700 Tasting Notes
The weather has cooled a bit at home now, and J flew back today, so it’s time for trying some of these new teas I’ve picked up in my travels.
First, I love that this steeps at boiling. Low maintenance for the win! The mango scent was very strong from the package, but mellowed out once steeped, thank goodness. The green oolong base is apparent, but not offensive. Green oolong is not my favourite, but I’m enjoying this cup of tea, and I could see myself perhaps replacing this oolong.
I didn’t even realize this one had rooibos until I went to record my note. Yes!
This one is pretty tasty, nothing I need to keep around, but my one cup is enjoyable. The chai like spices aren’t under- or overwhelming. There is a subtle hint of vanilla here too. Not at all what I was expecting from looking at the dry blend.
My word, this tea is delightful.
In other news, my brother called me tonight, which has not ever happened. He always texts, and rarely at that. I was less than impressed to hear that his girlfriend had given him an ultimatum over the new house he just bought. Thank goodness I’ll be home in a few short weeks.
But yes, I need this in my cupboard permanently methinks.
Sipdown! I can’t decide if I’ll restock this one or not. This was is malty and smooth, which are some of my favourite qualities. The LB/Bailin mix is interesting for sure.
I enjoyed my experience with Whispering Pines, so I’ll keep an eye on the website to see if enough teas stand out to me to place another order in the future.
I had a pretty shit day at work and all I wanted was a cup of comfort this evening, something funny to watch, and to turn in early.
We went to the Modest Mouse concert last night which was amazing as a sidenote.
I decided to brew up this one and compare it to Cavalla, which I also have next to me now. Cavalla has become my comparison of choice for my Crio Brüs just because. The Vega is fairing better than Coco River in that there is no bitterness, but I don’t know that I’m getting any strawberry or citrus notes, it generally just feels a bit thinner than the Cavalla.
I still really enjoy this one though.
I had this one as a matcha milk last night. It was surprisingly tasty considering almonds are not my favourite thing as a general rule.
It had a natural sweetness to it that hinted at almond abstract, but not nearly as strong. It came across almost like a sweetened almond milk with a hint of matcha.
I don’t need it in my cupboard, but I wouldn’t turn down a cup.
I have come to the conclusion that I’m not huge on Coca River. My first steep last night had what I thought was a hint of bitterness that wasn’t in the Crio Brüs I’ve been drinking copious amounts of. So this evening, I decided to do a comparison between Cavalla and Coca River and the bitterness is unmistakeable. Much easier to definitively notice it next to the pure creamy deliciousness of Cavalla.