4796 Tasting Notes
Sipdown, but it doesn’t count ’cause I drank it just as fast as I received it.
Guess who’s sick? This tea drinker right here! There’s a really nasty cold going around work, and I appear to have caught it. Right now I’m at day number five of feeling like literal human garbage. It’s the kind of sick that just has me feeling miserable and unmotivated to do anything…
Drank this on the first day I realized I was sick; it was soothing and pacifying and helped me breath again when I just felt so badly stuck up. And then, just like that, it was gone. And I felt like trash again. Honestly haven’t drank much tea since then: less than five cups over five days. I just feel unmotivated to brew anything up, even though I know tea is good for a cold. But I can’t taste it, so what’s the point?
Cold Brew Sipdown (137)!
A pretty average sipdown, and not a really devastating one. We’ve come a point in the year where the flavours of this tea don’t really enchant in the same way that they do in the fall or winter. That’s not to say the flavour of buttery, pistachio pastries is a bad flavour. It’s actually a delicious flavour. It just doesn’t feel right seasonally. And this is a really easy tea for me to restock, so it’s for the best that I’m out of it for the time being.
Until we meet again.
Everyone knows what Pocky is, right? I found an ‘off brand’ version of pocky in my grocery store in the Asian Foods aisle, and they had a couple really cool flavours like blueberry, mango and… green tea!
I didn’t buy the blueberry, but I got the mango and the green tea. Mango was better. The green tea tasted like most “green tea” flavoured snack foods: a highly sweetened version without much of a distinct vegetal or grassy taste. This particular incarnation had a strong creamy flavour from the yogurt coating. Tasty, but not quite the flavour I was looking for.
Drank this one on the commute to work, Western style of course. The roasty, more oxidized base was certainly a stronger presence in the mug as far as the flavours go. However, there was also an underlying plum flavour and a hint of a floral quality. So, pretty characteristic of how this one normally tastes brewed up Western style.
And I restocked it! I had two freebie teas to redeem, so I wound up getting 50g of this and of Ginger Pear (more bang for my buck) ‘cause they’re two teas I really like that I needed to restock. Since I ordered online, I also grabbed The Glow because you need to actually buy something to redeem freebie points online. And of course DT gives you samples with each order; this time the teas that I presume will be a part of the summer collection showed up as sample options! So of course I grabbed those as my samples. For those curious…
Luscious Watermelon is gonna be back, and then the three new teas I had options to grab were Caribbean Crush, Pura Vida, and Pom Diggity. I wound up getting Luscious Watermelon and Pura Vida and Pom Diggity. Pura Vida is a green tea with pineapple and coconut and Pom Diggity is black tea with pomegranate, though it does have stevia in it. Not sure what the fifth summer tea will be? Didn’t see anything else new or returning in my sample options.
Emptied out a tin, so I finally broke open the 50g of this I’d bought in my last order since I now have tin space for it! Oooh man, the smell of the tea when I cracked the bag open was just heaven! So must juicy rhubarb!
The cup itself was delicious; I could definitely tell that the tea was fresh because the flavour was just so much more potent than any of the other times I’ve tried this. The rhubarb flavour was true, and just the right balance of sweet and tangy which is what rhubarb should be, ideally. The mug was just underline by this really silky creamy custard note as well. It’s honestly such a perfect juxtaposition of flavours. Best part is that you can’t really taste the base so you just get to be lost in the delicious flavour notes.
TASTING NOTE 3500!!!
This tea comes from the uber thoughtful Stephanie who sent it out around Christmas time. I feel a little bad that I didn’t drink it around the holidays, but I did make sure it was drank in a form that was at least semi monumental!
While I still have enough of Steph’s sample to try this hot, I used the majority of it for my first tasting as a cold brew. Personally, I adore cold brewed chocolate and mint combos so I was pretty sure I’d like this cold brewed. I’ve never actually had grasshopper pie, but it looks and sounds delicious. My experience with the cold brew was that it was a largely earthy and chocolate flavour highlighted by a much lighter, refreshing mint finish that created a nice refreshing end sip.
Drank on the commute to work.
Admittedly, when I’m on the bus to work I’m not paying a lot of attention to much other than making sure I don’t miss my transfer or stop – it’s usually at like seven in the morning and more often than not I’m functioning on a mere five or so hours of sleep. It’s not my best time of day…
So, I wasn’t paying the most astute attention when drinking it but nevertheless I enjoyed the mug. Definitely picked up on cocoa and sweet potato notes with a fruity undertone. The fruity undertone reminded me of stonefruit but more in line with plummy and dark cherry notes. Very rich, and comforting. And quite appropriate for an early morning cuppa, if I do say so myself.
Drank this one again, but as an evening cuppa.
I don’t think I enjoyed it as much the second time, though all of my initial observations from last tasting remained true. I wonder if it was a mood thing or a time of day type thing? Regardless, I think it probably boils down to my atmosphere effecting the experience of drinking the cuppa.
But that said, it wasn’t bad. Just not good in the same way…
Not a tea bath.
I finally bought a travel mug type thing to replace the one that accidentally got thrown out at work a few months back. Don’t worry, it wasn’t one of my really nice DAVIDsTEA ones or anything: it’s just one of those coffee type ones that doesn’t keep my tea boiling hot for five fucking hours, that way I can drink something on the commute to work. Which is what I did with this one. I quite enjoyed it; everyone knows I’m not a big green tea fan but I could see myself drinking this almost as equally as I’m using it for tea baths.
The first thing I noticed about this was that it has a whisp of a smoke note to it. It’s subtle, all things considered, but definitely one of the top notes. The rest of the flavour was a pretty nice buttery artichoke kind of flavour complimented with a grassy tone. I definitely don’t get the marine-like notes commonly associated with Japanese greens; this is very much a typical Chinese green. Additional things I noticed were a very light peach note, but only after the tea had significantly cooled down. I found that the hotter this was the more I picked up on the smoke notes and artichoke qualities. Anyway; I enjoyed it overall. It’s pretty good for grocery store green tea, albeit more high end grocery store green tea.
I bet it would make a good soup stock…
Flavors: Artichoke, Butter, Grass, Metallic, Peach, Smoke