3895 Tasting Notes
Wasn’t sure what to expect from this tea because grapefruit so often tastes quite bitter in tea blends, and I’m a little fickle when it comes to ginger but I have to say I was pretty pleasantly surprised by this one…
The oolong base is really smooth, and kind of faintly fruity and nutty which was pleasant. To be perfectly honest, I found neither the base or the grapefruit/ginger as impactful as I was originally expecting them to be flavour wise. Instead the grapefruit was really smooth and sweet, perhaps tempered by the sugared ginger? I actually didn’t taste a whole lot of the ginger until the aftertaste, when the grapefruit notes had waned a little bit. But even then I found it pretty pleasant; I think I didn’t mind it in this blend because it wasn’t really spicy at all. More a sweet ginger note like what you’d get in Ginger Ale? I’d call this one light to medium bodied overall with just the right balance of flavours to experience everything without feeling crowded by it. The star note, for sure, was the grapefruit though.
Really easy to drink, and I’m sure something that wont survive too long in my cupboard before being sipped down.
Cold brew from a few days ago…
This is one of the easiest cold brews to drink down; it’s so smooth and the perfect balance of sweet, juicy, and playfully sour. It has life to it; if that makes sense. What really made it great aside from the solid flavour though was getting to listen to it at the same time as I was first experiencing a new single from one of my favourite bands.
Here’s the song pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQ017T_euy0&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ&index=3
Very catchy and upbeat! I’m already getting to hyped for this new album: they’ve only shared three songs from it so far but each one has been so solid and catchy. It’s just feel good music…
Flavors: Candy, Green Apple, Peach, Sweet, Tangy
This is a queued tasting note.
Drank this one cold brewed, and even after it getting a super long 40ish hour cold brew because I forgot about it in the fridge it still tasted wonderful. I will say that I think such a long cold brew really brought out the lemon notes to a point where they overshadowed much of the other flavours in the blend. But they were creamy, sweet and silky lemon notes so all is forgiven.
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Made this one for the commute to work as an iced latte; I have a gut feeling it might be my last iced latte for the bus ride in to work for a while as we’ve definitely hit that part in the year where early morning are definitely sweater weather – so I’ll probably be making mostly hot tea for work now just to stay warm.
This was super yummy though! I made it with coconut milk, so I got to experience all the rich, gooey caramel notes with a coconut undertone that really complimented the flavour and added more character and depth to the drink. Plus, the earthy, creamy pu’erh? Mmm – divine! And the perfect dessert tea to make sure I was starting the day off with something yummy.
So I’ve actually never had the treat for which this tea is named and inspired by, but it sounds absolutely delicious and I really, really found the name of this tea very compelling so I figured this one was absolutely worth a try.
And honestly, it’s phenomenal. Probably the best creation by 52teas that I’ve tried in a LONG time – and I’m definitely including my reblend in that list as well.
It’s just this wonderful, rich and full bodied dessert-type tea that hits the pastry nail right on the head. Personally, I’m drawing a lot of waffle-y, sweet, maple and nutty type notes from this one. Having never tried Ho-dduk before I can’t speak to the accuracy, but in addition to those maple and waffle notes I also I get hardcore pecan pie or butter tart vibes from this (and lord knows I love pecans) crossed with kind of Elephant Ear like pastry? You know, light and fluffly dusted with lots and lots of powdered sugar and cinnamon. The stuff you get hot at the carnival or as street food. Mmm!
No song pairing for this one; I got too caught up in the cup and I never found a song to pair it with before I’d finished it. Here’s a hilarious video instead, though:
This is a queued tasting note.
Cold Brew Sipdown (129)!
Sipping this one down is less tragic because I know I bought it locally and I can probably get a hold of it to restock pretty easily; but it still kind of sucks because this has been really consistently enjoyable. I’m sticking with the description I used on a previous tasting note of this one: it’s basically a Coffee Crisp if the bar somehow incorporated apple into the flavour. And, in the case of this blend, cinnamon as well because that flavour note also came through really nicely.
When looking for my song pairing for this one I just pulled something from the Great Gatsby sound track, which I quite liked. That was probably the easy way out, but I’ve been fascinated by relating the flavour of this tea to the characters/settings in the book and I wanted to see if I could find a song from the soundtrack that helped strengthen the literary connection this tea is named for even further.
