502 Tasting Notes
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.
Many thanks to Cavocorax for giving me the opportunity to try this lovely Assam! I thoroughly enjoyed every single, malty, thick cup of this sheer awesomeness. With half-and-half, this particular Assam also makes me want an Assam ice cream (another company’s does too but can’t remember which one). The combination of the creaminess and flavour profile of the Assam is so rich and luxurious.
The second steep is oh so flavourful too. Still robust and slightly astringent, but in a good way. This is exactly the kind of tea I love to have in the morning, and is the equivalent of the ideal coffee that coffee lovers would prefer first thing in the morning with a hearty breakfast.
I totally forgot I sipped this one down the other evening. I’ve been so stressed and busy with school that I haven’t even been paying attention. I do recall that the last up was particularly coffee-ish, probably due to all the dust at the bottom of the pouch. Such a weird tisane, but still an interesting experience.
Sip down last night. What a très yummé tisane! I should pick some more up before it’s gone, and I really mean it this time. I seem to usually take too long to go back and get more.
Makes me want spumoni ice cream.
I must have had this maybe six or seven times by now but still haven’t written a note on it because it’s been mind-numbingly baffling to my taste buds.
How is this strawberry? Even the dry leaf doesn’t smell anything like this. It took me a long time to figure it out, but finally I realized that this reminds me of a mint plant my mom has in her garden. Not your usual peppermint or spearmint, but some sort of other mint plant. And it doesn’t smell like mint, but rather the distinctive green scent that the plant has.
Also, it tastes like it too. I’ve chewed on those mint leaves a couple times and they have a green-like taste to them too. This is what this tea tastes like. Every single infusion. I’ve done up to three and never have I come across a strawberry flavour. Weird, eh?
I was brave enough to make a cold brew. I wanted to switch things up and try something different so I grabbed this since it’s not exactly that great hot either.
You know what? It somehow works better as a cold brew despite the spiciness. The fruits comes out more. It just tastes juicier and more three-dimensional. It’s not too tart either. I didn’t get any marzipan pieces as I was pouring the leaf into a filter so there was no almond, but that’s ok.
Now I’ll definitely have no problem finishing this one off. Up until now, it’s just kind of been sitting on my desk doing nothing.
Triple sip down! I made not one, not two, but three matcha lattes this morning because I was eager to finish this off. Needless to say, I felt buzzed for quite a while.
It was a tasty treat but I’m not going to pine for it. I have my trusty French Vanilla by my side.
Huh, I don’t know what happened this time. I made a cold brew, about 2 litres, and maybe used around 12g. It kind of tasted like plastic cookies this time. Seriously? I don’t get it. After a few sips, I dumped the rest out.
Maybe I didn’t rinse out the jug properly from last time. Better luck next time! This stuff has otherwise been the bomb so who knows what happened.
A two-litre jug, gone! I tastes more of the creaminess today, probably because I was a little more generous with the leafage this time. It makes me miss David’s Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait, so I ought to pick up more of that. But both are great.
I feel all sodium’d up from yesterday’s Thanksgiving feast (I’m looking at you, dressing), and I just couldn’t stop drinking this. No additives, of course.
Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian peeps! My family is hundreds of kilometers away but that didn’t stop me from making my own feast today: baked chicken breast, dressing, beets and mushrooms (a Ukrainian dish with tons of garlic), lemon garlic sauteed Brussels sprouts, and mashed sweet potatoes.
I’m ending the meal with a cup of Peppermint Patty to double as dessert and to settle the tummy. Not used to eating that much!
Most of the chocolate chips don’t seem to melt? I steeped it for over five minutes and agitated the water a couple times to get things going. I just ate whatever was left in my measuring cup, but it’s weird when you find a peppermint leaf here and there.
One thing I appreciate about this tea is that the flavours aren’t competing with a tea base. The peppermint is a lot more tingly here than in other blends, too. I could just go for more chocolate to get that true York peppermint patty feel, but maybe there is a way of getting the chocolate chips to melt easier.
I should pick up some chocolate extract. Ohhh, that would be great. And then I can add that to chai and other fun things.