2706 Tasting Notes
I can’t remember who sent this to me, and that makes me sad…
Also, I think I did something terribly wrong with this but I have no clue what. Stacy description say something along the lines of “little to no noticeable astringency” and all I could taste when I had it was bitterness and astringency and maybe a tiny bit of malt? But I don’t know what I fucked up because I was very careful to stick with the recommended steeping instructions because they’re so often bang on!
I have one more cup worth so I’m hoping that goes much better because this was really, really unpleasant. I wont rate; surely it was gross because of some error on my part…
First review? No pressure right? Ok, so when I saw this one in the package from VariaTEA this morning I had a WHOLE BUNCH of feels and thoughts.
Firstly, I internally screamed because of the prospect of raisins. God how I hate raisins. Secondly, I winced because early into my “tea drinking career” (that’s how I’m gonna start phrasing it to non tea drinkers) I had 50g of an Ontario Ice Wine white blend that I disliked so very much and which was such a painful struggle to get rid of. Thirdly, I reminded myself how long ago that one and how my pallet has drastically changed in that time so it might not be “so bad”. But then most importantly, fourthly I actually took the time to smell the tea and…
This smelled like purple! And by that I mean the darker vibrant purple that is so commonly associated with rich, almost overly sweet fakey grapes. It smelled damn good. Which is why I’m trying it now! I didn’t realize that there’s white tea in the blend in addition to the black tea so I just steeped it like a black – but it’s very good! No bitterness, no astringency just really solid and juicy fake grape taste! I think what scares me so much about grapes is the fine line between fake, sugar grape which I like (grape candy!) and realistic, raisin grape which makes me want to gag.
So I adore this. I have one more cup, but I think I already know I want more? Mostly though I’m wondering why I necessarily love it. Is it the switch up in base; because the black base was really nice and smooth, and I thought was the perfect level to match the strong grape taste without overwhelming it. Or is it just that my pallet has changed so much? I don’t know. Maybe I don’t even care all that much?
We’ll see how cup #2 goes whenever I make time to have it – but I think this could be good in my cupboard. It’s certainly different from my other black tea! Would it be good cold brewed? Hmm…
Final Doctor Who tea in my small round of Doctor Who inspired teas from different companies. I think it’d be very wrong to do a round of DW teas and not include an Adagio fan blend…
Perhaps interestingly though, I think this is the one Adagio fan blend that I may have been more interested in because of what’s in it as opposed to the character it’s inspired by. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I adore Rory! In fact, I think Rory is my favourite of Eleven’s companions. But I’ve been super fascinated by the idea of Sweet Potato Tea since first hearing about it, and I’ve been dying to get my hands on any Sweet Potato tea to try it – and this has Adagio’s SP blend in it so that’s where my attention was/is most focused.
Steeped up, this is really really interesting. It’s got such a unique flavour with components that I’d struggling a little to pick out. The most noticeable is the creamy vanilla and then I think I do taste the sweet potato. It’s a familiar sweet, starchy flavour and I think it compliments the vanilla really well. Reading other people’s reviews they compare it to sweet potatoes with brown sugar and marshmallow and I believe I’ve also read similar comparisons on other Sweet Potato teas especially when tied into Thanksgiving. Is that an American thing? I’ve never heard of someone having that particular combination in Canada. It sounds weird to me, but good as well.
I wish I had more of this so I could play around: I think it’d be good with milk and I’m wondering if a pinch of salt would bring out the sweet potato more in the same way that salt brings out the potato flavourings in Butiki’s Potato Pancakes and Applesauce Green Blend (which I find I am now craving). I’m going to add this one back onto my wishlist because I think I would order it – and I’d definitely drink it again.
I want more Sweet Potato things! Thanks Sil for this sample!
EDIT: Oh, and yeah – I think this was a good blend for Rory. Seems to match to character, so go Cara!
Flavors: Sweet Potatoes, Vanilla
So this is Doctor Who tea #2 and company #2 for my round of three DW teas! I feel crazy for waiting so damn long to try this after getting my sample from the crazy generous 221Tea (who I haven’t seen log anything in a while; hope she’s doing ok and didn’t have a massive tea overload). Seriously though, I look at this every day and think “I’ll try it today”, and then I don’t for one reason or another. It’s “too late” for black tea after work or “I don’t want to try it in my timolino and waste a cup if it doesn’t travel well”, etc.
Well I’m drinking it now and I may be a little late to the party, but let my just add in my own “Damn!”. This is pretty fantastic: strong coconut notes, sticky toffee, ripe bananas, and some nuttyness. I wont lie though, there was some fairly strong astringency for the first little while until the tea cooled down a ways – but then the astringency just went away!
I think this is a really perfect blend for River Song – and I’m really enjoying it right now. I have one more cup worth so we’ll see how my thoughts change with that cup but right now I’m going to say that I want more of this. Maybe not nearly as much as I expected to want – but definitely at least an ounce of it. Mmm!
Next round of tea for the day features three Doctor Who inspired teas! Interestingly, all three are from different companies! Can you guess which ones? Heh…
So I used to love this but it feels seriously degraded in flavour from when I first had it (I just feel overwhelmed by the 52Teas base) so I’m sipping it down but trying to do so in more creative ways. So this time I added a smallish scoop of vanilla Greek FroYo. BAD IDEA. The Frozen Yogurt melted and got really thick and waxy, and while the flavour is not so bad the texture is really revolting. Ew.
