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I woke up this morning to a phone call from Bobbi asking if I could take her shift today; reluctantly I agreed since she said she’d take mine tomorrow – so I wasn’t giving up my day off. Still, I’m horribly exhausted now and even though I get tomorrow off I feel kinda gypped. Plus side; my swap from Cameron B. arrived today; so now I can spend tomorrow sampling things and doing sipdowns, so there’s at least that.
Today this one was a cold brew; it was pretty good but it’s definitely better hot, that’s for sure. I think there’s more depth and layers to a hot cup, and unexpectedly I feel like the “spice” (really the cinnamon) is milder and the orange juicier. This was tasty, but it was very strong orange and cinnamon without much else present/showing through.
Probably gonna finish off what I have left (I’m giving most of what’s left to my friend Robyn; I just saved about a tablespoon for myself to sipdown) as a hot cup. I like the nuttiness/orange flavour better hot. But again, it’s not that this was bad cold.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Orange
Apparently I didn’t rate this the last time I had it; not really so sure why but I’ll do that this time around!
When I made my mug of this I was kinda in a “meh, this’ll do” mood in regard to picking out this tea; I knew I wanted rooibos, but I wasn’t sold on this particular blend. However, it ended up being delicious and very satisfying. The orange was very, very juicy and made my whole mouth sorta salivate (as sorta gross as that is to share?). I felt like the orange flavour kinda penetrated every surface of my mouth. And then, the orange was complimented by a vaguely generic nut flavour; although I think I can somewhat confidently say it was slightly more specific to Pistachio – just from the sweetness of it. Next time I have this I’ll have to look specifically for that pistachio flavour; this time around I was more fixated on the orange. I guess there’s also almond in this one and I suppose that could also contribute a sweeter nut flavour; you know, Amaretto and Marzipan are sweet almondy nut thingers (words; what are they)…
As for the spice (as always, my biggest concern) it was very light handed and I more so just picked up a “cinnamon sugar” lightness and sweetness on the end of the sip with some faint coriander. On the whole I think that just contributed to the warmth and comforting quality of the whole cup, and made the orange even juicier.
Kudos to Cuppa’T for that fantastic orange flavour.
Unrelated, my tooth pain is sorta coming back. Not in the same place as before (exact opposite side of my mouth) and not to the same tear inducing degree, but it’s been somewhat consistent all week. Guess I gotta book another dentist appointment. Man, I hate doing “adult” things and adult responsibilities. But hey, at least I’m at a point where I can afford dental work now, without assistance from the parental units.
Taking advantage of the day off to try some new teas! This one was a birthday present from my mom from a local loose leaf tea shop; it’s not one I asked for and not a flavour I would have ever chosen for myself, so I’m a bit surprised how much I’m actually liking it.
I think the orange flavour is the best part of this one: it’s not soapy, which I find is a real issue with orange flavouring in rooibos blends, and is in fact very juicy and fresh tasting in a pretty natural way. It’s also relatively sweet. The nuttyness in this blend is also present but in a more subtle “lurking in the background” kind of way. As for spice? Not really all that present – which is odd because there’s a metric butt fuck of peppercorn in the dry leaf: something which is very responsible for why I was so hesitant to try this one initially…
Also, I might as well post this here: There are a couple 52Teas blends that I’m looking to get rid of. I don’t want to trade them: I’m just looking to decrease the amount of black tea in my cupboard which I currently don’t drink. If no one is interested here I’ll just post them in the “Take it Away” thread. Also, my preference is that they go to the same person – but if I need to split them to get rid of them that’s ok too. Only shipping within North America, though…
- Maple Bacon
- Pancake Breakfast (and possibly)
All are in their original packaging, but not sure exactly much is left of each one.
EDIT: There are a few Tea Desire blends I’m ok with parting with too. I’ll list those ones here as well, and same deal as before: I’ll ship anywhere within North America and would prefer if I didn’t have to split them. Original packaging, etc.
- Oreo Cookie
- Walnut Orange
Another from Roswell Strange!
I saw both Roswell Strange and VariaTEA had this one cold, so I thought I would take the road less travelled.
This one is reminding me of Watermelon Mint Chiller from Teavana, because yes that one tasted like raspberry. This one isn’t bad at all. I am tempted to cold-brew it, but I’m not getting any coffee-like flavours, and I don’t think I want them haha.
Thanks Roswell Strange!
This is actually a decent rooibos. I’m always wary of rooibos, since I generally do not enjoy it at all. With the one exception of Fauchon’s L’Automne. Sigh.
The rooibos base here doesn’t overtake the other ingredients completely, which is great. The apple is apparent, though I’m not so sure about the pistachio or strudel aspect. There is something dimming the apple a bit so those things are there, just not distinguishable to me. Overall, an enjoyable cup, especially for a rooibos.
Thanks Roswell Strange!
Thank you so much Roswell Strange for sparing some of this for me to try. This is a hard one to say good bye to as I think it is my favourite melon tea, as in I think I like this even more than Butiki’s Cantaloupe and Cream. It captures the flavor of honey dew perfectly, which is not an easy feat as it is a pretty subtle flavor to begin with. Plus, on top of all that melony goodness, there is a nice hint of vanilla sweetness. Delicious!!
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.
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).
