501 Tasting Notes
I had one rollercoaster of a day. Barely slept last night worrying about this morning’s presentation and gathering the courage to talk to my supervisor about one of my papers. Then ended up crying in front of her because my mom’s been ill, so after the school day was over, I thought I should get the new teas from David’s (and grab a bento box somewhere), and that’s what I did!
I passed on the Coffee Cake because it smells too similar to Red Velvet Cake, which is way too sweet. Some Steepsters are saying that this one smells like RVC too but I don’t get that. This smells like candied ginger and spices to me. It does have a cakey note too but it’s different to me. Crazy I bought a rooibos, eh? I normally don’t like them.
But this is nice! I feel like one of the odd ones out since most don’t seem to care for it. I normally despise rooibos for the usual reason: it tastes like wood. But here, the spices really mask that note, and bring a depth to the flavours without making it weird.
Would I buy more than the 10g? Not sure yet, but it won’t be that hard to finish, that’s for sure.
Yet another one that I still haven’t yakked about despite drinking it about ten times already. I’m attracted to all things vanilla and chai. So vanilla chai? Sign me up, please.
There is a healthy helping of cardamom pods in here, pieces of cinnamon, and a dash of clove, but the ginger is rather sparse, and this is translated in the flavour. I get mostly cardamom and cinnamon. Don’t taste the black pepper, and as for the vanilla, it’s not that noticeable. If I didn’t know there was supposed to be vanilla in here, I never would have guessed that there was, in other words. But perhaps it’s smoothed out the spices.
I like it with half-and-half, but I wouldn’t buy it again.
It’s almost 10pm and I’m still drinking black tea and running back and forth to the washroom. But I couldn’t resist a cup of this. I have so much tea everywhere now that I need to keep up!
Creamy nougat tea. Good stuff!
Pumpkin Chai sort of latte today with half-and-half. Yummy. This tastes not much different than last year’s to me, but that’s ok. It’s like a creamy pumpkin candy.
About time I get down to Watermelon Xylophone. I felt like something light and airy and figured this would be a good choice. The dry leaf smells quite similar to Cantaloupe and Cream, although from memory, understandably, Cantaloupe and Cream has a creamier aspect to it.
The taste is actually quite similar, too. It’s not a definite watermelon, not artificial either, but very similar to the Cantaloupe and Cream. The melon here is crisper. I’m sure this would make an awesome cold brew, but that would be quite expensive.
It’s beautiful but I think I prefer the Cantaloupe and Cream since it has more going on. But I’ll gladly enjoy the rest of the smaller amount I got with our West Coast group order!
On an unrelated note, I have Abba’s Dancing Queen in my head and I have no idea why. Maybe Watermelon Xylophone sparks happy tunage.
This tea will always remind me of school because I used to bring it to my seminars last semester all the time, and even to the library. I brewed this up in my Timolino before heading out to the library in the hopes of this tea bringing forth some motivation. My thesis proposal revision has been ever so slightly depressingly daunting as of late, especially when I have a million other things constantly getting in the way. Like pulling teeth.
So chocolate mint. That’s a happy flavour, no? I’ll always appreciate the creaminess of this one. That Minty Cow one is supposed to pretty much be the same tea except with different sprinkles, right? If so, then I won’t bother hoarding this and enjoy.
Hope everyone had a great Halloween!
I’ve been too lazy to log the teas I’ve been drinking lately but not everyday do I grab a bubble tea. I had to go buy new toner after the union meeting (zzz…) and figured that since I was in the area, it’s Friday, and I need some excitement in my life, I skipped over to the nearby tea house and ordered one of their new flavours: chocolate banana. Crazy, right? I usually go for coconut or taro, or some random fruit, but chocolate banana sounded mightily intriguing. And it is!
It tastes more chocolatey than I had imagined. Almost like chocolate pudding, which makes sense since this tea house has other pudding flavours like strawberry pudding, which was a close second. This reminds me of Booster Juice’s funky monkey, only with more chocolate, plus tapioca pearls.
I promised myself that I will go to the library to work on my proposal revision today, so I’ll do that after I’m finished my bubble tea. Translation: I’m going to try to saviour this like crazy.
I picked up a sample of this with my last Verdant order. I got sick from someone in the hostel when I was in Vancouver so I’m staying home all day drinking tea and feeling horrible for not doing work, work, work. But whatever, let me relax for a freaking second and sip on this tea.
It reminds me of apple pie since the strongest notes are the apple and cinnamon. I also get a hint of orange. The apple note here is natural, which I muchly appreciate. It also doesn’t taste like the flesh of an apple, but rather, the skin. It’s interesting.
As it cools, the cinnamon dominates the apple. Like drinking a cinnamon stick.
I just picked this up the other day when I went to Vancouver to see John Cleese. The dry leaf smells like fruit leather. Mmm, so tangy and bursting with berries and and citrus.
I cold brewed this and I’m already finished the jug. It’s primarily berry with a hint of hibiscus. But the hibiscus isn’t too much in the way. The acidic citrus notes are very faint. Glad I picked this one up. I needed more stuff for cold brews.
Ohhh, I’m down to the last of the small portion I got with the West Coast group order, yet still haven’t written about this. Needless to say, the dry leaf smells über scrumptious.
I don’t actually get any hibiscus from this, so hibiscus haters, don’t you fret. I mostly get strawberry from this, no rhubarb, and a lingering starchy flavour. Not an obvious graham cracker but, well, starchy. There’s also a slight astringency here.
Oddly enough, the starchiness and subtle spiciness only make me want a cup of Potato Pancakes & Applesauce. Mmm.