So chugged this down quickly (and maybe burnt my tongue a little) and now onto DW tea #2 which is already looking much more promising…
Another Nina’s Paris sample from VariaTEA. I made it this morning in my giant Adeline poppy mug and that used up the whole sample. It was good timing really because I woke up with a killer headache and the mint was very soothing and nice and made me feel better. Like, I probably would have reached for this because of the mint even if it hadn’t been in my morning line up already.
Admittedly, I wasn’t really excited about this blend because it was a green one until I stupidly realized, weeks after getting it, that it was pretty much just a fancy Moroccan Mint. Ok, I can get behind that! I love MM.
And yeah, that’s pretty much what this one was: fancy Moroccan Mint. It was tasty and pleasant and soothing with a really smooth spearmint flavour, but not something I’d stock over other MM blends especially when it is so hard for me to get a hold of. The name is really cool though, I’ll give it that!
This is the first thing I’m having from the newest package of teas VariaTEA has sent me; it was the easiest to work into my tea line up for the day because I just made it alongside the other cup of matcha I was having this morning.
Man, this smells strong! What’s the flavouring level here? Because I cracked open the package from you and literally this is the first thing I could smell. It was intense, even after VariaTEA double bagging it! Good intense though; like marzipan and yum!
Whisked into milk, it frothed up at a seriously insane level. Like, I had to wait for the froth to go away so I could pour more milk in the cup – the froth was taking up all the space! And it tasted pretty good; really strong and very rich and marzipan like. I would have enjoyed it an awful lot but I found that there was a faint chemical edge to the aftertaste. Like it was almost too much almond concentrated into the one cup of cold milk.
I have to say, I’m glad I got this from you because I was semi curious about it, and it’s Red Leaf’s free tea sample of the month for June so I think I would have picked up the free sample if I hadn’t got this from you. But now trying it I can say that yeah this is really good but just the one experience is probably enough to keep my satisfied especially given how much matcha I have on hand right now anyway.
Flavors: Almond, Marzipan
So I bought vanilla frozen Greek yogurt, frozen raspberries, and bananas last night after work so that I can make some matcha smoothies, but my bananas aren’t ripe yet so that’ll have to wait a little longer. I still had matcha this morning though after my “hibernation”. Two cups actually, because I got some from VariaTEA this morning in the mail.
I thought this was the best cup of straight White Chocolate matcha (by which I mean not mixed with other matcha, because this was in cold milk) that I’ve had to date. It actually tasted like slightly more than just really creamy milk: it tasted like white chocolate!
So now to decide what to do with it next. One more cup of this and it’ll be a sipdown. Not sure whether I want to have it straight or crack open my coconut matcha and mix it with that because that combination was good. Or do I want to try using it in a matcha smoothie? I can imagine it being good with the frozen raspberries. Maybe I want a white chocolate/coconut matcha and raspberry smoothie/milkshake?
Tea Twins at it again; like VariaTEA I also finished off my Lemon Chiffon last night (and freed up a tin for some Butiki Coconut Creme Pie!) but I prepared mine in a pretty drastically different way than she did hers.
Mine was cold brewed during the duration of my work shift and strained a few hours after I got home (12 hour steep in total) but then because I was a little bored of the usual ways I’ve been having this I decided to really mix it up and take a risk and pour some milk into the cold brew as well. I was nervous because there was this background feeling that the lemon would result in curdling – but mostly I knew that was irrational.
It worked very well though and was this insanely creamy, milky lemon drink. It’s totally something really different than what I’ve ever done with this tea and the risk worked out. In fact, I can see this as something I’d serve in the summer to my family if they were visiting because it was so “summery” and I think non-threatening enough that my primarily non-tea drinking family would have loved it.
Personally, again in contrast to VariaTEA, I will not be restocking this one. I prefer to keep Lime Chiffon around which I find to be significantly more creamy and yummy but I now know I will be trying lime chiffon in this exact same way. I think the payoff will be amazing!
Goodbye Lemon Chiffon; what a way to send you off!
Again, thanks to Sil for this one! I finished off the sample by making it in my timolino and taking it to work. I think it traveled well in the timolino because the flavours were consistent with what I remember them being with my first cup here at home. It’s definitely good to know that if I do decided to order this one it’ll be something I can take to work with me when I’m in need of that all important caffeine boost.
The big difference I found was that I actually let part of this get cold and I thought it tasted better cold! Not nearly as much guayusa flavour which could be good for this who dislike the taste of guayusa – and I thought the lime stood out much more prominently. This makes me excited for the prospect of a cold brew with this one, which I had initially considered but ended up deciding against.
I should really update my profile description because I drink cold brewed tea about 50/50 with hot tea now. Welp.
But ultimately I have no idea whether this is something I want more of. It’s good but it’s not necessarily that good. I feel like I’ve discovered a lot of areas it has great intentional in though; cold brews, travelling. So I think it’s going to depend on the mood I’m in when I place my order and possibly where I need some extra stuff to reach the free shipping thresh hold? Bleck. Lots to think about and consider. I mean, I don’t really need more tea, so…
Flavors: Berries, Lime, Rainforest