2725 Tasting Notes
Ok, this is the last review of the night.
Unfortunately I’m ending on a bit of a sour note though; this was the last Ette Tea blend left for me to try and it really disappointed me. I’m not big into Chai at all so I had low expectations to begin with and they still weren’t met!
It just brewed up so incredibly, painfully weak and bland. I got a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg and just a whisper of citrus in the same way that you’d taste lemon of someone squeezed like three or four drops of lemon juice into a glass of water. Except, it’s supposed to be tangerine and not lemon. Also, I kind of hate super spicy teas; I can only imagine how mild this Chai would taste to someone who’s all up in those spices. The base didn’t seem to contribute either; I was hoping for maybe some earthiness from the Pu’Erh but neither it nor the black tea really brought anything to the party. Instead the party flat lined.
Have you ever been to a “dry” party? And not, like, the kind of party where you know no one’s gonna be drinking so it’s cool and you do fun shit like see how many pizza pops you can eat in one sitting and play some Apples to Apples; but the kind where you go prepared to get totally smashed, vomit on some stuff, just lose your freaking mind and even have the next day set aside as a recovery day. However, instead of that happening no one’s brought any booze or there’s so little you can’t even reach ‘tipsy’ level of drunk. So you just kind of sit around…
That’s my metaphor for this tea.
Finished this one off cold brewed, which is probably how I should have prepared it to start. It was definitely better prepared this way; though there were cons too. For one, it seemed to have significantly more ‘floaty’ bits, and the cocoa notes felt really out of place. However, the coconut was phenomenal and much more rich, creamy and dominant like I’d expected it to be in the first place.
The honeybush was still strong too; but not as strong. I think the natural flavour of honeybush actually really compliment the coconut too. And I suppose, with the ‘floaties’ adding to the mouthfeel it almost made this taste like coconut water with coconut pulp. Almost.
This was a better way to finish off the blend; but I still wont be buying more. It’s just not as impressive as the other summer teas, and I’d also worry about buying a larger amount and, since coconut is so abundant in the ingredients, having it turn before drinking all of it.
I lied in my Just Peachy review; I have a few more minutes before I have to be in bed so I’m going to do some of the shorter reviews/notes in my queue…
Had this one yesterday hot in a timolino; I actually surprisingly really liked the cold brewed version. In fact, I’m looking at my rating of 76 right now and I can’t help but feel I didn’t give the tea enough credit. However, the hot version is probably more deserving of that rating…
I found the black base picked up a slight astringency, and the cola flavour was not as potent. Plus, it just doesn’t work as well, as a taste, hot. I’d never drink my Coke heated up; even at room temperature that drives me really crazy (and if I’m being honest I’m more of a Pepsi person anyway). Some of the other nuances, like citrus or pear notes, were lost as well though I did kind of taste vanilla and I don’t remember picking up on that last time – or at least, if I did, not so clearly.
Overall it wasn’t bad though – I’m just gonna be doing cold brews to finish this off, ‘cause it’s clearly better that way.
Well, I didn’t work on any of the tasting notes in my queue today; but at least I didn’t add any to it either. So we’ll call it a productive day in that regard…
Finishing this one off tonight hot; I’ve now tried it a total of three different ways: Iced, Tea Soda and this way. It’s strange I never got around to doing it cold brewed; that’s become my ‘go to’ prep method. Tea Soda was definitely my favourite way I had this but I’m enjoying it hot too. It’s very, very peachy – like Fuzzy Peach candies. Unlike the tea soda version, however, the tartness/sourness is present too. This is the first incarnation of the blend where I’ve really gotten any significant tartness. I don’t think I’d enjoy it regularly, but it’s at a pretty reasonable level.
Probably, definitely picking up at least 25g more of this – but I could see myself getting a significant amount more if I can clear up a little tin space.
This was my daily cold brew; but as previously mentioned in today’s tasting notes I had the worst migraine ever, and honestly I ended up paying next to no attention to the flavour of the tea. Instead I kind of downed the whole 25 oz. in like three minutes because Tre suggested maybe I was hydrated from not drinking anything yet all day (this was my first tea of the day; but really also the first food I had all day), and that the caffeine would also help get rid of the headache.
Obviously neither ‘staying hydrated’ or caffeine helped much ‘cause the migraine continued to go on for another whole nine hours. What do I remember from the taste? Uhh, I briefly remember thinking “this is a lot better than the hot version I tried” – but I can’t pinpoint any specific flavours either.
Sorry VariaTEA hopefully I do a better job with the last cup worth of tea I’ve got left, ‘cause so far I’ve not had success with this tea taste wise but also in relation to reviewing…
My migraine is finally letting up, ten hours later… Shoot me.
Finished off this sample from TheLastDodo as a cashew milk latte today. I don’t know if I didn’t enjoy it as much as anticipated because of the latte itself or because of the headache, but regardless while it was tasty it wasn’t satisfying.
