3234 Tasting Notes
This is a queued tasting note.
I’m revisiting the Adagio fan blends I’ve still got in my cupboard. Thus far, this has been the most disappointing because as my tastes have changed/evolved since getting it I’ve been increasingly viewing it as ‘lesser’. It doesn’t help that I’ve fallen out of the WTNV fandom so that element of the tea which initially drew me in has lost appeal as well.
Still, the nutty notes of this blend are really good. Those have not lost the impact they had on me when I first tried this tea. The part which I’m finding just doesn’t deliver the same way anymore is the base, and I don’t know if there’s much of anything I can do to fix that. Plus, the chocolate doesn’t do it for me; I always felt that was the weakest part of this tea, probably because it’s chocolate chips. I’m gonna work towards sipping this down and then I’m done with it.
Flavors: Almond, Chocolate, Dark Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate, Earth, Mud, Nutty
This is a queued tasting note.
Since I’ve been drinking a lot more Lapsang lately the LS blended into this tea came off a much more light than it normally does to me. I still really enjoyed the tea, but because I’m much more used to LS in general now I found I had a better appreciation for the cherry and vanilla notes.
Flavors: Cherry, Leather, Smoke, Stonefruits, Vanilla
Finished off the last tbsp of this in a batch of sugar cookies! They were absolutely phenomenal; the flavour was very intense of course the ‘cream’ element perfectly complimented the sweet buttery notes from the cookies themselves. Instead of icing them I sprinkled some brown sugar on top halfway through baking them and that was the perfect balance of extra sweetness to an already sweet treat.
This is still one of my absolute favourite kinds of matcha (more so than it’s strawberry counterpart) so I definitely have intentions to buy more of this at some point down the road. I’ve still got a lot of matcha to go through first though before I’m ready to place another gigantic RLT order, which I seem to do every year.
Cold Brew Sipdown (120)!
The name and unique ingredients drew me into this one and I’m not sure what I expected from it taste wise; I guess more like a strawberry tea with spicy jalepeno finish? If I’m being honest with myself; I think I knew I wouldn’t like it. I never like this kind of more intense spicy teas because I just don’t like spicy things in general. And yet I keep buying them…
But no, this is very jalepeno without flavour from much else. I don’t taste strawberry, and hell I barely taste green tea either. It’s just this very specifically jalepeno pepper flavoured kind of ‘burning’. Way too much jalepeno for my tastes, that’s for sure. That said I do like it more than the most recent spicy pepper based tea I’ve tried, which is the Devil’s Mate from McQuarries that had chili loops in it. And it’s better than the spicy tisane that RiverTea used to carry (can’t remember the name right now). Though, I do think Frank ere 52Teas Napalm Ferret is the best one, thus far.
Not rating because my bias towards excessively spicy teas would clearly be a factor in how I’d be scoring this; even though I probably wont touch this tea again in the future I’m happy with the experience though.
Hiatus doesn’t suit me. I’m supposed to be holding onto my money and not buying tea or teaware until the new year but…
Well who can go through Black Friday without buying anything? So, I placed reasonably small orders with Whispering Pines and a company called Blue Hour Tea which I’ve yet to see here on Steepster. That company is owned by one of my Tea Sommelier classmates, so I’ve been wanting to order from him for a while now partly ‘cause the teas sound really different (they’re “sticky” teas) and partly just to be supportive. Christina also very kindly added some tea to her Teavivre order for me.
Aside from tea related purchases for myself, I also got all my Christmas shopping (with the exception of one person; my Step Mom) finished off! It feels very nice to have that out of the way. And yet, on the other hand, I spent all but literally $2.00 of a $700.00 paycheck in less than 48 hours. That stresses me out a little bit; but it’s not like I didn’t have other money in the bank. I’ve never spent a paycheck so quickly…
I should note not all of that was on Black Friday stuff; some was for rent/bills and one of the things I bought was $128 which I paid up front but will be split between me and my two siblings three ways. They just have to pay me back.
Anyway; when I got home from shopping today I made a mug of this while assembling an early birthday/Christmas present for my mom. Her birthday is Christmas Eve so we always have to get her two things which can be hard to do when you’re living off a student budget and can’t space out the gift giving. Her early Birthday present is a homemade “Cup of tea a Day” advent Calendar, with an extra bonus gift on the 24th (her birthday). The first day in the cupboard is a cup of this tea. I tried to get a mix of flavoured and pure teas, different companies, and different tea types. The idea is to get her trying new things outside of her comfort zone and that she wouldn’t normally.
Personally, I can’t wait until December 1st to have a cup of this yummy tea though! So I’m having one now…
Flavors: Almond, Cream, Hay, Honeysuckle, Malt
This is a queued tasting note.
So I decided that I was going to revisit this chocolate bar since I saw it at my local DAVIDsTEA and I figured enough time has passed from the last time I tried it for my tastes to change. That said, I regret grabbing another bar of this (though I don’t think I technically bought my first one; pretty sure it came from aisling of tea) because it tastes like yuck. Basically, it’s white chocolate, kelp, and something barnyard-esque.
WHY DOESN’T MATCHA CHOCOLATE TASTE GOOD!? I mean, chocolate tastes good and matcha tastes good but why not together? Ugh…
First to review? I can’t believe no one else was drawn in my Cranberry Almond Scone! Back when I was picking my first three samples, this is one I was very close to asking for but instead I went for the Sangria.
I cold brewed this sample; the dry aroma was just so much more cranberry than almond and I really quite like drinking cranberry teas cold over hot normally so I thought this suited my tastes better. If the aroma had been more of an almond than cranberry I would have made it hot though. Steeped, the liquor was very, very cloudy/foggy but it was also this lovely kind of silver/moonlight colour too so while normally such a cloudy liquor would have aesthetically been a turn off I didn’t mind it here. It was honestly a little pretty.
Taste wise, the best word to describe the overall experience would be ‘intense’. It’s a good mix of sweeter almond notes and juicy, tangy cranberries. The cherry/marzipan like flavours from the almond really balance out the otherwise tart tendencies of the cranberry. I will say, it was kind of artificial tasting. I know the blend definitely had actual almonds in it (probably why the liquor was so foggy) but I was getting an artificial almond extract kind of taste as well. Artificial doesn’t necessarily mean bad/chemical but it did lessen the experience a bit for me.
The other problem I encountered was that there wasn’t really a whole lot here to nail the “scone” aspect of the tea. Had there been notes of butter, cream, or baked bread I think that could have tied it in but mostly this was just cranberry and almond. Maybe if I’d brewed this hot the balance of flavours would’ve been different and the white tea itself could have contributed some of those notes I was looking for, but this way didn’t do that for me.
Overall, I still really enjoyed this blend! It wasn’t exactly what I was expecting or looking for but I think if I was drinking it again knowing this is what it’d taste like I’d be much more satisfied ’cause the flavours that are here are quite yummy.
Is it ironic that I finished off a blend called “Hot Chocolate” as a cold brew? It was actually better cold though; the intense sweetness was less cloying because the extended brew time really gave the earthy pu’erh a fighting chance when it came to having those flavour notes represented in the overall brew.
I’m still not buying more, though.
I’m kind of sad, ‘cause I’m at a point where there aren’t anymore actual visible grape left in the leaf and I really loved eating the re-hydrated ones post infusion. They also really added a lot of flavour. However, even without grapes left to measure into the leaf this was still a lovely soda! It’s like ‘posh’ Grape Soda. No crazy purple colouring or excessive sugar, and much more natural but with a similarly lovely flavour.