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Had a really nice, relaxing evening yesterday!
I made some peanut noodles, my favourite at the moment, played some Pokemon Sun, and then had a SUPER relaxing bath while sipping on a cup of a this tea – which is easily one of the most calming, relaxing ones I own. The bath was divine; I used this bath melt thing I’d been given as a gift from Lush and it smelled like lightly spiced citrus and made the bath water this shimmery, “glowy” yellow colour which was all kinds of lovely and today my skin feels so soft and gentle.
And of course the tea was the perfect balance between floral, calming lavender and sweet, silky vanilla. In conjunction with my bath it felt like I was having some sort of spa day and just really, really treating myself. Which is what I was going for; after a long week at both jobs I just needed a “me day”…
This is a queued tasting note.
So, pulled this one out the other night because I was having a really hard time falling asleep. I made a massive mug of it, and was really enjoying sipping on the soft floral notes with their delicate, sweet vanilla undertones. Man did it do the trick with my insomnia though, ‘cause I woke up the next morning and I still had half a mug of tea left! I’d totally fallen asleep while drinking this one! I can’t even think of the last time that happened.
I’m just having a really nice, lazy morning around the condo with Eilert while I wait for Kyle to come over this afternoon, and so far that’s meant finishing Season One of Legend of Korra and drinking lots of this tea.
I’m really enjoying this one; it’s soft and sweet with these lovely, romantic floral undertones. On their own, I think the lavender would bother me but the vanilla in this is doing wonders for the flavour. Oddly, the finish of this cup seems to be kind of smoky, which is a very strange flavour note to appear in a cup of white tea that basically only has added lavender and vanilla. Not that I’m minding the smoke note so much, I just don’t know where it’s coming from…
So, Eilert always seems to try to drink my tea when I have it out at the same time as I’m drinking – and I always have to stop him because I know the caffeine in the tea is harmful for guinea pigs. I just did some research though, and apparently fennel “tea” tisane, really is actually good for guinea pigs. So, I think I’m going to look into buying straight up fennel so we can have tea time together.
Any other pet owners ‘feed’ tea to their pets? In particular, I’m curious if anyone else with small rodents has tried the fennel tea thing. Did they like it?
This is a queued tasting note.
So, this was actually the worst cold brew that I’ve had in probably months. It pretty well tasted like I had slathered my tongue in that super cheap, off-brand Dollar Store lavender liquid dish soap. I gagged immensely hard drinking the first few sips of this and then after that I just cut my loses and dumped the rest out.
So my Thursday started off really poorly, but in the end I managed to salvage the day!
It started with me just casually watching Big Brother (loving this season so far!) only to be interrupted by smoke. Turns out that at some point I had nicked my charger cord for my laptop and not noticed and now it was smoking VERY badly. I immediately unplugged it but had I been in a different room (or God forbid not at home in the first place) while it had started smoking I think I probably could have easily started an electrical fire…
So, I called my brother who’s better at tech stuff than I am and asked if he’d help me find a replacement power cord in exchange for me taking him out for lunch or something like that. He’s pretty broke right now, so he jumped on the chance for free food. We got the new cord ($62.00 – which seems like a lot), and then we decided to have lunch at this little cafe in the Cathedral area of the city called The Mercury Cafe. The Cathedral area of the city is this really old area of the city filled with those gorgeous old school houses and then a whole bunch of more “artsy” shops, boutiques, and some really nice, fancy “foodie” type restaurants. It’s my favourite area of the city, easily. The Mercury is this nice retro “mom and pop” style eatery. Really fun atmosphere.
This was kind of the turning point of the day for me; it’s been a long time since Liam and I hung out one on one and it was a fun afternoon. We just kind of caught up, and discussed his plans for Uni now that he’s graduated highschool. Plus, I got to eat probably the best bowl of vegetarian chili that I’ve had in AGES. After the diner, we went to Dessart which is this specialty candy store in the area and I picked up a couple treats for myself and then after that we stopped in at Cuppa’T since it’s also in the area. I didn’t really see anything new I wanted to buy but I did grab 50g of this tea because I was running really low. After that he came over to my place, and we watched a few episodes of The Hundred.
Capped the whole day off with a pot of my newly acquired tea while watching 10 Things I Hate About You. This tea is kind of like a spa day in a cup. Even though it always leaves me with nasty lavender soap breath I just find it so relaxing and the floral notes and sultry vanilla are to die for.
This is a queued tasting note.
