2400 Tasting Notes
Ugh; I’m all sniffley, and I feel clammy. I wonder if I’m getting sick!? Bleck! No! Tomorrow I’m headed to Regina for my final Christmas (really late, I know) and a mini-vacation. I don’t have time to go and get sick! Ergh.
I wont be as long winded with my review for this tea this time around because I think I stated my feeling about this one rather well the first time around, and my second cup had the same lovely sweet tones and light, in-check smoke flavour. Im really sad to be out of it; I never anticipated falling so in love with this blend.
Thankfully it looks like I’ll be getting a little more from Sil! Hun, you are a God send. Thank you in advance!
…And now off to work!
Today’s word of the day is Paradigm. Before I give you guys the definition; I’m just gonna share a personal story; when I first learned this word in highschool I did so by reading it; so for longer than I care to admit I said this as “Para-Dig-Em”. Embarrassing. You should be saying/reading it as “Para-Dime”.
The meaning!? 1. an example to show how something is to be done : model : pattern; 2. a theoretical framework in a discipline of science within which theories, laws, and experimentation are formulated. And now you know.
- In a timolino
- Just a touch bitter (perhaps oversteeped or doesn’t travel well in a timolino though)
- Buttery with cream, vanilla, and cocoa notes
- Least impressive cup of this one so far
- Still, this was relatively nice and I’m happy I tried it!
This one was a sort of surprise find in December when I was in Regina, and stopped at Cuppa’T to pick some stuff up. I hadn’t expected to see this available for purchase since it’s one of Cuppa’T’s summer blends and last year when I was hunting for it back in January and March I was told it’d be unavailable until the summer – and then I wasn’t back in the summer to look for it!
I’ve had this one once previously, but I adored it. Seeing it again and fearing I wouldn’t see it again anytime soon after I purchased 100g of it hoping that my tastes hadn’t drastically changed in the year since having it, and that I’d still love it.
- As amazing as I remember it being!
- Strong notes of dragonfruit, sweet cranberry, and passion fruit(?)
- Not sure about the passion fruit since it’s not in the blend; that’s what I got though
- Lesser notes of kiwi/pineapple/blueberry
- It’s just so juicy and flavourful with an ALMOST “punch” like quality
- Uber refreshing! Not too juice like or sickly/sticky sweet
The fact this tasted as perfect as I’ve built it up to be in my head was such a big relief!
EDIT: I should note, that because of this tea I’ve started eating actual dragonfruit!
Even though, for a fruit, it’s pretty expensive I’ve been aiming to eat at least one (but usually more) a week! It’s delightful in fruit salad or cut into fine cubes with just a small splash of white rum mixed with it. The fruit itself isn’t super flavourful and there’s a high water content, but what you can taste is phenomenal.
It doesn’t dethrone Pineapple as my favourite fruit – but it’s up there! Top 3 favourite fruits for sure!
Had this one strained and ready to go yesterday, but I’m just getting around to drinking it now. Dry, I thought this smelled surprisingly intrigueing; definitely got the prickly pear smell and a very candied pineapple flavour.
There is a lot of stuff going on with this blend; I definitely taste the prickly pear. I recognize the distinct taste from the Prickly Pear tisane from Tea Desire that I like so much. To me, it tastes somewhat like a melon/kiwi crossbreed. It’s much less sour/tart in this blend than in the Tea Desire blend. I can also taste pineapple, though it’s certainly not the star of this blend, and it tastes rather candied, and also a little dulled down. The lemongrass comes through as well, but it’s a pleasant addition to the flavourings in this blend. It adds just a little “zip”. There’s also a muted grassy tone from the green base; it works well with the jumble of fruit in the blend. And now that I’m thinking about it, the grassy/light vegetal tone in this actually reminds me a little bit of bamboo!
Finally, I’m tasting something… Red? I want to say it’s maybe strawberry or raspberry though I know there’s nothing related to raspberries in the blend, and the only strawberry related thing is strawberry leaves. I don’t know what strawberry leaves taste like; are they anywhere similar to the fruit? I’m going to Google it…
Just looked it up; apparently the leaves do taste relatively like the fruit! So, I’m not crazy for thinking I’m tasting strawberry.
