New Tasting Notes
I’ve always loved having a large glass of milk when I get home from a long day of work (calcium, yo!) and it’s even better being able to have a large glass of matcha whisked milk now! Serendipitous, actually.
This is, of course, part of the giant matcha sampler from aisling of tea.
I’m so happy with this though, which is good because they sent so much! It blended amazingly well and frothed up really nicely too. On top of that, it tastes very good (not too weak or strong, and no grassy matcha taste) – and just like pumpkin pie gunk. The only thing that’d make it better is some super rich creamy vanilla icecream. Yes! I definitely want to try making a milkshake with this one! Vanilla icecream, milk, and pumpkin pie matcha! Mmm!
Huge thanks to aisling of tea/De for sending me so much of this one! Prior to tonight I’d only had one cup of it (courtesy of Kittenna), but I adored it and figured I’ve never get a chance to have more. I’m so SO happy to be wrong!
I just sent some of this to VariaTEA today along with a giant package of other teas which has been steadily growing the last month or so, and I couldn’t resist making myself some of this as soon as I got home.
I’d forgotten how cloudy/murky this is from the yogurt (I’m hoping that doesn’t turn off VariaTEA too much), and am really happy that it still tastes as amazing as I’ve held it up to be in my head. Delicious creamy/mellow and maybe even a teeny, tiny touch smokey/malty peach taste! Delicious!
I’ve done a really good job with sipdowns today! Yay me!
Anyway, made the last pf my sample of this from VariaTEA in a timolino and drank it on the walk home from work. That means it sat in the timolino for a good, solid 8 hours. I point this out because it wasn’t even the SLIGHTEST bit bitter – so that’s fantastic.
However, as far as the other taste goes I found it nice, if maybe a little too floral (I don’t mind floral teas too much, but I dislike that flavour quality a lot in black blends specifically). On a whole, this is SO generic though! Like, if I hadn’t made it myself and known what it was there’s nothing about this tea that distinguishes it enough for me to go “Oh yes, that’s a cup of Marco Polo! Nothing else like it!” and for that reason most of all I’m glad this is gone and out of the way.
Sipdown! I’m definitely getting more of this for now, maybe 25g for now and see how I am when that finishes. The only thing in here that is potential issue is the lemongrass. So far, with my bag, it has not been too strong, so with hope, it will be ok in larger amounts. It’s one of those ingredients that I’m on the fence with…I like it in some blends, but not all.
I go into my T2 store weekly even if its just for a sample or a chat with the staff. Each time i go i ask them to forward back my request for Arctic Fire to be promted to the “Big Tin” size. Why you ask such devotion? Arctic Fire is the most underated gem of the T2 range. Fruity with a electric minty backtaste is best appriciated by under rather than overbrewing. Also let it cool of a minute or two before that 1st sip. This elixir hints at fruity grapefruit and subtly spiced apricot & peach. The more you brew by the more the cornflower will develop the mint over the fruit. This brew is worth the time to experiment to get the best out of it. Please grab a sample and try it.
Flavors: Apricot, Peach
Second Mulberry Magic note of the day. For shame. But with good reason because I sipped this sucker down, yo! I cold steeped the remaining cup. Much better than I expected! I thought the oily macadamia would be weird cold. But the truth is it doesn’t get that heavy, swampy flavour as it does hot.
How is it already almost midnight? All I really managed to do today was mark half the questions on a stack of midterms, then the rest of the day was eaten up by going out way into the suburbs (stupidly so, obviously, considering I have no vehicle) to check out a rental suite. Needless to say, it’s way too far out. Then more time wasted online looking for potential places. Ugh.
Tomorrow will be a cooler tea day. Let’s hope.
Cold brewed overnight and half drank in the morning and half at work in a timolino. Total cold brew time was 12 hours.
I’m pretty excited to see this gone because it was an older tea and yet another unnecessary DT blend to keep around, especially since I wasn’t too impressed with it. However, I will say that it was better cold brewed than hot; it had a stronger banana flavour overall, although the oolong was still very unpleasant and floral.
