2718 Tasting Notes

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This one is quickly climbing the ranks of my most drank/logged teas. The cold brew I did of it was quite impressive but nothing out of the ordinary for what I’ve observed with this one. Instead of writing about it I’m going to share two work related stories, rather than writing about them in different tasting notes.

Story One

This week I got to clean up a carton of broken eggs. It was sitting on the very end of a bagging station across from where we keep the company laptop cart for File Maintenance/Grocery to changes price files and add things into the system. They were changing the price for this weeks sale or something. A woman with a small child (maybe one or two) went by after being rung in and the kid reached out, grabbed the carton and then couldn’t support the weight and dropped it. All twelve eggs broke. ALL OF THEM.

I’m actually quite impressed with the fact I’ve yet to drop anyone’s eggs or wreck their produce/meat/etc. personally; the worst I’ve done is lifted up one of those super thin produce bags (which are DELIBERATELY thin as fuck so that they don’t contribute to the weight, and therefore the COST of your produce when it gets rung in) that was overly filled and had a bunch of oranges spill out all over the floor because the bag ripped.

So I cleaned up eggs with out of our coutesy clerks named Nich. Nich is high functioning autistic, and everyone was freaking out about whether or not he’d be able to handle cleaning everything up. He has a very set routine at work; gets in at 11AM, goes on his coffee break at 1PM, has lunch at 3PM leaves at 6. In between he hangs outside all day just gathering up carts people don’t return (he has an impressive tan because of this) and if he happens to reach a point where there are no more carts to grab he comes in side and gathers baskets and basically does small cleaning jobs. He’s never had to deal with a mess this big.

Personally, I don’t think people give him enough credit. I think half of it is that they’re used to him having a routine and so they don’t change it – I think he’s a lot more adaptable then he lets on. It also frustrates me that employees outside of my department treat him very weird when he’s on break because they don’t know he’s autistic.

Anyway, I picked out all the eggshells and then using my hands (yuck) scooped up as much egg yolk as I could into a bag. I just explained to Nich that I wanted as much cleared before we started mopping so that we weren’t just spreading it and then he nodded and we were all good. After most was cleared that way Nich took over and mopped everything up. All was well! Definitely a memorable day though; and I swear after I washed me hands they were silky smooth all day from that yolk.

Story Two

So at my Sobeys we’re partnered with Bento Sushi, in the same way that some Safeway stores partner with Starbucks to have an in store restaurant. The staff at Bento has been the same since we opened the store, but recently one of the F/T people left so they had to hire someone else. The guy they hired is super gangly and tall, with crazy bedhead and gives off a very nerdy/weird vibe. My kind of people!

Last week when I was grocery shopping after getting off work he called me over and said, almost in amazement “You sure where a lot of Spiderman clothing”. Damn right I do! Spiderman is #1, no exceptions. We had a super long conversation about comics and Marvel movies and X-Men and all sorts of awesome stuff! It was actually so long I missed my bus and had to wait for the next one. Oops.

I’m just super excited though ‘cause I’ve made a lot of neat friends at work because of common interests (Meisha and tattoos, Nathan and Chef Darcy and tea, Andrew and Cheese, and of course Bobbi from Dollarama) but this is the first person I’ve been able to click with at Sobeys about something more “geeky”. Everyone else who’s noticed the nerd related stuff has just sort of playfully teased me about it. Yay nerd friends!

Fjellrev

It’s always neat to meet people in that way!

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Sipdown (119)!

Made the last of this one in my timolino to take for work – it was just as delicious this second time as it was the first time around. Definitely worth note that this one travels well! Though there were some flavor differences, there was less of a coconut flavor but the mango flavor was much stronger. It was equally pleasant to the flavor first time around!

I was working a file maintenance shift yesterday; one of the things I put sale tags up for was this new line of Gelato we’re carrying. What was one of the flavours? Mango Sticky Rice! Of course I 100% bought a tub. I haven’t tried it yet – but look forward to it!

Today’s word of the day is… Whodunit: “a narrative dealing with a murder or a series of murders and the detection of the criminal”.