Didn’t work much of backlogged notes today; I spent most of the day out of the house and the rest of it was spent dying my hair. I went, in the span of two days, from a dark brown with purple tones to stripping all the colour our and dying it the most ethereal pastel pink. I feel like it’s cotton candy and I could just eat it!
And speaking of ethereal things; this tea is pretty wonderful as a late night cuppa. Now that I’ve learned that it’s best hot and plain, I really enjoy it. The white tea is supple, and the notes of cream/vanilla marry in the most intoxicating and romantic way with the lavender. Honestly, this might just be the first lavender tea I’ve ever owned that I’ve been seriously sad about getting closer to a sipdown with. And I am indeed close to one: only around three mugs worth of tea left! Sure, this is an easy restock but all the same when you want to hoard a tea you want the hoard the fucking tea.
Anyway, a hot cup of this before bed makes for an easy sleep and happy dreams!
From today; hot with almond milk.
Overall, I wound up dumping the cup. While I tasted the calming/relaxing lavender and silky vanilla I remember loving from last time there was just some really gross bitterness overall that I couldn’t ignore and which ruined the cup. I can honestly say that I think it’s been awhile since I actually dumped out a cup of tea rather than miserably making my why through the cup. It was actually in a way a little therapeutic?
To be honest there are several reasons this could have tasted bad though. I know I definitely wasn’t paying close attention to water temperature OR steep time so I may have either burned the tea leaves or over steeped them. Possibly a combination of the two. Additionally, almond milk added to tea has been really hit or miss for me at this point so it’s possible the flavour of the almond milk just did something funky with the floral components as well. Either way, I think it’s safe to chalk this up to user error.
Last tea of the night.
When I made my Christmas treat bags for coworkers, I included a cup worth of this tea in each bag – this is the first time I’m trying it myself though. Most of today was sipdowns, and I wanted to finish the night with something new. Plus, a floral white is probably a good thing for relaxing late at night.
To be perfectly honest, I dislike lavender quite a bit. It often just tastes so soapy to me. However, I really have a love for floral whites in general; Jasmine Silver Needle and DT’s Elderflower blend with peony in it both spring to mind. Something about the delicate profile of a white tea and the therapeutic nature of floral flavours goes hand in hand for me. And while this could have been a real miss for me, I’m finding it more soft, silky, and pleasant than I’d thought I would. The lavender is light and kept from tasting too one-tone thanks to the vanilla which really, really makes the tea.
Honestly, it’ls like drinking a lullaby! I feel sleepy, and relaxed and this is just gentle enough to ease me out of the day while having a strong enough flavour to not taste bland. I’m sure in the future, depending on the mood I’m in, I may change my mind about this tea because lavender and I still aren’t super chummy; but right now it’s perfect.
Flavors: Cream, Floral, Hay, Lavender, Vanilla
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!
This is a queued tasting note.
Tried cold brewing this one again; it’s definitely growing on me ever so slightly. This brew I found that the flavours seemed to muddle together/blend into one another more smoothly than past cuppas. If I close my eyes and take a sip, it’s exactly like liquid Coffee Crisp, with apple notes. Mmm!
Speaking, today, of blends I own that are similar to Tea Desire’s Latte Macciato there’s this one. Both are a rooibos/honeybush base with chocolate and coffee beans. The difference is that this has a lot more flavour elements going on that give a larger depth to the layers of flavour and the bonus of a literary name, which of course hooks me in like it’s clearly intended to…
Tried it hot today, and the flavour is really good: better than the cold brew good. And better than Latte Macciato, as well. All the flavours are there: chocolate, coffee, juicy and slightly tangy apples, and cinnamon and nutmeg! It’s kind of like drinking a really nice apple pie with the right amount of warming spices, but you’ve also got the scoop of chocolate ice cream and coffee you’ve paired it with dumped into the cup too. It’s very pleasant; better than I’m describing it – at least.
It still doesn’t totally remind me of The Great Gatsby’s setting, theme or any of the characters (so really no element of the book) but it’s a good tea in general so I guess I can put my literary disappointment aside for now.
So, what was everyone’s Christmas/holiday haul?
I’m certainly sure I wasn’t the only one who had tea related things under the Christmas tree! Like I’ve already said, I got $75 towards a Camellia Sinensis order and my Secret Santa at work got me a $15 DAVIDsTEA gift card and a Spiderman mug. Though I still have one more Christmas to celebrate before I’ll know my full Christmas haul.
