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Another tasty tea I brought with me to work today. I brewed this in the afternoon after my lunch break. Honestly, I had a lot of onions in my lunch and I think it might have messed with my tasting of the tea (onion breath, eugh) but I was still able to enjoy it.
I remember smelling a tin of this at Bed Bath and Beyond a few times, but they never seemed to have this one in stock! It was the only one of their Tea Squared products that I was interested in purchasing, too. So I’m really happy I had the chance to try it now.
The green tea base was quite nice – smooth and very slightly vegetal, none of that weird fishiness or seaweed taste. Honestly this tea smells so good, but it lacks a little bit of that greatness in the flavour. It is still pretty enjoyable, but loses “wow power” in the flavour profile. The aroma is dominated by the sweet candied mango note, and it smells absolutely delicious. It gets a little lost in the actual tea, but still comes through in a more mellow tone. I quite liked this tropical, fruity green tea blend. I remember thinking if one of the ingredients was kombucha, because the blend produced an overall flavour that tasted like there might have been some kombucha added to this. Not that I’m complaining, I think it would make a great addition here. Nonetheless, I was pretty impressed.
Food tasting for the wedding and this is the tea that accompanied my dessert testers. This smelled awesome and I worried about the bergamot but I think it’s growing on me. It actually pairs really nicely with the caramel in this blend. It’s a bit more brisk than I’d like given the bergamot but it really complimented my treats.
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I was browsing through Sobeys when I saw that they had a bunch of tea on sale. $8 for 80g…sure I’ll try it. I bought this fully expecting that it wouldn’t be on Steepster. So I was surprised to see it here!
I was pleasantly surprised twitch this blend. I saw that there was roses in it, so I picked most of those out. The fig is something I have never seen in a fruit tisane before. I enjoyed it as a cold brew and I found the hibiscus wasn’t too overpowering here. It was sweet enough with no added sweetener. Not too bad!
Now I will have to cold brew the other tea I bought from Tea Squared—a flavoured green.
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1.5 tsp for 300mL water @85C, steeped five minutes.
The packet suggests using water at 100C, but I find that scalds mate and certainly makes the dried fruit a bit harsh. 85C works much better.
A fresh and bright green mate with lots of candied fruit. Sweet and sunny, with good but not overpowering or sickly ago flavour. Good mate buzz from it, too.
I find Tea Squared in my favourite supermarket. The re-sealable bags hold about 80 grams of tea or tisane, and retail around 8 to 9 dollars Canadian. Worth it, I think.
Thank you Roswell Strange for sharing but I just don’t know how I feel about this. It sort of tastes like rosey butter. Seriously. It’s weird and I don’t think I’m a fan, at least as a hot brew. The rest of my sample is cold brewing now so hopefully I have more luck with it prepped that way.
This is one of my favourite blends from Tea Squared and I really like having it around because it’s a pretty killer cranberry focused blend, but it never seems to be in stock at the one grocery store in town that I know carries it…
However, a few days ago when I was shopping I found one bag hiding way in the back of the shelf, shoved behind some other less awesome teas! Guess what, you’re mine now bitch! So I greedily grabbed it, and now it’s back in my cupboard to be enjoyed!
First cup was hot; I got to test out the brand new mug warmer I got from VariaTEA for Christmas! Honestly, I’d never even really thought of a mug warmer as I thing I might want or need, but I’ve used it maybe a half dozen times now and I fucking love it. The biggest dilemma thus far has been deciding whether or not I want to keep it in the kitchen near my kettle/tea set up to keep things all warm and toasty when I’m cooking or packing lunch for work or that fun stuff or if I want it in my room for when I’m hiding under the covers, drinking tea and watching Netflix. Decisions…
The tea was grand though! Very effervescent and intensely fruity with bright cranberry notes which are not only sweet and juicy but also coquettishly tart and tangy. Also, apple notes! Yummy ones with inklings of both sweet red apples and more tart green ones. Really, I’m just thrilled to have this one back in my cupboard…
Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rJcEB-xpmM
Cold Brew Sipdown (116)!
