2907 Tasting Notes
Thanks for the sample Liquid Proust, I had it today at work!
Since I haven’t done one in a while, I decided that I’d do a blind tasting with this blend! Obviously it’s got rose in it, but I wanted to see what I noticed by drinking my cold brew prior to do any reading on it. I actually had some interesting results this time around:
My immediate observation was that this was a highly floral from the rose but also from the natural floral notes of the greener oolong base; specifically I thought I picked up notes of both orchid and sweet jasmine. There were a few sips where the intensity of all the floral elements felt a little overwhelming and I definitely think those wary of floral teas in general will find this too much, but overall I think they were all pretty well balanced/in check.
The big surprised was that throughout the entire cold brew I kept tasting the same juicy fruit note that I thought tasted pretty obviously of lychee. I was quite surprised when I finally did look up the tea ingredients only to see that there’s no added lychee flavouring. For me, that flavour was unmistakably present. I suppose, since lychee is quite a floral fruit, all of the other floral components of this tea could have contributed to the flavour, though.
Regardless, I thought this was a really pleasant cold brew; quite refreshing and thankfully with flavours other than a flat, monotone rose note. I’d definitely revisit this one, perhaps trying it hot instead of cold brewed.
This was the only tea out of DT’s “Old Timey Treats” collection I was actually interested in trying, and I made a special trip out to the store after work last week just to pick up a sample of it because I was so damn curious.
It’s quite good! The banana is clearly a “Banana Candy”/“Bananas & Cream” sort of flavour and it’s super rich and sweet without being overwhelmingly sweet which was definitely my biggest concern about this blend given that it unfortunately has pre-added rock sugar. I’m not a fan of having my teas sweetened for me; but luckily it kind of works here. The cocoa is great too; I’m really happy to see the use of nibs over chocolate chips – maybe DT is finally listening to consumer feedback? And the green rooibos base is perfect too; it creates such a subtle backdrop and doesn’t really directly influence the flavour. More green rooibos please, DT!
Overall this is 100% banana split, like intended, so major brownie points for hitting the nail on the head with the flavor. I really enjoyed the cold brew, I can definitely see myself going through a lot of it if given the chance. And just imagine how great this would be as a latte! So creamy and delicious; am I right!?
Flavors: banana, Candy, Cocoa, Cream, Vanilla
It’s been quite a while since I drank this; I’ve been drinking more of the remake, Latkes & Applesauce, lately but I thought it’d be a good idea to work on sipping this down since it’s quite a bit older.
The flavour actually hasn’t deteriorated much at all; still a pleasant and more mild green base with oddly creamy buttery notes and a bit of a slight nuttiness to it as well complimented by a really starchy potato note and such a warming cinnamon flavour. I found that with this timolino worth of tea the apple was significantly lesser than the potato but that there was still enough natural sweetness to keep this from feeling too savory. Someday I will work up the courage to add some salt to this, though.
Also; I definitely think I prefer the green base here over the one used in Latkes & Applesauce. I think it’s a bit smoother, and more forgiving in general towards higher temperatures and steep times.
Today’s word of the day is… “Languid”
Languid means: “slow, lacking vigor or force, weak”.
Spent the afternoon baking!
Vanilla Cupcakes with yellow zucchini shreds and a Rich Berry Pie and Bananas & Cream Matcha infused vanilla frosting! Mmm!
You can read the expanded note here:
I made cupcakes this afternoon after getting home from brunch with my parents; vanilla cake with yellow zucchini shreds and a 50/50 Richberry Pie and Bananas & Cream infused vanilla frosting! They’re super moist, fluffy little cakes of heaven.
The matcha infused icing is interesting ‘cause you can really taste elements of both matchas; the mixed berry from Richberry and the Banana from Bananas & Cream, but some elements are lost as well such as the cinnamon/pie crust from the former and in the case of the latter the ’cream’ completely blends in with the vanilla flavouring of the icing. It’s not an obvious pairing either, but it meshes well and creates a really nice sweet, fruity flavor!
Tre’s still out of town on vacation (kinda starting to miss him; it feels like it’s been AGES since he left) which sucks; I tried one and instantly wanted to share it with him ‘cause I’m sure he’d love the flavour of the matcha icing. Plus, he’s not big on zucchini in cupcakes but I think I could pass these off to him without him even realizing it’s there ‘cause the zucchini was so finely shredded and blends in well since it’s yellow!
Another from Liquid Proust!
I’m quite happy an entry for this already existed on Steepster; the packaging is almost entirely in Japanese, which I can’t even read in the slightest, except for “Muscat Green Rooibos Aroma Tea” – so I just plugged that in the search engine and low and behold…
My understanding of muscat is that it’s a kind of wine, though I don’t think I’ve ever personally tried it? I’m not entirely sure on that, though. When I opened the ziplocked package I was flooded with the strong aromatic scent of grapes though. Very wine-y, boozey grapes for sure – however, because of an unfamiliarity with Muscat specifically I don’t know how accurate it is. It smells phenomenal though.