Anyway; I grabbed this tea last week from Cuppa’T. It was something I 100% didn’t expect to grab or even know was carried by them but couldn’t resist once I’d seen it. Everything Great Gatsby related pulls me in; I’m such a fan of the book and movie! In all honesty, the ingredients didn’t appeal to me at all but just the idea of seeing how the flavour profile would play into how I view the novel had my literary side nerding out so badly!
Ultimately, I want to try this one hot because I just get the feeling that’s how it’ll be best enjoyed but thus far I’ve only had it cold brewed because that’s just what was the easiest way for me to drink it as soon as possible; and I wanted to try it as soon as possible. The flavour is very sweet and in an odd way quite juice like which is surprising given the amount of ingredients in this blend which aren’t fruit. I wouldn’t say the sweetness is overpowering.
Actually, I’d say the richness of the flavour notes nicely parallels the richness and opulence of not only Jay Gatsby but the whole era in which The Great Gatsby is set so that’s a nice tie in with the name of the tea right off the bat. The dominant flavour notes here are: cinnamon, nutmeg, cocoa, sweet apple, and coffee. Moving outside of the setting in which Great Gatsby takes place and onto how this reminds me of the characters I have to say that the one character that this reminds me of in particular is Owl Eyes!
That’s surprising for me because I’ve always pictured that if Owl Eyes was a tea drinker yes, this is something I’ve thought about before he’d drink Lapsang Souchong because Owl Eyes is in a way meant to be the embodiment of the all seeing eyes that look over The Valley of Ashes. And I still think that’s what he’d drink were he a real person, these flavours just seem to capture the nature of his personality. Also, moving back to setting, we see Owl Eyes in Gatsby’s library and I like to think that a library as elaborate as Gatsby’s would have not only the smell of books and parchment but something comparable to the warming spices and coffee I’m tasting in this blend!
I’m probably putting too much weight on what the thought process was behind this blend and symbolism between it and the characters/setting. However, I’m ultimately happy with the blend overall. This is one impulse purchase I don’t regret.
Thank you Roswell Strange for sharing. This is definitely a juice tea(especially cold brewed as I am having it) though I imagined the flavor would have been more elaborate than what I am getting. Cranberry tends to be more prominent than it is here. All I’m getting is dragon fruit, which is lovely but less than what I expected. Still, it’s a nice enough tea and I enjoyed the little bit that I had, even if it was different than what I thought I would be having.
Oh and turns out this is my 2400 tasting note. That’s a nice round number.
I picked these ones up on my last visit. It was a bit of a surprise, I had never seen them here before. I am always a sucker for packaging. The store had these bricks packed 5 into a cute little box. I didn’t necessarily want 5, but that is how they came and it was better than having to purchase 50 or 100g.
They are really small mini bricks. About a half inch by half inch. I tried to confirm with the owner of the tea shop what kind of tea it was. All I got was it is real green tea leaves. So I am not sure what kind of green tea, but it is green tea. There are also what appear to be small rose petals in there.
The first time I tried this yesterday, it didn’t quite turn out. I did a quick rinse. I then planned to steep for about 30 seconds as that is how I prefer my green tea. But after about 30 seconds it wasn’t quite the right colour. So I wanted to leave it for a few seconds longer. Then my phone rang and it was an unexpected but important call… And it steeped for about 10 minutes. The brick was completely turned into just free floating large green tea leaves and fair sized pink rose buds. The tea was really bitter and had quite a strong roasted flavour. I steeped the leaves again, for about a minute and it wasn’t too bad. Still roasty, but there was quite a creamy flavour. It reminded me of sencha. There was not much rose flavour.
Today I thought I would try again. I did a quick rinse. I then steeped for 45 seconds, standing over the pot while it steeped. The brick expanded but stayed intact. The liquor was light straw colour. It was a nice, light, fresh green tea. There were light hints of creaminess. There was a very, very light rose, florarl flavour. The rose blended well with the green tea.
The second steep I did about 30 seconds. The brick was starting to break apart but still remained intact, and it brewed up really quick. There are starting to be metallic mineral notes to the green tea. It is also starting to get a little bit astringent. The rose floral is becoming a bit stronger but it is still pleasant.
More steeping to come…. I am not much of a re-steeper but I am interested to see how long this brick lasts for.
Update: I ended up getting 6 – 30 seconds steeps. That is how long it took for the brick to completely break up anyway. I am sure there were more steeps available. It did start to get quite astringent in the last steep and that is why I stopped.
