3972 Tasting Notes
Cola! Oh wherefore art thou Cola!?
Had this one cold brewed yesterday on the way to work; the lime in it was absolutely lovely. Just light, pillowy and soft lime notes that really nicely lifted me into the day. I could also taste hints of the linden leaf, which was also light with a sweet grassy sort of quality. What I didn’t really get a taste of was sadly the cola, and I would have really enjoyed having that flavour be present as well even though it was still a good brew.
I’m genuinely surprised that this one was actually already part of the database; I’d so expected to have to add it that I already had Sen Cha’s website loaded up and the appropriate information copied to paste into the information fields…
Anyway; my friend/coworker Laura bought three different tins of these mints because they’re vegan and she’s been looking for a good vegan mint for a while, apparently. She offered to let me try one and I of course said yes both out of politeness and curiosity. The flavours she’d grabbed were peppermint, mango, and dragon fruit and to me dragon fruit was the clear choice. I didn’t realize until after I’d tried the mint that they were also green tea infused.
The flavour was nice, though! I think it was a little sweeter than I’d typically peg dragon fruit to be; natural dragon fruit has a mellow, supple flavour and this was definitely a bit more in your face and “punchy”. You can tell they’re using a concentrate and that it is essentially a fancy vegan “candy”. It was still delicious though, and I liked that little hint of refreshing mint at the end of a really fruity initial flavour. Apparently there’s ginger in this one? I couldn’t taste it, nor could I really taste the green tea. Honestly I’d probably buy myself a tin of these if the price was right (sometimes vegan stuff is stupid expensive) but it’d be more for the taste than because of any “tea” in them.
This is a queued tasting note.
So I cold brewed this, but honestly I drank it while I was super busy just for the hydration and now I can’t really remember a whole lot about what it tasted like other than it was very roasty. This is mostly just a note for myself that it could be worthwhile trying this cold brewed again because I think I liked it? If nothing else, I’d like to make more observant notes.
EDIT: So this is tasting note 3700!? I guess MAYBE it’s time to start thinking about what tea I want tasting note 4000 to be? It’s a way off, but this “milestones” keep sneaking up on me…
I feel like I had bad luck with cold brews from DAVIDsTEA this week; but not this one. This one was solid, and it’s usual sweet and sour pleasant peach self. However I will note that sticking with the trend of the week’s cold brews not coming out as typically as they usually do I did noticed something new about this one.
For whatever reason, and as far as I can recall I haven’t experienced it in the past, this brew had a distinctly herby flavour to it underneath all of that peach. Now, that’s not too surprising given the fact that there are more herbaceous ingredients in this blend – but I just found it interesting that they were actually quite noticeable for once.
This is a queued tasting note.
So earlier in the week I made a pitcher of this bad boy cold brewed, and since then I’ve already polished the pitcher off. The pear flavour of the brew was so lovely, sweet and refreshing that I’m surprised it took as many days as it did to drink it all. In addition to the lovely front flavour of pear, this also had the exotic flavour of quince. I don’t usually taste the quince as strongly as it came through this brew, but that floral and apple-y pear like flavour was enchanting this time around.
And I say it begrudgingly, but that very slight spicy ginger kick at the end of a super fruity and refreshing sip was a very nice touch as well. I kind of hate that ginger is growing on me, even though it’s only slightly. We still very much have a love/hate relationship. You could say we’re “frenemies”.
Whipped up a cold brew of this into a bit of a make shift tea cocktail earlier in the week…
Basically, I just added a couple shots worth (like two and a half) of Malibu Coconut Rum into my normal 25 oz. cold brew and then I just enjoyed. It was richer and sweeter, with a more pronounced coconut flavour and exaggerated buttery/toffee sort of component with the pineapple taking a bit of a small step into the background. Though, the pineapple WAS still very much a present flavour. The additional flavour of the rum of course complimented the pineapple and coconut – I mean, this was essentially the tea cocktail version of a Pina Colada so OF COURSE it tasted phenomenal.
Commute tea on a windy/rainy day – pretty much my favourite time to pull out my tin of this and whip up a hot cuppa. Seriously, if you were to skim my tasting notes on this tea I think about half of them would incorporate rain or bad weather of some variety…
This tasted magical: lots of cranberry in this brew particularly, but in general the fruity notes present in this blend were more prominent than usual and they definitely out weighed the other notes like cinnamon or coconut. Very lovely!
This is a queued tasting note.
Yet another tea from the week that wound up tasting a little too sweet/cloying. I can’t really blame this mug, which was hot rather than cold brewed, for tasting bad because it was over leafed though; I think if ANYTHING the problem was that I let it steep far too long. But basically it was like a hot cup of thick, viscous mango syrup. You know, the syrup consistency of the concentrate mixed in with carbonated water to make soda. That kind of thick, sugary sweetness. Also, it was DEFINITELY predominantly mango rather than a mix of tropical/citrus notes and the intensity of the mango didn’t do the tea any favours.
It’s frustrating that this wound up being a bad cup though, because 50g gets used so damn quickly. Seriously, I bought myself 50g of this and that made one cold brew and two hot cups. So, three beverages in total for 50g of tea. Kind of ridiculous.
Well, I certainly wouldn’t call this a success story but I finally made my first bad batch of this tea. It was in the form of a cold brew, and essentially I just made it far, far too concentrated. I think I must have grabbed a tablespoon instead of a 1/2 tablespoon when I was measuring, and then instead of using one tbsp worth of leaf this wound up actually being two tbsp of leaf. It was sickly sweet/cloying and the taste of stevia, which normally doesn’t actually bug me too much, was so intense that I was kind of gagging.
I made it through maybe a quarter of the cold brew before dumping it in the sink. I don’t know about you guys, but I certainly don’t have time for bad tea.
My commute tea for the day;
I’ll admit; I’m not the biggest fan of this blend. It’s far from bad or unpleasant, but I’m really disinterested by it in general. Even this latest hot mug was just… there? I picked out notes of earth and chocolate with a thicker, brothy mouthfeel but the flavours were all quite muddled and bland and it was a really forgettable cup overall. Basically, it was just something to drink on the way to work for the hydration/caffeine and the routine.
In my personal opinion, I think that LP certainly has better blends out there.