’s a sweetness and a bit of flavour, but I can taste it more once it’s cooled down a bit. It’s actually best while still moderately warm but not hot — the temperature matches well with the tart, sweet, creamy taste.
I normally have this tea with milk, and it ends up somewhat muddled. On a whim, I’m trying it without this time. It turns out, that’s making all the difference. Without milk, it’s reminding me very much of the apple cinnamon oatmeal that I used to have as a child, and in all the good ways. There’s a hint of apple along with the spices, creating an overall flavour that… somehow seems broad rather than sharp. It smells deliciously apply too, especially as I go to take a sip. (Actually, breathing in the scent may be the best part of drinking this tea.) Definitely just what I needed right now. :)
It looks like today is shaping up to be a four or five tea day. I have no complaints. All the more deliciousness to go around. :)
My cousin gave me a lovely little novelty steeper, and I’ve been meaning to try it out for a while. Unfortunately, it doesn’t leave too much space for letting tea leaves expand, so I came to the conclusion that it’s probably best suited for a tisane, since their contents don’t usually have much expanding to do anyway.
Even without milk, there’s a nice, sweet, creaminess to this tea. I wonder if milk would add to this or not, but I don’t want to chance it right now. It’s too nice on its own. I often find that a lot of the DAVIDsTEA dessert teas tend toward maple notes. This one, somehow, this one manages to be syrupy to me without being too mapley.
In all, not a bad cuppa, and definitely a good choice for christening my new little steeper.
So, I’m really thinking that I need to curb my tea spending for a while, and finish up some of my old gems. Some of which are a little past their prime, but still entirely drinkable. (Such is the life of a tea addict.) Case in point, this vintage blend from DAVIDsTEA, which even after now I still have a good steepful left.
It has a sweet, fruity scent, but the taste is not as full as I would prefer. A little musty as well, from the white tea (and perhaps also being a little old, but still certainly not a bad cup.) I look forward to finishing it up, and giving it the proper sendoff it deserves (maybe with a cookie to celebrate its life and enjoyment.)
Today was one of those days when I was just in the mood for a black tea first thing in the morning. It’s a comfort, and a delight sometimes.
I’ve used two joined teabags with about a litre of water, about half the strength that it technically should be. Still managed to seem quite strong (and a bit oversteeped) at five minutes on its own. Adding milk lets the richness come out without the bitterness. I thought it may be even better with some sweetener, but adding honey doesn’t seem to be the right decision this time around.
In all, not my absolute favourite straight black out there, but good, solid, and robust nonetheless.
This fruit has a lovely fruity and flowery aroma from the berries within. It’s the kind of scent that I could be content to just breathe in for quite a while. The taste has a splash of goodness, and a creamy sweetness to it, with a hint of tartness. I wish the taste lingered longer, though I do enjoy it while it lasts. I wouldn’t say that it’s my favourite fruit tea, but it’s certain one I’d enjoy having again (and again).