1604 Tasting Notes
Ugh, another sad sipdown. I was hoarding the last of my sampler but thought I needed to suck it up and drink it already. Nuts, gluten-free Animal Crackers, and cocoa. So good.
I’m supposed to head to the mall now that I’m finished my tea but I just want to sit here and continue listening to The Tea Party. Ever go a long time—years—without listening to a band, only to sort of rediscover them and obsess? That’s me with The Tea Party, especially their album Transmission. This is so mind-numbingly brilliant. I am in love. And now I’m majorly regretting passing up seeing them live a few months ago because I was already going to two other concerts around the same time and didn’t want to push my luck with my work schedule. Noooo!
Fruit Salad is an apt description for this tisane. I was wondering what it would be like in comparison to DAVIDsTEA’s Swampwater but I enjoyed this more, especially in comparison to the last batch of Swampwater I picked up last fall. The fruits here are fresh, a little candy-ish, but not fake or cloying. The strawberry was the most prominent, then there’s a little apple thrown in there. I didn’t detect any banana but I’m wondering if it would have come out more had I tried this hot. I initially made a jug of cold brew and left some dry leaf aside to try hot, but ended up caving and using the remaining dry leaf for cold brew too. Something tells me that it would have been even fruitier had I used hot water. But regardless, good stuff! I wish I had more.
I actually liked this one more than I thought I would. Blends with carrots and beetroot tend to offend my tastebuds with cellar vibes (although I thoroughly enjoy eating the vegetables) but here, I couldn’t even detect that they were here. The raspberry is noticeable. A tad artificial but I’ve had a lot more extreme artificial raspberry flavouring than this. The hibiscus kept things tart enough but wasn’t overbearing, the mint is refreshing, and is that raspberry leaf I tasted? It’s not in the ingredients listing, but I swear I tasted it in there. Overall, rather refreshing on a 29°C day.
My tealogged headache is mostly due to chugging an entire jug of this, and then some. I don’t know if it’s an age thing or a batch thing, because I swear even when I got this batch last fall, even fresh, it wasn’t as good as it was a few years ago? This time around, I’m picking up one a fruity note that resembles the pseudo-fruity note in a (liquid) antibiotic that was prescribed to me a couple times when I was a child. That definitely isn’t a good thing seeing that it was discovered that I could never keep food down whenever I’d have to take it, and after a couple bottles (that’s right, bottles), the doctor finally switched things up and prescribed something much better. No more bad reactions, and even tasted better, like strawberry banana.
SO, yes, this is bringing me back to that. I’m trying to use this up, have about 1-2 jugs left and then it’ll finally be done. I need to get more fruit tisanes! Feels like I have nothing to cold brew.
And that’s a sipdown! Because of the heavy smoke in the air from wildfires, I spent the day inside, sitting on my lazy behind, drinking tea to the point that I have a massive headache. Headache and very little physical activity = bad, but tea = good.
Could have gone without the stevia in this but otherwise the chamomile was fresh and soothing.
Look at that, 1600 tasting notes!
Oh, this is a lovely surprise. I accidentally steeped it for over ten minutes because I received an important phone call while waiting for the 2.5 minutes. Concerned I ruined it for life, I added some whole milk, took a sip, and…?
Wow! Very flavourful and miraculously not bitter at all. There’s a lot going on in this blend. Creamy vanilla, cocoa, pecans, and malt. I think it’s the malt and vanilla together that’s creating an Animal Cracker-like vibe to this too.
You know, altogether, the flavours really do come together to create a Rocky Road ice cream experience. Crazy. I wish I had more than just the taster size!
Sipdown! The other two Nina’s teas are at my mom’s (Marie Antoinette is technically hers and the tin of Japon was something we’d share) so not sure if I should have them in my virtual cupboard. Maybe I’ll transfer some into some empty tins next time I’m over there because she rarely drinks tea. Hmm.
Nevertheless, I wouldn’t get more of this but it was good. If there’s any Nina’s tea I’d love to reorder, it’s Hepburn. So delicious.