I can’t help but wonder if this would have been much better if I’d acquired it fresh. I suppose that’s something I can revisit should DT ever decide to bring this back – but for now it’s out of cupboard and out of mind.
This one I got out of the EU Travelling Teabox (round 1). At first I wasn’t even planning to try it at all, but then two things happened.
1. I found myself rather forced to take some more stuff out, because I couldn’t tetris everything into the box and close the lid.
2. Scheherazade shared a couple of bags of surprisingly pleasant (well, it surprised me) chai with me, so I thought why not?
The more I thought about this one, the more appealing I thought it was. Nuts, you know. :)
I’m trying it tonight while I’m home alone and rather need something warming. I haven’t quite reached the point where I can only stand peppermint herbals yet, but let me put it this way. In the last 48 hours I’ve watched 23 episodes of As Time Goes By. I think that speaks volumes about my current health, really. I’ll be taking season four with me to bed as soon as I’m finished writing this.
I don’t usually like milk in my tea, in fact I tend to generally be of the opinion that milk and/or sweetener is just ruining the cup (especially the sweetener, blech!), but I’ve come to understand that I really do need it there in a chai. Otherwise it seems unfinished, somehow. Even so, I’ve got a few mouthfuls of this in a second cup without milk, so that I can taste it unadulterated.
I’ll start with the non-milk version. As it was the dregs of the pot, it’s gone a bit bitter. It smells very cinnamon-y but it doesn’t have an overwhelming cinnamon taste. Mind you, I can’t taste any nuts either but that might be the dregs-y situation’s fault. If it hadn’t gone so bitter, it does taste like it would be really rather nice.
As for the milked cup, I fulled the mug about a quarter up with milk and nuked it. I am too damn lazy for saucepans when it’s such a relatively small amount of milk we’re talking about. Then I poured the finished tea into that, and this does smell quite nutty. And milky. It only lacks chocolate and it would smell like hot nutella. I can detect the cinnamon as well, but it’s even more discreet here than without the milk.
It’s not at all bitter with the warm milk in. It’s very sweet, actually. Partly I think because of the nuts, and partly because of the milk. (Seriously, next time you have a glass of milk, pay attention to it. It really does have a sweet taste to it) The spices are very low here, as is the base tea, so I pretty much feel like I’m drinking warm nutty milk.
Which, actually, is really rather nice. For all the lack of base tea and spices, I strongly suspect that I would notice them NOT being there, so I don’t think they’re completely invisible. They’re just… background noise. Rounding everything out. As the cup cools the spices come in to play more, but still mainly as an aftertaste.
I’m glad my tetris-inabilities forced me to pilfer this one. It’s really very pleasant. Perhaps I can learn to enjoy chai. It’s just a question of finding the correct chai.
Back from the Black Friday order… but oh no! It’s the apple flavor that I thought Della Terra got rid of completely, as I haven’t tasted it in other apple blends for a while and the other apple flavor they use is so good. This one just isn’t for me. It’s the artificial perfumey apple, rather than the baked pie filling apple. Caramel apple! I was hoping this one was good. I don’t think the caramel cubes melt a whole lot, or there needs to be more of them. Also, there is supposed to be spice here? But it was an okay cup despite my distaste for the apple. It would have been so much better with the other apple though! But this one is actually better than the other teas from Della Terra that use this apple. Really, the only bad apple teas I’ve tried from DT are the Caramel Candy Apple and the Apples & Herbs. All of the others are GOOD apples.
Thank you Dexter3657! I needed something low caffeine after all that matcha. Hojicha is a good option if you’re not feeling like white/green/red tea but definitely low caffeine. I went with Zen’s instructions for hojicha (since no one really gives instructions for hojicha). Two teaspoons, 203 degrees for one minute (well.. I went for two minutes). Always love a nice cup of hojicha! Roasty, toasty, a little bit sweet. I’m surprised there isn’t more flavor here though, especially with two teaspoons. The second steep I went with just boiled water and the flavor is the same. I’ll enjoy the few teaspoons remaining in my meager hojicha collection, but there are better hojicha teas out there.
