1371 Tasting Notes
Good lord it’s been a long few weeks. Last week I had the ear infection from hell, I couldn’t swallow or sleep for a week, and that was with the help of antibiotics. Then, the lovely antibiotics gave me thrush. So I’m still recovering from an ear infection that hopped from one ear to the other and made my throat raw and now I’ve got thrush. Boo. It’s been two weeks since I got sick. Hot tea or spicy food makes my throat better, but makes the thrush worse. Cold drinks soothe the thrush, but do nothing for my throat. So I’ve been chugging cold water and not wasting good tea on a bad system.
But I had to break that for this beauty. My wife had another really crappy experience at the Scarborough Town Center DavidsTea, and I contacted customer service about it, because I know it was not the level of service Davids expects of their stores. Part of the issue was my wife tried to purchase some Blue Mountain Twirl and the employee just laughed and said she hadn’t even heard of it, so they probably didn’t have it. As she was leaving, she saw it on the wall, but just wanted to get the heck out of there. This was about a month ago.
Natalie, wonderful customer service rep that she is, was apologetic that she didn’t have any Blue Mountain Twirl to send us, but she did offer to send some of this tea. Of course, I accepted the offer.
Imagine my surprise when I opened the package today to find a full 100g of this tea. Holy crap. And it is gooooood. It’s delicious and roasty and there’s a hint of stone fruit and omg I just love it. I looove it. If you can get your hands on some of this, do it. Now. I’ll wait.
This actually cold brewed for two days because I forgot about it until about 5 yesterday evening and since I wanted to sleep last night, I left it for today.
It’s good! The mate didn’t take over, which has been an issue with past mate coldbrews. It’s nicely balanced and juicy and a perfect pick me up for this sleepy afternoon.
I ordered the cutest tea pet from berylleb (http://www.ebay.ca/itm/321108625852?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649) for my wife for Christmas, and it came in yesterday. Oh well, she still loves her little green tea friend. And it’s so freaking cute that I immediately ordered another for myself, requesting a blue one, since she’s taking hers to work.
Included with our new tortie friend was two packages of this tea, which is wonderful. I live for milk oolongs. They are, hands-down, my favorite, so I’m super excited to try this one.
I definitely see the peach note, and then it evolves into this wonderfully creamy mouthfeel that leaves the taste of vanilla behind. It’s very, very good. I can’t wait to try this one cold.
However, I have a tin of DavidsTea’s milk oolong, and a tin of TeaVivre’s milk oolong on the way to me (hopefully), so I can’t in any way justify buying any more of this. But if I had room for it, I would be mighty tempted.
If nothing else, as I brewed this tea up yesterday, I realized I know all of the words to “Kokomo” by The Beach Boys (or the Muppets, depending on your childhood). Hot, I did not care for this at all. But then I coldbrewed it overnight and the coldbrew is lovely and fruity and delicious. It’s juicy and definitely quenching my thirst. Delicious.
Coldbrewed this overnight to see if it was worth using one of our rewards to pick up more. But before I even put it in the fridge, I knew my answer. We had a 25 g pack, and it took most of that 25 grams to make a 24 ounce cup of tea, and I underleafed. Even free, that’s a bit rich for my blood. No, Gold Rush will forever be one of those teas I enjoy to go, but I can’t bring myself to keep it in the house, it angers me too much. It’s 11.50 for 50 grams now, so that would be 5.75 per coldbrew. Not worth it.
….but it’s so good. Sooooo good. I wish they would take the white tea out and sell this as an herbal. The other flavors overwhelm the white tea anyway, there’s no point to it except to make it bitter when oversteeped. But this coldbrew was a butterscotch dream. So I would recommend getting it as your to-go cup, but I would not recommend buying it.
I’m enjoying this more than I thought I would. It tastes like a sugar cookie with an abundance of cinnamon, which is fairly close to what a snickerdoodle is. Close, but not right on. And there’s a weird aftertaste I can’t really describe, but the flavor left on my tongue is not one I’d search out. A pleasant cup, but not one I care to repeat.