655 Tasting Notes
Sipdown! I’m glad to be under 70 teas but I’m sad to see this one go. After that first pepperoni misunderstanding, I think we were starting to grow close.
Not much in cedar today, but lots of sweet buttery earth- makes me think cinnamon. I’m not sure if that last note is intended or if it’s just because it sat beside Jackie T’s winter chai in my cupboard for four plus months. Either way, the overall outcome is delicious. Thanks again for the samples, Jackie T.
Thanks for the sample, Jackie T!
I did a quick rinse for the fishiness, and then steeped it for about 3 min in my David’s Tea mug (feeling lazy). The flavour isn’t bad, but a little strange. It reminds me of a wood-smoked, honey garlic pepperoni stick, and I can’t shake the comparison. Maybe this isn’t for me but it was neat to try!
Edit: Maybe I was a little quick on my toes. Sometimes I have no patience. I did a second steep for a shorter time period of 1 min 30 sec, which yielded cedar with a sweet floral coating. Midsip is still a tad earthy-sharp, but the finish is nice and smooth. The pepperoni is gone and I’m actually sad there’s not much left now. Thank you for the advice, Bonnie :)
I wasn’t very keen on this one with my first sample sachet, a few months ago. I’m loving it as much as my Yunnan White Jasmine today, however. My list of variables include: season change, longer steep time, older age of the batch, and potential mug and steeper contamination from yesterday’s Butiki’s “With Open Eyes”.
The flavour is sweet and saturated, like a banana, with some gentle melon notes. The jasmine isn’t overpowering to taste, although the aroma gives my nose a good kick as per usual. It’s floral and smooth, complimenting the cheese scone I just ate, in a surprisingly flattering way.
When I removed the steep basket from the mug I got some fizzy little bubbles for a few seconds. Hm, maybe I should clean my mug more thoroughly, or give the rest of the unused leaves in the sample a quick rinse before first steep next time!
Edit: bubbles were only on first steep, so quick rinse it is! I think I may like the second steep better, anyways. There’s a little citrus lemon to it.
I’m hard pressed to think of a more fitting tea for this chilly, yet sunny, Canadian Thanksgiving weekend. Maybe something Pumpkin.
I think the pecan comes out somewhat more strongly than the maple, which isn’t too sweet. It’s a close thing between the two though. There’s a faint note of citrus lightly squeezed over top, and the oolong base has that flavour which I often relate to waffle cones. Mmm, salty-sweet, and nutty.
This is the epitome of why I love tea. I had a sweet and deep champagne like this in a wedding party once. It was gone too quickly, just like this tea.
The rose isn’t too heavy, and comes along more towards the finish, and smooth, floral notes of amaranth pop out a bit. There’s a sweet note mid-sip, a sour malt tone, and some buttery cream lingering throughout.
Um, I really love this one, in an extremely biased, Silver Needle and floral loving way. The description on the website is right; it tastes even better when it cools (more sweet cream).
Note to self: check out Glenburn Silver Needle
I was trying my hardest to resist ordering new tea until Black Friday, but then Stacy announced this new blend and Champagne & Rose Cream. The sad lie I told myself was if I try samples of those two now I can decide on the exact amount I want in November.. Eh. After drinking this one I don’t know if I want to wait that long (I’ll be strong).
I love how the pumpkin flavour crept in slowly, eventually dominating everything along with the creamy sour “dairy” notes. It’s a “skim” milkshake that still manages to carry a lot of dessert depth and spice.
New sad lie proposal: if I had more of this now it would kill the desire to eat more pumpkin frozen yogurt, which doesn’t go too well with my slightly lactose intolerant self anyways.
That’s actually my last small comment on this tea- I love how I can get any creaminess out of this without having to add some kind of milk. Most of the pumpkin blends I’ve tried really need the extra help. This one seems to manage perfectly alright on its own.
Edit: The Darjeeling oolong base is a neat choice. It’s smooth and allows this tea to re-steep extremely well. I managed it four times and got varying qualities of pumpkin spice, milk, vanilla, and caramel out of each steep. That’s an impressive feat for a flavoured tea!
I missed this blend so much! This tart, apple-citrus herbal is pretty good at knocking me out quickly. It’s a nice thing to sip away at as I chug along through these few Russian dystopia novels. I wonder if I’ll get even one cheery ending out of this lit & film class. Somehow, I doubt it.
The scent has faded a bit now, and the grapefruit is no longer as sharp. I guess the single clear ziplock sitting in the sun wasn’t the best way to store it. Oh, well. For an Earl Grey I still really like this one. I’d consider getting this one again (for summer).
Sipdown! I overleafed it tonight, and I think I like it better that way. Lots of delicious, albeit watery, blackcurrants right now. It’s quite possible that this tastes better right now due to the variable known as over-salted, store-bought guacamole, which proceeded this rooibos. Hydration is awesome thing. I’ll likely need another cup of something after this one.
I received this a while back as sample and was waiting for a good (sleep deprived) time to drink it. That time is now.
The natural qualities of the guayusa really show through this, or at least they do on the first few sips. The flavouring is quite gentle, blending in seemlessly with the earthy and grassy qualities of the base. The lemongrass is distinctive, which I love, and leans into the flavour of sweet lemons. The citrus note builds on itself with each sip and starts to take on a somewhat creamy quality.
Now I just need to decide what guayusa blend(s) I want for this school year’s paper season. Maybe this. Maybe The Killer’s Vanilla (good song). Maybe both- one for the evening and one for the morning.