Michelle sent this one a while back for her sale! thank you! It’s an individually wrapped serving of matcha with sugar in it, but it looks like a BIG serving. Probably twice as what Red Leaf’s matchaccino scoop is. With all the mess of ingredients I put in my smoothie, it was hard to tell how nice with the matcha was, but it wasn’t not good! :D A banana, raspberry yogurt, milk and whipped cream on top! So delicious. I’m getting addicted to these things.
When i worked in the Melbourne CBD i used to go to Max Brenner for there decadant South American Chili Chocolate. I have now found the T2 equivilant in Chili Kiss ( just add a splash of Choc Soy) Or if you love it straight – perfect as is. This is my number 2 underated T2 Brew. Numbers 1, 3, 4 & 5 being Arctic Fire & Fruit Blush, Spring & Shimmer Punch
The sample I received of this from aisling of tea was the perfect size for a cold brew, which made me really excited because that’s why I had it in my shopping/wishlist in the first place. In total, this cold brewed for nine hours.
I brought it to work today to leave at my till and drink in between customers. It’s definitely more refreshing keeping cold brewed teas around than hot, though I appreciate the hot tea at the end of my shift when I’m cashing out/doing the closing paperwork and on the walk home.
This one was REALLY good. It definitely came across very strongly of berries, and I specifically tasted the sweet acai berries, and the blueberry. Sadly, the Juniper berries were kinda lost in the other strong flavours despite there being so many of them; I’m sure that they contributed something to the flavour on a whole though. This also reminded me a little of Blueberry Jam, which I also thoroughly enjoy.
Once my cupboard is better maintained and I’ve finished off a whole bunch of other DT blends, I’d TOTALLY stock this one up just for cold brewing; I think the key difference between this and Blueberry Jam is that Blueberry Jam didn’t make for a great cold brew where as this one totally did. It’d be interesting to try this hot and see if the reverse it true as well…
Sweet & Savoury smoky campfire out in the Siberian Wilderness. For my taste a nice long steep only intensifys the savoury notes and brings out the depths of flavour. if you could cross a savoury vegetable bullion and a black tea this tea would come close, this is my afternoon snack tea when im after something hearty. I have added a scoop of T2’s Winter in winter that adds a hint of spice to the savoury with its pepper, cardamon, ginger & Cinnamon.
Great Canadian TTB
So I have no clue what is in this but when you get a chance to try a 52 tea blend, you take it and thanks to AshleyElizabeth, I was able to try one more. This is actually a nice cup. Honeybush is probably most prominent but there is a hint of fruitiness that I am quite enjoying. Also, apparently this has chamomile, but I am getting none of that flavorwise which makes me happy as I am not a fan. All in all, not a bad cup :)
Great Canadian TTB
Now most of you know I am not a lover of oolongs but this one just sounded and smelled so good that I had to try a cup. However, once again, I am only really getting the oolong base and thus I am finding myself rather disappointed. Thank you Jeweled Thumb for including it and enabling me to try it but this one is just not for me.
I am rationing this Xmas linited edition as it contains 3 of my favourite flavours Blueberry, Coconut & Apple. This was such an underated tea that really should have received more attention. it is brilliant hot, i actually prefer it hot than iced. Also iced would use my dwindling supply too quickly. Im not a fan of liquorice root normally (I threw out a box of Liquorice Legs) as it tends to get so sweet the longer it cools as to be undrinkable. Not in this case as they got the balance just right.
Great Canadian TTB
After the success with Chocolate Chip, I decided to give this a try. However, this is more what I come to expect from Adagio blends. The base is strong and a touch astringent. The only other flavor powerful enough to compete is the rose. This is just not for me but thank you Jeweled Thumb for the chance to try it.