1584 Tasting Notes

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Hmm, I was hoping for some walnut and dark chocolate notes going by the description, but I got 70% drier, woodsy notes followed by softening 20% softening honey, and a surprising, remaining 10% mineral note. Roughly, of course. This also has a thinner mouthfeel so I can’t see this going too well with milk. Not my idea of a black tea but I’m sure there are some tea drinkers out there who would appreciate this more than I.

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drank Coconut Chai by Zen Tea
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Sorry, Zen, but I had to chug the remaining dry leaf out despite having around two cups worth because it just wasn’t worth it. The notes were all over the place and the coconut was on the soapy side.

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drank Swampwater by DAVIDsTEA
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No wonder I’m cooking in the apartment. I finally looked up the temperature and it’s 26°C today. I didn’t think it would be that warm already.

I cold brewed a bunch of this when I got up (at noon…) and it’s sadly starting to reach that stale stage. I ordered it back in October-ish so I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised. Let’s hope the second 50g bag I still have unopened has remained fresher.

Replacing the water in my protein smoothie with this ended up being a good way of drinking some of this up, at least. The fruity flavours in this complemented the frozen banana, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, strawberries, and currants.

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So many thanks to The Teaguy for generously sending these teas my way! I feel terrible that they have been sitting around not being touched but I’m finally finding the time to enjoy some tea.

Not a very elegant first impression (my fault), but the first thing I thought when I sipped this was, “Ooh, Tim Horton’s Steeped Tea double-double but better!” It’s full-bodied, slightly malty, contains a bright citrus-like note in the background, and takes milk so well. I am proud to say that this is the first tea which contains a slightly smoky note—thanks to the Keemun—that I actually enjoy. I normally despise smoky notes, even the most subtle ones, but this is subtle enough to just slightly enhance the tail-end of every sip without getting in the way of the other notes.

This is a blend that will definitely be a fantastic breakfast companion, or at any time of the day, really. Thanks again, Teaguy!

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drank Happy Pumpkin Tea by Amoda Tea
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I’ve been so busy with moving, and although everything isn’t done yet, it’s nice to finally have a day off work to just stay at home, unpack, and detox with some tea. I haven’t been eating the best lately so I’m hoping all these fluids will let me shed some excess water weight and relieve some of the whale-like feelings I’ve been experiencing as of late. Maybe I should try to schedule an appointment with my doctor on a day off too, seeing that it’s been four months since I fainted and fell, and my neck is still sore. Needless to say, I should get that checked out, hey?

I’m so behind on trying teas, seeing that I made this Amoda order quite a while before my more recent teas have arrived, and even then, that was like a month ago. I don’t care that it’s nearly June and already hot in this new apartment, I’m going for Happy Pumpkin because reasons.

First off, this smells like the most realistic pumpkin pie-scented dry leaf to date, beating out, in my opinion, DAVIDsTEA’s Spiced Pumpkin, which to me smells like my German great grandma’s no-bake pumpkin pie with a healthy dollop of whipped cream. This, on the other hand, concentrates more on the spices and pumpkin itself, so more like pumpkin pie filling without the whipped cream. The dry leaf is ultra chunky, loaded with pumpkin pieces, shreds of coconut, whole allspice, orange peel, and the tea leaves themselves are longer and fluff up the dry leaf, as well.

With some whole milk, this is creamy, pumpkiny, and spicy. Very well-balanced. The allspice, ginger, cloves, and cinnamon don’t overpower the other elements, but don’t compete with each other either. I can’t taste the orange rind, but maybe it depends on how much I got in my scoop. I hope Amoda never discontinues this, well, unless I got sick of it. We’ll see if that ever happens.

Rosehips

This sounds lovely! I love pumpkin blends, and this sounds like a great one.

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drank Chocolate Chai by Zen Tea
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Sipdown already. I actually rather enjoyed this for what it was. It could potentially satisfy chocolate cravings, but not so much chai cravings.

Evol Ving Ness

Yeah, that would work for me. I have an abundance of chai teas I like, but few chocolate ones for when the craving hits.

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Having ever tried the original Snickerdoodle, I won’t be able to compare versions, but here we go. As a preface, I haven’t had snickerdoodles before either. Seriously. My family never made them and whenever I had the desire to make a spicier cookie, I opted to make pepparkakor instead. Although I’ve always been curious to see what the big deal is about them, that curiosity never truly pushed me to go out of my way for one. Even whenever I saw them at bakeries or coffee shops, I never bothered grabbing one because there was always something more intriguing to try if I were in a dessert mood. My guess is it’s basically a sugar cookie rolled in cinnamon sugar, so I’m going into this tea with that in mind.

