3551 Tasting Notes

So, a week or two back I went to the SweeTea Cafe with my fam, and we got bubble tea. What I didn’t write about was that I also picked up a bunch of green tea mochi! I’ve actually never had mochi before prior to this – honestly, I expected something maybe a bit more similar in texture to a macron? The flavour was really nice: definitely more of a “green tea” taste than your typical green tea flavoured candy/confections. However, the texture was odd. It was a weird cross between a little bit pasty, and also very doughy. Not sure how much I liked it overall. I think I’d need to try it again in a different flavour to really make up my mind?

Indigobloom

I love mochi! especially when it has the red bean paste inside. Yum.
But I know what you mean, it is rather odd :)

Gooseberry Spoon

Were they made there or prepackaged? There’s a big variation in packaged mochi quality. If you have a stand mixer and an hour to make a mess in you could always try making your own: http://justhungry.com/homemade-mochi-pounded-rice-modern-way

Roswell Strange

They were prepackaged; thanks for the recipe though! Definitely adding that one to my list of stuff I need to try :)

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Cold Brew!

Definitely a little rich/cloying for my tastes, but the overall strong berry flavour was really delightful, and perfect for a hot day like today. I definitely got a strong flavour of blueberry and black currant. As I’ve said before I’ve never tried Buchu on its own so I think the flavour of it must be similar to blueberry or currant and then just blends into the profile of those two fruits. I definitely couldn’t taste the base, either. What I did taste a bit on the end sip/in the aftertaste was a little bit of a floral note though? Pretty nice.

I’m happy I ONLY grabbed 50g when this came out because it’s not a tea I’m going to miss in the long run, but now that it’s more Spring/Summer time I’m happy to have more of this. It’s seasonally appropriate and I do enjoy it enough to have warranted a restock.

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drank Ice Cream Cake by DAVIDsTEA
3551 tasting notes

Sipdown (129)!

This one just really isn’t my jam, so this last mug will be a “sipdown” for me and I’ll be passing along the last bit of the sample to either my coworker Laura (if she’s interested) or my little sister – one or the other, anyway.

Best way I’ve found to enjoy this/get through a mug of this one so far is hot with milk but we don’t have any cow milk in the house so I figured I’d try it with vanilla almond milk since that’s what I do have on hand. It’s not as good as with cow milk, but it’s not awful. Definitely get a lot of chocolate notes and a cakeyness, with an element of vanilla/cream and then a nuttyness from the almond milk. Of course, as I’ve found is true with each time I’ve tried this, there’s also a lot of artificial/chemical type flavour notes and that’s what really detracts from the tea.

I think it just boils down to the fact I’m no longer the “target audience” for this tea. As much as I like rich teas, I’m not all that into overly sweet ones anymore. And there IS a difference between the two. As well, while I started my tea drinking during by falling in love with DAVIDsTEA’s Birthday Cake blend I’ve certainly progressed past the point of getting excited by sprinkles and chocolate swirls in my tea. They’re great to capture someone’s attention, but once you’ve really developed your palate they don’t have the same “oomph”.

It’s just kind of gimmicky, isn’t it?

Kristal

I totally hear you. Would have LOVED this tea 3-4 years ago, not I’ll pass. I still like birthday cake as occasional treat though-always in latte form ;)

Roswell Strange

Only time I drink Birthday Cake now is cold brewed; and only when I’m at my mom’s house and can steal it from my sister’s stash :P

tigress_al

Yep, once I started drinking the really good straight tea, sprinkles just don’t do it for me anymore!

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Sipdown (130)!

Had a really nice Gong Fu session with the one early in the morning today while I was making breakfast for myself and Trey’s dad, who’s in town today finishing up Cathryn’s room. Cathryn’s the new roommate; and she moves in this evening so pressure’s on!

I got nine infusions from the bloom today before it was spent. The first two were softer, before it had really opened up and the cups were a bit more one dimensional with a mostly light cocoa flavour. The third, fourth and fifth were the sweet spot today: natural cocoa notes from the tea, and a lovely trio of vanilla, custard and nutmeg presumably in combination with the base tea and the added flavours. The rest of the sips slowly had less vanilla/custard flavour as the flavourings deteriorated, and they became a little more malty and a bit more floral until the eight and ninth infusions were the leaf was clearly giving the last of what it could give and beginning to taste a lot more watered down.