To be honest, I really really wanted to hoard this tisane but finishing it off now around Christmas felt right. Cranberry, to me, is such a poignantly Christmas flavour so if there’s anything I find myself reaching for in my stash to get in the Christmas mood it’s one of several cranberry blends I’ve got. And the flavour is quite nice too; sweet and tart cranberry, apple, hibiscus, sort of like a cinnamon note, and an effervescence that reminds me of the kind of fruit punch that comes in juice boxes. Yummy!
Tonight, we celebrate my mom’s birthday! It’s not actually tonight (it’s on Christmas Eve) but she’s going to be in Vancouver for a couple days visiting a ‘friend’
I’m still describing it as an expensive holiday bootycall so we had the option of doing it now or after it had passed. My brother and I made Gnocchi and then picked up a cake which we thoughtfully had “Happy 50th” written on it. She’s turning 44, so her face when she saw it was priceless.
I wish I’d gotten a picture.
Also, I likely wont do it immediately but I definitely have plans to restock this one.
Crap! I had a really nice tea note written out for this, and then I went and accidentally closed out of the tab and then lost the whole note…
Anyway; I’m finally trying this one hot after drinking almost all of my 50g cold brewed. I broke out my adorable, whimsical little Christmas “tea for one” pot which is this pretty cream colour with fun, brightly coloured red and green stockings ‘hung’ from the pot and a bright red spout and handle. This tea brews up a super brilliant, deep and rich ruby red colour that looks so absolutely cheery and festive in the little cup! Cranberry is totally a seasonal flavour and considering it’s finally starting to feel like winter now that there’s actually snow on the ground I’m all on board with the festively themed tisanes!
Normally the intensity of this red liquor would have me nervous about potential tartness but it’s really not too bad. The natural sourness of both the cranberry and the apple does come through a fair bit but not enough to force my face into a pucker, and the natural sweetness that that those two fruits also have break through on the finish and save the sip from being more tart than anything else. I’ll admit though, I don’t sweeten my teas but I can see how that wouldn’t be a bad idea if you’re drinking this tisane hot over cold brewed/iced. Also, there’s a fruit punch sort of taste too and a warming almost cinnamon flavour. Both of those aspects are fascinating since nothing in the blend should be contributing those flavours.
Overall, definitely a better hot cuppa than I would’ve expected it to be and I’m enjoying drinking this small pot worth of it! However, I think the cold brew is just slightly better. Who knows how I’ll finish my tin of it though, with the weather changing my focus is shifting back to hot tea over cold brewed tea.
Cold brew companion from last night!
I went to the mall downtown and distributed resumes, and I brought a timolino filled with this cold brew along with me; nothing motivates you to nail on the spot interviews like a reliable cold brew to sip in between stores. Gotta love the juicy, sweet and tart notes of the cranberry with the ripe apple backdrop and almost like a hint of cinnamon?
One of the places I applied was DAVIDsTEA because, well, why the hell not!? Turns out the person at that location in charge of hiring is someone I went to high school with and was actually decently good friends with. Regardless of future job prospects, it was just really cool reconnecting with her again! Fingers crossed for me, though!
This cold brew was really distinctly cranberry flavoured. I mean, there were some apple notes too, and almost a bit of a light cinnamon taste that reminded me loosely of cider but mostly it was a very juice-like sweet full throttle cranberry taste. It didn’t taste all that tart at first, but by the end of the brew I was starting to get a bit of a lip-puckering feeling. I still enjoyed it a lot though!
This is a queued tasting note.
While I love my early morning/afternoon cold brews on the walk to work, I got to thinking last week that it’d probably be really easy to do the prep work for tea soda (the syrup, basically) in the evening when I get home and then make the soda itself in the morning right before I leave. So, I field tested the idea with this one!
It actually was super easy to get everything set up to do the tea soda; with both evening and early preparation combined I think it took the same amount, or if not very close to it, to make the soda as it would to set up the cold brew and then later strain it in the morning. Here, the syrup was the more involved part (the at night part), but with cold brewing straining it definitely takes longer (‘cause you’re washing the strainer and mason jar in between). Morning with the soda was as easy as cracking open a can of club soda. So tea soda for the walk to work is definitely something I’ll be doing again!
As for the flavour of the tea/tisane – it was weird and I’m not 100% sure if it was in a good way. I definitely liked the plain cold brew I did of this one a while back – and I remember remarking that this would probably work as soda.