This is the song pairing I liked the best: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLtxgDvC3Tw&list=PLf8QJjyzKLu2hm1e_Ao0G-6YKhtZnJgHh&index=17
The perfect merger of ‘current music’ and fifties flapper music!
Cold Brew, drank two ways!
The first half I drank just as it was after being strained and this tasted pretty solid. Definitely no astringency or bitterness – and I found the currant notes I observed the first time I tried this hot tasted even stronger and richer. The finish was nice and lightly floral as well, which was pleasant too. One thing that was a bit different was that I didn’t notice any sort of citrus or bergamot notes with this cold brew.
The second way I tried it was with some added dark rum because I thought that might make a nice “tea cocktail” type berry punch sort of thing. I wouldn’t recommend going down that route though; even though I was careful about the proportions I was mixing this came out tasting rather anti-septic and unpleasant.
Song Pairing, for the first
pleasant way I tried this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDKmKJBhEx4&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ&index=3
Made about eight tea eggs earlier this week with the remainder of a carton of eggs; I was really craving these yummy treats but I realized after already doing my initial hard boil that I didn’t have any cinnamon sticks or clove because I’ve been using them to treat the pain from a cracked too that I can’t afford to get fixed right now.
So, I scoured the internet looking for alternative tea eggs recipes and I eventually settled on one that used soy sauce, sugar, salt, a juiced tangerine
which I happened to have in the fridge, some vanilla, and peppercorns. And, of course, my tea. I picked this one because I figured the almost anise-like notes of the tea and natural fruity/orange notes I’ve experienced would compliment the rest of the flavour profile.
So, several hours later… tea eggs!
I actually quite like this alternative recipe: the eggs came out super pretty looking and they taste nice too. Of course, it’s a little tricky figuring out just how much of the flavour I’m tasting is from the added ingredients and how much is from the tea itself; but in addition to the normal flavours a hard boiled egg would have each of these also has a subtle sweetness (the vanilla?) and a light citursy/tangerine like flavour. It’s kind of different, but in a very enjoyable way.
These have kind of been my “on the go” breakfast the last few days – and now I only have two eggs left and I’m already really sad to be done with them. I go through tea eggs way too quickly.
So, this is definitely one of those cases where my first impression of a tea was pretty far off. Honestly, I hated this the first time I had it. In fact, I rated it a measly “14” and I was so hesitant to revisit it that I swapped or gave away all of the remaining 50g I originally started with except for a single cup’s worth – which I just drank.
While I still don’t think this is a particularly good tea I did find it to be a lot better than I initially gave it credit for. A good deal of that was due to a lack of lavender flavour in the cup; in fact, this barely tasted like lavender at all. Sure, it was a little floral but in a rather muted and generic way. I also was actually able to taste some fruity sweetness though I wouldn’t pinpoint it as specifically “fig”. But it was soft, and pleasantly sweet.
Overall I’d describe the flavour as very muddled – but that’s a step forward from my first impression, and definitely worthy of a somewhat increased rating. And at least I was able to finsih this cup worth! That also counts for a lot.
No deeper meaning here; it’s just what I was listening to when I drank this and I found it worked well in regard to creating a good tea drinking atmosphere/mood.
Finished this one off with supper; it’s been a very lazy “in bed” kind of day for me so far. I studied for a while, and watched some TV but mostly I’ve just slept off and on and enjoyed a couple lazy, casual cuppas.
I didn’t much care for this one last time I had it; it was too thin/weak and reminded me more of hot chocolate than either tea OR coffee. So, I changed some things today to try and get a better cup out of it. For starters, I added milk to give this a richer, fuller mouthfeel and add some creaminess to the flavour. Afterall, this is supposed to be Mocha Latte so milk didn’t seem like a stretch. Then, to exaggerate the coffee notes I added in a shot of Kahlua as the piece de resistance.
At this point, you can barely call this tea anymore – it’s just a sweet, creamy drink that kind of hits some of the elements of a Mocha Latte and some of the elements of a cup of hot cocoa. It’s creamy, with strong vanilla/custard notes and a lot of chocolate and coffee. That thin, weak flavour is gone and it was thoroughly pleasant. I still can’t improve my rating though – it shouldn’t take that much doctoring to make a tea tolerable. And like I said, there was far from anything about this by the time I was finished with it that tasted like tea at all.