3013 Tasting Notes
Heck yes, it’s new tea time! Finished grinding all my asparagus samples (well… technically there are some left, but they either rotted in the freeze-dryer and are suspect, or are extras from last year, soooooo…. I’m done!) and my treat was a trip to DavidsTea. A very expensive treat, as it turned out… 6 new teas, 26g of Earl Grey Cream & Gold Rush…. and a new sparkly black Timolino! Because I need to be able to take multiple teas with me at all times! (My Christmas list will include a Timolino-esque thermos that’s stainless steel and leakproof, but somewhat less good at holding the heat, so I can actually drink the tea I put in it…) Um, anyways. That was an expensive trip to DT.
Onto tea #1! When I first opened my bag of this one, I was hit by a very alcoholic, sweet-smelling aroma. Definitely good, but nothing like Buttercream, and nothing like cookie dough. However, once steeped, the aroma of this one is almost exactly like cookie dough! When someone with a heavy hand was allowed to add the vanilla, haha. I’m getting a strong vanilla extract flavour here (which ties into the alcoholic aroma), but it totally does smell like raw chocolate chip cookie dough… minus the chocolate (maybe it’s more like raw sugar cookie dough?? I’m not sure; I don’t like sugar cookies).
Hmm. I’m not sure I like this one as much as I want to. It strangely almost tastes a bit stale in my mouth, which should be impossible since it’s a brand new tea, that I just bought! The aftertaste is quite nutty, which fits nicely, but this almost stale-ish flavour is throwing me off. I really want to like this…. perhaps I’ll let it cool down a bit more. The right tones are all here otherwise. That said, even if a bit of cooling (or a different brewing method, e.g. with cooler water as I would normally have done with a white, not near-boiling!) loses that stale flavour, this isn’t a huge hit for me. It’s ok, I’d drink it again, but it’s nothing like Buttercream IMO. Then again, I’m also not one of those people who is obsessed with cookie dough. And I don’t usually eat raw cookie dough. So I think this will be a hit with such people, just not me!
(It’s cooled down now and still has that stale note. I tentatively blame the high infusion temperature, so hopefully I remember to reduce it next time).
Second attempt at this one. Still tastes to me like a creamy, chai-ish tea. A little less spicy today and a bit more marshmallow-creamy, but toasted marshmallow it is not. I would really love to see smoky teas used in blends to create awesome flavours instead of just spicing; toasted marshmallow would work so much better IMO with a light black tea base, pinch of lapsang souchong, marshmallows for creaminess, and possibly caramel pieces like in Salted Caramel, to give that burnt sugar flavour that toasted marshmallows have. Mmmmmm.
Making a little more progress towards drinking up my oldest tea samples, here. I don’t recall whether there was always so little green tea in this one, but I swear the entire 1.5 tsp of tea I used today was strictly lemongrass, apple chunks, and nut chunks. No tea leaves in sight. Nor any tea flavour; it’s all light apple/slightly lemongrassy lemon, and nutty. With a light pinch of cinnamon to round out the flavours. Decent flavour, but certainly nothing like caramel apple to me, and either 5 minutes isn’t long enough, or 1.5 tsp isn’t enough tea, because this is a lighter cup of tea than I would like. Oh well! Only enough left now for a very small cup. Not sad that this one’s gone (or is an online exclusive, I don’t recall).
Thanks to CHAroma I get to try yet another delicious (and timely!) concoction from 52teas.
I brewed this up last night, but decided to go to bed before drinking more than a sip of it, so I’m finishing it off now (it’s still good!) It tastes surprisingly like apple cider in tea form. A bit less spicey and appley, but both are present and good! The spicing here is again reminiscent of many of 52teas’ spiced blends (e.g. Cinnamon Roll Honeybush, Strawberry Pie Honeybush, Melange Rooibos), but it works quite well.
I think this would (have been) a great choice for a caffeinated, sugar-free cider for those cold winter nights (or tonight. -2C felt pretty darn freezing!) I have another cup’s worth, which I’ll save for when it gets a little colder.
ETA: Second infusion is way bitter, even with a 2.5 minute infusion. Boo.
Backlog from Saturday. This one also suffered from travel-mug-brewing syndrome, and didn’t taste very good until it had cooled down quite a bit (and even then, it tasted a bit off). Since this one usually tastes good even when brewed at the office, I conclude that brewing in a travel mug that doesn’t let heat escape is Not A Good Idea. Sorry Timolino, that infuser you come with is probably never going to be used again…
Backlog from Saturday. Brewed this up in the office, in a travel mug. It really suffered because of it. Of course, it also didn’t cool until I left for the night (er, morning), so I drank it the next day. It was very mediocre. I’m going to have to try this again at home… but I’m pretty sure the at-work-brewing and travel-mug-brewing caused some problems. Sigh.