2400 Tasting Notes
Heavily over leafed ‘cause if I hadn’t added extra leaf then my next cup would have been underleafed. Don’t you hate when the last bit of tea leaf doesn’t split up nicely? Taste wise this was lovely; very heavy on the cream/marshmallow aspects. Had a little bit of a powdery feeling though? Maybe from the extra leaf?
And, on a sadder note…
On my way home yesterday I had my empty double walled glass tumbler that I steep my “on the way to work” teas in tossed in my backpack, and after I got off the bus I was walking the two blocks to my house. It’s been absolutely gorgeous all week so the crap load of snow we’ve had has been melting really steadily, but since it was late at night the temperature had dropped a lot and all the melted snow had become this horrible, horrible slick of ice coating the entire sidewalk.
I was trying to walk carefully, but of course I slipped – and landed on my backpack. I heard the crunch, but wasn’t able to confirm it until I had gotten home; my poor tumber was just shattered! I do have a second, but the now broken one was the nicer one – it didn’t leak, and had a prettier pattern on it.
I made Golden Honeydew in one of my timolinos recently, and now everything had a slight honeydew flavour to it. I’ve tried scrubbing out the timolino, but it’s just not going away. Today it’s gonna go through the dishwasher, and hopefully that purges what smell is still holding on. So, this didn’t taste quite like what I was going for; but the nut/melon combination wasn’t bad either. The almond flavour and caramel flavours were quite strong as well.
Today’s work of the day is kibosh. Kibosh means “To end something suddenly, stop”. How appropriate with today’s plan to kibosh the lingering smell and taste of Golden Honeydew! I probably couldn’t have picked a better word if I’d tried.
Well, I’m back in Saskatoon now! Have been for a little over a day now; when Mom and I drove back in we went out for lunch and then grocery shopping since I didn’t have anything fresh in the fridge – I’d made sure to eat all the major perishables before leaving.
It was a good trip overall! Lots of tea soda; and revisiting The Hundred. And, my last night in the city we went and saw the last Hobbit movie at the theater. I didn’t really get to visit with a lot of people I used to work with (the staff is so drastically different now) but there were a few people there who I used to work with. It was melancholy being back again; I have a lot of fond memories from working there and made a lot of great friends, but near the end I was in a really bad state of mind and being in the same building and seeing some of the same people sort of made that flood back a little.
Saskatoon’s home now – and that’s a good thing. This is where I need to be.
As for the tea; this was the first thing I brewed up when I got home. I brought it with to Regina, but between all the tea soda I never really had the chance to make it. Sadly, I ended up so caught up in unpacking and settling back in that I didn’t even start drinking this one until it was cold, and even then I wasn’t paying attention at all. All I remember is this sort of soft cinnamon flavour.
But, I have enough of this left to enjoy several more cups so I’ll come back and review it sometime when I’m paying more attention and I’ll write a more proper review. Withholding my rating for obvious reasons.
Anyway, it’s good to be home!
Still bitter about DT not letting me have my Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait latte (I am not an uneducated tea drinker; when I say I’m willing to risk it I’m not being ignorant, just stubborn) so I made a cup of this with lots of milk. This has hibiscus in it.
And you know what? It was fine. Rich, silky cup of caramel, raspberry, and cream cheese icing. I still don’t know how they capture the cream cheese flavour so well; but for me it’s essential in a good Red Velvet tea or cake. But yeah; even though hibiscus can curdle milk that doesn’t mean it’s guaranteed to; it’s all about how much of it is in the blend…
Added a splash of milk.
This is just a really good orange/chocolate blend, probably the best I’ve ever had. With milk, it’s even creamier/silkier than before and has a velvety mouthfeel. I picked up some baked bread notes in the mug as well. Not a lot of marshmallow; but with the addition of milk the blend didn’t need it – there was already a creamy component at play.
I really wanted to try the Raspberry Mousse de Chocolat from MissB, but I figured it was probably a better idea to try the plain chocolate version for comparrison’s sake. So I made up a mug of this with some milk in it.
With the inclusion of milk this tastes spectacularly like chocolate milk; especially the more it cools down. I’m not a big chocolate tea lover, especially when blends use chocolate chips over cacao shells or nibs, but I’m enjoying this one. It’s pretty darn rich with a smooth black base and silky mouthfeel. Milk only enhances this!
I don’t think I’d want to stock this one because of how simple it is and because I know I don’t crave chocolate teas that often, and am starting to prefer straight blacks with cocoa notes over flavoured cocoa teas. But this is well done regardless, chocoholics would like it! It makes me excited for its raspberry counterpart as well! The inclusion of another flavour will greatly round this one out, in my opinion.
