2982 Tasting Notes
Well, I didn’t work on any of the tasting notes in my queue today; but at least I didn’t add any to it either. So we’ll call it a productive day in that regard…
Finishing this one off tonight hot; I’ve now tried it a total of three different ways: Iced, Tea Soda and this way. It’s strange I never got around to doing it cold brewed; that’s become my ‘go to’ prep method. Tea Soda was definitely my favourite way I had this but I’m enjoying it hot too. It’s very, very peachy – like Fuzzy Peach candies. Unlike the tea soda version, however, the tartness/sourness is present too. This is the first incarnation of the blend where I’ve really gotten any significant tartness. I don’t think I’d enjoy it regularly, but it’s at a pretty reasonable level.
Probably, definitely picking up at least 25g more of this – but I could see myself getting a significant amount more if I can clear up a little tin space.
This was my daily cold brew; but as previously mentioned in today’s tasting notes I had the worst migraine ever, and honestly I ended up paying next to no attention to the flavour of the tea. Instead I kind of downed the whole 25 oz. in like three minutes because Tre suggested maybe I was hydrated from not drinking anything yet all day (this was my first tea of the day; but really also the first food I had all day), and that the caffeine would also help get rid of the headache.
Obviously neither ‘staying hydrated’ or caffeine helped much ‘cause the migraine continued to go on for another whole nine hours. What do I remember from the taste? Uhh, I briefly remember thinking “this is a lot better than the hot version I tried” – but I can’t pinpoint any specific flavours either.
Sorry VariaTEA hopefully I do a better job with the last cup worth of tea I’ve got left, ‘cause so far I’ve not had success with this tea taste wise but also in relation to reviewing…
My migraine is finally letting up, ten hours later… Shoot me.
Finished off this sample from TheLastDodo as a cashew milk latte today. I don’t know if I didn’t enjoy it as much as anticipated because of the latte itself or because of the headache, but regardless while it was tasty it wasn’t satisfying.
The spearmint, fennel, and chamomile flavours really popped though; much more than they did as a straight tea, but the chocolate which I thought really made the flavour was very masked by the nuttyness of the cashew milk. However, the thinner mouthfeel I noted with my last cashew milk latte didn’t seem to be a problem here; so either I’m just getting used to the change in texture or, well, I don’t know what else – I’m just saying that it worked a lot better with this tea.
Overall, not sure where I stand with this one. I really liked the straight version; but this wasn’t the same at all – and it makes me a little concerned that it’s not because of the cashew milk, but because it just brews up inconsistently.
Pretty sure my landlord has an evil, evil sixth sense.
I’ve been curled up on my couch all day with one of the worst migraines I’ve ever had in my whole life; I can only think of one time when my head hurt worse than it does now. I’ve left the couch a total of three times todays; to get advil, to take a hot shower, and to make tea. What’s he doing? FUCKING VACUUMING THE SHAG CARPET ON THE STAIRS AND RIGHT OUTSIDE THE DAMN LIVING ROOM DOOR! Why is it that he only does loud things when I’m either A) hungover or B) have a terrible, terrible headache.
Anyway; this was something I picked out to drink because it “supposedly” helps relieve chronic headaches. I’m not buying it; it’s simply just not doing the trick. Oh well, at least it tastes good.
I don’t work until late this afternoon today, so I’m enjoying having time to write a few reviews and even drink an early morning cup of tea! This sample comes from TheLastDodo, and I’ve been dying to try it since getting it but I haven’t had much of a chance to sit down and really properly drink and review it until today. Unless you count hangover days; but I don’t like to waste good tea on bad hangovers…
I can’t get over the look of the dry leaf; I never actually had Crimson Horizon (the base) and this is the first tea I’ve had with this sort of “pellet” shaped leaf. It reminds me of the little food pellets that my little sister has to feed her pet frog Miracles with…
The taste is far from frog food though, thankfully. The grapefruit is really distinct; definitely takes up a lot of the top notes. I recognize the flavour quite clearly from Boomstick. It’s really good; and validates the decision to have this as a breakfast tea today. It’s a bit bitter, not totally unexpected from grapefruit but paired with the almost equally distinct taste of brown sugar it works well. The body of the sip has some nice maltier notes from the base tea and some lighter molasses notes, and the finish is a cross between burnt sugar and really sweet brown sugar.
I’m kind of missing the ‘custard’ element of Creme Brulee; to me that’s a pretty integral part of Creme Brulee flavour but I think otherwise this pretty perfectly conveys exactly what it’s meant to. I’ll have fun finishing it off! I have enough leaf left for one more cup and I’m definitely leaning towards a cup with milk – I think that might help partly feel the hole from where the custard flavour should be.
Today’s word of the day is…
Hebetude, which is “The state of being dull : lethargy”.
So I tried an in store sample of this, but was pretty unimpressed by it – something about the dry smell really interested me though, so I decided to still purchase some to try at home. When I got home and was trying to decide how to prepare this one it hit me that it smelled very juicy and sweet and that those flavours would probably apply well to tea soda. So that’s how I’m trying this one!
And really, wow. The flavour change between my own prepared tea soda and the weak iced sample I had in store is dramatic. Based on the iced sample, I wouldn’t have been inclined to buy this but going purely off the tea soda I’d say I would 100% pick up at least a little more to try and recreate the flavour.
The peach is very strong, fresh, and sticky sweet tasting. I’d describe it as Fuzzy Peaches meet Peach Bellini meets Peach Schnapps, and you all know how much I love my peach schnapps. It does a great job of navigating away from overly artificial or cloying territory though.
