New Tasting Notes
I get what they were going for here. I distinctly taste the chocolate covered honeycomb candy taste they set out to emulate. It was harder to taste when it was hot, but I notice more of the flavor come out as it cools and in the finish of each sip. The thing I’m noticing in the B&B teas are the flavors are weak and that is the same with this tea. If they could only turn the dial up on the flavor a bit, it would be so much more delightful.
Work – 11:00 AM
So I underleafed this one. The dry leaf smells super smoky, so I was afraid of it being too strong and used a bit less leaf than I normally would. It’s not super weak, but it could definitely be stronger. The smoke is much less potent in the brewed cup.
So I’m not really getting apple, but that could be my fault. There’s definitely dark caramel – the burnt sugar sort of deal. The base tea is smoky but not overly so, since it’s a blend of smoked and unsmoked teas.
This one would be a great candidate for some maple syrup, boychik style. Maybe next time I’ll make this at home with more leaf and a drop of maple.
Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Caramel, Cinnamon, Smoke, Sweet, Wood
These are also really convenient for a cold brew. Cheap, chopped up leaves so that the extraction time is shorter and there’s no need to pry a cake and/or weight anything. I made use of that on Saturday and on Sunday I had a liter of pu-erh to fuel me throughout the day as I was wandering around Toronto. To be honest, 10g/1l makes a fairly strong tea even when brewed just overnight like I did. Depending on the intended use and steeping time, one might want to adjust the ratio.
Flowery, perfumey, light milk aroma. Sweet and super light vegetal notes compared to other TGYs. More of a floral taste instead of green, no real fruit notes that I can detect. Subtle buttery notes in the early steeps. Very slight bitterness, some astringency on 2nd steep but not overwhelming. It makes it work, makes it interesting and delicious. On the 6th steep, cut green grass notes came out, with a slight vegetal aroma and the floral taste subsided a bit, became a little tart. Although light bodied, its complex, as it changes on each steep.
7g Tea, 212℉, 110ml, 7 steeps: rinse, 20s, 40s, 60s, 80s, 100s, 120s, 180s
Flavors: Butter, Flowers, Freshly Cut Grass, Milk
This tea was a birthday gift from my mom. She purchased it from an Etsy shop called Gaias Cauldron Shop. The shop has been renamed recently though to Tabatha’s Cauldron. I have the other tea entered under the old name so I entered it under the old name to keep it consistent. This tea is a seasonal offering from her shop and so I don’t have an image or the ingredient list.
I can make out pretty much everything: It’s a black tea with rose petals, dried strawberry bits, and jasmine blossoms.
I’ve had several cups of this since I got it but this is my first review of it. I tried to coax more strawberry flavor out of it by adding a tiny bit of agave and non-dairy milk. I honestly don’t care for this tea much. The base is weak and the flavor is lacking. The agave was not a great idea it just added sweetness to the already weak base. I had thought that I had remembered this being a stronger bitter black tea when I was preparing it. The best way to describe it is this cup ended up tasting like a very low quality weak black tea(which it is) with coffee creamer or milk and sugar added to it. (because of the dollop of agave and hint of milk I added) Bleh. Honestly I should have dumped the cup but because it was a Bday gift I felt obligated to finish the cup. Now I have that taste stuck in my mouth still.
I added a little bit of a chocolate soy milk protein shake to sweeten it/enhance the flavor. I think the soymilk works really well it adds a lot of creaminess, some sweetness, and enhances the spices. The previous brews of this were very unpleasant. I get hints of cola from the spices in this cup. This cup was pretty yum.
Well, I did it! This is the last tasting note that I had to write in order to catch up before I head to Las Vegas tomorrow! So, I’m going into my vacation with a completely clean tasting note queue! So anyway, this tea…
I realized this week that it had been a REALLY long time since I last had this tea; and it used to be one of my all time favourites so that seemed like a really big shame. I fixed that the same day though; brewed a nice big mug of it with just a touch of creamer. It was so rich; really bold earth notes and a creamy, silky and dark tasting touch of caramel. Like drinking the tea version of dulce de leche.
Why did I let so much time pass inbetween cups of this!?
