3981 Tasting Notes
Got this one iced today when I dropped all my paperwork off downtown – I’m at a weird junction where now that I’ve signed all my hiring papers I can’t collect Frequent Steeper points anymore but because I’m not on the payroll until paperwork is filed/sent away I don’t get my discount yet either. Should be resolved in a few days, though.
I actually wanted to get Sweet Lime but it’s on back order at my store right now so I compromised and got this instead ‘cause at least it was still lime flavoured and that’s what I was really craving. I had forgotten, though, that I’m not generally the biggest fan of this one. It wasn’t unpleasant, and I finished the whole iced tea no problem but I just dislike the sencha base so much. It really kills this one for me, personally. I think on a white base, similar to how Sweet Lime is, the rich, creamy lime notes in this blend would shine A LOT more. ’Cause those notes were awesome – but the seaweed-y flavour of the green base less so.
Went out for supper last night with my parents; we were sort of loosely celebrating the fact that come Tuesday I’ll finally be done taking classes for my Sommelier certification. Dad picked the restaurant; a steakhouse called “Mr. Mike’s”. Personally I’d never been before, but the place had a nice atmosphere.
I ended up getting a relatively average veggie burger, though it had a TON of pickles on it and that was a bit different than the typical mushrooms you see paired were generic restaurant veggie burgers – it was a nice little twist. The highlight of the night was “dessert”, where we saw they had a Hot Toddy section available. One of the things on the list was Blueberry Tea which, of course, is a cocktail of sorts that doesn’t actually have blueberries in it. I’ve always been curious where the name for this particular cocktail came from; certainly not to liqueurs in the drink. And obviously I ordered that instead of dessert.
The presentation was gorgeous! I wish I’d taken pictures, but I was trying not to be on my phone throughout the meal. The tea
I opted to substitute Earl Grey instead of the standard Orange Pekoe used in this recipe was served in a cute little glass teapot with a couple orange segments and a cinnamon stick on the side for me to mix with it as I wanted. Rested over the top of the teapot was a sideways brandy snifter with the Amaretto and Grand Marinier resting in it/heating up.
I guess the flavour tastes a LITTLE BIT like blueberries? If I didn’t know what the ingredients all were I don’t think I’d be able to break apart the flavour so preciously and the illusion of blueberry would have worked a bit better. As is, the orange elements in the tea, of which there are many
bergamot, orange slices, orange flavour liquor, were very smooth and dominant but the sweetness of the amaretto and warming nature of the cinnamon I’d mixed in were such a nice counter balance. I sort of felt like I was “sinking” with each sip. In a really GOOD way though – like each sip released a bit of built up stress/tension. So I was sinking into myself in a sort of therapeutic way.
A+ Hot Toddy, would totally order again.
Gong Fu Sipdown (148)!
Picked up a sample of this one just large enough to do a Gong Fu session. I have to say I’m a pretty big fan of DT bringing in these more “high end” (at least compared with their regular offerings, at the very least) pure teas as limited edition offerings. I think it’s a good way for less ‘hardcore’ tea drinkers to samples teas they might not otherwise seek out – and I’m all for people broadening their tea horizons.
In hindsight, I feel like this may have actually been better Western style than Gong Fu. Not that it was bad – but the session felt a touch flat/stagnant. Usually over a Gong Fu session you see some sort of evolution of flavour before the gradual decline/waning of it. With this one their was no incline, just the decline as the leaf was gradually spent. The flavour was nice though; mostly I found it sweet with a nice mix of honey and cocoa notes. Less of a “refined” cocoa though, and more of baker’s chocolate sort of thing, with that light but pleasant bitterness. I’m not sure that I agree with the “fruit notes” that are supposedly in this – I got way more fruit from the fruit & nut chocolate I was pairing with the session than I did from the tea itself.
Session only last about six infusions; flavour decline by that point was harsh. Pleasant overall, though! And…
No rating because I’ve officially signed and turned in DAVIDsTEA hiring paperwork now. So, from this point
until I’m no longer employed there I’m leaving any DAVIDsTEA blend unrated in order to be nonpartisan in regards to Steepster’s rating system. Any DAVIDsTEA ratings you see are from prior to my working there.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Dark Bittersweet, Honey, Malt
Finally went back to revisit this one!
