3095 Tasting Notes
This is a queued tasting note.
Bought some plain Milk2Go so I’ve been bringing a bottle with in my lunch for work all week along with some matcha. This wasn’t all that extraordinary: just sweetened milk? Maybe a little floral? But it was nice to have something cold on break after an exhausting morning carrying in dressers, wardrobes, and other large pieces of furniture.
The sugars in the tea syrup definitely reacted in a weird way to the club soda with this one, and I wound up with a tea pop that visually was the colour of beer with the frothy, foamy top to go along with that.
So to take advantage of the uncanny resemblance I poured this into a Stein and served it to my little sister who LOVES watermelon. I once watched her eat an ENTIRE watermelon by herself over the course of an afternoon. We then waited for my mom to get home from work, and watch her drinking this ‘beer’. She did; and then freaked out on my sister for going through the beer in the fridge which she knows she isn’t to touch. It was a fun prank.
For reference, my sister is eleven…
I forgot I was steeping this one in the fridge, so it got something like a 48 hour infusion? That wasn’t a bad thing though – it pushed all the flavours to deliver a strong flavour and that wound up really well conveying a true ‘gingerbread’ flavour.
More interesting than this tea, though, is that I got my Septum pierced this week! I’ve been wanting to get it done for well over a year, but I’ve always been working places where visual piercings were against the dress code. While, once healed, a Septum piercing can easily be flipped up and hidden that’s not really much of an option that first month, which was problematic. Thankfully, VV has such a liberal dress code that it’s not a problem at all!
This is, I guess, basically my first piercing? I have my ears pierced but I pierced them myself (I know; shame on little RS for being unsafe), and that was 15+ years ago. I’m loving the way it looks so far; unfortunately like four days after I got it done I caught a really bad cold so keeping it clean has been more of a drag/problem than it should have been. Ugh.
I’m starting to look just a wee bit ‘prison-esque’ as my little sister says, though. Apparently the combo of tattoos, piercings, and my normal dress style/make up gives me this weird mashed up appearance of a librarian/prisoner/hipster. I’m trying to embrace that, though…
Thank you for the sample TeaNTees!!!
So, this tea is incredibly aromatic – even with my sample in a Ziploc over top of the foil sample pouch I can see smell intense, fragrant notes of pear. It reminds me of this really sweet, kind of ‘dewy’ pear scented hair detangler I used to have before I shaved off all of my hair. I know that doesn’t sound appealing, but I think that hair detangler was the best smelling ‘beauty product’ I’ve EVER owned. I remember even spraying it as a ‘perfume’ too (I was twelve at the time; don’t judge). And then, when I was out of it I was never able to find it again. If the taste of this tea translates into the smell of that detangler as well as the dry aroma makes me think it will I know I’m gonna be all over this tea.
I cold brewed my sample; and I have to say this turned out to be absolutely incredible. Honestly, the black base is a little drowned out but it’s not surprising given how intense the flavourings are. I would have been more surprised if the base had been able to compete with pear notes that strong. The mouthfeel is also incredibly thick and full; if I didn’t know better I could probably be persuaded that I was drinking the sweetened pear juices from a can of halved pears. It’s also just a sliver floral tasting. It compliments the pear notes well though. And you know what? It does kind of taste like that detangler smelled.
One thing I will say is that the ‘honey’ seems a lot less obvious; sure there’s absolutely 100% a sweetness to this tea that isn’t representative of just the pear on its own, but nothing identifies it specifically as honey. Though comparing this again to a ‘beauty product’ (but in the best way), my personal favourite perfume is ‘white tea and honey’ scented and this does have the same effervescent, fresh sweetness that I enjoy when I wear that perfume. The common denominator between the two is the ‘honey’. So that’s something.
Overall, I’m really impressed with this tea! At this point, it takes A LOT for a pear tea to sweep me off my feet and this blend certainly did it. I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a good pear tea or just a fruity tea in general with an over the top juiciness and freshness.
Had this at work, before my shift, a few days ago: I worked out that with the bus ride to work I can get there half an hour early or five minutes late – obviously I’m gonna go with early. That gives me plenty of time to have a cup of tea before work though! And honestly, even with 30 minutes to kill it still takes less time to get to VV than it did to bus to Sobeys.
Drinking this hot in plain water, it was actually the best way I’ve tried it so far which surprises me a lot because Sangria is not something you drink hot. That said, it doesn’t taste like Sangria at all – more like orange rinds, grass, and some sort of super muddled red fruit with an odd sort of starchyness to the flavour. So maybe that’s why it works alright: it’s not a true Sangria flavour in the first place.
Regardless, I’m happy to have found a way of drinking this that’s not awful.
What goes better with tea than a little blood, am I right?
