1991 Tasting Notes
Well, this is the last cup. I managed to squeak one last one into the night because I had some serious tea cravings left unchecked, and this was a caffeine free sipdown just waiting to be pounced on!
This cup was warm, comforting, Autumnal and delicious with oranges, cinnamon, and pistachio ruling the cup. I never really wanted this tea and when I got it as a birthday present I definitely was not excited but I have to say that on the whole it far exceeded my expectations and I never did really have a bad cup of it – which is something I can’t say about ever some of my favourite blends.
So not too shabby on the whole.
Ok, so this was my big “new tea” today.
I bought it last week; and it comes in little mini-cakes. As it happens, these are my first Pu’Erh cakes which is intimidating in and of itself, except more scary still is that these come wrapped in the dried skin of a mandarin orange. I was so out of my depth figuring out how to open this fucker up to get to the tea without totally destroying and ruining the beautiful mandarin orange shell. The original plan was to send one of the cakes to VariaTEA and let her be the guinea pig testing it out, but I got impatient and wanted to try it today.
Anyway; there is a “seal” of sorts on the top so I kinda gently pried that open with one of the little pick things for walnuts and other Christmas type nut things (not a nut cracker; but the thing that helps get the nut out of the shell?). That part went well enough. After that though, uhhh…
Gotta note; this cake smells amazing! Surprisingly fresh and with this really nice sweet orange scent that fills the room in a very comforting way.
Using the little nut pick thing I did my absolute best to gently pick apart some of the leaf to make my cup; it was sorta hard to do with the tough Mandarin shell really limiting the amount of exposed tea and it made a bit of a mess but eventually I “found my groove” and got a good amount of tea loose and in decent shape. From there, I did a quick wash and then steeped my tea!
This is a white Pu’Erh and, to be honest, I’m not very experienced in Pu’Erh (as my horrible technique tonight likely demonstrates) so I’m not entirely sure what significant flavour difference that has or if the technical side of things (aging, storage, whatever else makes Pu’erh Pu’Erh) is really any different. But my observation was that this was much, much lighter and smoother than any Pu’Erh I’ve ever had – and definitely not as earthy or raw as I’ve become accustomed to.
What it was, was very natural with really beautiful and serene notes of sweet hay, mandarin/orange, and honey. While the process of making the cup was messy, this actual result was anything but; very feminine and soft while still full bodied. I’m really happy I decided to push my comfort zone and pick this one up; and I look forward to the journey I’m sure I’ll be taking with it.
The list of weird “take out” foods I’ve had delivered to my house is getting ridiculous. I’m convinced I must be on a list somewhere. Something like “The young adult orders an obscene amount of delivery; exploit her!”.
But yeah; today we got a pamphlet in the mail for a website called Just Eat; basically it’s like Skip The Dishes but with some different restaurant options. One of the restaurants is a gourmet cheesecake place. Totally took advantage of that. I ordered Red Velvet Cheesecake (yes it’s as good as it sounds) and two one person sized Carrot Cakes, which were also delicious. Their baking is delicious and obviously very high quality.
And in case anyone cared to know; Red Velvet Cheesecake and Iced Chocolate Rocket go very well together! Something with the creamy, chocolate cake components and the roastyness and raspberries. Anyway – it was wonderful.
Cold Brewed for a long, extended 30 hour period.
I was worried it’d be over the top floral but it was actually great! Sweet jasmine and honey; very relaxing and very refreshing with a really full bodied flavour. I have lots and lots of this leaf left so I’ll probably do this again!
Also; I feel like a terrible person. Today is my day off and I spent the first part of it mailing out tea stuff, and then going to the liquor store and grocery shopping. I got way too many groceries to reasonably carry home, but I attempted it anyway. On the walk home I passed an abandoned grocery cart from Safeway and because I was struggling so much to carry stuff I took it…
I FEEL REALLY GUILTY. Even though I didn’t take it from the store myself, I still kinda stole a grocery cart, which is now sitting in my backyard. I mean, I will definitely return it tomorrow! But still – such a dick move. And Tre made it worse by telling Rob (our landlord) when he got home today. Whyyyyyyy…
I feel judged by everyone.
Turned into tea syrup and floated in club soda last night.
Made for a surprisingly smooth and delicious lemon and vanilla drink. Very rich and creamy so for a soda. I really enjoyed sipping away at it, but wont be making it again because it used up so much precious leaf.
And hot is still the best way to enjoy this one anyway.
Made this into tea syrup last night while watching The Voice with Tre! I asked him to help me decide which would be better with pears; Vanilla or Lemon and he pulled out this massive “Flavour Bible” and looked up pears with it. Holy shit that thing is comprehensive and impressive. Long story short; vanilla and pears it was.
Let me just first say; damn.
Vanilla Orchid makes for some really, really good tea syrup. It reminded me strongly the really natural and sweet vanilla flavour that’s very characteristic of good, high quality syrups used in Italian Sodas. And then, it complimented the pear so well. Both were really present and the orchid notes in the tea syrup added this really elegant depth to the whole dessert. It was sweet but in a very natural way.
I’d be really interested in making this syrup again to try in a tea soda!
In my timolino with some milk. I actually didn’t expect or want this to be a sipdown; I thought I had enough left for at least two or three more cups so I was very upset when I had remembered that incorrectly – and I had such strong cravings that I couldn’t talk myself out of making it.
It was delicious. Mexican Hot Chocolate Tea!? Yeah! It’s back on my wishlist now; I will be restocking the next time I’m at a DT! Though no clue when that’ll be; transit lockout is still a thing so I don’t have a time I can reasonably get to a DT without shelling out $25 for a taxi. Ugh.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon
Wow this is a stunning, exceptional cold brew.
A million thanks to Courtney for selling me some more of this! I can pretty well guarantee that I would not have been placing another Butiki order in time to grab more of this. And now I get to enjoy a few additional cups I would have missed out on otherwise.
There are a lot of flavours in this one and it’s fantastic because they’re all very bold and vibrant and stand out all at once but still compliment one another in a really great fashion so it’s not overwhelming. To simplify, this featured awesome notes of coconut, cream, vanilla, banana, orchid and lily. It was so cool and refreshing and tropical.
A very summery tea indeed, which was nice and greatly needed because it’s been miserable here in Saskatoon all week; the temperature has dropped dramatically and it’s been very harsh and windy. And all day today it was super rainy and murky.
Tea makes it better.
Still a pretty average straight black tea in my humble opinion. Fruits notes were consistent, but there was a lot more maltiness in this timolino worth of tea. I prepared it the same way though, so who knows.
The day I drank this I was incredibly stressed out at work though. Just one of the most stressful shifts I have ever had. Not just at Dollarama – but at any place I’ve worked in general. I felt like my head was gonna blow up at the end of my shift. Ughhhh….
So, Tre and I went out for supper afterwards to kinda relax and “wind down”. We eat out/order in too much. Food was tasty though. I “snuck” this into the restaurant and drank it with my meal. And by snuck, I asked really nicely if they’d mind if I drank my own tea. The staff is very nice (and maybe could tell how much of a mess I was) and said it was totally fine…
I gave ’em a really big tip because they were so awesome.