3847 Tasting Notes
So last night was my friend Katie’s 19th birthday so a group of us took her out to the bar/club for the first time – I can’t really afford to drink out right now (saving up for dental work; shoot me now) so I was the sober one of the group.
Sometimes being the sober one is a good thing; you get to watch the crazy antics of your friends. Sometimes, it’s a bad thing though – you have to babysit when they get sloppy. In this case, it was a bit of both? No one got messy drunk, but we went to the loudest/busiest club in the city and as someone who is severely introverted and who doesn’t like dancing, I was FAR too sober to have a good time there. But, we weren’t there for me so I sucked it up.
Fast forward to this morning; Katie and our friend Matt were too drunk to go home so they crashed on our couch for the night. This morning I decided I’d make a big brunch for the three of us (Trey had already left for work, and Cathryn is out of town this weekend). Hashbrowns, scrambled lemon pepper cheesy eggs, toast with homemade blackberry jam, mandarin fruit salad, and of course nice hot tea! What I forgot, sadly, was that there are two main kinds of hungover people: the kind that need to eat away the hangover, and the kind that are far too sick to even look at food. Unfortunately, they were both the latter. Which is a shame, because brunch was so good.
However, the one thing that they actually BOTH finished from brunch was the tea! So, Liquid Proust for two highly hungover non-tea drinkers I’d definitely consider that some mighty high praise. And deserved praise; they each got a cup of tea but I very selfishly finished the rest of the pot because I really, really adore this one. Honestly, the fact I was willing to share any at all if actually pretty impressive and proof that I’m not a COMPLETELY selfish person.
Notes of lemon, bergamot, white peaches, and peach heavy fruit salad with those delicious little candied cherries. Floral undertones. Really smooth, medium bodied with a long lingering finish. Mmm!
It’s also holding up well for an older(ish) tea.
Flavors: Bergamot, Floral, Fruity, Lemon, Peach
I actually forgot I was cold brewing this one, so it got a nearly 48 hour brew time in the fridge. I was definitely worried that would make for a seriously tart hibby filled brew, but this is actually still very mellow and even maybe a little watered down tasting? I guess that means I didn’t use nearly as much leaf as I thought. Hooray for accidental underleafing?
Despite that watery quality, the guava and mango notes that did come through still bounced off my tongue and were sweet and full of life! This last week has been a weird one because it’s kind of vacillated between feeling like we’re in the heart of summer but also like the transition to autumn is just beginning to start. This, however, is a definitively summer blend! Yeah, it’s good year round – but the tropical and exotic fruity notes really put you in the heart of summertime.
Also, I guess I must have subconsciously really been in the mood to listen to The Chainsmokers today because the song I paired with this tea was yet another song by them…
I think if you pay attention to the word choice I’ve used when describing this tisane, though, it’s easy to see why this is the song that came to mind.
This one is fascinating as a cold brew because the flavour profile changes so completely. I almost don’t believe it’s the same time. The flavour is much more bold and full bodied, and there’s an overlying sweetness that certainly tops the subtle sweetness of the hot cup I enjoyed last week. In many ways, it reminds me of DT’s Elderflower Spritz blend which uses white tea in addition to sencha and other added ingredients. Mostly, that’s because this has a very sweet floral flavour with underlying fruit/berry notes. The floral notes are a little rosey but mostly generic. There’s also a touch of sweet lemon flavour. And of course you get hints of sweet hay as well.
It’s a very, very different experience but an equally enjoyable one.
I started listening to this while drinking the tea even before I realized the floral notes were reminding me of roses, but it seemed even more perfect after I made the connection. The reason I actually chose this was because the flavour of the tea reminded me of the beautiful shade of pink used in the cover art for this song…
Currently drinking this one as a cold brew;
Very strong notes of watermelon and brown sugar. I’m super happy that this one really hasn’t aged much – each brew is still incredibly tasty. What’s really amazing is that this is one of the very first non DAVIDsTEA loose leaf blends I ever had, and three-ish years later and I still adore it. Tastes change, but apparently not my taste for this one.
It’s become apparent that I’m not going to get to binge Legend of Korra the way I want to; our schedules just don’t line up well (there’s always two of us available but not three) and we’re still on season one. So, I need something to watch in the mean time and it just so happens that I’ve decided to rewatch Fruits Basket! I’m on episode ten so far; really enjoying my rewatch. I feel like there’s a lot of innuendo I missed out on the first time I watched this. Which was like five years ago?
This is a queued tasting note.
Made this one in a teacup for a late night cuppa; added a splash of milk as well. It was so pretty to look at, I almost didn’t want to drink it. It looked like nice, lovely frothy matcha! Except, not matcha. Mulberry leaf! Top notes of pastry cream, macadamia nuts, and white chocolate and then more vegetal body and background notes: buttery spinach and kale, and other leafy veggies. It’s such a perplexing combination of flavours but a really, really nice one too. Sweet and umami!
This is a queued tasting note.
Enjoyed drinking this one on the way to work last week; in addition to the lovely toasty flavour of the rice the array of vegetal notes were quite soothing. Squash, green beans, edamame, and snap peas specifically. And then, you could just faintly taste the juniper in the finish as I nice pine note. Really peaceful. However, one of those teas I think you kind of just need to enjoy on its own – so no tea and song pairing for this one.
Finished this one off at the end of a long work day; I came home and strained my cold brew and then just dumped in the last of a bottle of Triple Sec that was on the counter. Probably about three, maybe four, shots worth left in the bottle? I didn’t take the time to measure. As far as the flavour goes, it didn’t do much but really amp up the overall fruity notes of the blend – specifically the orange, for obvious reasons.
One nice thing about pairing tea and alcohol (especially when you’re using caffeine free teas or tisanes) is that it acts as a press because of all the water. That knowledge makes it so hard to not to over do it on the “tea cocktails”.
Found my tin of this while I was working on my
somewhat secret project for VariaTEA this morning; I actually thought I’d finished this one a while ago back when I still had the GCTTB so I was happy to see I actually had enough leaf left for one last teacup.
The taste was lovely; a really smooth, easy drinking light to medium bodied tea with a good balance and medley of fig, honey, and floral notes. I definitely feel like I should have been drinking it with some nice dainty finger sandwiches or something like that. Just a really nice, delicate flavour overall. One of the better fig teas I’ve had the pleasure of drinking and I’m happy I got this last ‘surprise’ cup of it.
This is a queued tasting note.
Cold Brew! Kind of over this tea a little bit; not that it tastes bad. I just feel like I’ve tried it every way that counts, and it’s so consistent that I don’t really get anything new out of drinking it anymore. Creamy, nutty, chocolate, coffee…
It’s good but not really a cupboard staple for me anymore. Especially since I’m not a huge coffee lover in the first place.
Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7d8LUJ8Ejk
Cold Brew Sipdown (133)!
Well, looks like I’ve been saying goodbye to a lot of my more summery blends this week; specifically the tisanes I picked up for the summer. I guess that makes sense, we’re very slowly starting to transition into autumn now. More in feeling than any sort of physical/weather related reason though; it just feels like summer is coming to a close now.
I never did get to do a comparison of this one and Coco Colada or Tropicalia, but overall I did enjoy this one a lot. It feels like DT had a lot of “Pina Colada” teas this summer, but this one was different than all the others because the emphasis was so incredibly strong on the pineapple in the blend and it didn’t actually have coconut in it.
I definitely feel like I’ve shared the original version of this song before but to be completely honest this remix is VERY MUCH its own thing. I really can’t hear the original in it at all, to be completely honest.
Flavors: Apple Candy, Honey, Pineapple