3763 Tasting Notes
Thank you to Tea Story for kindly sending me some samples to try out and review for them. Since the steeping guide on the sample packet has Western brewing instructions that’s how I decided to try out the sample.
My first infusion was very warm and toasty with some great, roasty flavour and a bit of a softer nuttiness. Definitely no bitterness or astringency; just a very smooth flavour and mouthfeel. I’d say probably more of a medium body than anything else. Other than the roasty notes, I also found that this was a bit floral, especially as it cooled and had a nice sweetness that was a bit of a cross between a lighter caramel and sort of a honey sweetness. Maybe the tiniest hint of light peachy fruitiness?
My second infusion was a much lighter roasty flavour that was less of a top note and more of a body note. Instead, I’d say the focus was definitely shifted more in favour of the floral notes in the tea. It maintains that honey sweetness in the finish, although this one doesn’t have a super long lasting aftertaste.
I know traditionally is usually reserved for people of high esteem or special occasions but I think because of the lower caffeine level, general ‘smoothness’ of the blend, and really nice flavour profile this would make for a very unobtrusive daily drinker. Thanks again Tea Story for the sample!
So, Last Mountain is a localish distillery that I know my Dad really likes though I’ve never tried anything brewed there up until I saw this – and then how could I resist!?
It’s essentially a combination of my two favourite things to drink: alcohol and tea, and I’m sure it’s gonna be a summer friend of mine. My friend James just turned 25, so we cracked open the “jug” to try for his birthday party. Everyone was pretty interested in what this would be like.
So, straight/neat this isn’t awful but it’s kind of a weird balance of kind of bitter and also quite sweet. It’s got a lemony flavour as well; reminds me a tiny bit of Brisk with alcohol burn? I wouldn’t really recommend this plain or as shots.
What I ended up doing for the evening was 2 oz. in an ice filled highball topped with Sprite and a splash of Limencello liqueur and that was tasty although still strong. I like my drinks quite strong,though. I’d wager it would also be REALLY good in lemonade as a sort of half and half/Arnold Palmer type thing. And of course you could also just mix it with cold brewed black tea or bottled “Iced Tea” like Brisk/Nestea and I’m sure that’d be fine too.
This is a queued tasting note.
Finished as a cold brew with a bit of vodka. Not a lot; but just enough to make finishing this rather lackluster cold brew worth while. I say lack luster because the off, semi tart apple notes and abundance of rosehip flavour dusted with cinnamon really just didn’t do it for me. It’s just another “Forever Nuts” type of tea, and not a super solid one.
Made a big pitcher of this one that I’ve been drinking throughout the week;
It’s very floral. Like, very, very floral but still quite pleasant because it’s a sweet sort of floral with berry notes and a subtle grassy undertone. Honestly, I really expected that at this point I’d probably be sick of this tea. I mean, I was already in the minority for liking it in the first place – but it’s still a favourite of mine and a consistent, solid choice.
Flavors: Berries, Floral, Grass, Sweet, Vegetal
Made a big pot of this one to drink on the porch while watching the rain.
It was a pleasant enough pot; strong citrus/mandarin notes but while the mandarin usually comes off as a little watered down this pot didn’t sacrifice any of its sharpness/flavour and so each sip kind of pleasantly “cut in” to you with its citrusy vibrancy.
Had a very, very lazy day around the house earlier this week – hence the teabag.
The tea was good though; it was the perfect lazy, thoughtless sidekick for when I made Kahlua brownies earlier in the day. The taste of rich, gooey chocolate with notes of espresso paired with allspice, clove, and vanilla? To die for.
I will say this though, it’s very hard to make brownies without a brownie pan.
This review is for the Caramel Corn infused Milk Chocolate bar as sold by DAVIDsTEA…
…which can be seen in more detail here: https://www.davidstea.com/ca_en/caramel-corn-milk-chocolate
- Hints of caramel, fruit, and cinnamon
- REALLY good; the caramel corn really comes through strongly
- And there are no hard “chunks” to hurt your teeth
- Plus, the milk chocolate pairs well with caramel and fruit; smart base chocolate choice
- The spongey popcorn bit are the best to bite into as well
- I think this is tied with Movie Night for the best tea/chocolate combo from DT
- And interestingly both have popcorn in them…
Rating for the chocolate bar: a solid ninety. I think I like it better than the tea itself.
This is a queued tasting note.
Man, I thought it was the other Laos Pu’erh from Camellia Sinensis I’d already tried, which is why I grabbed this one. Mixed the two up though; so instead I got to try a different take on this one: Gong Fu as opposed to brewing it Western style.
This was a short Gong Fu session; only four infusions. The tea was good; that’s not why the session was cut so short. The reason it stopped when it did was because I LITERALLY fell asleep. Seriously, I woke up stretched out on our couch with my tea tray sitting on the table in front of it, and a small teacup curled up with me. Thank God neither roommate was home; that would have been an interesting sight to walk in on. I don’t think I’d be able to live it down.
The infusions, prior to my dozing off, were a nice mix of sweet licorice/anise notes and stonefruit alongside mineral notes, a buttery vegetal flavour, and hint of spice. Silky, creamy mouthfeel throughout. Yummy!
This is a queued tasting note.
- Light hints of coconut
- Had a vegetal/grassy sourness
- And a slight lemony acidity
- Especially prominent in the finish
Hard to say whether or not this cup was better than the first one I had; I feel like the base was smoother in the first cup but at the same time I DIDN’T get to taste much coconut or bergamot. This cup the base wasn’t as pleasant, but I got more coconut and some citrus notes that were bergamot like. Not sure which was the better trade off.
Overall, this was interesting but not captivating. The difference between the two being an important and noteworthy point.