3833 Tasting Notes
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I’m so tired… So; quickie tasting note!
- Cold Brew
- STRONG mango and passionfruit notes
- Something just a touch off about the passionfruit, but hard to place what?
- Finish borders a bit on cloying
- Floral undertones
- Do I taste orange? I think I do?
- Decent overall; not quite as good as last time though
I think this has just become my unofficial, ‘official’ rainy day tea. It’s my instant go to! I think one of the things I like most about this one, though, is that it brews up fairly consistently but because of the big range of ingredients in really varied sizes it’s still not the exact same drink every time because it still depends a little bit on what you scoop up.
This cold brew (yes; cold brew for a rainy day – not a hot tea) was mostly cinnamon, rose, cranberry, citrus and pineapple – no real flavour from the coconut shreds because I didn’t get any significant amount of them scooped up in the leaf. And no pomegranate or vanilla, either.
Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WK-vRhz9xs
Yeah, this is kind of an obvious one…
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Cold brewed this one; it was really enjoyable but in this particular cold brew I didn’t find that the watermelon notes were actually all that strong. Maybe this is because I didn’t get any dehydrated watermelon pieces in the leaf I used for the brew; maybe not? It’s one of those things that’s a bit hard to pinpoint.
But the oolong base itself is really nice; I like that it’s kind of weirdly creamy and buttery but still has that cooling, vegetal crispness as well. In addition to being a bit floral and buttery, the vegetal notes specifically remind me of cucumber skins/peel.
Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruxTT6hjbWQ
Can’t think of anything better to listen to this with than a little bit of Surf Music, and Jack Johnson is my favourite when it comes to that kind of music!
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I guess thanks to my mom for picking this tea out for me a few months ago when she was on vacation in BC? Though, personally, I don’t think I’d have picked it for myself. It seems very all over the place – probably ‘cause there are like a dozen added ingredients. And that’s not an exaggeration. Quantity of ingredients isn’t the same as quality…
Mostly; I just remember this cold brew tasting REALLY muddled. Really the only flavours that stick out in my memory are ginger, cinnamon and generic citrus? I’m definitely feeling really meh towards all that bullshit.
The thought was there; but I think this will take me a LONG time to finish.
Still greatly enjoying the simplicity of this blend; grabbing another sample pouch was a good idea to tide me over until I can clear a tin for it. Good, solid cinnamon and mint notes that were well balanced, though dare I say I tasted a sort of fennel-like taste creeping in the background? In a good way, since I quite like fennel. Just a small bit out of place?
Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0kFqbg7VEw
Ahh, that feeling when one of your favourite bands drops a new single. I’m really loving this one, too. The last two days I’ve found ways to incorporate it into my morning commute both days…
This cold brew was really floral and fruity in a really fragranced and almost perfume-y way but it wasn’t bad by any stretch. It’s kind of hard to describe, but the way the floral notes come off is almost effervescent in a way – and it reminds me strongly of CS’s (discontinued) Des Roses et Des Bonbons blend; the rose in the two blends must be the same or similar? I definitely think I’m also tasting the white hibiscus though, which presents differently than the garish hibiscus tea drinkers are more commonly presented with.
Cooking with matcha!
This time it was another pasta dish, as I find it’s really easy to incorporate matcha into the sauce used. Wont share the pasta recipe, mostly ‘cause I don’t measure things properly so I can’t give an accurate recipe – but the dish was shell pasta with minced garlic and a goat cheese cream sauce that used a slightly heaping 1/2 tbsp. measurement of the matcha…
Just a very rich, creamy and buttery dish overall – in part from the cream element of the sauce, but also in a way that was distinct to the buttery flavour I’ve experienced with this matcha as well (it’s become a favourite of mine to cook with). The matcha also brought a strong underlying marine note to the whole dish which is a nice added component.
My coworkers always look at me so questioningly when I bright bright green pasta to work for lunch: I’ve explained that it’s tea infused before but it just baffles them. Some day, when we do a staff potluck or something, I’m DEFINITELY going to have to bring enough to share.