This is arguably still my favourite Liquid Proust offering, only rivaled by Peach vs. Bergamot. I’m happy it’s as popular as it is, because that means I can restock it and hopefully not have to worry as strongly about doing so quickly because as much as I really want to place another LP order I don’t know when I’ll get to it – so many companies to order from, and have to prioritize a little bit by what I’m going to sipdown the soonest/what’s the most “seasonally appropriate” teas/blend and finally how badly I want to try new things…

For anyone considering an LP order, though, this is one that I HIGHLY recommend adding to your order!

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Yeah, the other day when I brewed up August Uncommon’s Low Country I totally should have made this one instead: it’s definitely what I was craving. Thankfully I figured that out though and I was able to make a late night mug of it for myself yesterday to finally sate that craving…

As per usual, this was faint whisps of tobacco smoke throughout with bright, sweet cherry top notes and a more woody background note with silky vanilla running throughout the sip like a vein of gold. There’s something magical and exotic about this tea, while still feeling kind of quaint and comforting.

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drank Orange Blossom by DAVIDsTEA
3551 tasting notes

Drank this midday yesterday as a semi-break from all the caffeinated teas.

It was really satisfying! There are definitely different types of citrus flavours and cravings. You have that lovely bright, juicy and maybe a little tart citrus craving: think orange juice or lemonade. Then there’s the craving for soft citrus, like lemon macrons, buttery lemon pastry or whisps of lime. And finally there’s the craving for creamy citrus! That’s the one I had yesterday, and so this was the perfect tea to quench that thirst/craving.

The flavour was basically Creamsicles; just this divine, rich and silky smooth orange note accented by a lovely vanilla flavour. I couldn’t taste the base at all, so I just got to sink into the flavour notes and really enjoy that. I also just got the most lovely, dainty whisps of floral notes and currants too, which really elevated the tea and took it to a greater place. Sometimes I get a soapy note when I drink this tea, and so it doesn’t see the inside of a mug as often as others in my stash, but when this one delivers it really delivers!

Kristal

Yet another good tea that is discontinued :(

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Sipdown (131)!

Drank the last of this sample yesterday morning/early afternoon. I think I liked it even more than last time; the flavours are so simple but just really, really well balanced overall. And it’s both an insanely flavourful blend as well as a fairly refreshing and smooth one. I probably wouldn’t, but I think I could drink this every morning as my ‘ease into the day’ tea and be relatively content. I definitely, definitely want to grab more of this.

Need to clear out tin space first, though…

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drank Apple Crumble by Pluck
3551 tasting notes

Impulse purchase!

I was having a bad day on Sunday, so I took a trip to Chapters with Trey because what could possibly make me feel better than books? Well, turns out the answer is tea. How could I have forgotten that Chapters carries a pretty good selection of tea!? I didn’t have a lot of cash on me ‘cause I was trying to be fiscally responsible, so even though I wanted to drop like $50 on Republic of Tea’s whole iced collection I only grabbed a little pouch of this tea. At the time it seemed the most interesting of Pluck’s selection.

Cold brewed it up today; it’s certainly not bad but it’s not exactly the most satisfying/overwhelming tea either. Frankly, it reminds me a lot of DAVIDsTEA’s Forever Nuts blend and all associated ‘clone blends’. Though, this does differentiate itself ‘cause it’s a lot more tart than Forever Nuts. That’d be because this specifically uses Granny Smith apples and lets face it, those are some pretty tart apples. But it’s not a big enough of a difference to really set itself apart. I’ll enjoy finishing off the pouch, but probably not in a rush: those Forever Nuts type blends are really nice in the fall but not as much in the summer…

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drank Redberry Tonic by DAVIDsTEA
3551 tasting notes

Made a mug of this for Trey because he’s sick and I took pity on him, and then I prepped a cold brew for myself. Then I had to cut us both off, because DT discontinued this tea like an idiot and my hoard of it is dwindling faster than I’d care to admit…

I was having a frustrating day at work: both my boyfriend and I have been quite sick as a late but frustratingly not at the same time. So, first I was chilling with death for a solid week and way too sick to spend time with him, then just as I was getting better I passed my super cold onto him and he got to be best bros with death for another week or so. Finally, we’re both feeling better but of course this week at work we’re on completely opposite shift schedules. So, I worked 9-5:30 yesterday, and he worked 5:30-9. I literally just saw him in passing as I was leaving the building to go home. It’s super frustrating!

