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I just want to start my tasting note by letting everyone who was concerned know that today at work went pretty ok. I am thankful to still be employed.
It was a very shaky start, and I definitely got yelled at a little bit, but my manager Kyla was overall very reasonable and understood that what happened with closing was an amalgamation of a lot of things going wrong because of a lot of people, and not solely my or Hazel’s fault. She also helped to show us what had gone wrong, so that it wont in the future.
And then she left for the day; and left me/Morningstar in charge. Thank God that when we closed for the day all the cash/tills added up PERFECTLY; that definitely makes me feel better and I’m sure it will also help to reassure Kyla too.
Tomorrow I’m coming in three hours early, and I will be in charge of the store for the entire day; opening until closing. Please cross your fingers for me that all goes well like it did today. My manager wont be in the store at all tomorrow; so everything is on me. I definitely feel like, out of all the keyholders, I’m the one who is receiving the most responsibility, and I’m not really sure how I feel about that.
Anyway – this was my daily cold brew (20 hours). At first I thought it was great; cold brewing it definitely tamed the tart apple/hibiscus cider thing the hot version has going on, and the Pumpkin was a lot more noticeable – which is good because it’s kind of the most advertised component of this blend.
However, the more I drank the more it started to taste… Scummy? I don’t know – just really weird. Like some underlying flavour in the cold brew was building up gradually on my tongue to the point where it became just too much. Ultimately, I dumped the last third of this. I don’t have time for shitty tea.
When I got home from work
right before passing out I set this up to cold brew! In addition to the last little bit of the leaf, I made the decision to add in a bag of Stash’s Meyer Lemon to the cold brew. All I could think about what “Raspberry Lemonade” which sounded really appealing.
About nine hours later, I strained everything out and I’m drinking it now. I have to say, the addition of the Meyer Lemon does add something though it’s not an astoundingly distinct or present flavour – just a light, fun kind of lemon/citrus layer that makes an effort to make the “coffee” flavour in the blend.
And I say makes an effort because it doesn’t REALLY succeed, though it does help.
I finally looked up what woolflowers (the ingredient in this that I BELIEVE is contributing the coffee flavour) are supposed to take like; and I guess they have a vegetal, almost spinach like flavour. Um… No. That’s not what I get from this. I GET COFFEE, DAMNIT!
I swear I’m not crazy.
So yeah, this was a fun/creative way to finish this blend off and I must say that it feels REALLY nice to have gotten a tea that I had in larger quantity out of the way (though admittedly I passed a TON of it off to VariaTEA). It feels like I really accomplished something!
Flavors: Berries, Lemon Zest, Mineral
I cold brewed this for 12 hours and have found the coffee taste Roswell Strange has talked about. I don’t even understand what happened because hot, this is a generic fruity water but cold it becomes a raspberry coffee. I mean, WHAT?!?! Neither are particularly great though. Nonetheless, thank you Roswell Strange for the chance to try something new (especially something that isn’t easily accessible to me).
This. This. is. good. Thank you Roswell Strange for sharing this with me because it is AWESOME!!
First off, it smelled amazing which actually made me nervous because I feared the taste would not deliver. I am happy to report that it does!! This is a super refreshing cup of melon and vanilla, unlike any I have had before. I would stock this in a heartbeat.
I guess between this and Apple Strudel Pistachio, there is a Cuppa’T order in my future. My NEAR future.
Cold brewed this while I was at work, and when I got home i immediately strained it and started to drink it. I’m trying really hard to remember what I wrote last time, but I know I had some difficulties finishing it and something was bugging me. Some sort of weird taste…
Whatever was bugging me isn’t anymore though; a shorter cold steep time must have been the solution.
This tastes flavourful and refreshing with sweet peach, apricot, and… pear(!?) notes. It’s pretty decent overall – and better from what I’m remembering it being. So that’s a pretty good thing. I still don’t have the “fireworks” I’ve been wanting all day, though! I think, once I finish this any my other timolino tea, I’m going to break out the stuff from Dexter and see if I have some success…
Still; this has improved and that gives me hope!
EDIT: I realize this is all over the place. It took me like 40 minute to write it; I kept getting very distracted by loads of different things and my thoughts weren’t coherent.
Cold brewed for about fourteen hours(ish), and then brought to work today. I only have enough leaf left for one more could brew – and I think that’s a good thing because even though this was a better taste experience then I’ve had before – it really wasn’t that spectacular.
