3895 Tasting Notes
This is a queued tasting note.
Hot cup of this Sunday morning; needed the caffeine but still wanted a gentle start to the day. This was a great compromise. I still find it interesting that it’s a pairing of linden leaves and guayusa ‘cause guayusa is supposed to be invigorating and is caffeine rich and then I’ve always been told that linden is good for insomnia, so that seems a bit conflicting?
Mostly this was just the flavour of the linden leaf with some light earth tones. Not a whole lot of lime; kind of just felt a tiny bit like someone has just really lightly squeezed a few drops of lime over the cup of tea? As for the cola, it was also light but not quite as light as I found the lime to be. Meh; made for a relatively decent cup of tea overall. Soothing, at the very leaf. I wish the flavour was a bit bolder but that’s been a constant criticism for me with this blend so at this point I’m just working on accepting that.
This is a queued tasting note.
This was the communal “pitcher” cold brew earlier in the week, and honestly I’m lucky that I even managed to get a glass of it because from the moment I strained the leaf out of it my roommates had descended upon the pitcher like vultures.
And I mean, it was a good cold brew. I really enjoyed the kiwi notes in it; reality hasn’t quite sunk it yet that when I finish this off I’m going to have to hunt for a new kiwi tea. But I don’t think it was nearly as good as they made it out to be. Who’s gonna be the one to break the news to them that it’s been discontinued? ‘Cause I don’t want to do it.
Stupid Trey had to go and ruin half the pitcher as well though; for some God forsaken reason he felt the need to dump spiced rum in with the last half. Spiced rum and kiwi/lemon/green tea? Not a good pairing.
This is a queued tasting note.
This is currently the cold brew I have in the big pitcher in the fridge right now (as opposed to the small mason jar I take to work daily) so it’s fair game for both of the roommates to drink; but neither seem to like it much so I’m enjoying having a pitcher all to myself for the first time in a while.
Had this one with breakfast a few days ago ’cause I got up for work early enough to actually eat something before making my mad dash to the bus stop. Simple breakfast though; toast with a red currant and port jelly. It really complimented the citrus/creamy orange in the blend but then also brought out the currant notes in the blend that sometimes feel lost under the creamy orange notes. Really good, and smooth; and an invigorating breakfast to be perfectly honest.
You know, not that repeating songs if a BAD thing but it gets to a point where I’m not sure if I’ve shared a song on Steepster before. And I sort of don’t want to repeat songs? For some silly arbitrary reason…
Started my morning off with this one before I broke into my cuppings for the day…
This is such a smooth cold brew; the sweet, silky notes of malt and chocolate from the base tea are seductive and relaxing. I feel like I’m eating a really good, high quality dark chocolate bar and it’s melting on the roof of my mouth. Then I’m hit with the bright lychee; it’s so vibrant and just a little floral. While it doesn’t fit with my dark chocolate metaphor perfectly; I suppose it could be a lychee juice I’m washing the chocolate down with? It’s a great example of contrasting flavours coming together to create something brilliant.
So, this is one of those songs I’ve heard on the radio several times and LOVED each time but never known the name of or artist. Well, recently accidentally found it when I was listening to some other City and Colour songs on Youtube and it popped up in the recommendations. I had NO IDEA this was sung by that band; but now that I know it I like it even more. I may be overplaying it a bit right now, though.
Nothing quite like the caffeine crash that comes after drinking nine different Western cups of green tea for class…
Yup; that was my early afternoon today: this is my last class/term/module
whatever you want to call it before I have to take the exam to get certified, and it’s all about tea types. This week was specifically centered around Japan (and Vietnam to a small degree) and that meant A LOT of green tea. Boo; fuck that. Green tea is my least favourite type. So, nine cups in about two hours. I felt pretty buzzed after I finished them, but now I’m crashing HARD. Regardless, I figured I shouldn’t have anything else caffeinated for the rest of the night so now I’m having a mug of this one.
Pro tip: if you want the liquor to actually like beautiful and purple and breath taking don’t drink it in a grey mug – pick something glass. ’Cause now it just looks like a disappointing, muddled mess. It still tastes really good though; very strong on the basil notes but with a softening floral sweetness to the undertone.
Kind of one of those word association pairings, to be perfectly honest.
Last 52Teas blend to try out from the last order…
So, first time trying this one is cold brewed which I knew was maybe not the BEST approach given the Houjicha base; but I really like cold brewed/iced melon teas so I took the gamble.
To be perfectly honest; I didn’t like it. Cold brewing this one really brought out the base; and teas that a super intensely roasty like this one just don’t go over the best cold. A flavour profile like that is really just meant to be warm and comforting; like a giant hug or spooning on the couch while you watch your favourite guilty pleasure TV show. However, that wasn’t the thing that really made me go “Yeah, this doesn’t work for me” ’cause that issue of the roasty notes not translating well to the prep type could easily be fixed just by making this hot next time.
What really through me off was that the watermelon notes in the blend were quite strong too; but they didn’t suit the base at all. It kind of tasted like someone had just burned a watermelon really badly. All of the juicyness of the fruit just felt… spoiled. I have to wholeheartedly agree with Anne’s own statement that “the … Houjicha may not seem like a natural pairing with the … watermelon”. It doesn’t work for me; and that’s sad ’cause I LOVE Houjicha, and 52Teas flavoured ones in particular.
Can’t love ’em all though.