Two days ago at work I was unloading a bin of cloth donations onto a skid in the back warehouse and I reached into the bin to grab a bag and toss it onto the pile only to have my coworker Bryan inform me a steady stream of blood was flowing from my hand onto a garbage bag. Apparently, someone had wrapped a vase in between some sheets in one of their bags, and somewhere between receiving the donation and loading it onto the skid the vase had shattered. I had the misfortune of grabbing the shattered vase which resulted in a pretty deep cut essentially from one end of my palm all the way to the other.I didn’t even feel the cut happen though; so who knows how long it had been bleeding. As my coworker Amy pointed out later in the day, the cut lines up almost perfectly with my ‘life line’. I’m not a superstitious person, but if I was I think I’d call that a bad omen…
Because it’s on my palm, and my dominant hand I ended up reopening the cut a few times throughout the day which resulted in some slightly bloody hand prints on things, such as my timolino when I was going to get a drink of tea. Poor timolino. I guess we’re bonded by blood now, though?
I don’t know… This was kind of meh?
The apricot was SO VERY INTENSE. Intense enough that anything other than caps lock seems like an insult to the flavour. And the mate was certainly earthy, fresh, and present as well but there’s something about the duo of mate and apricot that didn’t work and I’m still slightly upset the nutty notes don’t come through well. After all, that’s what this tea is named after! And something about the sweetness reminded me of Splenda, which is not a good taste. I don’t care what you say.
Ultimately, my first brew of this was much better and the inconsistency makes me more skeptical about whether I’d buy more.
Another from TeaNTees!
I didn’t even realize that The Persimmon Tree Tea Company offered a black lychee tea, but I was certainly excited to learn that they do and be able to try it. The last black lychee tea I fell in love with, The Tea of Kings, was from RiverTea so I can’t buy it anymore. I need a solid replacement.
My initial thoughts about this cold brew are that the flavor level of the lychee and black base are pretty equal, which is how I feel it should be. The black base is brisk, clean and full bodied with malty notes and slightly more floral notes. It reminds me vaguely of a high grown Ceylon? The lychee is juicy and realistic and doesn’t taste overly floral or chemical which is a trap that flavour often falls into with lower quality lychee teas. I taste the pear notes a little too, but they’re fairly flat and certainly not the focal point of the blend.
I don’t think this is my new lychee black to keep on hand, but it’s definitely one of the better ones I’ve had the pleasure of tasting. Thank you TeaNTees!
Who else watched the Supermoon Eclipse last night?
My whole family piled into our backyard last night to watch it, and this is what I happened to be drinking at the time. Honestly, I think I was more impressed by the tea than the eclipse. It didn’t look red to me. Thought it was pretty, I suppose.
The tea was wonderful; very rich, distinct notes of condensed milk, straw, and honey. However, the most aromatic, intense notes were of butter and lemon. The strong, distinct flavours actually reminded me a lot of Noel a Venise from Dammann Freres which is a lemon buttermilk tea. This was much better though because it naturally has those flavour notes instead of them being added to the tea.
The second infusion was just as good as the first, as well.
No exclamation mark today, because this was rather disappointing. I’ve made the syrup for tea soda twice before this, but both times I never actually got to try any of what I’d made (family got to it before I did) so the build up of getting to try this soda was probably a little too much in the first place.
It just didn’t taste good though: it was too obviously lemongrass flavoured and the ‘redberry’ part of tea tasted like cheap, low quality unsweetened cherry drink mix which didn’t suit the lemongrass either. Wah wah wah. If anyone’s considering making this one into tea pop, you’re better off just icing it or cold brewing it.
This sample comes on behalf of TeaNTees who sent me a few tea samples and a super adorable Spiderman shirt in the mail! I picked her package up from my old apartment on Saturday, and I think that officially marks the last of my mail that’ll get sent there? Fingers crossed, anyway.
I’ve actually tried this matcha before – but it’s one I really liked so I was happy to see it included. It’s like revisiting an old friend, no? I thought it’d be the perfect tea to start the day off with yesterday so I whisked up a mug of it in some milk to drink while I cooked myself breakfast. Hashbrowns and Smoky Maple (Vegetarian) Bacon were what was on the menu. I took the ‘smoky’ part too seriously, undoubtedly, though because I ended up burning them pretty badly and filled the whole house with a thick, hazy cloud of smoke. I guess I was used to cooking on my old stove, and this one gets really hot, really fast…
The matcha was delicious though. I think I under leafed it, because it was rather light but on the other hand I don’t know what level flavour this is so maybe it’s just delicate and I’m not used to matcha that light (I normally get distinctive). It was good though! If you’ve ever had a Coffee Crisp
which are apparently Canadian, which baffled me when I first heard that it tasted pretty well exactly like that. Mmm!