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Day 4 Amanda ‘SoggyEnderman’ Wilson
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Yum! Smokey goodness! This roasted green is just what I needed this afternoon. I was feeling cold and achy and this tea made me feel like I was sitting curled up in a blanket sitting by a fire. The flavor notes remind me of roasted chestnuts, leaf mulch, burnt apple wood and well, just the sweet lovely smell of a fire.
Tea Advent Calendar, day 4
I wasn’t overly impressed with this tea. It wasn’t anything special, although it wasn’t awful. It was actually much better as it cooled off in my cup, and I liked the last cold sip.
It did go well with the praline pecans that someone brought to the office today.
So I met up with Robyn yesterday after going to the mall, to exchange Christmas presents since on Saturday she’s going back to Regina for the rest of Christmas, and this was the only day during the week she wasn’t crazy busy with finals preparation.
We went to a coffee house called the Broadway Roastery, as per Robyn’s suggestion because her roommates are always raving about how they serve the best London Fogs. So that’s what we got! Turns out this particular coffee house sources all of their tea from MTC, so I get to actually write a tasting note for a specific tea instead of just using the all inclusive “Various Teas” thinger.
Firstly, it was a pretty good London Fog! I was impressed because, first and foremost, they used loose leaf and not tea bags, but it was also very thick and rich with such a strong vanilla flavour. Mmm! Robyn and I each, at one point or another, ended up with milk froth mustaches, too.
As for the gift exchange; I gave her Neil Patrick Harris’s Choose Your Own Autobiography (her own copy; I didn’t re-purpose mine), a cool Owl bookmark for it, a whole bunch of owl stickers, Troy Bolton dividers for her class duo tang/binder, and “Royal Flush” Poo Pourri. I’m very impressed with myself, since she was super happy and I know she hasn’t been able to afford books as frequently since starting Uni – and she loves to read, so that’s a shame.
For me, I got a whole butt load of fancy chocolates and then she got me one of the DT packs/tins with one half cookies and the other half a stackable tin of tea. Sadly, she picked Cocomint Cream which some of you will remember I kinda hated. But there was no way I was going to let her know that (so keep it a secret Steepster!) so I faked as best as I possibly could it being a tea I’d never actually tried before which made her really excited. Not sure what I’m going to do with the tea now, but I’ll figure something out. I am actually super excited about the cookies, though.
I wish people would stop getting me DT stuff as present though – my Mom accidentally let slip last night that my little sister went Christmas shopping for me at DAVIDsTEA this year (which is very thoughtful of her, but odds are she’ll get something I don’t like or be talked into the Holiday Sampler by a staff member just like my Dad did last year – despite me telling him not to go shopping for me at DAVIDsTEA). I mean, if there’s something I want to try from DT, I’ll try it myself…
This year my Dad got it right; he’s just taking me to a tea store and setting me loose to shop for myself…
Hmmmm… I’m not digging this one. It may be the association I have with an orange blossom soap. At the beginning of the sip the orange almost tastes old, like those asian fermented orange peel candies. It’s better in the middle of the sip, but I don’t think this tea is for me.
I got this at Georgie’s Tea Emporium in Victoria.
It’s really nice. Yes, it’s the basic hibiscus-and-rosehip fruit tea base, but something about the orange and vanilla means it’s not too sour for me. It’s sweet and creamy, and reminds me of an Orange Julius.
This would be really good cold brewed, as well.
A nice morning cup. This smells like a very lemony Earl Grey with some floral notes, and tastes just the same. The lemon lingers nicely on the finish.
The liquor is pretty dark and surprisingly thick – I was expecting something with a bit lighter body, though this makes it a pretty great morning tea. I think I may have over steeped slightly at 4 minutes – there’s just the slightest hint of bitterness and astringency creeping in – not bad, but I think I would like this a bit better at 3 or 3.5 min.
As always, I’m a sucker for anything with bergamot and this doesn’t disappoint.
Flavors: Astringent, Bergamot, Bitter, Floral, Lemon, Thick
This is straightforward but awesome. Vegetal sencha, cherries and rose petals. Well balance, very flavourful, not at all astringent. A bit of sweetness and some moments where the flavour was strong enough to make me think artificial, but its actually quite an authentic cherry flavour, with less tartness.
This flavour combination has been a love of mine for a very long time, and this one does it well.
Flavors: Cherry, Rose, Sweet, Vegetal
This smells amazing. Full of bergamot, creamy vanilla, caramel notes.
Steeped, the cup was a little bit bitter when hot, but mellowed out as it cooled. There’s a good balance of bergamot and creamy vanilla, with some pleasant sweetness that fills my mouth mid sip. There’s a bit of astringency and bergamot on the finish.
A very nice morning cup.
Flavors: Astringent, Bergamot, Bitter, Caramel, Cream, Sweet, Vanilla
This is tart and pretty hibiscusy, but it’s also nice, because there are some distinct non-hibiscus fruit flavours in here that linger nicely on the finish. The orange and pineapple notes make this juicy and pretty pleasant. I do wish it was a bit sweeter naturally.
I think this would probably be pretty lovely iced, with some sugar.
Flavors: Hibiscus, Orange, Pineapple, Tart
I got this as a free sample from Sonya’s Flowers. That’s the only reason I have this and the only reason I’m drinking it. I don’t like hibiscus in blends, so I wouldn’t expect it to be different when it’s straight. And it isn’t.
The liquor is an intense red, which is gorgeous. The smell is tart and floral, and the taste is mostly tart, with a light floral hint that I don’t usually detect (or at least, identify as the hibiscus) when it’s in blends.
Best to send the rest of this sample off to someone who can appreciate it, because I definitely can’t.
