2565 Tasting Notes
Happy Belated Pi(e) Day!
For people who don’t/didn’t know – Pi Day is March. 14th, and named so because the date is “03/14” – like the mathematical term. And, this year was extra special because the date was 03/14/15! I think I first learned about this fun pseudo holiday from a math teacher in highschool? But, ever since it’s been something fun to celebrate by going out and buying a pie and eating the whole thing with a few friends. Which is what I did yesterday; bought an apple pie after work and shared it with Tre.
I also wanted to drink pie tea – but couldn’t actually think of anything I owned that was pie related. That is, until this morning when it struck me that, duh, I have this! So, I drank it a day late – but it’s still in spirit of the holiday, so it totally still counts, right? I think so.
Whisked up in matcha; was really tasting the cinnamon pastry notes, with more of a berry aftertaste. It was good though; super frothy!
And – not Pi(e) day related, but it is matcha related! We got confirmation from Rikyu today that Birthday Chawan choice #2 is now officially mine! Hooray! It’s gorgeous, and I’m so excited for it to show up! Now just the hard part; waiting for it to arrive…
(This is the one I got: http://www.rikyucha.com/item/list2/104031/)
Oh, and PS. Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes! Definitely added a lot to my day!
And saying goodbye to yet another DT Seasonal blend that I was hoarding…
Finished this one off as a cold brew because I was craving a creamy mint cold brew and I don’t really have any other mint/chocolate/vanilla teas in my cupboard currently. Unfortunately it probably wasn’t the best way to sip this one down and still get that really rich, creamy taste I love – and somehow it manages to be even more of a mess than this blend normally is!
The mint flavour was great; super hydrating and just the right concentration to feel refreshed but not like I just ate a tablespoon of toothpaste. However, all the white chocolate swirls from the bottom of the tin really messed this up; obviously they didn’t melt – but they did dissolve. Or really, I should say disintegrate. So there were a million floaties, without really contributing much flavour – and then on top of that they managed to coat the entire inside of the mason jar in a surprisingly thick layer of waxy chocolate that was a bitch to clean out.
Darn; I feel like I made a bad judgement call here.
Still; I’m going to miss this blend a lot. It was a really nice herbal to have around, despite the goop, and I think one of my most drank herbal teas ever?
First off, HAPPY BIRTHDAY VARIATEA! I hope you’re having an absolutely fucking wonderful day; and drinking tons of splendid tea! I couldn’t have asked for a better tea twin!
Had this one yesterday on the way to work. It was kinda off tasting while it was hot; something in it was coming off very sudsy/soapy. I want to say that it was the peach flavouring – ’cause the ginger I could taste was ok (as far as ginger goes), but the peach was really artificial/fake.I actually didn’t finish my mug, and I left it up in the staffroom. When I came back for lunch, I grabbed the now super cold half mug and slurped it down. It was much better cold; no soap taste and the peach read as less artificial tasting! This leads me to believe that cold brewing might be a really good option for this tea, so definitely going to add it to my list of future cold brews!
Flavors: Peach, Soap
Last tea of the night; cold brewed – and I’m totally into this one. It’s sweet and really fun; though it kind of seems a little more like a summer tea to me.
It’s totally honeydew; but maybe leaning just a little bit towards a slightly unripened honeydew; it’s got that unripe sort of “tang” to it, which is just kind of accented by a sharp kiwi sour note as the start of the sip. It’s a nice sour though; just a little initial tartness, and then fade into yummy sweet melon. Very juicy and refreshing! Maybe just the tiniest bit of papaya? Mmm!
It’s a shame this is so heavy! I swear with each seasonal collection DT puts out a herbal tea that would be pretty affordable if it weren’t so heavy – and that just makes it super hard to justify buying it – and that’s the one I fall in love with every time! I used up almost all of the 25g sample I got for this cold brew. All I’ll be able to brew with the remaining leaf is a small hot cup…
Queued Tasting Note.
This is the only Winter/Holiday tea from this year that I even remotely considered restocking; but it’s so heavy that, for what it’s priced at it was just hard to justify buying it. But, when the Spring teas came out it dawned on me that if I was going to get it I had to act quickly.
Thankfully, I was able to get Tre to pick some up for me for my birthday! I was expecting 50g – but he got 100g, which was perfectly ok with me. It’d been a while since having it, and I wasn’t sure if I was remembering it more fondly than I should be but I know that VariaTEA liked this one – so worst case I’d just pass it along to her!
