2920 Tasting Notes
I’m playing hookie today…
Well; only half playing hookie if I’m being totally honest. I woke up at 6AM with the worst migraine in the world, but after taking like three extra strength Advil managed to fall asleep again only to wake up at 9:30, after sleeping through my alarm – and I still had a headache. Realizing that migraine + work = no fun times and that I didn’t have adequate time to get ready and show up in time I called in sick. Probably not a good thing; especially since I’m feeling a bit better now after sleeping some more, getting caffeine into my system, and turning all the lights off but hopefully it wont bite me in the ass too hard.
Still, don’t tell my boss.
As for the tea, I had this one a few nights ago right before bed. I figured that with some rather generously splashed in milk and the fact this is essentially a herbal anyway it’d do wonders for putting me out for the night. I actually did end up measuring quite a bit of tea leaf into my mug though; the most recent tin “top off” I purchased had a much more even ratio of ingredients than the last time I bought this. LOADS more popcorn, and much more tea too.
But despite more green tea, which did actually add a more noticeably vegetal taste to the brew, this still made me sleep like a baby. It was quite thick with creamy, silky butter notes, some vegetal notes, and quite a lot more roasty notes than I remember even experiencing. Almost Soba-Cha like? Surprisingly, the apple was the least strong flavour! I quite enjoyed it.
And, it’s been probably months since I last had this one too. It much really satisfying; I may drink it again really soon! Like today, possibly? I’m finding I crave it already!
So I picked up some of this a couple weeks ago ’cause I had sipped down Main Squeeze, which has been a cupboard staple of mine for daily use a little over a year now, and I wanted to switch things up a little bit because drinking too much of the same thing can definitely get boring or begin to feel too routine. Well, I think I may have spent a year missing out because this was really, really good.
Overall I tend to prefer guayusa over mate; I like the wet, mossy, earthy flavour of guayusa a lot because it makes me think of petrichor so this tea already had that edge over Main Squeeze; dry it smells very fresh with a more raw, unrefined peach flavour. It’s not a soft, creamy peach: it’s peach fresh from the garden with the skin and a bit of dirt. The papaya comes through in the scent as well, but it’s definitely not the focus despite the surplus of very large candied pa paya pieces in the leaf.
And the taste was awesome; the guayusa was everything I could have asked it to be and the peach I got to experience in the dry smell translated perfectly into the taste. The papaya is stronger in the taste as well, and adds this lovely roundness to the flavour that highlights the peach, petrichor, and plush earthy notes. And it tastes so fresh! It’s sweet enough that I can’t ever see why you’d add anything to it but it’s still got a mellowness to it too. The mouthfeel was very full as well. I’m totally picturing myself drinking this on the walk to work and I think that’s an A+ idea. Really, I have zero complaints about this one other than my own idiocy for drinking it at 6PM and now being way too wide awake.
This could easily, and I predict will easily, make its way into my cupboard staples so long as it proves to provide a consistent brew. It’s not one of the fanciest/highest quality teas I own – but for every day drinking and that extra caffeine boost before going to work I think it’s perfect! Plus, it’s a totally fun summer kind of flavour!
Many thanks to MissB for the sample! I think I only have one more tea left to try now from the stuff you sent my way? I know that was a while ago but I feel pretty accomplished for making it through all of those sipdowns.
So this review is for the bagged version of this one; and dry it doesn’t smell like a lot. I don’t really know why but my first thought was “Fresh Linens” and then just simply “Fresh” when smelling, even though I couldn’t really identify anything in particular flavour wise.
Steeped up there’s something REALLY appealing about the smell; it’s just a tiny bit fruity and really, really floral. I know this is supposed to be orange/orange blossoms so I’m not really ‘surprised’ per say, but it’s a lot better than I expected. I really hope the steeped smell carries over into the taste! Also, I should point out that orange blossoms are actually my favourite flower and have been since I was in highschool and had to read the screenplay for Federico Garcia Lorca’s play ‘The Blood Wedding’. However, despite that, I’ve never actually seen one in person let alone smelled one so I don’t have a lot of familiarity (or really any) with how they should taste.
I actually didn’t like the first few sips of this; it seemed a little harsh and perfumey. However, once it cooled down a little bit the flavours seemed to calm down as well and I got really into this one! I don’t taste anything actually like orange and I don’t know if I should be – do orange blossoms actually smell like oranges? I wouldn’t think so. The description for this one is kind of unclear as well: it says “scented with orange” do they mean the fruit or the flower?
What I do taste is this really aromatic and fresh floral note that reminds me of rose, but not rose. I want to describe it as a combination of my Grandma’s perfume and roses on steroids – in a good way on both fronts! It’s making me feel like, ugh, I don’t know quite how to phrase it? The simile that springs to my mind is “Innocent young adult discovering her first love through a summer romance”. It’s like Nicholas Sparks version of tea! I’m totally in love with this blend! I need more!
If anyone has the loose version I’d be really, really interested in trying it! I can only imagine it’d be even better than this!
This morning’s cold brew…
TOO MUCH GINSENG! ABORT MISSION! ABORT MISSION!!!
