376 Tasting Notes
I received this a while back as sample and was waiting for a good (sleep deprived) time to drink it. That time is now.
The natural qualities of the guayusa really show through this, or at least they do on the first few sips. The flavouring is quite gentle, blending in seemlessly with the earthy and grassy qualities of the base. The lemongrass is distinctive, which I love, and leans into the flavour of sweet lemons. The citrus note builds on itself with each sip and starts to take on a somewhat creamy quality.
Now I just need to decide what guayusa blend(s) I want for this school year’s paper season. Maybe this. Maybe The Killer’s Vanilla (good song). Maybe both- one for the evening and one for the morning.
3 minutes boiling water, and 3 more minutes with milk. Stir in a tablespoon of brown sugar.
Ah, no, I just can’t get into this one this year. There’s too much caramel and and lemon, making the tea taste more like a weird sweet n’ sour contraption than like the rich spiced Pumpkin I’ve come to expect. I get a bit of cinnamon spiced carrot/gourd in the finish and aftertaste, but it’s too little too late.
The whole thing makes me yearn for Frank’s Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake, the Qoola cheesecake/pumpkin frozen yogurt mix, or Stacy’s Pumpkin Milkshake, which I have yet to try. Currently in the market for new Pumpkin tea.
Backlog: OMGsrsly introduced me to the awesomeness of blackcurrants last spring. Those things smell. So. Good.
The aroma of this rooibos blend is up to par, but the flavour isn’t quite as sweet and I can detect some of the base. Adding some agave syrup helped bring out the fruitiness a tad more, however. Not bad!
I wasn’t planning on picking this up yesterday; all I wanted was 30g more of Mother’s Little Helper. (Un)fortunately, My friend who works there sneakily suggested this. Having no willpower to speak of, this led to 10g more of tea than originally planned.
Also, on an almost completely unrelated note, I had a Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake qoola (frozen yogurt) yesterday, and it was so amazing that I felt the need to share the experience here. Currently missing a certain 52teas blend.
Sipdown! You’ll be missed.
Also, I finally got around to watching the series finale of Dexter, and I just don’t know anymore.
Today this tea is 90% raspberry jam, 8% coco-vanilla butter, and 2% toasty pastry. The finish is tart with mouth puckering effects. I may have forgot about it for a few, and over steeped it. Still good though!
The “before classes” tea. This blend is now over a year old, with half left, but it’s as potent as ever! I used almond milk today but I think a more watery variety of milk works better with this tea. The spicy perfume quality can be a bit much if the cream is too thick.
The ginger and cloves are zappy today, and the floral quality is as apparent as ever. I still haven’t mastered the prep of this tea, but I’m getting there and it’s starting to taste rather fine. If this is steeped for too short a time I find the spices don’t develop as fully, which allows the floral perfume to dominate the broth.
This one’s pretty mild, except for a spicy and subtly orange-sweet finish. It’s very mellow with warming qualities, so it will be easy to drink the rest of. I don’t think I’ll get this again, however. I’ll try steeping it for +15min next time to see if that yields more flavour.
Still glad I got the chance to try a sandalwood blend; I wasn’t aware that it’s sometimes used as a spice.
The ferry ride from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay was brutal this evening! I picked an unfortunate time to travel back as there were 100km/h winds expected tonight. Lots of sailing cancellations and a huge foot passenger build up. And to think I used to like wind storms.
So, tea! This is a backlog as I had it eight hours ago. Bluebird Tea Co. provided this as a surprise free sample and it was surprisingly good (I drank it way too quickly). Like Zhena’s smooth and flavorful Coconut Chai I had a few days earlier. Like that bagged tea, I wouldn’t mind drinking this every once in a while either. I wish I had another hot cup available after that ferry trip.
I prepared it one of David’s Perfect Tea Mug- half full of boiling water for a three minute steep, and an additional three minutes after it was topped up with milk.
Still makes me think of Fantasy Island from David’s Tea, but with a bit of buttery cream between the cake layers.
This would be a good substitute for a glass of orange juice in the morning. Maybe I oversteeped it a tad, as the lemongrass is potent today! So is the ginger. Very nice citrus overtones. The finish is sour and bittersweet. The only thing I’m unsure about is the earthy mate undertone. I have off and on days with that flavour.
I still really enjoyed this cup. Thanks, Bluebird Tea Co., for the sample! Love the new little tea bags too.