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 whole being sick thing blows! Everyone is drinking tasty teas and getting lots of sipdowns and here I am; haven’t written a tasting note in three bloody days, everything hurts like a motherfucker and I can count the number of teas I’ve had over the last three days practically on one hands!
I miss my tea!
I’m praying to the Gods that when I wake up tomorrow, on my day off, I’ll feel better and miraculously healthy so I can drink some good stuff! If I’m still sick that’ll make for seven days in a row… Wah!
But yeah; tea and stuff. It was peachy; too peachy. I didn’t like it this time around but I needed it, because the thirst from breaking down pallets is a thing. A BAD MOTHERFUCKING THING. So even though it made me wince with its peachy peachness not a single drop went to waste.
Not gonna miss this.
Twelve hour cold brew for work. I actually remembered to keep my water bottle in the fridge during my shift so it was perfectly icy fresh all day! Basically as refreshing as could possibly be! I definitely needed it too, my shift was pretty iffy.
We started out the day just completely fucking swamped with last minute Easter shoppers who cleared out all our Easter stock, including the candy and baskets. For the rest of the day we had pissed off shoppers upset that we were sold out of Easter stuff. I pretended to be apologetic to all of them; but really after the third or fourth I just wanted to shout at all of them “if you needed Easter candy this badly you shouldn’t have waited until the last minute!”.
Then the other keyholder who was supposed to be closing with me (it’s a two person job; one for paperwork and one for cash) called in and said she wasn’t showing up. So, I had to get a cashier to stay the extra hour for closing – but I still had to do all the work (paperwork and cash) because she had no closing training/wasn’t a keyholder. She still had to be there though, because since I’m handling thousands of dollars two people must be present for security reasons…
This was pretty decent as a drink though; it was like a combination of Tim Horton’s peach drink and an overripe peach puree, heavy on the “stone” taste of the stone fruit. You all know that taste; it’s hard to explain but very distinct.
Other than that, I didn’t pick up a whole lot of other flavours.
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.
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
Sad Sipdown (114)!
This is a queued tasting note.
Cold brew to finish off this tasty, but “out of season” blend. The melon was very exaggerated with lots of sweet vanilla notes to soften it up, and a brisker, more bold black base than usual. I love this blend but having the extra tin space for incoming Dammann Freres blends is probably a good thing, and this is not a blend I’ll be drinking regularly during the summer.
More than likely I’m going to be going up to Regina again for Christmas though, so I’ll stop in to Cuppa’T like I usually do and take a look to see if they’ve brought it back for the Winter season – I’d definitely like to get to drink this one again.
Today’s word of the day is… Pittance.
Pittance is “a small portion or allowance, especially of money”. It’s funny; this last paycheck I kind of started doing that with my money without knowing there was a word for that. I just considered it a kind of budgeting. But basically I set aside the amount of money I normally do for rent/food and stuff, and then I divided the rest of the money by the amount of days left before next payday – the number is the amount of spending money/impulse money I have each day, and if I want to spend more than that I have to not spend money on a prior day. It’s working well so far!
Drinking this right now for breakfast (last note to write; I’m caught up after this one). It’s got that usual vanilla/melon flavour, and then also a milder mintiness to it. Unfortunately I gave it maybe two minutes too long steeping, so there’s a bitter edge that’s actually making me feel a little nauseated drinking.
I don’t think that bitterness would usually make me feel sick; it’s likely just that I’ve yet to have anything to eat today so my stomach is especially flippy floppy. Maybe if the girl at the store next door isn’t too busy I’ll ask her to watch my Kiosk for a few minutes, and I’ll go grab something from the food court…
Made in my timolino, and I drank about half of it hot at work and it was delicious (I shared a bit with Bobbi and she liked it too; which is very redeeming since the last one I shared was the awful Mujicha). However, then I came home from work and still had half a timolino with tea, and as I expressed in my Coconut Grove note this morning I fell asleep soon after getting home…
Well, I’m drinking the second half of the timolino now; and it’s gone ice cold. For perspective, this was made over 24 hours ago. But you know what, it still holds up really well. I mean, it’s a bit bitter which wasn’t the case yesterday when I had it hot; but it’s still very flavourful with lots of really yummy vanilla/melon notes (and banana?). I think if you made this one iced by flash chilling it (as opposed to letting it sit 24 hours) it’d be really good!
Apologies for the TMI, but I just felt the need to share that I just made hot, sloppy, passionate love with the Ice Princess, and now we’re going for round two. Keychange might have her love affair with The Queen, and VariaTEA might have her thing with Japon, but I think what the Ice Princess and I have is pretty real too!
But no, in all seriousness; this tea is AMAZING. It’s the best vanilla/melon/mint/whatever is actually in this tea I’ve ever had and every cup is pretty damn spectacular. I still have probably around 30g of this one left, but already I’m feeling that sense of impending panic that it’s not going to be enough and that I’m going to run out and not be able to restock.
That last part might be kind of true; you can’t really order online from Cuppa’T, and I’m not sure when I’ll be back in Regina next to pick more up. But you can be sure that I will when I do make it back there again, whenever it is.
You know what though? It feels silly, but if I had to describe this tea in one word (I mean, it’s pretty hard to describe using as many words as you want; the flavour is just so damn unique) it’d probably be melancholy.
But yeah; can’t wait for my next love making session with my princess.
Flavors: Green Melons, Melon, Vanilla
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.
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.