2998 Tasting Notes
Cold Brew Sipdown (114)!
I’m still not really into this tea, but at least the cold brew had a bit more presence to it. I thought it had really weighty, earthy Pu’Erh top notes that made it feel a bit more commanding, and a little bit of a sweet body. It was still nothing like described though – and of all the Ette Blends easily the worst.
However, the Ette group order was a really, really good experience overall! I really liked, Lychee Konnyaku and Mango Sticky Rice – and though I’m still finishing off Pandan Chiffon, it’s been really solid too. All three of those blends are ones I’d consider ordering again if I was a more rich person.
This is a queued tasting note.
Summer is finally here guys! How do I know? The store got the first shipment of good summer fruit; though I mean good as in good quality, not good as in personal favourite fruit. Except I kind of do mean that too; we got passion fruit! The fruit I’ve been searching Saskatoon for since moving! I bought ten of then yesterday. I’m prepared to overload on passion fruit!
I grabbed a very small sample of this from DAVIDsTEA when I was picking up the Summer Collection – only 8g. The sales associate, whom is new to my location and doesn’t know me yet, tried to convince me to get more (“It’s a heavy blend”) but I definitely did not want more. I just want a taste to see if it’s as disappointing as I’ve heard. One of the associates who does know me pretty well was sort of snickering as she tried to up sell me.
To be fair, I’ve looked down on this one since getting it; I just don’t expect DT to have the same quality matcha base as I’ve gotten used to from Red Leaf Tea, and I hate that this is sweetened with coconut sugar. Plus, I’m not entirely convinced that sweetener isn’t just filler to stretch out the actual matcha.
Visually, this doesn’t look great. It’s more like tiny green tea pellets than powder; and the lumps are pretty hard – sifting didn’t help at all. Instead I just kind of crushed them up with my
clean hands. It still didn’t whisk all that well into my milk, though.
The taste is… Well, it’s not bad.
But RLT has spoiled me a lot; this cup is far too light for my tastes and it tastes obviously sweeter than it should be and I’d like it to be – it’s more ‘vanilla mint’ than just peppermint. I’ve had RLT’s Peppermint Matcha and it’s superior is just about every way I can think of. And on that note, I just got my income tax return and while most of it is going into savings, I think I’m gonna treat myself to a RLT order! I’m building a mock cart right now, and am very excited!
So far I’ve got the new sampler thing, and a 3+1 deal. I’m leaning towards Champagne, Pistachio, and Sangria for sure. I just need help deciding between Rich Berry Pie (which I’ve had before and know I like a lot) or Apricot, which is new to me and I’m really curious about, but the reviews are kind of bad…
I’m thinking it’s probably not worth my time to try out DT’s other two offerings…
This is obviously a popular blend because this is the third, I believe, year it’s come back in a row! It’s also the only non-herbal blend in this years collection. This is my first time trying it. Similar to Just Peachy I’m not really big into mango as a flavour, though you wouldn’t be able to tell based on how much of it I’ve been drinking lately. This year I’ve been much more open to trying things I’ve previously avoided, so I figured it was time to try this one out and see what the big deal about it is.
I prepared it cold brewed for my first tasting; based on the smell of the dry leaf I’m expecting more mango flavour than pomegranate though the smell of the tea steeping did smell strongly of both mango and pomegranate so I could be pleasantly surprised here.
The first thing I taste is indeed a very strong mango flavour; but it’s vibrant and juicy and I don’t mind it at all. The pomegranate flavour is pretty strong too. I don’t think I’ve ever tried mango and pomegranate paired together in anything, but they work really well together! The sweet, almost berry-like pomegranate flavour and tropical mango have really great juxtaposition and are just phenomenally mouth watering. I really, really love the flavour of pomegranate but it’s one of those fruits that I never think about or crave so when I do have it I kind of have that moment where I mentally go “I love pomegranate – why don’t I eat it more often?”. I’m definitely doing that right now, and kicking myself for not trying it sooner.
Other notes observed are sweet red apple, not surprising given that pomegranate is often described as tasting like a cross of cranberry and apple, and very juicy, ripe orange. The black base is smooth and mild, providing the perfect background for the lovely array of fruit flavours. Overall, this is a hydrating, robust and ultimately fun tea. I can definitely see it lending itself well to hot preparation methods, or to tea soda!
I may end up purchasing more of it so I can test out both of those methods of prep, though I don’t see myself getting a larger quantity because like I’ve talked about neither of the primary flavours, mango and pomegranate, are ones I lean towards heavily in every day drinking. I finally understand the popularity of this blend, though!
Ok, this is the last review of the night.
Unfortunately I’m ending on a bit of a sour note though; this was the last Ette Tea blend left for me to try and it really disappointed me. I’m not big into Chai at all so I had low expectations to begin with and they still weren’t met!
It just brewed up so incredibly, painfully weak and bland. I got a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg and just a whisper of citrus in the same way that you’d taste lemon of someone squeezed like three or four drops of lemon juice into a glass of water. Except, it’s supposed to be tangerine and not lemon. Also, I kind of hate super spicy teas; I can only imagine how mild this Chai would taste to someone who’s all up in those spices. The base didn’t seem to contribute either; I was hoping for maybe some earthiness from the Pu’Erh but neither it nor the black tea really brought anything to the party. Instead the party flat lined.
Have you ever been to a “dry” party? And not, like, the kind of party where you know no one’s gonna be drinking so it’s cool and you do fun shit like see how many pizza pops you can eat in one sitting and play some Apples to Apples; but the kind where you go prepared to get totally smashed, vomit on some stuff, just lose your freaking mind and even have the next day set aside as a recovery day. However, instead of that happening no one’s brought any booze or there’s so little you can’t even reach ‘tipsy’ level of drunk. So you just kind of sit around…
That’s my metaphor for this tea.
Finished this one off cold brewed, which is probably how I should have prepared it to start. It was definitely better prepared this way; though there were cons too. For one, it seemed to have significantly more ‘floaty’ bits, and the cocoa notes felt really out of place. However, the coconut was phenomenal and much more rich, creamy and dominant like I’d expected it to be in the first place.
The honeybush was still strong too; but not as strong. I think the natural flavour of honeybush actually really compliment the coconut too. And I suppose, with the ‘floaties’ adding to the mouthfeel it almost made this taste like coconut water with coconut pulp. Almost.
This was a better way to finish off the blend; but I still wont be buying more. It’s just not as impressive as the other summer teas, and I’d also worry about buying a larger amount and, since coconut is so abundant in the ingredients, having it turn before drinking all of it.
I lied in my Just Peachy review; I have a few more minutes before I have to be in bed so I’m going to do some of the shorter reviews/notes in my queue…
Had this one yesterday hot in a timolino; I actually surprisingly really liked the cold brewed version. In fact, I’m looking at my rating of 76 right now and I can’t help but feel I didn’t give the tea enough credit. However, the hot version is probably more deserving of that rating…
I found the black base picked up a slight astringency, and the cola flavour was not as potent. Plus, it just doesn’t work as well, as a taste, hot. I’d never drink my Coke heated up; even at room temperature that drives me really crazy (and if I’m being honest I’m more of a Pepsi person anyway). Some of the other nuances, like citrus or pear notes, were lost as well though I did kind of taste vanilla and I don’t remember picking up on that last time – or at least, if I did, not so clearly.
Overall it wasn’t bad though – I’m just gonna be doing cold brews to finish this off, ‘cause it’s clearly better that way.
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.