Overall I think this is nice – nicer than I expected anyway. But it’s not amazing, and the aspects of it that I enjoy are ones I can experience in some of the other blends I stock anyway. It’ll be interesting to try it hot; I have a feeling the profile of the tea is going to change quite a bit.
I believe this was one that came free with one of the group orders we did, and then just kind of got split up between the people in the order?
I made mine yesterday morning to drink on the ride to work; I saw in the description this is recommended as a breakfast blend and my morning tea to work is as close to a breakfast tea as I usually get; so that seemed like a good match. Definitely debated drinking this with milk, especially after reading Kittenna’s review, but ultimately went with a straight mug.
Sipping on it, all I could think with this blend was that it was very bready tasting with lots of cinnamon notes, and maybe even nutmeg? I’ve reread Stacy’s description for this tea and I can see that I was probably experiencing the “Spice” and “Biscuit” notes she described; but I think I missed out on the other things she’s made note of.
I don’t know – this was nice, but not overly complex or layered in my opinion. Overall I suppose I’d probably just call it somewhat average. Part of me is relieved by that; I don’t have to worry about getting more. If that’s even still an option for this one; I don’t know if it’s sold out yet. I have enough leaf left for a very small cup; but I’m going to pass it on to a coworker named Nathan. I’ve been sharing tea with him for a while now; he’s a bit of a tea snob in his own right (he literally wont drink anything but tea), though his main interest is Chai.
So far his favourite tea I’ve shared with him has been Latkes and Applesauce, coincidentally also from Butiki. I think he’ll appreciate this one though!
Flavors: Baked Bread, Cinnamon, Nutmeg
Back to back Sunny Citrus reviews! Heh…
So this one is, actually, for the tea itself. I did most of my 16g sample as a cold brew (though I saved enough to do one hot cup). Visually, there is a lot of hibiscus in this tisane so I was a little worried, but it smells very citrus-y too so I wasn’t totally doubtful that the other ingredients would be able to contribute significant flavour too.
Taste wise, this one is a little bit of a roller-coaster. You take a sip and there’s a sharp note of straight hibiscus flavour that makes you pucker up a little bit because it’s just so damn tart, but then that eases up and you roll right into a surprisingly soft, creamy lemon/orange flavour and that part of the blend is actually really lovely. When I tried the chocolate bar version of this one I think the creaminess of the blend was actually lost in the creaminess of the chocolate!
There were also apple notes and a very subtle pinch of floral notes to this, but no currants. I’m actually a little disappointed I didn’t taste the currant too; I thought that was an interesting and fairly unique addition to the blend! Darn.
Overall, even though this is definitely pretty tart initially I think it almost kind of works because of the citrus aspect of the tea, and almost immediate relief as it transitions into something a little softer/creamier. My mind wasn’t blown by this blend, but the fact it wasn’t as monotone as I half expected it to be from all the hibby is fairy impressive. I’m interested in seeing whether my hot cup of it has the same creaminess or whether the high temp will just leech out an intolerable amount of hibby…
So at my date on Sunday I picked up all the new teas from DT; but I also grabbed two tea infused chocolate bars – this one, and the Key Lime one. This review is for the Sunny Citrus chocolate bar! Part of me thinks that it’s kind of weird I tried the chocolate before trying the actual tea, but there’s not much I can do now to change that, and it least it sort of let me know what to expect when I did have the tea.
So this chocolate bar is milk chocolate; which kind of surprised me I guess. Not that this seems like a bad pairing with milk chocolate, but I think dark chocolate maybe would have worked better. The flavouring is strong though; there’s zero doubt in my mind that they used a good deal of tea to make the bar. Initial thoughts were that it had a very strong lemon-y flavour, but you can also really taste orange as well. It’s very tart, but muted by the creamy, sweetness of the milk chocolate.
There are also lots of “bits” embedded into the chocolate itself. A couple times I bit into large chunks of what looked like candied lemon peel. It added a very interesting texture because it felt like you were biting into a jubejube, which is sort of weird but also wonderful in a chocolate bar. There were also crunchier bits, which I think were either hibiscus petals or rosehips. This was less awesome because they didn’t really chew up so well.
Overall this was a tasty tea chocolate bar! My “rating” for the chocolate version of this blend is probably about a mid-70? Maybe a 74…
Thank you VariaTEA for the sample! I had originally planned to have this one on NYE, but obviously that didn’t happen. Instead, I enjoyed a mug of it on my way to work on a rather unexceptional day.
