10119 Tasting Notes
Another “sipdown” where I’m really just adding the last of this to the STTB instead of finishing it off. It was a VariaTEA share, so it a round about way it’s kind of like she’s adding it to the STTB…
This was a late night mug yesterday and it was fine – smooth but flat/lacking defining characteristics/flavours. It’s honesty not unpleasant at all but it’s just something that simply doesn’t stick in my brain and for that reason I decided to pass it along.
Samurai Travelling Tea Box – Tea #14
As I expressed in another tasting note today, I had a stressful/bad day today. So, I wanted to pick something Grandpa style that I could have throughout the afternoon with no fuss. This was what I settled on, but it definitely didn’t make the day any better. The buttery floral orchid and elderflower type notes were welcome but it quickly got very bitter and very astringent quite fast and once that happened I just wasn’t able to recover the cup…
Samurai Travelling Tea Box – Tea #13
Finished off the single serving that was in the box, and it was very good.
Definitely reminded me of French Toast – the good brioche kind! Sweet with maple and brown sugar notes, the perfect amount of warming cinnamon and a kiss of sweet apple. This is a tea that I would totally want in my cupboard for a decadent fall/autumn type of sweet flavour profile!
Another sipdown that’s not really a sipdown because there are about two more cups worth of this left – but I’m including it in the STTB for anyone who might have missed this blend then.
- Tastes like grenadine and lemon
- With soft white tea
- Calming overall
I thought this was a nice blend typically – it lacks some “wow factor” that other AQ2T blends sometimes have for me but I can’t really fault it for much either.
I had a bad day, so I’m trying to disengage from what was stressing me out so much. Sometimes that’s a little hard to do when what you do for work is often also the thing you normally do to destress…
This came with the Tea Please (from the Black owned tea company list) order that arrived today and I made it to drink on my way home – it was very refreshing/tasty. I’m not in the mood right now for long winded tasting notes but I also don’t want my queue to get backed up so I’m sticking with jot notes tonight.
- Tasted like three main things: Strawberry, Prosecco gummy bears from Squish, and AJ
- AJ as in Apple Juice, not the Steepster user
- I have no clue what the Steepster user tastes like but I’d wager it’s probably not this tea
As I mentioned earlier this week, recently my mom really kindly sent me a care package that included a bunch of teas (some I requested and some I didn’t) from Saskatchewan. This is from a tea shop in Saskatoon, and it’s a little nostalgic not because I’ve had the tea before but because it’s a shop that I used to go to pretty regularly back when I was still living in Saskatoon…
Sadly they pack their teas in what are basically ziplocs and when my mom mailed everything she just sent them in a Canada Post box shoved together. I had another tea in the box that has some INSANELY potent watermelon flavouring and now the rest of the ziploc teas taste a bit like watermelon. So, the “bones” of the tea here definitely have that heavy mineral oxidized oolong flavour profile and note of citrus oil and orange rind/peel but it’s just kind of over-arched by that watermelon flavouring that got in everything else.
So… an okay tea overall? Even without the flavouring contamination it’s a bit rough around the edges and astringent/choppy but it’s a drinkable enough blend for a mindless type of cuppa.
Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKtVan-btVM
Not a true sipdown though because I’m just have a last cup of it before I add it to the Samurai TTB for someone else to enjoy. Today’s infusion came out very pretty and blue, and in terms of taste is smooth and fruity while being overarched by a potent almond extract flavour. It’s nice.
I hope the next people who try it enjoy it as well.
Samurai Travelling Tea Box – Tea #12
I’ve had other violet blends from Petali before, so I was so excited to try this one since it’s a flavour that I think they typically do very well. I was sad when my mug steeped up though because the flavour was pretty flat and not really the same level of violet I’ve experienced in the past. A little sweet and fruity, and a little floral but just didn’t really land there fully.
Samurai Travelling Tea Box – Tea #11
I’m hoping Anne will be able to clarify this for me, but I know she doesn’t work with sunflower seeds anymore – this blend had sunflower seeds in it but I feel like I recently saw it on the site without them? Was this reblended recently(ish)?
I’ve wanted to try this tea basically since I knew it existed though, so I was insanely excited to have the chance – and I absolutely loved it as well! Something about the dry leaf visual seems to perfectly “Rocky Road” too, from the different types of mixed chocolate (the white ones look like marshmallow globs at a glance!) to the sunflower seeds. Plus, adding marshmallow root!? Genius!!
The flavour is really good – it’s creamy and rich but not cloying, and I get both the white and dark chocolate notes along side a maltier black tea base and hints of nutty sunflower seeds. It could maybe be more marshmallow-y, but it’s very close to being right on the money! I want to try it with milk next to push that ice cream element to the next level.
This is the first tea from the box that I’m keeping for myself – it’s just so good.
Samurai Travelling Tea Box – Tea #10
Drinking this one today Grandpa style – I wanted to make sure I tried it because this company is from the Black Owned tea company list, and I was debating ordering from them already…
I don’t have a ton of time right now, so we’re going bullet point tasting notes:
- Drank Grandpa style throughout the late afternoon/lunch
- Prune/plum undertones to the flavour
- Thick and syrupy liquor
- Deep woody/oaky notes and lots of minerality (petrified wood)
- Hint of spices like clove; especially on the “inhale” post sip
- Sandalwood notes
Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXYA3-z_JH8
Really loved it; making a mental note to order myself some!