2907 Tasting Notes
This is always one of those teas that I think “Man, I should just sip it all down and move on” about, but then I get sick and it becomes a major tea crutch for me. Seriously, it’s one hell of a great sick tea.
It just really relaxes and soothes the throat, and it makes you get all sleepy and stuff. Just lots of good stuff jumbled all together in it like chamomile, licorice root, peppermint, and goji berries. And on top of everything it’s sweet enough to still be flavourful when you’re sick and hopped up on medication and can’t taste shit all.
So I don’t know. I’ve made a pretty good dent in the tin this week; still not close to a sipdown though. I think it’s one of those things I just kinda need to have around though in at least a small quantity because it’s a really affordable sick tea.
Hot brewed cup Sunday evening. It looked like very crystal clear blood. Smelled slightly better than blood…
These are the notes I jotted down (because fuck writing long things when you’re sick):
- Very tart blood/beet like flavour initially with more mellow “cherry koolaid” type middle flavour
- Lemon grass very present
- A few odd sips were medicinal
- CB is better
I’m really feeling like this is something I could only enjoy with sweetener and I just don’t want to have to rely on that to make my tea good! Bumping the rating down.
Ugh; so I last posted tasting notes a few days ago and noted in one of them that I was starting to feel sick. Apparently I know my body well; I am indeed very sick and have been since I last posted tasting notes. Ugh.
My stupid asshole boyfriend gave me Strep Throat. Which is such a fucking piss off because I’ve hardly gotten to enjoy any tea since SUNDAY and on top of things he’s being really weird and not texting me back/basically blowing me off or whatever, and I can’t tell if I’m just super pissed off about it because I’m sick and feel like shit or whether it’s something that’s actually kinda dick-ish and whether I should be calling him out on it. Blah.
So there’s my semi sick rant on this tasting note which really isn’t all that much of a tasting note because I just cold whisked this into some milk and it seemed to do literally fucking nothing but turn the milk green. Definitely not impressed with this one – and now I’m at a point where I’m just pissing around with the last of it until it’s a sipdown.
Which should be soon.
From today, and the last of the backlog because while I definitely intended to make tea when I got home today (as well as supper, oops) I got as far as this one cup and then basically just kept drifting in and out of sleep and dicking around on the computer all day.
This was definitely the perfect one cup of tea to make though: it was super cozy and snuggly and perfect to come home and wind down with after a very “up and down” sorta weekend of drinking and social interaction.
When this one is good, it’s good. Bergamot and vanilla and sorta caramel notes that just fucking sing together. It put me to sleep like seconds after finishing the mug and I felt a whole lot less pissed about basically being ignored all yesterday.
Tea is a marvelous, perfect thing. It makes bad days not bad.
So this is the blend I cold brewed for Saturday night’s party. After the horrible hangover from Friday night I knew that if I was going to drink on Saturday I would definitely need to be smarter about it. I mean, I had today off for recovery but I didn’t want to need to go down that route again.
So I took a cold brewed timolino worth of this one to the part with me and enjoyed sipping on it while drinking (alternating between Schnapps and tea), and then after I was done my Schnapps and this one I had half a Mike’s Hard Lemonade and some chocolate milk and I was done for the evening. That means I actually was really quite sober and can remember just how lovely this one was with full clarity!
Basically it was super rich and juicy with a very plump and vibrant fresh Dragon Fruit flavour that really, really captured the summer spirit. The was a little bit of hibiscus sourness to it, not gonna lie, but I think that the Dragon Fruit far out weighed any of the flavour the hibiscus could have added/was adding. There was also the same lush flavour in this one that I really enjoy in DT’s Pink Passionfruit blend, and I suppose that one interesting common ingredient they have is the sweet blackberry leaves, so maybe that’s it.
Super tasty though, and since it seems like Tre isn’t gonna be stopping at Cuppa’T while in Regina (something about not being able to go because of the flooding) I may stock up on this one since he wont be bringing back 100g of Dragonfruit Cranberry for me. And damnit, I need Dragon Fruit tea around!
