3364 Tasting Notes
Wow, cold brewing this one is a definite no.
It’s insanely, stupidly, horrifically sweet with a slight edge of medicinal flavour. It almost takes me back to the nightmare that was “Currant Affairs” which is DEFINITELY in my top three “Worst DAVIDsTEA blends of all time” alongside the cherry cola one and Queen of Tarts. Nope nope nope.
Into the box of packed teas you go…
This is a special note…
It’s my 3333th Tasting Note! What a fun number!
I chose this tea to write about for that tasting note for a couple reasons. Firstly, it’s definitely a more popular tea here on Steepster and I liked the idea (which I think was suggested by Equusfell) of dedicating a more monumental tasting note to something I’ve been saving for a special occasion or a tea that’s very well regarded within the community. Secondly, it’s sort of a miracle I’m trying this at all. And by that I mean that, when I placed my Whispering Pines order on Black Friday there was a definite goof made on my part. Instead of sending the order to my new address in Regina I accidentally sent it to my old Saskatoon address.
It shouldn’t have made it to me. By the time I noticed the error and managed to get in contact with Brenden the tea had already been shipped off and there was nothing he could do. I spoke to postal workers both in Canada and in the states and there was nothing they seemed to be able to do to reroute the package. Initially, my former roommate wouldn’t reply back to me about sending it my way either (we didn’t part on good terms). It seemed like a lost cause and a write off of an order. However, like a week after tracking was showing the package as delivered in Saskatoon I got a message from him saying he’d sent it my way. Three weeks pass and, well, nothing. Saskatoon and Regina are three hours away from each other so that’s not normal shipping times. Then, out of the blue, Whispering Pines order! I think that’s my 2016 ‘tea miracle’ all used up already. But hell; I’m not complaining.
So yeah; I think this tea has a fair bit of significance that makes it worthy of being note number 3333! And of course I drank it Gong Fu! Actually, I had the session with my mom who’s starting to appreciate pure teas quite a bit more as of late – though she still prefers, as she puts it, things that are “Coconut Cream Pie” flavored over “Mud Tea”. But we’re getting there…
Here’s the TLDR; of my tasting notes from the session:
- Eight+ Infusions
- Starts off very robust with a brothy, thick mouthfeel
- Very mushroomy with kind of meaty notes, earth notes, and wood notes
- Also starts off surprisingly sweet despite a strong savory/umami profile
- Evolves into a more lightly woody/earthy body sip
- With definite rich vanilla notes!
- My mom described it as a sweet pork rind flavour…
Very awesome Shou all around! I can see why people who are drinking WP Pu’erh as some of their first time pu’erhs fall for Pu’erh so hard. It’s such a unique and interesting kind of flavour and it really holds your attention.
Cold Brew Sipdown (129)!
This is the tea that I had to finish off in order to have the tin space for the Juicy Orange I restocked; it came out decidedly spearmint with very little melon. Though, there still was quite a lot of cucumber despite the fact I used up the cucumber chunks in the blend a while ago. I’m gonna wager it was so minty because the spearmint had settled to the bottom of the tin though.
Still the best cucumber tea I’ve ever had, I think. I hope that
some day it comes back at DAVIDsTEA so I can grab more again. It’s unique and so, so refreshing.
This is a queued tasting note.
So, I started packing teaware last night which was, uh, eye opening. I have quite a bit of teaware; I mean even in Saskatoon I had a lot but in the last three (four?) months here in Regina I’d say I’ve arguably doubled the amount. Likely, I’ll have as many boxes for tea/teaware as I will for everything else that’s moving over to the new house.
Choosing what could be packed NOW and what I’ll be packing last minute was the hard part though: it’s only approx 1 1/2 weeks until I move but that’s basically saying “Yes, I definitely wont drink that/use that before then” and… Well…
I like options. Lots of options.
One thing I’m certainly NOT packing up just yet is my mason jar I use for cold brewing because, of course, I enjoy a daily cold brew. Though in the case of this tea enjoy might be a stretch. To put it simply, this was not what I remembered it to be. Not that it was bad it just was so much MORE flavourful and robust than I’d expected from it. To be honest, it was too robust at time. The orange just began tasting very cloying, and that detracted greatly from the experience.
It may go without saying, but promptly after finishing the cold brew my tin of this blend WAS put in a box…
This is a queued tasting note.