The touch of sweeter but also slightly tart green apples stops this from being totally monotone in flavor, but really that secondary flavour is all this needs – the absence of blackberry doesn’t disappoint me. This is just a simple, fun tisane that’s incredibly hydrating and energetic with the peach candy flavour. I can’t get enough of this one; and just writing about this tisane soda has me craving it again so badly; I’m sure a restock will be in my future – I think the question is just how much I’ll be picking up.
Thank you TheLastDodo for the sample! I’m not too big on chamomile, but I was definitely curious about this one anyway. And, I promise that’s not a bad pun.
Steeped this one up hot last night; it’s a lot softer than I expected and very, very smooth. The chocolate is the focus here and it’s accented quite nicely by the cinnamon and the fennel which are subtle but add a delicate, sweet spicyness. The natural malt from the Laoshan Black is delicious; and the spearmint creeps in right at the finish to add a lovely, refreshing coolness. Also, thankfully, I can’t taste the chamomile!
All in all, this was a great tea for the end of the night! It had a rich flavour, but not an in your face one and with the chocolate and mint pairing it made me think of a really fancy, well executed tea version of an After Eight chocolate. Mmm!
Ah DAVIDsTEA, your love of coconut is so predictable. I’m pretty sure no one was surprised by the inclusion of an obviously coconut focused blend this season. What did surprise me, however, was the classification of this tea. It’s got honeybush listed as the first ingredient which to me says that it’s the ingredient in the largest quantity and yet this is still listed as a herbal/tisane and not classed as a rooibos/honeybush blend? That confuses me a lot. I’d really like a break down of the thought process that took place here.
Also surprisingly, I had the perfect excuse to do a cold brew for this one and instead I found myself brewing it up as a hot tea! It was alright; the most dominant flavor was the honeybush which again begs the question ‘why did you class this as a herbal!?" but it was pretty equally matched by the strong flavour of both fresh coconut and toasted coconut. I actually did expect a little more coconut flavor because DT had the biggest excuse to go all out here, but I’m happy with the level that’s present. Yummy! It definitely reminds me of coconut ice, minus the ice part. But the crisp, fresh flavor is really well conveyed.
Also, COCOA SHELLS! I’m really happy that DT hopped on board with the love of cocoa shells here because they do such a better job at conveying a smooth chocolate flavour than chocolate chips would have done; plus no oily chocolate goop! Their use here was definitely a smart decision, though I did find the flavour mild in comparison to everything else going on and I don’t know if the blend would have been lacking had chocolate not been included at all. I think they contribute more to the aroma than the taste itself.
I liked this one; probably would have liked it better cold but I wanted to switch things up a bit and be less predictable with my preparation. I’m sure I’ll happily finish off the rest of my trial sample though I do doubt I’ll pick more up afterwards because while this was tasty I just don’t think it was different enough to warrant a need for me. Coconut lover will be all over this one, though. I’m sure it’s gonna do really well.
Cold Brew Sipdown (118)!
This is the blend I was least interested in from the Summer Collection, but because it’s gotten the best reviews of the three new blends thus far I decided it’d be the one I started with for my own home prep.
Dry I think this has a really intense aroma, and it reminds me a lot of Lipsmacker’s Strawberry Kiwi flavour. It’s very over the top, and really candy sweet. And as long as this doesn’t mysteriously pick up a ‘waxy’ taste then I think that’s a good thing because candy is obviously what DT was going for. I’m not totally sure where I’m getting strawberry from though since that is definitely not one of the ingredients in this: but it’s distinctly strawberry and NOT cherry or cranberry.
Steeped up and strained this has a powerful flavour; it’s incredibly sweet with just a hint of tartness. The first thing I noticed was actually the absence of a flavor – coconut in this case. DAVIDsTEA is really heavy handed with coconut as an ingredient, in fact three out of five of this seasons blends have coconut as an ingredient! It’s only the returning blends that don’t, and I can’t help but wonder if they were maybe so popular because of the lack of coconut. I definitely anticipated the coconut to be strong though – and I’m not getting it at all. It’s really weird, actually. And thinking about it, I don’t remember seeing any coconut shreds in the measured out leaf either.
The first flavor I’m actually tasting though is the kiwi – it’s much strong than I thought it would be. It’s followed closely behind by very plump, juicy cherry, cranberry and – yes, strawberry notes too. It tastes A LOT like Strawberry Kiwi Lipsmacker, no matter how hard I try to shake the comparison. Another popular comparison with this one is Jolly Ranchers; both cherry and watermelon. I can understand the comparison, but I don’t necessarily agree with it. Although, it’s reminding me a lot of a summer cold brew favourite of mine: Prickly Pear from Tea Desire, and now that I’m thinking about it not only do both teas have intense kiwi flavour but Prickly Pear also has a rich melon flavour so maybe I am subconsciously drawing melon comparisons too.
I may be the first ‘negative’ review of this one though; while I didn’t think it was bad I did think that ultimately there was too much going on about about half way through my cold brew I was just getting really sick of the intense sweetness and artificial fruit flavours. I get why it’s getting good reviews so far, it’s different from a lot of other tisanes from DT; but I’d call myself neutral at best. It’s not going to be a restock for me.
This one was my other ‘top pick’ for what to try for my first ever Cashew Milk latte, but I ended up going with Tea Desire’s Sweet Toffee instead. I still might do this one though; I can see the flavours pairing quite well.
Instead I made this up as a cold brew; the almond and cranberry both came through strongly but the vanilla less so. It was really hydrating, but not nearly as satisfying as usual but I’m almost 100% sure that’s because I’m hungover. I think my taste/palate is off whenever I’m hungover; last time I was hungover I was craving floral/perfumey potpourri teas non-stop. That’s definitely not where my tastes normally lean when sober…
Regardless; I appreciated having this strained and ready to go in the fridge when I got home this morning. Tea makes everything better – even hangovers.