2910 Tasting Notes
Sorta Sipdown (164/168)!
This is Sorta Sipdown number one of six: “sorta” since I’m just sending the rest of the six blends to 221Tea since I don’t drink them regularly anymore or enjoy some of them and I’m hoping that with her and her husband they’ll find more love.
Also, five of the six are black teas which is a tea type that I desperately need to clear out since my black tea section in my tea cupboard is twice the size of any other tea type – and if I plan on buying any more black teas now that I’m working again I’m going to need room to put them somewhere…
I took this one with milk: that’s the best way I found to drink it. I’m getting a little astringency but I’m fairly confidant that that’s just from my steeping the leaf for too long while I was looking for something to snack on/peeing (again).
I think this is the one I like the most out of all the blends I’m sending away; but it’s very similar to rootbeer in flavour and now that I’ve got quantity amounts of Butiki’s Rootbeer Float Honeybush and DT’s Root Beer Float tea, which also has a black base, I don’t think there’s a point in having all three around when I’ll absolutely reach for the other two over this one.
Goodbye Harry Potter Fandom tea; it was lovely having you around! You were an awesome introduction to 52Teas!
I have now reached that level of drunk where you’re kind of consciously drunk and somewhere inbetween absolutely starving and really sleepy – not totally unlike getting high. I also realized that I hadn’t had anything to eat today except for a small bowl of noodles about seven hours ago so I grabbed the first things that came to mind: two slices of plain white bread and a vanilla pudding cup.
Vanilla pudding on its own would be boring though – so I added 1 1/2 tsp. of caramel MATCHAcchino to it to give it some additional flavour. I must say, while this looks really disgusting it tastes pretty awesome! Very creamy, rich and sweet! I should try other matchas in pudding…
It’s a great way to have my tea and eat it too.
The amount of times I’ve gotten up to pee today isn’t even funny. That’s what I get for continuos, non-stop drinking (both tea and other drinks) since getting up this morning.
Anyway; this is another tea/alcohol hybrid drink. I decided that a bit of Butter Ripple Schnapps would go excellently with this since I’ve always considered it to have Butterscotch notes anyway. Also – maybe this is because of the alcohol buzz I’ve had going on since yesterday, but in my head I keep saying “Butter Nipple” instead of Ripple – I think it’s the almost “rolling R” affect ‘-er Ripple" has going on that’s throwing me off.
But I was right: this is delicious like expected. The alcohol does not drown out the flavours of the tea but just compliments them: the black base is smooth and the coconut is strong. In fact I think the butterscotch is just making it pop even more and enhancing its natural sweetness. I’d totally make this again but better than that it’s something I’d also totally serve to my alcohol drinking friends or to Tre who A) loves drinking and B) loves coconut.
Taking advantage of the day off to try some new teas! This one was a birthday present from my mom from a local loose leaf tea shop; it’s not one I asked for and not a flavour I would have ever chosen for myself, so I’m a bit surprised how much I’m actually liking it.
I think the orange flavour is the best part of this one: it’s not soapy, which I find is a real issue with orange flavouring in rooibos blends, and is in fact very juicy and fresh tasting in a pretty natural way. It’s also relatively sweet. The nuttyness in this blend is also present but in a more subtle “lurking in the background” kind of way. As for spice? Not really all that present – which is odd because there’s a metric butt fuck of peppercorn in the dry leaf: something which is very responsible for why I was so hesitant to try this one initially…
Also, I might as well post this here: There are a couple 52Teas blends that I’m looking to get rid of. I don’t want to trade them: I’m just looking to decrease the amount of black tea in my cupboard which I currently don’t drink. If no one is interested here I’ll just post them in the “Take it Away” thread. Also, my preference is that they go to the same person – but if I need to split them to get rid of them that’s ok too. Only shipping within North America, though…
- Maple Bacon
- Pancake Breakfast (and possibly)
All are in their original packaging, but not sure exactly much is left of each one.
EDIT: There are a few Tea Desire blends I’m ok with parting with too. I’ll list those ones here as well, and same deal as before: I’ll ship anywhere within North America and would prefer if I didn’t have to split them. Original packaging, etc.
- Oreo Cookie
- Walnut Orange
I’ve been holding onto this sample from BrewTEAlly Sweet for months now; honestly I think I’d mostly just forgotten about it to be honest. It was an added in sample back when I purchased some tea from her, so it was never really that present in my mind.
