3556 Tasting Notes
It’s pretty quiet here and in the chat today; I guess everyone’s spending time with family/loved ones and curled up sipping on warm mugs of tea? Not me though: I’m at work again – which means tasting note time!
Friday, I got this one as an Eggnog Latte because I thought this would A) make an interesting one and B) be a flavour that VariaTEA hadn’t tried yet. I was right about at least one of those – and VariaTEA will have to confirm the other.
- Orange flavour that pierced through the eggnog
- Mostly creamy! So like a weird Christmas Creamsicle…
- Occasional “soap” notes in aftertaste?
- Possibly the orange; fake orange does that sometimes
- Currants were pretty lost overall
I also restocked on Blueberry Jam while I was there, so I now have no justifiable reasons to head to a DAVIDsTEA any time soon. We’ll see how long that works out for me…
This is my current tea that I brought with for my shift. For whatever reason, it feels like they gave me more leaf in this sample than in any of the others, not that I’m complaining. And yeah, I know I said not too long ago that I was done with Lychee Blacks for a while but if you guys don’t know by now how much of a hypocrite I can be then, well, shame on you? I saw it, and I had to try it.
I’m actually really enjoying it: the lychee is subtle like most lychee blacks seem to be, but it’s still present and I’d say pretty natural/realistic tasting. This is my first Octavia Tea sample with a black base as well, and I’m pretty impressed with the base. It’s obviously not something super high quality but it’s smooth and despite a longer steep time it’s not bitter or astringent.
Overall I’d call this one tasty, but relatively average as far as lychee blacks go.
Finished this one off last night in a really fun way: Tea Soda! So made the last of this into simple syrup using my usual recipe, and then float into a can of Club Soda. If I’d had vanilla ice cream, I’d have added a scoop of that too – then it’d really have been a float.
It was good though: I observed in my last note for this that the flavours in this tea have really deteriorated over time, but the extra leaf and added sugar to make this into a soda actually helped a lot and it didn’t taste weak. Yes, it could have been richer – but it was just right to convey a root beer flavour. Mmm!
Really sad to be finishing off the last of this one: I think it’s my first Butiki sipdown that’s been for a tea that I planned to have on hand always, and not just something that I had a sample of or had received in a swap. That makes it harder than usual.
Well, I’d be crazy if I didn’t cold brew at least one of my Octavia Tea samples, right? So here’s the first Octavia Tea cold brew! Dry I couldn’t smell the kiwi at all – just a whole lot of crisp, vegetalness. So, the cucumber most likely? That didn’t seem too promising to me.
But(!) after I strained this I got a whole bouquet of sweet, juicy and slightly tangy kiwi notes. It was the right level of sticky sweet with a little tang to it, and very natural tasting with a very crisp, cool vegetal background and some grassy notes too. I totally, and clearly, got both the Kiwi and the Cucumber aspects of the tea. And while this kinda seems like a weird pair up, it totally works! This is another one I was really impressed with, and would possibly order again come spring/summer!
Glad my initial impression was off.
Fun tea experiments!
I bought a whole bunch of milk and eggnog yesterday after work, so I spent a good part of yesterday after I’d gotten home trying to decide what I wanted to do up as a latte. I finally decided on this because I’m really close to sipping it down and a latte would really help with that, plus is did sound good as a latte too.
So I steeped this one up as a latte and it smelled amazing. But then I thought of a thing, and that thing was that I have Bols Banana Liqueur in the fridge and I’ve been trying to think of a way to fit that into tea and what better way could there be than Strawberry Banana!? So I added a shot of the liqueur into the tea. And it was delicious and perfect and fluffy and candy sweet. I really, really enjoyed that despite the milk and alcohol the flavour of the tea was still really present and didn’t let itself get lost under everything else!
So close to sipping this one down: only enough leaf left for one more cup which is really, really sad given I wont be able to get more of this one.
My “at work” tea from yesterday: it was the only tasting note I didn’t have time to catch up on during my shift yesterday. I was having a small panic attack about it because I thought that I was finishing off my last RiverTea blend, but then I got home and saw my tin of Mulberry White and all was good in the world again.
I don’t know what it is, but lately the smell of straight spearmint (especially hot) has been making me feel super, super nauseated. I got REALLY close to just dumping this one out after I’d steeped it up – the smell was, for whatever reason, making me dry heave even though there really was nothing wrong with it. And because of that, this sat on the edge of my counter at the Kiosk for the bulk of the morning, untouched.
Finally, like half an hour after before I was done for the day, I had a sip of it while it was stone cold. Much better; I was able to finish it off with no problem and it was really tasty and refreshing. I still have no clue what about it initially made me feel so queasy.
