897 Tasting Notes
This makes amazing tea soda!
I had three cups of this over the last three days, and I’d have three more in an instant because it’s SO good. Each cup was done the same way too; 1 tsp. of matcha mixed in a can of club soda with a pinch of sugar.
It’s sweet and yummy, and just different enough. It was also a nice switch up from the matcha whisked in milk I’ve been having lately – I hadn’t had a matcha soda in a while because the matcha flavours I’ve got stocked don’t really lend themselves too favorably to carbonation.
This one grew on me! So, I’m actually pretty sad to see it go. Thanks for the sample VariaTEA.
I had two cups over the last four days – both were really good, but also fairly different so if there’s one thing that’d keep me from stocking this it’d maybe be the consistency. That’s becoming a very important thing for me on my tea journey, and I’m noticing that some of my “must stocks” are only ‘80s’ taste wise as opposed to some the higher up teas I have, but I think I like them better overall because they produce a more reliable cup in a variety of steep methods.
The first of the two cups was very sweet and caramel with a kind of green candy apple flavour, and no noticeable spice. This was the better cup – because I think I like candy sweet much better, and I know I’m not the biggest spice person.
The second cup was also good, but it did have more spice to it – though it provided a warmth to the tea that did remind me of Autumn. The black base was also stronger, though I personally love the Della Terra black base. The caramel was also milder.
So yes – I would really consider getting this again. I was definitely sad when I’d finished it off.
I had an odd time drinking this. I didn’t have an ingredients list, so the two cups I had were blind and I struggled a lot to place the flavour.
Overall, I thought both cups had a taste reminiscent of the 52Teas black base, which I’m not the biggest fan of. So, that bugged me a little and was distracting. The first cup had a slightly fruity aftertaste – but in a really mellow way. Knowing now that there’s papaya in this, I guess that makes sense. I could probably place it as papaya if I knew that’s what I was looking for. It’s not even something I’d remotely considered though – it’s just not that common a flavour in tea.
The second cup wasn’t fruity at all – and it was a touch bitter. Which I found funny, personally, because I steeped it for a shorter amount of time and both times were with boiling water. Welp. Neither cups tasted like “melon” or “peach”, though.
Overall, it was neat to try and I’d be up for having another cup with the knowledge of what’s in it but I doubt that’d change my mind about not wanting to stock up. Thanks anyway Lala. Maybe I should have waited until I knew what I was getting in to?
Just an average cup of this. It was good, though. Witting down my supply ;)
I’m still trying to figure out who I promised to save a cup or two worth of this for – so I’m been slowly whittling it down, even though I could have a cup a day until it’s gone without getting sick of it. Speak up now – before I drink it up!
Cold Brew: Thirteen hour total.
This one does not brew up well cold (despite tasting better once it’s cooled down from a hot brew) at all. Seriously, don’t do it. The 52Teas black base was so dominant that I struggled all morning to finish off the 25 oz. of it (I didn’t want to toss it because I was sick, and getting up seemed like a worse idea). It was also very weirdly starchy tasting.
So yeah, I’m sticking to hot brews for this one.
Cold Brew: Total of seven hours.
I broke up the 25 oz. of this over two days and had it as a fresh treat in the mornings. It was decent as a cold brew and I’ll likely finish it off that way because it uses more leaf, but I think it was better hot overall.
I’m watching the Big Brother After Dark episodes right now, and I just want to smack the stupid jocks so much! They’re talking about the “amazing health benefits/weight loss benefits” of green tea and the girls are just eating it up.
I warn you all that during BB Seasons I live Big Brother.
If I was in the house I’d die without my tea. But, I’d have everyone as “tea snobby” as I am by the end of the season.
Near a sipdown (two cups left)…
I remember this getting cold and then tasting really gross. Meh.
(I just remembered I have episodes of The Voice to catch up on too – and that made me really happy! Oh, and Bones, HIMYM, Intelligence, Archer, and Agents of SHIELD! That’s a little overwhelming – but also really exciting!)
Had this hot in a timolino – which was weird; I usually have it cold. It was nice though; thick mouthfeel and creamy sweet Pina Colada. Mmm!
Thanks to Scribbles who sent me more of this! I’m not sure whether it was intentional, but it’s a personal favourite of mine so more (especially in a sealed packet) is always welcome!
Can you say Summer Staple?
EDIT: Also, I tried going through all the tasting notes over the last four but I ultimately gave up when I realized how many that is. So, I just went through the new DAVIDsTEA collection notes instead. I’m excited for Cool Cucumber and I think maybe Peaches & Cream too despite my fickleness towards peach.
What surprises me is the Grape Expectations. I had really low expectations for that one because it’s green and has raisins – but the positive notes on it do have me a little curious. We’ll see if I cave and check it out. Heh…
My mind isn’t made on Blue Lagoon yet. The pineapple excites me – but I don’t do artificial blueberry (in anything)…
Tre left Tuesday morning for Regina and took his laptop with him, but today my Dad and brother came up for an early birthday celebration and brought up my newly fixed laptop! I have to start from scratch; none of my old files or anything, but I have a computer again! Woot!
So much to catch up on, tea related or not.
So quick summary? In my short absence from the computer I’ve:
- Gone to a metal show (which was super weird)
- Watched the first and seconds season of Pretty Little Liars; and am living vicariously through the characters (Hanna/Caleb and Spencer/Toby OTPs!)
- Finished Breaking Bad
- Acquired some new tea (birthday presents from Cuppa’T from my mom and a swap package from Scribbles)
And… Best for last!
- GOT A JOB!
I start on Monday, and I’ll be a sup. at Dollorama – working a short 10 minute walk from my house! How great is that!?
Of course, for the time being until then I plan to catch up on all my backlog, because there’s lots of it (and of course I made notes on nearly everything I drank). Plus, I need to get my Big Brother Canada game on! I’ve already watched the first two episodes I missed, and now I’m watching the after show! I’ll probably have the live feeds going in the background the whole time I’m writing backlogged tasting notes. Any other BB fans?
If anyone else is watching the Canadian season right now I’d love to have people to gab with!
My season picks (at the moment) are: Kenny, Jon, and Arlie. I can’t say I’m feeling the girls so much right now. I think maybe Heather will surprise me though. So glad Anick is gone – I thought she totally made a bad impression. And, I’m not a fan of Paul right now. Ick.
As for this tea: It was just a nice treat in my timolino that I enjoyed while I was helping my friend Kristina move into her new apartment. Her new roommate seems nice and the place is cool.
She was amazed at the concept of this one; I might have to hold “regular” tea drinking “classes” and get her some loose leaf education now that she’s living a five minute walk from me.