3895 Tasting Notes
Made this one as a latte side beside my Mulberry White Latte, so this one also got in on the cookie dunking! And while the other was delicious, this one was definitely the better one for cooking dunking. It’s just a more dessert-y tea in general.
Taste wise, this is definitely less “marshmallow” then the hot cup I enjoyed was, but I can taste the sweet nougat and nut flavour in addition to the thick, creamy and frothy milk. This is definitely one of those dessert teas built for milk.
Would consider restocking this one; I feel like I didn’t get to play with it/enjoy as many cups as I would have liked to overall.
I’m having a really hard time accepting this. I mean, next to Butiki, RiverTea was one of my very, very favourite tea companies, and now both are no more. At least Butiki gave us a chance to stock up, but I’m incredibly choked up over the blends that I loved from RiverTea that I’ll likely never get a chance to try again.
I’ve loved RiverTea since before they were actually open: I was very lucky to be part of a group of contest winners who got to try out some of their teas, prelaunch. This is one of the blends I originally tried – and one I was really impressed with. They had such beautiful packaging, and any time you ordered from them everything felt so thoughtful and personalized, from the extra little gifts in each box (I love my Swan “Teaball”!), to that “For a happier Roswell” sticker on the tissue paper. Plus, such reasonable shipping prices and not only free samples with each purchase, but samples in resealable bags.
And for me the worst part is that I’ve had an order ready to be placed with them for months, but I waited until Black Friday to do all my orders at once – and now I don’t have a chance. So I most likely missed my opportunity to get more of my favourites. Which is heart breaking. So heart breaking.
RIP Mulberry White
RIP Tea of Kings
RIP Infinite Good Feeling
RIP Sweet Seduction
RIP Marquis de Gris
RIP Sweet Helen
RIP Magic Summer
RIP Cherry Dream
And RIP all the other I didn’t get to try, but really wanted to. Those were some of my favourites, if it wasn’t clear…
I hate that I have to eulogize them. HATE IT.
But that aside; I made this one as a latte and of course it didn’t disappoint. Not even a little. I mean, it was a little different as a latte because it’s a more gentle tea in the first place but the fruit flavours in it like the caramel-esque mulberries and papaya were still present and made for an interesting and very, very relaxing light fruit flavoured hot milk drink that calmed all my nerves and made me feel so relaxed. So very relaxed.
It also was phenomenal for dunking the chocolate chip cookies I got from DAVIDsTEA. Those cookies were tasty to begin with, but they’re the perfect “Stiffness” to not turn to mush in hot milk but still soak it up and get soft and yummy!
Totally a blueberry tea! Again, the very much dominant flavour in this is sweet blueberry candy, although I can in fact confirm that the orange flavour I was tasting in the last mug was not from the orange chocolate I was eating since I tasted it again in this cup.
So overall: very flavourful blueberry candy with sweet, juicy orange flavour and a smooth black base that hangs out nicely in the background. I think I also maybe tasted raspberry in this too but it was hard to discern amongst the blueberry. If I didn’t already stock another much more easily available blueberry I’d definitely be stocking this one – it was really good. Raising my rating.
Also; two side notes from work today. I have determined that one of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do it explain to a very old, bitchy woman how a calendar works (like, seriously!?) and that it’s the best feeling when you’ve had someone come in every day for weeks asking for one specific thing and it finally comes in stock. They just light up when you present it to them.
This one’s from Friday – and on Friday I ended up calling in sick to Calendar Club. When I woke up in the morning I promptly, like first thing (also warning; possible TMI), threw up. I just felt so gross and awful; so I called me boss and told him I couldn’t come in, and went back to sleep. Then I woke up at like noon and remembered that I do, in fact, have a second job that I should either go to, or I should call in sick there too. In the end, I wound up actually going to it and overall I felt ok. Shaky at first, but ok.
And, since I had started my shift late (unrelated to me feeling sick: I was scheduled outside of my availability in the first place) I stayed late, so in the end I ended up making as much money as i would have if I hadn’t been sick at Calendar Club. So it wasn’t really a loss, profit wise.
This is the cold brew I brought for lunch. And honestly I don’t know why I thought this would even be a good idea as a cold brew; maybe because I have so much of it since I went a little overboard on restocking when Butiki first announced the shut down. It wasn’t really a good cold brew though, and I think I should have foreseen that. For starters, at some point in the brewing process the potato cubes turned to mush so even just in regard to mouth feel this was unpleasant; you don’t want to really taste bits of stuff in your tea, right?
But taste wise; this was really, really intensely potato (no duh, what with the super integrated potato cubes) and then really intense/bitter green tea with cinnamon and apple aftertaste. Couldn’t get behind it at all. I almost spat it out with the first sip, but I was sitting in a very crowded staffroom full of mostly strangers.
TLDR; stick to hot cups of this.
Made in a timolino.
I accidentally overleafed this because I wasn’t paying attention while measuring it out, and the result was a disappointing brew that was way too sweet in a really artificial/low quality caramel kind of way, with a super sugary nut/marzipan after taste. I only finished about half of it – even after a super long shift it was just too much for me.
Hopping right aboard the Eggnog Latte train, though to be fair I’ve been making my own eggnog lattes at home now for weeks – but I had to see what the fuss over DAVIDsTEA’s eggnog lattes was. And this came with a discovery; if I get off at Calendar Club at 12:30 and I don’t start at Sobey’s until after 2:30, I have just enough time to bus down to DAVIDsTEA, eat lunch and get a Tea To Go and the catch the bus to job number two! I may be exploiting this a lot, in the future…
Anyway, since VariaTEA has tried SO MANY DAMN KINDS I wanted to pick one she hasn’t tried; problem being most of the ones she’s tried are my favourite blends from DT. So I chose this; because I do really like this blend and because Cranberry Pear was her favourite (or one of them, at least) and so I thought this could kind of “piggy back” off that one.
