1075 Tasting Notes
Right on, sipdown! This last cup is the sweetest and maltiest yet. May have to do with the fact that I used a little more leaf than usual. I also steeped it with water at a lower temperature than usual, and added half and half. Funny how it can sometimes take until you’re down to the last cup to figure out how to bring out the best in a tea.
And now with my last sip, it’s gone forever.
Seeing that I absolutely love fresh passionfruit, I had to grab some of this. It didn’t even smell like it in the canister, but I had faith that it would taste good regardless.
Hot, it’s alright. I can taste a hint of pineapple and something more like peach than anything else. Not sure if that’s supposed to be the passionfruit flavouring. I shall reserve the rest for a cold brew when I head back to the countryside.
Stupid weather. It was pouring rain when I was walking home from hanging out on Whyte avenue and it decided to stop after I got home. My allergies are worsening, sore glands, throat, headache, etc, so I tortured myself even further by stopping in at Shoppers Drug Mart for some Advil. Now I’m downing a couple of those with this tea.
I got excited when I saw this because I was hoping it would be a decent replacement for Butiki’s Watermelon Xylophone and/or Cantaloupe & Cream. But I wouldn’t say so. It’s more watermelon than honeydew, in my opinion, and the watermelon is a little on the artificial side. I don’t really taste much else? What, there is supposed to be mango and pineapple in this? Can’t even taste them.
FWIW, I prefer Melon Drop, even though it’s a little artificial, but mainly because I enjoy that kind of artificial melon flavour, which is found in awesomeness like Melona bars. Speaking of which, I should try to pick up more of that before it’s gone.
Ok ok ok, I need to pay attention. My beloved Habs are playing.
Oh yeah, so despite buying more of this today, this review is actually for the chocolate bar which I had a few weeks ago. I don’t even think you can get it anymore, but it’s no loss, really. The coconut was ultra weak, there was a hint of nuttiness, but overall, it was basically like a plain milk chocolate. I liked it, but would have preferred another Salted Caramel bar.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the minty perfection that I was hoping it would be. I can smell some mint in the pouch but it’s not as strong as I would have expected. This, consequently, translates into a weaker cup of minty tea. I’m also not a fan of the base, which is on the earthy side. It won’t take much effort to finish the pouch, but it doesn’t seem like I’m going to be reordering.
Thanks to Lala for passing down some of this a few months back! I still have some of her teas that she graciously sent but were packed away up until now due to the move. Stacy kindly sent me a sample of this back in the day and I remember thinking it was alright. I’m not a fan of hoppy beer, and neither am I crazy over peach-flavoured things in general, so I never bothered picking this up. But it’s still a fun tea to try.
This time around, I’m getting a bunch of astringency. Apparently, I got that last time. Granted, hops can be ultra bitter so at this point, I’m not sure if it’s only the base, the hops, or a combination of both. Plus, the peach is very mellow, more so in flavour than in aroma.
It’s a feisty one.
I couldn’t wait to write about another one from this company. So, Raspberry Cocoa. I was hoping this would be like Butiki’s Raspberry Truffle but better, but right off the bat, I’m going to say that I prefer that one even though that one was on the disappointing side when I first tried it. Whine whine whine.
There are several layers to this tea. First, the dry leaf smells mostly of raspberry, but it’s unfortunately on the artificial side.
Flavour-wise, this is where the layers come in. The most prominent note is the raspberry flavour (which reminds me of Red Leaf Tea’s raspberry flavouring), followed by the earthy Keemun, followed by cocoa. The maltiness is buried far underneath everything else. Actually, I wouldn’t have even guessed that there was Assam in here because I find the Keemun to be that overpowering.
I think I would have liked this more had it just contained Assam. I also would have preferred dehydrated raspberries in here instead of the flavouring. It tastes better with light cream, which smooths out the astringent, earthy base, at least.
Got my April Fools’ sale teas in! Everything was packaged nicely and dying to be opened. Naturally, I opened this first since it’s vanilla, duh. But I barely see vanilla bean in here. To be fair, I haven’t shaken the pouch, so perhaps the heavier vanilla bean has mostly fallen to the bottom?
Freshly steeped, I don’t get any vanilla from this, only base, but the vanilla comes out a little more as it cools. The base itself is earthier than expected. I seem to be the only one who gets a mildly smoky note. Not at all like a Lapsang, but like an über mild version of a Keemun. Just a pinch. Granted, I seem to be sensitive to earthy notes, so who knows how many would ever experience this.
I’m looking forward to shaking the pouch and experimenting further with this.