This tea was a tea that was blended by a local tea merchant, Cuppa’T Specialty Teas, for 2016, which is the 125th Anniversary of Government House in Regina, SK.
Government House was built in 1891, and served as the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of the Northwest Territories. It currently serves as a multi-purpose Heritage Facility and museum. And most importantly, in the spring/summer it serves Victorian High Tea on the weekends.
They did a contest where people could sign up to be a tea taster, there were 3 blends, this fruity blend, a traditional blend, and a maple blend, and I guess this is the one that won.
It is definitely not what I was expecting to be a Government House tea. I would think a bold black with creamy notes, or a black with vanilla, maybe a green with a bit of spice. Something simple but very elegant. I never expected a strawberry mint blend but I guess the description about the gardener makes perfect sense.
The dry tea is small leaves of black tea with very finely chopped mint. There are largish dried strawberries that are all clumped up with tea. It makes me think there was some oil or liquid type flavour that then clumped up all the tea.
The smell is super delicious. It smells like strawberry bubble gum; candied strawvberries with a bit of mint. It is sweet and has quite a bit of “pop” to it.
The tea brewed is ok. There is a black tea base that is slightly astringent at the end of the sip. It is light to moderate boldness. There are definitely cooling mint undertones. I think it is a bit of a spearmint/peppermint mix. It is not very strong but definitely present. The strawberry flavour is unfortunately lacklustre. It is an artificial, but not bad, strawberry flavour. But it loses the pop that the scent had. It definitely needs some sweetness added to it I think.
Overall it is good. The flavours were definitely a surprise from what I was expecting. I think it would be great iced. And maybe iced with lemonade :)
It is available only at Cuppa T and at Government House. All the proceeds go to the Government House Historical Society which supports and preserves this historical site.
This tea smells fairly creamy. Unfortunately, it does not taste as creamy as it smells. For a milk oolong, I was expecting more “milk”. It is still enjoyable with buttery and floral notes. A little bit lacking for me today I’m afraid.
I need to play around with the parameters a bit more I think.
I brewed this tea in the same mug as my cuppa of the morning.…bad idea because all I can taste is that previous tea. I will have to try again.
As far as I could tell though, this tea was very light in flavour. And only slightly milky. Maybe I should try with boiling water next time??
I cold brewed this for about 18 hours. I used 2tsp for close to 16 oz, but this was too weak. I would have to use 3-4tsp to see if I can bring out more flavour. I am not usually the biggest fan of hibiscus, but I thought it would be appropriate for cherry. It was a nice light pink which was neat. The cherry was certainly there, but I need more of it.
I was so happy today to go to my local tea shop, because I hadn’t been there in so long. I ended up getting a lot more tea than I intended (of course). The owner is always so nice and helpful. As an added bonus, I got a free tea today from my reward points!! Yay free tea!
This tea was woodsy from the rooibos and almond. The vanilla is more in the background, adding a tad bit of sweetness. I wish the vanilla was just a bit stronger but overall I like this cuppa. I would definitely buy this again to have in the evening.
Sad Sipdown (97)
Thank you Roswell Strange for sending me this delightful tea. It’s a consistent cup of Creme brulee deliciousness. Never has the base been noticed which means the flavors are free to take center stage. Even hanging out in a tiny ziploc bag for like a year, this has remained the same as it was the first day I had it. Amazing and definitely one I am sad to see go.
EDIT: This isnt on their website anymore. Does that mean it is gone forever?
OMG Roswell Strange, I think you found a winner!! This is amazing! First off, it smells awesome and though the smell doesn’t 100% transfer to the taste, it still has this amazing vanilla silkiness that takes over. Pair that with a nutty/almost burnt caramel and you have one big cup of delicousness. Thanks for the share!!
Thank you Roswell Strange for the sample! I set this tea up in my ingenuiTEA to brew in the morning, and I didn’t check to see what kind of tea it was so I used just boiling water. Which could be worse, considering it’s a darker oolong and can take the heat :P I got a nice big hunk of orange in my sample from Roswell that I threw in. There was such an odd myriad of potpourri ingredients tossed in, rose, coconut, orange peels… I feel like none of them stood out to me. It was like drinking the inside of a craft store. There was not enough mouthfeel or ‘why hello, it is I, tea!’ kind of sensation I usually get. Ah well, you win some, you lose some.
Sorry, this one just isn’t for me.