3839 Tasting Notes
Commute Tea (from yesterday)!
Added a splash of vanilla coffee creamer to my brewed up tea, largely just to cool it down enough to drink right away. It did wonders for the flavour though. Normally this is pretty decadent on it’s own; it has great cocoa, cinnamon, and earthy flavours and a solid level of sweetness. But with the creamer added it drowned out the earthy notes just a little, and drew out the cocoa and cinnamon while making the mouthfeel a lot more thick/rich and even adding a kind of caramel note on top of the creamy vanilla. It was like some sort of super high end cocoa, but with the benefit of having the roasty mate and that caffeine kick I needed so early in the morning.
Normally I nurse my mug of tea throughout the whole bus ride (half hour) to work, but this was gone not even a third of the way into the trip. And then I sort of just felt kind of sad? Just ’cause I wanted so much more of this…
This is a queued tasting note.
Eight steep Gong Fu session in the experimental Houjicha yixing pot! It’s hard to say whether or not this pot is coming along super nicely as it’s not used too frequently, but the session was solid regardless.
I got a lot of flack during this session; my boyfriend was over while I was brewing the tea and he kept making fun of the size of the pot and the fact I was feeding the leftover bit of tea in the pitcher to my tea pet. It makes me sad that he doesn’t get it; but at least he respects it, and that’s what counts I suppose.
The tea was lovely; this houjicha has the perfect roast in my opinion. It’s toasty, and has a really nice nutty profile with a sweetness to the finish but you can still faintly taste the grassier, marine tones of the green tea in the background – especially in later infusions. Tea pleb boyfriend can’t differentiate any of this: to him it just smells “like tea”. I have a hard time thinking back to when I too shared this over simplification. It’s been so long. I guess it’s kind of like coffee to me, now. I can’t pick out ‘flavour notes’ or nuances of coffee: to me it’s just coffee.
Non tea related, Kyle and I started watching Narcos that same night – pretty interesting, though I’m not getting into it as quickly as he is. Lazy Netflix couch cuddles are the best; and he does this thing where he caresses my arm as we’re cuddling, and it’s the sweetest thing. I don’t know why, but it’s so comforting. I just feel totally safe to be vulnerable with him and honestly, it’s been a while since I’ve felt that way around anyone…
This review is for the Caribbean Crush infused Milk Chocolate Bar as sold by DAVIDsTEA…
…which can be seen here: https://www.davidstea.com/ca_en/milk-chocolate-with-caribbean-crush
Sadly, I wasn’t impressed by this tea when I tried it iced and I’m not really impressed with it now as a chocolate bar. I really only taste the milk chocolate; I know that sometimes the flavours in the chocolate bars are subtle/nuanced but that’s not the case with this one. It’s just milk chocolate with “bits” in it, and the bits don’t even have much flavour as you’re biting into them. That makes for a pretty expensive milk chocolate bar…
Chocolate bar rating? 40…
This review is for the Just Peachy infused Milk Chocolate Bar as sold by DAVIDsTEA…
…which can be seen here: https://www.davidstea.com/ca_en/just-peachy-milk-chocolate-bar
Bringing Just Peachy back as part of the permanent collection is probably the best thing that DAVIDsTEA has done in a long time; it’s currently one of my favourite herbals that they offer/have offered and I’ve been rationing my tin of it pretty hard core. So, I definitely stopped into the store to buy more! Hello Summer cold brews!
And, of course, they’re offering a Just Peachy infused chocolate bar so I had to buy that too. Personally, I would have liked to have seen it paired with white chocolate to draw out the vanilla notes in the blend and create more of a “Peaches and Cream” profile. However, the milk chocolate isn’t bad either. It does fall into the trap of texture issues that is a dime a dozen when it comes to these bars: there are some pretty hard peach bits in the bar. The flavour is subtle: think your typical milk chocolate with a soft, peachy undertone. I found I was best able to experience/appreciate by breaking the chocolate into smaller pieces and letting it melt on my tongue rather than chewing it/chomping down. So, basically, chocolate first and then peach notes.
