3620 Tasting Notes
I need to restock this. Need to.
But anyway; I wanted to use this last bit up in an unconventional and memorable way so last night I steeped the last of the leaf into a small, concentrated batch and made it into Simple Syrup, which I then used this morning to make into a Tea Pop to drink while getting ready for work.
I have to say; drinking this one as a tea pop was a really drastically different experience. I almost couldn’t tell this was even the same tea – though it was still really good. It had a spun sugar/cotton candy like flavour to it – you know, sweet burnt/caramelized sugar. and then vanilla. If it weren’t for the sweet, fruity grenadine at the back of the sip this would pretty well be unrecognizable.
So summary; very candy like in the sugary sweetness – more so than a Monk’s Blend usually has with the grenadine aspect.
Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Cotton Candy, Grenadine, Malt, Sugar, Vanilla
Was craving something cold, so alongside my hot cup of Bravissimo I also made this one into a cool, tea soda. I actually made the syrups for two tea sodas – but I’m saving the other to be used tomorrow, probably while I’m getting ready for work because the prep will be super easy.
This one totally lends itself to a soda format; though fruit flavours tend to fit that format really easily. This tastes very sugary and sweet with bright punch-y notes of passion fruit flesh, and apple pomace. I know it’s the apple pomace I’m tasting too because after having DT’s Sweet Apple Cider blend so recently (which also has a lot of apple pomace) I can very easily draw comparison. It’s almost candy like in the level of sweetness but retains a still somewhat natural passionfruit flavour. Any tartness there normally would be is also taken care of by all the extra sugar used in the simple syrup recipe to make the soda flavouring.
This is fun! I’d serve this to someone, without a doubt. And, I may make it for myself again. Probably the best “conventional” fruit based tea soda I’ve made thus far, though I’ve yet to really make a bad one…
Two late night herbal teas; this one and Pink Passionfruit. I wanted tea, but it’s stupid late right now so caffeine free was the only way to go.
I’m giving a bunch of this one to my friend Robyn, so my tin is really really sparse right now. That’s ok though; I’m ready to sip this down, even though it’s such a phenomenal sick tea. This cup was very chamomile and licorice root heavy with some peppermint faintly present. It was sweet and smooth, and now I’m sleepy.
This one just has such a relaxing effect.
Flavors: Licorice, Peppermint
Well, it took me a little while to finish off this sample from Sil but I definitely enjoyed it. Today it happened to be in a timolino; I think I would have enjoyed it better with a little milk but there’s no milk in the house, so…
But yeah; this wasn’t really an exceptional tasting black tea – the coolest part was totally the “flowering” aspect and even that is a little dull. But still. Not bad.
Cold Brewed this one ‘cause I thought maybe it’d lend itself to that sort of prep method, but it’s kinda weird and funky tasting actually…
There were notes of both caramel and apples present but more than anything the oolong base was just really really intense; strong floral notes and some really green oolong. It reminded me of chlorophyl or lawn clippings. Not appetizing. And, I still swear I taste banana in this. I keep expecting that weird flavour note to go away – but it has yet to, in any cup if I’m recalling that correctly.
I don’t know; I don’t have a ton left but definitely more than a cup. I suppose I’ll do one more hot cup, and if I don’t see improvement I’ll pass it along to my friend Robyn; she’ll drink it. I just seem to be somewhat quickly losing any interest in this one.
Oh man, why do I have this rated so high? I mean, it’s really good – but it’s not that good. Gonna scale back my rating to a more appropriate number…
Anyway; I made this one hot to sip on as something vibrant and fun to end my day on, but because I know it can get really sour really quickly ’cause of some of the fruits in it I underleafed it to cut back on that. The result was a really tasty, vibrant fruity drink! It had a punchy quality to it, but a bit more tropical with some super fresh kiwi notes and some lighter melon notes supporting that in the undertone with this reaching rose flavour lightly spread out over the whole sip. Floral, but not overly. Sweet and playfully sour.
It was very Spring/Summer in vibe, and it’s getting to really be more Autumn in season so it felt a touch out of place, but it was good. This is still at its best iced, but when you make sure to dial back the leaf it can produce a nice hot cup as well.
Well, finished this one off. I have to say, this wasn’t the best cup to end on but it’s totally my fault. I was steeping it alongside two herbals, and because of that I got sloppy with the steep time and this oversteeped. As a result, it was fairly astringent and bitter – though I felt that was less exaggerated as it cooled so I was able to actually finish the cup. It’s a shame, though.
And now I’ve got this super cute, teeny tiny little lime green Nina’s Paris tin since VariaTEA was so generous and sent this to me in the tin. I cleaned out the tin, but I’m not sure what I should be putting inside of it. It doesn’t have the room for anything in large quantity, but it feels like it’d be a waste to just shove it back in the closet and forget about it, or just keep it on display in the living room with nothing in it.
