2920 Tasting Notes
It was a mistake trying this for the first time in a timolino.
While I followed DT’s steeping directions
‘cause for once they didn’t seem super stupid to the book, and the tea smelled really lovely as it was steeping (buttery hay and cream, something sweeter like agave or honey) I think there must have been some kind of lingering flavour from whatever I last made in this particular timolino ‘cause the taste I’m getting now is incredibly muddled…
I will revisit this at a later date, at home in a different vessel.
I almost feel like this is the most my cupboard has swollen up to in like half a year, though not sure if that’s factually accurate. I do know that my cupboard number of “141” doesn’t factor in any of the teas I’ve received for my Sommelier course; if it did I’d definitely be over 150. I have to step up my sipdown game!
This tea comes from Liquid Proust! It’s an incredibly different, interesting looking chai and despite the presence of ginger in it I was very excited for the chance to try it out purely ‘cause it’s so unconventional. In particular, I love that there’s pineapple in this! While I’m not too big on Chai in general fruitier Chai have been better received by me, and pineapple is my favourite fruit so…
I cold brewed my sample; Chai to me is more of a fall/winter thing and I’m not waiting that long to try this so I had to find a way to make it seem more summery and “in season”. Cold prep was the easiest solution.
Initial thoughts when having my first few sips were that this was quite sweet, with a bit of a ‘peppery’ fennel sort of flavour? After I got over the initial wave of sweetness and ticklish spices I thought that there was a nice even level of pineapple, cinnamon, ginger and cardamom notes along with that sort of sweet licorice/fennel note. I wish the ingredients were more specific and didn’t just like “flavour” as an ingredient; I don’t really know how off base I am for tasting fennel (and to a lesser extent cardamom) since it’s not a listed ingredient but because of how general “flavour” is that could very well be an added flavour…
As for other elements of the blend, like the base(s), visually I didn’t really see much rooibos in the dry leaf but I definitely felt like I was tasting it more than the white tea. Red rooibos, to me, sometimes comes off as very peppery and this was something I definitely observed through much of the blend. The white tea contributed a little sweet hay flavour but compared to all of the other elements of the blend it was very mild.
The last few sips were horrible though; for whatever reason it was like all of the cinnamon had ‘sunk’ to the bottom of the tumbler and I was drinking super dry, concentrated cinnamon water. BLECK! But apart from that gross finish I thought this was quite nice and interesting. A very unique take on Chai!
Side Note: Can I just point out how much it frustrates me that the option in the flavours list is “CardaMON”! This isn’t Digimon folks; the ingredient/flavour is CardaMOM!!
Flavors: Black Pepper, Cardamon, Cinnamon, Fennel, Ginger, Hay, Licorice, Pineapple, Sweet Potatoes
Had this one at work today! I definitely thought it was really good/interesting: the lime was I think just slightly more of the predominant flavour and had a little bit of a rind kind of flavour to it, and then the blackberry is a little more in the background and acting as something to contrast the lime. I almost feel that the more I drink this, no matter how it’s prepared, the more I notice the lime and hone in on that flavour. I quite like that aspect of the tea, so it’s not a bad thing but I’d like to be picking up on the blackberry a little more, like I used to, as well. Regardless, this one is very well suited for the ‘tea soda’ format!
Today’s word of the day is was… Callow!
Callow means: “immature : lacking experience or judgement”.
Flavors: Earth, Lime, Sweet, Wet Earth
I cold brewed this one for work today. Like I’ve mentioned it’s been a bit of a drizzly, dreary day with lots of rain and for whatever reason that made this so, so much better; in general I think it makes all cups of tea just a bit better. And in all honesty, I’m not even entirely sure of what the tea tasted like; I think like cocoa, raisin, and maybe a bit of smoke? I totally wasn’t paying attention to the flavour – I was just really, really enjoying the way I felt while drinking it and the atmosphere around me.