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Well, I think I need to lower my rating for this one because I’m just finding it way too inconsistent when it brews up. I mean, when it’s good it’s good but when it’s not…
This cold brew was a big bad, cloying stevia bomb. Too concentrated tasting in every way; and this time measuring the leaf out poorly and brew time definitely are NOT to blame because I’ve been monitoring that a lot more carefully with this blend…
Welp; this one obviously fills the seasonal need for one ridiculously heavy blend that goes through leaf like no one’s business…
I actually made this one at work for lunch because I had an infuser mug with me ‘cause I’m back to sleeping at my own house tonight (so I had to take home the little bit of tea stuff I brought with me). I bought a 10g sample – and the hot, Nordic Mug worth of tea I made today used the whole 10g sample. So even if this wound up being REALLY good tasting (spoiler: it didn’t) it’s just not a cost effective blend. 100g would be 10 cups!? Nope. And God forbid I was cold brewing… Goodbye tea leaf.
Not unlike Carrot Cupcake; this has a dry smell that doesn’t match the brewed taste. Dry, I personally think this one smelled the most promising of the fall teas – warm, and really buttery just like a good, fresh out of the over muffin! The blueberry wasn’t actually super present to me in the dry smell but there was a nice, softer fruity component. Also, maybe because of the butteryness, I felt like I got a strong smell of popcorn too. REALLY yummy aroma…
But, well, none of that is in the steeped flavour. So that sucks.
Brewed up, this is REALLY fruity. I’m definitely actually getting blueberry flavour now along with that trademark tartness from the hibiscus. I’m sorry, but hibiscus has NO PLACE in a blend that’s supposed to resemble anything even remotely cake like. And, muffins definitely fall under that category. It’s not unbearably tart, in fact the tartness melds together with the blueberry and apple pretty well but this is just another example of a fall blend this year which doesn’t convey what it was marketed as. Now, if this had perhaps been called something like “Blueberry Cider” or “Mulled Blueberry Wine” I think it would be easier to buy into the profile that’s being delivered.
I think I liked this as much as I liked Carrot Cupcake, which is to say it was adequate enough to finish the serving I had but I wont feel compelled enough to ever drink it again. Not bad; but not good or memorable.
Flavors: Apple, Berries, Berry, Blueberry, Cranberry, Hibiscus, Tart
So, when you work in retail the holidays definitely have a different schedule than the rest of the world’s… when it comes to Halloween, in the retail world that kicks off in August. Ugh.
So at the store I work at; we’re doing Halloween set up this week. Basically, a third of the sales floor converts to Halloween stuff. We’ve already done take down last week so this week has just been receiving our Halloween shipment and getting it up. In order to do this, we’re working in two (voluntary, because this is all over time) crews: an evening crew and an overnight crew. I’m on the evening crew which runs from 5PM to 10PM after my normal shift of 7:30AM to 4PM – the overnight crew works from 9PM to 5AM. Instead of sleeping at my place, I’ve been staying at my mom’s because the commute to and from work is MUCH easier: if I was going back to my place I’d get home from work at midnight and then have to get up FOR work at 5:30, like usual. Nope – not doing that.
So last night I came ‘home’ from doing Halloween and my mom saw I was just exhausted from unpacking pallets of stuff and offered to make me a cup of tea. No one ever offers to make me the tea so how could I refuse!?
This is what she picked out: honestly, I don’t actually remember when this tea got released!? DT has been releasing so many teas recently that it’s just hard to keep up with them all but even still I just genuinely have no recollection of this one.
It’s from her stash, not mine. Anywho, she made it with milk added which isn’t a choice I probably would have made myself but who am I to complain when someone else did all the work for me.
It was pretty good; I want to say it reminded me a lot of those Sour Cherry Blaster candies but the creaminess of the milk negates that just a little bit. Agh; milk just doesn’t have a place with this blend! I mean, creamy cherry is totally a thing but if you’re going for a creamy cherry flavour you definitely have to commit and this isn’t committed to that profile/geared towards that sort of flavour. The cherry notes were good though! Bright, just sweet enough – a cross between realistic and candy. I don’t know; it’s kind of punchy? I’m looking at the ingredients list right now (which I didn’t have last night) and it’s got licorice root in it – I’m impressed though ‘cause I definitely didn’t taste it. So, you know, it was good for how it was prepared for me…
It’s still hurting my brain that I can’t remember when it was released…
Flavors: Candy, Cherry, Fruit Punch, Fruity, Sweet