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Coming up on a sipdown soon. I’ve decided not to restock this one – and I have another tea in mind to replace the tin, so I could very well be hurrying up to finish this one off too, just to clear it out of my cupboard and reduce my numbers.
Tonight I added milk to this. Taste wise, it was actually much, much more minty than it was caramel flavoured, but it was a soft, smooth and silky mint flavour with a very gentle and light caramel and rooibos undertone to it that made the whole mug really calming, and very easy to cuddle up with. I wont lie though; I was hoping for just a little bit more caramel. But hey; I’ll take what I can get and it looks like a fair bit of the mint from this one has sunk to the bottom of the tin over time so these last few mugs probably will be a bit more mint heavy than previous mugs I’ve enjoyed.
Hey, would you look at that! It’s 2AM and I’m finally getting around to tasting notes for the teas I had today (technically yesterday, because it’s 2AM). That’s maybe a little sad…
I cold brewed this one, and really sadly the tin is now practically empty. There’s enough left for about one more cold brew and now I have to decide whether I want to restock this one, and I’m pretty sure I do but that means yet another shopping trip to yet another part of town, and I don’t feel like I want to do that…
Hooray crippling anti-socialness! But not really. I should go to Tea Desire; I want to restock this one and Sweet Toffee anyway, and tomorrow is payday so it’s probably the best day to do it; but damn I don’t feel up to the post office, grocery shopping, DAVIDsTEA, and Tea Desire especially because it means busing and the city recently changed all the bus routes and I haven’t learned them all yet! Wah wah wah.
Anyway, this cold brew was amazing! Vibrant, mouth watering and insanely juicy kiwi/melon/pear with just a little rose petal dusting to give it an added dimension. It’s a little sour, I’ve give it that – but the flavours are really dynamic and scream summer, and on the whole it’s sweet enough to counterbalance any sourness. More so it’s just like juice or Kool-Aid or something.
Yeah, I totally gotta get more of this. It’s just a question of when, really…
In my timolino!
Definitely a delicious energy booster, as always. I made it on Sunday because I had an early morning shift (I hate Sundays – I always start work way too early) and I figure I’d need the energy, and I was pretty correct. It was delicious, earthy mate with coffee, chocolate, hazelnut, and deep thick toffee notes. Yummy!
Sunday was actually a pretty sad day overall though; it was the last day of two of the store employees. Ludmila a sweet, caring woman who immigrated to Canada about two years ago from Russia and who basically learned English solely through working at the store quit/resigned – it was heart breaking to see her go; she was supporting three children with this job, and the company basically bullied her into quitting by cutting her hours down every week to the point where staying wasn’t a reasonable option for her and her family. It was a really emotional last day for her.
And then Benjamin, who only worked part time on the weekends, is a university student who I really, really liked working with because he’s SUPER fun and nerdy and he understands my stupid English Literature jokes, and drinks a lot, and watches Big Brother! The company let him go because we didn’t have enough weekend hours to continue employing him if he couldn’t also work weekdays.
As a sort of parting goodbye/farewell thing Bobbi (the other keyholder) and I decided to buy a cake for everything working during the day and have a sort of goodbye party in the staffroom. I think it was just what everyone really needed.
I’m an idiot; just hours ago Tre supposedly ruined his phone by dropping it in a sink full of water while he was shaving. It’s pretty water damaged so he stuck it in a bag of rice – but he’s too impatient to give it a day or so (he expected “instant results” which is just crazy) so he has now gone to Target to replace his phone tonight, which I again think is hasty.
The me being an idiot part is introduced because I texted him ten minutes after he left asking him to pick me up some fruit gushers; half an hour later I’m only just realizing that’s a really stupid thing to do because obviously he’s not going to get the text…
Anyway; the tea! I actually botched this cup, but not for the reasons you’d think. My water temperature was way, way too low – and it came out an unappealing temperature with a wonky, half assed taste. Oh well. At the time I was making this, days ago, I had a whole bunch of other blends on the go which turned out ok so it wasn’t as harsh a loss as it might have been otherwise.
And, despite a weird flavour, the champagne actually came through pretty strongly!
thanks for sharing this one Roswell Strange this just add to my suspicion that mate is just not for me. I like mint but on the whole mate just has this weird strange taste that i can’t get behind. it’s WEIRD…like licking hot asphalt or something..i dunno it’s just REALLY present and what i always taste with mate. But i’m glad i tried it heh ’cause you never know!