From earlier in the week; made some of this to sip on while reading the next volume of Snotgirl – I’m getting pretty into that comic! I’m caught up on volumes though, so now I have to wait for the next volume to be released…
This was good though; a little bit astringent, but ultimately a pleasant profile with a balance of grassy and more vegetal leaning notes and a bit of a nuttiness more akin to the dry nuttiness of almond skins. Also a strong fruity flavour, comparable to what I’ve experienced in many younger Yiwu pu’erhs. So, stonefruit (peach, nectarine) and also a vague red fruit sort of taste.
This hasn’t aged much, but I think it’s going to become a really nice tea with time.
I feel like I must have just been really craving lime this week, because I pulled this one from my stash the day after I brewed up A Quarter To Tea’s Toasted Coconut Lime green tea blend, and when I was drinking it the notes that were resonating with me the most/making me the most happy were the incredibly bright, sweet lime notes. So much so that I just wasn’t focusing on anything else going on in the tea.
One track tea mind.
Thank you to Cameron B for this sample.
I have to say this is one of my favourite green tea blends ever. The rhubarb, the floral jasmine, and the spicy aromatic ginger…just so good. The little pink petals are lovely too. I can’t overstate how great the ginger and rhubarb flavour is. Hints of citrus and grapefruit. I’ll be buying some of this with my next order. Until then, I have half of the sample left for another cup!
Flavors: Citrus, Floral, Fruity, Ginger, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Rhubarb
So, I do own a bit of this already but I decided to pick up about 50g of the new blend too because I’ve been really into this and I’d like to have some on hand for when I finish off my last little bit of the original blend that I own…
This wasn’t one that I made though; it was another one of those bloody delicious Peanut Butter Cup lattes that we’re featuring in store right now. I’m actually really glad that I’ve been taking advantage of having this one in store to drink, because we’ve been selling through it at an insane rate – and the day that I made this drink and bought my 50g to restock at home also happened to be the day that we sold out completely of this tea in store.
So, no more drinking it at work – I have to tap into my at home stash now.
Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.
Sometimes you just really need a sweet treat, so I definitely PILED this cold brew with whipped cream, and while I know that got into a little bit of the tea and acted as both a sweetener and a little bit of a “cream” of sorts, if we’re being completely honest almost all the whipped cream was consumed before I even started to drink the tea…
It was good though; way better than the first time that I tried it out. The flavour was a little smoother, and I felt like I could really taste the pomegranate in the blend; mostly ‘cause it had a sort of grenadine like sweetness. Definitely not a lot of blueberry though, and I wouldn’t call this one a super high quality white either. However, an improvement is an improvement and I think it’s better to focus on the wins!
Gave this one just a little bit of time before revisiting it, just to make sure I still really enjoyed the flavour and that I wasn’t obsessing over it purely because of new tea excitement. It definitely holds up though; smooth, medium bodied flavour with buttery and toasty coconuts notes, a little vegetal green tea, and then the brightness of sweet, fresh lime. It’s really bloody good!
As usual, I wasn’t all that excited to drink this. I steeped it 1 minute, 350 mL hot water. It was quite vegetal, but had a lightly toasted flavour with fruity notes typical of my favourite green tea Long Jing. It also was quite nutty, which I loved. Unlike Long Jing, it had no sweetness and had bitter tendencies. I really hate bitterness in tea. I resteeped it twice more in cold water and that was a bit less bitter, however I’m not going to drink this again. I don’t have the taste for sencha.
Flavors: Bitter, Fruity, Grass, Nutty, Spinach, Toasty, Vegetal
Home – 11:00 PM
This is from a past Bird & Blend subscription box, which I’ve signed up for again! Their subscription is surprisingly reasonable – it’s about $15 per month for 20g each of 3 teas (so 60g total), and that’s including the international shipping.
This is one of the better mulled teas I’ve had (it seems to be a rather common concept for the holiday season). It does have hibiscus, but it’s not too strong. It adds a nice light tartness that accents the apple flavor well, and it contributes to the color as well.
There’s just a little bit too much ginger in my opinion, but I’m not the biggest fan of ginger so that may just be my preference. It’s not overpowering, by any means, and it does pair nicely with apple. There’s also some gentle clove and cinnamon. Perhaps a bit of lemon as well?
