2612 Tasting Notes
In my timolino!
I did a complete cupboard shuffle while drinking this one; I’ve got an entire closet dedicated to tea tins and now teaware, and it was definitely time for a new system because things were starting to look awfully cluttered, and the tea type groupings weren’t very easy to see anymore. Very happy with how it looks now though!
This tasted absolutely delicious; such creamy, silky pear notes with faint cranberry tartness underneath. I picked up a few coconut notes as well; but that’s definitely from the lat thing I made in the timolino – cold shaken coconut matcha. I guess I didn’t do the most fantastic job washing this one out. Welp. But it all went together anyway.
Sadly, it felt like I was drinking it so out of season! I’ve never thought about myself as someone who has ‘seasonal interests’, when it comes to tea or anything else. But this spring is proving to be completely opposite of that.
Gonna have to see if I can come up with a way to make this seem like more of a Spring tea; if not, it may be a few months before I get back to drinking this one regularly again.
Unexpected Sipdown (124)!
Like stated – I went to make a mug of this while packing my lunch for work and, much to my surprise, this is the last of the tin! I knew I was low, I just didn’t realize how low I guess. It’s sorta perfect timing though – I was just trying to figure out which tea I could easily sipdown to clear out some tin space for DT’s Elderflower Spritz tea which I want to stock up on. Since I don’t plan on restocking on this one until next fall/winter this conveniently clears up some tea space! Hooray!
Taste wise, I thought that the first half of the mug came off fairly watery with some blander cinnamon and almond notes, but the last half of the mug after it had started to cool was significantly stronger with some seriously sweet and tart apple notes – like a Granny Smith, almost? The cinnamon backdrop reminded me of cider a bit.
I like this one, but it’s just not really the season anymore. Happy to be (temporarily) out of it. And, this is one of DT’s most popular blends, if not THE most popular blend so I’m confidant it’s not going to be leaving the store any time soon.
Thank you MissB for the sample!
This is another tea from her travels abroad, and it’s perfect for spring; it’s light, fruity and floral which is all of the things that’ve been hitting the spot this last week with my daily cold brews. I’m sad to report that I made a bit of a mistake measuring it out though; by which I mean I sneezed as I was pouring, and half the sample fell on the floor. NOOO! So, my cold brew was very small compared to the typical 25 oz. I usually make.
Dry, this smells amazingly fresh with super intense and realistic raspberry notes; definitely reminded me of picking raspberries from my Grandma’s garden as a child. We’d get stuck with the thorns from the seemingly endless raspberry patch, but it was all worth it to lick that sweet, sticky red juice from our grubby fingertips after collecting an icecream pail worth of berries for the night’s dessert. I don’t smell the violet in the blend; but this is already earning ‘nostalgia’ points. The liquor is a really pretty almost lime-y green, but with a bit more of a yellow tinge to it. It smells very fresh, and very fruity.
The taste is spot on; I taste the raspberry first and foremost and it’s everything I’m remembering from those vacations at Grandma’s. The green base cuts through it a little bit and it a touch grassy with a little bit of the chlorophyll/fresh cut lawn taste. Both flavours compliment one another quite well though; it makes the whole ‘garden’ imagery I’ve got going on significantly stronger. And at last the violet in the blend is making an impression! While it IS present throughout the entire sip way down underneath the raspberry and base, it comes through the strongest near the end of the sip after the initial sweetness of the raspberry has started to subside. I don’t think it’s necessarily distinctly violet; but it is nice and very natural. Floral things seem to get chemical tasting quickly, even when they aren’t artificial but this stays away from that. Finally, I think there are some extra notes in here that are a little softer and sweeter; my initial impression was something like sugar cane but by the end of the cup I was definitely leaning more towards honey.
So all in all, I was very impressed by this tea! I just wish that I’d been able to steep up more of it because it was fresh, and juicy with that sweet sensation of nostalgia and all the elements necessary to invoke the imagery of a Spring time garden!
Dug this one out of my cupboard ‘cause it smells exactly like a Terri’s Chocolate Orange and, even though I 100% associate those with Christmas and not Easter, we were selling them at the store with the Easter chocolate/candy and it put me in the mood for one. So, instead of buying one I drank this instead!
I didn’t taste the marshmallow at all in this mug; but the orange was sweet and the chocolate pretty strong with some malt from the base. It was a little bit bitter near the end but I associated that more as a “Baker’s Chocolate” sort of bitter than bitterness from the base itself. A pinch of milk probably wouldn’t have hurt.
