2706 Tasting Notes
So I just got up from a fifteen hour sleep. Sometimes I think I have a small “sleep problem” because I don’t think normal people are supposed to sleep that long. But then, I realized the bigger problem is the tea problem because I woke up looked at the clock and immediately thought “Fuck, that means I’ve missed out on a few hours worth of tea drinking!”.
Anyway, this is backlog from yesterday. I cold brewed it as per VariaTEA’s idea and that was enough to finish it off. I’m very happy to report to you VariaTEA that the cold brew for this? Phenomenal. In fact I was especially worried because I had forgotten it was cold brewing so this cold brewed in the fridge for about 28 hours. Yeesh!
But no, this was the most intense and flavourful maple walnut flavour with just a touch of chocolate! It was as rich as I can possibly imagine it could have been, and it was insanely thirst quenching too. It really almost makes me want to go buy 50g more just for cold brewing; and maybe I will someday but I definitely wont be right now because I also got VariaTEA’s package for me today which pushed my cupboard up by 22 more blends! Yikes!
They all look awesome though, and I’ve worked a few into the rotation for today. I’m sheepishly admitting too that while I love you essentially sent me the Adagio Firefly sampler I haven’t actually watched Firefly, so I feel guilty considering drinking the teas when I have no point of reference for how they match the characters…
EDIT: Oh, I bumped the rating on this up because of how awesome the cold brew version is.
Flavors: Maple, Walnut
Sad Sipdown (161/167)!
You know, I actually had a really good run with this one and I’ll miss it a lot. Not enough to deal with Teavana, but pretty significantly none the less. For the most part I enjoyed the samples of this I received from both VariaTEA and 221Tea as cold brews, but I saved the last little bit to try hot and I’m happy to report that it’s equally as good hot as it was cold.
Hot, the fact it’s basically just a sweetened Chai was a touch more noticable as the cinnamon and other spices stood out a little more and the pineapple/coconut blended a bit more into the background but all in all each of the usual flavours such as the aforementioned and vanilla/caramel/star anise were all still present.
I enjoyed sipping on this (and Captain Jack) while watching George of the Jungle, but now I think I’m really for an early bedtime as I work early tomorrow morning (but then I have Monday off – so hooray for that!). This was probably the best tea to end the night on, and I got in several sipdowns today and have several more I can get to tomorrow/Monday! Plus, I had nearly all the teas I’d set aside and even a few I hadn’t!
Yay for an awesome tea drinking day!
Many, many thank to Sil for the sample of this! It’s been on my wishlist for months now and I was beginning to think I wouldn’t ever get to try it without blindly buying the full 3 oz. of it. Jack is one of my favourite companions, and actually just one of my favourite characters in general on Doctor Who so I really wanted to try this blend for that reason. Still, 3 oz. is a lot…
I’m very glad I waited though and didn’t get impatient, because it turns out that as much as I love Jack 3 oz. of this would have been 3 oz. too much. I kinda didn’t like it. Well, no – I really didn’t like it. At first it was this light nutty chocolate thing but every sip was concluded with a nasty, harsh bitterness! That’s not like Jack at all – and just gross in general. Jack is supposed to be charming and seductive, and just a touch quirky. Not bitter and blah…
So, one Adagio blend I can cross off the list! So glad I experienced it so thanks a million to Sil for that – but just not for me. Wah wah wah.
Flavors: Bitter, Chocolate
So I ordered 50g more of this tasty treat yesterday, so I felt absolutely not guilt in making a large mug today to help use up the last bit of the older stuff that I still have around in the house!
Generously leafed, this was rich and fruity with a decadent caramel/mulberry and papaya flavour with notes of apple, jasmine, and cream as well. As always, a marvelous and splendid cup! So glad I restocked! This is probably my favourite RiverTea blend (although there are many I love) and it feels extra special knowing that I was the first customer to try it when the company picked it out for me after I won their pre-launch contest.
And yes, I’m totally bragging.
Flavors: Apple, Caramel, Cream, Jasmine, Pear
This was my requested sample back when I ordered my 100g of Jasmin Silver Needle, and I’m just now breaking into it. I though it might be a nice cold brewed treat but I also thought it’d be pretty nice hot too so I decided to make a small hot cup and then depending on how I liked it either finish the sample off hot or cold brew the last of it.
So, my verdict is that I think this is very weak and mildly flavoured in general. I hardly get any sort of indicator there’s green tea in this and I certainly don’t get any peach. Mostly, to me, this tastes like hot, jasmine flavoured water? And, I guess it sorta is, but… No thanks?