Not bad, but I did like it and appreciated that the flavour was a bit more nuanced. Is it worth the price tag attached? Well, like I normally observe, not really – but I’m happy to bite the bullet and find that out for everyone. Chocolate bar rating? 70.
This review is for the Movie Night infused White Chocolate bar as sold by DAVIDsTEA…
…which can be viewed here: https://www.davidstea.com/ca_en/white-chocolate-with-movie-night
Has anyone watched Hemlock Grove? The roomies and I have decided that we want to have a “roommate” show for all of us to watch together and that’s the one we picked because none of us had seen it and it was decently rated. We’re on episode three right now and we’re all just so confused? Is Roman fucking his cousin? ARE there angels? Are the Godfrey’s basically just vampires? NO ONE IS SAYING THE WORD VAMPIRE. What the hell is Shelley? The show is just making my head hurt so much…
But anyway; ‘Movie Night’ chocolate is still appropriate for a ‘Netflix Night’ with the roomies, right? ‘Cause that’s what my thought process was…
- Buttery in a borderline over the top way; but not quite past that line
- The butteryness comes from the popcorn and the chocolate
- The apple seems a bit more tart next to the creamy chocolate
- Which makes it stand out a lot more than it does in the tea
- Little “puffs” of popcorn are delightful to bite into
- The apple is spongey and soft too; so this has the best texture of the DT chocolate bars
- This is just AMAZING overall
Honestly, this is probably my favourite of ALL the tea infused chocolate bars I’ve had from DAVIDsTEA. It’s the only one I’ve actually wanted to buy again, and probably will buy again if my store doesn’t run out of it: they can never seem to keep the chocolate in stock. The flavour pairing is just spot on; and I’m a total sucker for white chocolate.
Rating for the chocolate bar? A solid 90.
Yes, this is definitely better brewed hot! I still think the flavour is mostly peach and nectarine, but I’m actually tasting sweet, ripe red cherries this time as well which is kid of what I was looking for in the first place. As well, there isn’t that sort of “dusty” white tea taste this time around; the flavours seem brighter and more, I don’t know, ‘polished’? It’s a tiny bit like drinking the syrup from canned fruit cocktail…
Anyway, point is that it’s much better! I feel good about being able to raise my rating on this one, as this mug was really enjoyable. From 63 to 73.
Cold Brew Sipdown (136)!
Well, this is the last of the Summer Collection. So far, I’ve been (surprisingly) most impressed by Pom Diggity, but I also really liked Luscious Watermelon. I may grab more of both, depending on how long the collection is sticking around for. I feel like this is a tea I could love or hate; pineapple and coconut? Fuck yeah! But the green tea base and chamomile? No thanks…
Like a lot of DAVIDsTEA blends lately, this tastes pretty familiar? It’s like a cross between Tropicalia, which I ADORED, and Grilled Pineapple, which I disliked quite a bit. The pineapple flavour is really strong and sweet, like the sugary pineapple juice from canned/jarred pineapple tidbits. I can also taste the mango, which is definitely giving this a more tropical vibe but it’s pretty tame in comparison to the very bright pineapple. The coconut is much lighter than I’d have expected from the dry aroma; I taste it but it’s a background flavour.
Thankfully, the chamomile didn’t make much of an impression on the overall flavour. I don’t know what it could have been expected to add? Chamomile is a flavour I often associate with “bedtime” blends and softer flavours, something tropical like this tea seems really out of place.
Overall, not a bad blend but nothing mind boggling. I still need to find my “perfect” pineapple tea, and this is not it.
Hot end of the night mug;
Mostly got the caramel sweetness from this mug and not a whole lot of the nutty flavours. The base also come off very strongly, so there’s was a woody taste to each sip. It wasn’t a bad mug by any stretch but I wasn’t super into it either so I just tossed the last third of the mug.
Also, decreasing my rating from a 76 to a 71.
Thank you Scheherazade for the sample!
I like peppermint tea, but not sure if I like the liquorice paired with it? It’s very, very sweet and kind of overwhelming? I basically went through waves of “this is pretty good” to moments of “yuck, too sweet!”. I’d definitely never be able to add sugar to this one…
But overall it was decent enough; I think I’ll just need to use a shorter steep time because I think a lighter cup could be quite nice.