Surprisingly this was quite lovely! I guess I didn’t think it would be because of the green base and, to a lesser extent, the peppercorns in the blend (why would you add peppercorn!?) but it came out very succulent and juicy with minimal contributions from the base and no contribution from the peppercorn. The strawberry was very sweet; it reminded me of a borderline overripe strawberry or maybe a strawberry compote. Either way, there was zero tartness/tang. There were also some gentle honey and floral tones which made the flavour more well rounded. I’m not sure exactly how much champagne flavour was present – I think it was hiding a bit with the strawberry flavour, but it certainly contributed a bit of a sparkly/fizzy quality. Not that this was literally carbonated – it just had that sort of special, effervescent quality in the taste.
Personally, I think this one was very, very flavourful and incredibly well executed! Which, of course, makes it that much sadder I wont get to ever drink it again.
EDIT: Today’s word of the day is Principle which is pretty lame in my opinion. Who doesn’t know the word principle? I remember learning it way back in elementary school! So, instead I’m gonna talk about yesterday’s word of the day!
So yesterday’s word was Verdant. And yeah, that’s a word most of us tea drinkers are probably familiar with because of the tea company – but do you all know the actual meaning? I definitely didn’t. Verdant means: Green with growing plants. Which I think makes “Verdant Tea” an even more beautiful company name!
My crazy tea twin VariaTEA signed me up for three months of Amoda boxes for Christmas, the first of which came last week. It looks like I’m going to be the first to review 3/4 of them since I had to add them to the Steepster database. I wonder, who else gets Amoda boxes? I’m interested in seeing other people’s thoughts on the offerings. I’ve already had one of the other teas in the box, but the note for that one is buried somewhere in my queue. This one I’m drinking currently since I don’t start work today until late this afternoon.
Honestly, I wasn’t excited to see this one in the box. It’s got a lot of things in it that I’m not really a fan of like ginger and green tea. I’m also usually pretty fickle towards overly floral teas too, though jasmine is one floral aspect that I handle better than others so long as it doesn’t taste chemical/artificial. The only way I could have been less excited about this tea is if they’d added raisins to the blend. But I’m still going to try it, and in as opened minded a way as humanely possible.
Visually, the leaf is actually very beautiful: This uses jasmine scented pearls for the base and then there’s lots of visible ginger and light orange pieces of orange peel that contrast the pearls and add colour. The dry smell is really heavy on the ginger in the blend; I can hardly smell anything else, but if I concentrate I can sort of smell the jasmine. Measuring out my cup I noticed pretty quickly I was going to have to really shake up the sample bag; everything but the pearls was sinking to the bottom!
My first few sips were hesitant. Initially all I could taste was ginger. It was pretty spicy too; and it was lingering long after I had finished the tip. But the more I drink my cup, and the larger I make my sips, the more I’m noticing the jasmine in the blend. And, it’s honestly a very tasty jasmine flavour; I don’t think it gets anywhere close to tasting artificial or like I’ve just sprayed perfume right onto my tongue. Instead it’s supple and sweet! Which is good, because this tea needed something to contrast the ginger, that’s for sure. As for the pearls; they’re sort of just contributing an underlying vegetal flavour; it’s easier to pick them apart in the finish of the sip, when the ginger flavour is at its weakest and is easing up. I don’t taste the orange in the blend; I think it’s just competing with too many other dominant flavours.
I don’t think I’d personally drink this again because I just can’t do this much ginger in one cup of tea; but surprisingly there were more layers to this one than I had imagined there being and it was decidedly drinkable overall. I think people who actually like ginger will love this one; there’s a very interesting juxtaposition between the spicy ginger and sweet jasmine; it works more than I thought it would initially!
Flavors: Ginger, Jasmine, Peas, Vegetal
WOW THIS ONE WASN’T GOOD.
I cold brewed most of my sample of this last week (I’m actually currently drinking the last of it hot but that review wont be posted today), and I think that was definitely a mistake. All I could taste was an abundance of crappy, sudsy lavender and chemical-y perfume and something that, God help me, tasted like broth!?
90% of this was dumped straight back into the sink; and it took me a whole week to work up the nerve to try this one again. Sorry Marzipan, I was hopefuly because I like fig but something is definitely wrong with this blend…