Overall, it’s a good balance of sweet and tart with some nice spice notes. And the ginger is growing on me as I drink it… ;)
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Hibiscus, Lemon, Tart
So, this is a tea I drank – but this tasting note isn’t really about that. It just happened to be what I was sipping on when I had to put down my fancy rat, Wasabi, earlier in the week. I can’t say I was paying attention to the tea at all; it was just liquid warmth at a difficult time.
A few weeks ago I came home from work only to find him shaking in his cage, completely soiled in what looked like bloody stool. It was really scary; especially because he’d been perfectly fine just this morning when I left for work. I cleaned him up, and then brought him upstairs to watch TV with me so I could keep an eye on him. That evening he only appeared to be getting worse/more sluggish/weak and he kept having liquid, bloody looking stool. So, we brought him to the 24/7 emergency vet clinic.
They basically told us that he had a colon infection, which is what was the issues with his stool, but we also learned that he very well might have colon cancer as well. They basically told us that they couldn’t be sure if he had cancer until they cleared the infection, so if we wanted to pay for the antibiotics that it would treat the infection but we should also know that it wasn’t a guarantee that he would get better if he was experiencing more than the infection. We took the chance, and I got the antibiotics to treat the infection.
So, for ten days I syringe fed him a liquid pain killer and antibiotic twice a day. For a while, he did look like he was getting better. Slowly his stool went back to its normal shape and he seemed happier and more active. However, a few days after the antibiotics ran out things took a turn for the negative. He began eating less frequently, though he was still drinking plenty of water. He was still active, though – seemed happy and moved around normally. However, the amount of food he was consuming daily just increasingly became less and less, and he started losing a scary amount of weight. We tried different types of foods/diets, and for a couple days it looked like maybe we’d found a good combination. I think it was a fluke though, because he quickly went back to not eating much, and then not eating at all. The weight loss was scary; and around Thanksgiving he was running up one of the ramps in his cage but clearly struggling with doing so because of the fatigue from loss of food. He slipped, and fell off the ramp onto the bottom of the cage. It wasn’t long after that that he stopped drinking water, as well.
I had definitely been slowly coming to terms with the fact that he simply wasn’t going to get better, and I think subconsciously I was definitely preparing myself for the reality I might come home from work one day and he’d have passed or that I would have to put him down. On Monday I decided to book a vet appointment to see if there was anything else we could do, and we scheduled it for Wednesday evening. However, Wednesday morning when I woke up and then went to check on him/feed him he was almost completely still/unmoving in his cage – and when he did move, to come to the cage door and greet me, his back legs weren’t working, and he had to drag himself forward with his front legs and his back half was completely lifeless. He appeared to be paralyzed.
We brought him in to the vet immediately and it was decided that the best thing to do for him, given how much pain he was clearly in and the progression of his cancer, was to put him down. It was hard; but it was the best thing that we could do for him. I at least had plenty of time to say goodbye to him, and had basically accepted this as an inevitability a long time ago – so while it wasn’t easy, it was expected.
So this note is for you, Wasabi. You were such a good, gentle and well behaved rat. Over the approximate three years that we had you, you never bit anyone once, and you were always so generous with your kisses. A truly good companion.
So, my manager at work recently went on vacation to Europe; she went to quite a few places including Italy, Ireland, and England among others. Because she’s a sweet heart, she brought back a souvenir for all of our staff; and the thing that she picked up for me was some tea! This tea!
So, Whittards is a pretty big brand in England from what I’m aware of – and I’ve tried a couple of their teas before but largely they’re pretty unexplored by me. I don’t know why this is the tea that she picked for me, but I’m definitely appreciative and it’s not one that I’ve had before – plus is smells really good. They were only selling it in 100g increments at the Whittards store, so I’ve got a lot to play around with – but for my first tasting I’m going with hot and straight.
Snap impression!? This does some somewhat boozy. I’m not a huge whisky drinker, folks – my spirit of choice is generally rum or gin. So, I definitely don’t have a vast familiarity with the taste of whisky. However, I’ve had a decent amount of “Whisky Chocolate” and I can confirm that the taste of this tea reminds me of those whisky chocolates, down to the sweetness and cocoa notes. It’s smooth and pleasant, and maybe even just a hint smoky? The thing that I didn’t expect though was that I’d be picking up notes of apple – and I kind of am!?
