2928 Tasting Notes
I wanted a more interesting way to finish this blend off and I got it! I made it up as a tea soda and drank it today in place of my standard cold brew (truth is time just got away from me and I didn’t strain my cold brew in time – and now it’s too late for something caffeinated).
I actually think this tea soda may have been the best version of this one that I’ve tried; at first it was mostly just sweet licoricey anise which, while it does work very well as a soda flavour, was ultimately a little flat and one dimensional. But after the soda started to go just a little bit flat I began noticing very fresh ripe pear notes at the tail end of the sip and lingering into the aftertaste and a bit of a floral top note that could compete with the strong anise.
Overall, a very, very memorable and pleasant way to finish this one off! In the future I may reorder it though currently I certainly have enough licoricey teas on hand to keep me more than satisfied.
New tattoo has started the itchy phase of healing…
Someone shoot me; this is gonna be a bitch. In an attempt to keep from scratching at my very itchy leg I’m drinking tea while scratching pretty well everything else I can. It’s sort of working. Kind of. Maybe not so much…
I’m nearly done this; this’ll be my penultimate cup of it. I made it with a little bit of milk and hot and I’m actually finding it quite nice. For whatever reason the raisin notes I normally dislike aren’t that apparent and the creamyness of the milk with the natural malt and smokey notes of the keemun are really pleasant. The finish reminds me of a darker rye. Delicious!
Even better than this being my second last cup, I was finally able to move the last little bit into a sample bag and clean the tin out to put something else in it! I’ve got so many weird assorted bags of black tea in my cupboard right now that I want to move into tins, and I finally got to kind of do that! One step closer to a more organized cupboard.
So far I’ve done nothing for sipdowns, which was definitely today’s goal…
What I did do, however, was make myself a large mug of this one – iced, while eating some chips and watching old episodes of House which has been super cathartic. The tea itself is really creamy and custardy with lots of vanilla notes, and then a little more coriander than usual. Probably ’cause I went out of my way to really shake up the tin and make sure I was getting more than just raisins. The apple is nice and sweet!
The chips I’m eating are this new flavour we just started carrying at work; Applewood Barbecue. I actually normally really dislike barbecue flavours but this is sweet and smokey with just a little bit of a sort of cheese flavour: kind of like applewood cheddar? The savory side is contrasting well with the sweetness of the tea.
This is a Della Terra blend I’ve been curious about for years, but since I’ve had Minty Cow (or whatever equivalent DT had on hand at the moment) stocked just about as long it’s seemed redundant to purchase this when it’s so similar. I was very happy to see it in my swap package from her, though!
I cold brewed it because I remember discovering near the end of my tin of Minty Cow just how great it is cold brewed – and this isn’t any different. My first thought after the initial sips was “this tastes just like marshmallow fluff”, and that’s because the vanilla is really, really strong. I’m loving it! The chocolate is really rich too; creamy milk chocolate for sure. The peppermint is crisp and provides a very refreshing finish to the drink. Overall, it’s like some of the best peppermint bark I’ve ever had – which I guess it more of a Christmas thing than Valentines but this is Anti V-Day Treat.
It’s a shame Della Terra has currently closed up shop; I think I like this better than the Minty Cow I had at one point…
Side Story: One of the cool things about working at a grocery store is that there’s constantly food in our staffroom for everyone to eat – usually it’s platters of fresh cut fruit or vegetables, or cheese/meat trays from the Deli but sometimes they bring up donuts or stuff like that. Once they brought up like 50 candy apples that they couldn’t sell because the sugar crust (or whatever it’s called) hadn’t been tinted correctly.
Well, yesterday I came up for break and there were literally 40 boxes of cookies. Someone had screwed up the order and they had more than they could sell before the expiration date so they put half of them on sale and then brought the other half upstairs for staff. It’s a shame they tasted gross though (some kind of weird vanilla bean flavoured crispy cookie), I’d have loved to bring some cookies home…
This is a queued tasting note.
Made this one as a cashew milk latte! It was very, very creamy with smooth nutty cashew and pistachio notes. My two favourite kinds of nuts! That rich body of nutty goodness was accented with a sweet apple note that just sliced through the cashew milk and nut flavour providing this sharp contrast in flavour. The rooibos flavour was completely masked. This is 100% the best cashew milk latte I’ve made to date.
