3254 Tasting Notes
Since I am trying to work on some of my older teas, I decided to christen my new pink simplicity mug with this tea. It’s caffeine free and from Aug 2014 so it seemed like a good one to work on. However, the forest green color of the brew doesn’t really suit the overly girly mug. It looks like something I should be having a floral white tea or something more gentle and feminine in.
Nonetheless, though the color may look like it doesn’t belong, the taste is still perfect. It tastes slightly earthy but simultaneously it tastes like a nutty cookie. The macadamia nuts truly shine tonight.
Flavors: Asparagus, Brown Sugar, Cake, Cookie, Earth, Nuts
Last semester, one of my textbooks was about contract and tort law. One of my dogs, no matter where it was in the stack of textbooks, would pull out the contract book and open it and just sorta stand there staring at it. It was always that one particular contract law book. Anyways, my friend is now taking the same program as me but one semester behind so I gave her that particular book. Today, I came upstairs to my dog taking off the shrink wrap of my litigation textbook. I think he found his new favorite subject and I am slightly worried he plans to sue me over giving away the book :P.
Anyways, on to the tea…
For a cranberry/raspberry tea, I am disappointed with the inclusion of the licorice root. That’s a flavor that never sits right with me and here it is contributing its typical cloying sweetness to a tea that should be tart. The start of the sip tastes of hibiscus/rose hip and, for once, I find myself wanting more hibiscus to fight the licorice root that takes over. It just drowns out everything else making this a huge miss for me. Not to mention that it is hard to notice anything that could be considered either of the berries in the title. Luckily, I only picked up the one teabag so I can say hello and goodbye with this one unpleasant cup.
Flavors: Hibiscus, Licorice, Rosehips
My tea drinking was stalled today as my brother and I were supposed to go grocery shopping and he kept calling to say he just had one more thing to do which made me think that he was on his way home. I got anxious that I would make the tea and not get a chance to drink/enjoy it so I opted for just not making any. However, I chose to make this in a tea thermos while he was on the phone so that if we ran out, I could just take it along.
I figured a straight black would hold up well in a thermos though I will say that brewing this made me quite anxious. As soon as the water hit the tea, there was a very strong smell that reminded me of a boxed tea like Red Rose or Tetley. Those teas were what was given to me as a child and they are the reason that I was never a tea lover until late. I find they are bitter and astringent and I associate them with being sick, hence my fear when the smell of this mimicked those.
With that said, I should have known better and trusted the magic that is Butiki because this, of course, was great. Bready with some great honey notes and just a touch of stone fruit jam. It’s like a breakfast in a thermos.
Flavors: Astringent, Baked Bread, Honey, Jam, Malt, Stewed Fruits, Stonefruits, Sweet Potatoes, Tea
This tea once had bite. A nice sharpness from the strawberry just to add a new element to the cup. Now, with age, it has become much softer and I am not entirely sure that is entirely a bad thing. Sure, it is not as intensely flavorful as it once was but rather than becoming bland, the dynamics have simply changed. Now, the praline is really the star, complimented by a subtle and very soft strawberry sweetness. The coconut kicks in about halfway through the sip and lingers on the tongue along with the praline long after you finish drinking. The whole thing is just very romantic, if that makes any sense. Rather than the exciting and fun tea it was when I first got it, it has now taken on a much more relaxed and sweet vibe. It’s not the same tea that it was, but its not bad either.
Flavors: Berry, Cake, Coconut, Custard, Hay, Hazelnut, Strawberry
I keep seeing people drinking up the last of their beloved Butiki blends and that just reminds me that I have a lot of Butiki that needs drinking. A LOT. I mean, it closed about a year ago and I still have copious amounts of their teas in their black paper bags. Not the best storage method but honestly, had I not gone off tea around the same time they shut their doors, I imagine most of it would be long gone by now. As it is, I really should get working on these older teas.
I decided to brew up two cups at the same time because I have to make a shopping list off a meal plan for my brother and I which means I know I’ll be sitting at the kitchen table for a while, sipping at tea and doing some work. I grabbed this and Canal Street Carnival because they were two that I loved a great deal and that both brew at the same temp.
As for this particular cup, it was slightly overleafed as the kettle ran out of water just high of hitting the 16 ozs. I think that may be for the best though as this tea is already a shadow of its former self, without the extra water in there to dilute it more. The once bright lime has died down in both smell and flavor but weirdly that has opened the door for the marshmallow note to take center stage. Although, its not an overly sweet marshmallow flavor but more one that has a sweet cream-like element to it. Now it is a creamy tea first with the nice final note of lime/citrus. I really do miss the brightness, but for the age and storage of this tea, it has held up better than I expected.