Work today started off really shitty; basically I had to go back and restock an entire aisle because some of the trainees (partially myself included) had incorrectly stocked some Tupperware. It was tiring and really frustrating. However, thankfully the shift got much better and ended on a really positive note. And now I have tomorrow off; yay!
Anyway, this cold brew was pretty delightful; I mean, I still got that weird coffee note but it was smooth and I managed to pair the tea with something that complimented the coffee/raspberry really well when I was on break (PB & Blackberry Jam sandwich and Cadbury Cream eggs) and that made it a lot less noticable/irritating.
I sent a bunch of this to VariaTEA (and saw she had this today too), so I’m hoping she’ll be able to confirm or deny whether my tasting coffee in this is crazy or not.
Again, there’s no fireworks with this tea so I’ll be more than ok when it’s gone.
Thank you Roswell Strange for sharing so much of this with me. I brewed up some of this at my friend’s place however she doesn’t have a kettle so we are using the pot on the stovetop method of water heating. Then we just waited a long time for it to cool. Unfortunately I think we waited too long because the water was fairly cold and even after steeping for like 5 minutes, this tastes like generic sweet, fruity water. I will have to try this again when I am reunited with my fancy kettle.
This was the second of the two “tag along” teas I brought with on the date( urghh, I’m full of emotions; VariaTEA should inbox me so I can rant and have some sort of weird “girl talk” session with her – because lord knows I need one and Tre’s not going to be very supportive of that).
It was ok; at first it was more mellow and pumpkin-y but then it started to build up into more of a tart hibiscus/sour apple cider flavour. Kinda “meh”, and a little all over the place. I had tried to keep the steep time really short to avoid that! Smeh!
Every time I take a sip of this tea, I ready myself for rooibos, and am blown away by the amazingly accurate apple strudel flavor. You think I would have learned by now but I think I like the element of pleasant surprise. Thank you Roswell Strange for supplying me with even more of this tea. I NEED to place an order because I want to this in my cupboard…in COPIOUS amounts. This and Soba – delicious caffeine-free options for any mood.
Shared a pot of this with the in laws this morning before brunch and it was a lovely tropical cuppa. I mostly got passion fruit today. The flavour really depends on the chunks of fruit in the spoonful, because the chunks are fairly large. I still really enjoy this one, even though it is finicky. I got it right today though!
Part of my birthday present from my mom/little sister. I didn’t ask for this one, but I was still pretty happy to receive it because it’s yet another blend for me to try cold brewing! It smells pretty good; like fuzzy peach candy without the sour sugar (so just the chewy peach part) and apples. It also has the same “stony”/pitt and overripe smell/quality that I thought RiverTea’s Sweet Helen pear blend had. How interesting.
The leaf cold brewed for nine hours, and I can’t figure out whether or not it needed more of less time sitting, because as far as the taste goes it’s a little… funky?
Like, there’s a sweetness to the tea and I am reminded of overripe peaches and faintly of pineapple – but there’s also this background flavoured that reminds me of unsweetened apple juice or applesauce, and I think that’s the flavour that really lingers the longest. It’s not all that lovely. Maybe it’s the chamomile doing weird things, or maybe it’s just my general fickleness towards peach.
My theory, anyway, is that less steep time would maybe make this softer with less of the weird underlying taste or that more steep time would make this juicier and cover up the ickyness. The fear? That either way the ick will be more noticeable (either because there’s less peach in the case of less steep time or because it’s gotten stronger from more steep time). There’s room for experimentation, though! And – I can always still try this one hot too!
Flavors: Apricot, Peach, Stonefruits
Looks like the houseguests cleared challenge #2, and now they’re onto challenge #3 and have to tether themselves together. Should be interesting…
I really wish I had the ingredients list for this blend because it’s fascinating in flavour but very hard to describe. I love it though. I can see this as an instant favourite and something I’d need to always have stocked. I just don’t own anything like it.
Pretty much, I get a very light black base with no bitterness or astringency, and then sweet notes of vanilla (this flavour is strong), some kind of mint (I want to say wintergreen), melon, and some very light (and not “rind” or “Pledge like”) lemon. But no clue how accurate that ingredients list/summary is. I don’t even have a product description for this one – which is a little frustrating. Maybe I’ll email Jule (the owner) and ask for the ingredients list. I know it’s there in store, but this blend isn’t up on the site. She was really helpful when I wanted the list of ingredients for the Pumpkin Pie Fruit Tea she sells.