Flavors: Floral, Hibiscus, Tart
The person at Human Bean gave me a very generous sample of this to try today. I tend to quite like melon teas and I’ve never run across melon with oolong before.
This is really nice. It’s very sweet and melony smelling, but much less sweet on the palette. There’s a bit of roasty and vegetal flavour from the oolong, but it’s pretty mild, and goes surprisingly well with the melon. This is light and smooth and there’s a pleasant cooling sensation. Very long melon finish.
I’m not sure I like this enough to pick up 50g of it, but I’d definitely drink it again. I imagine it would be fabulous iced.
Flavors: Melon, Roasted, Sweet, Vegetal
My husband loves this tea, and as a brilliant and creative surprise last night, he mixed this with Roasted Almond by Capital Teas, Inc. LOVED it. It was creamy, yet nutty, had a vanilla aroma and still bit like an earl grey but had an almond aftertaste. Highly recommended combo. <3
Flavors: Almond, Bergamot, Honey, Vanilla
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I could definitely taste the cream and it was such a pleasant and welcome surprise. I will drink this again and again – it may even be hard to go back to regular Earl Grey now that I’ve had it with the lovely cream flavor! Also, I enjoy the bergamot flavor, and this tea did not disappoint.
Flavors: Bergamot, Cream, Vanilla
Slightly bitter from oversteeping. Hints of smoke and dried fruit, cooling menthol on the back of the tongue and roof of the mouth. Slightly astringent finish.
I like this better than the last time I drank it, and I think it would be quite nice if not oversteeped.
I’m going to let this one go for now, try some other Darjeelings, and then maybe pick up another sample of this once I’ve figured out Darjeelings more.
Edit: Second steep, 3min, 80C is less bitter. More of a fruity character, what I’m guessing is the muscatel, but I’m not sure. A touch of flatness mid sip that makes me think of old or cheap tea, but overall still pretty good. Could be all the dust in this sample too.
Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Dried Fruit, Fruity, Menthol, Smoke
The sample of this I got has a lot of dust in it, so we shall see how well this steeps at 4 minutes.
This is interesting. It smells kind of fruity, something dark, maybe black currant? It tastes similar. Dry, a touch floral and dried fruit. No sweetness, a bit of astringency and a touch bitter. There’s a nice, cooling sensation, almost a subtle menthol note.
Not bad, not terribly impressive. Different from the blacks I usually like, but I’ll finish this sample and give it another shot.
Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Black Currant, Dried Fruit, Menthol
I’m not sure exactly what I was expecting from this tea. This is my first cup and I just grabbed the first thing out of my box of blacks that I hadn’t tried before. I had assumed that this was a straight black blend, but when I got the cup steeped, lo and behold, there was a lot of bright green leaf in there.
Initial impressions on the nose were a lot of malt and fruit, which is borne out on the palette. Nice, round malty flavour, a touch of vegetal and lots of distinct black currant.
Black currant is one of my favourite fruits, but I never like it in tea as much as I feel like I should. I drank the first few sips of this straight, and then something about the black currant flavour was bugging me, so I added some milk and sugar, which has made it a much more enjoyable cup to sip in the morning.
I’m not in love with this, but I’ll definitely drink it again, and experiment with steeping it more like a green, though with steeping it like a black there was no astringency or bitterness.
Flavors: Black Currant, Fruity, Malt, Vegetal
Hmm, I think I was expecting a bit more from this tea. The tasting notes suggest a lot more fruit, but I’m only getting the slightest hint of orange, and mostly just lots and lots of cinnamon. I’m also not sure about this black tea base – for a 4 min steep there’s a lot more bitterness than I would like or expect, and I’m not getting much earth or malt or other black tea flavours.
I think with a lot of cinnamon notes, I’m also wanting some other flavours to round it out and give it a more full mouth taste. Something more like a masala chai. Which maybe is unfair to this blend, but it just seems like there’s some back of the mouth flavour that should be there but isn’t.
This isn’t bad, and the more I sip at it the more I like it, but I’m not impressed either. I wonder if playing with the steeping will resolve some of the bitterness. Maybe some milk and sugar would help it along too.
Flavors: Bitter, Cinnamon, Orange, Spicy
Oh this is different. I was expecting something more neutral, but but this has an acidic juiciness, tartness, like a fruit tisane.
There’s some notes of sweet hay and fruit – apples, grapes, pineapple maybe? A bit of earthiness. All in all a light, fresh cup, and different from any of the white teas I’ve tried to-date.
I think my rating on this is going to shift around, as I try different steeps and more cups of this.
Edit: A second steep is more mellow. The tartness is less prominent, a bit more fruitiness on the nose, and the hay comes more toward to the forefront.
Flavors: Apple, Earth, Grapes, Hay, Pineapple, Sour, Sweet, Tart
Hmm, not really feeling this one. I think maybe my water was a touch too hot? This smells a bit fruity but mostly tastes bitter with a touch of astringency and soapiness. A bit floral on the finish.
I added a bit of sugar and maybe it helps, but I’m not excited by this cup.
Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Floral, Fruity, Soap
Mmmm. The dry leaf smells sweet, fruity and floral, with blueberry notes. In fact, I was so distracted by the smell of this that I forgot to put my strainer in my cup and just dumped the leaves straight in. Oops, not so good for this style of cup.
Steeped, it smells very light, with the same fruity, blueberry notes. On the palette, the start of the sip is kind of boring. There’s more floral notes, and then on the finish, things get more interesting, with berry notes and a hint of caramel. Very light and easy to drink. It’s pleasant but it’s not really exciting me that much.
Flavors: Blueberry, Caramel, Floral, Fruity, Sweet