If you haven’t clued in, I really really love the rain. My favourite smell out of all smells is petrichor (the smell of the earth after it rains) and there’s something immensely pleasant and comforting about the sound of rain hitting the ground. It makes me feel so insanely at home and at ease. I wish I could drink all my tea during a heavy rainfall…
Non tea related, I got a haircut!
The last time I had a haircut was just shy of two years ago; and I had it cut down to a few inches long. In those two years it’s grown to roughly boob length? It’s been driving me crazy for a weeks and weeks though; I kept finding hairs in really weird spots and I was going through more shampoo/conditioner than I ever have before. I just HATED it…
So, I shaved it all off tonight. Literally, all of it. My head is so shaved down now that I just feel skin. Basically I took a pair of scissors and cut it down to about a few choppy, uneven inches long and then I had Tre buzz it all down with his razor/clipper. At one point my landlord walked downstairs to use the laundry room, saw this mid shave and just halted mid stride with a look of terror/panic on his face. After it was all buzzed I just took a razor and some shaving cream and got it as clean and close to the scalp as I could. It definitely looks and feels really different. Makes me look like a total bad ass. I can’t wait to accessorize with giant earrings.
My coworkers are gonna flip tomorrow though.
Another from my swap with Scheherazade!
Teapigs is a company I’ve been kind of curious about for a while; the Sobeys I work at carries a small selection of their teas (though not this one) and I’ve always found the packaging cute. In particular, the Mao Feng has always interested me because of the brilliant green colour of the leaves and the fact that when you look at the sachets they’re clearly not all broken up fannings. I just simply haven’t known enough about the company or seen enough reviews of any of their teas to be interested in purchasing one of the packs.
I steeped up one of the pyramid style sachets I received from Scheherazade this morning during a heavy downpour and sat on the steps outside of our house, listening to the pitter patter of the rain, while drinking it. It was definitely the perfect atmosphere to enjoy and appreciate the warmth of the mug and the clean, well rounded flavour. I thought in particular it tasted rather floral, with a slight bit of malt and a sort of autumnal vibe – probably from the very slight spice notes throughout the cup. The mouthfeel is very, very smooth and silky. It’s not the best Darjeeling I’ve ever had but it’s far from the worst.
Very pleasant, comforting and unobtrusive flavour overall. I don’t know if I’ve been sold enough on this tea to want to purchase more of it, but I might finally pick up one of the different blends we carry at the Sobeys I work at as my curiosity has definitely been heightened. Payday is on Thursday…
Tre made some sort of seafood dish last night, and the whole house just stinks of fish, so when it started heavily pouring outside this morning I made a hot cup of this with a little bit of cashew milk added in and just stood in the backyard in my t-shirt and boxers, barefoot getting rained on while sipping tea. It felt like it could be a scene from a coming of age movie,or something of that nature.
I kind of hated this tea at first; it’s grown on me a fair bit now. It’s a weird jumble of flavours: cinnamon, rose, coconut, cranberry, pineapple, vanilla – all present but none commanding. Though I’m tasting all of the fruit elements more directly with this most recent infusion. The cashew milk just adds even more to the mix. It’s peaceful though, and almost makes me sleepy with how relaxing it is.
I’m back inside now, and all dried off but it’s still raining and I really want to head back out. The fresh air and rain, combined with the warmth of the tea created such a lovely moment of stillness and calm and I need another fix of that.
This is the first tea I’m trying from Scheherazade! Her swap package arrived this morning while I was at work; definitely earlier than I expected it to. I really hope mine makes it to her soon!
I guarantee I would have never picked this for myself, and that’s why I love that my most recent swaps have all been “pick out some random teas for me” kind of deals. I’ve tried a lot of tea that I would have otherwise ignored. Case and point, when I pulled everything out this was the one that jumped out the most to me that I was all “I have to try this tonight” about.
