2067 Tasting Notes
Got ready for work quick enough this morning that I can get in one tasting note from my queue while my work tea for the day steeps in the timolino!
This one is a very old tea from a swap with VariaTEA that took place almost a year ago. One of our first swaps; where we actually prearranged what we were sending one another instead of just sending any and everything. And, like an ass, I’ve put off trying this one until now. My justification being that I thought this was a Chai; and after I’d figured out I don’t like Chai I had zero enthusiasm to try it. But, I couldn’t just get rid of it until I’d tried at least one bag.
So that was the plan here; try one bag, hate it, and either ditch the rest in a swap with someone or possibly just through it out. To ease the anticipated awfulness I added milk. But shocker guys; this is NOT a Chai. It’s a beautiful, sweet custard like cup of hot, silky smooth butterscotch and vanilla sweetness. With just a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg to give this a holiday feeling and add some depth. So, I did not throw this out – and I look forward to the many subsequent cups I’ll have of this during this Christmas season.
It was a much needed reminder to actually CHECK THE INGREDIENTS of a tea instead of just assuming you know what that tea is all about. I mean, obviously, I was shocked and confused my first few sips – but in a good way.
Flavors: Brown Sugar, Butter, Butterscotch, Cream, Custard, Nutmeg, Vanilla
Very sad this wasn’t one of the Back From The Dead teas announced today; I probably would have pissed myself in excitement if it was. And that’s hardly an exaggeration. The new Halloween perfect mug is AMAZING though; I want it. So much.
Anyway; Thanksgiving was Monday – and I don’t really have _ a lot_ of teas that fit well as a Thanksgiving themed tea other than, like, pumpkin flavoured stuff – so instead I just made this one in my timolino with some milk ’cause it is sorta “fall like” and the holiday (happy belated Turkey Day guys) was a good excuse for making this one, which I normally hoard – hardcore.
It was rich, thick, and very creamy with this super smooth “smoked peach” flavour. I guzzled it; and regretted drinking it so quickly so much. I should have savored each drop and taken little baby sips.
Also, because I had to work the holiday I ended up buying Pumpkin Pie and ice cream for all the employees working during the day! Aside from Tre, they’re really my family here in Saskatoon so that was the best way to spend the holiday – just working alongside some really great people, drinking some great tea.
My sore teeth are back; have been for the last three or four days now. And, surprisingly, it’s on the same side and the same area as where the dentist fixed my cavities last time. It’s not constant, and I haven’t really broken down and really cried yet from the pain like last time – but it’s something I think I probably need to check out and get looking at again.
I’ve taken to chewing up like three or four advil at a time (yes, chewing) on the sore side and just letting my mouth go totally numb. I think I might be developing a resistance to whatever is in Tylenol or Advil, ’cause I can take like three or four at a time and it does nothing.
Anyway; this tea is sweet strawberry/currant Fruit Loops! And then, the bamboo brings that sugary fruit sweetness down a bit, and makes things more “gentle” and a bit vegetal. Best bamboo tea EVAH.
I’m really liking this new trend of brewing cold shaken matcha milk to work with me; it’s quicker than steeping tea in the morning, and tastes so so good. This one is so so good too; sweet and delicious! I’m happy I sent a sample to VariaTEA so she can enjoy it too!
I’m confidant I’ll be ordering this in my next (probably far off) matcha order. Bumping my rating up a touch.
In my timolino! I managed to wait the perfect amount of time in the morning after the kettle finished boiling, while getting ready for work, to make a more delicate white tea. I should really splurge/make that important investment and get myself a variable temp kettle. Anyway, this was delicious! Sweet pineapple and fruity rhubarb with just a touch of strawberry over top a sweet, flavourful honey white base. Mmm!
- I think this is far better hot than cold
- It was vegetal and roasty almost on a 50/50 level
- Vanilla was still present and it sweetened everything and added depth of flavour
- And unlike the CB I could taste juicy apricot! Lighter, but present.
- There was an almost indescribable elegantness to this
- Felt like an accurate representation of the character to a fairly good degree
Mixed 2:1 with Maple Syrup Matcha as the “2”. Despite using more maple this was the dominant flavour. You can read more about that in the full note here:
So I mixed this one with Coconut matcha in a timolino to take to work, and even though I didn’t use a 50/50 ratio (I actually used a 2:1 ration in favour of the maple matcha) I could still taste the coconut matcha more strongly than the maple!
The whole point of using more maple, other than bringing me closer to a sipdown, was to exaggerate the taste of the maple matcha. Coconut dominates everything. Not that I’m complaining too strongly.
Eating Swedish Fish and being reminded of my lovely European tea fren’ Anna!
- VERY sweet marzipan cherry nut flavour
- SO good; and rich! Affirmation that buying 3 oz. of this was a good thing!
- Roasty mate complimenting it; smooth
- Black tea creates a nice depth
- I think Adagio manages to capture nut flavour really well!
On the fandom side of things; I really want to get back (and “properly”) into WTNV. And by that, I mean I want to listen to more than the first three or four episodes of it.