1945 Tasting Notes
Oh man, why do I have this rated so high? I mean, it’s really good – but it’s not that good. Gonna scale back my rating to a more appropriate number…
Anyway; I made this one hot to sip on as something vibrant and fun to end my day on, but because I know it can get really sour really quickly ’cause of some of the fruits in it I underleafed it to cut back on that. The result was a really tasty, vibrant fruity drink! It had a punchy quality to it, but a bit more tropical with some super fresh kiwi notes and some lighter melon notes supporting that in the undertone with this reaching rose flavour lightly spread out over the whole sip. Floral, but not overly. Sweet and playfully sour.
It was very Spring/Summer in vibe, and it’s getting to really be more Autumn in season so it felt a touch out of place, but it was good. This is still at its best iced, but when you make sure to dial back the leaf it can produce a nice hot cup as well.
Well, finished this one off. I have to say, this wasn’t the best cup to end on but it’s totally my fault. I was steeping it alongside two herbals, and because of that I got sloppy with the steep time and this oversteeped. As a result, it was fairly astringent and bitter – though I felt that was less exaggerated as it cooled so I was able to actually finish the cup. It’s a shame, though.
And now I’ve got this super cute, teeny tiny little lime green Nina’s Paris tin since VariaTEA was so generous and sent this to me in the tin. I cleaned out the tin, but I’m not sure what I should be putting inside of it. It doesn’t have the room for anything in large quantity, but it feels like it’d be a waste to just shove it back in the closet and forget about it, or just keep it on display in the living room with nothing in it.
Tins are meant to hold things!
Last round of tea for the night; it feels like I didn’t take advantage of my day off to do much tea drinking, but I had seven cups of tea which is sorta a lot right? Definitely way more than I’d have had if I had been working today…
Made this hot because before I make up my mind that I want to stock it based purely on the cold brew, I should probably play around a little or try it in more than one method right? Right. One thing is pretty certain though; no matter how you prepare it the steeping leaves are stunning. Such a deep, rich shade of green. Maybe the prettiest leaf of any tea I’ve seen? And there are some blends with cool leaf (that is actually tea leaves) out there; like in Minnesota Blend or a whole bunch of Butiki’s blends – or the little tiny snaily yums. Still, these are gorgeous.
Taste wise this was really good; the macadamia is strong with this one. Rich, creamy, nutty and smooth with white chocolate notes just like in the cold brew as well as velvety butter notes, in a confectionery way. It also just tastes so natural and green; like the smell of a giant vegetable garden or big fluffy bowls of mixed green vegetables. There’s also a bit of subtle earthiness to it. Normally the vegetable aspect of things pushes me away but the nuttiness of cookie like sweetness of this makes it work and in the end results in a very naturally sweet and gentle sort of tea to relax to.
I really, really like this one – and I think I would definitely stock it. I’ve decided that once I free up of the tins in the herbal section of my cupboard (I’m slowly sipping down Bravissimo and White Chocolate Frost) this is what I’ll replace it with! It doesn’t even both me that that’ll result in my having three mulberry teas on hand (Gold Rush, also from DT, and Mulberry White from RiverTea) because the taste of this mulberry leaf kinda drastically differs from the taste of the fruit, which is very caramel like with a light honey and fruit undertone. This has the sweetness of the fruit but in a different way; it’s more raw/earthy and has a nuttiness to it exaggerated by the macadamia. Point being, they’re different.
So far I’ve done hot and cold brewed and this has been a winner on both accounts.
I ordered lunch from another new restaurant today called Nellie’s Kitchen (hooray for broadening my food horizons) because I realized the only things I had at home to cook called for milk, and I’m actually all out for the moment.
Today’s meal was relatively simple; Fries, Garlic Bread, French Toast w. Maple Syrup, Lemon Meringue Pie, and Honeydew Bubble Tea! It’s so cool that Skip The Dishes (the site I’ve been using) is partnered with so many restaurants in the city; I mean how else are you gonna order French Toast and Bubble Tea to your door?
I think, overall, the food from today was not as impressive as yesterdays which just seemed so fancy. There was nothing special about these restaurant fries or whatever. Although, the pie was really really good. It had the perfect crust and the meringue to lemon pie filling ratio was excellent.
But now on to the “tea portion”; the bubble tea. Firstly, they’ve got a lot of cool flavours to choose from; I had a hard time deciding on one. Here’s the options:
Like, c’mon! All the melon flavours!? And lychee and pineapple? You’re gonna kill me – thats’s basically like the summation of my favourite fruits less pears. Not fair. But eventually I settled on Honeydew because I figured it was maybe more uncommon than the others I was tempted by. It was really, really good! Definitely the best part of the meal by far.
The honeydew flavour was so strong and sweet – and the drink itself was frothy and icy and the perfect balance of thick ice and juicy liquid. Does that make sense? Yeah; I think it does. Also – my biggest problem with bubble tea is actually the “bubbles”. Usually I can’t get over the gross little gelatin balls but this one actually had little teeny tiny gelatin cubes in it, and unlike anything I’ve experienced in other bubble teas they were actually honeydew flavoured as well. They were still sorta gross, but much better than anything else I’ve ever had in bubble tea.
It’s a shame the rest of the meal was so mediocre; ‘cause I’d love to try the other flavours of bubble tea this restaurant serves but with the delivery fee it’s just so not cost effective to only order bubble tea and now a whole meal.
