2549 Tasting Notes
Thanks muchly Cameron B. for sending some bags of this my way! It was super thoughtful of you to remember how much of a pineapple fiend I am – and I’m been curious about Lupicia’s flavoured Barley teas for a while that worked out even better!
- Haven’t had a ton of success with barley tea in the past
- It usually comes out really bitter tasting to me
- But I do love pineapple, so…
- Actually the best barley tea I’ve had yet: very roasty with juicy pineapple
- Like a pineapple infused coffee? Pineapple Coffee Knock Off, maybe?
- Can’t shake this weird “fish” smell though?
- Smelled it in the dry leaf immediately and just thought I was being crazy…
- But it carried into the steeped smell too
- It’s not in the taste, but I DEFINITELY smell it and it’s weird
– And sadly, it is kind of making the whole cup less enjoyable than it’d be otherwise
I’m pretty sure this was my last white blend from Octavia Tea; and I cold brewed it because it seemed like the kind of sweet but “lighter” fruit blend that works well as a cold brew or iced tea. Ideally, I was kind of looking for something that’d work during summer or spring to sip on the walk to work, or in the backyard.
- Base was more present in this one than any other white from Octavia Tea
- Hay and grass notes with some honeysuckle
- Something about the flavourings was a bit muddled
- More pear than melon, but I guess both were present
- Good overall, but not shockingly impressive?
- The fruit just wasn’t as strong as I expected
So this wasn’t a huge “miss” but not what I was looking for/expecting, either. So overall out of just the white blends I tried, I think I’d most likely to order the Mango Sorbet or Acai Berry (I REALLY liked the Acai Berry) and, surprisingly, I kind of find myself thinking back fondly to the Ginger Peach as well so maybe a small portion of that as well.
This one I definitely had on the 23rd.
I’m sure because that was the day I stopped at the liquor store after work and loaded up on booze I totally didn’t need. I counted the other day, and I have ten different kinds of alcohol in my house currently. Tre thinks I have a problem. Trust me, I’ve had problems with different types of things before – I do not have a problem. Just a healthy appreciation for alcohol – which is more than acceptable given my age.
But yeah; all that to say that on the 23rd I got really hammered and not a lot of tea was consumed. I made a rum Spiked Eggnog ‘cause ’tis the season (and I got the measurements wrong and it was REALLY strong), had a few beers, and drank this with some Apple Pie Schnapps in it. I’m sort of really having to work hard to find things that the Apple Pie will mix with – it just doesn’t go with any of the drinks I’ve got at home…
I actually didn’t add a lot because I didn’t want to mask the flavour of the tea completely, I just wanted to sort of enhance/strengthen the “Apple Crumble” flavour I get with this one since it sometimes brews up weaker/watery, and the nut flavours occasionally seem more strong than the apple. What I got was perfectly, and truly apple pie: sweet and somewhat tart apple, nuts, butter notes, and a flaky pastry crust. So, it was super delicious. SUPER delicious.
Drank this one… On the 23rd? It was definitely a little while back, anyway.
I personally have had zero success with the other two/three cola teas I’ve tried (the DT Cola one, Della Terra’s Cherry Cola Chocolate Cake or whatever it was, and Red Leaf’s Cola Matcha) so don’t ask me while I deliberately requested this one from Cameron B. when I was really confidant I’d hate it. I guess maybe because Cola seems like such a stretch for a Guayusa blend, and I wanted to have faith.
And you know what, while there was never a moment of “Oh. My God. This. Is. So. Good.” it did work for me, and was definitely enjoyable. I thought that the balance between Lime/Cola/Base was very even and, unlike other Cola teas I’ve had, the flavouring in this one certainly did NOT taste chemical or like some sort of high grade cleaner. Definite plus, obviously. What the cola flavour did remind me of was those gummy coke bottle candies. Mmm!
This was my first Bluebird Tea, and since I had this one I’ve had a few others and I can definitely say my experience with this companie’s blends thus far has definitely been more positive than negative – so when I start looking into ordering more seriously, this will be in consideration depending on how many other guayusa blends I have on hand at the time.
Last night Tre and I went and saw the most recent Night At The Museum movie. It certainly wasn’t a cinematographic masterpiece by any stretch, but it was really good and had some very funny moments – and not gonna lie I teared up every time Robin Williams was on screen because I am a mushy, sappy baby.
The entire evening was free; a combination of Scene Points (yay scene program!) and gift cards from Christmas paid for the whole evening. Which was awesome. So awesome. I used to watch five or more movies a week in theatres when I worked for Cineplex, and now I’m lucky if I see one every three months. Movies are EXPENSIVE.
I indulged; theatre food for the night included a bag of Sweet/Sour Lifesaver gummy candies, large popcorn, large Nestea, large Cherry Sorbet (from Yogen; man I miss Yogen), and my favourite “conncoction”; a Sweet Potato poutine which ketchup popcorn shaker dissolved into the gravy. Btdubbs guys; Cineplex is fucking awesome for using a soy based gravy because then it’s safe for vegetarians like me to use, and I LOVE poutine.