Fjellrev

It that gelato made by Chapmans by any chance?

Roswell Strange

So I’m trying it out now; it tastes delicious and actually really similar to the tea (minus roasty notes); but the occasional piece of rice mixed in is weirding me out. Like, I KNOW it’s “Mango Sticky Rice” gelato but I didn’t expect the texture of actual rice.

Fjellrev

Would you say it’s worth trying? I tried their Amaretto Biscotti and it was pretty good, although I would have liked more flavour.

Roswell Strange

So I bought both Amaretto Biscotti and Sticky Rice Mango (‘cause sales!) and both are good (I REALLY love the pistachio in the biscotti one) but I think Sticky Mango Rice is better. But only if you’re cool with coconut ’cause I thought the coconut flavor was pretty strong.

Fjellrev

Yes! I wanted more pistachio in that one. Have you tried Compliments pistschio ice cream? It’s SO good.

And I love coconut, so you’ve talked me into picking it up sometime. :)

Roswell Strange

Yes! It’s perfection. I’ve tried a lot of the Compliments/Sensations ice cream/sorbet/froyo products ‘cause they’re just so easily accessible. Right now I’m also really big into the Pineapple/Lychee and Saskatoon Berry sorbet they sell…

Fjellrev

I haven’t seen those at my Sobey’s since it’s so freaking tiny but those both sound awesome.

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Cold Brew!

I cold brewed this one 100% to burn through the leaf quicker, because I thought I’d done enough experimentation to know pretty definitively that Keemun in general is not for me. Nothing against this tea in particular though.

But actually, I thought that this cold brew was an overwhelming improvement upon the hot version of this one; it’s like raisin infused rye bread and still has the smokey aspects that it did hot. Overall, it’s also a lot sweeter. I don’t know why this works so much better for me cold than it did hot though; it’s essentially just a redistribution of the same flavor notes. It was a nice discovery though! Now when I make this one cold brewed it’ll be 50% to burn through leaf faster and 50% for the taste.

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This last week seems to have been unintentionally themed around mango teas; it honestly feels like I’ve had more of them now than I have had in the last two or three months. That’s probably because I’m a picky person when it comes to mango, but because it’s such a summer flavor there’s a surplus of mango teas around which equates to more that I’m easily swayed into wanting to try out.

This one was done as a cold brew; it had a very natural and realistic mango flavour. I personally find that the actual fruit mango has a very pine like and sappy flavour. I know I’m not the only person to have observed this; and it seems to be commonly observed with unripe mangoes but even ripe ones have this flavour to me. However most teas with mango as an ingredient don’t seem to convey this flavour and as someone who always tastes it when they eat the fruit it makes me feel like something is missing. Thankfully, I did taste is here! While I loved it the vast majority of people might not given than mango ’isn’t supposed to taste like pine’.

There were also floral notes here, probably from the black base and I thought that added a nice depth to the flavour as well. While the fruit might not have had a robust, juicy flavour like I expected that didn’t stop this from feeling complete. I am, however, wary of how other people would feel about this; like mentioned it has that “undesirable” pine taste. It worked well for me, though.

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This is a queued tasting note.

Made this as soda! Watermelon is kind of the “ultimate” refreshing summer fruit flavour, so I thought it’d be perfect and tasty to turn the most natural tasting watermelon tea I’ve ever tasted into a fun, light soda to drink on the walk to work.

Well…

I’m convinced that when I was measuring out teaspoons of sugar for the syrup that I must have been using the 1 1/2 tsp. measurement because this was way, way too sweet and sugary which is definitely a problem I’ve not had with other tea sodas. It was cloying, and greatly disappointing. Also, I’ve always thought that this tea has really faint brown sugar notes to it naturally, but with the abundance of sweetness they seemed to almost attack you and were actually a little maple-y.

I’d retry this one though – just with less sugar, for sure.

Today’s word of the day? Neologism.

Neologism means: “A new word, meaning, usage or phrase.” I love it; I love that there’s a word for coming up with new words. How meta.

Fjellrev

Oh man, this would totally make an awesome tea soda. I haven’t gotten into making my own though. Soooo lazy.