The point of the story being that I devoured this cold brew on break yesterday. I was having a super lousy day and this was just the comfort tea that I needed to not go postal on another employee or donor. It was delicious, and sweet and tart with the best balance of lemony goodness and fruity berries. And the magic lasted right up until I was leaving and had to walk by Kyle on my way on. Then, just like that it was gone.

But it’s ok because this tasting note has a happy ending! My mom recently got approved to foster cats and she got her first two on Sunday! So, after work, I went over to her house and played with the two most adorable kittens for a few hours! Their names are Kiki and Elsa, and I came home covered in cat hair and it was the best thing ever!

Day 100% better.

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Commute tea!

I was craving smoke, but not the intensity of Lapsang so this is what I grabbed for the commute to work. I think I still ended up with LS level of smoke though ‘cause this cuppa was super abrasive with the level of smoke flavour. That said, it wasn’t a purely smoky tea: I also got the richness of molasses and caramel, and the kind of home-y feel of a toastier buckwheat note.

I greatly enjoyed the cup, but it was a little stronger than I remembered it being and I found it was just a touch too jolting so early in the morning. In hind sight, I probably should have brewed up a mug of The Woman instead: that would have been a more appropriate level of smokiness for the mood I was in. Nothing against the tea, though! It does what it aims to do very well – just a bad pick on my part.

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Hello;

My name is Kelly. I’m a barely twenty tea drinker and reviewer living in Saskatchewan, Canada. I started drinking loose leaf fairly casually nearly two years ago, and at some point between then and now that ‘fun little hobby’ turned into a serious obsession.

You know you’ve got it bad when you get your hobby tattooed to your arm.

Currently, I’m in the process of getting certified as a Tea Sommelier; if you’re interested in hearing more about that give me a shout because I’ve found the process to be really informative as well as quiet fun!

Typically I drink flavoured blends more that straight but one of my mini goals this year is to get that ratio to a more 50/50 level. I do a daily cold brew, and have at least (but usually a lot more) two hot cups of tea every day. Naturally I lean towards black or white blends and as of late oolongs but I WILL drink everything; the last half year or so I’ve been challenging myself by further exploring Oolong and Pu’Erh which are the tea types I know the least about overall.

My default for preparation is Western Style with zero additives (the exception being matcha which I drink in straight milk with no additives); so unless I mention otherwise you can assume that’s how I’ve prepared my tea!

Favourite flavours/ingredients: Pear, Lychee, Cranberry, Cream, Melon, Pineapple, Malt, Roasty, Petrichor

Least favourite flavours/ingredients:
Lemongrass, ginger/“Chai” in general, raisins, overly vegetal, chamomile, sometimes mango or peach

I also have a severe allergy to mushrooms; as such I do not drink Kombucha teas (just to be on the safe side)!

Currently exploring/looking to try: Straight Pu’Erh or Dark/Roasted Oolong, Sweet Potato flavoured blends, and anything with Goji berries

I’ve got four Tea Pets:

Two Pixiu Dragons named Zak and Wheezie, a monkey named Enzo, and a carp named Gyarados. If you see me writing about sharing tea with any of them that’s what I’m talking about ;)

I also have one real life pet:

A skinny pig hairless guinea pig named Eilert, after Henrik Ibsen’s play Hedda Gabler. He’s pretty chill, but a greedy little fella who’ll rip food right out of your hands. Sometimes he joins me for tea time even though he never gets to participate.

I also write reviews for SororiTea Sisters! Typically what I post there is more edited, focused and expanded reviews of what I’m posting here. Unless I was sent a tea specifically to review for the blog, I will post here first.

If the tea was sent to me specifically to review there then the full review will only be posted there, and my Steepster review will just contain a snippet of the review and a link to the full review on the SS site.

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