Flavors: Citrus, Cream, Hay, Lime
People have been loving this tea so I added it on to my Boxing Day order from DAVIDs. What instantly caught my attention was that even in smell, it captures a distinctive vanilla eggyness that is linked to french toast. That creamy egg (reminiscent of eggnog) element actually shines in this cup, emphasized by the overall thick mouthfeel of the tea. However, I am not sure if the thick mouthfeel is something I personally am enjoying. Nonetheless, it is necessary to truly capture the flavor. Moreover, there is a nice dash of cinnamon that manages to avoid being too sweet as many DAVIDs cinnamon teas tend to be. Plus, for a tea that is titled with the word “cardamom”, it is not too cardamom-centered that all the other flavors are drowned out. Rather, there is just enough to sell the flavor they are going for. There is even a sweetness that hints at maple syrup atop the french toast. It actually is one of the more successful DAVIDs blends I have tried as everything blends perfectly to do what it was intended to do. With that said, I am not sure how often I would personally reach for it so I will be passing some along to someone I know will appreciate it.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Cardamon, Cinnamon, Cream, Creamy, Eggnog, Maple Syrup, Sugar, Vanilla
Well I am finally back in my home (as opposed to my sister’s apartment), unpacked and settled. I brewed this up in a midst of unpacking, doing laundry, and preparing for school (i.e. printing any available syllabuses/powerpoints and organizing my binder). Now, I just need to make my calendar for the semester, fill in my agenda with my assignments, and write my important dates list. If only my professors were as efficient as me seeing as the links for 3/7 courses aren’t even active yet :(. Oh well, I will get down what I can. Then tomorrow I just need to worry about doing the groceries and I can relax the rest of the time (and drink tea :P).
Anyways, as for the tea, this is not really my favourite of the Twinnings that I have tried. It may be my brewing as it was left slightly longer than the 3 minutes I intended to brew it for, but not too long. I am getting some tartness and then a whole bunch of raspberry. Alas, it is not just the berry flavor as there is a herbal note lining the sip that is more leafy/vegetal that is really taking away from the taste as a whole. Also, no dragonfruit to be found. In fairness, that is a very subtle fruit flavor to begin with so I’d imagine it is a hard one to capture alone and yet they tried pairing it with the much bolder raspberry. All in all, this just isn’t a success and I am happy it is merely the one teabag that I picked up from the shop while I was in London.
Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Drying, Hibiscus, Raspberry
Finally back home which means I have my Boxing Day DAVIDs order complete with this tea and this chocolate bar. This particular review is for the chocolate bar. I am definitely liking that the tea pieces are not so large but there is a nice crunch from fair size candy cane pieces. Vanilla also shines through amongst the sweet peppermint and the creamy white chocolate serves as the perfect base to highlight the flavors of the tea. It captures Santa’s Secret beautifully though this was probably a one time deal given the cost of the bars. Of the ones I tried, this is one of my top picks along with the milk chocolate salted caramel one.
I think this was much better as a hot brew. As a cold brew the candied pineapple is taking over and contributing a significant amount of sweetness as to make this a bit cloying. Plus, the apple is more present while the hibiscus is completely absent which means there is more sweetness and less flavors to make this well rounded. Also, the coconut is doing that lotion thing that it tends to do, something that didn’t happen in the hot brew.
So I got in from Florida last night and today I spent my day at Bridal shows. First I had to walk the Canadian Bridal Show which lacked cake samples (the reason I agreed to go with my sister) but was rich in horrid wedding dresses (https://instagram.com/p/BAVDn5OPJewSMAhYNV9YsljZIWWNtNZ6M3Zepc0/). Then, she made me go to ANOTHER show but this one was a soft open type deal that only had industry professionals tonight and tomorrow it is open to the public. Consequently, in addition to all the tasty offerings from the food vendors there, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres were passed around. We also got swag bags and inside my sister found this tea.
I don’t know what’s in it other than knowing it’s a fruit blend with orange peel, candied pineapple, hibiscus, and I am guessing coconut from the smell. There is other stuff in the blend as well though I am not sure what it is. Nonetheless, this smells amazingly like a piña colada and at first taste it tastes identical to the smell (a rare find). However, as I continue drinking, the taste builds up on my tongue and can get a bit sweet and monotone. If I take a break, after the initial sweetness, a bit of the hibby tartness comes through. It’s actually quite nice and the company gave a decent sample size do the other 2 tsps are cold brewing for the morning.
Now back to Lip Sync battle videos on YouTube…
Flavors: Coconut, Hibiscus, Pineapple, Tropical