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This is the tea that got me interested in Ette tea in the first place! The idea of mango and genmaicha is definitely very, very appealing. Really, any genmaicha with a twist gets me excited – it’s the first variety of green tea I ever really liked, and I’m still incredibly partial to it.

Dry, this is very roasty smelling with a distinct, and very fresh coconut aroma. I’m not getting much of the mango yet, but I can see several chunks of it in the dry leaf so I have faith that it’ll shop up in the flavor. For my preparation, I did a very quick 1 minute steep Western style in boiling hot water; I find that’s long enough to draw out the flavour, especially the roastier notes of a good Genmaicha, but not long enough for the brew to get bitter.

This method has worked well here; this has a very strong toasted rice flavor with absolutely no bitterness. It’s also accented by a lovely, clear toasted coconut flavour that pairs phenomenally with the rice and subtle vegetalness of the green tea. There’s also a slight creaminess to the coconut as well. There are some very light nutty notes as well, imparted both from the toasted rice and the green base. The black tea in the blend is a little less pronounced than the green; but I think that’s how it should be.

The mango is less obvious than anticipated, but still very much present and distinct; true to Ette Tea’s description of their blend it’s more show cased in the end of the sip and aftertaste and the sweet, tropical and fruity flavour it provides alongside the coconut does make me think of Thai food, though I don’t know if it specifically conjures up images of sticky rice. It’s delicious though!

This is an incredible tea, and while it’s not totally what I imagined it to be at this point I don’t think there’s a thing I’d change about it either. It’s very comforting, and because of the gentle wave of flavours both sweet and slightly savory I think it makes a really nice tea to curl up with at the end of the day. That said, unlike I would do with a conventional Genmaicha I think this would also work very well iced as something to take with you on a day out and about: the unconventional fruit flavors give this a little more life and lend themselves well to cold prep.

This is definitely my favourite Ette blend so far (something I feel like I’ve said with nearly all the Ette Teas as I’ve had them) and I would definitely buy more of this one!

ETTE TEA

We are really happy that you liked our interpretation of the quintessential Thai dessert! Favourite ETTE TEA blend so far – we will take that! Thank you for the beautiful review.

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Sipdown (113)!

Thank you Marzipan! I know this isn’t the pineapple tea you intended to send, but I still really enjoyed it.

So this was a blind tasting; meaning I didn’t look up anything about this tea prior to trying it. However, I definitely had major expectations for pineapple – even though I didn’t see anything but somewhat non-descript candied fruit pieces in the dry leaf whenever you hear “Hawaii” in a teas name pineapple is pretty well always the ‘go to’ assumption, am I right? Also, this was a cold brew because it definitely smelled very fruity and tropical and those are definitely the kind of flavours that lend themselves well to drinking cold.

Pineapple actually is the first flavour I taste; a very tropical, sweet pineapple without a lot of natural tang to it. I’m a pineapple fiend, so of course I’m craving much more pineapple flavor though the level it’s at is pretty good given it’s the more dominant flavor. It’s accompanied by a secondary fruit flavour but I’m struggling to identify it. It’s definitely not as distinct as the pineapple is. Mango maybe? The flavor of the base is about even to the flavour of the fruit. Overall this is a relatively juicy and very summery, but other wise not overly complex or nuanced. I think I’d appreciate a few more ingredients to add some more layers to the flavour. Dare I say it, coconut would probably go well or something floral like rose.

Also, since finishing I’ve looked up the ingredients and the secondary fruit flavor was apricot – looking back in hindsight I really don’t think that it tasted anything like apricot and I’m definitely sticking with my impression that the fruit notes were much more similar to a, perhaps over ripe, mango.

Apart from not being terribly spot on with the apricot flavouring, this is a pretty solid blend!

darby

You have all the cool teas today!

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Well, I said it’d be good with milk and so, of course, I took that as much to the extreme as I could and I made this up today as a latte! I must be calcium deficient or something because all I’ve been able to think of today is making things as lattes – at least I have some self restraint though.

