508 Tasting Notes
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.
This tea isn’t on their website yet, but I sure enjoyed it. I just steeped my last jug of it, and from what I remember, this is loaded with apple pieces and hibiscus, which isn’t surprising for a fruit blend.
The dry leaf smells madly of grapefruit. It’s so strong that around my desk area where I have my Bayswater teas lined up, it smelled like a freshly squeezed grapefruit.
Unfortunately, the grapefruit isn’t maintained so well in the taste. I’ve only tried this as a cold brew, and the liquor is a deep red. Looks a lot like cranberry juice. But I taste mostly apple. The grapefruit is quite faint in the background, but overall, it still makes a nice cold brew. I just wish there were more grapefruit!
I’m on my sixth cup of tea today but have been too lazy to log the others, which is typical. Just felt like writing, yo. S’mores with cream. I can smell the graham cracker but I can’t taste it this time.
My sweet potatoes are boiling, because I can’t stop eating them! And I’m thinking of sautéing some fresh mushrooms with garlic, then topping them off with freshly grated parmesano.
Yesterday I bought a couple more sweet potatoes, and each weighs over ONE KILOGRAM. Apparently, I’m all stocked up.
Sometimes I forget this is a tea community.
Late evening Irish Cream matcha latte. Just finished it and I feel like having another one despite it being nearly midnight. I have problems.
This is an easy way of using up the rest of the vanilla agave, at least.
WOW. Looks like I enjoyed this one a little too much. I never logged it until now, and it’s my very last cup! Of all the Bayswater teas I bought last month, it’s also the first one to go, with Divine Temptation trailing closely behind.
I know some of the West Coasters thought this one smelled a little strange in the store, and I agree, especially after you smell ones like Creme Brulee and Divine Temptation. The chocolate just seemed too heavy and almost earthy, maybe.
But this is like Creme Brulee with more chocolate and creaminess. With half-and-half, it reminds me of a coffee chocolate truffle, dusted with cocoa powder. It transports me back to the French chocolate truffles one of the German delis in Edmonton carries.
Oh great, now I want either more of this tea or a box of those truffles.