506 Tasting Notes
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.
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.