3772 Tasting Notes
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Mmm; breath of fresh air! A nice balance between sweet ginger and supple, lightly floral pears. With just a little bit of creaminess. I’m really happy I got more of this, even if I don’t drink it all that often.
Unrelated; the day I drank this I was having some really stupid bank issues. I was trying to put in a Camellia Sinensis order and I kept getting an error message saying that my bank would not authorize the online purchase. Had to call the help line for my bank, and they told me that it wouldn’t go through because the address for my account and the address I was trying to use for payment didn’t match – except after triple checking they were the EXACT SAME down to the period at the end of my street abbreviation.
Finally I just changed my bank address to the exact same thing, and then after it had cleared I was able to place my order. But DAMN, what a stupid and frustrating problem with an even more stupid solution.
It’s no coincidence that I had two cranberries teas in one day; cranberry tea is my jam.This one I had hot though – and in a timolino. Cranberry notes most prominent, but softened by a sweet nuttiness. I’ve sorta running out of ways to mix things up with this one; but that’s alright – it’s still amazing plain and hot.
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Bought this one from the Sobeys I work at; it’s one of the two Tea Squared blends that originally caught my interest – the other one being Honey Fig Tree. I know, both the ones that appealed to me were tisanes; but I think their herbals are far more original/creative than their other flavoured blends and both feature fruits I’m crazy about.
Since the Honey Fig Tree I started with really grew on me and was really well done I decided to give this one a chance and I picked some up when it was on sale for the week; $7.00 for 80g instead of the usual $10.00.
Dry this has a really powerful, aromatic smell! It’s definitely, definitely super sweet, almost candied cranberries but then this really intoxicating smell that reminded me of Fruit Punch or the red Fruit Roll Ups from Betty Crocker – which I think are meant to be strawberry though. But very bright, juicy and over the top overall.
And obviously I started off by cold brewing it; for many of the usual reasons (their’s hibiscus in the blend, cranberry is really good cold brewed, the convenience). I think it was definitely the way to go; this came out a crimson red colour and my immediate thought was “probably would’ve been rather harsh hot”. I’m sure I will eventually try it that way though.
And, it is a little bit tart but only in the way that cranberries naturally are – I really didn’t think the hibiscus was adding anything that wouldn’t have been there otherwise. Very juicy and robust, with the same almost but not quite fruit punch (like Red Kool-Aid fruit punch)/Fruit Roll Up flavouring. Maybe a little bit of sweet red apple from the apple in this that’s obviously acting, primarily, as a filler? There’s an effervscent, sparkly quality that leads me to believe this would be to die for as a tea soda; so I’m definitely going to try it that way too.
It tastes like childhood summers; hyped up on snack foods and running around in my bathing suit through the Spray Park.
This is definitely another success for me; though I’m not quite sure how much of it is really me absolutely loving it and how much is just excitement/nostalgia so I’m gonna be a little conservative with my initial rating. If my second impression is as good as this one, I’ll likely be increasing my rating though.
And, just finished my phone call with Amoda – I’m really happy I could help them out. Everything they asked was really easy to answer and it wasn’t invasive at all so if you haven’t seen their post on the discussion boards or have but haven’t volunteered to do it you should really consider; it took like twelve minutes overall, and they were super nice!
Flavors: Cranberry, Fruit Punch, Red Apple
This is still much too light/gentle in flavour for my tastes though I have enjoyed the subtle caramel and honey flavours as well as the fleeting notes of baked bread. Interestingly, I thought this last cup had a bit of a smokey finish – though I hadn’t experienced that with any prior cup. Perhaps if it’d been more noticeable in past cups this would have made more of a memorable impression.
Of course this was already in the database. Tea addicts will justify just about anything as “drinking tea” if it means getting to count it; which is, of course, exactly what I was doing when I searched for this one to see if I could log it…
We sell this one at work, and I see people in the staff room drinking this one may more over all the other Bolthouse drinks we sell so I got curious, and I bought myself some. Honestly, it was pretty good but I can see why non-serious tea drinkers like it; it’s very sweet with very little actual tea flavour (if any, really) but they can still say they’re being health conscious and drinking tea.
Though all the extra protein and crap in it didn’t hurt since I’ve always had trouble getting enough protein as a vegetarian.
It was just SO milky and creamy, and smooth as silk. But it was like someone brewed up a cup of good Chai, and then added a ‘splash’ of milk to it – only by splash they meant like four fucking cups of milk. It had a nice, light vanilla flavour too – and the spices that were there were nice and light, and kind of gingerbread cookie like.
For what it is, it’s good. Doubt I’ll repurchase though – it’s really expensive!
