3901 Tasting Notes
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.
Finished this one off hot earlier in the day when I was still at my mom’s. Brenna (my sister) and I were doing some baking because I promised her I’d help her learn how to make Chocolate Chip cookies from scratch, so I drank this while mixing everything together and then waiting for it to bake. The cookies turned out great; last minute we decided to add pecans to the batter and it was the best decision we could have made. So yummy! I brought some home with me, so I’ll have to find something tomorrow to pair them with…
The tea was really lovely hot, but definitely a bit different than the cold brewed version. For starters, the fruity notes were almost completely lemon rather than a medlly of lemon and orange and which this had strong floral notes from the greener oolong base it didn’t have any jasmine notes from the added jasmine. Just lily/orchid like floral notes. The grassy, vegetal component of the oolong base was also pretty strong and it really lingered in the aftertaste though it was welcomed as it was a nice addition to the lemony notes. I’d definitely get this one again; I’m really happy with both preparation styles that I got to try.
Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71_OQnk9D_0
I didn’t actually pick this pairing, which was sort of cool. I told my sister that song and tea pairings are something I like to do because it helps me feel more immersed in the experience of drinking the tea, and really enjoy the moment and she asked if she could pick my song for this tea.
I should note that her father is very immersed in theatre, and has acted in like 10+ plays/musicals in the city here, and is currently stage managing so she’s been very, very exposed to a lot of musical theater and that makes up like 90% of her music selection. So I’m not surprised by her choice – but I enjoyed it! Very upbeat and lively, which was a good pairing with the sweet, juicy lemon notes. I quite like musical theater anyway, so this isn’t a stretch for me to listen to anyway.
So mixed this up with some lemonade when I got home from my mom’s house tonight as a sort of “Arnold Palmer” type drink. I was really enjoying it, but then I glanced over to my cup after leaving it unattended for like ten minutes?
We happen to have a bit of a fruit fly infestation right now – apple cider vinegar is kind of doing the trick to kill them but not nearly quick enough. Any suggestions for how to get rid of the pests would be HIGHLY appreciated, though.
Anyway – I looked over at my drink and there were about ten dead fruit flies in it that had somehow managed to make their way over to it in the ten minutes I was busy in the other room. So, had to dump out an otherwise good drink and that was really disappointing. Didn’t bother to pour myself another; the sight of so many of the gross motherfuckers ruined any inclination for a drink I might have had otherwise.
Another tea I was sure I’d finished off already, but then found the tin of it in my stash and realized I still had a cup worth of it left.
So made a nice big Nordic mug of it to drink; it was nice and roasty with solid peanut notes and just a bit of of a grassy and lemony undertone. It’s definitely old; I remember this tasting much stronger in previous cuppings. But for how old it is, it’s far from bad. It was good and pretty affordable for a yellow tea – and I got to help support Liquid Proust by buying it. So a win, overall.
Finished this one off hot – it wasn’t too bad. Definitely a lot of the individual fruit flavours muddled together though. Very tropical, summery overtones though. All together it reminds me of the Tropical Storm smoothie I used to have to sell in Yogen Fruz when I worked at Galaxy Cinemas. Mango, pineapple, and in the case of this tea a lot of passionfruit as well. Just no creamy component from frozen yogurt, like the smoothie had. Quite yummy!
…But probably not something I’ll get again. Or, if I do, not until next year in the summer. That is, assuming this tea is still around by then. I liked it, but not enough to keep it on hand in the fall/winter.
You know, ’cause of all the good summer vibes.