But for real; this sat in the fridge way too long! After 24 hours it was so concentrated ginseng that I took a sip and the intense levels of both bitter, dryer notes and sickly sweet licorice like notes made me almost gag. I drank maybe a 5th of this and then gave up and dumped it…
I don’t know; sometime I feel like I really like ginseng and something I kind of feel like it’s the worst thing ever!?
From the lovely MissB! This wasn’t in the Steepster database so I just whipped up a very quick page for it – maybe I’ll add a picture later? It’s looking pretty sparse though…
I added some milk to mine because what goes better with chai than milk!? I think it might have been too much though ‘cause I had a very hard time picking out any of the notes from the tea itself. Some cinnamon, maybe a bit of ginger? But it mostly faded into the milk I’d added. Not a memorable experience; probably my own fault though so I’m not gonna rate this one…
Cold brew tag-along for my trek to work yesterday.
It was SUPER windy, and the travel tumblr this was in kept dripping which resulted in a tragic dark purple stain on my favourite white taco button up. What is it with this tea and ruining all my white clothing!?
This came out tarter than it’s ever been before; I definitely wasn’t really feeling it but I drank all of it anyway ’cause I certainly needed the hydration for that uphill walk…
Working my way towards sipping this one down anyway; aside from wanting to try it out as a lemonade, I feel like I’ve experimented as much as I can with this one.
Thanks again for sending some of this one my way VariaTEA!
Finished this one off in my timolino; it has some licorice root sweetness and a bit of an almost powdery cocoa taste but mostly it was just really, really strong and pretty delicious almond notes with a lot of soft, silky base. I actually have found both times I made this myself I liked it quite a lot more than the time I had it in store which does make me feel like my iced To Go drink was pretty underleafed. The flavour difference is just too drastic for it to have not been since I haven’t been overleafing…
That said I’m still not super big into this one; it’s not really ‘different’ enough to make me want a whole lot more. Maybe if the fruit notes were stronger? Then I feel like there’d be enough flavour juxtaposition. I am gonna bump my rating up slightly though!
Thanks VariaTEA for the sample!
This one definitely has a very banana heavy smell with somewhat of a pudding like quality to it; so I guess that comes from the ‘cream’. I cold brewed this one ‘cause that’s just what I do; it definitely was a lot like I expected it to be but did have a few surprises.
The banana was certainly one of the stronger notes, and very candy like. In addition to having somewhat of a pudding like flavour it reminded me quite a bit of those banana marshmallow candies that you can find in convenience stores for five cents. People tend to have polar opinions on those; you either love or hate them. Personally, I can’t get enough. If you put a big bowl of them in front of me I would lose all self control and eat every last one, and probably get really sick as an added bonus.
The coconut is also very strong, though it tastes a touch off. It has an almost oily or greasy buttery flavour to it, which I find is something I’ve come to associate with shredded coconut that’s just starting to turn bad. Despite not totally meshing, it did sort of work with the tea though; that buttery flavour I dislike tied in a bit with the banana marshmallow vibe to create something that kind felt a little more confectionery instead causing me to feel wary.
I didn’t like the black base a whole lot either; I felt like it was noticeably a lower quality base with a lot of flavourings intended to cover that up – some I kind of observed with another flavoured black from this company, though it wasn’t as noticeable with that blend. And, something about the use of it here reminded me a little bit of ash. Only very lightly; but that’s still not a flavour you necessarily want to be experiencing with a “Banana Cream” tea.
But I’m honestly probably making this out to seem a lot worse than it was in reality. The truth is I drank the entire 25 oz. cold brew with very little complaint or criticism until after finishing it and it wasn’t all that difficult to just tune into the fun, sweet banana notes. Overall, this probably balances out to be a relatively average tea. Wouldn’t necessarily recommend or serve it, but it’s not like I’d deliberately avoid it either.
Amongst all the different tea sodas I’ve made the last year this one probably falls somewhere smack dab in the middle in terms of how successful and memorable it was. However, one thing is definitely true and that’s that this one certainly made the berry aspects of the tea stick out just a bit more than the strong floral ones.
And as always, I know this is “Elderberry” but I can’t help but kick the strawberry candy comparison…
Happy Belated 21st Birthday Tre!
Tre’s birthday was on the 28th; we didn’t really do anything super formal to celebrate ‘cause we’re definitely not those kind of people but because he can sometimes be the best roommate ever (and also the worst), I wanted to do something extra. Initial plan was to actually bake a cake bu that fell through because of work. This was the next best thing, and lets face it also more of a me thing to do.
So I made a cup for me and one for Tre; they were the exact same thing (2 tsp of leaf and some milk) except I also added a tbsp. of sugar in his mug ‘cause he asked very nicely. But this really doesn’t need the sugar though. He actually LOVED the tea but because he has a totally fucked palate said that it taste like a peppermint/EG cross. Uhh, no it doesn’t!? I don’t understand how his palate can be SO BAD when he’s a chef!
I had to break it to him he’s probably never getting this one again though; it was a one time special occurrence for his birthday. And speaking of, he got his first tattoo (which was my birthday present to him; sorta) booked in! On May 4th he’ll be getting the Empire symbol from Star Wars tattooed onto the back of his shoulder. And, not gonna lie but I’m HEAVILY tempted to get this one myself:
The middle one on the bottom row, that is. But agh; moneys!!!