7144 Tasting Notes
another cold brew bloom from variaTEA I have to give THIS one credit for being very lychee like. The flavour is really nice, though i wish it were stronger. I did brew this one in less water than i should have to try and make the flavour a little stronger but it’s still not as punchy as i want it to be. that being said, if david’s made this into a loose tea, i could get behind it. :) thanks again variatea! these have been fun to play with :)
soooo i think i just agreed to try and get through 31 samples today – ie bring my cupboard down to 200 by the end of the day. While some may think that’s insane, i do have a LOT of one cup samples and on a normal work from home day, i get through about 10 samples that are generally 2 cups.. sooo let’s dooo this! lol of course that means beyond my LB this morning, i’m not getting any of my favourites in today…all new teas! probably.
this one? Cold brewed this and the other blooming tea from david’s that variaTEA sent me. The general theme that i seem to be finding with these teas, is that while they’re pleasant enough…they’re not strong enough or fabulously pretty enough for me to care enough about them lol. given this is peach, i also had a hard time with it as i’ve gone off of peach lately. for some reason it is no longer a happy flavour for me, but maybe that’s because i drank too many peach teas recently.
comparing this one to LB today just for funsies… dry, it looks VERY similar, curly black leaves with that aroma that says…hey! lookit me!
brewed, the aroma from the leaves takes on a bit of a taiwanese smell to it…slightly fruity but not overly so.
brewed…this time it’s less chocolatey than the first time i had it but it’s still very close to my beloved LB. i’d argue that if you were to add a bit of cacao to this, it would be nearly the same as LB with cacao. on the whole, i still can’t decide which i prefer…i suppose int he end LB would win because it’s a pretty consistent tea, while this has produced two slightly different cups for me – one being deep and dark and deliciously chocolately, and the other, fruitier than i like in an LB sort of tea. I suspect i’ll likely just end up ordering more of this in the future to give it a few more cups worth of playing with it :) thanks again YYZ for sharing this one with me….really enjoyable!
comparison day because, well i wanted to start my day with delicious. so that’s as good a reason as any.
not much to say about this one that hasn’t already been said… i have had this more than any other tea out there, and i keep on ordering it. it’s one of the few teas that i just enjoy. it’s not a blow your mind out of the water sort of tea, but it doesn’t need me to focus on it or pay attention to it…it’s consistently good even if i mess around with the tempaerature and timing, and it’s available…almost all the time. heh add a little cacao to it and it’s fantasticly delicious. it’s just my easy, delicious, tea. are there better out there? yes… but this is like home. that comforting, reliable tea that has always got your back…and i think THAT is why i love it so much.
I tried this one last night because i got it in my head that i wanted an orange tea, and i hadn’t cracked this one open yet. This tea makes me sad. It’s not orange, like orange creamsicle…it’s more like blergamot orange…. and weakly so. It doesn’t really taste like rooibos…just sort of blergamot water. i’ll have to give it another shot soon, but if this is how it’s going to be, it can go away! :)
backlog from yesterday! I’m nearly to the bottom of this 100g bag and after all that, i’m almost over this one lol. I am still enjoying it but on the whole, i think i prefer the caramel version from TeaG…. I’ll still keep drinking it to finish it off but if the bag had been any larger, i think it would have become a struggle. dropping the rating a little due to the lack of sustainability for me :)
another backlog from yesterday – this one came my way via the lovely yyz i nede to have this one again to fully decide how i feel about it, but i’m leaning towards YAY! versus NAY lol My hang up is on the slightly floral note that i was getting in between the chocolatey notes. There is no astringency or bitterness in this cup and on the whole i found myself enjoying it. I just need another cup to fully decide :) thanks again YYZ!
backlog from yesterday because it was a blah day and i wanted nothing to do with anything lol Still sick and going in to work over the past couple days has me slipping back a little so it’s a work from home day today…aka drink lots of tea! so apologies to your dashboard :) I had this yesterday and it was delightful as always. I’ll likely be restocking this one as i am a fan. The last little bit of this is off to a friend since i noticed today it is neither in their cupboard, nor have they tried it heh
soooo being the NOT fan of David’s tea that many of you know that i am. Guess what? What this one is pretty tasty hot….as a cold brew i am MUCH happier. maybe it’s just the sick talking but this is really refreshing tonight. the only thing that could make this even more amazing would be the addition of rum… cough now i haven’t gone and figured out how much stupid sugar or other random crap in here that i will grumble about..because i’m just trying to enjoy this…i’ll look at that later…but IF there isn’t any…i COULD consider stocking this for the summer. shhhhh….
Final Count: 231