4116 Tasting Notes
Cold Brew Sipdown (130)!
Wow, holy fucking nope. This is just NOT doable as a cold brew; I made it less than three sips in before just absolutely calling it quits. The pomegranate tastes cloying and artificial, the stevia is out of control, and the fennel is definitely NOT subtle. I thought this was ok hot, but if you’re taking the cold brew into consideration…
Well, then this is the worst thing from the fall collection.
Last tea of the night! I’m probably an idiot for drinking it at 10:00PM; the caffeine is gonna kick my ass. I’ve gone to work on zero sleep before though. I guess we’ll see what happens…
I’m reading other people’s reviews of this as I drink it: I’m really liking Srens description of this as a ‘bolder’ white tea. That certainly seems apt – though I think I’m gonna slightly rephrase and call it, instead, a more ‘empowered’ version of a white tea. The difference there is, of course, subtle but I don’t actually think this has ‘bold’ flavours – more like it’s more nuanced and intricate. Ergo, an ‘empowered’ white tea/white tea at it’s best.
First thing I’ll point out is that this has a rather weighty mouthfeel. It’s thicker/viscous and feels lofty and lush in my mouth, which is really quite pleasant. It’s got that “timothy hay” flavour that is present in so many white teas; although this feels more… present. In addition to the hay notes, there’s a bit of an underlying sweetness that I guess is fruity? Probably the nectarine notes described on the tin, although I don’t really think it tastes like nectarines. I’m not sure what fruit it tastes like to me though; maybe more of a dried fruit/generic “fruit leather” sort of taste? Body of the sip is crisp and vegetal; reminds me a little bit of the ‘pulpy’/fleshy part of a cucumber. It’s also malty in the same way as I’ve found a lot of African/Kenyan whites to be, and has a pleasant herbaceous like finish that lingers for a profoundly long time.
It’s very interesting, for sure. Honestly, overall, it doesn’t have the most unique set of flavour notes does it? But I guess it doesn’t need to be unique to be successful or tasty, does it? I suppose I was just expecting something a little more… out there? But it’s been a really pleasant cup so far and I look forward to tweaking things slightly next time I brew this to get the most out of each cup and improve upon the experience.
Love, love, love this song – and I think Iron and Wine is just really good music to drink tea to in general. It’s so pleasant, and soft and comforting. But more so, I just feel like the overall feeling of the song and imagery in the lyrics really well reflects the aesthetic and vibe of the tea that August Uncommon was going for; both in how they named it, and the flavour notes, and even how it’s described on the tin/on their website.
Mother don’t worry, she’s got a garden we’re planting together…
Love tea/song pairings that tell a story; it just elevates the experience so much.
Flavors: Cucumber, Fruity, Hay, Herbaceous, Malt, Sweet, Vegetal
Steeped this one Gong Fu earlier in the day;
Somewhat surprisingly, I think I actually liked my Western steeped cup of it with milk and honey better. It’s not that the Gong Fu version was bad, but it didn’t feel as rich or as smooth and I didn’t pick up on the same lovely graham notes I noticed in the Western cup.
I ended up doing five or six infusions of this one? Most were fairly medium bodied, kind of malty? Not actually all that floral, which was a bit surprising for a Ceylon tea as they’re usually quite floral. After the first infusion where the leaves were still opening up I started getting a bit of cocoa in the flavour profile. Second half of the infusion was rather autumnal, which I realize isn’t really a flavour per say. More of a feeling, I guess?
Yeah – not bad. Room for experimentation, for sure. Maybe Western steeping without the milk/honey is the way to go next?
Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhK81hZj4L4
I’m on such a bad HTGAWM kick right now…
I just finished the second season, and obviously I’m not quite ready to move on because I convinced Trey to watch it just so I’d have an excuse to rewatch the whole series with someone. Rewatching the first season, it’s absolutely FASCINATING seeing all the foreshadowing and playful hints to the things that eventually take place; this is one of those show’s you know was HEAVILY planned out from the start but it’s always really cool actually seeing proof of this as you watch.
This was today’s cold brew – it’s something I’ve done a few times before so this isn’t going to be an exciting tasting note: mostly I just wanted to log is for consistency’s sake and then take the time to write about HTGAWM because I’m still not over it. Basically the tea was black licorice jellybeans: strong flavour, sweet and candy like. So overall really enjoyable. But, just like black jellybeans, not everyone’s thing.
Hmm, another DT blend without a lot of reviews. Are people just not excited by the new blends anymore? I guess I can’t really blame ’em – at a certain point things just start to feel less exciting or even creative/unique.