So, I broke some rules at work yesterday. But, it didn’t really hurt anyone so it doesn’t count, right?
Basically – I go in to work every Saturday to work in my department because I get Tuesday’s off for classes. Normally, my department works 7:30-4:00 weekdays and then gets weekends off. I’m literally the ONLY exception to this rule, so when I come in on Saturdays I’m literally the only person in the back warehouse/production area when there’s usually 35+ of us. It’s very lonely/boring having no one to talk to for eight hours, and in the case of yesterday it was actually ten hours since I was putting in some overtime. So the rules I broke were that one I brought something other than water into the back to drink on shift (tea, obviously). And two, I was listening to music on my iPod when we’re not allowed to have them with us on shift. But a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do, no?
Starting with the tea – I’m actually floored at how much this really did taste like peanut butter and jelly, especially since it doesn’t have peanuts in it. I can’t remember who’s review I saw – but someone said this was better cold brewed so that’s what I made it as and I have to say that any hesitation I had about the flavours not delivering was quashed. The first flavour to really hit me with each sip was the raspberry. And, I think it’s important to note that there really is a strong flavour difference between raspberry jam/jelly and fresh from the garden raspberries. It’s something about how the sweetness hits you, and the acidity/tang. This was 100% raspberry jam and not just a more generic raspberry flavour.
It transitioned really nicely with the peanut butter notes which made up more of the mid sip and the super, super nutty finish and aftertaste. This was the element I was most skeptical about because peanuts are a hard flavour to emulate; but I totally got it. I really, 100% felt like I could have been nomming on a PB&J while I was working – even though that would be FAR from advisable givent he amount of dirty/unwashed donations I handle in a day on shift. Yuck.
Now, here comes the criticism…
Does this tea nail the flavour? In my opinion, absolutely. Is it a flavour that translates well to a beverage? I’m not nearly so convinced about that. I mean, it wasn’t bad in any way but it was really, really weird and I don’t know that it’s something I’d want to drink on a really common/casual basis. I’m probably just so used to eating PB&J in that one specific format: on bread. I’ll have to see if I can break out of that preconceived notion a bit the more I drink this.
This is a ‘new to me’ band that I’m liking a lot so far – and I had my iPod filled with their music to just sort of get used to it/learn it and figure out what I do and don’t like. Stumbled upon this song which I barely knew/had only heard once while drinking this tea and was like “Damn, fucking nailed it!”. I’m sure if you take a listen it’s very obvious why these two go together. Like, in your face obvious – but obvious pairings can be good pairings.
I will say, I saw the music video for it for the first time while looking for a link to post in this tasting note though – and while the video is fitting for the song in it’s own way, it IS a weird ass fucking video though…
This is a queued tasting note.
Mostly sweet, soft and supple notes of hay/straw with a delicately fruity undertone. It’s a weird thing to say, but as I took sips of this the flavour profile was so fragile that I somehow felt like I was going to ‘break’ it. So, I drank this slowly and tenderly, so as to treat it as delicately as it deserved to be handled.
Someday, when I’ve drank this tea like ten times I want to put together a playlist of all the songs I’ve paired it with because, so far, this is my third time trying it personally and the three songs I’ve listened to while enjoying it have all been SO different style wise. And yet, each time I’ve gotten something different from the experience that has worked perfectly in the moment…
Here’s my song pairing this time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztGPYPArAyE&index=4&list=WL
I like Bright Eyes – and this is a song that I’ve loved for a long time. For some context though, I had a particularly memorable evening last week
in a good way and for days afterwards I was kind of swimming in this really happy haze that just followed me everywhere. I was blushing at work for no reason, and singing to myself WAY more in the shower than a normally do, and way worse than usual as well. And I played this damn song probably thirty times over those few days before that happy haze finally started to wear off a bit.
I’m glad I didn’t die before I met you…
Trying to finish this one off now that summer is done…
Had it hot, and was unsure whether or not I’d get the nice, mellow version of this that I like or whether I’d get the cloying, stevia bomb that sometimes comes out to play. I actually ended up getting something in the middle; a sweeter pomegranate flavour rather than a more mellow one, but without that insanely cloying, stevia rich flavour that really kills the brew. The lemon notes were also stronger than usual, and quite lovely in the finish as they lingered in the aftertaste for a long time.
Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yd9p4n5hLEg
Cold Brew Sipdown (126)!
Welp, my roommates have finally caught on to the fact that there’s constantly a pitcher of cold brewed tea in the fridge that they’re more than welcome to drink – so I’ve been making pitchers of cold brew more frequently now that I’m not the only one drinking it. Downside, however, is that it means enjoying less of the really good teas – and that particularly hurt with this one because it was a sipdown, and a sipdown of a tea that isn’t the most easy to get a hold of on top of that.
It was so good though! Personally, I find the persimmon in the blend comes across really strongly as a more citrusy/mandarin orange sort of flavour and that’s just so tasty. The mandarin is sweet and well rounded, and it kind of has that same sort of sweetness that tomatoes or foods with tomatoes in them have. So, like, the best medley of orange/tomato goodness. Add on top the slight cream element from the yogurt drops and you’ve got yourself one hell of a unique, summer/fall transitional type of tea. I will say, that cold brewing does bring out the rooibos base a bit too so this has a little of that woody quality – but not much in comparison to the other good flavours.
I’m glad I took the risk getting this one when I did – and I’d happily get it again.