1939 Tasting Notes
So this is my most drank tea…
As of this tasting note I’ve reviewed it on Steepster 16 times, and I know I’ve definitely had it before and not logged it – so I’m guessing that calling it my “most had tea” is actually probably really accurate to reality. It’s just so damn good! And who’d have thought that a blueberry tea would go over so well with me, given my dislike for blueberries “irl”? Not me, that’s who.
Anyway, this type I had it in my timolino and by the time I got to it the tea had gone close to stone cold – but it was still delicious that way, in fact it was kinda blueberry juice fresh, uhh, “squeezed” from the berry. I don’t think that’s the right wording, but you get the idea. Very fresh and natural tasting! Mmm!
So I cold brewed the last of the sample from Dexter and I have to admit that I did like the cold brew more so than the hot cup I had earlier in the week; I found that the pineapple flavour and strong green oolong base were both really present still but the weird, highly buttery (like popcorn butter) notes weren’t as noticeable, so I felt that on the whole I could enjoy this one more so as a cold brew.
That said, this isn’t a tea I would want to order for myself and I’m perfectly fine not having it again; I’m thankful for the chance to try it though because I would have been so very curious otherwise!
Had a craving for this one, which is odd because it’s one I’ve kinda lost interest in overtime (kinda just like VariaTEA has, I guess) but overall probably a good thing I was craving it given how much I still have left to get through.
I prepared it in my timolino and added milk to it, and thankfully it tied everything together really nicely – this one has a bit of a tendency to venture into “hand lotion” territory because of the coconut/lavendar combination, but instead this was really, really calming silky coconut with lavendar as a nice accent with honey notes.
Smooth and relaxing. Remind me to finish this one off with milk! Not so bad at all!
Cold Brewed this one!
Sadly my tin of this is getting kinda noticeably scarce and given this is one I want to continue to stock that means I’m probably going to start rationing it soon – so this latest cold brew might be the last I have of this one for a while because I don’t particularly want to run out of another Della Terra blend (this and PUDC) and then have to wait forever before I restock.
The logic is sound; at least in my head. Don’t question me on it.
Anyway, this cold brew was delish! Very creamy and silky with a rich lime flavour that was just sour/tart enough to pop but without sacrificing the sweetness. So glad I still really love this one!
Was inspired to make a cup of this late into the evening after reblogging a chain of Silver Needle photos on Tumblr; and this was serene and calming, with a noticeable cream flavour alongside the soothing jasmine – a flavour note which has not been prominent in past infusions of this blend.
A sample from 221Tea that I tried out a few nights ago. Plan was to cold brew, which I definitely still intend on doing, I just realized I had enough leaf for a hot cup too.
Unfortunately the hot cup didn’t impressed me that much; it was like very weak, slightly wood chipp-y cinnamon water with a flat, generic fruitiness. I don’t know if I understeeped, though I definitely didn’t underleaf. I’m thinking this is probably just another Teavana let down. Oh well, it’s not like I had high hopes anyway.
Maybe my cold brew’ll go over better.
Ooh, progress! I love watching my cupboard numbers go down…
But yeah; this one wasn’t so impressive. Maple? Ehh, a little. But it was pretty astringent/bitter and there was this weird sorta sour but also sweet flavour that definitely was not maple and I can’t place it. It’s not that whatever that weird flavour was tasted all that offensive or gross, it just didn’t mesh with everything else and it left me feeling really distracted through the whole mug.
Oh well, thank you VariaTEA for the sample even if it wasn’t super awesome. I’m happy to have tried it anyway.
In my timolino!
Definitely a delicious energy booster, as always. I made it on Sunday because I had an early morning shift (I hate Sundays – I always start work way too early) and I figure I’d need the energy, and I was pretty correct. It was delicious, earthy mate with coffee, chocolate, hazelnut, and deep thick toffee notes. Yummy!
Sunday was actually a pretty sad day overall though; it was the last day of two of the store employees. Ludmila a sweet, caring woman who immigrated to Canada about two years ago from Russia and who basically learned English solely through working at the store quit/resigned – it was heart breaking to see her go; she was supporting three children with this job, and the company basically bullied her into quitting by cutting her hours down every week to the point where staying wasn’t a reasonable option for her and her family. It was a really emotional last day for her.
And then Benjamin, who only worked part time on the weekends, is a university student who I really, really liked working with because he’s SUPER fun and nerdy and he understands my stupid English Literature jokes, and drinks a lot, and watches Big Brother! The company let him go because we didn’t have enough weekend hours to continue employing him if he couldn’t also work weekdays.
As a sort of parting goodbye/farewell thing Bobbi (the other keyholder) and I decided to buy a cake for everything working during the day and have a sort of goodbye party in the staffroom. I think it was just what everyone really needed.
So whatshesaid may be my favourite person of the week!
I had pretty much given up on ever having this beautiful, amazing, cold brewed tea again given I ran out what feels like ages ago, and this one is discontinued – but being a fabulous person she sent me more and I’m now reveling in cold brewed coconut deliciousness!
Seriously, I feel like I’ve been reacquainted with a long lost lover – this is still an amazing, refreshing and crisp coconut tea and I’m so, so happy to have more!