3556 Tasting Notes
Drank this midday yesterday as a semi-break from all the caffeinated teas.
It was really satisfying! There are definitely different types of citrus flavours and cravings. You have that lovely bright, juicy and maybe a little tart citrus craving: think orange juice or lemonade. Then there’s the craving for soft citrus, like lemon macrons, buttery lemon pastry or whisps of lime. And finally there’s the craving for creamy citrus! That’s the one I had yesterday, and so this was the perfect tea to quench that thirst/craving.
The flavour was basically Creamsicles; just this divine, rich and silky smooth orange note accented by a lovely vanilla flavour. I couldn’t taste the base at all, so I just got to sink into the flavour notes and really enjoy that. I also just got the most lovely, dainty whisps of floral notes and currants too, which really elevated the tea and took it to a greater place. Sometimes I get a soapy note when I drink this tea, and so it doesn’t see the inside of a mug as often as others in my stash, but when this one delivers it really delivers!
Drank the last of this sample yesterday morning/early afternoon. I think I liked it even more than last time; the flavours are so simple but just really, really well balanced overall. And it’s both an insanely flavourful blend as well as a fairly refreshing and smooth one. I probably wouldn’t, but I think I could drink this every morning as my ‘ease into the day’ tea and be relatively content. I definitely, definitely want to grab more of this.
Need to clear out tin space first, though…
I was having a bad day on Sunday, so I took a trip to Chapters with Trey because what could possibly make me feel better than books? Well, turns out the answer is tea. How could I have forgotten that Chapters carries a pretty good selection of tea!? I didn’t have a lot of cash on me ‘cause I was trying to be fiscally responsible, so even though I wanted to drop like $50 on Republic of Tea’s whole iced collection I only grabbed a little pouch of this tea. At the time it seemed the most interesting of Pluck’s selection.
Cold brewed it up today; it’s certainly not bad but it’s not exactly the most satisfying/overwhelming tea either. Frankly, it reminds me a lot of DAVIDsTEA’s Forever Nuts blend and all associated ‘clone blends’. Though, this does differentiate itself ‘cause it’s a lot more tart than Forever Nuts. That’d be because this specifically uses Granny Smith apples and lets face it, those are some pretty tart apples. But it’s not a big enough of a difference to really set itself apart. I’ll enjoy finishing off the pouch, but probably not in a rush: those Forever Nuts type blends are really nice in the fall but not as much in the summer…
Made a mug of this for Trey because he’s sick and I took pity on him, and then I prepped a cold brew for myself. Then I had to cut us both off, because DT discontinued this tea like an idiot and my hoard of it is dwindling faster than I’d care to admit…
I was having a frustrating day at work: both my boyfriend and I have been quite sick as a late but frustratingly not at the same time. So, first I was chilling with death for a solid week and way too sick to spend time with him, then just as I was getting better I passed my super cold onto him and he got to be best bros with death for another week or so. Finally, we’re both feeling better but of course this week at work we’re on completely opposite shift schedules. So, I worked 9-5:30 yesterday, and he worked 5:30-9. I literally just saw him in passing as I was leaving the building to go home. It’s super frustrating!
The point of the story being that I devoured this cold brew on break yesterday. I was having a super lousy day and this was just the comfort tea that I needed to not go postal on another employee or donor. It was delicious, and sweet and tart with the best balance of lemony goodness and fruity berries. And the magic lasted right up until I was leaving and had to walk by Kyle on my way on. Then, just like that it was gone.
But it’s ok because this tasting note has a happy ending! My mom recently got approved to foster cats and she got her first two on Sunday! So, after work, I went over to her house and played with the two most adorable kittens for a few hours! Their names are Kiki and Elsa, and I came home covered in cat hair and it was the best thing ever!
Day 100% better.
I was craving smoke, but not the intensity of Lapsang so this is what I grabbed for the commute to work. I think I still ended up with LS level of smoke though ‘cause this cuppa was super abrasive with the level of smoke flavour. That said, it wasn’t a purely smoky tea: I also got the richness of molasses and caramel, and the kind of home-y feel of a toastier buckwheat note.
I greatly enjoyed the cup, but it was a little stronger than I remembered it being and I found it was just a touch too jolting so early in the morning. In hind sight, I probably should have brewed up a mug of The Woman instead: that would have been a more appropriate level of smokiness for the mood I was in. Nothing against the tea, though! It does what it aims to do very well – just a bad pick on my part.
Lush, rain forest guayusa perfect for a drizzly day of on again off again rain! I will say that the guayusa had a bit of a sourness from it that differed from the faint tartness of the apple in the blend. Signs this is showing its age? Perhaps. But the cinnamon notes and apple flavour were both still on the mark and pleasant. And it was still a good cup overall.
God I love rain though: it honestly felt like it was raining every other hour and at work all my coworkers/friends were kinda bummed out about it. But, I just felt so energized by it! The first really heavy downpour you should have seen how quickly I rushed from the back of the store to the donation area: I just stood outside for a solid five minutes. I was soaked when I came back inside, but I was so happy. The boyfriend was watching the fitting rooms right next to the donation area and he was just looking at me, with my drenched hair and running mascara, like I was absolutely insane.
It was such a good day, though.
Cold Brew Sipdown (132)!
Echoing Sil’s thoughts that this tea isn’t rich enough to be deserving of the name “Raspberry Jam”. It’s definitely because of the chamomile, too. I don’t even understand what that’s meant to do/add to the blend?
This is more or less chamomile tea with raspberry, rather than the other way around. Personally, I hate chamomile. It’s one of the reasons I was hesitant about this blend from the get go. It’s also maybe just a touch lemony? But it doesn’t deliver rich flavour in any way; actually, it’s really subdued overall. I think that’s because the overall ‘vibe’ DT wanted was a softer tea for Mother’s Day that could be enjoyed as a light evening/bedtime tea. The flavour with that approach makes sense, just doesn’t personally hit the mark for me. However, the flavour with that approach and the given name? Big disconnect.
No rating from me; I think I’m too biased towards the chamomile. So much bleck.
This is a queued tasting note.
So, I woke up Sunday morning to get ready for work and I had the biggest craving for lychee. I can’t even express how amazing it felt to not only have one lychee tea in my cupboard but two to pick from! Options, motherfuckers!
So this was my commute tea on Sunday: it was brilliant! The bright, juicy lychee top note satisfied that lychee craving in every possible way and the black base tea underneath is phenomenal as well. It’s natural, sweet and smooth honey, malt and cocoa notes are both a stunning contrast to the juicy, floral lychee but also a wonderful compliment. You’re matching not only the intense rich flavour of the lychee but the intense rich flavour of the black tea. Mmmm!
Cold Brew Sipdown (133)!
So, I’ve tried this one hot already and it made a decent enough impression: kind of like berry flavoured cotton candy? I was very interested to see if that would carry over to a cold version of it it was just a one off observation. Turn outs, that while the flavour note certainly isn’t as distinct I did taste it again! Actually, much of what I first observed with the hot steeping was also true for the cold brew apart from a more mild cotton candy note and the fact that I think the blueberry was a more prominent presence in the cold infusion.