2260 Tasting Notes
Balls, why did I write so many jot notes for this one? I’m lazy, and my shifts almost over and I want to catch up on tasting notes so I’m just going to paste them here directly…
- Dry, smells strongly of Acai berries and is just a little tart
- Very juicy and defined Acai berry taste
- Blueberry notes are also subtly present and possibly red currants
- Kinda “jammy”
- But they’re soft
- White base is very soft and has some honeysuckle type notes
- REALLY enjoy this one
- It actually strongly reminds me of DT’s Superberry blend
- Probably a psychological transfer from the comparison of the two but I taste pine…
- Even though it’s junipers which taste like pine
- This is the first tea I’d actually restock for myself!
- I can see why it’s one of their Best Sellers
- Can’t find the hibiscus in this one at all!
Finishing off this sample from Cameron B.! Like she suggested, I doubled up on the teabags in the hope of getting a less watery flavour. Definitely worked!
- Mild but present black base; very very slightly floral
- Blueberry has a “preserve” or “waffle topping” sweetness to it
- Vanilla notes
- Doesn’t go overboard with sugary sweetness though
- Much more enjoyable this way!
I was going to attempt to make a joke, but it was really weird and bad. What was it you ask? Well, if you insist…
I woke up yesterday morning with a kink in my neck; in more ways than one!
See it’s “funny” because I really did wake up with a painful kink in my neck (it’s still kind of there), but I also had a really intense and weirdly romantic/sexual dream about one of my coworkers at Sobeys. It was really, really weird though because I don’t find him attractive even a little bit. But “dream me” certainly didn’t feel the same way. Now next time I have a shift with him it’s gonna be hella difficult making eye contact. Cringe.
Anyway: this cold brew was really, really good yesterday. All of the “red things” in the blend were really present and sweet and a little candy like. So, the cherry, rhubarb, and strawberry. Reminded me of Strawberry/Rhubarb pie filling. You know what I mean: sweet and candy like, but kinda… Supple?
I also was able to just subtly pick out the pineapple and I thought MAYBE the pear too? But I’ve never tasted the pear in this one before and it’s possible that I only thought I was tasting it because I was also drinking a Golden Pear Liqueur/Spirte mix drink. So I don’t know.
I need to pay more attention to the individual flavours in this next time I have it, and less so to the flavour as a “whole” because I think I’m missing out on some of the subtler nuances to the tea.
Ok story time; and I’m still SO PISSED about this.
Ok, so at work on Tuesday we had a Gingerbread Man making work shop and my break happened to fall during the middle of it so I spent my entire breaking going all out and making this really detailed Gingerbread woman. She was wearing a bikini and had a sun hat and flip flops and shades. The point was that it was ironic, ’cause of the whole “Winter” thing and she was in summer attire. Point is, it took up my whole break and I was really proud of it.
I showed it off to a whole bunch of coworkers and then, right before I signed back in, I ran up to the staff room and stuck it in the fridge along with my other groceries. Because I work at a grocery store, there’s pretty much always free food in the staff room but the rule is that if it’s on the tables out in the open it’s for everyone, but if it’s in the fridge it belongs to someone or is someone’s lunch. So, I figured it’d be safe there. Ideally I’d have put it in my locker, but my winter jacket is too puffy and there wasn’t room without crunching it.
Three hours later I’m done my shift, sign out and head upstairs to grab my stuff before catching the bus. What do I see on the table? HALF my gingerbread woman. Someone not only went through my groceries in the fridge, but they stole my super awesome gingerbread woman ate part of her, and then left her out in the open! WHAT A DICK MOVE! I was flaming mad, and if I knew who did it I probably would have snapped on them really, really badly. I didn’t even get a picture of her!
And sure, I didn’t lose any money but I lost all the time/effort making her, and I was so damn proud! I made sure to take my half a gingerbread woman downstairs and go complain to every single cashier still working so that, if any of them are responsible for her ill fate they felt damn guilty about it. I mean, anyone in any department has access to that fridge so someone in Grocery, Deli, Cheese, Meat or Kitchen could have done it – but I just have a gut feeling it was one of the highschoolers in my department. I think some of them are thoughtless enough to do it.
Tea was in a timolino with milk. Very thick mouthfeel and rich, creamy vanilla flavour with light bergamot undertones. Very “London Fog”.
The flavour of this one has really deteriorated over time, which is pretty sad but to be fair this is also more than a year old. At least I’m almost out of it – just a little sad that my last cups of this beauty wont be the best cups of it.
The honeybush base was very, very strong with the rootbeer actually being the second strongest flavour overall. Didn’t get any sort of “float” aspect at all. At this point I only have enough leaf left for one more cold brew, two hot cups, or possibly one Tea Soda? Might make that soda today and if it still comes out weak just add some Rootbeer Schnapps…
Unofficial Steepster Survey/Data Poll
A few days ago in chat we were talking about our ages (for whatever reason, can’t remember how it came up) and now I’m curious what the “average” age is of Steepsters users. I’m also curious who the youngest and oldest Steepster users are – so if you’re comfortable sharing would you guys mind commenting with how old you are?
I’m 19 – can anyone hear “beat me” for youngest user on Steepster?
This was my To Go latte at Tea Desire on Tuesday. I was totally going to try something new, but then I saw this on the shelf, and after the Caramel Black that was to Tea of Day to sample I couldn’t get caramel out of my head and, well, the rest is obvious…
I had the same problem with this one as I did with my last latte from Tea Desire; it was very thin and watery, but this one was prepared by a different associate so I’m wondering if maybe Tea Desire has just switched up their latte formula? I really hope that’s not the case! This water/milk ratio just isn’t right…
Taste wise it was good though: the earthyness of the Pu’Erh was muted and just kind of subtly floated under the sweet, smooth caramel flavour. And the milk foam, of which there was lots, was the BOMB! It was super, super creamy/rich seductive caramel flavour. I could eat buckets of the light, fluffy stuff!
