2612 Tasting Notes
From March’s Amoda subscription box. I ended up not renewing for April (to the people who did; what was in this month’s box?) but I haven’t ruled out renewing for May/future months all together though…
I cold brewed my sample, and I’m gonna humbly admit that I had already convinced myself I wouldn’t like this before even trying it. However, it actually had a much more distinct/unique taste than I would have expected given the ingredients which I find are very commonly paired together for herbal teas.
The initial taste was very robust ginger and honey, and that quickly faded into more of an apple/citrus heavy taste with a ginger/honey backdrop. I did taste the papaya a little bit but is wasn’t as strong as the other fruit flavours. I thought the finish was rather licorice-y with some super sweet honey notes as well, but after looking at the ingredients and refreshing my memory a little bit I know I was tasting a combination of the licorice root and the ginseng in the blend. The mint must be very sparse in the blend, I didn’t taste it at all.
Overall, this was better than I had anticipated for sure – though I didn’t love it. At least it didn’t fall perfectly into the mold of other herbals that utilize a lot of the ingredients here. After a while they start to feel like the same blend with different names. I wouldn’t buy this one to drink casually, but I could see it working well as a “sick tea” – it utilizes all of things that make sick teas work: licorice root/ginseng, lemon, mint (sorta), and ginger…
Made this one as a latte!
I admit, I haven’t found this one as tasty as I expected to but it hasn’t been a bad tea either. And, I wanted to do something a little different with it – so latte it was! It certainly came out as a subtly flavoured latte, but the flavours were still all there.
Apart from the very thick and creamy mouthfeel, this had some very silky, smooth cinnamon, vanilla, and hay notes with a bit of buttery goodness and starchy potato-like notes. The squash was more noticeable in the back of the sip, while the vanilla/cinnamon were the initial front taste. I may finish off the last of my bag as a latte; it’s probably the tastiest way I’ve had this one so far.
That said, it did take a lot of leaf to make this one – and because it was pretty subtle/nuanced I definitely think you’d have to A) know that this was Cinnamon Vanilla Squash before drinking it and B) probably have tried the tea straight as well to really experience the latte.
Flavors: Butter, Butternut Squash, Cinnamon, Hay, Potato, Vanilla, Vegetal
Queued tasting note.
I actually had a few more cups of this one left since it’s pretty light, meaning 25g stretches pretty far. I gave it to Tre’s friend Kaitlin though ‘cause I haven’t been super into it, and kinda felt like I’d done enough exploration of this one to know it isn’t for me.
This last timolino’s worth was probably the best batch I’ve steeped up though; it was tarter than anything else I’ve brewed up and had a whole lot less of the cream flavour that I’m not digging with this one. It actually reminded me a whole lot more of raspberries than blackberries this time around though. Very tasty overall; but I’m still glad I gave the rest away.
Today’s word of the day is… Cascade!
A cascade is: “a steep usually small waterfall : a downward flow of something”.
EDIT: Apparently this was tasting note 2600! That certainly happened quickly…
Flavors: Raspberry, Tart
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Another one of my most drank teas – it’s a life saver in the mornings when I’m just totally exhausted. But I decided that after this cold brew I was going to take a break from it for a little while; I’ve relearned recently that there can be too much of a good thing and I don’t want to make myself sick of this tea.
This cold brew was pretty overleafed; I wanted to use up the bits at the bottom of the tin so I could clean it out and pop another tea in there instead. As such, the mate was way stronger than the flavourings in it – very grassy, damp, and hay like. The papaya was also pretty strong; I think a lot of the little candied papaya chunks had sunk to the bottom of the tin. It was a very tasty cold brew; and I appreciated the little differences in flavour!
I’ll eventually get back to this one; I’ve just gone through a lot of it and want to switch things up a little bit.
Timolino with cold milk.
I definitely thought the berry was a little bitter stronger than the ‘pie crust’ (cinnamon, butter, phillo dough) elements this time around. It was delicious as per usual; I think that when I finish this one I’m definitely going to have to add it to my next matcha order…
So far I’m looking at Pistachio, Champagne, Apricot and now this tea for that order. Cashew is another that’d be interesting, though. We’ll see though; I need to finish off some more matcha before I can even think about placing it.
I am running out of unique ways to prepare this one though…
Good thing I’ve only got about another chawan/timolino worth though before it’s gone. Thanks again Stephanie for this one – I’ve really enjoyed it!
Thank you MissB for the sample!
This is actually one of the teas you sent that I was most excited to try – I don’t know why I left it for so long. As is pretty well known, I love pineapple but don’t actually like spices too much. However, I have had pineapple curry before and I really enjoyed it so I was super open minded about this one.
