2915 Tasting Notes
HAPPY CANADIAN THANKSGIVING STEEPSTER!
I grabbed this tea since the teabag has been hanging out forever and an Apple tea seemed festive in light of the Apple picking and Apple pies my family usually has this weekend.
Now that I am drinking the tea, it’s not the Apple (autocorrect insists on capitalizing the word “Apple”) that stands out but rather the caramel. It’s like the chewy caramels people hand out around Halloween. Well the caramels and grass.
…and I am back over 200 again. Luckily most of my teas are samples but now I need to keep working to get my numbers down.
This was finished off as a teapop. It’s really brought out the pear flavor and made for a bright finish. However, the last of my leaf was a whole lot of fennel so in addition to the pear, the fennel was really strong tonight. That I wasn’t too pleased with but I know it is just something that can happen so oh well.
This is the teapop I sipped on earlier while making Butternut Squash soup for tomorrow’s Thanksgiving dinner. It later dawned on me how festive that was so I was entertained. Anyways, this was a lovely fruit tea. It reminded me slightly of Hard Candy though was more fruit than jolly rancher flavored. It definitely had a cranberry tartness and was more subtly flavored than DAVIDs fruit teas tend to be but there also wasn’t any artificial sweeteners in this which makes it that much better.
Well today has definitely been much improved from the shit show that was yesterday. For one thing, it is the start of a long weekend which means I got to leave work early today since the office closes at 3. Then, getting home I got to park the car for the weekend which means no more mini panic attacks for a little bit due to having to drive. Then, my sister and her husband got back from their honeymoon and brought gifts…for me that meant tea.
They were in Africa so they grabbed a few teas for me to try and then they had a stopover in Paris where they grabbed a few more goodies to bring home. In addition to tea, they hit up Laduree in Paris and bought me one of each macaron flavor. I told them they were insane given when I bought 5 macarons, it cost me like 20 euro. They bought like 20 macarons. She said is wasnt that much but I have a sneaking suspicion she is lying. Nonetheless, it was a very nice gesture and I look forward to trying all my new treats.
This is one of the teas she grabbed while in Africa. I have never heard of this company but she came back with a sampler box of 16 of their teas. I am not sure why I reached for this one first but it is a nice introduction to the company.
First thing I noticed was all the mint in the teabag when I pulled it out of its little box. It was like a 1:1 ratio of mint and black tea leaf. I wasn’t sure if this meant the mint would be overpowering or not but as I sip the brewed tea, I can say it definitely is not. I am not a huge fan of chocolate in teas but the chocolate here comes off more as a creaminess and the slightest hint of cocoa to mix with the fresh peppermint flavor. The base tea is smooth and very timid but provides a solid foundation for the other flavors to stand on. It’s a decent chocolate mint tea.
With that said, this reminds me more of the dark chocolate mint chocolates (the brown ones) from Laura Secord as opposed to the Ice Mint chocolates (the light green ones), which is my preferred of the two (hopefully people know what I am talking about and know the difference or this reference will sound like complete gibberish). It’s good but not something that is leaving such a strong impression that I would need to source more of this from Africa. Pleasant way to end an evening though.
Well I got in an accident at 8:40 then continued to deal with that until finally getting home at 5 only to be told to walk back out the door to do groceries and so I decided I deserved a treat…the last tsp of this tea. I boiled the kettle and steeped the tea then disposed of the leaf when I finished only to take a sip of the ice cold, colored but unflavored water. So that was a waste. Just the perfect end to a fucking terrible day.
So I decided to try this as a tea smoothie with frozen strawberries and bananas. I gotta say, it is not what I expected. The tea flavor stands out above all else which is impressive but also a little disappointing. I hoped it would work as a smoothie but this is just like drinking a super thick, slightly chocolatey cup of Hello Sweetie tea. Some of my favorite smoothies have highlighted the tea flavor while also tasting like something new. This is nothing new.
With that said, it is still Hello Sweetie which means there is a whole lot of toffee, coconut, and banana. It’s awesome. Just not worth using so much leaf for a smoothie when the smoothie just tastes like the tea.
So I used one teabag for me and one for my friend. There was a fair amount of vanilla pods in the teabag so I was excited but sipping on this tea I am finding it very monotone. There is a light floral vanilla and that’s it. I feel like the base could contribute more to round out the flavor but it’s quite weak for a black base. I didn’t realize this was a black oolong blend so maybe that is playing a role.