It was phenomenal; I’ve been growing a little tired of straight black tea but this was different enough to keep me heavily pleased. It looked golden and it tasted golden; well, as much as a tea can taste like a colour. But seriously; very thick and creamy with really smooth honey and bread notes.

Very pleasant way to finish this one off, and I think it’ll be really memorable too.

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This is tasting note 2700! I missed 2666, which I’m definitely sad about because I bought the perfect tea for the occasion not long ago (Devil’s Mate). Boo!

There’s got to be a better way to word the “title” of this tea. As is, the way it’s put now is a complete mouthful and frankly quite stupid. For one, I had a really hard time pulling this one up in the search bar. Even cutting it down to “North Winds: Old Version” and “North Winds: New Version” would be so, so much better. I know we had a topic about this on the discussion board back in January, but the fact the title of this is still like this definitely is still a pet peeve.

Anyway, I bought this one back in November for Black Friday/Cyber Monday. I actually had forgotten when I purchased it that I’d already tried this before, though I just went back and read my review and it was favourable and I gave this a good rating too so I don’t know why it wasn’t as memorable. For the record, I’ve had this a few times since buying it as well – I just haven’t logged it, for whatever reason.

I like this one a lot though; it’s really consistent. Just like I remarked eight months ago when I first had it, it’s got a very complete, full bodied flavour with rich chocolate and baked bread notes and sweeter vanilla intertwined. I also think it’s at it’s best when it has naturally gone cold; it somehow tastes sweeter and smoother.

I think this one is a really strong candidate for operation “Make my own Monk’s blend” (which is definitely still going), particularly because it already has very natural vanilla notes and I think a strong enough flavour to support grenadine…

So look out for that review, I guess.

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Cold brew, but this time with double the leaf because I thought that the last one tasted rather weak.

This is probably the dumbest thing to complain about, but I almost felt like this tea had too clean of a taste; it was so fresh, and had very strong, sharp chlorophyll and to a just slightly lesser extent chlorine notes. On one hand it made me think of swimming at the overly chlorinated pool by my grandma’s house in the summer, with the groundskeeper always trimming the pool’s lawn RIGHT in the middle of swimming lessons. It’s nostalgic but also brings up feelings of annoyance; we always hated that the groundskeeper just had to mow the lawn then – it was super loud.

And, somehow, this is still kind of weak ’cause if I even just slightly get the flavor of something else in my mouth, like lunch of work for example, than it gets really drowned out and just tastes like really, really clean water.

Hmm…

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Hello;

My name is Kelly. I’m a barely twenty tea drinker and reviewer living in Saskatchewan, Canada. I started drinking loose leaf fairly casually nearly two years ago, and at some point between then and now that ‘fun little hobby’ turned into a serious obsession.

You know you’ve got it bad when you get your hobby tattooed to your arm.

Typically I drink flavoured blends more that straight but one of my mini goals this year is to get that ratio to a more 50/50 level. I do a daily cold brew, and have at least (but usually a lot more) two hot cups of tea every day. Naturally I lean towards black or white blends, but I WILL drink everything; the last half year or so I’ve been challenging myself by further exploring Oolong and Pu’Erh which are the tea types I know the least about overall.

My default for preparation is Western Style with zero additives (the exception being matcha which I drink in straight milk with no additives); so unless I mention otherwise you can assume that’s how I’ve prepared my tea!

Favourite flavours/ingredients: Pear, Lychee, Cranberry, Cream, Melon, Pineapple, Malt, Roasty

Least favourite flavours/ingredients:
Lemongrass, ginger/“Chai” in general, raisins, overly vegetal, chamomile, sometimes mango or peach

I also have a severe allergy to mushrooms; as such I do not drink Kombucha teas!

Currently exploring/looking to try: Straight Pu’Erh or Dark/Roasted Oolong, Sweet Potato flavoured blends, and anything with Goji berries

I also write reviews for SororiTea Sisters! Typically what I post there is more edited, focused and expanded reviews of what I’m posting here. Unless I was sent a tea specifically to review for the blog, I will post here first.

If the tea was sent to me specifically to review there then the full review will only be posted there, and my Steepster review will just contain a snippet of the review and a link to the full review on the SS site.

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