So definitely a fun night overall.
Last tea of the night, last night.
Definitely still morning today.
Made this one in a timolino and was going to drink it at the movies last night but I actually did end up ordering a drink and that was enough for me to not need to crack into my smuggled in tea – so I enjoyed it after we were home.
I can’t believe I’m still working on sipping this down. It’s easily one of my oldest teas – good news is that I’m almost done it now, and I just moved the tin into the kitchen to focus on sipping this one down. I do enjoy it, but at the rate I drink it it’s not worth keeping around or restocking.
Anyway; timolino with milk. Made for a creamy cup of cinnamon frosting which was tasty and nice to end the night on! Didn’t get that “Cream Cheese” icing note I used to, though. Maybe that’s from flavour deterioration, but I think it could also be from my palate changing/developing over time.
I didn’t message my jot notes to myself this morning (that’s like the second Calendar Club shift in a row I’ve done that) so there wont be any real progress on my queue today given I can’t for the life of me remember what I had back on the 23rd. What I do remember is what I’m drinking now, and what I had yesterday so I’m just going to write backwards today, starting with what I’m currently drinking at work.
I recieved samples of this one from VariaTEA and Cameron B. although this cup is coming from what Cameron B. sent to me. I have to confess that I strongly love and hate that this doesn’t have any “confirmed” ingredients. That drives me nuts and has left me feeling conflicted about this blend from the start. I imagine somewhere the blender for this one is reading all the reviews for it and laughing their ass off at all the descriptions that are so different.
Me personally? I’m getting a definitely Stone Fruit vibe from this one and I want to kind of narrow that down to Peach/Apricot, and then also some citrus like oranges, and maybe banana? Definitely a very fruity blend in my opinion. Like an unconventional fruit salad? I see peppercorns in my dry leaf – but don’t taste them personally. I’m pretty happy about that.
So yeah, I’m enjoying the flavours in this one and it’s nice – but again, drives me mad I can’t go a check now how “far off” my impression of this one is. Which makes my head hurt, a little, thinking about it.
PS. Happy Birthday Cam!
Flavors: Apricot, banana, Orange, Peach, Stonefruits, Vanilla
I wasn’t joking about Butiki “scent” notes tonight. Welp.
I got a sample of this one from one of the Torontonians; I don’t remember which one of them provided it in the end. Some crazy part of me convinced myself I wanted this despite not really liking Lapsang at all in the first place. Smelling it now, I’m even more confused why I thought I needed this one. Smells like leather and tobacco.
Side Note: Last time I was in DT, the gentleman ahead of me ordered a Lapsang Souchong latte which sounds DISGUSTING to me, though to be fair I am the person who tried a Lapsang Souchong Tea Soda – so really who am I to judge.
So, thank you whoever shared this one – but right now I feel like I may be putting off trying it…
Ok, but like really just ignore me tonight because apparently I am in the mood to write “tasting notes” about the smells of Butiki blends I haven’t even steeped up tonight. Seriously though, I’m in an odd mood and I feel like I’m making “important” observations about these teas that I wont remember if I don’t write them now…
So, this smells like my Grandma’s Closet. And please, please Stacy don’t take offense to that because I REALLY don’t mean it to be a negative thing. What I mean is like, you know how older people use like moth balls and stuff to keep there fancy “duds” all fresh? Well, as a kid when we went to visit my Grandma me and my brother and cousin would all play hide and go seek – and my absolute favourite place in the world to hide was in my Grandma’s closet with this big sliding door and just enough space for it to be “walk in” for a six year old.
I’d hide in the back and bury my face in all of her clothes which smell awesome ‘cause in all the pockets she had these moth ball sort of things, except they were hard and plastic and instead of smelling like, well, moth balls they just smelled sweet and fresh and kind of candy like with, like, a floral quality from her perfume? And so when I say that this tea smells like my Grandma’s closet I mean that it smells like nostalgia and hide and go seek, and nice comforting things! And also lots of star anise, because that’s definitely a thing in this tea. Definitely.
But yeah, ignore me. Because “scent” notes are not a real thing.
I’m not drunk. I swear.
Ignore me because this isn’t even a real tasting note and it’s terribly out of order and blah blah blah…But I just got home from the movies (Tre and I saw Night At The Museum 3; it was great and the Robin Williams scenes made me want to cry) and am just now cracking into the tea stuff I picked up from Kittenna today that she delivered when we had tea (I had such a good time; and the Tea House was cool, and gosh you’re pretty and fuck I can’t believe I forgot to pay you!) and entering those in to my cupboard.
I opened up the package to smell this one and the other Butiki blends in there – it may be the power of suggestion from seeing it in the flavours list at the top of the page for this one, but damn I smell the dill! WHAT!? Dill? In oolong? No way. I’m totally just being influenced by the power of suggestion and what have you, but damn.
Need to try this. Asap.