3065 Tasting Notes
Backlog from shortly after I picked up my teas from VariaTEA.
As mentioned previously, this came off to me kind of as a blend of their ‘Cookie’ tea and something else, although I haven’t quite identified what yet – in part because I have yet to brew up a non-astringent cup in spite of being quite careful to adhere to my 2 minute infusion. So, I’m not sure what I’m doing incorrectly, though I would guess that I’m overleafing a bit? It smells absolutely delicious though, so it’s been a letdown each time I take a drink from my cup :( Even my re-steeps were terribly astringent/bitter, and I tried cutting the tea with additional water to improve the flavour, but it just diluted it. Perhaps this is just a tea that requires milk/sweetener?
Made an eggnog latte with this last night, and I think I maybe used a bit too much eggnog, or a bit too little tea. It was definitely tasty, and didn’t taste like straight eggnog, but I really couldn’t taste much of the tea either (which from my recollection, was kind of like their ‘Cookie’ tea, but a bit sweeter). I really wish I had something fruitier here for my eggnog lattes :(
My other NYE tea (but it was all gone by the time midnight rolled around). Figured I’d start the new year off right by drinking some of my favourites. Butiki’s Creamy Eggnog was also on the shortlist, but I didn’t want to risk it in a Timolino, so perhaps I’ll have some of that tonight. Less oolong in this round, but amazingly roasty and delicious.
Sipdown. I’m mad because my spreadsheet seems to have somehow reverted to an older version. Like, two months ago. And now everything is wrong and I’ll have to redo it all. SO FRUSTRATING.
Anyways. Drank this at my boyfriend’s mom’s place and it was pretty good. Had one re-steep. Apparently I didn’t like it much before?? Odd. Well, I liked it this time, not that I am too sad it’s gone. I’m just really mad about my spreadsheet right now.
Ok…. the dry leaf of this tea, and the brewed scent, are really strongly hay-ish, and weird. Almost pungent? Quite off-putting. I’m actually really surprised that nobody else has mentioned it… so I am wondering if it’s just something with this baggie (though that seems odd). Does seem a bit like an aroma I’ve smelled before with white tea, although I can’t place exactly where.
In regards to the flavouring though, I can definitely taste the irish cream beneath the strange presumably white tea flavour, and it’s actually really good. Not particularly a cookie or anything, but a tasty tea – I just wish that weirdness was less noticeable (but I’ll probably still drink it). No rating because of that (I’d go for mid-60s with the weird flavour).
This is a surprising-not-surprising winner for me. Surprising because it’s a honey bush base, and I didn’t expect coffee flavour to translate terribly well, but not surprising, because I would expect to enjoy a creamy coffee flavour and well, this is Stacy we’re talking about, not some junky company.
It’s actually quite tasty. Bang-on coffee ice cream. I went through a phase of always getting coffee ice cream when I had the chance (cones in the summer, etc.), and this is exactly how it tastes. Not as sweet (though I almost feel like sugar would ruin it), but otherwise practically identical.