These are little sachet bags, so I steeped one up in a mug and the smell was incredible; just this incredibly rich, grape-y drink with such a natural and robust sweetness and juicyness about it. The taste is exactly the same; such a dominant and succinct flavour. Green rooibos is easily the less offensive and more generally liked of the two varietals, and it works really well with this flavour but if you dislike the green stuff too you’re in luck here; it’s very covered by the strong flavour.
One thing about it though; it reminds me heavily of taking communion at church. It’s the same distinct wine/grape flavour as what we dipped our little stale ass pieces of bread in. I hated that flavour as a child, but actually really loving it now. HOWEVER, because of Netflix’s Sense8 whenever anyone says the word “Communion” or I think it I instantly jump to the scene
spoilers for those who haven’t watched it where Lito and Nomi are talking, and he says a line which has been permanently burned into my brain.
“… [I] took him into my mouth like I was taking holy Communion”
Thanks for that, Netflix. This unfortunate and automatic association led to me describing this tea to a coworker in the following way: “It’s like sweet grape flavoured holy blowjob tea but, like, good”. She wasn’t really getting it.
Skip to 6:30 for the line…
Had brunch this morning with my Dad, Step Mom and nephew – they were all in town for a wedding (relative I’ve never even met, so I wasn’t invited). It was a really nice time; I’m finding increasingly that I’m getting along better and better with my family now that I’ve moved out and don’t have to interact with them daily.
We stopped at McNally Robinson to look around and my nephew got some weird science toy were you make a jello brain, my Dad got a book on Western Canadian Birds and another on bird watching (one of his new hobbies, I’m told; his age is showing), and I picked up a game called Sushi Go! (which I saw on this week’s Tabletop) and another tea-themed book. I’ve spent the last few hours reading it only to look up at the clock and realize that all this precious tea reviewing time is slipping right past me!
And so here we are…
I actually finished this over a week ago; it’s just been sitting in my queue waiting for me to get to the review. Finishing this off was definitely a sad day; I really liked this one. Like, instantly – the moment I popped open that sample packet I was drawn in to the aesthetic of the tea leaves, and then the smell as it brewed, and finally the delicious, heavenly liquor just sealed in the obsession.
This last session was just two infusions in a Gaiwan, though Western style not Gong Fu. The first was very malty, with definite cocoa, honey and sweet potato notes. Just faintly bitter/astringent at the end of the sip but in a really pleasant way. The second infusion was smoother; same notes but with a richer, more prominent sweet potato flavour. It was also a bit fruitier; stone fruit notes being the ones which jumped out the most. They did something neat where it was almost like the ‘bounced’ off the tip of my tongue.
I absolutely adore this tea and I really hope to get it stocked at some point soon; just need to figure out some other things I want to grab from Teavivre first ‘cause I’m not at the point of obsession where I’ll place an order for a single tea…
Thank you Liquid Proust for the sample.
I’m a big fan of tangerines (currently there are about seven in my fridge), so I’m definitely excited to try this blend especially given how much juicy tangerine I’m smelling just from the dry leaf. I decided to cold brew my sample because for jasmine teas with a green base I prefer drinking them cold over hot.
I definitely think this comes off as a pretty traditional green jasmine pearl tea; a good balance of both floral and vegetal flavours. It’s definitely one of the better green jasmine blends I’ve had as well given how natural and unobtrusive the floral notes are. However the tangerine, which is the twist here, is pretty light handed. The sweet citrusy tangerine note really only pops up at the end of the sip when the jasmine is dying out, leaving for a tasty finish but slight feeling that this tea is uncompleted. I know that Liquid Proust was aiming to be subtle with the tangerine but it is more gentle than I’d anticipated it being and I do find myself wanting more.
However, overall I really appreciate the unconventional take on a traditional tea. I also have to point out that as someone who isn’t a fan of green/jasmine pairings (which I recently mentioned in my Moment of Zen review as well) I’m obviously not the target audience and I was probably looking for that additional tangerine flavor more than someone who likes green jasmine teas on their own would have so that should also be taken into account.
Almost logged this under the wrong header. Leave it to DAVIDsTEA to also have a blend called “Electric Lemon”…
This is DAVIDsTEA’s ‘Tea of The Month’ so the last time I was in store picking up some samples I decided this would pick this one up too. Lemon and Yerba Mate is not an uncommon pairing, but the additional strawberry and raspberry used in this blend are a bit interesting and more unique. And I can’t lie; the interesting name sold me too. Seriously tea companies take note; an interesting name draws me in almost as much (sometimes more) as interesting ingredients.
Because of the “Lemonade” in the name I figured this was obviously intended to be consumed cold so I drank it iced without any additives. When I took my first few sips I was definitely anticipating some tartness, but this was actually quite sweet and smooth. More than anything else I really tasted the strawberry with the raspberry, lemon, and some apple notes as background support. The earthy green mate was relatively masked, but peaked out in the end of the sip and aftertaste as the berry flavour faded out and just the lemon and yerba remained.
This is really refreshing overall, and a perfect tea for summer! It definitely gives off a “Pink Lemonade”/Berry Lemonade vibe which I believe is what DT was going for, so I’m pretty impressed. Worth a try if you like the ingredients; and if Yerba isn’t your think I wouldn’t worry too much – it’s well covered.