This is also the fifth or sixth time drinking this tea before writing a note, I believe, and I have enough leaf for one more cup so I realized this morning that I better write my thoughts before it’s gasp too late. The dry leaf smells like cinnamon bark, basically, with maybe a slight hint of sweetness on the brown sugary side.

In regards to flavour, it’s a little weaker than I would have liked. Again, gentle cinnamon sugar, with more emphasis on the cinnamon, but still quite muted. If I think cookie, I can semi-trick my brain into thinking that this kind of has a vague bakery note in the background but I’m thinking that that also may just be the whole milk adding that element to it. Also, to note, this is a ground cinnamon profile rather than cinnamon red hot candies. While I prefer this type of cinnamon in tea, this still leaves me wanting more, and only reminds me how I haven’t had Tea Desire’s Cinnamon Star in ever, which has been a favourite of mine for over ten years already. That one has the same ground cinnamon vibe but with distinct bakery and icing notes supporting the spice.

Arby

I had to look up “pepparkakor” but apparently that’s ginger snap/ginger cookie in English. I’ve never had a snickerdoodle either, our family makes ginger cookies when we want a spiced cookie. I’ve been meaning to try a snickerdoodle some day, but I’ve never heard of it outside of the states. Similarly, I’ve never seen Julekaker (Norweigan Christmas bread) or Nanaimo Bars outside of where I live. I wonder how many things I think are normal parts of everyday bakeries/restaurants are unheard of elsewhere?

Fjellrev

Yeah, they’re more complex than a ginger cookie though, at least the version I make, which also contains cinnamon and cloves, with orange zest. Julekaker is next to impossible to find anywhere! Nanaimo bars are everywhere here in Alberta but granted we’re relatively close.

I know it’s totally off-topic from desserts, but are green onion cakes popular where you live? I never noticed them when I lived in Victoria, but here, they are everywhere.

Tamarindel

No you have to try snickerdoodles! Even though you’re technically correct about it being a sugar cookie rolled in cinnamon sugar, that somehow doesn’t capture the experience of eating a snickerdoodle at all. It’s more than the sum of its parts. Don’t buy them from the grocery store though. They are best just a bit cooled out of the oven.

Fjellrev

You raise an excellent point! I’ll have to whip up a batch someday.

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drank Chocolate Chai by Zen Tea
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I went into this not expecting much because I haven’t had the best of luck with their chai blends in the past, but this is better than expected. Not nearly as spicy as I would like, but it’s like nibbling on some chocolate cake with a light spiced drizzle on top. In terms of spices, I taste mostly super muted cinnamon and cardamom, but the licorice is overpowering the spices a little bit. The chocolate is realistic but not as prominent either, more like milk chocolate than anything else.

Not repurchase-worthy but it’ll be easy to sip down my sample.

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drank Coconut Chai by Zen Tea
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I don’t remember the last time I had so many teas in my cupboard. 72! That is crazy talk. I’m opting for this tonight because the weather is brutal and sucky in my neck of the woods. It’s cold, damp, and half rainy/half snowy.

Despite loving coconut and spices, I went into this chai not expecting much. My gut told me that the coconut was going to be soapy and the spices mild due to the licorice root. I know, I’m so optimistic, right? But sadly, I was right. The coconut is soapy, the licorice is drowning out the majority of the spices. To be fair, I’ve had much soapier coconut and more cloying licorice root. The ginger is more prominent than the cinnamon, and I can’t taste any cardamom, sadly. With half and half, the astringency of the base is toned down a little bit.

So glad they have 10g options. Is it sad that I’m not even sure if I can bring myself to finish it?

Oh wait, weird, a few minutes after I finished my cup, I’m picking up on the cardamom. It reminds me of the kheer I had earlier this way, especially blended with the coconut and cream.

If the coconut were fresher and the spices a little more balanced, this could have been pretty good.

CrowKettle

There’s no shame in throwing the soapy coconut out. When I first started drinking tea I never thought coconut would be such a finicky ingredient. XD

Fjellrev

You’re right, why torture yourself?

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drank Canadian Maple by The Teaguy
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Thank you so incredibly much to the Teaguy for sending me a very generous parcel full of tea to try! It’s certainly motivating me to get back into tea at home, especially now that my new workplace doesn’t have a kettle in the break room. Oh well.

I opted for this first because I felt like something simple and sweet. There’s that classic maple note in there hovering over a slightly astringent base. I already had two cups and will have to go for another one and write a better note. This is what I get for writing this in hindsight due to NHL playoff distractions.

Next, I’ll have to try it with milk too. I had a maple latte at Second Cup the other day and I could barely taste the maple so I wonder how a maple tea latte would be.

Sil

jealous! also looking forward to seeing your reviews :)

Fjellrev

I am so grateful for the opportunity. :D

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