So I walked in to DT and very firmly ordered this, and nothing else. YAY WILL POWER! The associate who made this even asked if I worked in the mall and when I inquired as to why he thought that he said something along the lines of "Well, you’re in here so much and you knew exactly what you wanted, which sounds like most mall employees_. Oops? I mean, I do work in a mall…
This was really good though: the ginger kind of blended in with the nutmeg in the eggnog and wasn’t super noticeable – you know, just kind of contributed to the general richness of it all. And then the pear poked through and added such a lovely, rich fruit note. So very thick and sweet and lovely! I was really happy with my choice, but then again that’s often the case when it comes to pear tea, and I knew I liked this one prior.
My morning cup of tea!
I feel very accomplished because I did a lot of things this morning that I needed to do; I called my manager at Sobeys and fixed the schedule problem I had for tomorrow, I messaged Lee and let him down as easily as possible (while still being firm about my position) and that went more smoothly than I expected, and I called my Mom and got the shipping info I needed to finish my Dad’s Christmas present so now I’m all done Christmas shopping! Hooray!
In regard to the Lee thing, he basically got angry and acted like I had wasted his time despite us never actually even going on the date, and then told me to take his number out of my phone which may be a bit extreme but it’s less “Death Threat” or “Rape Dungeon” than I was expecting…
And, all of that while sipping on this tea! I couldn’t for the life of me remember what was in it though, but taste wise I was certain there had to be blueberries: this is so strong on the blueberry notes. It’s different than Blueberry Jam too; this is almost more candy sweet where as, while Blueberry Jam tastes syrupy it’s in a more natural/raw way? Does that make sense? I also thought I was tasting oranges in this but then I remember I had been eating Orange Cream chocolates on the walk home so I discounted that, but now looking this up there actually is orange flavour in it so now I’m not sure if I was actually tasting that or if it was from the orange in the chocolate. Didn’t really taste the raspberry or passiofruit but perhaps they were just a part what was, overall, making the blueberry taste more candy like?
Also, I was sure this is a black tea but Pu’Erh leaves are the listed ingredient. Really? This is so mild compared to pretty much any Pu’Erh I’ve ever had – and I didn’t really taste anything earthy either. It was so smooth. So not that I’m complaining because it was delicious, but I’m really shocked/surprised?
Anyway, thank you VariaTEA – I really look forward to my last cup. This is pretty close to being up there with Japon and Jamais Vu as favourite Nina’s Paris teas.
Flavors: Blueberry, Candy, Orange
Man, I’m making no sipdown progress because once I finish one tea another manages to get added to my cupboard (by my hand or otherwise). Blah.
Thanks Cameron B. for the sample! I’m excited to try just about anything with pear, so definitely excited about this one. It smelled so vibrant and juicy too. I decided to cold brew my sample, and then I ended up drinking it late last night after getting home from tea with Robyn (and some unplanned shopping for myself at the comic stores; got a couple BTVS comics). It definitely did taste fresh and juicy like expected. Basically, to summarize, it was just like Bartlett Pear puree. Mmmm! And the vegetal base was so very in check too.
Definitely, definitely impressed by this one – and would totally drink again. Might restock, if I could get a hold of it in a smaller quantity (like, 1 oz.)…
So I met up with Robyn yesterday after going to the mall, to exchange Christmas presents since on Saturday she’s going back to Regina for the rest of Christmas, and this was the only day during the week she wasn’t crazy busy with finals preparation.
We went to a coffee house called the Broadway Roastery, as per Robyn’s suggestion because her roommates are always raving about how they serve the best London Fogs. So that’s what we got! Turns out this particular coffee house sources all of their tea from MTC, so I get to actually write a tasting note for a specific tea instead of just using the all inclusive “Various Teas” thinger.
Firstly, it was a pretty good London Fog! I was impressed because, first and foremost, they used loose leaf and not tea bags, but it was also very thick and rich with such a strong vanilla flavour. Mmm! Robyn and I each, at one point or another, ended up with milk froth mustaches, too.
As for the gift exchange; I gave her Neil Patrick Harris’s Choose Your Own Autobiography (her own copy; I didn’t re-purpose mine), a cool Owl bookmark for it, a whole bunch of owl stickers, Troy Bolton dividers for her class duo tang/binder, and “Royal Flush” Poo Pourri. I’m very impressed with myself, since she was super happy and I know she hasn’t been able to afford books as frequently since starting Uni – and she loves to read, so that’s a shame.
For me, I got a whole butt load of fancy chocolates and then she got me one of the DT packs/tins with one half cookies and the other half a stackable tin of tea. Sadly, she picked Cocomint Cream which some of you will remember I kinda hated. But there was no way I was going to let her know that (so keep it a secret Steepster!) so I faked as best as I possibly could it being a tea I’d never actually tried before which made her really excited. Not sure what I’m going to do with the tea now, but I’ll figure something out. I am actually super excited about the cookies, though.
I wish people would stop getting me DT stuff as present though – my Mom accidentally let slip last night that my little sister went Christmas shopping for me at DAVIDsTEA this year (which is very thoughtful of her, but odds are she’ll get something I don’t like or be talked into the Holiday Sampler by a staff member just like my Dad did last year – despite me telling him not to go shopping for me at DAVIDsTEA). I mean, if there’s something I want to try from DT, I’ll try it myself…
This year my Dad got it right; he’s just taking me to a tea store and setting me loose to shop for myself…