I had this one today and i wish there were more tasting notes on it because i swear that there was a peppery feel to this one or some sort of spicy note going on. It was really interesting and i quite enjoyed it. I’m just curious to drink this one again since i’m hoping i didn’t imagine it lol. This was one from omgsrsly thanks a bunch!
Another one from the generous MissB!!
A lot of these teas really appealed to me, so it’s great I got to try them. I’m able to cross a bunch of teas off my wish list :)
This one is definitely rich dark chocolate, but VERY earthy. Super pu-erh taste.
Not really my sort of thing, chocolate dirt. But I can see how someone would like it!
The pu-erh combined with the chocolate kind of reminds me of an Oreo. A dirty Oreo. Very similar to their Oreo pu’erh, actually.
Thanks again for the sample!
(Sorry everyone, I’d accidentally logged this under Davidstea instead of Tea Desire)
I’m just logging this so that I remember drinking it
Nothing is really standing out while it’s hot. Just another flavoured black tea.
Thanks to MissB for sending some along!
I think I’m definitely moving in the opposite direction of a lot of these teas.
Similar to Pumpkin Chai this is also one of my oldest teas, and sadly I happen to be nearly out of it. I haven’t decided quite yet whether I’d like to restock it as it is very pleasant and comforting as well as consistent or whether I’d like to devote the tin space to something else.
I am sure about one thing though; I don’t feel the need to have both this blend and Tea Desire’s Sweet Toffee around at the same time. They’re both caramel rooibos blends, the difference being the addition of mint to this one and the fact it’s slightly less caramel flavoured. Right now both tins sit in my kitchen though. And, there are so many other blends I could put in the tins…
If Tre brings me back more Apple Strudel Pistachio then I definitely want that one in a tin; it deserves it! And then, The Woman could also receive the tin space. And if I do go through with an Adagio order and get more Felix Felicis that could also get the tin space. Ergh.
So the question; do I like it enough to restock or have this blend and I run our course and will I be ok with just ending with fond memories? Bleck. I guess I want to wait and see if Tre stopped at Cuppa’T before deciding.
Anyway; smooth, creamy and comforting! A good rainy day (or in this case late late night or early early morning) tea. It’s thundering out, so cradling this one against my chest and feeling its warmth was super relaxing.
So this is the one that I got as a latte To Go. I was sorta leaning towards Walnut Truffle initially but then I thought “Fuck it, I’ve had Walnut Truffle and I know I like it – lets do something new!”. Honestly, I’d never given this one much thought at all but it was the first thing the sales lady suggested and dry it smelled very flavourful if not a little weird as something to pair with milk.
It was basically very strongly fruity with juicy mango and papaya notes and some creamy peachyness to it. Not something I’d typically think to pair with milk; but I often like weird so hell, why not?
I actually had it with Soy Milk because that’s all the store had atm; and that was kind of weird for me because I typically don’t drink soy milk in anything; I just don’t like the flavour. I was worried that automatically all I’d say would be the soy and this would be unpleasant. However, it was really delightful! It was certainly very flavourful with very rich, juicy and intensely creamy mango, papaya, and peach notes. There were also very faint orange notes playing along with the other notes too. The mango was probably the most prominent flavour though.
It was smooth and juicy with lovely tropical notes in general. it’s a slight bit more on the candy sweet side though than the natural, realistic one. Also, apparently there’s pineapple in this, but I didn’t get that from it which is I guess a bit of a shame; I think I’d have enjoyed that element. I don’t know – I just felt really satisfied with the whole cup; it was smooth with no astringency and really different. I don’t think I want 50g of it but I’ll probably add this to my “line up” of Go To flavours to get “To Go” when I visit Tea Desire…
EDIT: Oh hey, this is tasting note 1600! I guess 1666 is my next fun number? I’ll have to find something devilish for that note…
Flavors: Cream, Mango, Orange, Peach, Tropical
So I sent out the SSTTB today to OMGsrsly! Here’s hoping it makes it to you efficiently! I also took out my rent money, and then because Tea Desire is in the same mall as both the post office and bank I went to I made an unscheduled trip there, and of course I bought some stuff.