I have to lower my rating on this one: even though I can’t figure out what aspect of the tea makes me feel ill, the fact remains that while I did originally love this one, that’s no longer true and I can’t justify a rating of 90 now.
Balls, why did I write so many jot notes for this one? I’m lazy, and my shifts almost over and I want to catch up on tasting notes so I’m just going to paste them here directly…
- Dry, smells strongly of Acai berries and is just a little tart
- Very juicy and defined Acai berry taste
- Blueberry notes are also subtly present and possibly red currants
- Kinda “jammy”
- But they’re soft
- White base is very soft and has some honeysuckle type notes
- REALLY enjoy this one
- It actually strongly reminds me of DT’s Superberry blend
- Probably a psychological transfer from the comparison of the two but I taste pine…
- Even though it’s junipers which taste like pine
- This is the first tea I’d actually restock for myself!
- I can see why it’s one of their Best Sellers
- Can’t find the hibiscus in this one at all!
Finishing off this sample from Cameron B.! Like she suggested, I doubled up on the teabags in the hope of getting a less watery flavour. Definitely worked!
- Mild but present black base; very very slightly floral
- Blueberry has a “preserve” or “waffle topping” sweetness to it
- Vanilla notes
- Doesn’t go overboard with sugary sweetness though
- Much more enjoyable this way!
I was going to attempt to make a joke, but it was really weird and bad. What was it you ask? Well, if you insist…
I woke up yesterday morning with a kink in my neck; in more ways than one!
See it’s “funny” because I really did wake up with a painful kink in my neck (it’s still kind of there), but I also had a really intense and weirdly romantic/sexual dream about one of my coworkers at Sobeys. It was really, really weird though because I don’t find him attractive even a little bit. But “dream me” certainly didn’t feel the same way. Now next time I have a shift with him it’s gonna be hella difficult making eye contact. Cringe.
Anyway: this cold brew was really, really good yesterday. All of the “red things” in the blend were really present and sweet and a little candy like. So, the cherry, rhubarb, and strawberry. Reminded me of Strawberry/Rhubarb pie filling. You know what I mean: sweet and candy like, but kinda… Supple?
I also was able to just subtly pick out the pineapple and I thought MAYBE the pear too? But I’ve never tasted the pear in this one before and it’s possible that I only thought I was tasting it because I was also drinking a Golden Pear Liqueur/Spirte mix drink. So I don’t know.
I need to pay more attention to the individual flavours in this next time I have it, and less so to the flavour as a “whole” because I think I’m missing out on some of the subtler nuances to the tea.
Ok story time; and I’m still SO PISSED about this.
Ok, so at work on Tuesday we had a Gingerbread Man making work shop and my break happened to fall during the middle of it so I spent my entire breaking going all out and making this really detailed Gingerbread woman. She was wearing a bikini and had a sun hat and flip flops and shades. The point was that it was ironic, ’cause of the whole “Winter” thing and she was in summer attire. Point is, it took up my whole break and I was really proud of it.
I showed it off to a whole bunch of coworkers and then, right before I signed back in, I ran up to the staff room and stuck it in the fridge along with my other groceries. Because I work at a grocery store, there’s pretty much always free food in the staff room but the rule is that if it’s on the tables out in the open it’s for everyone, but if it’s in the fridge it belongs to someone or is someone’s lunch. So, I figured it’d be safe there. Ideally I’d have put it in my locker, but my winter jacket is too puffy and there wasn’t room without crunching it.
Three hours later I’m done my shift, sign out and head upstairs to grab my stuff before catching the bus. What do I see on the table? HALF my gingerbread woman. Someone not only went through my groceries in the fridge, but they stole my super awesome gingerbread woman ate part of her, and then left her out in the open! WHAT A DICK MOVE! I was flaming mad, and if I knew who did it I probably would have snapped on them really, really badly. I didn’t even get a picture of her!
And sure, I didn’t lose any money but I lost all the time/effort making her, and I was so damn proud! I made sure to take my half a gingerbread woman downstairs and go complain to every single cashier still working so that, if any of them are responsible for her ill fate they felt damn guilty about it. I mean, anyone in any department has access to that fridge so someone in Grocery, Deli, Cheese, Meat or Kitchen could have done it – but I just have a gut feeling it was one of the highschoolers in my department. I think some of them are thoughtless enough to do it.
Tea was in a timolino with milk. Very thick mouthfeel and rich, creamy vanilla flavour with light bergamot undertones. Very “London Fog”.