But yeah, sadly I think this tea was the highlight of the night. Like I said, I didn’t get really drunk but man did Tyrell. I felt really abandoned; basically he got drunk and decided to spend time with pretty much everyone but me. And his friends totally picked up on it too; they were all nice and tried to make an effort to include me but it was just kinda awkward and not fun because I really don’t know any of them, and while they were all nice enough I was really there to spend time with Tyrell.
I was hoping that at the very least we’d cuddle or something when we went to bed but instead we started watching Whose Line (I love Whose Line, don’t get me wrong – that definitely seemed promising) but like two minutes in to it he just sorta passed out. So yeah, no cuddles for me. Instead I just got to sleep on his super uncomfortable bed. Wah wah wah.
Ugh, and then in the morning we watched some episodes of Supernatural (he’s finally finished season one now), but man he was just not picking up on the cuddling vibe. I mean, he was definitely hungover so I’m trying not to feel too sour about it. But it wasn’t all that fun. And then after we finished Season 1 he drove a few people home who were too drunk to drive last night and dropped me off at my place. I’ve kinda spent the whole day at this point in and out of sleep and watching stupid movies on Netflix…
So there, that’s my tea note and way too personal commentary on my relationship all mashed together. There ya’ go. Sorry not sorry.
So after my crazy Friday night out drinking I came home Saturday morning knowing that I had to work an eight hour shift, and then would be attending another house party in the evening; this one actually at Tyrell’s house (their “official” moving in party – the one last weekend was more of a warm up, I guess, before they were really set up in the house). I was not in a good place Saturday morning so not a lot of tea making was done for during my shift.
However, that said, I did have a mason jar of this one cold brewing in the fridge which had definitely been neglected/forgotten about what with all the spontaneous drinking. So this steeped for about 24 hours. Definitely not what I had in mind. And then, on top of everything, when I went to drink it during my shift (which was very, very rough; I was definitely hurting all day) it tasted so nasty.
And I mean normally I’d give the tea the benefit of the doubt because A) it was steeped for so long and B) I definitely was a bit out of it
hungover but I’m struggling to do that with this one. It tasted like sour/rotten fruit, old gym socks, and dust/dirt. I took a few sips and then went “fuck no – we’re not doing this one today”. It was so bad that it can’t just be because of the oversteeping/hangover. And I mean I have sorta had this one before (the Blueberry Kona Pop blend which has this one in it) and that was horrible too. So yeah, no leniency with this one.
Sorry 221Tea this one is not for me.
And here’s where the crazy weekend kinda begins. Sorry guys, mostly this notes not gonna be tea relevant; just sorta a heads up. I mean, there’s some tea relevant stuff but not a tonne. And I guess I’ll just get the tea relevant stuff out of the way first, sorta.
So Tyrell picked me up from work Friday night and we went to Lucas’s house warming party, which was definitely an unplanned venture. I pretty much didn’t know anyone there except Tyrell and Lucas/Gwyn (DT Friends) who actually didn’t show up until a few hours before we left, and it was their party…
So the first couple hours of the night I just kinda sat super awkwardly on the patio sipping this tea from my timolino. I’d made it for work but hadn’t had it yet so I took advantage of a hot beverage on a cold night. Tea is comforting. I added milk to this in the morning, and I remember the whole thing tasting very smooth and like cocoa/vanilla/malt. Definitely pleasant, and it helped me relax and feel at ease.
And now is where pretty much all tea relevant stuff goes out the window, because once I’d finished sipping down the tea I started to sip down other stuff. Yeah, I sorta refilled my 12 oz. timolino with 12 oz. of straight gin, which it turns out was NOT a good idea. At this point my evening goes really, really fuzzy.
Basically I remember talking to Tyrell’s friend Josh about film school which he went to in Regina! Turns out we have a couple mutual friends. I remember vividly wanting to cry because I miss my Regina friends, but not actually doing it. And then I remember just shouting “PETER CAPALDI” very loudly. According to Tyrell it turns out I had quite the in depth conversation with many of the ‘party goers’ about Doctor Who and my favourite Doctors and all the routes they could take with Capaldi. And apparently I insisted to several people that he is an owl. Ok.