Yesterday at Calendar Club we received so much stock that I spent my entire shift unloading it, and had absolutely no time for internet. Seriously, they just about tripled our stock! So time to catch up on tasting notes…
Tuesday, where I’m picking off from, I had a large gap between shifts so I went down to the mall and deposited my paycheck and, because I was in a “spending mood” bought myself a beautiful, over sized sweater with a giant duck on the front. It’s cuter than it sounds, believe me. I also got some antibiotics for my infected gums (damn you, Wisdom Teeth!) which have healed up nicely now, and I went to Tea Desire.
This was the sample tea of the day, and it’s one I’ve never had before so I gave it a try. I have to say I’m a little saddened – not by the tea, but by the sample tea set up. Tea Desire used to have this really, really ornate clear glass teapot filled with the tea of the day, and you’d get the sales associate to pour you a little plastic shot glass worth of tea. They’d keep it on a stand and directly underneath would be a lit tea light candle keeping it hot. But now they’re using a metal thermos type thing with a “pump” dispenser. It’s probably more effective at keeping the tea hot and I guess it’s more accessible for customers to pour the tea themselves – but it feels less special.
As for the tea, I’m honestly slightly frustrated because there’s no record of it on the Tea Desire website at all. Which pisses me off a little bit, because now I can’t accurately add it to the database. And, I swear 90% of the dozen or two Christmas blends have been added as little ingredient blurbs at the very least, but not this one. Boo!
So, all I can remember from the ingredients list is black tea base and caramel bits. But I know there was other stuff in this too. Otherwise, in regard to the flavour, it was very, very faintly bitter – possibly from sitting in that thermos thing for most of the day. The black base was pretty apparent and brisk, but then softened a little bit by a darker, richer caramel flavour. Kind of like the “dark caramel” they use in Reisens candies. It was also a little malty. I’m not sure how the “bakery” aspect fit in – nothing I tasted indicated that for me.
Not bad overall, but I wish TD would do a better job getting the seasonal teas up on the website – if only as ingredient blurbs. Not only because I want to accurately add this to Steepster, but because the website is how I choose what I want to try as To Go teas (I look them up at work) and helps guide what I want to look at when I’m actually purchasing tea…
Flavors: Bitter, Caramel, Malt
Guys, there’s a scavenger hunt in the mall right now for one of the nearby elementary schools so the place is just flooded with adorable little snot babies. And one of the clues on the hunt is to find the name of the “Painter of Light” from the Calendar Club Kiosk (me!). The answer is Thomas Kinkade, but I’ve had cutie pies coming up to me all day asking for help. It’s so precious!
But the tea…
My first “miss” from Octavia Tea. And, it’s not even so much that it’s bad – it’s just really, really weird? Dry, it smells delicious – kind of like “Tropical” flavoured Fruit Rollups? Just yummy, and kinda sweet and candy like. Steeped up, however, there’s something hard to describe about it. I wanted to initially say that it was like low quality, “healthy” Fruit Roll Up equivalents that my Mom used to buy for school lunches ‘cause she couldn’t afford the name brand but that’s a little harsh, and not super accurate either.
More so, I’m picking up one the pineapple/apple really heavily but the pineapple feels a little artificial and then the apple is more of a tart apple, and then more tartness from the rosehips and that’s a whole lot of tart together. However, something is keeping it mostly in check: not the mango, I don’t think, because I don’t so much actually taste mango. I’m thinking maybe the red currants? I would have described it more like a “dull strawberry” but there’s no strawberry in this and strawberry is closer to red currant than mango.
Anyway, there’s a sort of flat sweetness (if that even makes sense) coming from the red currants that mostly counterbalances all the tartness, but just falls short. Wah wah wah. Things “missing” other than the mango: the rose petals (hooray) and the white base in general. Honestly, this felt more like a tisane than anything else. \
So conclusion: a little disappointed, but this was still drinkable overall. Just wouldn’t really drink it again unless, maybe, it was cold brewed…
And that’s it for today guys: I’m practically done my shift and this was the last tasting note I had to catch up on for now. So have a good day Steepster!
See you tomorrow :)
Pretty well nothing is worse than taking a drink of something and expecting on flavour and getting something totally different. I did this last night on the bus ride home. For whatever reason I had convinced myself that I had steeped up Butiki’s Rootbeer Float so when I had a sip of this…
Spit take. That’s what.
Actually though; I think I thought it was Rootbeer Float because that’s what was in the fridge cold brewing.
Once I realized what this was it was all good though. Tasted, essentially, just fine. Only weird thing was this almost tangy fruit note that kept cropping up; that may have been because I was super, super tired though. Or it may have been a lingering flavour from whatever I last brewed in this timolino. Who knows.
Sipdown, but not really because I never entered this in my cupboard.
My brother still has a lot of the Bamboozled that he bought from DAVIDsTEA over Easter before they discontinued it, so I took advantage of that and stole about a tablespoon of it from him to cold brew when I got home: I wanted to revisit this one and see how I felt about it now.
Turns out: I’m not a fan. This tasted really, really artificial to me. Like super low quality artificial powdered peach drink mix, and tart pineapple? I didn’t go back and reread my old tasting notes, but this isn’t anything like I remembered it being. I’m going to nudge my rating down, though not as much as I want to just because I know I’ve had good cups before and maybe this was stored poorly by my novice tea drinking brother.
Probably should have left this one alone…