1538 Tasting Notes
Sipdown! I suck for not being around much lately, and that’s largely due to the fact that I’ve been slacking on the tea-drinking front. I need to get back into making cold brews and/or enjoying some hot tea whenever I’m home. I polished off the rest of this with some milk and while it was good, it won’t be worth a repurchase.
This has been the first BF, well, ever (as a Canadian) that didn’t result in crazy tea orders. I swear I couldn’t find anything interesting? Or perhaps I missed out? I have, however, been going crazy on cosmetics and skincare. Ugh. A lot of the money I made at my previous job has been going to that stuff.
Did I mention that my last job was a management position at Sephora? Some days I still regret leaving, but it was the cattiest, most passive-aggressive work environment, unsurprisingly, that I have ever experienced. It would have been the most perfect, temporary job before finding a career-oriented one had it not been for the way that damn place is ludicrously run.
Anyway, another tea bites the dust.
Oops, it appears that I have sprung back up to 40 but that isn’t so bad. I found this gem at Winners. The gorgeous tins caught my eye but I spent quite a while studying them carefully, being a loser skeptic in regards to this mysterious brand. Who are they? Is this stuff good?
The beautiful tins talked me into it. Actually, to be fair, the Pennyroyal tea initially did because it made me think of Kurt Cobain. But! I went and grabbed these others too.
So glad I did! I’ve only opened this one so far and so far, so good. As soon as I cracked open the lid, I was hit with a burst of citrus. It smells almost exactly like LUSH’s Avobath bomb. Freaking glorious.
And the flavour does not disappoint either. It basically tastes like Froot Loops drenched in a bold black tea base. I’m sure this would make a stellar cold brew too. I’ve since gone to other Winners locations in search of other flavours but haven’t found the ones I’m looking for (primarily their Pakistan blend).
I also enjoyed this with milk the other day but it wasn’t in sync with the notes in here for some reason. I was hoping for a pseudo London Fog or citrusy chai due to the ginger but it was a little muddled. It’s best left untouched.
Got this as my free birthday tea yesterday. Second year doing that! Looks like it’s something I grab when I can’t make my mind up and it’s available at this time of the year? This year I got it with cane sugar and 2% milk, which is better than with the agave I had in the past. It was smooth and pepperminty but nothing too overbearing. It makes me want to get some for home because it’s been so long since I bought it. Maybe in a few days, I’ll do that.
I sipped the rest of this down, dumping the remaining 10g in, just to get it done with already. I also let it steep for a while, and upon lifting the basket out, thought I might have overdone it based on the dark colour of the liquor. Yet, with some whole milk, this still wound up tasting a little blah. Barely any pear flavour. Huh. Maybe some spice but it was very mild. This one seemed to lose its flavour rather quickly. I’ve only had it around for not even three months. I’m trying to sip some stuff down before opening the tins of tea I found at Winners. I’m also still too lazy to put them into the system. So FWIW, I’m down to 36 without the three tins!
Sipdown! You’d think that would be a sad thing but in the end, I’m quite happy for two reasons:
1. This batch from last year started to show its age around springtime so the excitement around this tea has been lost for quite some time now. It doesn’t hold onto flavour so well, evidently.
2. It’s back! So Maybe, just maybe, I’ll fall fall back in love with it with some fresh CFT.
This used to be packed full of flavour, so it’s rather sad that I’ve been using upwards of 10-12g per large mug (that probably holds around two cups, to be fair) and it’s still flat.
On top of that, I finally found a 1L amount of light eggnog that isn’t on the verge of expiring yesterday, so I made an eggnog latte with the last of this and it made me feel like it was a waste of eggnog. It just tasted like watered down eggnog. I could barely taste the cardamom or the other flavours.
We’ll see if I enjoy this year’s CFT. Either I got tired of the flavour or this really did get that old and lacklustre. Or a combination of both?
I ordered this sample because I was the most curious about the raspberry, yet kept putting it off until I got down to my very last sample because I wasn’t anticipating tasting the jasmine in this, and wasn’t sure what to expect with all the spices in here. Weird combination.