But yes – I adore this one already, and fear that it’s going to be quickly consumed. If you’re up in Regina and can stop at the store, I highly recommend picking this one up! It’s enchanting.
Flavors: Melon, Vanilla
Finally have this in my cupboard!
I really regretted not picking it up when I went to Cuppa’T early/mid January – so I made a request for it from my family in Regina to get as a birthday tea! My mom may have goofed and picked up some less than stellar looking blends instead of my precious Monk’s Blend – but she delivered by picking this one up!
I wish I had an ingredients list – but it smells/tastes like some glorious combinations of vanilla, lemon, and wintergreen mint. Mmm! It also has these amazing sugar snowflake crystals which are so cute, and as I learned today delicious.
This was my Dad’s pick for tea this afternoon and I couldn’t resist stealing some to try. It’s in the kitchen cupboard right now, because I’m going to need a cup to myself sooner rather than later!
Also, that’s the last of the backlog! Hip hip hooray! So, yay for hopefully not getting this backlogged again for a long time.
Reserving my rating until I’ve had a cup to myself.
I have a lot of green teas in my cupboard. I used to kind of like green tea so I bought a bunch of different kinds of tea, some large amounts, some samples, some straight, some flavoured, a couple bagged, the rest loose. I was just trying things out.
Then I decided I am not the hugest green tea fan. I much prefer dark roasted oolongs and black teas. I don’t mind greens, but I have much more in my cupboard than is feasible to drink. But like any good tea drinker [addict], I will keep them in my cupboard until I drink them, or drink most of them.
In saying that, I do like to have a small cup (4oz) of green tea after lunch at work, I have to a lot (and I mean A LOT) of talking/verbal teaching at work. No matter what I eat for lunch, I always feel bloated and burp-y when I have to immediately launch into a speech after lunch. So I like to have a bit of green tea which seems to help calm my lunch-stomache. Of all green teas, sencha is my all time favorite, dragon well is a close second, but I like to have my sencha. And some of you may or may not agree, but it is hard to find a good sencha.
I picked this one up at my local tea shop. It smells like delicious sencha. Like buttered steamed greens. The taste is a bit bland. Not as strong as the smell. I would like it to be a bit more buttery. But it is smooth and silky. The vegetal part of the green tea is a bit more steamed cabbage than steemed spinach. I will definitely be able to drink this at work. I may try for a bit longer steep next time.
It is fricking cold today, so I needed something tropical to take my mind off the cold. This did the trick! I am mostly getting pineapple today.
I think I finally found the sweet spot for steeping parameters of this tea because the base is very finicky and can get astringent very quickly. I used 1.5 tsp of leaf.
I’ve not been in the mood for Pu Erh lately but I can always drink cinnamon based teas, and as this one was fairly chosen at random I will try this tea next. I don’t think I’ve tried a cinnamon based Pu Erh before so this will be a new experience.
I’m happy to say that this is cinnamon bark and not the ground spice, the spice is nice but too much in a blend makes it dry and bitty…not good. But with this I can see the Pu Erh and medium to small pieces of bark amongst the leaves, and it smells sooo good. Like cinnamon candy. :)
The strong cinnamon scent matches the flavour, it’s wonderfully cinnamon heavy which is both sweet and spicy, also rather thick. I can also taste the Pu Erh a little, I think the earthiness of it works well with the cinnamon. I also think that the Pu Erh base helps to keep it lighter, while it’s think it could easily be thicker (for example if it had a black tea base it might be too thick).
I really like this blend, it’s rather basic but very tasty and something I would recommend to my fellow cinnamon lovers. I could actually drink quite a bit of this tea, it’s yummy. Reminds me of a few Della Terra heavy cinnamon based teas.
My steep time for this was short, and I let this get cold before drinking it, which I don’t recall doing before. I think it’s even more buttery/pastry like this way – though the apple seems like intense/juicy, so I’m not sure how worth it the trade off it. The pistachio is kind of just there, but in a good way.
I really do like this one.
Also, I just restarted my SoulSilver play file, so I’m doing that in between watching 2 Broke Girls episodes. Yay for a relaxing, but uneventful life. I’m excited for company tomorrow so I finally have something more to do. I’m sure Nich is going to keep me quite occupied/intellectually stimulated and confused with all his conspiracy theories. But also, I appreciate that I’ll have someone to talk tea with who will appreciate it.