502 Tasting Notes
Sitting at home sipping on a cup of S’mores with half and half. I’m trying to have a cup a day so I can get it out of the way. I still like it but would like to move on.
I just remembered that one of my favourite bands is playing in Vancouver right at this very moment but I couldn’t go because I have a TA meeting tomorrow morning and the ferry ride back would have been cutting it too close. Oh well!
My consolation prize is tea and… a manicure? Why not!
Sip down three of the day, technically. I didn’t even bother writing about the Eight Treasures Yabao sip down because it was too painful.
This one is a little weird too. Since I’m home all day trying (keyword: trying) to prepare for yet another presentation for next week (four presentations four classes in a row for one seminar and I’m on #3, ugh) I thought I would try to kill off the weird/mediocre/scary teas.
Needless to say, the weirdness, like the inappropriate licorice in here, is distracting me from concentrating on my work (not to mention I’ve been thinking about my future/career path so much lately that I’m finding it hard to motivate myself to do all this work).
I should give myself a break and drink something awesome next. Sayonara, Choconut!
Hmm, I’m not really sure what to make of this tea. Glad I only bought a sample. I think there’s too much going on here and some notes are clashing with each other. The chamomile actually seems out of place here, especially when you have the fennel dancing around amongst the mint notes. I can barely taste the base, and the chocolate is nowhere to be found, also. It’s just an odd power struggle amongst the chamomile and fennel for vice presidency, while the mint is sitting on top as the president, but they’re not making a good team!
I normally really appreciate all these notes but they’re just not working here. Last cup and I added some honey. I helps bring out the chamomile more but my taste buds are still slightly perplexed. I mean, it’s not terrible but rather, unfocused and lost in places.
More cold brew because I’m addicted! This one is very berry-ish, deep wine bursting with even more berry flavour than previously mentioned in this sentence. I taste strawberries and currants and blackberries. The hibiscus is masked, at least enough for me. I’d say this is the berriest tisane I’ve had thus far.
Forget about juice. This is where it’s at.
It’s nice to have all these fruity blends to cold steep. I was a little skeptical at first since this blend smells a little floral, especially when I took a whiff when the sales associate opened the gigantic tin. But I took a chance since it’s cherry. That’s reason enough.
Lovely blend, really. It’s kind of like a cherry Jolly Rancher but less artificial, and with a soft lingering rose in the background. Like Jolly Rancher meets Turkish Delight.
The liquor is a bright red too. I feel like I’m drinking Kool Aid.
It’s a pity this leaves such an oily green mess in the mug because the scent and taste of this tea is pretty legit. Very pepperminty, honestly like white chocolate peppermint bark. But I guess capturing that flavour would be hard to do without the necessary flavourings which happen to leave that very oily residue behind. Paradox, yo.
I could go without the stevia, though. But if you like creamy minty things and don’t mind an oil slick, try it out!
Enjoying a cold brew this morning. We’ll see how long it’ll take for me to finish the 2 litre jug. Four hours? Half that even? This is tasty stuff!
I’m glad I picked up an extra 100g. I’m almost halfway done that so I hope they’ll bring this back next summer.
Sip down, and I’m honestly not sure how I feel about that. This is a rooibos we’re talking about. Does this mean I want more? I’m not sure.
I let the last cup steep for quite a while. Maybe 8-10 minutes? It was a good. More gingery, and I totally get the molasses aspect in this. I normally can’t stand molasses in baked goods but here it works.
Well now I just have to write a note about this tea since I’m down to my last cup! Love the smell of the dry leaf. Seriously like a Terry’s chocolate orange. I’m having trouble finding marshmallow in this blend, though, but I really don’t mind. I’m honestly just looking for that perfect chocolate orange tea, anyway.
Whenever I follow the steeping parameters, the Terry’s aspect doesn’t seem to come through in the taste. I did notice that this time around though I added a little more than the recommended amount of leaf since I didn’t have enough left for two cups. I also semi-forgot about it as I was browsing the internet and let it steep for probably an extra minute or two, and would you know that it’s better this way? All the times I’ve had it before and followed the instructions, the tea felt a little thin, and the chocolate orange flavour was weak, and now it’s been kicked up a notch a bit. I can even taste the base more too.
I added some half and half and it’s really more like orange milk chocolate. I see what some reviewers mean though by some semi-weird aftertaste, perhaps from the marshmallow. Otherwise, I’m actually happier with the way this last cup turned out. Would I repurchase? Maybe, but maybe if Stacy would be cool with it, I’d like to order the Two Friends sometime. :)
I’ve been avoiding talking about this tea something fierce because I am definitely the odd one out here. To me, the dry leaf smells similar to David’s Buttered Rum, which is another popular one. Well, I have news for you. Buttered Rum smells like powdered cheese to me, and so does this. Both have vanilla so I’m wondering if the flavouring in both have any similarities? This tea does not smell like caramel or vanilla to me at all!
As for the taste, I’m picking up on a hint of caramel, but no vanilla, which again, makes me think that the vanilla in these two particular blends is the culprit. Luckily I don’t actually taste a powdered cheese note, whereas I do with the Buttered Rum. The Assam base is not as robust as I expected, but maybe I should start adding a little more leaf.
The base is still good though. My taste buds just aren’t grooving with the flavouring. Adding half and half doesn’t help with bringing out any creamy vanilla or caramel flavours, either.
I can’t believe I’d ever say this because a caramel vanilla Assam sounds like a dream come true for me (vanilla, a favourite flavour of mine, plus Assam, one of my favourite bases. Are you kidding?!) but I actually prefer straight Assams.