2836 Tasting Notes
Hey, last of the backlog! Only took like three hours(?) to get through…
Tre and I ordered pizza tonight. Our regular pizza place has a new special so we figured we’d try it out. So for $25 we got two 9" pizzas, a 9" Apple/Cinnamon dessert pie, and a 9" chocolate chip cookie – oh, and four cans of Nestea. What we didn’t expect was that everything was going to come in one MASSIVE 20" X 20" box. It’s SO FREAKING BIG. Like, there are obviously leftovers and there’s no humanely way to make this box fit in the fridge…
How was a box this big a good idea!? Pizza 73 what were you thinking!? Why couldn’t this come in two of the regular boxes which are 12" X 12" and are deep enough to hold two pizzas? That’d fit in the fridge at least.
In my timolino for work. I had that awkward amount of leaf where there’s clearly too much for one cup but definitely not enough for two. So I made one overleafed cup of this to use up all the leaf.
It’s not really so great though; it came out really concentrated (despite giving it a shorter steep time to try to offset the extra leaf) and while there are shining notes of caramel and vanilla mostly it’s very astringent black tea. I think that’s a pretty sad way to be finishing this one off; maybe two weaker cups would have been better…
Anyway, who knows; it’s possible that I may reorder this in the future – I just know I definitely want to take a break from it for now…
SSTTB: Pick #16
Cold brewed this one and took it to work because I wanted to try it but wasn’t really digging the idea of having it hot.
It’s pretty good overall, I can see why some people like it so much. The lemon flavour in this is definitely strong, but in a sweet “lemon pudding” or pie filling like way. The spice in this really makes it pop too, and sort of exaggerates the sweetness of it. I can totally see where the “meringue” comes into play. It’s just creamy and good overall. The black base is totally far in the background and not getting in the way at all.
So I’m definitely thrilled I tried it and liked it. I wonder if this is the original blend or from the reblended batch? I remember this being on my wishlist months ago but removing it when it seemed really unlikely I wouldn’t have the chance to try it.
A nice dessert Chai overall; wouldn’t buy a whole pouch of it (so rarely do I crave Chai) but I’d drink it again!
Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Cream, Ginger, Lemon, Meringue, Vanilla
SSTTB: Pick #15
Last night’s bed time tea. I’ve almost finished trying the ones I’m interested in from The Box and will most definitely be ready to send it back out again by the weekend (if OMGsrsly is ready to receive it).
This one smells very interesting; definitely floral but also a lot like ripe fruit. It also has Lapacho in it; I’ve tried one Lapacho tea from the box and was kinda let down by it so I wasn’t sure if this would be the same sorta thing but I liked having the ability to try another Lapacho blend so soon after the first for comparison so i couldn’t pass up the chance to try this even though I felt it might have been like the Orange Cream Lapacho in that it smelled good but didn’t deliver.
Taste wise, there’s sort of a lot going on with this one. It’s super fragrant and smells really heavenly, and taste wise it’s definitely very floral. Like, it’s super closely treads that line between enough floral to be calming/relaxing and perfume/chemical/potpourri levels of floral. But it didn’t pass my “comfort level”. It could totally pass other people’s very easily, though.
In addition to the robust floral flavours there was also a strong presence of juicy, ripe fruits. Nothing too super specific but maybe leaning a little bit more towards stone fruits? There was no noticeable ginger, despite that being a listed ingredient. As always, I’m perfectly ok with an absence of ginger. There was also a natural “earthy” like flavour that was probably the Lapacho. It seemed very fresh and airy.
Overall I thought this one was very calming and soothing, and a really nice last cup for the evening. Taste wise it tread a very fine line but for me it really worked in the moment and I quite enjoyed the floral sweetness of it. I might take a few more cups worth out of the box; there’s a ton of it in there.
Flavors: Earth, Floral, Flowers, Stonefruits
Went to the movies with my father and brother; we saw How To Train Your Dragon 2 and it was AMAZING. Seriously, it more than keeps up with how great the first one was. It was a good time! And the animation. Just beautiful. Like, the amount of detail put into all the dragons, among other things, is astonishing and so breathtaking.
My Dad made a deal: he’d pay for either our movie ticket or our food. I took the food option and then, because I’m sneaky and manipulative and totally take advantage of my father, I used my free movie voucher from my date with Tyrell (Spiderman, when the 3D glitched out and they gave us all coupons and stuff) to pay for my ticket and then ordered a poutine, pizza, large kiwi Yogen, bag of mini Snickers bites, regular Nestea, and a regular popcorn. I’m a brat. So sue me.
After the movie they dropped me off at work (I needed to check my schedule) and went home and because I’m totally cool and had nothing better to do I stayed and helped Bobbi and Nina close the store, do their closing paperwork, and balance the cash. I’m like 90% sure that breaks some kind of rule but not sure what that rule would be. I mean, I didn’t get paid and it made things easier for them – but I probably shouldn’t have been cash handling while not on shift. Oh well.
Also, Tyrell is a butt. While I had to spend “quality time” with my father he went to see Queen (and Adam Lambert on lead vocals) and then I had to hear about how awesome the concert was from him this morning. Bleck.
