1767 Tasting Notes
I took this tea with me to work and left it there alongside some tea sachets. It’s been abnormally cold here and snowing since the beginning of September so I wanted something warm and comforting on hand. I’m not a huge fan of tulsi but I’m liking the addition of juniperberry. The fruits are very mild. Only the strawberry shows up for me. It’s not extraordinary but it does the job of keeping me hydrated at work.
It’s been two whole months since writing a tea note? For shame. I’m just finishing this off now but have noticed every up has been too mild for my liking. Tastes like a boring, flat black tea with a hint of ginger and cinnamon. But nothing more. How is Halloween already in a few weeks? We really got screwed out of a proper autumn over here so a short much as I love drinking spicy blends which remind me of colder weather, this feels too early.
Oh weird, after finishing my cup, the aftertaste in my mouth is a little bit like cola bottle candies but even then, a lot milder than other spicy blends that gave off a cola vibe.
This one appears to be a newer one, and it’s not on their website (granted, it hasn’t been updated since 2010!), so naturally, it was an impulse buy. It’s very cherry cherry but not in a cough syrup way like many cherry teas lean. Both in scent and in flavour, it’s mostly cherry with almost no fig. I can taste a little fig but it blends in with the base and hides behind the cherry. I’m enjoying this hot but I can imagine that it’ll make a pretty decent cold brew.
I haven’t logged all of the new-to-me Bayswater teas I have picked up on my last trip, but it seems like all the ones I got 50g of, I’m loving and wishing I got more of, while the ones I automatically got 100g of because I tried and loved them before have actually been a letdown. Say what?
This is one I got 50g of because I wasn’t sure it would be completely amazing even though it was super fragrant and gingery in the gigantic canister. Yeah, this is great. It reminds me of DAVIDsTEA’s Ginger Pear, one of my favourites from them. The ginger isn’t too spicy or overpowering like biting into a chunk of the fresh root, but it complements the tart quince perfectly. The base is also mild and absent of any weird cardboardy undertones that some lower-quality black teas used for blends can possess. Now just watch. Next time I go to Vancouver and get 100g of this, it’ll coincidentally be cardboardy, stale, dusty, weird, or just not nearly as good because that’s how life works!
The other week, I walked all the way to Bayswater from the downtown hostel (was in town for a show) to load up on these teas I was so in love with back when I lived on the Island. I swear it’s not just me, but I feel like the majority of the black teas in their gigantic canisters were on the older side. This tea just doesn’t smell the same. More chemically and a tad stale? Plus the chocolate bits have a white film on them, indicating that the tea has been sitting. Maybe they aren’t as popular as they were five years ago?
More importantly, in terms of flavour, the base does taste a little dusty or dare I say cardboardy. The coffee flavour is there but there is an odd chemical undertone, but not sure what it’s from. I grabbed 100g out of nostalgia in spite of the tea not smelling like it used to in the canister. Now I’m hoping I won’t be regretting that soon.
DAVIDsTEA is really good at blueberry, so I have high hopes for this. So far, my favourite flavoured matcha from them is the Honeydew. That one has a ton of flavour, so much that a teaspoon in my protein smoothie packed full of mixed berries (with cookies ‘n’ protein powder), dare I say, overpowers all of the other flavours in a good way, of course. Preparing this the same way, I cannot taste the blueberry at all, just the grassy matcha. Granted, the flavouring is obviously blending in with the frozen blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries.
I’m now trying the last of this hot. Before adding milk, it’s pretty sweet. It reminds me that, oh yeah, DAVIDsTEA loads their flavoured matches with sugar. I can taste the blueberry here, and it’s realistic, thankfully enough, but not nearly as flavourful as the Honeydew. Adding milk to it, it’s a pleasant instant blueberry latte, except still a little too sweet for me. Would I buy more? Probably not, as it’s a little too expensive to justify considering the sheer amount of sugar they add to this, but it’s still worth trying, I’d say.
It’s hard to believe that the FIFA World Cup is here again when I remember the last one like it was yesterday, hanging out in my West Coast apartment watching match after match while sipping on excellent tea. Work has been such a drag, facing endless passive-aggressive task dumping while coworkers stand around and do nothing but play on their phones, being subtly pressured into giving up my volunteering job/only day I’m unavailable if I want to continue getting more hours (while others with much worse availability get around the same hours), etc. Lather, rinse, repeat. So more so than ever, I’ve really been yearning for peace and quiet with a cup of tea.
This tea! I was so stoked about the apricot, vanilla, and candied violet combination. Violet! Always a pleasure having in my teacup. But I couldn’t taste any? I think my taster pouch had like 2-3 pieces of candied violet in total, so that could be why. They can be potent little things though, as I have a little tin of candied violet that I randomly treat myself to every once in a while and they pack a punch in terms of flavour.
Here, I am mostly getting very subdued apricot, maybe a hint of vanilla. I’ll admit that I was hoping for apricot à la ATR’s Tangier (RIP). Ok, maybe not that intense, but definitely more pronounced. I can taste the base more than anything, actually. I guess that isn’t a bad thing either, because after all, aren’t we all here for the actual tea and not the mix-ins?
Wow! Adding this to my protein smoothie really brought out the honeydew flavour. I would have expected the flavours from the cookies ‘n’ cream from my protein powder and frozen raspberries to compete too much, but the first sip was Honeydew City. I could barely even taste the actual matcha.
Now to snag some of that Blueberry Matcha for my smoothies.