Today’s word of the day is curiou. A curio is “an object or article valued because it is strange or rare”. I’m not ashamed to say that I just had a minor paradigm shift; I had heard the word before when attached to cabinet (Curio Cabinet), but only in that pairing so up until like five minutes ago my belief was that was simply a different kind or style of cabinet. Yay – learning things!
Drank this one on the way to work at some point during last week; honestly can’t remember what day that was though. Sometimes I feel guilty about drinking my nicer teas on the commute to work though; usually everything is just so rushed/hectic that I’m not being the most observant person and I feel like I’m missing out on the subtleties and nuances of nicer teas.
This one especially, which has so much going on with it, is one that I really feel like I need to be focused on when I drink it. But, I did make note of a few things I tasted and I know I really enjoyed having it with! It’s a good tea!
Definitely tasted some really rich cocoa and oak notes; and then a darker cherry and oak finish.Black cherries though; not crazy sweet bings or candied maraschinos. While that would have been interesting, it would have totally messed up the dynamic of the tea.
And I just looked up my first note on this one; while some of the things I observed here were the same as my first impression, a lot was different – and that’s part of why I really want to focus next time I have this one!
Flavors: Cherry, Cherry Wood, Cocoa, Oak wood, Wood
Feels like I have a lot going on in the next two days, but the reality is that I really don’t; I have today and tomorrow off, tomorrow my Dad’s coming into town to help me sort out my taxes and celebrate my birthday with me – but all I’m doing today is writing backlogged tasting notes, of which there are many.
Four(ish) more days until my birthday – I’m both really excited and really anxious. Twenty seems like such a big deal, though I know it really isn’t. And, I’m not really even doing anything to celebrate anyway: I actually have a file maintenance shift on it too so I’ll be working 5AM to 1:30PM. Boo!
Thanks again to Tea Ave for the sample! I’m sorry this review’s going up pretty late; I drank it like a week ago, but between work I’ve had no time for much else other than sleep commuting. I cold brewed the majority of the sample (though I did save enough leaf to do a Western hot cup as well) and it was really impressive.
I should probably note that this is my first time trying a Magnolia oolong – and I think a magnolia tea in general. I was really excited about it though; I really like floral teas, especially oolongs or whites, when they really only touch on one or two floral flavours. Originally I wanted to try this one first out of all my samples; but in the end it seemed better to start with the one I was most hesitant about, and then the one I had the most familiarity with.
Pretty sure I’ve touched on this with each Tea Ave review I’ve done – but man, I’m in love with the base that these scented blends use (Alishan, I think). In each of the three blends, it’s just been very sweet, creamy and buttery like a milk oolong with the occasional soft, silky coconut note. While the jasmine underplayed this a little bit, this one gets closer to exaggerating these notes like the Ginger Lily did. There’s also a bit of a hazlenut flavour unique to this blend, it’s tied into the creaminess of the base though, and it’s subtle. If you just drank without looking for it, you may miss it. It was also relatively vegetal this time around; with the natural sugary notes, I was reminded of sugar snap peas (which are like my favourite healthy snack food; yum!).
And, the magnolia notes in this were gentle and soft, but very strong – if that makes sense. Like, they’re very full and can compete with the base really well, but they’re not overpowering. There’s also lesser notes of lilac which help round everything else out a little bit. And, really interesting there’s a fruity note as well that reminds me a lot of Grapples (grape/fuji apple hybrids). We sell them at the store, and they’re really good – though pretty expensive. They’ve got a very distinct smell that’s kind of floral, and smells like fresh apples and purple grapes. It’s insanely sweet; enough so that it’s like a “Grape scented marker” kind of grape smell, though less artificial. Just really concentrated.
Definitely enjoyed this one; and I’m looking forward to doing my hot cup to see if and how the flavours shift. Having tried all three samples I was sent now; I think I’d rank them Ginger Lily, Magnolia, and Jasmine in order of how much I enjoyed them and in how likely I’d be to order more for myself (really trying to justify buying more Ginger Lily right now…).
Straight this time, no milk.
Honestly, I think that maaaayyybeee I liked this better with milk? I don’t even know why; it’s amazing either way. I think this has a really perfect balance between sweet smoke, earthy tones and a pinch of more mineral like notes. I drank the first half hot, and the second half cold. There was something really interesting and thirst quenching about having it cold.
SMOKEY TEAS HAVE GROWN ON ME SO MUCH. I almost feel like I don’t even know my own palate anymore…
Sleeping pill is kicking in…
Largely chamomile dominant cuppa; not really my thing, but a good aid at night when you need to go to sleep. Faint lemony after taste. I didn’t love this one so much, but I’m thankful I got to try it! I’m treasuring every Butiki blend I get the chance to try – whether they’re hits to me or not.