I wish we sold pistachio butter at work; I know it exists. We carry cashew, almond, hazelnut, obvious peanut and then even some super weird ones like sunflower, pumpkin seed, and sesame – but no pistachio! The hell is that!?
This was actually, surprisingly, less peppery cold brewed than it was hot. If anything, I expected cold brewing it to draw out that flavour even more. It was a very refreshing and smooth cold brew though. It retained that fairly pithy, semi-sweet citrus flavour I experienced with the hot mug but rather than just tasting like lemon I thought it was kind of lemony and orangey, like a Meyer Lemon (Orange/lemon hybrid). To be fair, I think that’s essentially what a yuzu is though? Though my understanding is it’s a ‘tart mandarin orange’ flavour with some other sort of citrus fruit that tastes kind of like lemon.
I liked the cold brew a lot though; even better than the hot mug!
I think I oversteeped this a little; I was making it while cooking summer and I totally lost track of time while chopping up some veggies. It still tasted very floral, but wasn’t as clean and smooth of a flavour. At the end of the mug it was tasting quite bitter and metallic, in a not so pleasant way. On the positive side, I definitely got a bit of that muscatel flavour that Scheherazade mentioned in her review. I definitely missed that the first time around.
It was solid, but not as nice as the first time around.
In other news, I got started on my next tattoo! This one is the largest so far, and it’s the first I’ve gotten done on an area other than my arms. I’d say it’s probably close to around four inches by four inches, and it’s on my lower calf on my right leg. I was at the studio for nearly four hours getting it done; it’s a rabbit with some garden vegetables (carrot, garlic, etc.) done in a sort of cartoony style, but with some very detailed greyscale shading. Except for the eye, which is red.
It’s a Buffy The Vampire Slayer tribute tattoo! One of my favourite characters, Anya, has a crippling phobia of bunnies, so I got this adorable little bunny with a red eye to acknowledge their “secret evil tendencies”. I mean, what’s with all the carrots? What do they need such good eyesight for anyway…
I have to go back in to get it completed though; I want to add some font across the top/bottom reading out “There’s Nothing We Can’t Face. Except for Bunnies.” (first sentence on the top, second on the bottom) in a sort of really campy, D-List horror movie type font. Something like this:
Though my concern with that particular font is that with how blocky the letters are over time they’re gonna blur out and just look like blobs…
Also, if you’re not familiar with the show/reference check out this clip of the musical episode, which is where the reference is from:
This tea has journeyed from the United States to the United Kingdom to Canada and finally into my mug!
Steeped up hot and enjoyed during a heavy rainfall, this definitely has a well rounded, smooth flavour and clean mouthfeel. I was nervous the mouthfeel would be rather oily because this blend uses chocolate chips instead of nibs or shells but that wasn’t a problem. Honestly, I feel like I’m getting more flavour from the base tea than anything else though; there’s a nice mild malt note that carries through all of each sip, and some baked bread notes. I’m not complaining, ’cause the base is really nice, but generally with a flavour tea I expect at least some aspect of the added flavour to be the strongest element.
The chocolate flavour is totally present, but while I was expecting something some rich and indulgent, this is pretty gentle. It’s more just a hint of cocoa, with a sort of powdery taste/mouthfeel which I’ve grown to associate with French teas. I also expected the rum to be stronger, and instead it’s very mild and watered down. Combined with the chocolate it’s a little like a very dull/lackluster rumball – the kind my family always makes around Christmas.
Initially I was quite disappointed by the flavour distribution: for a tea that’s describing the drinker as a “rum drunk pirate” I felt more like I was drinking tea with my Grandma around the holidays. However, I took a moment to set aside my disappointment and preconceptions about what the tea ‘should have’ tasted like, and after I did that I was able to appreciate the brew a little more. It’s not bold or vibrant, but the flavours it does offer are smooth and tasty, and it’s a comforting, mellow brew with hints of both chocolate and rum. I can appreciate that.
I’m still excited to explore the company a little more; but I can probably scratch this one off my wishlist. Though I’ll enjoy finishing the rest of what I received in that swap.
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