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Ruby Hot Chocolate Sipdown (216)
I don’t love Earl Greys usually but they find their way into my stash. And Mastress Alita prompted us to drink an Earl Grey as part of her January Sipdown challenge. So…I figured it out. I used this whole sample and made a ruby hot chocolate infused with Earl grey. This is creamy and sweet and definitely has a strong bergamot note. It’s brisk but not bitter or astringent and I think that’s because it’s calmed by the milk and the sweetness of the hot chocolate mix. I am happy for the bergamot note because there isn’t much ruby flavour in this ruby hot chocolate mix. It’s mostly like a white hot chocolate with bergamot. Not bad but could have been better. That said, this is probably the best way to enjoy this tea.
Eggnog Latte Sipdown (199)
Advent Season 2021 Day 19
Work is kicking my ass because an entire team quit and I happen to be the only person trained in their work in the 120 person office. So on top of my already overloaded workload, I have been asked to pick up their work and I’m sad and drowning. I go on vacation next week though so hopefully I survive and to help with that survival plan, I’m breaking and drinking tea.
This seemed like it could make a good eggnog latte…and it does, but mostly because it doesn’t impact the eggnog flavour much. Slight maple, but mostly it’s the green tea base that is sort of a darker green tea note that comes through. It just keeps the sweetness from being too much. Nice but not something I need again.
There is no easy way to say this. Actually, there is. I’m not looking forward to trying this tea out. Maybe I feel bad saying so because it was a gift. But I’ve had my share of loose leaf whites and this is…. the bottom of the pile. It literally looks like the bottom of the tea leaf pile. Everything else was harvested but they didn’t want to just toss this. Harvesting and processing is hard work you know! But still, the coloring is dull. It’s so broken. Might as well be in a bag.
Sorry. Let’s taste.
The aroma doesn’t do it any justice either. Dull. Though with slight orchard notes. So not a complete waste. The wet aroma is very earthy. Compost, wet leaves, musty wet wood. But you really, I am really, have to stick your nose in the leaves to get the aroma.
Let me clean my nose off.
So now we taste. The liquor is much darker than I would expect for a white but considering the color of the leaves, it doesn’t surprise me. Clear, dark, amber. The taste is not pleasant. Drinkable but I am not enjoying this session. It is bland. Medicinal. Meh…
Cold Brew Sipdown (215)
S was for…Summer Pie
Set this cold brew up yesterday when drinking “S” teas and then got super busy with work. Today we went to a photo place outdoors and it’s creamy hot so I was super happy to come home to this refreshing cold brew. It’s cold with a lot of dark berry flavour. Nothing special but good. And despite the heat, the pics turned out cute: https://www.instagram.com/p/CTKt2yKrAGw/?utm_medium=copy_link
J is for…Japanese Genmaicha
I had no “I” teas and no “I” company so I skipped ahead to “J” teas. This is the only J tea I have.
Also, weird that Roswell Strange thanked me for this because I don’t recall ever having it. Did I have 2 packages and send you one? Did I have this and never record it? I don’t know.
This is an alright Genmaicha. I’m getting a touch too much umami from the green tea base. It’s also got a slight drying twang at the end of the sip. The rice is nice and roasty though, which is appreciated.
H is for…Hot Tamales
I went through a hot tamales phase as a teenager where I was obsessed with them. Then I got over them and don’t think I’ve had them since.
This has the right cinnamon to capture hot tamales – that hot but sweet cinnamon flavour. However, the other flavors like Rose and the base green make this a bit bitter and thus take away from the tea overall. It’s fine but I’ve seen it done better by other companies.
Latte Sipdown (197)
G is for…Green Meadows
I didn’t expect this to be a bergamot tea until I opened the package and smelled it and really looked at what’s in it. Given the bergamot, I decided to make this as a latte.
This is super flat though. And basically just had a hint of bergamot among milk. So I am not a fan.
C is for…Caramel Corn
I’m enjoying this one. It looked a bit like a Genmaicha on a black tea base but the apple in it really sweetens everything up. It’s also got a lot of caramel notes which is giving me the caramel corn vibes it’s supposed to – just caramel corn with a lot of apple.
ETA: If this cools, even a little, it starts getting astringent, which really detracts from it as a whole. That’s sad because at its hottest, too hot to drink really, it was nice.
Cold Brew and Plain Tea Sipdown (211)
A is for…Almond Papaya
This is the second of the two almond teas today. This one I made both as a cold brew and as a plain tea since I only had one serving left.
As a plain hot tea, this tastes like an almond-y rooibos. No papaya. Just sort of sweet almond with rooibos.
As a cold brew, it’s a bit fruitier and a little less almond and rooibos. No distinct flavour though.
Overall this is super meh – tolerable but I don’t need this again.
Check out the pics of all the “A” teas here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CQ9bUyMh44z/?utm_medium=copy_link
A is for…Amaretto Blush
2/4 of my “A” teas are almond-inspired – this being one of them. I have a weird time with almond teas because I like the nut, don’t mind amaretto, and dislike marzipan. So it depends how the flavour comes through as to whether I’d enjoy the tea or not. Usually almond reads marzipan so I’m normally not a fan and as such I tend to go in with low expectations.
This tea ended up being better than expected. I think the cranberry helps a lot. Plus it’s definitely more nut/amaretto than marzipan. It almost a cherry quality to it between the amaretto and cranberry combining. The base tea also rounds this out nicely, though is a touch brisk. I’m surprised at how much I’m enjoying this but also don’t need more than the sample I have.
Vanilla Sweet Cream Latte Sipdown (216)
This with the vanilla sweet cream is perfection. It actually tastes like fresh homemade banana bread. Like the bread made with perfectly overripe and sweet bananas. Scary accurate and very tasty. I don’t know if it’s the tea or the sweet cream responsible but this cup is on point.
Strange VariaTEA TTB: Tea #12
This is an MTC catalog blend, and one that I’m not really a huge fan of – so I’m not sure why I felt compelled to try it. Maybe because VariaTEA has received such a great response to her latte recipe that uses this tea!? I get Dollar Tea Club’s targeted FB ads that use her IG photo all the time, haha…
It’s not that it tastes bad – it’s just that it doesn’t really taste like cake at all and the flavour is pretty average in quality. Mostly a more raisin-y and malty style of black tea base with some chocolate flavouring – the alcohol based kind that tastes a bit like chocolate liqueur. Pretty “okay” cup overall.