3103 Tasting Notes
I had no idea what wild dagga was when I bought this tea, I just thought it looked pretty and I wanted to continue my exploration of Pu’erh. Imagine my surprise when I looked up wild dagga and learned that dagga is a mild psychoactive plant sometimes compared to cannabis.
Straight from Wikipedia: “It is sometimes used as a Cannabis substitute by recreational users as an alternative to illegal psychoactive plants”.
Now, I’m not sure if those properties come through through steeped tea because the article references smoking the plant, but one thing is certainly true – I steeped up a mug of this Western style and after finishing that one mug I felt more tea drunk and pacified than any other tea has ever made me feel. And the taste was great on top of that; I don’t think I tasted the dagga at all (I don’t even know what it’s supposed to taste like) but the Pu was very nice. Smooth, earthy with savory, meaty notes and a cocoa sweetness. Maybe a little wood-y as well.
I look forward to further exploring this one.
I let this steep a little long and the result was a taste that was very concentrated lemon. Lemon zest and lemon peel, actually. It tasted really great, but the concentrated lemon flavour drowned out the vanilla notes and almond that make this tea more unique and nuanced.
PS. Congrats on your special day, Sil! I’m drinking all my tea today with you in mind. Enjoy the day and all of the hard work you’ve put into it; you deserve it! Eat cake, and make that man cry because of how drop dead stunning you are!
Started my morning off today with a cup of Earl Grey. Or, well, half a cup…
My brother was in the kitchen looking for snack food and I asked him to bring me a cookie; instead, from the kitchen (like fifteen feet away) he tossed the cookie packet over to me. And of all the places it could have landed it landed in my mug of EG. The momentum knocked over the mug onto the floor. Unfortunately, there’s now a faint EG stain all over the white carpet the tea splashed onto.
Thank God it didn’t break! It’s one of my really nice Adeline mugs – the one covered in poppies, and I wouldn’t have been able to replace it had it broke. It was disappointing though; I was enjoying that tea!
This is one of Andrew, from Liquid Proust Teas, crazy ideas but one which certainly looked interesting to me. I can’t actually remember ever trying a mind blowing chocolate oolong and so the possibility of this tea filling that whole intrigued me a lot! The dry leaf looks really interesting; and it has a soft, sweet cocoa smell and some floral notes too.
Hmm, this didn’t brew up to be the most appetizing smelling or aesthetically beautiful. It’s very murky/cloudy looking, and I get the impression it may have an oilier mouthfeel. However, the really concerning thing is the aroma of the liquor coming from the cup: it’s like the most floral oolong smell I’ve ever come across mixed with mildew and wet dog? And I know that’s harsh – but honestly that’s what I’m smelling and it’s making me gag just a little bit.
The weird thing is that it actually doesn’t taste bad; and I don’t know if I’ve ever come across a tea with such a disconnect between the taste and smell since those two senses are so incredibly intertwined. I mean it’s certainly not the delicious cocoa tea I was expecting but it’s actually nice enough. There are very strong nutty notes and then more medium notes of burnt toast and cocoa in the body of the sip. There are also subtle moss and floral notes. I don’t really like the way the more natural/floral notes pair with the toasty notes and sweet cocoa – it’s kind of like some sort of unholy Frankenstein’s monster of tea.
I’m gonna call it; this is the first offering from Liquid Proust that I dislike – I could probably handle it if, when I went in for a sip, I didn’t have to smell the steeped tea but that just kills it for me. That said, every other review I’ve read has been favourable so if you get the chance to sample this I encourage trying it and forming your own opinion. It’s just not for me.
Brewed this one up specifically with my brother in mind; he loves DT’s Bamboozled so much that I thought he might like this blend. Even though it’s not peachy there’s another more obvious connection between the two…
And, he did like it which is a success in itself – thought not as much as Bamboozled or Just Peachy (his reigning favourites). I’m liking it too; the bamboo is the most prominant flavour and tastes sweet, light, crisp, and a little vegetal. The strawberry notes follow shortly after and are delightfully sweet (like the light, sweet flavour of strawberries in strawberry shortcake) but quite fleeting. It also maybe tastes a touch lemony?
My day just took a turn for the better but also more confusing and equally stressful…
I just got a call from Value Village; they’ve offered me a F/T position starting at $11.75 an hour (which is definitely fair; minimum wage is $10.20 in SK) for an entry level position where I’d be working both as a cashier and within the donations center. My understanding is that being cross trained in both these departments is not a common occurrence and combined with the wage they’ve offered is their way of showing that they really want me there: if I were working in one department they wouldn’t be able to offer me fulltime which is something I had expressed I was looking for so they’ve merged the positions for me.
At the same time, I was also contacted by DAVIDsTEA today about doing a group interview for a seasonal position as a Tea Guide. Assuming that, following the interview, I’m offered a position the downside here is that despite DT obviously being the job I’m more passionate about, there’d be no guarantee I’d be offered a position after Christmas and I likely wouldn’t be making as much.
So; thinking forwards, I may very well have to make a decision between the two and while I know where my heart lies I don’t know if that’s necessarily the realistic choice. I almost feel like I have to accept the DT position if I’m offered it though – regardless of what’s more realistic. It applies directly to what I’m studying, so it’s worth the chance…I’m feeling stressed all over again; though this time it’s for a good reason? Wiser, older Steepster users I need advice…
I’m kind of mad at myself, because this cold brew from yesterday was actually meant to be North Winds but the tins I keep North Winds and Jabberwocky in look really similar and I accidentally prepped this one instead of North Winds like planned.