I have to be honest though – I actually thought there were more cons with the mug I made than there were pros, which is not what I’d expected to get from it. The biggest issue overall was just that the coconut came off as VERY lotiony/soapy tasting and it was such a prominent flavour overall that I really struggled moving past it. As well, I just could not taste the carrot in the blend either. It kind of sucks a little when one third of the key ingredients/flavours in the blend come off poorly and one third is just absent in general.
The pineapple was nice though! I usually really love the pineapple notes in 52Teas blends and this was definitely NOT an exception to that. Very fresh overall, and just a tiny bit tangy. I wish the coconut would have been better so it could have played off it and emphasized the tropical nature of the blend more.
I think in the future I’m going to try a shorter infusion time – I’m sure it wont help with the carrot, but I think that might take the icky coconut notes down a few notches and make them more palatable.
Cod Brew Sipdown (149)!
Thanks VariaTEA for passing along a sample of this one to me so I could drink it again. I’m thinking it’s probably because I was drinking this cold brew alongside waffles, which are already quite sweet, but today I actually found this one to be super cloying in regard to the chocolate notes. The almost pudding-like banana was on point though, if nothing else, and I actually got a fair bit of coconut too.
I think I liked this song and tea together largely just because of the fun nature of them both. It’s just a little weird and wacky, but ultimately really endearing.
My other favourite pear tea from DAVIDsTEA…
This one has comparable pear notes to Cranberry Pear, although is less creamy overall. I find that with the ginger in the blend it’s a good balance of sweet and spicy and very warming/comforting overall. Recently, I’ve also started to be more aware of the quince in the blend as well and that’s added a new layer of flavour that’s given this more depth.
One small criticism would be that sometimes the ginger, when it’s really strong, is drying on the bed of your mouth in the aftertaste and I did get that feeling a small bit today with this cup.
So in love with lazy Sundays…
Literally ALL I have to do for the day is stop by DAVIDsTEA at some point and drop off my hiring paperwork so I’m just enjoying spending the morning with some of my favourite teas. This one is bright, lively with sweet pear notes and fresh cranberries.
I’m actually a bit surprised how tasty this is because it’s rather old now. Just another reason why this is one of my favourite from DAVIDsTEA – I’m still dying on the inside that it was discontinued. Maybe I’ll finish it off this winter? It can only go on so long and the flavour notes are definitely a good match for winter weather.
So the other night I had to sleep over at my mom’s house because our apartment was getting fumigated. Not a huge deal – but a couple apartments on our floor had reported bed bugs so the condo paid for fumigation for every apartment on our floor. We needed to be out of the house for twelve hours afterwards though, so I stayed somewhere else.
Of course didn’t have access to my full range of tea so I just bought a couple different ready to drink options from the gas station near her house. I remembered liking this one last time I tried it, so I revisited it. I still think it’s pretty good – very juice like and the dragonfruit is obviously sweetened. Dragonfruit Punch!? Yup, pretty much. I’m on board for that though.
Currently working on drinking a cold brewed pitcher of this one; I’ve been working on finishing it off for a few days now – both roommates are out of town right now, so it’s taking a bit longer to finish this than normal. The citrus notes are delicious though; citrus teas in general are just perfect for cold brews. Still don’t really taste the jasmine in it, though. Glad I picked up more of this one.
Drank this one late last night with a splash of almond milk added in.
I didn’t mind this one – I thought it was relatively smooth and the simplicity was appreciated because it made for nice mindless tea drinking which was a good way to end a bittersweet day. However, for a simple tea with one main flavour I actually felt like it was overshadowed a bit by the base of the blend. I don’t mind the taste of rooibos, myself, but if you’re going to create a “one note” sort of blend then really sell me on that one note, right? Commit to the chocolate!
But it was a good cup overall. Thank you VariaTEA for the sample.