2586 Tasting Notes
I’m liking this one a lot today…like a lot. Imagine the original marshmallow treat with its perfectly balanced sweet marshmallow and awesomely roasted rice but with a splash of strawberry deliciousness. In fact, I would say this improved with age because this is the best it’s been and my other tasting notes are over 2 years old.
175 – 2 perfect teaspoons – 2 minutes
Anyone ever had an affogato? Do you eat it? or drink it? I am confused how it works.
That confusion came through today when I attempted to use this tea to make a tea affogato. I thought the briskness of the earl grey would pair amazingly with the vanilla ice cream so I decided to give it a go. This is what I did:
1. Boiled the kettle
2. Put a scoop of vanilla ice cream in a DAVIDs tea Nordic mug
3. Put the mug in the freezer (and prayed it wouldn’t crack when I put the tea in)
4. Put 4 DAVIDs perfect teaspoons in the gravity steeper
5. Filled the steeper to just above the DAVIDs tea line
6. Steeped the tea
7. Poured it over the ice cream
The result: A mug that is still intact. One amazingly perfect spoonful of melty marshmallowy ice cream. Honestly, perfection – smooth, creamy, sweet, marshmallow, vanilla, and a refreshing citrus pop. And then the rest, not so great. Basically the ice cream melted away and left a layer of warm vanilla slush atop a much more bitter layer of significantly overleafed tea. Imagine trying to drink a can of pledge. Yeah, not so perfect anymore.
Where did I go wrong? Proportions. Not enough ice cream and too much tea. I think the strength of tea, had their been the right amount was perfect because when mixed with the ice cream it was strong enough to impart its own flavor without being bitter. Without the ice cream it was too much. So next time? Same amount of leaf but less water and more ice cream.
This week has been crazy at school. I thought my 20 page Litigation assignment was bad until I compiled a 75 page assignment for my real estate law class. And if that wasn’t bad enough, my legal document production assignment weighed 4 lbs. All due in one week. So craziness ensued. That’s why when I skipped class today, I didn’t feel too bad.
Why did I skip? Well, it was boring as hell for one thing but another was to go get cheesecakes with a friend. For anyone who has ever tried a Japanese cheesecake, you know they are fairly unique when compared the standard notion of cheesecake in North America. The cheese is actually baked into the cake as opposed to the typical layered version so it makes for a fluffier treat. Here in Toronto, Uncle Tetsu is the go-to for such a cake since they are supposed to be the best. However, that also means waiting in a huge line (min. 20 minutes) shoving into the tiny bakery and then only being able to walk away with one plain cheesecake for your efforts (or a matcha one if you go to the matcha cafe next door). With that said, someone recently told me of a different bakery, Love Me Sweet, which has been getting attention for being better than Uncle Tetsu. The perks of this place? No line, no packing into a bakery, no limit in cakes, different flavors (plain, chocolate, and coffee), and no having to drive to the middle of downtown to go because it is just north of yonge and steeles (aka 10 minutes from my house). I got a chocolate one and a plain and went on my merry way.
Now I am home sipping on this tea and trying the plain cheesecake. This cheesecake is definitely not as fluffy as Tetsu’s, it is denser/wetter thus crumbles more but still fluffier than the usual cheesecake. It is also pairing wonderfully with this tea. The creaminess of the cake is complimenting the coconut of the tea. The base is standing out more than usual today but I am liking it for that since its contributing a nice bit of honey flavor. As the sip melts away, the banana toffee flavor is what is left behind. It’s different than it usually is but not in a bad way, just a different experience.
Edit: So I think I definitely prefer Love Me Sweet to Uncle Tetsu which is awesome since it’s much easier to get ahold of. However, both are best after being refrigerated.
HELLO STASH! You have been missed greatly! It’s nice to be home.
Anyways, this tea is an old one. A VERY old one. Like 3ish years old. Alas, it hasn’t quite held up like some of my other teas. Tbh I haven’t had this straight in a while as this is mostly used for eggnog latte for which it works perfectly. Straight, however, all vanilla marshmallow goodness has faded away leaving behind an incredibly brisk earl grey. Like a punch of citrus rind to the face. At times, I get wisps of the sweet, creamy vanilla and sweet marshmallows but they are fleeting and the taste left behind is drying. Oh well.
Edit: Turns out I spoke too soon since this is now lukewarm and marshmallow perfection with just the perfect amount of blerg (which I think may be growing on me just a bit…so maybe I should stop calling it that lol)
So I’ve been at my sisters for over a week now and living with just 7 DAVIDs teas is pretty sad when I know I have such a vast collection locked up in my house. Definitely missing my stash. Though it could be worse and hopefully I’ll get my tea back soon haha.
As for this tea, it’s a genetically sweet rooibos. There are fruity notes that come out more as the tea cools. It does remind me of jelly beans tbh. It would be interesting to cold brew this to see how the flavors come out when the base is muted.
Now that I am trying this fresh, I feel I was definitely ripped off when I purchased this in a stash sale when I first started on steepster. It is frustrating for sure as I am pretty sure I overpaid and got old and stale teas (it is always good to note if the teas you are selling are a bit older so the buyers know it is at their own risk). Oh well, I have had so many great experiences on here that I can overlook the one bad one.
As for this tea, its not amazing but certainly not deserving of the 5 rating I gave it so many years ago. All the bits and pieces make for a pretty murky cup with bits of blue and green from the chocolate and sprinkles. Smell-wise, it actually does smell of ice cream which is impressive. As for taste, I could see this being awesome as a latte or maybe even a cold brew as to tone down the oiliness (which isn’t too offensive here tbh but still not preferred). With that said, it does actually taste like ice cream cake, though slightly more chocolatey than you would expect. Its interesting and very much a DAVIDs tea blend in the sense that it is sweet and over-the-top and artificial. Though what is ice cream cake if not all those things? One thing I will say is I think trying this cold would be more worthwhile as the idea of warm tea and ice cream cake is harder to reconcile than if this was an iced latte.