The dry leaf for this one smells really good: lots of creamy, vanilla notes and milk chocolate as well as a bit of coffee. I don’t get too much coffee in the aroma though; it’s a bit like an iced cap in that it’s more sweetness/chocolate than actual coffee. I’m not the world’s biggest fan of coffee and coffee flavoured/infused teas but it’s pretty darn yummy smelling…
I’m drinking this one hot; well, hot-ish ‘cause I forgot about the mug and it cooled down a lot. It’s actually kind of just “meh”. Despite lots of leaf, and more than ample infusion time (like ten minutes), it tastes watered down/thin. Actually, what it really reminds me of is the cacao shell ‘teas’ sold by Herbal Infusions that smelled AMAZING but always came out very thin when infused; the chocolate notes are quite comparable. In addition to chocolate, I’m getting vanilla, coffee, custard, and maybe a bit of malt? In a way it is mocha/iced cappuccino like but the coffee flavour is actually so much weaker than the chocolate notes (which I’ve already said are kind of watery) that this reminds me more of hot chocolate than a coffee based beverage.
Eh; not the worst. Pretty plain/forgettable though. And since this sort of thing isn’t really my jam anyway it’s not a tea I’ll be revisiting.
You know what the awkward part about craving a Chai when you’re not a fan of Chai is? That you literally only own one Chai tea. Ok, maybe two; but one is caffeine free and I NEED the caffeine right now. So options are limited; and I like having options…
But this is pretty good, and more than satisfying my cravings right now so I can accept that I was sort of strong armed into choosing this one to brew up. Drinking it hot, with quite a bit of added in coconut milk and it’s really lovely! Creamy, with light coconut notes from the milk and then lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove delicousness. It’s also got lighter vanilla/custard notes – and then there’s the sweetness of the base assam tea itself. This one doesn’t always do it for me, but right now it’s exactly what I needed.
Also; pro tip – keep your infusion time short! This gets bitter quickly, so I’ve learned to lean towards less leaf and less infusion time and this change has done wonders to improving the flavour.
Finished this one off cold brewed while I was at work;
This is still my favourite of the collection but I think I like it hot better than cold brewed. The cold brewed flavour was still good, and very similar to the hot cup though: as a whole it gave off a peanut butter and honey sort of vibe, but broken down a bit more it has separate notes of apple, coconut, honey, peanuts, and almond. And actually, the almond is more noticeable in the cold brew than I found it to be in the hot brew. It’s just that I think the nuttyness comes off better and smoother when this is hot.
Lots of people have now compared this to DT’s Peanut Butter Cup blend and I do think there are a lot of similarities between the two blends when it comes to the nuttiness. Of course, the major difference is the lack of chocolate in this blend – but if you liked that one I bet you’ll enjoy this one.
Well, I know I probably shouldn’t be drinking caffeine this late at night but I’ve been craving black tea all day and I only just had the chance to make myself a cup…
Mmm! This is really good! Honestly, I’m a little tipsy and I know my observations wont be the most astute but the creamy, decadent chocolate notes I’m getting from this tea are just divine. Seriously; the whole thing is rich fudgey chocolate from top of the sip all the way until the brief, playful aftertaste. I can’t wait until I get a chance
earlier in the day to actually steep this Gong Fu because I imagine watching this lovely chocolate flavour evolve over infusions is going to be a real treat!
Flavors: Chocolate, Cream, Malt, Molasses
Last tea left to try from the fall collection (‘cause I’m not revisiting Pumpkin Chai)!
So, of all the teas this year I personally thought this was the most “question mark” worthy before smelling things in store – and then when I picked up my sample, I hated the aroma of the dry leaf the most out of any of the blends. Don’t ask me why; it just didn’t sit well with me. So, I put off making it. But the more I put off making it the more I actually found the dry aroma growing on me. Instead of smelling weird/funky/plastic like it gained more of a creamy, peanut butter aroma and that intrigued me…
Fast forward to me actually brewing this one up, and I’m basically drooling as I hover over the infusing mug because it smells exactly like peanut butter toast and creamed honey. Mmm! Comforting, and kind of the epitome of “fall” if not just breakfast in general. Quite the turn of events, no?
Taste wise; I think this was the clear favourite from the collection and at this point in time the only one I see myself actually buying again. If I close my eyes, shut down my brain for a second and just drink it as a “whole” rather than breaking down ingredients it tasted exactly like creamy peanut butter and honey. It’s really soothing and comforting, and quite refreshing because it’s not really a “fruity” blend but not exactly a sweeter, “dessert” blend either. If I do look at it more as the parts that make a sum, I notice the apple notes in the blend a little more, especially in the top of the sip, and I pick up on the coconut a touch which I think it virtually non existent when you flip back to looking at the sum of the parts. This was just a pleasant experience overall, though!
And trust me, I’m quite surprised that after all four teas THIS was the one that’s initially won me over. I wouldn’t have called that, but it’s how it worked out.
1. Nutty Granola Crunch
2. Pom Cider
3. Blueberry Muffin
4. Carrot Cake