503 Tasting Notes
Yay, I got nominated for two scholarships! But I’m not expecting to actually get any of them. Just polished up my CV for it, and now my supervisor told me the other day to start writing my thesis proposal, and I have less than a month. Ahh! So now I’m sitting here staring at a blank page. It’s one of those “Why did they pick me? I don’t deserve to be here” moments.
The aroma of the dry leaf is so scrumptious. Seriously like a banana nut muffin, down to the chopped walnuts sprinkled on top. I want to make muffins now!
I’ll admit that freshly steeped, I was a little disappointed. I could only taste the base combined with the faintest note of walnut. By the way, the base is superb anyway. So deep, but yet oh so smooth. I haven’t had too much experience with Keemuns up until now and this is seriously impressing me.
But as my cup is cooling, what’s this? Bananas? That’s right. Like banana chips, so not too sweet, but not artificial at all either. Mmm, I may have to pick up more in the future since I only got like 2 cups worth in our group order.
Mmm, rhubarb. Smelling this makes me want a piece of this rhubarb dessert that my grandma makes that consists of a graham cracker crust, then layered with rhubarb, marshmallow/Cool Whip kind of mixture, caramel pudding, and dusted with crushed up graham crackers.
This is like that minus the graham crackers and caramel pudding.
I’ve only cold steeped it so far and it’s very rhubarby. I get apple in the background too, and the creaminess from the dehydrated yogurt. No rosehips but it’s cool. This tastes a lot like David’s Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait sans hibiscus. I’m actually kind of curious about how it will taste hot.
Another sip down. Kind of glad I didn’t get too much in our group order since I taste mostly overly roasted nuts from this one, which covers up the natural sweetness which pistachios tend to have.
Slightly creamy. Although I enjoy this the most with milk and honey, I think my other issue is that the base is a little too vegetal for my liking, but that’s just me.
I picked up more of this when I was in Vancouver last week. I can’t get over how much it’s grown on me. Yeah, it’s sweet, but not in an artificial, weird way.
I don’t necessarily get hazelnut, but it’s definitely nuts combined with nougat which more accurately tastes like Lucky Charms marshmallows, as previously mentioned.
With half-and-half this is all I want. Maybe it’s a hormonal thing but geez, 1/4 of the package already gone.
The dingbat undergrads have already been out full force pumping Electric Avenue and partying at 5pm, so might as well talk about my chai spice experiences so far. Because chai rules the world!
I first tried this plain to see what its true story is all about. The fennel in this blend is loud, at least for me, but I like it. It screams, “I’m unique, so pay attention to me!” Next, I can taste the ginger, then cinnamon, then peppercorn. Surprised the clove isn’t more palpable since I tend to pick that one up easily.
So I had this great idea to combine it with the last of my Chocolate Phoenix chai since a) I don’t care for that one on its own and b) why not? The result is that the two complement each other beautifully. Despite the fact that the chai spice blend also contains cardamom, overall, it really puts the brakes on the cardamom in the Chocolate Phoenix chai, which is my main issue with it.
Oh yeah, and I also tried it on the stove top, combined with some soy milk, brown sugar, and a dash of vanilla. That fennel is sure giving the cardamom a run for its money. And I’m getting the heat from the ginger.
In a way, I kind of prefer drinking it as is. It has a very clean aura. Hard to explain.
Yak yak yak, back to work. I ought to invest in a pair of heavy duty earplugs.
Oh yeah, forgot I sipped this down the other day too! I chucked the last two bags into my measuring cup and forgot about it, so it was so burnt. Dumped it after forcing down the first 1/4 cup.
Oh well. Kind of like David’s Coco Chai Rooibos but with a different base. The novelty wore off fast, methinks.
Been having this almost every morning for breakfast over the past three days in order to try to get rid of it. I’m down to around 20g now, which is a huuuuge accomplishment, seeing that I bought the special edition 100g tin without trying it first.
Way too sweet, like poison. Actually, I’ve been mixing it with a little bit of Florence in order to calm down the poison mess. And try to pick out some of the chocolate chips.
It’s the final Red Velvet Cake countdown.
Sip down. Polished it off with some of Verdant’s chai spice which gave it a little more zing. Won’t be ordering it again but it was definitely an experience.
I’m excited to try this one because I’m a floral girl when it comes to perfumes and I appreciate Turkish delight and violet candies, so thank you for the sample, Stacy!
This is one saga of a tea. With the first steep, all I could taste was jasmine, and I’ll admit that I was a little disappointed. Not a huge fan of jasmine. Rose Violet Calendula has reminded me why multiple steeps, especially for oolongs, is pretty much the greatest thing ever, especially when you’re trying one for the first time and don’t know what to expect.
The second steep paid homage to rose. A little on the heady side, but I like it. Plus rose and oolong pair beautifully together, now that I think about. Even when you think about the typical flavour profiles of different types of teas, rose would logically seem to go the best with oolongs. Even the scent of the second steep was like a waft of fresh rose perfume.
Then the third steep is even more different, introducing the violet. It’s oh so subtle though, as the rose is still quite prominent, but I’m nevertheless excited to finally get some action from the violet. It still also smells very rosy.
This makes me want just a violet oolong. Pretty please?
A friend came over earlier this afternoon to have tea together and catch up. I had a jug of this cold steeping in the fridge since last night so we opted for that since it’s been quite a warm day.
I think he liked it? We polished off the whole jug, practically. Love this one as is, without any sweetener. I swear there is a sparkly citrus note in there dancing amongst the goji berries.