Recently I was looking through my stash for coconut teas to try cold brewed though, and I rediscovered this one with the intent of cold brewing it. I didn’t take that route today though; I made it as a hot cuppa instead. I’m pretty glad I did too, because sipping on it I’m not sure if the flavour would have been strong enough to make it through a cold brew: the black/white base combo is easily the strongest flavour and I think that would have been especially present in a cold brew.
The coconut is the second most noticeable flavour and is light and buttery in a sweet, almost pastry like way. Because I also was drinking a Pina Colada mudshake as I was sipping on this there were a few sips that seemed more tropical but more than anything I think that was the flavour of the mudshake carrying over to the tea in between sips.
I’m not sure what the difference between Roman chamomile flowers and regular chamomile is or if there even is one, but I can say that I did like the chamomile in this blend: I felt it softened the whole tea, took the edge off the black which made the black base work more with the white base, and created a calming drink overall.
This is yet another discontinued white/black DT blend which makes me a bit sad: I can see this as something I’d buy 10g of on impulse in store – though not something I’d want to restock in quantity.
Tre ordered in pizza and cheesecake for his birthday yesterday, and what always comes with the pizza we order in? Nestea. So of course it’s in the house again – although this is the last one
Drank it just now while watching this amazing documentary on Netflix called Mortified Nation. If you have Netflix I 100% recommend watching it – I literally laughed out loud and I cried and it was just super fun to watch. Basically it’s just adults reading their real life diary entries out loud to a crowd of people. If that sounds awesome to you; watch it. If it doesn’t – I promise it’s better than I made it sound!
Here – just watch the trailer and make up your own mind:
So, I really debated picking up some gin yesterday (even though I’ve never had it) because it was incredibly hard to resist the pun “Gin and Redberry Tonic”. I passed on it though; I already had an embarrassingly large amount of alcohol to take with me on the bus ride home.
I did add some alcohol to this though: I had a cold brew going in the fridge and as I was straining it out last night (11 hour cold brew) I added a couple shots of vodka. The vodka mixed decently and the drink was fruity and fun with lemony notes, but I found the overall taste to be really weak: more than anything, I think that’s because the original cold brew was pretty underleafed to begin with. I only used 1 tbsp. of leaf and considering RBT is a fruit blend I know I should have used more.
Something to consider again in the future: I still have lots of dry leaf for this blend and many more cold brews ahead of me.
So like I mentioned in an earlier toasting note today, yesterday was my roommates 20th birthday – and the celebrate we had a few drinks. Well, I may have gone a wee bit overboard on the alcohol that I picked up from the liquor store.
All in all I walked away with:
- Bottle of Butterscotch Schnapps
- Bottle of Rootbeer Schnapps
- Case of Banana Mudshake Vodka
- Case of Pina Colada Mudshake Vodka
- Case of Caramel Mudshake Vodka
Combine that with what we had at home…
- Triple Distilled Vodka
- Vanilla Vodka
- A bottle of red wine Tre’s dad gave him for his birthday
(We finished off the Wildberry Vodka a few days ago; sadly before I got a chance to make a Blueberry Jam and Wildberry Vodka cold brew)
…And there was lots to drink. But hey; he’s 20 and I’m 19 – now’s the time to get that out of the way, right? Plus – I knew I didn’t have work today and neither does he so that wasn’t a concern either.
Anyway, what I ended up doing was mixing half a bottle of Banana Mudshake Vodka with half a glass of cold milk, and a half tsp. of this matcha. The result: an incredibly smooth and creamy banana pudding type drink with a faint tropical edge from the alcohol. Delicious!. Tea and booze might be my new favourite thing. Incredible, really!
Had one of these suckers at work today while I was on break: I needed something cold to contrast the super sweet cinnamon bun I was having for breakfast/supper. At this point my Cantaloupe and Cream cold brew was long gone, so this was the least offensive option out of what we have stocked in the Pop Coolers.
Wasn’t so bad: though it did feel like I was pairing sweet with sweet and there were a few bites/sips where it felt like too much.
In the timolino at work, though a good portion was saved for the walk/ride home.
This made for one hell of a delicious, creamy coffee/chocolate drink yesterday and it was the perfect warm little cuppa to hold in my hands as I bused home after closing. It made the dreary day feel less dreary and kept me warm and comforted on the quick little walk from the bus to my house.
The coffee notes outweighed the chocolate in this cup, and there were also light woody notes from the rooibos and almost caramel like notes – though I’m not sure where those ones were coming from. Not that I’m complaining, at all, though.