508 Tasting Notes
Thanks to Heather for passing down a sample of this. I’ve never been a huge fan of white tea, but seeing that I haven’t had a straight up white tea in years, it wouldn’t hurt to revisit them.
Freshly steeped, there are notes of cooked vegetables, maybe mild snow peas. It’s hard to pinpoint but definitely some sort of cooked green vegetable. As this is cooling, it’s going a little wonky, along the lines of chlorine, unfortunately.
Beautiful leaf but the flavour is not my thing. I’ll abstain from rating seeing that no one else has so far and I’m not the greatest fan of white tea to begin with.
w00t another sip down! Cold steeped the rest of it, but since I didn’t have enough for 2L, I slipped in some H&S SoHo.
This makes a great cold brew but after going through 150g of this, I think I’m forever done with it.
Am on my third cup this morning, and it’s been beautifully chocolatey and malty. Even slightly nutty, especially the first couple steeps.
I stopped at the third cup because I find from past experiences that the mineral notes come out more after the third steep, and that’s not really my thing.
Apparently I haven’t had enough of this matcha today. Know what I made for supper?
French Vanilla matcha pancakes.
Because I can.
Cold brew because that’s the way I like it. Still the best coconut black I’ve had to date, but overall, I’d say I prefer coconut oolongs.
No additives and I find the coconut still really pops. Kind of an inappropriate one to drink seeing that it’s rainy again but I’m trying to use it up since it’s around a year old already.
I had this with my last cup of chocolate milk. Refreshing! But I think I prefer this matcha with almond, soy, or coconut milk. And chocolate milk on its own. Yeah.
Have been trying to finish this one off over the past week since it’s been rainy and I’m not the biggest fan of this. Still getting tons of tangy calendula and cardamom. I added some honey which put a damper on the aggressive calendula but it’s still not a favourite.
Quick sip down. Thankfully I only got 10g of this because this one took an even weirder turn than before. Because I found this to be too one-note clove, I thought I’d mix it with some of Verdant’s Chocolate Phoenix Chai, which to me, is too one-note cardamom, creating a more complex blend.
So, alone, Sugar and Spice when cooling down is like pickled beets, yeah? The bizarre part is now, mixed with the Chocolate Phoenix, the clove is still the powerhouse here. The thing is, it’s now reminding me of lunch meat, like ham or turkey that is encrusted with spices. What is going on with this tea?
So yeah, between the beets and cold cuts, I’m kissing this tea goodbye.
I guess this counts as a sip down. I divided up the rest of what I had amongst the Vancouver meet-up crew.
Dropped the rating because I’ve come to realize that I’m not the biggest fan of roasted mate, but this is still pretty darn good for a flavoured roasted mate and would recommend it to anyone who likes chocolatey stuff.
Dwindling down the stash is an ongoing struggle.
Back from my spectacular adventure in Vancouver, packed with a sushi binge, shopping madness, and an amazing concert. The ferry ride home was slightly depressing because it now means even more stuff to deal with other than the research you only deal with over the summer.
I’m still exhausted from the trip due to the running around I was doing, so I wanted to pick a black tea this morning. I reached for this, generously provided by Cavocorax because it both sounded and looked lovely.
These pearls are huge, and ended up using four of them. They brewed up to a rich amber liquor, and when it comes to the flavour, my taste buds are met with cocoa powder. There’s that lovely maltiness going on too which I always appreciate.
These are on the robust side too, which I’m really quite enjoying. It’s sure grabbing my taste buds and waking me up. “Wake up and get with it!” Yes, dragon pearls talk.
The second infusion is on the maltier side, but the cocoa is still going strong.
Did I mention that this is my first Teavivre tea? Ever? The time has finally come, and I’m smitten with these dragon pearls. Now that I stopped moving around, I should make an order sometime from the lovely Angel who I keep hearing wonderful things about.