So I guess what I’m saying is that this one tastes like whisky, chocolate, smoke, and apple. It’s good though! I’m excited to try doing more things with it.
Home – 10:00 PM
Halloween tea of the day! (from the Wicked Teas sampler)
This is a decaffeinated black tea with vanilla and coconut. I’ve found in the past that decaffeinated black teas tend to be terrible. So hopefully that’s not the case here… It has cute white ghost sprinkles along with some brightly colored rod-shaped sprinkles (do those have a specific name…?).
Well, the decaf tea doesn’t seem too bad here. Both the tea and flavoring are definitely rather light. I can just barely taste coconut. Mostly, this tea tastes like marshmallows to me. It’s vanilla, but not in a creamy way. The base tea is slightly woody.
Definitely decent, especially for a decaf tea. I am amused that they wanted to make a ghost-themed tea and just picked a bunch of white-colored things to flavor it with.
Only one more Halloween tea to go!
Flavors: Coconut, Marshmallow, Sweet, Vanilla, Wood
Well, this tea has been pretty much covered so I’ll add a little personification for fun.
Old Bear reminds me of a good friend I have who likens himself to a cross between a black bear and a gorilla with dark hair the color of this leaf and some red in his beard like the color of the brew. He happens to like roughing it a lot and is no stranger to a good smokey campfire and a swig of peaty scotch. Even the toughest jabs seem to glance off of him. He comes across as bold, brash, bitter and gruff with a hard to penetrate exterior but once he opens up, he’s very sweet and even-tempered. I wouldn’t call him dry, even though this tea can be at times. A solid, thick, no-nonsense beast who always delivers.
I’ll have to take this little brick with me next time we meet up in the wilderness and see what he thinks of this tea.
5g, 100mL, 212F, 20s rinse, 8 steeps at 4×20s/30/35/45/45 then lost count after that. Oh yeah, pretty good amount of caffeine and a nice softening of the gaze. I was gifted an animal hair in my first chip off the brick. It was tan and white, coarse and wiry. Maybe pig? Who knows.
Flavors: Bitter, Campfire, Cedar, Dates, Drying, Peat, Smooth, Sweet, Tar, Wet Wood
Trick or Treat! Decided to make some houjicha as my nightly cuppa tonight, as the caffeine is so mild in houjicha it should be fine as a bedtime tea. I picked this one up from Ost’s cupboard sale, so thank you Ost! This is the original version of the tea, not the reblend.
I love houjicha, but it is so hard to find houjicha blends. I really wish they were tackled more often. This is a very rich, woody, roasted houjicha base, but there is a distinct lemony flavor to the tea, which really comes out in the aftertaste; the citrus really lingers on the tongue. The lemon flavor also has a slightly floral quality to me, somehow; it reads with a bit of a floral sort of sweetness rather than fruity tart, I suppose? But aside from the slight floral sort of sweetness I get in the aftertaste, there isn’t anything particularly sweet, creamy, or that would otherwise make me think of cheesecake or associate this as a dessert tea; this is really just reading as a lemon-flavored houjicha. I’m enjoying the flavor, but I think it needs some added sweetness or creaminess to bring in the dessert element the name implies. I don’t milk or sweeten houjicha typically, but I wanted to try to get this closer to what I was imaginging, so I added just a mere tablespoon of warm vanilla almond milk mixed with a small dollap of lemon-infused honey to my cup, and that pushed in some of those sweet/creamy elements without overpowering the rich houjicha base.
Flavors: Bark, Citrus, Dark Bittersweet, Floral, Lemon Zest, Roasted, Wood
Made this one in a carry travel mug to take with me to work yesterday.
I had a few sips at my house before I left to head. It was really hot still so I didn’t get to fully appreciate because I also didn’t want to burn my mouth, but it had a nice strong peach flavour with hints of nectarine. I was really looking forward to drinking the rest. I caught a ride into work with my brother though, and I ended up leaving the carry travel mug in the backseat of his car so it sat there throughout the whole day until I got home about ten hours later.
By then it was cold, bitter, and gross so I just tossed it out. Definitely a waste of a perfectly tasty cuppa, though…