It’s interesting; the green base has a lot of marine notes to it and is pleasantly mild despite that. And I don’t love green tea, but paired with lemon it’s actually quite nice. This lemon in particular is kind of semi-sweet and reminds me a lot of lemon rind and pith what with the gentle, pleasant bitterness. I didn’t taste the ‘pepper’ element of the tea until halfway through the mug when it had cooled down a fair bit. I’m not 100% sure I liked it, but I certainly found it really interesting. Totally pulls together to create a lemon pepper flavour. It seems like it should be obvious that’s what it would taste like, though.
Not living with my family anymore it’s weird not knowing if things I remember about them are still true, but before I had moved out a few years ago my brother was obsessed with lemon pepper; he’d garnish just about anything with it. If that’s still true today I bet this is one tea I could very easily talk him into trying…
Brought this one to work in a timolino with a bit of added cashew milk.
I was actually really enjoying it and the additional cashew milk making it a bit more nutty and sweet until I shared some with a coworker who said he thought it tasted rather medicinal. I told him he was crazy, but then after my next few sips I couldn’t get the comparison out of my mind – and mouth. Still don’t know what part of the tea tasted medicinal to me, but I couldn’t shake it.
It’s amazing and frustrating how much of taste is influenced by suggestion.
This one comes from Liquid Proust. I’ve never heard of the company before and I’ll admit that after my experience with this cold brew I’m kind of hesitant to look further into them.
I think my whole experience could probably be summed up by saying that this either tasted like low quality gas station Peach strudels or mentioning that I spent the entire time drinking this convinced that there must have been turned coconut in the blend despite not seeing anything resembling coconut in the dry leaf. However, to elaborate I just don’t think the elements tied in together well. The oolong was rather floral and at the same time quite buttery, and that just doesn’t work well for me like I think I’ve mentioned in other reviews.
The ‘peach’ was actually ok, but didn’t taste like peach. Instead it was like some sort of slightly better than alright sweetened general stonefruit type of flavour. It probably could have passed just as easily as, say, apricot.
Maybe it’ll be better hot. Hopefully it’ll be better hot.
Camellia Sinensis added a small tin of this to my last order (which was mainly supplies for class) and I’ve been meaning to get to it for a while – I’ve pulled it out of the cupboard only for it to find its way back in without getting tried many, many times now. Finally I decided that tonight was the night to drink it. Procrastination be damned!
I had a nice, soft of informal gong fu session with this one during the early evening while I packed my lunch for work and made the syrups for a couple different tea sodas. 3g in my smaller celadon chawan. If I’m being honest, the different cups definitely blurred together and I’m not 100% sure how many I ended up having. Probably about five or six which is quite a lot for me…
That’s why I’m not reviewing this one on SororiTea Sisters even though I had initially planned to; I don’t feel like I drank it ‘consciously’ enough to put a review up for it there. Side note; my celadon ‘winged’ chawan I got from VariaTEA is looking really good now with all it’s little tea filled cracks. When I first started noticing them I kinda freaked out ‘cause I wasn’t aware that was a thing that A) was supposed to happen and B) would happen so quickly what with this being my first celadon piece. I love the way it looks now though.
Anyway; first couple of cups I observed a more distinct smokiness to the flavour and stronger malt and cocoa notes. Initially this was rather astringent (but not unreasonably so) but that faded quickly throughout each cup. There were some soft raisin notes, but they too soon subsided after the first three or so cups/infusions. A little woody; not as much as anticipated.
The last half of the session featured more floral notes, less malt, about the same level of cocoa notes and a light honey and lemon-like finish that was especially prominent with the second last cup, before the leaf was totally spent. Overall, every cup surprised me with the lack of briskness and the instead fairly mellow and well rounded flavour even in the first infusions where there was more astringency and that stronger smokey note.
Very pleasant overall, though not my favourite Camellia Sinensis offering that I’ve tried. This session used about a third (or possibly closer to half) of the small tin I got as an extra sample, and I kind of want to do something different with the rest of it instead of another Gong Fu session. The steeping instructions on the tin are Western style, maybe I’ll try that instead…