I’m actually really proud though because I only ended up getting another Adeline infuser mug (they’re just so pretty!) and a latte – I managed to walk away without getting suckered into picking up any loose leaf for at home. Go me! The new mug is a pretty white colour with a golden trim and show pony on adjacent sides with a ‘covering’ in teal and blue. I should take a picture of it once I make something in it…
This isn’t what I got as a latte though; it was the sample of the day and since I’ve never had it before, and because I recently had my first Tulsi tea and am curious to try more stuff with Tulsi in it I took advantage of the sample and had a small “shot glass” worth. I think overall I wasn’t too super impressed; I tasted a little lemon and there was some pepper notes either from the rooibos base or the peppercorns, and then the Tulsi came through more in the mid sip with an offbeat mint flavour alongside what felt like lawn trimmings? Lastly the whole thing ended with a little licorice sweetness.
The whole sample just felt a little busy to me, and I felt like the flavours were not all meshing together to create one whole, smooth feeling. I suppose I can see where some people would maybe enjoy it but while it wasn’t terrible it just wasn’t for me either.
Flavors: Freshly Cut Grass, Lemon, Licorice, Mint, Pepper, Tulsi
Since picking this one up I’ve been determined to try it as a cold brew, and with my recently picking up the Carnival collection from DT with many of them in mind for cold brewing I seized the opportunity to try this one before I focus on CBing those blends.
Basically to keep things short: this was very good, and definitely screamed “Summer is here”! There was a light vegetal taste from the bamboo base that kind of kept things soft and fun, and then an intensely rich and vibrant orange citrus flavour that just made everything really “pop”. And then I got coconut from it again, although like I think I remarked last time I had this one hot, I don’t know if there’s actually coconut in the blend?
Coconut and orange seems like such a weird flavour combo; but I like it! It’s fun and splashy in a good way! They make each other really stand out as flavours.
Overall, I think I like this one almost equally cold brewed as I do hot. I think maybe the orange is a little more bold this way, though.
Pretty much just straight up, make your mouth water, liquefied creamy, gooey toffee goodness. There’s a bit of a rooibos aftertaste buried under the toffee, and some sweet hazelnut notes pop up now and then too. As far as decadent dessert rooibos goes, this one is definitely a winner.
I’m actually almost done my tin of it and I’m trying to decide whether I want to restock – Tea Desire’s Caramel Pu’Erh has a nearly identical taste just with a different base, which I suppose makes sense given they’re the same company. It almost seems redundant to keep ‘em both on hand. And, I wouldn’t mind devoting the tin space to something else; maybe The Woman which has gone tinless since getting it, or to Cuppa’T’s Apple Strudel Pistachio blend if Tre picks me up more?
Ugh; decisions. I hate decision making.
That’s weird. I could have sworn I’d done a tasting note for this tea. I had it at a friends house shortly after purchasing it, and drank it ALL. I refused to share!
This is another very orangey tea. I love citrus teas, especially in the summer. I wouldn’t say this is like a sangria, really, but rather it’s reminiscent of Tang (Thanks, CameronB!). It’s mostly orange, with some pineapple, lemongrass, and hibiscus.
Today I iced it, and added a little honey. I don’t think it needed the honey – the pineapple is candied, so there’s already sugar in it, AND there’s not a lot of hibiscus. I think most of the colour comes from the beetroot. I like it hot and plain, as well. But it was a lovely day today and I went hiking, so iced teas are feeling just a bit more refreshing right now.
(Hot steeped, poured over ice to make 16oz.)
Flavors: Lemongrass, Orange, Pineapple
I actually really like this one. I don’t know why but so many times when I brew this, I expect the black base to be overpowering and so with each cup, I am shocked by just how much this tastes like just like a walnut truffle. Seriously. It has a rich chocolate truffle flavor with a beautiful full-bodied walnut taste to compliment it. Delicious! Thank you Roswell Strange for helping me stock up!
One from Roswell Strange I have so many samples in my house at the moment that i’m finding it hard to focus on sipping them down, so for the time being until i get my drink back on, i’m content to just try a few each week, gradually whittling them down. I picked this one because i was curious as to what “Victorian MiSt” would taste like…yeah..that’s right. MIST…riiight up until i poured water on it and went. oh..OH…MIIINT. lol
So this one is pretty nice. I don’t need many mint teas in my life, so i don’t feel the need to stock this one, but it was pretty tasty. I enjoyed this tonight while finally watching the last episode of Warehouse 13. thanks Roswell!
Roswell Strange sent this one my way and i opted to try it with dinner. this is a rather pleasant raspberry tea, and i’ll even forgive that it’s an oolong :) I think this would be really nice in summer as a cold brew given the way that the rasberry flavour seems to be coming out in this one. I had a plesant time with this one, reading on the balcony in the sun :)