I’ve tried dozens of 52Teas blend, but this is actually my first tea from the Southern Boy line. I’ve never purchased a SBT blend for a couple reasons; I’d never want two quarts of the same tea around especially if I’m the only one drinking it, overall I like hot tea better, and I just prefer cold brewing over making iced tea.
But, I recieved this one from, presumably, VariaTEA and since she was nice enough to send it I’ll certainly give it a fair chance. I waited to make it until my trip though; between me, my two siblings, and my Mom that’s definitely enough people to drink it – and my brother HATES hot tea but likes iced or cold brewed tea. Frank; he’s totally your target audience; doesn’t drink hot tea, has lots of disposable income since he’s 16 and working, and the conveniance of using a teabag totally appeals to him. We actually made this one together; it was fun getting him involved in the process.
I don’t know how I feel about this one; the jug of tea itself looks pretty unappetizing; it’s like a really, really murky/cloudy dark, dark brown or black colour and it’s leaving a black rim of scummy stuff around the top of the pitcher. Very unattractive looking.
But it doesn’t taste too bad; it’s got a thick mouthfeel and a very candy-like pear flavour to it. A little artificial, but not so bad. I taste a lot of the black tea; but I’m not so into it; I don’t like the black tea 52Teas uses very much; it has a really distinct taste to me that I’ve talked about in the past. It’s really quite starchy tasting today; and with so much of it? Nah; there’s no way I could go through a whole pitcher of this. The two smalls cups I had? Yeah, that was passible, but anymore and I think I’d be headed for Nope Mountain.
I hope the pretty overwhelming complaints about the SBT/52Teas black tea base is something that LiberTEAS will take seriously. It’s stopped me from enjoying several 52Teas blends that I’m sure I’d like otherwise.
But getting back to this one; I just overall feel a little torn. I like pear, a lot, and other than a subtle artificialness the pear in this is spot on. Candy like, but good. The rest? Well, let’s just see I don’t pity my Mom having to clean out the pitcher once they finish this one off. I just feel very “meh” towards this sweet starchy pear sludge.
Maybe if I were gonna try another SBT I’d pick one of the newer ones with a honeybush base. I don’t mind Frank’s honeybush that much, other than the occaisonal pepper flavour that pops up.
Done as a soda; this was the last one we made before leaving Sunday morning. It went over better than the previous one (Flowery Pineapple Oolong). I wasn’t sure it would though; it’s maybe a touch unconventional for a soda flavour.
You couldn’t really taste the black tea at all; instead it was this very crisp, refreshing and thirst quenching kind of “spritzer” type drink. The cucumber flavour was really exaggerated from the sugar, and the melon had a candy like bubble-gum quality, as many people who’ve tried DAVIDsTEA blends with honeydew in them have observed before. Honeydew teas in general I guess have this quality; but DT in particular is ‘guilty’ of this. I kinda like it; others don’t, which is fair too.
For me, I didn’t notice the spearmint until the aftetaste where is left that kind of tingly “fresh” feeling on my tongue – in the rest of the blend it was just contributed to the fresh crispness, and I guess a little to the sweetness; but the mint itself was masked by the bubbles.
I picture this as something to drink in your backyard or front porch in the middle of summer when it’s sweltering hot, to cool down. Maybe with a lime wedge on the edge of the cup, and a splash of vodka or gin. Mmm; I’ll have to keep this in mind! Too bad I don’t have a tonne of leaf left.
I’m totally hoping this makes a Springtime return so I can pick up more!
I didn’t really have a lot of this one with me in Regina, but the ‘demand’ for tea soda was greater than anticipated and this seemed like a decent enough one to try so we made a half litre.
It was funny; pouring the syrup into the carbonated water this had a huge reaction and really, really fizzed up. It was sort of similar to the reaction between vinegar and baking soda. Like our own paper mache volcano experiment. None of the other sodas we’ made had gone through comparable reactions; I still don’t know what set this one off…
I enjoyed this one quite a bit; maybe better than any of the other ones we’d made – although the Key Lime was quite good as well. This did loose quite a lot of the flower/floral aspects though. Something in the concoction cancelled them out. So basically it was a light, carbonated glass of pineapple juice! With the smallest touch of orchid at the end of the sip, and a little bit of light grassy flavour. Really tasty; even though it wasn’t in your face. I think my family maybe liked it less because of that though. My mom tries; but they’re just not accustomed to drinking something flavoured lightly or subtly – and everything else I had made at this point was heavy handed in flavour. That’s nice but there’s a particular artistry to the lighter stuff. A grace and elegance to it!
Oh well, with a half litre that just meant more for me and less for them.