It definitely did for at least the first half of the soda; the cranberry was freshy and fruity with a fun apple quality, and almost a raspberry like top note. The carbonation suited the cranberry as well; it was a little like cranberry spritzer or Cranberry Sprite! The second half? Eh…
As I was walking (it’s a 40 minute walk) the soda started to go a bit flat – that I didn’t really mind, but it sort of welcomed a much more noticeably intense cranberry flavor that, without the carbonation, started reminding me of canned cranberry jelly, like you’d eat around Thanksgiving. On top of that, the hibiscus really started to build and the tartness was a bit too much as well. At this point I was fairly turned off. I actually don’t tend to like the flavour of cranberry outside of tea and this was too much of it.
I imagine if I continue with tea soda on the walk to work than I’m going to deal with carbonation loss – and I don’t think that’s going to be an issue with all tea soda; it’s just that the way this one was prepared didn’t work with it. I’m not going to call this a fail because the start was awesome; maybe neutral overall?
Queued tasting note.
Bought this one from the Sobeys I work at; it’s one of the two Tea Squared blends that originally caught my interest – the other one being Honey Fig Tree. I know, both the ones that appealed to me were tisanes; but I think their herbals are far more original/creative than their other flavoured blends and both feature fruits I’m crazy about.
Since the Honey Fig Tree I started with really grew on me and was really well done I decided to give this one a chance and I picked some up when it was on sale for the week; $7.00 for 80g instead of the usual $10.00.
Dry this has a really powerful, aromatic smell! It’s definitely, definitely super sweet, almost candied cranberries but then this really intoxicating smell that reminded me of Fruit Punch or the red Fruit Roll Ups from Betty Crocker – which I think are meant to be strawberry though. But very bright, juicy and over the top overall.
And obviously I started off by cold brewing it; for many of the usual reasons (their’s hibiscus in the blend, cranberry is really good cold brewed, the convenience). I think it was definitely the way to go; this came out a crimson red colour and my immediate thought was “probably would’ve been rather harsh hot”. I’m sure I will eventually try it that way though.
And, it is a little bit tart but only in the way that cranberries naturally are – I really didn’t think the hibiscus was adding anything that wouldn’t have been there otherwise. Very juicy and robust, with the same almost but not quite fruit punch (like Red Kool-Aid fruit punch)/Fruit Roll Up flavouring. Maybe a little bit of sweet red apple from the apple in this that’s obviously acting, primarily, as a filler? There’s an effervscent, sparkly quality that leads me to believe this would be to die for as a tea soda; so I’m definitely going to try it that way too.
It tastes like childhood summers; hyped up on snack foods and running around in my bathing suit through the Spray Park.
This is definitely another success for me; though I’m not quite sure how much of it is really me absolutely loving it and how much is just excitement/nostalgia so I’m gonna be a little conservative with my initial rating. If my second impression is as good as this one, I’ll likely be increasing my rating though.
And, just finished my phone call with Amoda – I’m really happy I could help them out. Everything they asked was really easy to answer and it wasn’t invasive at all so if you haven’t seen their post on the discussion boards or have but haven’t volunteered to do it you should really consider; it took like twelve minutes overall, and they were super nice!
Flavors: Cranberry, Fruit Punch, Red Apple
I had to go and pick more of this one up because I just blow through it so quickly. I was hoping that the Sobeys I buy it from would have some Cranberry Purifier too ‘cause I really like that one and it’d be nice for the season but like they’ve been the last four times I’ve been to that Sobeys it was sold out. Argh.
This was so sweet and juice like though; I actually didn’t get much in the way of fig for once. Usually that flavour is definitely distinct if not as powerful as the other notes in the blend. Mostly, this was really and mildly tangy pineapple with apple undertones. I enjoyed it a lot – but missed the fig. I think I just got a bad distribution of ingredients in the leaf I measured out though. Or at least that’s the theory.
This is a queued tasting note.
