2279 Tasting Notes
Almost done with my Octavia Tea samples! This one I did up as a cold brew. I think I’d have been fine with a hot cup too, but cold brew was just a more convenient route.
Taste wise, I didn’t get ANY of the base for this one: the orange flavouring in it was just too strong to let any base show through. Taste wise, it was certainly a robust/powerful orange flavour but I’m entirely sure if I could name is “Blood Orange” specifically with any confidence. It certainly didn’t read as chemical/disinfectant-y to me, and I didn’t solely taste peel or rind, which is a big “no” for me, but I think it could have used a little sweetner because that aspect of the orange flavour was lacking for me. There was no juice or “sparkle” for me. It was just kind of… flat.
So overall: not a bad tasting tea, but very very monotone as far as the flavour goes. If I had more, I’d definitely be down for experimenting with it to try and get more out of this one (hot cups, tea soda…) but alas I do not, and it’s not really worth the effort to get more on a hunch I could make this one better.
Posting out of order again, ‘cause I left tasting notes/jots at home and I can’t remember what I drank on Monday after my Elephant Chai…
Thank you Cameron B. for the sample of this one! Up until you asked if I wanted to try any of the Lupicia teas you got, I didn’t even realize this one ‘was a thing’ but when I saw it, I knew I wanted it! And when I opened the package from you, this is definitely the first thing I smelled despite the aluminum foil around it. Mmm! So robust, and juicy and sticky sweet smelling. A very, very powerful grape candy smell to say the least.
I admit, original plan was to have this one on New Years because I didn’t expect it to make it to me by Christmas – and the champagne in it was enough of a New Years tie in to me. But low and behold it DID arrive before Christmas and Jingle Bells are really more of a Christmas thing anyway…
So I steeped this up this morning, and I knew from the smell that I was going to love it. And I was correct! This is so lush, and flavourful with a really, really robust juicy red grape flavour. It borders a little on candy like or maybe a grape freezie (they seem to have their own flavour that’s just slightly different than most grape candy), but mostly it reminds me of a good wine. And then the champagne is also really, really present and I don’t know how but I swear I taste the bubbles. It’s just so sweet and crisp and clear. And then finally theres a faint floral note on the end that rounds out the whole cup and gives a bit more depth.There is a very, very faint astringency to the mug – but I only noticed it after the tea started to cool so maybe it’s from sitting on the counter here a little while. Either way, it’s really not bothering me.
This MAY just be my favourite Lupicia Tea yet or close to. It’s hard to top Golden Honeydew. I’m very, very impressed though. The flavours in this are exactly what was described, and beautifully executed. Happy to have one more cup left (for New Years, I suppose).
Happy Holidays, Steepster!
Board/Dash seem quiet today which I’m going to take to mean everyone’s at home with family and loved ones. I’m stuck here at work dealing with the last minute shoppers for now, but in two hours I’ll be headed home to do the same.
currently I’m trouble shooting some technical stuff right now: our receipt printer WAS working, but it just inexplicably stopped. I am not a tech smart person: so this is rather challenging. People are getting pissed off about not receiving receipts, so I’m hand writing out everything for them. It sucks. Do not want. Gonna try the age old “turn it off and back on again” ‘trick’ next…
Anyway; had this in a timolino, without milk this time. Don’t know how it’s possible but this is even sweeter tasting without the milk? How’d that even happen!? It was still good though: thick enough mouthfeel, sweet vanilla, and gingerbread? Mmm! Surprisingly festive!
Hey look at that, I actually will catch up on tasting notes for the day! But only because I was lazy and just pasted my jot notes right into the body of most of the notes I wrote today…
This is what I’m currently drinking, but with a couple splashes of eggnog in it to switch things up/keep things interesting. Tis the season for eggnog everything. I’m loving that I can actually taste the eggnog at the same time as the roasty, marshmallow traits of the tea. It’s not covering it up at all, just complimenting it! And then there’s a vegetal buttery taste at the end from the green tea.
I’ve been craving a Dutch Licorice Eggnog Latte for days, so I finally made one last night since i was home from work early enough to not be rushed going to bed.
Unfortunately, the Dutch Licorice flavour didn’t come through as much as I had imagined it would in my head, which left me a little disappointed – but it was really good overall despite the feeling something was missing. What licorice flavour was present came through at the end of the sip after the eggnog, and was very rich.
If I do this one again I’ll probably just go for a straight up latte – no eggnog.
Had this one in a timolino, and it was pretty good – definitely traveled a little better than I thought it would. I was pretty sure the subtle juiciness of the lychee wouldn’t translate but it did. I still echo my first impression though that this is just a relatively average lychee black. Good, for not exceptional.
Two stories today: One involves a coworker. And one involves Tre…
A couple nights ago me and another coworker were kind of playfully teasing/bantering with this 15 YO cashier named Matthew. He’s actually one of my favourite cashiers because he’s so sarcastic/witty and so am I so we both just kind of constantly play off each other, and it’s entertaining and fun.
So point is we were teasing him because his sideburns are CRAZY PUFFY and we were mocking him saying we could see his sideburns sticking out all the way from Customer Service, which is quiet a distance from the till he was working out. I THOUGHT we were being obviously sarcastic like usual but, uhh, the next day he came to work without sideburns. Welp.
So, I sorta directly influenced a 15YO who was probably super proud of his facial hair to shave it off. Even though I in no way meant to! And honestly, people who know me well know I’m the last person to persuade someone to shave; I have such a thing for facial hair. Every man should be bearded…
And now the Tre story.
I came home from work, and walked into the house – and immediately onto a whole bunch of pieces of lego. Not even getting started on how much it hurt. But, the big dork bought about $300 in Star Wars Lego battleships for himself as a Christmas present, and now there’s Lego literally everywhere in the apartment. Living room floor, kitchen floor, kitchen table…
Getting ready for work in the morning is like navigating a minefield.
One of the bonus samples from my Octavia tea order, and definitely not one I’d have picked out for myself. Not even close. To get it over and done with, I just cold brewed it.
- VERY strong/intense lemon smell, like lemon extract!
- Green base totally masked in the smell
- Taste wise, this is almost purely intense lemon
- It manages not to venture into “Pledge” or “Peel” territory
- But DAMN it’s strong
- Green base only makes its presence known in the end sip
- Which has a slight vegetal/spinach type flavour to it
- GREAT for lemon fans, but it’s too concentrated for me