But, it is pretty good! It smells AMAZING – so creamy, with such a supple apple smell. Just a little bit of spice – not a lot. I think I underleafed when I steeped this up though; there were a few sips that were delightfully sweet with a lovely vanilla custard and light caramel flavour – just a touch of coriander in the aftertaste. But there were also a few sips that just tasted really thin and watery; with more chamomile flavour. And, the liquor was an awfully pale colour.
I’ll keep that in mind next time I have it; though it was still really good overall. I am glad I picked up more – I seem to be going through my DT herbals awfully quickly.
Also go me! This is the last tea in my queue – and so far I’ve written seventeen tasting notes (and counting) today! Wow, productive day!
Thank you TheLastDodo for the sample! Definitely not my usual jam; not too big on lemongrass, ginger or green tea. But I gave it a shot, and I did my best to be as open minded as I could be!
I cold brewed most of the sample; I was impressed with the smell of the dry leaf actually – it smelled surprisingly like really sweet, fresh squeezed lemonade! No noticeable ginger. The taste, however, wasn’t quite as good. It definitely wasn’t bad – and like in the smell, I couldn’t taste ginger at all despite seeing several sizable pieces in what I had measured out for the brew. That was a plus for me. The lemon was intense though; and while some sips tasting a little more like natural, sweet and tart lemon flavour most of it tasted just like lemongrass – which I’m really fickle towards. Not really sure why. It’s just… different and weird.
The base itself was ok; definitely grassy but for what’s in the blend it works well and comes together pretty seamlessly. It definitely wasn’t the problem with this blend, for me that is.
Thanks again TheLastDodo – it was pretty average overall with definites negatives and positives. I was more than ok with passing the rest of my sample along to a coworker though.
Queued Tasting Note.
Made with a splash of milk and brought with to work; definitely provided a good energy boost from all the caffeine in this one – and with the milk it was super smooth and silky. Most dominant note was sweet almonds, and then milk chocolate. So, pretty much it was like drinking chocolate covered almonds. Just a little bit of a roasty, coffee like flavour to round things out a bit.
Mmm! Definitely one of my favourite Adagio blends.
Queued Tasting Note.
Apparently I have had this cold brewed before. I couldn’t remember if I had, and I thought I was trying this blend a new way by prepping it this way! Darn.
It was really good though; definitely didn’t have much of a “cream” factor from the chocolate drops/yogurt drops. I mean, that flavour doesn’t always come out to begin with – but this was especially lacking. It made up for it in robust, almost earthy sweet mocha notes though. It even had a tinge of hazelnut in the finish! And I know there’s not a lot of caffeine in this (just the little bit from the coffee beans) but I still felt like I was tricking my body into being more awake/alert at work.
And that’s never a bad thing.
Finishing this one off tonight in my little cloud pot that I got today. My birthday present from my incredible tea twin VariaTEA! Check it out:
It’s so fun and whimsical; it reminds me greatly of LoZ. Not entirely sure why, but that’s definitely what I’m going to be associating it with mentally. Now to cross my fingers that VariaTEA’s present makes it to her tomorrow – ‘cause I just realized her actual birthday is Sunday; and no bloody post on Sundays! I really, really hope you’ll like it as much as I’m loving this pot.
I only did a couple infusions of this one; and they pretty much tasted the same – like my first experience with this one (Western style) but with a little bit more of an apparent base. It was so good! This one is immediately going back onto my wishlist; it’s probably the best plum tea I’ve ever had!
And the cloud pot is perfect; really easy to pour out of and easy to handle! I’m glad I got a chance to use it today – even if I didn’t take the time to do a ‘proper’ session with it.
This is one of the teas that Tre bought me 100g of for my birthday; I actually only wanted 50g because I already had this in my cupboard, I just needed a bit of a “top up” because the tin was getting kind of low now that I’ve incorporated this into my sick tea rotation.
Turns out 100g was definitely too much; with the tea I already had it was too much to fit into my DT tin so I had no choice but to either toss out some leaf (God forbid) or brew some up to use up the extra leaf. I went with the latter option and made a really, really large cold brew (basically a big pitcher of tea). Man this is so good! Tart, sweet, apple, berry, lemon…
Have I done it as a tea soda yet? That should be the next thing I try with this if not; it’d be like a sparkling apple/berry lemonade! How tasty does that sound!?
Pretty damn tasty is the answer…