Had this one hot; very bright pineapple and fig notes that dominated the cup entirely. It was very fruity, juicy and sweet with just a little bit of acidity from the more tart ingredients. Made for a nice way to finish of the day…
So, normally, I’m always watching a TV show. I find one I like, preferably with a few seasons so I’ll be occupied for a while, and I just binge the shit out of that. And I usually get really involved emotionally with the characters. But lately I just haven’t found a TV show that can catch my attention. So, instead, I’ve been watching a lot of stuff without plot before bed; mainly reality TV shows.
The night I was drinking this I watched maybe a whole season of Penn & Teller’s Fool Us. It filled the time; and was interesting. There have even been a few episodes where P&T were fooled but I was like 95% sure I knew how it was done. I came to a realization today though…
I’m not watching nearly as much TV or the same kind of TV right now because I’m not relying as/so heavily on the characters/show as an escape mechanism or coping method like it has been pointed out to me that I tend to do. Why am I not needing something to emotionally invest myself in to escape the real world? ‘Cause for the first time in a while I’m pretty fucking happy…
So, there’s this MASSIVE thunderstorm right now – it’s been raining for almost a solid three hours now and the lightning is so bright that it lights up the street for blocks and the thunder so loud you can hear it in every corner of the condo. It’s the most beautiful thing. I find so much peace and happiness in rain…
Trey and I were sitting on the balcony just basking in the beauty of it all; I decided the only thing that could make the moment any better was a pot of tea so I brewed this one up and we shared hot cups of tea on the balcony while watching the storm.
The brightness of the cup was a very poignant contrast; this had such juicy and full of life notes of rose, apple, pineapple and of course fig and it brought an almost tropical flavour to our summer time storm. The brightness/happiness of the cup in particular is what felt like a contrast; normally rain is thought of as “sad/depressing” (though not in my case). Drinking something so fruity and sweet almost felt like a big ‘fuck you’ to the rain. Almost. Trey loved this though; I knew he would. I should drink it more; it’s so yummy – hot or cold.
Flavors: Apple, Fig, Pineapple, Rose, Sweet, Tropical
It’s nice to have this one back in my cupboard again!
I drank this one hot while I had a friend over; we binge watched the entire first season of Misfits which was a phenomenal life choice. I’ve seen the whole series, but not since high school so it was almost like watching it for the first time again. While I remembered the really vague overall plot points of the show, I’ve long since forgotten all of the little jokes and tinier plot points and those are such a major part of what sells the show…
The tea was fantastic too. It’s got a very bright flavour. If I could encompass the whole cup in one word I think it would be “sunny”. It just strongly gives off that vibe, what with the bold, juicy flavour notes of rose, fig, honey, apple and pineapple. I mean, pineapple is kind of the epitome of a ‘summer’ fruit, right? Maybe right after watermelon?
Sad Sipdown (117)!
Today’s word of the day is trepidation. Trepidation is hesitation due to fear or nervousness. Pretty sure I’m not going to be leaving the house today; so gonna have to try and slip this into conversation with Tre today…
This tisane really, really grew on me while I had it. I’m actually going to miss having it around, a lot. But since it’s SO easy for me to pick it up since we sell it at work, so come summer when I’m going to be cold brewing constantly I’m sure I’ll pick it up again.
It’s just so perfect; soft, sweet, fruity, floral…
And the fig is really, really well done. Bumping up my rating to reflect how fond I got of this treasure! Fig, caramel, pineapple, and rose? Can’t go wrong there.
But good news; not as sick! There are some definite health improvements going on – it’s just a matter of time, I suppose.
But yeah; yesterday I was still feeling sick but not as sick (though the longer the day went on the worse I felt; hoping today wont go like that) so I decided to have something a little more adventurous and flavourful on the way to work, though because I know my palate is still pretty out of whack I went with something I’m kinda casually trying to sipdown and that I’ve had a few times before!
This was actually lovely, despite definitely tasting at least a little off. It was especially rosey, and sweet; I must have got lots of caramel/fig in my measured out leaf. Surprisingly very little tartness/hibiscus/pineapple flavour but whether that’s ’cause of measured leaf or weird tastebuds will forever be lost on me.
Today’s word of the day is…
Trove means: “1. A discovery, find 2. a valuable collection : treasure : haul.” I’ve actually only ever heard the second definition before, so I did in fact ‘learn a new word’ today. But this one is easy to use though; it can easily apply to all of our tea troves!