…And then my memory jumps to being at Tyrell’s place where I ended up spending the night. I have vague, general memories of falling off the bed and flat out refusing to get back on it, searingly bright lights (the bathroom?), and making out before passing out. So I’m gonna go ahead and say it was a good night.
In the morning Tyrell basically tried to sum the night up for me because man do I have gaps. This is the first time he’s seen me really drunk and I guess I didn’t visibly look drunk at all until we got to the car (which I have no memory of; I have no recollection of leaving the party and getting to Tyrell’s) and at that point he was sorta just like “Oh shit, she’s really, really drunk”. Like, apparently I faked being mostly sober super well while we were around his friends to the point where everyone was/is just convinced now that I’m like pretty much an alcoholic because I drank 12 oz. of straight gin with “no effect”. Yeah, there was totally an effect.
But good for me I guess; I didn’t embarrass myself in front of a bunch of strangers, and according to Tyrell I’m a really fun/ny drunk so hooray! Man did I feel like shit in the morning though. Like, I definitely only got a couple hours of sleep after having passed out – after that I pretty much was awake all night because fuck beds. I don’t know how you crazy people all do it (and yes, I am aware that really I’m the weird one). Couches are so much better.
How I survived the drive home and getting ready for work (yeah, that’s right: I totally worked the day after – I am not a responsible adult…) without curling up on my couch and falling asleep is definitely a mystery to me.
Thankfully not a ton of it though. Still kinda sucks though; I’ve pretty much been perpetually drunk/hungover since Friday night and I’m not loving the feeling, especially now that I’m sober today and basically feel really, really sick. Not hungover sick: like, I have a cold and sore throat sick. Not fair.
But yeah, I had this during my shift on Friday prior to the crazy weekend. I cold brewed it because that seemed like a good idea, and it was! This had more of the sweet punch I was looking for in the cold cup and it was just smoother overall. It really did perfectly emulate sugary sweet cotton candy and it almost even had that kind of Spun Sugar texture where it kinda melts in your mouth. Also, the rooibos wasn’t noticeable at all.
Yeah, I think cold brewing is gonna be the way to finish this one off, and based on my cold brew I definitely think I need to up the rating a bit! Definitely an improvement.
Ok, actually legitimately my last tea of the night.
Yup; still no regrets about buying this one. It’s so interesting, and soft yet full of rich vanilla cake-y flavour! I made it in my glass perfect mug and it was so pretty. Yeah, not much to add other than if you haven’t had this one before and you like fluffy vanilla teas that are safe for late night consumption then you should totes mcgoats buy this one.
Flavors: Cake, Vanilla
Similar to Pumpkin Chai this is also one of my oldest teas, and sadly I happen to be nearly out of it. I haven’t decided quite yet whether I’d like to restock it as it is very pleasant and comforting as well as consistent or whether I’d like to devote the tin space to something else.
I am sure about one thing though; I don’t feel the need to have both this blend and Tea Desire’s Sweet Toffee around at the same time. They’re both caramel rooibos blends, the difference being the addition of mint to this one and the fact it’s slightly less caramel flavoured. Right now both tins sit in my kitchen though. And, there are so many other blends I could put in the tins…
If Tre brings me back more Apple Strudel Pistachio then I definitely want that one in a tin; it deserves it! And then, The Woman could also receive the tin space. And if I do go through with an Adagio order and get more Felix Felicis that could also get the tin space. Ergh.
So the question; do I like it enough to restock or have this blend and I run our course and will I be ok with just ending with fond memories? Bleck. I guess I want to wait and see if Tre stopped at Cuppa’T before deciding.
Anyway; smooth, creamy and comforting! A good rainy day (or in this case late late night or early early morning) tea. It’s thundering out, so cradling this one against my chest and feeling its warmth was super relaxing.