The smell of this one is lightly pineapple, and steeped up it’s very supple with a soft sweetness to it. It’s a little bit candy like – but not over the top or overly artificial tasting. The osmanthus in this was nice; even though I don’t recall seeing any in the measured out leaf I felt like I was tasting the slightly sweet, whispy floral notes that I associate with it. I’m a big fan of pineapple and floral pairings – as far as I can recall everyone I’ve had has been well executed. I’m personally not very familiar with mistletoe so I don’t know if I can accurately weigh in on how that ingredient presented itself in the blend. I did try looking it up, but the one relatively reliable site I found said it has a very bitter taste – and that’s certainly not something I observed with this blend, so either that’s not an accurate description of mistletoe’s flavour or it doesn’t come through in the tea.
Sadly, neither did anything remotely ‘curry’ like – not even a little bit. That’s definitely disappointing especially since the curry aspect is in the name of the tea. If you can’t deliver on what your tea is named after, you definitely lose a few points in my book. The green base was nice; it was light and just a touch sweet and grassy. It definitely complimented the floral notes and pineapple well.
So overall I thought this was a nice tea and I certainly enjoyed it – but it’s nothing like what I expected and the name isn’t accurate at all so if you’re going to try it keep a very open mind and don’t expect the curry to come through too much, if at all.
This note is for “Compliments” brand Iced Tea;
Compliments is the Sobey’s “house brand” that the store carries (along with Sensations, Balance and Signal). I had a can of it last week during the Sobey’s Staff Easter dinner/lunch. And, as much as I want to be able to say good things about it because I work at Sobeys and we sell it I really just can’t…
If you’ve ever had Nestea or Brisk (like I’m sure many of us have) you know it’s not the best quality iced tea out there; it’s super sugary/sweet and doesn’t really taste a whole lot like tea to begin with. Well, this was exactly like that but with a watered down (but still very artificial/sugary) taste. Lower quality Brisk/Nestea, essentially.
The Staff dinner was nice though; they had tons of different platters of fruits and veggies and wraps and meats as well as a shit ton of Easter candy/treats. And I know it was all food from the store, but it still took the people who assembled it all for us quite a bit of time and work – so it was really, really appreciated (free lunch is never a bad thing). So that as many people as possible throughout the day (all the staff too; not just my department) could participate they made the meal and three different points throughout the day!
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I just took an advil and I suddenly have the worst heart burn/stomach pain ever. What the hell advil!? That’s almost like doing the exact opposite of your job…
But anyway; I cold brewed this one – mostly it was the same as a hot cup; buttery pastry notes, sweet apple, and rich pistachio. However, somehow the cold brew really made some warming cinnamon notes really jump out at me. I would’ve loved just a bit more creaminess, but it was damn tasty this way too.
Always a favourite; and I like that I’m still kind of noticing new things about it too!
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Thanks to MissB for the sample! I’m almost through with the teas you sent my way – and honestly, this was probably the least exciting of all the ones I’ve tried.
That’s not to say that the concept for the flavour was unexciting – I feel like I’m actually one of few people who actually likes Christmas Loaf/Fruit Cake (so long as there are no raisins) so I thought it’d probably taste pretty good. And, it’s not so much that it tasted bad either – what it really boils down to is that it just, well, ’didn’t taste’.
Seriously, this must be super subtley flavoured because I just tasted weak, mid-quality black tea up until the end of the timolino and then I got the faintest little whisp of vague generic fruit. I didn’t think my expectations were that high for this one, even if I was excited – they were so far from being met though. I finished it because it was definitely drinkable but out of everything I’ve tried from MissB’s treasure trove of blends so far this is the least shiny and memorable.
Oh well; on to the next blend I suppose…
This is a queued tasting note.
Caramel start with a really intense nutty finish. Definitely almond, but some more peanut like notes were present too. The mouthfeel was kinda thin, which was a little weird with the super rich taste.
I’ve totally fucked up my sleep schedule. This last week I’ve been going to bed at like 8PM, and then up again at like 1AM. I need to fall back into my routine of going to bed at 2AM and up at 10AM to get ready for work in the early afternoon, ‘cause as is I’ve wound up wide awake at 2AM the last three nights totally and completely unable to get back to sleep. Ugh!
At least it helps that I can’t go to bed until after 9PM today ‘cause that’s when the bandage from today’s tattoo has to come off and I’ve gotta get it all cleaned up…
EDIT: Oh, and this one was a cold brew!