Man, I should just suck up my reservations and buy a bit more of this one before I lose the chance to because I keep getting it as a “To Go” when I got to DT and I’m so consistently impressed when I do…
My Dad, brother, and I all went to the big mall downtown yesterday so my brother could pick a birthday present from me and of course I talked them into stopping at DT too since it’s in the same mall. Thankfully I reigned myself in and, in addition to my tea pop (this one) and the tea pop I got my Dad (Hot Tropic) I only bought a yellow tin for myself, to stick my Birthday Cake from Butiki in. But lets be honest; I only managed to hold back because I’m expecting to buy most of the blends from the Carnival series launching tomorrow (I keep waiting for the website to update since it’s past midnight now…).
We also stopped at HMV and I bought myself a new mug! It’s beige and has the “All my Friends are Dead” dinosaur on it. I love it so much! It fits in my house so well! Squee!
This one is so damn good! I really, really should suck it up and just buy it. I don’t know why I’m holding back. Cupboard numbers, I guess? Blah. It’s just… Fruity and sweet and so much awesome, clear fruit flavour despite the hibby in it. Grrh. Ugh.
Oh! And Gwyn was working when we went in and we had a conversation about DT’s new Oolongs (she recommends Supreme because of the distinct plum notes but didn’t like Pouchong as much). She also pretty much threw her boyfriend under the bus and confirmed that there are in fact teas he doesn’t like (he made the ridiculous claim that “I’ve never had a tea I didn’t like”) and that he’s, as Tyrell put it, a lying butthole. Ha, apparently I Lucas (according to Tyrell) was under the impression that I actually genuinely didn’t like him; but finally Tyrell was able to convince him that I’m actually just a tea snob who was joking around with him. Whoops.
Also, I very much regret not trying my Dad’s Hot Tropic tea pop while I had the chance. Bah, missed opportunities…
Made the last of this as a cold brew and drank it yesterday before my Dad and brother got here to celebrate my brother’s birthday. I spent the whole morning basically frantically “parent proofing” my house. Essentially I hid all the alcohol and any proof of Tyrell being over (because I’m so not ready for my family to know I’m dating someone – there’s no way I’m subjecting him to their crazyness just yet).
For once I thought this actually really did taste “silky” in how smooth it was. The jasmine was very nice in this and kinda just at the perfect level which is something I really struggled to find a balance with for this blend. Also, very interestingly I kept getting grape notes with bigger sips of this. It was very weird but I think it worked quite surprisingly well! Grape and jasmine…
Apparently not a bad combination.
Flavors: Grapes, Jasmine
Also a post-Barcraft tea. I was supposed to be drinking caffeine free teas but I saw this in my closet while I was grabbing the Birthday Cake and I just could not resist making a giant mug of it. Drunk me doesn’t give a fuck about hoarding the precious limited edition/seasonal teas I have.
I think the logic was the mint is good for headaches so why not preemptively have a cup of something minty to ward of a hangover? It’s a stretch, but why not. I wanted it.
Actually though this was overwhelmingly cucumber flavoured (if I remember correctly though, there was a TON of cucumber in the dry leaf I use) with a more subtle mint/melon flavour in the background. Very solidly delicious. I still regret not getting more of this one; I’m totally going to finish the 50g I got and be very, very sad.
So I snuck in a teaware review this morning before work but I’ve got a whole bunch of tasting notes to log as well; I didn’t do much logging over the weekend and yesterday because I spent Sunday at Barcraft with Tyrell (and then the rest of the evening drunkish), and then all Monday my brother and Dad were in town for his Birthday – and then on top of that our internet was also down for the bulk of the weekend too.
So Barcraft was pretty fun; even though I didn’t understand virtually any of what was going on game wise I thought the bar was really nice and I liked spending time with Tyrell – besides alcohol makes everything better, and they had good bar food too. The most interesting thing, I guess, would be meeting a whole bunch of his friends. Like, I know Lucas/Gwyn from DT but these people were all strangers to me. They were definitely nice though, and welcoming enough given I bet they knew next to nothing about me. Pretty much your typical gamer/sports guys in Uni; there were dick jokes, and playful insults between one another but nothing I wasn’t unfamiliar with or whatever. Afterall, I live with a guy (same “type” of guy as well), and growing up the vast majority of my friends were guys. I think I got their seal of approval?
And then after the finals we decided to go out for icecream (my treat since he picked up my bar tab, which was definitely significantly higher than the cost of the icecream). I couldn’t resist going for the weirdest flavour there (much to Tyrell’s disgust) which happened to be Pineapple Carrot Bran Muffin. I got it in milkshake format and I have to say it was pretty fucking delicious. Now I’m not gonna deny, a good part of why I thought that could be because I was a bit drunk – but I think that overall it was just a good milkshake. I’d love to see a Butiki tea version…
And then I got home to no internet and promptly watched Casanova while drunk and made myself tea! Mostly caffeine free stuff, because water consumption and a lack of caffeine while drunk is good for offsetting hangovers, and also because I just wanted tea. That involved trying this one for the first time! I bought a bunch of it in my most recent Butiki order despite never trying it just because of how much VariaTEA loves it. I figured it was a safe enough gamble because if I didn’t like it I could just pass it on to her.
Except, I do like it! So, it’s all mine. Mwah. Ha. Ha.
Basically it was super rich but still quite soft and airy with an amazing vanilla flavour and strikingly accurate sponge cake vibe to it. This is totally going to be a cupboard staple because it’s one of few herbals that I own which isn’t a fruit based blend for cold brewing! Mmm! I instantly wanted another cup of this after finishing it, but I was feeling really, really full so I passed on it. But definitely gonna have this one again, and soon!
Flavors: Cake, Cream, Powdered sugar, Vanilla