1684 Tasting Notes
Was inspired to make a cup of this late into the evening after reblogging a chain of Silver Needle photos on Tumblr; and this was serene and calming, with a noticeable cream flavour alongside the soothing jasmine – a flavour note which has not been prominent in past infusions of this blend.
A sample from 221Tea that I tried out a few nights ago. Plan was to cold brew, which I definitely still intend on doing, I just realized I had enough leaf for a hot cup too.
Unfortunately the hot cup didn’t impressed me that much; it was like very weak, slightly wood chipp-y cinnamon water with a flat, generic fruitiness. I don’t know if I understeeped, though I definitely didn’t underleaf. I’m thinking this is probably just another Teavana let down. Oh well, it’s not like I had high hopes anyway.
Maybe my cold brew’ll go over better.
Ooh, progress! I love watching my cupboard numbers go down…
But yeah; this one wasn’t so impressive. Maple? Ehh, a little. But it was pretty astringent/bitter and there was this weird sorta sour but also sweet flavour that definitely was not maple and I can’t place it. It’s not that whatever that weird flavour was tasted all that offensive or gross, it just didn’t mesh with everything else and it left me feeling really distracted through the whole mug.
Oh well, thank you VariaTEA for the sample even if it wasn’t super awesome. I’m happy to have tried it anyway.
In my timolino!
Definitely a delicious energy booster, as always. I made it on Sunday because I had an early morning shift (I hate Sundays – I always start work way too early) and I figure I’d need the energy, and I was pretty correct. It was delicious, earthy mate with coffee, chocolate, hazelnut, and deep thick toffee notes. Yummy!
Sunday was actually a pretty sad day overall though; it was the last day of two of the store employees. Ludmila a sweet, caring woman who immigrated to Canada about two years ago from Russia and who basically learned English solely through working at the store quit/resigned – it was heart breaking to see her go; she was supporting three children with this job, and the company basically bullied her into quitting by cutting her hours down every week to the point where staying wasn’t a reasonable option for her and her family. It was a really emotional last day for her.
And then Benjamin, who only worked part time on the weekends, is a university student who I really, really liked working with because he’s SUPER fun and nerdy and he understands my stupid English Literature jokes, and drinks a lot, and watches Big Brother! The company let him go because we didn’t have enough weekend hours to continue employing him if he couldn’t also work weekdays.
As a sort of parting goodbye/farewell thing Bobbi (the other keyholder) and I decided to buy a cake for everything working during the day and have a sort of goodbye party in the staffroom. I think it was just what everyone really needed.
So whatshesaid may be my favourite person of the week!
I had pretty much given up on ever having this beautiful, amazing, cold brewed tea again given I ran out what feels like ages ago, and this one is discontinued – but being a fabulous person she sent me more and I’m now reveling in cold brewed coconut deliciousness!
Seriously, I feel like I’ve been reacquainted with a long lost lover – this is still an amazing, refreshing and crisp coconut tea and I’m so, so happy to have more!
C’mon DAVIDsTEA, bring this one back! … Please?
It’s so good; creamy, sweet peaches with a very tiny sorta fruity “tang” and a lovely smokey black base. It’s divine. I want this one back, so badly! I may cry when I’m out. I’ve legitimately never had a bad cup of it either! Which says a lot to me.
This particular cup I got a large yogurt drop in the leaf too, so it was especially rich and creamy! I’m thinking this could be a very strong contender for a latte!
Flavors: Cream, Peach, Smoke, Vanilla, Yogurt
One more cup and it’s a sipdown, which is sad. Definitely going to be a restock/reorder though – just as soon as I have enough stuff I want to justify a DTT order: I wont pay the shipping for just one tea, no matter how tasty it is.
But yeah; brown sugar, indulgent yellow sponge cake, a slightly fruity sugary glaze. You know, the usual decadent deliciousness! And while this one is good with milk, I had it straight and it was just a great reminder that this one really is the perfect dessert tea all on its own.
I don’t understand how one person can hate mozzarella sticks so much; and also only 7 plates after 14 hours is embarrassingly low, in my opinion. I would have been aiming for like a plate an hour…
Anyway, the tea! I said I’d have the last cup worth prepared at home, so I did – and it did make a difference. In addition to the rich juicy grenadine, I finally found the vanilla flavouring and there wasn’t any bitterness or astringency (though I still feel like that was more so from sitting in the timolino for so long and less so from being prepped that way). So hooray for a tasty cuppa and some flavour improvements!
Bumping my rating just a touch.
Flavors: Grenadine, Vanilla
I’m an idiot; just hours ago Tre supposedly ruined his phone by dropping it in a sink full of water while he was shaving. It’s pretty water damaged so he stuck it in a bag of rice – but he’s too impatient to give it a day or so (he expected “instant results” which is just crazy) so he has now gone to Target to replace his phone tonight, which I again think is hasty.
The me being an idiot part is introduced because I texted him ten minutes after he left asking him to pick me up some fruit gushers; half an hour later I’m only just realizing that’s a really stupid thing to do because obviously he’s not going to get the text…
Anyway; the tea! I actually botched this cup, but not for the reasons you’d think. My water temperature was way, way too low – and it came out an unappealing temperature with a wonky, half assed taste. Oh well. At the time I was making this, days ago, I had a whole bunch of other blends on the go which turned out ok so it wasn’t as harsh a loss as it might have been otherwise.
And, despite a weird flavour, the champagne actually came through pretty strongly!
Thank you whatshesaid for the very thoughtful add in to the package you sent me! Because you suggested that I’d like this specifically for cold brewing, that’s how I decided to use up the sample from you – and you were right, this did make for a good cold brew!
It had a very powerful and fragrant mango aroma with a kind of floral undertone, and taste wise the mango definitely carried through in an almost “punch like” way, along with that very light floral quality. The black base itself was a little coppery tasting, but I liked the way that played with the mango. I also could taste the passion fruit in this, which of course delighted me, although it was fairly masked by the strong mango.
Overall a good cold brew, so thanks again!
Flavors: Floral, Mango, Passion Fruits