But as soon as I opened up the packet, I wasn’t looking forward to it for an entirely different reason: the dry leaf smelled strongly of artificial raspberry. Juice crystals maybe? Or perhaps like a calorie-free raspberry drink I might have had that is loaded with artificial sweetener. You know, that kind of raspberry.
It ended up tasting like that too. The base was delicate so I can’t comment on that, but all I basically tasted was fake raspberry. Oh, joy. Surprisingly no jasmine. No jasmine! How is that even possible? I can sniff that stuff out like a bloodhound. Even the spices were nowhere to be found. What? Maybe my sample size didn’t get spices in with the mix, or simply not enough to compete with the raspberry flavouring.
I believe that concludes my TeaTaxi journey. I still have a few 50g pouches left to polish off, many of which are nearing the end of their lives, anyway. I sadly didn’t find too many I really liked, or liked enough to have the desire to have again, but it was still an interesting experience.
What a disappointing Kashmiri Chai. Sure, I wasn’t expecting it to be nearly as good as my beloved Remedy’s, but come on, give me something at least semi-complex. Alas, this is mostly cinnamon hearts candy. The almonds pop through a bit once the tea has cooled substantially, but even then, not enough to make their presence even worthwhile. The other spices are hardly there too. Maybe a whisper of clove but no cardamom. I wish.
I’m down to 39! But technically not because I just bought some tea at Winners and will need to enter it into the system when I find the time. Must work on university-related stuff too. And still need to watch the most recent TWD episode. Bah!
I keep drinking and drinking this tea, and as my 50g dwindles, I keep telling myself to write a note. Even then, I’m writing this in hindsight because I last had it last night.
My apathy is probably due to the fact that I personally find this mediocre. I keep hoping for more. It smells more like pear than it tastes. There’s cinnamon with a hint of ginger but the cardamom is far too faint. This is like a weak version of DAVIDsTEA’s Poached Pear but with a black base. Milk unfortunately drowns out the spices even more. That is what I find about these TeaTaxi teas in general. There are so many with flavour profiles that would ideally benefit from milk, but once added, the flavour profile is nearly ruined. You can’t really win.
The sore neck/stiff neck has been hanging around for over a month now (I’ve lost track at this point) and I’m feeling a little drained energy-wise this afternoon, too drained to even make more tea even though I know I should be drinking and writing. Blah.
Drinking up this sample brings me back down to 40! I’m glad I picked it up because the mint in this is very icy fresh, close to the mint you specifically find in After Eight. They were fairly generous with the chocolate chips in here too, especially considering that I had a sample packet.
I accidentally brewed this for like twenty minutes because I got distracted looking stuff up online, but I figured it should be ok. And it actually is. There’s a nice balance of chocolate and mint here, and the rooibos surprisingly didn’t get too strong. I’d say it’s one of the better chocolate mint rooibos blends I have had, except it still doesn’t beat Zen’s fantabulous offering. Maybe what also made a difference in the flavour, and what set this apart from others, is the brittle in this? I didn’t notice it while drinking it but my guess is there was just enough in there to sweeten it a touch but not too much. I also enjoyed this with milk and was pleased that the flavours weren’t drowned out.
My 7-year-old+ laptop has not been making me a happy camper as of late, showing me the Spinning Wheel of Doom and running more and more slowly by the day, it seems. It’s cooperating now at least, hours after finishing this jug, but oh well.
I’ve been really distracted by university- and job interview-related stuff lately, especially today, so that jug was absentmindedly chugged without very much consideration. Despite the distractions, my brain happened to pick up on a ton of tart hibiscus with a dot of strawberry. Not much else going on. It’s ok, but not even close to exquisite or magnificent.
Whoa, it’s 11°C outside right now? What am I doing inside? No wonder why I feel like cold brewed tea today. I should go for a walk but I’ve been so lazy trying to heal this sore neck. Hmm. Fresh air is good air though.