1570 Tasting Notes
I really ought to write about teas when I drink them rather than go by memory, but it’s been an odd last month. That promotion even my manager thought I’d get? It went to someone else who has been with the company longer, which is understandable. I think they did me a favour anyway because I found out afterwards that it would have only been a 40 cent raise, plus I still wouldn’t have gotten FT hours or health benefits after three months. Why did they do me a favour? Because it prompted me to look elsewhere and within not even two weeks, I scored a FT management position, which pays quite a bit more and will give me health benefits too. I start in about a week!
So I drank both cups of this earlier in the week. The first time I had it, I was a little distracted going online apartment hunting. As a side note, my mom finally sold the house in the middle of nowhere, where all of my stuff from the West Coast has been since moving back, and the owners take possession at the end of April, meaning I now have/get to look for my own place, finally! The new job could not have come at a better time. With that said, I’ve been neglecting this whole tea thing.
In any case, cup #1 slightly grabbed my attention because it vaguely reminded me of something I had before but couldn’t put my finger on it. There’s coconut in here, so surely it must remind me of a coconut tea I’ve had in the past? Yet it doesn’t taste like coconut. Hmm.
The next day, I had the final cup. Paying more attention to each sip, this conjured up memories of DF. Which DF tea could this possibly be because none of the ones I’ve had contained coconut? Another sip, ok, I’m detecting a hint of orange in this, and maybe some chocolate. Huh, chocolate orange? Not quite. Then bingo! I taste… almond. Chocolate almond with a hint of orange. Velours Nacré! Unnecessarily long story short, this is so that. Maybe not as nutty but the coconut is definitely leaning more on actual almond-like nuts than coconut. Go figure. I went into this tea not expecting much, quite frankly, because I recall trying a couple of their teas at the Victoria Tea Festival years ago and not being impressed with anything. This is pretty darn good, however. I may consider scoring more if it’s still around next time I place an Amoda order.
This was one that I kept adding and removing from my cart whilst deliberating and placing my order because my gut was telling me that it wasn’t going to be the greatest, and I was right. It’s pretty much what I imagined: red berries with a dash of hibiscus. No maple. The base isn’t as astringent as I was expecting it to be considering it’s a Ceylon. Overall, this blend isn’t anything special. It tastes like a bagged tea I’d have at a restaurant when I’d feel like something more than water but calorie-free, you know? Not so memorable. I’m glad I only went wit the 10g size because I won’t be missing it once it’s gone.
This makes a rather bitter cold brew, unfortunately. I used around 10g of leaf in my 1.3-ish litre jug so I wonder if I dialled it back a bit on the dry leaf, it would have turned out better. The liquor was a bright green so I knew right away it was going to go south. The fruits were muted and lovely, so this does have potential, but I’ll have to experiment with this further.
It’s been nearly two months since I fainted and screwed up my neck, and it’s still sore, so I’m sitting here feeling useless and wanting to go back to the gym but not sure if I should yet? I could always use these days off as an opportunity to tackle my new teas, though. Hmm.
Yikes, it took me this long to enter all these Amoda teas into the system and actually try one. It’s been a obnoxious last few days, quite frankly, so now I’m just trying to sort through some of the stupidity that has been thrown my way and enjoy some good things in life in the process.
This is so ridiculously pepperminty that when you initially steep the tea, it smells like straight up peppermint tea, but once you sip on it, oh, there’s the black base, and there’s the smooth vanilla. Hmm, it’s similar to Della Terra’s Swiss Mountain in terms of the level of minty freshness. The chocolate is on the weaker side but I don’t mind since all the flavours blend together so well and create a joyous cup.
I think what I’m learning is that I tend to enjoy chocolate mint teas that are very generous with the peppermint leaf. Loved Swiss Mountain which was very generous with it, and besides Shamrocks & Shenanigans (a lot more vanilla in that one), was a favourite chocolate mint tea from Della Terra. And as everyone knows, I’m obsessed with Zen Tea’s rooibos offering, which is packed with peppermint leaves. Although not chocolate mint, compare these to DAVIDsTEA’s Santa’s Secret, which while decent, lacks that ultra frosty peppermint bite.
I added some whole milk to my mug after a few cups and I find it brings out the creamy chocolate vanilla aspect more, making this less of a straight up peppermint tea and more of a creamy dessert tea.
What an interesting day. I interviewed earlier today for a potential promotion, and I think it went well, plus they seemed to really like me, but who knows what’ll happen. I also just bought concert tickets. My favourite band, Katatonia, is coming to town! Plus my Amoda order arrived today but I still need to add everything to my cupboard.
Now I’m dead tired and still trying to fight off this sickness. I have a headache and mild fever, still, after over a week, plus my neck still hurts from when I fainted and fell last month. So I’m being ultra lazy and useless just bumming around.
But tea! This smells like bee pollen at the farmer’s market, 100%. I was anticipating being smacked in the face with chamomile, but surprises are surprising. The honey really comes through in the flavour and complaints the chamomile wonderfully. You know what? I like this more today than when I had it for the first time the other week. It’s soothing and so smooth for chamomile, which can sometimes be a bit much, especially on its own. I’m not quite sure if I would buy more, but it’s a dope sidekick, at least when you’re sick.
I brought the entire pouch of this tea with me to work a while back, leaving it in my locker and hoping to polish it off there, but yesterday was finally the first time actually brewing a cup there. I used a tea bag and just left it in my mug while I was sipping on it, and it didn’t go bitter at all. Whatever temperature the hot water which our Keurig dispenses seems to stay kind to tea. The flavours and freshness have been holding up well considering that I’ve had this for ten months now. Still malty and slightly honey-ish, and no dusty or stale notes to be had.
Speaking of work, I did my very first full makeover on a customer yesterday and it seemed to be a success despite it being a terrifying experience for myself. She claimed she liked it! And co-workers said it looked sultry but I hope they weren’t all just being nice. Nothing is scarier than applying eyeliner on someone else haha.
Sipped this down with whole milk, and my mom had a mug as well. At first, she didn’t want any milk (she is so freaking picky about it and claims it makes things taste like cow) but after taking a few sips sans milk she thought to try it out and ended up loving it. It just ties all the cocoa and mint flavours together, transforming this into an ultra desserty cup of greatness. Still not my favourite chocolate mint tea, but very good nonetheless.
Protein smoothie of the day:
45g Cellucor cinnamon bun whey protein
250ml Silk unsweetened cashew milk
Healthy dashes of cinnamon and nutmeg
94g frozen banana
70g frozen mixed strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries
I can hardly taste the matcha because the spices and fruits form a supergroup of flavour, but I’m having it for its antioxidant value, anyway.