2379 Tasting Notes
I had a samples of this tea that originated from boychik though I’m not sure if I received it from the source or if it was passed on by someone else. Nonetheless, thank you to those who made it possible for me to try this blend because it is delicious! Even drinking it cold, I can appreciate all this has to offer. It’s rich and malty and has a certain coziness that screams holiday. It is also smooth and sweet and just downright tasty.
This was one of my new teas I was most excited about. I brewed it up and there were a whole bunch of chips in my filter. However, I swear they were little meringue hats instead of white chocolate chips. Anyways, whatever they were, they left a but of scum floating at the top of the tea that looks unappealing but isn’t completely intolerable when drinking. Tastewise, it’s nice though it won’t be replacing some of my favourite sweet lemon teas anytime soon. I am not exactly getting white chocolate more like a meringue (hence why I thought it was meringue hats in the strainer) and there is a soft lemon at the tail end of the sip but I can’t determine if it’s lemon pledge or lemongrass. At the end of the day this tea was enjoyable enough.
Has anyone ever had the raspberry cake with cream cheese icing from Publix? That’s what I expected from this tea. A sweet pound cake with slightly tangy/very creamy icing and a fair bit of raspberry jam goodness.
At first sip, it came off as just a raspberry black tea. However, as I continued drinking I realized there was something more than raspberry jam in my cup – there is a sweetness and a thickness that reminds me of cake. Unfortunately no cream cheese icing here but that’s okay. It can be one of those naked cakes that are quite popular now where the sides are left bare to show off all the layers. Still tasty even though it’s not exactly what I expected.
As some of you know I have been off tea recently but on Wednesday, my dad finally brought me my teas from the 52teas kickstarter campaign and over the past few days I found myself wanting to try them. Unfortunately, Saturday was my sister’s engagement party (that’s not the unfortunate part), so the past week has been a bit of a whirlwind of busyness.
Then yesterday there was a death in the family so tea obviously was not on my mind. However, what was on my mind was calling in to work to let them know I was dealing with this loss, so this morning I called in and rather than approving the three days of bereavement leave I asked for, they told me the schedule was really tight and that they would see what they could do, and call me back. Seriously. I told them my grandfather passed away and they basically told me that it was too hard to accommodate me and I may have to come in. They even gave me a song and a dance about missing work for his funeral!!! Like are you kidding me?!? And it’s not like I am a manager or anything like that…I am an office supplies associate at Staples. Needless to say I am pissed with the way this had been handled. Oh, and they still haven’t called me back and my shift starts in 15 minutes. Well, I am at home, with my family, where I should be and if that’s an issue they can just write me up. I don’t think I’m being unreasonable.
Anyways, in my severely pissed off mood, I decided I needed something to calm down and so in order to clear my head, I took the time to focus on brewing up a mug of this. Genmaichas have always been a favourite of mine with a special spot in my heart for those made by 52teas. Sipping on this particular one, I’m getting a lot of the toasted rice goodness that I love while the base stays mild and in the background. Meanwhile, I am also getting a combination of cream and spice/ginger that reminds me of the iced part of a gingerbread cookie. The flavoring is not the headliner that I hoped it would be but it’s definitely there hiding behind the rice. One just has to look a little bit harder to find it. Nonetheless, I am pleased and focusing on something other than my frustration has proved to be rather helpful. Also, a great start for the new 52teas!
Roswell Strange, I will have to remember to grab samples of all the teas for you :)
So I brewed this up hot and now I am experiencing a weird combination of a very loose tasting tea that still has chocolatey banana flavors that you would typically have cold. Basically, as a regular tea, the taste and consistency just don’t mesh well. However, I could see this being good as a latte as the flavors are there but need a creamy boost. Better yet, this would probably be delicious as a cold latte.
Anyone suffer from claustrophobia? I ask because I have always been slightly claustrophobic but lately it has gotten worse…much worse. And by that, I mean I have had two panic attacks in the past two days at work. So, that has been fun. Basically I am asking though because I am trying to determine why this might be and if anything can even be done about it. My guess is stress (thanks to my job forcing me to simultaneously do two different jobs to prove I can do the job they are considering promoting me to) is causing my claustrophobia/anxiety to be heightened and so attacks are more likely to be triggered. Does that sound plausible? Also, is there anything that can even be done for claustrophobia? I have an appointment set up with my doctor but I am just curious if anyone has any knowledge/experience about it.
Anyway, with that said I can get to the tea. I prepped this while cooking dinner so by the time I finally started drinking it, it had cooled quite a bit. That isn’t really a problem though given its a melon tea and melon is a nice flavor to enjoy at cooler temperatures. Overall, melon is the strongest flavor but it comes later in the sip and then sits on your tongue after you’re done drinking. Leading up to that point, there is a touch of malt. It’s weird because the two blend seamlessly together despite being so drastically different. I personally relate malt with a warm, wintery flavor while melon is brighter and more of a summer taste. However, in this it works. Though, I am sad as the flavoring has dulled slightly due to age. It is nice enough but nothing that I will cry over when its gone.
I’ve simultaneously been drinking this and Bear Flag’s rosé. Not exactly the most sensical pairing but one is a tasty summer drink and the other is like a fall hug. This tea is the hug, of course. It is spot on for gingerbread – bready, sweet, gingery, and surprisingly warming. It’s teas like these that will slowly spark my passion for tea again. At least I hope that’s the case.
So I have been going through a phase where I’ve lost my love and excitement over tea (sorry if that’s sacrilegious on here :P). Consequently, I haven’t been frequenting this site much but even more upsetting is I haven’t even touched my stash in months. I have actually been on an iced coffee kick (spurred on by my recent visit to Israel) and a bubble tea whirlwind. However, thinking about my stash aging and losing it’s zest has made me sad. So, as the weather cools a bit here in Toronto, I decided to make myself a cup.
I basically picked my tea by shoving my hand into one of my tea drawers and grabbing the first bag my hand touched. It ended up being this tasty little number. However, as I brewed it, I realized just as I started my tea love with flavored teas, it might take flavored teas to reignite my interest. So, as I hurriedly sipped away at this tea (as I was running late for work), I found myself sort of bored and less enthused than I hoped I would be. I’m hoping it was just because I didn’t have time to enjoy my cup because I really am trying to pay more attention to my beloved beverage.
The coconut is strong in this one. Strong and sweet. And the strawberry provides a nice counter flavor to help balance everything out. Every now and then I get a punch of tartness from both the pineapple and the hibiscus. It actually is making for a delicious glass of iced tea on this warm day. As for the rest of this tea? It’s currently cold brewing so we will see how that goes and this might end up being a repurchase.
Also, hi steepster members! It’s been a while. Between traveling Europe last month, traveling Israel this month, jet lag, and tbh a bit of tea boredom, I feel like I haven’t drank tea/been on this site in ages.