And speaking of chocolate, I just finished setting up eggs all over the house for an Easter Egg hunt with Brenna tomorrow – and Tre’s just left his room (for the first time in hours). He saw one of the eggs in the kitchen while making supper (yes; we’re having supper at midnight – don’t judge us) and instantly had to stop what he was doing to find them all. There’s 22 in total – it’s a small house without a lot of good hiding places, and so far he’s found 21 of 22. He can’t find the last one and it just freaking out trying to get it.
It’s in the magnetic basket on the fridge next to Fridge Frida Kahlo
It was fun watching him find them though, and it gave me some good ideas on what I needed to change for Brenna; some were way too easy for him to find, and some probably way too challenging.
So glad I’ve got lots of this; now that it’s Spring I think I’m gonna be burning through it really quickly again; it’s fun, fruity, and light which just completely goes along with the weather. This brew in particular was really heavy handed with the ripe, sweet strawberry notes and softened a bit by some more mellow, silky vanilla.
So, since Brenna (my sister) is coming up for Easter I took advantage of the holiday to sort of go “All Out” and put together a GIANT Easter Basket filled with all sorts of tooth rotting treats and fun marine biology related ‘swag’ – marine biology is her latest ‘phase’/dream job. It’s amazing; she’s 10 currently and the only jobs she’s ever really wanted to do are super sciencey animal related things. A few years back the big one was being an entomologist (“Bug Scientist” – she had to dumb that one down for me). I don’t even know how she learns those names/terms: while my family has always encouraged these interests we’re not the ones prompting them or teaching her the ‘lingo’. She’s coming up with it on her own!
My siblings and I are so different though; in school I hardcore excelled at English and Arts classes and all things creative, empathetic, and emotion/passion based and, for the longest time, my ‘career path’ was going to be English/Arts teacher or journalist (neither of which happened). Now I’ve found tea…
My brother is very logical and mathematical and excels greatly at all things math and sciences like Physics that rely on formulas. These last few years of highschool he’s done very well with hands on stuff like electrical work or engineering – and right now he says he wants to be an environmental engineer.
And Brenna’s the best of both worlds; she has the sciencey stuff in the bag, but with the emotion driven and empathetic animal tie in – when she gets to highschool she’s gonna kick biology’s ass!
And that’s my random story/rant thing for the night, I guess. I’m just so proud of my siblings!
Sadly I think I missed something with this tea because it mostly tasted like chamomile to me with maybe a pinch of herbaceous notes and a pinch of something mildly creamy? It wasn’t bad or anything, but I found it kind of bland and unexciting. I definitely didn’t taste juniper, that’s for sure, and that’s what I was most excited about/looking forward to with this blend so I was disappointed by that a bit.
Can anyone tell me if Ondine means anything or is French for anything in particular? I absolutely adore the sound of this one’s name; there’s something very beautiful/graceful about it but all I’m finding with a quick Google search is a movie by the same name. Is that what this is named after?
EDIT: Ok, did a more thorough search and I guess Ondine is a mythological character/character in a play or something? This is straight from Wikipedia, but…
Ondine, the eponymous heroine of Giradoux’s play, tells her future husband Hans, whom she had just met that “I shall be the shoes of your feet … I shall be the breath of your lungs”. Ondine makes a pact with her uncle the King of the Ondines that if Hans ever deceives her he will die. After their honeymoon, Hans is reunited with his first love Princess Bertha and Ondine leaves Hans only to be captured by a fisherman six months later. On meeting Ondine again on the day of his wedding to Bertha, Hans tells her that “all the things my body once did by itself, it does now only by special order … A single moment of inattention and I forget to breathe”. Hans and Ondine kiss, after which he dies.
I kinda like that; I’m definitely really feeling this name. It’s a shame the tea was disappointing…
Hope everyone kicked off the Easter Weekend with some good teas! I spent the day working (hooray stat pay!), but I’ve got the next four days off as an Easter ‘vacation’ of sorts! And, I’m very lucky to get to spend those four days with my little sister who’ll be staying with me for part of her school break.
This time I definitely thought ahead and remembered that an integral part of having people stay at your house (especially minors) is FEEDING THEM. There’s so much food in the house right now; I totally over did it. To put it in perspective; my sister’s favourite food in the world is Watermelon so I’ve got an entire shelf in the fridge just PACKED with sliced watermelon to munch on!
However, one downside of having her stay over is gonna be not getting to update tasting notes that frequently, so I’m gonna try and power through this ‘mini queue’ I’ve built up over the last few days so as to not put myself even further behind…
Many thanks to Sil for sending me the rest of her pouch of this tea; I’m hard core wishing I’d stocked up – it’s easily the best Lapsang I’ve ever had. Just the right amount of smoke with some natural sweetness.