So I’m gonna cold brew the last of the pearls and see if the prolonged soaking will draw out more flavour. And on the plus side, at least this wasn’t perfumey or chemical tasting or anything like that!
So I bought this bad boy yesterday in store because I was so excited by the fact that Tea Desire now has a second bamboo blend! I really, really love their first one Buddha Bamboo and this smelled amazing too!
Dry, there’s an intense aroma of sweet oranges, lemon grass, cream, and coconut, which is weird to me because coconut isn’t actually a listed ingredient but I definitely smell it! Steeped up, this is pretty damn good! It’s sweet oranges and lemony citrus in a completely non-medicinal or “pledge” like way with a creamy coconut body and a presence of delightful, slightly vegetal bamboo.
Admittedly, I looked up a lot of the ingredients like Lotus to see what those are supposed to taste like though (because I was curious where the coconut comes from given it’s not a listed ingredient). Apparently Lotus is often compared to olives and Ginko is woody but sweet. I don’t get olive or wood notes, but perhaps that’s good. I don’t think I’d like a combination of olive, wood, orange, and coconut. As for the Jiao Gu Lan? Apparently it’s a part of the cucumber family. I can buy into that: cucumber provides an incredible light and crisp vegetal quality to tea and I get that from this blend.
This is marketed by Tea Desire as a wellness blend similar to how they market their Buddha Bamboo, and a lot of the ingredients in it have some large health claims. I don’t know if there’s any truth to that and it’s certainly not why I bought the tea, Regardless, it tastes delicious and I’m super excited to try this as a cold brew or iced. Tea Desire, in my humble opinion, has done it again!
Flavors: Bamboo, Citrus, Coconut, Cream, Lemongrass, Orange
Another Butiki blend I’m working at sipping down in favour of stocking other blends. I typically adore this blend when I have it, but I crave it so infrequently that its not worth the tin space it takes up as it’s only getting older at this point.
So today’s cup had milk and rock sugar added to it – and I think it actually affected the flavour fairly significantly – and not necessarily in a beneficial way. Caramel? Check! Vanilla? Check! Unwanted notes of raisin that I’ve never got before from this cup? Check…
Yeah, I have this huge thing about disliking raisins which is why I was hesitant to order this blend in the first place (Stacy mentions raisin notes being present) and thankfully I’ve typically never experienced that. But, not this time. I finally found those pesky raisin notes! Ew. So next time, no rock sugar? I’m thinking so.
Also, I’m nudging down my rating: not because of the raisin notes but because of the fact this has kinda lost its sparkle and is almost starting to feel like a chore when I go to make it? Sorry Butiki…
Flavors: Caramel, Raisins, Vanilla
Added milk to this one to sip it down with, and I have to say that I think the milk really brought out different elements. To me, this time around, the cup was a lot more apple flavoured on the first steep and the cinnamon was a bit muted (good in my books). In addition, there was a buttery, flaky pastry quality that I didn’t find present in my previous steeps of this.
It’s not surprising that of the three cups I made together, this was the first to be slurped down. If I ever put in a Whispering Pines order (which I’m sure is bound to happen eventually) I will absolutely consider ordering this! Especially if that order is placed around the fall; this would be a perfect fall tea!
Flavors: Apple, Baked Bread, Butter, Cinnamon, Pastries
So I’m done with my round of fruity breakfast teas and I’ve moved on to a more decadent dessert round featuring a line up with this blend, Caramel Vanilla Assam, and Apple Cinnamon Oolong – all with added milk and rock sugar. Yup, you read that right: for once I sweetened my teas.
Lately I’ve been wondering whether or not keeping this stocked is worthwhile. I mean, my tin is practically empty and I’m not close to sipping down any other Della Terra blend that I would want restocked (Lime Chiffon, Monkey Bread, Strawberry Zest) so maybe it’s just better to finish this guy off?
Except then I go and make a cup like this one and I’m drawn in by the rich, brown sugar and yellow sponge cake confectionery goodness and once again I can’t bare to be parted with it! In fact, I just finished looking at the DTT site to see how cost effective it’d be to order just 2 oz. of this and (aside from not being that affordable) it’s out of stock! Boo.
Welp, if one of my Steepster buddies puts in a DTT order any time soon and this is back up on the site, throw in 2 oz. for me and I’ll pay you for it! Can’t bare to be parted with this one yet…
Flavors: Brown Sugar, Caramel, Cherry, Pastries