Had this one cold shaken in a timolino…
According to Steepster I’ve only written one tasting note on this (prior to this one) and that’s definitely not true! I have very clear memories of drinking this at least three times. Damn. I wish Steepster wouldn’t eat tasting notes; it’s frustrating when you go back to a tea’s page to see how you’ve past tried a tea or what you’ve observed before. I picked this as the fourth tea in my most recent order because I’d tried it before and knew I’d liked it a lot back then – now I can’t read my tasting notes to see what particularly I’d noted!
Anyway, this was pretty good cold shaken in water. I know what I’ve tried previously, years ago, was Distinctive level flavouring but this order I only got delicate level of flavouring because my tastes have changed enough that I don’t need such a strong level of flavour to enjoy the matcha. It was grassy and floral with a secondary sweet candy flavour that kicked in after the initial sip.
Very “Bazooka Joe”. The gum of my childhood.
This is a queued tasting note!
Much thanks to Christina who very kindly ordered me 50g of this during Black Friday since I didn’t want to place an order for a single tea! Tea friends are the best friends! And, if I ever ordered from somewhere you’d like to get some stuff from please let me know because I’d be happy to return the favor!
After getting this in the mail, I decided I needed it immediately. However, it was quite late in the day so I cold brewed it for early in the morning so as not to give myself a bad caffeine buzz before bed. This was pretty tasty; not a carbon copy of what I remember but still very good.
The big difference is that I remember this having potent sweet potato notes. The cold brew didn’t have that flavour so much, but it did have a very lovely dark chocolate taste in conjunction with malt and stonefruit notes. Also, I did taste a kind of vegetal note: though not in the same way I’d use that term with, say, a green tea like a Sencha. More so, this reminded me loosely of carrot juice. In a good way.
I’m hoping a hot cup will bring out more of the sweet potato flavour I remember, but I’m not in any way disappointed by the flavour I got here.
So, I’ve had a busy week because… I’m moving!
Not to a new city or anything crazy; just across the city and out of my parent’s house (again). I’ll be living with two of my closest coworkers, which I think is a pretty awesome arrangement. Honestly, I’m really looking forward to it! The downside, of course, is packing. In between working full time I’ve barely been able to focus on packing: I’ve set a mini goal of doing a box a day of packing though and since I don’t start moving until February 1st I think that’ll give me enough time to have everything boxed up. However, because my attention has been elsewhere I’ve gone and built up a queue of backlogged tasting notes: I was so proud of myself for staying on top of them! That sure didn’t last long though.
Right at the top of the queue is this tea, which I finished off mid week last week Gong Fu in a glass gaiwan. I really wanted to get to look at the leaf while it was infusing because it’s so pretty. The tea was good too; very light body overall but with yummy lemon, malt, and butter notes.
This was also the gong fu session where I’d ordered crepes from a local specialty shop. I was trying to put my new food pairing knowledge to practice so I got a lemon meringue crepe which I thought would compliment the sweet, confectionery and lemon notes of the tea. However, the crepe place just floured my crepe with lemon curd and it was so strong that, while the flavours suited each other, the flavour of the crepe drowned out the delicate profile of the tea. Thankfully I’d gotten in a good four or five infusions before the crepes arrived and put a bit of an end to the session.
Cold Brew Sipdown (131)!
I stopped by DAVIDsTEA last night after work and bought 50g of Juicy Orange and Buchu Superfruit, which means that I need to clear out some tin space for those two teas. That’s actually not all that hard for me to do though, ‘cause I’ve got two DT sipdowns I’ve been putting off for a while – which include this tea.
This cold brew is lovely! It’s sweet, juicy, and just a little tart strawberries accented by a lovely confectionery-type coconut note. There’s a light pineapple taste in the finish that can be picked up once the strawberry dies down a little. Overall, it’s a really nice cold brew – though perhaps inappropriate for the weather – it’s finally starting to get as cold as it normally is this time of year. I’m still really happy I stocked up on this one in the summer! If it reappears this year
doubtful but possible I’m sure I’ll grab more.
I’m regretting not buying more of this in that East Indies group order because even though I’m drinking this pretty infrequently I’m making really large quantities when I do have it, so the leaf is getting used up quite quickly overall. Plus, the tea from that order tastes a lot fresher than what I was buying specifically from Della Terra. Yummy sugary cake with a sweet fruit glaze! Om nom nom.
Flavors: Brown Sugar, Cake, Caramel, Cherry, Molasses, Pineapple, Sweet
A few days ago I drank the exact same Arnold Palmer drink from this note…
Only difference is this time I really didn’t enjoy it. Just making a note here for myself for future reference. DO NOT BUY IT AGAIN!