505 Tasting Notes
Those whole cloves! Why isn’t this part of the upcoming winter collection instead? Combined with half-and-half, it’s like a one-toned clove-heavy chai. The clove is so strong that after enough sips, I swear it’s numbing my tongue. Very much like those clove ribbon candies you can buy around Christmas.
As much as I like cloves, this is a little too simplistic. As this cools, I am reminded of the way clove tastes combined with pickled beets. My grandma is a little heavy-handed on the cloves whenever she pickles them, and it’s SO much like that. Love the cloved up pickled beets, but a cooled off tea reminiscent of that is obviously a little weird.
I’m watching the Social Network for the first time, and it’s going on in the background as I write this. A little boring, but at least I can say I “watched” it now.
Thanks for the sample, Stacy! I’m having a super lazy day. I think extreme apathy has set in now that there are only a couple days left of summer before class starts again, so I’m rebelling by not doing any thesis proposal prep. So what am I doing instead? Sitting around all day drinking tea and surfing the net. I’ll probably regret this later.
I’m not crazy over vegetal greens, but this is on the smoother side. It’s sweet, with a side of green beans. Slightly buttery, but mostly vegetal.
Sweetened green beans to the last drop.
Reporting back on the cold brew. The base got a tad strong and astringent, and the jasmine note strengthened, while the rose note took a back seat. I actually prefer this hot, although overall, it’s something I would never buy. Still grateful for the sample from Zen.
OMG, the undergrads moved in to residence today. Only 7pm and one is already crying in this building. Community meeting in 45 minutes. Please save me!
I sipped this down, and you know what? This Lucky Charms tea kind of grew on me. I think I would buy some more after all, to mix with other, slightly boring teas (I like OMGsrsly’s suggestion to mix this with Florence) and to even enjoy alone once in a while. Not that I need more flavoured blacks but whatevz.
Stacy was so generous to include this in my little sample bundle. Thank you kindly, Stacy!
The scent of the dry leaf really took me by surprise. It reminded me of autumn, so I tried to break it down further. Cocoa-dusted dried fruits? Then I looked at the description and noticed that apricots are listed under the flavour profile. Bingo. Cocoa-dusted dried apricots.
First infusion was strong on the cocoa and honey, and a little subtle with the fruity notes. I don’t detect any of the macadamia, but perhaps because it’s seamlessly blending in with the roasted motif.
Second infusion focused more on the fruit and honey aspects, while the cocoa note died down a bit. Still smooth and slightly roasty.
This is a stunning tea (starting to sound like Gordon Ramsay), and am truly enticed by this beauty. It’s definitely going on the shopping list.
Zen sent me a sample of this with my order, and was a little hesitant due to the jasmine. I dumped the majority of it into my 2L to cold steep, so that should be ready later, but left some to try hot.
I only steeped it for around a minute because I was afraid of the jasmine taking over or the base going bitter. Glad I did. This tea may be playing a trick on me because the steeped tea smells like there is peach in it. I swear.
Regarding the taste, this is supremely rosy. No jasmine! Looks like I harnessed it. The initial perfumey sip makes me think of what I’d imagine a classic Victorian perfume to smell like. But every sip thereafter makes me think more of rose-flavoured Turkish Delight, probably because this is tasting a little sweeter as it cools.
Now I wonder how the cold brew is going to turn out.
Made a large 2L cold brew of this and I’m making my through it today. Definitely underleafed this time because the liquor is a pale melon colour and the flavour is quite diluted.
It’s a nice sunny day to be drinking this. Aaaand a squirrel just nearly hopped into my apartment.
Thanks for the lovely sample, Cavocorax! I actually dreamt last night that I was reaching over for this sample to give it a go, so when I woke up, I thought that I might as well FOLLOW MY DREAMS.
I also dreamt that I tried to order Butiki’s Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black since I haven’t tried it yet and have been wanting to, but it was out of stock, and I was tremendously sad. Really, brain? I mean, really?
So I steeped this up and took a sip. It’s a classic Assam, malty and full-bodied, but a little on the astringent side, and still not as malty as I would like, since that’s my favourite part about Assams. I added some half-and-half cream and a touch of honey and it’s making a pleasant late breakfast beverage.
I left this to cold steep in the fridge for over an entire day so I’m expecting this to be heavy on the ginger.
And it is! I actually like the ginger aspect of it. It’s like fresh ginger root, and/or non-alcoholic ginger beer without the carbonation.
The pear is a little wonky for me, on the artificial side, but perhaps leaving it to steep that long might have done that. I kept meaning to try this a little earlier but yesterday’s rain, and this cold basement, made me slack in that department and reach for hot tea instead.
At the beginning of every sip, right before the ginger takes over, I’m also hit with something leafy that reminds me of raspberry leaf. I looked it up and lo and behold, it’s blackberry leaves. Close enough!
Many thanks to OMGsrsly for this iced tea sample!
Oh yeah, so I sipped this down yesterday evening. Now that I have my Steeps Chocolate Dipped Strawberry, I won’t be pursuing this tea again. It’s decent, but not worth the cupboard space.
By the way, semi-funny-but-sad sorry. I cold brewed some in my Timolino a few weeks ago when I was living in the dorm room sans fridge. Drank it in the evening, forgot about the tea leaves in the basket, left it overnight. Woke up the next morning to start a cold brew of something else only to discover mold all over my infuser basket. Sigh. Needless to say, it took a lot of elbow grease and baking soda to scrub that stuff out.