1691 Tasting Notes
In my timolino!
Definitely a delicious energy booster, as always. I made it on Sunday because I had an early morning shift (I hate Sundays – I always start work way too early) and I figure I’d need the energy, and I was pretty correct. It was delicious, earthy mate with coffee, chocolate, hazelnut, and deep thick toffee notes. Yummy!
Sunday was actually a pretty sad day overall though; it was the last day of two of the store employees. Ludmila a sweet, caring woman who immigrated to Canada about two years ago from Russia and who basically learned English solely through working at the store quit/resigned – it was heart breaking to see her go; she was supporting three children with this job, and the company basically bullied her into quitting by cutting her hours down every week to the point where staying wasn’t a reasonable option for her and her family. It was a really emotional last day for her.
And then Benjamin, who only worked part time on the weekends, is a university student who I really, really liked working with because he’s SUPER fun and nerdy and he understands my stupid English Literature jokes, and drinks a lot, and watches Big Brother! The company let him go because we didn’t have enough weekend hours to continue employing him if he couldn’t also work weekdays.
As a sort of parting goodbye/farewell thing Bobbi (the other keyholder) and I decided to buy a cake for everything working during the day and have a sort of goodbye party in the staffroom. I think it was just what everyone really needed.
So whatshesaid may be my favourite person of the week!
I had pretty much given up on ever having this beautiful, amazing, cold brewed tea again given I ran out what feels like ages ago, and this one is discontinued – but being a fabulous person she sent me more and I’m now reveling in cold brewed coconut deliciousness!
Seriously, I feel like I’ve been reacquainted with a long lost lover – this is still an amazing, refreshing and crisp coconut tea and I’m so, so happy to have more!
C’mon DAVIDsTEA, bring this one back! … Please?
It’s so good; creamy, sweet peaches with a very tiny sorta fruity “tang” and a lovely smokey black base. It’s divine. I want this one back, so badly! I may cry when I’m out. I’ve legitimately never had a bad cup of it either! Which says a lot to me.
This particular cup I got a large yogurt drop in the leaf too, so it was especially rich and creamy! I’m thinking this could be a very strong contender for a latte!
Flavors: Cream, Peach, Smoke, Vanilla, Yogurt
One more cup and it’s a sipdown, which is sad. Definitely going to be a restock/reorder though – just as soon as I have enough stuff I want to justify a DTT order: I wont pay the shipping for just one tea, no matter how tasty it is.
But yeah; brown sugar, indulgent yellow sponge cake, a slightly fruity sugary glaze. You know, the usual decadent deliciousness! And while this one is good with milk, I had it straight and it was just a great reminder that this one really is the perfect dessert tea all on its own.
I don’t understand how one person can hate mozzarella sticks so much; and also only 7 plates after 14 hours is embarrassingly low, in my opinion. I would have been aiming for like a plate an hour…
Anyway, the tea! I said I’d have the last cup worth prepared at home, so I did – and it did make a difference. In addition to the rich juicy grenadine, I finally found the vanilla flavouring and there wasn’t any bitterness or astringency (though I still feel like that was more so from sitting in the timolino for so long and less so from being prepped that way). So hooray for a tasty cuppa and some flavour improvements!
Bumping my rating just a touch.
Flavors: Grenadine, Vanilla
I’m an idiot; just hours ago Tre supposedly ruined his phone by dropping it in a sink full of water while he was shaving. It’s pretty water damaged so he stuck it in a bag of rice – but he’s too impatient to give it a day or so (he expected “instant results” which is just crazy) so he has now gone to Target to replace his phone tonight, which I again think is hasty.
The me being an idiot part is introduced because I texted him ten minutes after he left asking him to pick me up some fruit gushers; half an hour later I’m only just realizing that’s a really stupid thing to do because obviously he’s not going to get the text…
Anyway; the tea! I actually botched this cup, but not for the reasons you’d think. My water temperature was way, way too low – and it came out an unappealing temperature with a wonky, half assed taste. Oh well. At the time I was making this, days ago, I had a whole bunch of other blends on the go which turned out ok so it wasn’t as harsh a loss as it might have been otherwise.
And, despite a weird flavour, the champagne actually came through pretty strongly!
Thank you whatshesaid for the very thoughtful add in to the package you sent me! Because you suggested that I’d like this specifically for cold brewing, that’s how I decided to use up the sample from you – and you were right, this did make for a good cold brew!
It had a very powerful and fragrant mango aroma with a kind of floral undertone, and taste wise the mango definitely carried through in an almost “punch like” way, along with that very light floral quality. The black base itself was a little coppery tasting, but I liked the way that played with the mango. I also could taste the passion fruit in this, which of course delighted me, although it was fairly masked by the strong mango.
Overall a good cold brew, so thanks again!
Flavors: Floral, Mango, Passion Fruits
Of course it would take until the last time having this for me to finally taste it. Ugh.
To prepare I made the last of what I had (around a tbsp) into a milkshake! I used one frozen banana, a cup of milk, and took scoops of Greek frozen vanilla yogurt with the matcha – all blended together.
It was really good; the banana was definitely a strong flavour but I actually tasted the matcha almost equally, which really surprised me given the fact I’ve always struggled to taste this flavour of matcha. It was creamy, and pudding-like, and even a faint bit lemony just like any Bavarian Cream I’ve had “in real life”. It was a pretty good milkshake, and I enjoyed a couple cups worth of it!
A nice way to finish this one off.
Flavors: Cream, Lemon, Vanilla
Thank you VariaTEA for the sample! I did enjoy this one, but I really didn’t find much fancy or special about it other than the name – it was basically a pretty typical Genmaicha, although I thought it leaned just slightly more to than green side than the roasty toasty rice one.
Nonetheless, happy to have tried it – one more Lupicia blend sampled, and one more Genmaicha under my growing belt ;)
Thanks to Dexter for the sample!
This was a hot cup (but I’ve since finished it off as a cold brew, note to be posted later tonight) and I thought it was pretty good. The oolong was really present and very green/floral but that worked well with the ripe, juicy taste of the pineapple. There was a distracting element that took me a while to place but I finally nailed it: butter.
Yup, that’s right. There was a very, very strong butter flavour (like the kind you put on your popcorn) that kept creeping up into my sips, and that detracted from the overall taste for me. While I enjoyed this, I have to say I do think I like Butiki’s Flowery Pineapple Oolong better; the pineapple is juicier and there’s no weird butter thing going on.
Flavors: Butter, Coconut, Floral, Pineapple, Vegetal