After the last cold brew I did of this tea, which did not resonate with me, I certainly wasn’t looking to repeat the experience – but actually it turned out to be a good thing because this cold brew was a definite improvement on the last, which in a way redeemed this tea in my eyes.
- Sweet Potato
- Stonefruit (Cherry/Plum)
So, yesterday I was awoke at about 8AM by my mom who burst into my room and scared the shit out of me because Value Village was on the phone and wanted to talk to me. Basically, they wanted me to come in for a second interview later in the morning – to which I definitely agreed.
Thankfully I didn’t have to rush out of the house this time, so I got to enjoy breakfast and a cup of tea. I picked out this one because of the caffeine and I thought the calming spearmint and crisp cucumber notes would maybe help settle and nerves before the interview. I oversteeped a little which resulted in some light astringency, and a brisker black tea flavour but otherwise this was a really enjoyable cuppa.
I think the second interview went well; I was told pending a reference check I should expect an offer – that was yesterday, and I’m still waiting to hear back today. I got an email from one of my references this morning so I know that at the very least it went well in that regard, but considering how early in the day I received the call from them and the fact it’s now 2PM definitely doesn’t help with the nerves I’ve got…
Ooh! A challenge!
This tea came with my Liquid Proust Teas order as an added bonus; thank you Andrew! I have to say, the idea of guessing what’s in the blend fascinates me. I think I did a pretty good job with this for Lupicia’s Cache-cache blend – though I didn’t get a chance to with Butiki’s mystery blends.
The the green base is an obvious given but if I’m going to try and guess what makes up this blend then I’m going to use every angle I can get: taking a look at the dry leaf, the infused liquor’s colour, the smell and obviously the taste.
Starting with the dry leaf: I definitely see fruity chunks. My initial thought is strawberry or raspberry; it’s hard to tell whether they’re freeze dried strawberry chunks or little bits of raspberry with all the sections/seeds. There’s also another visible fruit; something much paler. Going on the smell of the dry leaf I certainly want to say dragonfruit. It also doesn’t seem like a stretch for LP to want to experiment with something more exotic. However, visually this looks more like sections of kiwi because of how the seeds are arranged. The flesh of a dragonfruit has seeds all throughout the fruit while kiwi’s are more central. I also clearly see a piece of chocolate (or ‘chocolate yogurt’) in the dry leaf I’ve measured out for myself. Right now I’m leaning towards strawberry kiwi chocolate. That definitely seems like compatible flavours, but just different enough to intrigue LP.
I did this one as a cold brew, so I don’t really get to use the aroma of the steeping tea as an indicator. However, the visual liquor is giving me a lot to go off – it’s this really cloudly ‘blush pink’ colour and I know this beautiful shade of pink couldn’t be achieved with dried fruit alone so even though I didn’t see any in the leaf I have a hunch there’s some hibiscus in this blend. The cloudiness is also a tip off; teas with chocolate or yogurt definitely tend to look that way so this is in my mind validating that I did indeed see chocolate in the dry leaf.
And finally the taste test! Let me start by saying that despite the green base I do like the way this tea tastes and first and foremost that’s the most important thing here – not solving LP’s mystery tea flavour. Though that’s certainly fun and a part of the experience too.
I have to say, I was leaning towards strawberry before trying the tea but now I definitely get more of a raspberry note – especially in the lingering aftertaste. The base is really grassy and kind of marine tasting too, I like the flavour but unfortunately I feel like it’s masking some of the ingredients LP has used here. Other than raspberry and base, there’s a tartness that’s clearly hibiscus but not a lot of it. If the colour hadn’t tipped me off I may not have noticed? Or, at least, I’d probably have attributed it to the raspberry. What I’m really trying to figure out is this whole kiwi/dragonfruit dilemma. I wonder if there’s a possibility this has both? When I thought the raspberry was strawberry, kiwi seemed a lot more plausible than it does now and whatever the flavour it’s a little too mild to really stand out as something distinct and not just ‘tropical’.
Alright Andrew, here’s my final(ish) guess:
- Green Tea Base (duh)
- Chocolate of some kind
How’d I do?
Notes of cherry, vanilla, leather, ash, and smoke! Perfect for a dominatrix, no?
I guess my mom could smell the tea steeping though because she came out of her room and started complaining the neighbors were smoking by the windows again. Their backyard basically shares the wall our kitchen is along so when the window is open I guess my mom can smell them smoking tobacco and… other stuff.
I had to explain that the smell was from the tea, not someone smoking. Just wait until I get my Lapsang Souchong yixing; the smell of smoke is gonna fill our kitchen! But in a good way, I hope.
This one was a big hit with all of the fam jam. Per my brother’s request I didn’t use any sweetener when I was preparing it, and that totally worked in our favour because this tisane has a strong enough flavour to support itself. It tasted a little like if you turned Fuzzy Peaches into a carbonated beverage; pleasantly sour and sweet. There were also prominent apple notes. However, this rendition was a lot more natural tasting than those little candies usually are.
I find it fascinating that despite saying he doesn’t really like peaches that much both of my brothers favourites teas/tisanes he’s tried to date have had heavy peach notes. The two being this tisane, or course, and the now discontinued “Bamboozled” that DAVIDsTEA used to carry. He’s still got a small bag stashed away somewhere at my Dad’s though. I’ve gotta see if I can get him to find it though; I want to see how that tea soda compares to this one.