The spearmint, fennel, and chamomile flavours really popped though; much more than they did as a straight tea, but the chocolate which I thought really made the flavour was very masked by the nuttyness of the cashew milk. However, the thinner mouthfeel I noted with my last cashew milk latte didn’t seem to be a problem here; so either I’m just getting used to the change in texture or, well, I don’t know what else – I’m just saying that it worked a lot better with this tea.
Overall, not sure where I stand with this one. I really liked the straight version; but this wasn’t the same at all – and it makes me a little concerned that it’s not because of the cashew milk, but because it just brews up inconsistently.
Pretty sure my landlord has an evil, evil sixth sense.
I’ve been curled up on my couch all day with one of the worst migraines I’ve ever had in my whole life; I can only think of one time when my head hurt worse than it does now. I’ve left the couch a total of three times todays; to get advil, to take a hot shower, and to make tea. What’s he doing? FUCKING VACUUMING THE SHAG CARPET ON THE STAIRS AND RIGHT OUTSIDE THE DAMN LIVING ROOM DOOR! Why is it that he only does loud things when I’m either A) hungover or B) have a terrible, terrible headache.
Anyway; this was something I picked out to drink because it “supposedly” helps relieve chronic headaches. I’m not buying it; it’s simply just not doing the trick. Oh well, at least it tastes good.
I don’t work until late this afternoon today, so I’m enjoying having time to write a few reviews and even drink an early morning cup of tea! This sample comes from TheLastDodo, and I’ve been dying to try it since getting it but I haven’t had much of a chance to sit down and really properly drink and review it until today. Unless you count hangover days; but I don’t like to waste good tea on bad hangovers…
I can’t get over the look of the dry leaf; I never actually had Crimson Horizon (the base) and this is the first tea I’ve had with this sort of “pellet” shaped leaf. It reminds me of the little food pellets that my little sister has to feed her pet frog Miracles with…
The taste is far from frog food though, thankfully. The grapefruit is really distinct; definitely takes up a lot of the top notes. I recognize the flavour quite clearly from Boomstick. It’s really good; and validates the decision to have this as a breakfast tea today. It’s a bit bitter, not totally unexpected from grapefruit but paired with the almost equally distinct taste of brown sugar it works well. The body of the sip has some nice maltier notes from the base tea and some lighter molasses notes, and the finish is a cross between burnt sugar and really sweet brown sugar.
I’m kind of missing the ‘custard’ element of Creme Brulee; to me that’s a pretty integral part of Creme Brulee flavour but I think otherwise this pretty perfectly conveys exactly what it’s meant to. I’ll have fun finishing it off! I have enough leaf left for one more cup and I’m definitely leaning towards a cup with milk – I think that might help partly feel the hole from where the custard flavour should be.
Today’s word of the day is…
Hebetude, which is “The state of being dull : lethargy”.
So I tried an in store sample of this, but was pretty unimpressed by it – something about the dry smell really interested me though, so I decided to still purchase some to try at home. When I got home and was trying to decide how to prepare this one it hit me that it smelled very juicy and sweet and that those flavours would probably apply well to tea soda. So that’s how I’m trying this one!
And really, wow. The flavour change between my own prepared tea soda and the weak iced sample I had in store is dramatic. Based on the iced sample, I wouldn’t have been inclined to buy this but going purely off the tea soda I’d say I would 100% pick up at least a little more to try and recreate the flavour.
The peach is very strong, fresh, and sticky sweet tasting. I’d describe it as Fuzzy Peaches meet Peach Bellini meets Peach Schnapps, and you all know how much I love my peach schnapps. It does a great job of navigating away from overly artificial or cloying territory though.
The touch of sweeter but also slightly tart green apples stops this from being totally monotone in flavor, but really that secondary flavour is all this needs – the absence of blackberry doesn’t disappoint me. This is just a simple, fun tisane that’s incredibly hydrating and energetic with the peach candy flavour. I can’t get enough of this one; and just writing about this tisane soda has me craving it again so badly; I’m sure a restock will be in my future – I think the question is just how much I’ll be picking up.
Thank you TheLastDodo for the sample! I’m not too big on chamomile, but I was definitely curious about this one anyway. And, I promise that’s not a bad pun.
Steeped this one up hot last night; it’s a lot softer than I expected and very, very smooth. The chocolate is the focus here and it’s accented quite nicely by the cinnamon and the fennel which are subtle but add a delicate, sweet spicyness. The natural malt from the Laoshan Black is delicious; and the spearmint creeps in right at the finish to add a lovely, refreshing coolness. Also, thankfully, I can’t taste the chamomile!
All in all, this was a great tea for the end of the night! It had a rich flavour, but not an in your face one and with the chocolate and mint pairing it made me think of a really fancy, well executed tea version of an After Eight chocolate. Mmm!