This time when I made this one I was inspired by OMGsrsly who likes to add maple whipped cream to her Lapsang. I don’t really have maple syrup or whipped cream (though I suppose picking some up wouldn’t be a hassle since I work at a grocery store) but what I do have is Cinnabon flavoured coffee creamer, so I added some of that since I figured it’d be similar enough in concept.
And it was SUCH a good idea; I was impressed how much of the tea’s flavour profile was untouched – it was still pretty smooth with well defined smokey and wood notes. It just had an added kick of sweet cinnamon and gooey icing/glaze! I’d absolutely drink it again; although I definitely still very much enjoy this one straight as well. Both ways are EXCELLENT options.
Sample comes from MissB!
Man, the pear in this is a total lie. I cold brewed my sample hoping for something that tasted like the nice cinnamon dusted, poached pear-like rooibos blends I enjoyed around winter this year but this is kind of a flop. It’s taken me almost all of the day to even half finish it; and it’s not disgusting or anything but there’s just no appeal either.
Here’s a flavour breakdown for you guys:
33% Chamomile (bleck!)
33% Cinnamon (which is just too much cinnamon)
33% Wood Chippy Rooibos Base
And… 1% Pear
I’m gonna toss the rest I think; it’s taking way too long to finish this.
The ‘original’ tea I started drinking today; and if we’re getting really technical I actually started it yesterday – though I only had a sip from my timolino after getting home from work before popping it back in the fridge.
This one comes from MissB though, and because it smelled really fun and fruity I cold brewed it! It definitely smell quite lime-y. I’ve got to admit that I was kind of naive in that when I saw “Cacao” in the description I just assumed, like, chocolate without even realizing that cacao is an actual fruit with a flavour separate from chocolate. It wasn’t until I actually tried it today and didn’t taste chocolate that I took the time to do a bit of research.
Taste is pretty good; it’s super lime-y with a little bit of bitterness and pith; but not enough to make it unpleasant or affect the mouthfeel in any way. I also taste other tropical fruit flavours like guava or a really punch-like orange? And, my first impression was slightly tart raspberries – though the more I drink the less raspberry like this tastes. I don’t actually know what the cacao fruit is supposed to taste like though? Anyone who does know want to fill me in, because I feel like I’m missing out on a pretty integral part of what this tea should taste like…
But overall it’s good, if not a little perplexing. I don’t really taste the base at all which I know would be a negative for some though for me it’s almost a positive. I don’t understand why this is “Christmas” themed though. NOTHING about it makes me think of Christmas; it’s actually a borderline piss off. You can’t just go “This is my Blueberry Muffin flavoured tea – I’ve named it Halloween Scare” and not an explanation to back it up. Just ‘cause it might ’go well’ with holiday food doesn’t seem good enough to me. I think apple juice is tasty with stuffing – I don’t call AJ a Thanksgiving beverage…
Flavors: Guava, Lime, Orange
Drinking this one currently; though to be fair I’ve got two other mugs in front of me as well that I’m also drinking. I started the day with one, and gradually I’ve just been getting up to steep something new without actually finishing anything off. I’m hoping doing the tasting notes for each respective tea will be enough motivation to finish the mugs.
I wasn’t feeling this one at all as a cold brew but it’s a little better hot; the berry flavour is more distinctly blackberry and more powerful than the cream component which I wasn’t feeling at all the first time around. However, part of this new distribution of flavours is a sharpness coming from the tart hibiscus in the blend. It’s not the worst thing ever, but it doesn’t work with the cream. The cream somehow seems to be less artificial and chalky hot than cold brewed so I’m sorta seeing why other people have found this one to be really good; but that unappealing multi-vitamin sort of taste is brought out in the aftertaste in which the cream component lingers more than the berry. The rose doesn’t seem as noticeable to me hot, but it’s still here as well. More tied in with the berry, I’d say.
This is definitely a step up though, and maybe this one will end up growing on me. For now, probably just gonna finish it off hot and then after that I’ll be done with this one.
It’s been a super lazy day around the house so far; we washed a bunch of dirty dishes ’cause the ones in the dishwasher had been sitting around so long they were starting to grow mold, and I painted my nails a really pretty matte cherry red – but otherwise not much has been accomplished by me other than clearing my queue of posts.
Tre actually went grocery shopping; so for the first time since like August there’s food in the house that’s actually his instead of me sharing my food (usually in exchange for him cooking it) or him just ordering in like has happened the last half a year. I actually had to make fridge space; which was weird. Of course, 90% of what he bought was TV dinners, chips, ice cream and other junky type stuff…