And now, I think it’s time for a power nap?
Another tin freed up; this one to be filled with the Apache Tracker. There’s a lot of similarities between the two blends though I think that one ultimately is more nutty and will contrast the other Mate/Guayusa blends I have in a more noticeable way – and that’s why it’s time to finish this one off. Variety in the tea cupboard is key.
But this blend has always been enjoyable though; and I remember relying on it quite heavily in the months after I moved here. The need for a tea to jumpstart my day in an enjoyable way was real. So real.
Sweet, nutty, roasty, almost coffee like. Who knows; maybe I’ll order this again sometime or it’ll find its way into my standard “To Go” rotation of teas for when I stop at the TD store!
Thanks VariaTEA for the sample! I’ve been having these Crio Bru blends later at night to kind of wind down to and because they’re caffeine free but since I started the morning with a large brew of something caffeinated and another hot cup of mate I figured I needed something caffeine free to sort of juxtapose between the two.
This was really good; the chocolate taste was strong and very clear. I want to say it was a little less “thick” tasting and less creamy than some of the other blends – but not in a way that lessened the richness of it. It was just different and had a little bit of contrast. As for the “natural notes” present in this one – I absolutely did not get any blackberry (which seems very weird to have naturally occur in chocolate/cocoa) and I didn’t think too much about the green banana when I was having it but doing so now I can kinda see how what I was tasting could be compared to that flavour, it is a little bit of a stretch though.
Both Courtney and VariaTEA have written notes on this so far and have mentioned some bitterness; but contrary to their experience I did not find this to have any bitterness to it. I did, however, think there was a little bit of natural oilyness to it though, which I don’t think either of them brought up or experienced.
Decent overall; wouldn’t stock but would likely drink again.
Oh man; I feel so tired and spacey today. Even after starting the day out with a large 25 oz. cold brew of this lovely tea while catching up on Big Brother Australia, I just feel drained. I may attempt a power nap…
But this was good; I actually had started the cold brew with the expectation I’d be taking this to work with me today only to get a call a few hours later from my coworker asking if I wanted to switch my day of Wednesday with today and get two back to back days; I had no preference either way so I agreed. I thought, if anything, I’d feel more well rested for work on Wednesday.
Taste wise; I’ve had this cold brewed before so it’s nothing new but it’s still really good. It’s mellow, raw, and earthy but still has sweetness to it . Sometimes there are sips that taste rather like bubblegum to me as well; it’s just a good dynamic blend of cinnamon, apples, guayusa, and candy sweetness that doesn’t even tread close to artificial sweetness. Mmm!
I could have made two smaller cups with what was left most likely, but instead I just dumped this into one cup to finish it off and hoped for the best. No idea exactly how much leaf I used, to be perfectly honest.
Man. Man, oh man. Maybe I should have split it…
I wanted more butterscotch flavour from this one; and I got it. All the butterscotch stuff must have really made it to the bottom of the bag, because this was so intensely, over the top sweet. I would call it “pure sugary butterscotch” except some cinnamon was actually present in the lingering aftertaste. But otherwise; it was all drowned out. No present base, at all. The butterscotch was actually so concentrated it almost sort of took on an alcoholic quality; it severely drew Comparison to butterscotch Schnapps for me.
At first I really liked it, but then it became too much too quickly where as my previous cups were so much more tame and seemed to be lacking. If only I could have struck a happy medium between the two.
I can’t believe I’m saying it; but maybe this is a fall tea I will restock if only to play with it more and see if I can strike a balance now that I know this can produce such polarizing flavours.
Flavors: Alcohol, Butterscotch, Sugar
This has been sitting in my kitchen waiting to be made for a while; so many times I’ve thought of CBing it for convenience, but I’ve had it that way and it’s not on par to the hot cup. This cup was hot, and I’m glad I waited.
Smooth, buttery green oolong base? Check.
Mild floral notes making the juicy fruit really pop? Check.
So all in all, a really flavourful and fun cup. Not especially appropriate for the season/weather, but who cares? Not I.
Well, I think I’m pretty ok with this sipdown. I was really hoping to like this one, but this cup especially came off pretty ginger heavy and the rest was just watery Dragonfruit Punch type flavour; not enough flavour to support it. Not even close.
In other news, I went way out of my comfort zone today and not only ordered something that I don’t usually get for Fast Food, but I ordered from a totally different restaurant. I ended up getting a “Grown Up Grilled Cheese” and a Pear and Blue Cheese Salad from this restaurant: https://www.skipthedishes.ca/prairie-ink-saskatoon#tabs-0-center=0
They were both really good (and much fancier than my usual pizza) and super filling. Personally, I would have liked for the Grilled Cheese to have just a little more cheese, but it was still really tasty and the caramelized onions were a fantastic touch. However, the salad? Man; sensory overload in the best way. It. Blew. My. Mind.
I never would have thought of that flavour combination; pears, walnut, blue cheese, and Saskatoon Berry vinegar; delicious. Hard to describe, but honestly just perfect. And now Kaylee and I are talking about Saskatoons in the Steepster chat and all I can think is how many awesome Saskatoon Berry teas there could be!
I’m looking at you Stacy! If you do the custom tea blend contest again this year, I feel like my entries are totally gonna have a theme to them: Saskatoons to the core! We could go milkshakes, pies, lemonade, syrup, or ever something inspired by this awesome salad. The creative juices are flowing! ;)