Tins are meant to hold things!
Last round of tea for the night; it feels like I didn’t take advantage of my day off to do much tea drinking, but I had seven cups of tea which is sorta a lot right? Definitely way more than I’d have had if I had been working today…
Made this hot because before I make up my mind that I want to stock it based purely on the cold brew, I should probably play around a little or try it in more than one method right? Right. One thing is pretty certain though; no matter how you prepare it the steeping leaves are stunning. Such a deep, rich shade of green. Maybe the prettiest leaf of any tea I’ve seen? And there are some blends with cool leaf (that is actually tea leaves) out there; like in Minnesota Blend or a whole bunch of Butiki’s blends – or the little tiny snaily yums. Still, these are gorgeous.
Taste wise this was really good; the macadamia is strong with this one. Rich, creamy, nutty and smooth with white chocolate notes just like in the cold brew as well as velvety butter notes, in a confectionery way. It also just tastes so natural and green; like the smell of a giant vegetable garden or big fluffy bowls of mixed green vegetables. There’s also a bit of subtle earthiness to it. Normally the vegetable aspect of things pushes me away but the nuttiness of cookie like sweetness of this makes it work and in the end results in a very naturally sweet and gentle sort of tea to relax to.
I really, really like this one – and I think I would definitely stock it. I’ve decided that once I free up of the tins in the herbal section of my cupboard (I’m slowly sipping down Bravissimo and White Chocolate Frost) this is what I’ll replace it with! It doesn’t even both me that that’ll result in my having three mulberry teas on hand (Gold Rush, also from DT, and Mulberry White from RiverTea) because the taste of this mulberry leaf kinda drastically differs from the taste of the fruit, which is very caramel like with a light honey and fruit undertone. This has the sweetness of the fruit but in a different way; it’s more raw/earthy and has a nuttiness to it exaggerated by the macadamia. Point being, they’re different.
So far I’ve done hot and cold brewed and this has been a winner on both accounts.
I ordered lunch from another new restaurant today called Nellie’s Kitchen (hooray for broadening my food horizons) because I realized the only things I had at home to cook called for milk, and I’m actually all out for the moment.
Today’s meal was relatively simple; Fries, Garlic Bread, French Toast w. Maple Syrup, Lemon Meringue Pie, and Honeydew Bubble Tea! It’s so cool that Skip The Dishes (the site I’ve been using) is partnered with so many restaurants in the city; I mean how else are you gonna order French Toast and Bubble Tea to your door?
I think, overall, the food from today was not as impressive as yesterdays which just seemed so fancy. There was nothing special about these restaurant fries or whatever. Although, the pie was really really good. It had the perfect crust and the meringue to lemon pie filling ratio was excellent.
But now on to the “tea portion”; the bubble tea. Firstly, they’ve got a lot of cool flavours to choose from; I had a hard time deciding on one. Here’s the options:
Like, c’mon! All the melon flavours!? And lychee and pineapple? You’re gonna kill me – thats’s basically like the summation of my favourite fruits less pears. Not fair. But eventually I settled on Honeydew because I figured it was maybe more uncommon than the others I was tempted by. It was really, really good! Definitely the best part of the meal by far.
The honeydew flavour was so strong and sweet – and the drink itself was frothy and icy and the perfect balance of thick ice and juicy liquid. Does that make sense? Yeah; I think it does. Also – my biggest problem with bubble tea is actually the “bubbles”. Usually I can’t get over the gross little gelatin balls but this one actually had little teeny tiny gelatin cubes in it, and unlike anything I’ve experienced in other bubble teas they were actually honeydew flavoured as well. They were still sorta gross, but much better than anything else I’ve ever had in bubble tea.
It’s a shame the rest of the meal was so mediocre; ‘cause I’d love to try the other flavours of bubble tea this restaurant serves but with the delivery fee it’s just so not cost effective to only order bubble tea and now a whole meal.
And now, I think it’s time for a power nap?
Another tin freed up; this one to be filled with the Apache Tracker. There’s a lot of similarities between the two blends though I think that one ultimately is more nutty and will contrast the other Mate/Guayusa blends I have in a more noticeable way – and that’s why it’s time to finish this one off. Variety in the tea cupboard is key.
But this blend has always been enjoyable though; and I remember relying on it quite heavily in the months after I moved here. The need for a tea to jumpstart my day in an enjoyable way was real. So real.
Sweet, nutty, roasty, almost coffee like. Who knows; maybe I’ll order this again sometime or it’ll find its way into my standard “To Go” rotation of teas for when I stop at the TD store!