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Sipping on this one currently but I definitely over shot the steep time as this mug has come out pretty tannic and astringent. I don’t remember all the things in this blend, but what I’m getting tonight are a mix of sweet florals (violet?) along with more heady lavender notes that are maybe leaning a tiny bit soapy. I’m going to give the tea the benefit of the doubt, though, and say that maybe the lavender is just coming off that way because I was careless in my steeping. Aside from that there’s a really mild fruity taste that makes me think of blueberries, though I don’t think it’s actually blueberries, and a smidge of bergamot. The foundation of the blend seems really strong, so I think I’d enjoy this a lot with more careful brewing.
Cold brewed latte (made with oat milk)!
I’ve been on a pandan tea kick for a little while now, and this Pandan French Earl Grey is probably my newest obsession! I love how much the creamy and almost coconut like flavour compliments the bergamot – it’s like a further elevation and twist on a classic Earl Grey Creme! Only criticism is that if you let it steep too long the bergamot almost gets this sharp metallic/mineral edge. Not unpleasant enough to ruin the tea; but distracting…
Tea Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/CcOcK72Oz7O/
Pulled from TTB 2022, shared by Dustin.
I want so badly to like this one, so I’m giving it one more try. Using two teaspoons this time, instead of one, and it’s made all the difference! The base is strong and full-bodied, though the spice and cookie flavors are still light. It’s a tasty cup, but still not a favorite as far as chai blends go so I think I’ll pass it along. Glad to have found a way to enjoy it!
Pulled from TTB 2022, shared by Dustin.
This is very lightly spiced, but I do get a hint of cookie in the aroma. Not fortune cookie necessarily, and I couldn’t say for sure whether I would have picked up on it if I hadn’t known it was supposed to be a fortune cookie chai. I think this might be better with an added teaspoon. May or may not try it once more before sending along.
Had this one last night!
I know it’s not just a peppermint tea but it kinda tasted that way. I didn’t really pick up on the lemony/citrus notes the way I expected to. However, it was still very crisp and cooling and since I steeped it because I was experiencing a headache and wanted the reliable soothing menthol (and not because of the verbena) I was still happy with the cuppa!
The dry leaf of this tea smells really nice with sweet caramel/toffee and banana notes and a bit of nuttiness, and I really expected to enjoy this tea. However, it’s a lot more thin than I would have expected. Still tastes like sweet baked banana with toffee and some nutty brittle – but just, a little flat. Though, the finish is not flat. Very licorice root heavy, in fact. Not my favourite taste, but I could see it working here if there was more of the other flavours to hide it a bit better.
Wasn’t sure if I wanted to order this tea since ginger and I have a love/hate relationship, but I do love a good lime tea and the visual was just so incredibly beautiful. I didn’t taste much ginger in the steeped tea though. In fact, most of what caught my attention was lime and lemongrass, which was pleasant and bright! I didn’t drink this mug with much attentiveness though and I know much of the nuance was lost because of that. So, I’m looking forward to a do-over. Maybe as a cold brew…
Geek Steep S2E20 – Birdemic: Shock and Terror
Did you think we were getting out of a movie like Birdemic without one of us picking a tea with a bird pun!? Gotta take advantage of that low hanging fruit! Out of the many bird themed teas I own, this was probably the best one I could have picked though because surface level it’s just as strange as this movie.
It’s a nice tea though, pun aside. Also, I’m realizing in this moment that it’s my second savory tea in a row selected during recording. Kind of soft and lemony with a nice starchy coconut/pandan taste and a delicate ginger spice. It’s a tea meant to replicate the seasonings of this popular Singapore dish and I think it does so pretty well! Not nearly as savory as it could have been, but I know that some people will appreciate that this tea doesn’t straight up taste like soup.
Also bird puns!
I’ve had the previous version of the blend many, many years ago but it’s actually been so long that I simply do nut really remember anything about what it tasted like. This one I found curious; it had the light vanilla wafer type of taste that I do associate with Fortune Cookies (almost crepe-like) but with a hint of sweet nutty undertone. I liked the addition of almond, though it feels a hair our of place. I honestly can’t recall much about the spice mix in this moment though, aside from the fact it was pretty light handed overall…
Gonna need to taste again and try to focus a little more on those spices.
Didn’t love how prominent the sencha ended up tasting out of everything else in the blend, but there was a nice but very light fruity undertone with tinges of honey. I wouldn’t have thought to identify it as persimmon without the prompt from the ingredient list, but knowing that’s what it was meant to be did help me pick it out and I found it pretty nice even if this is probably my least favourite ETTE blend I’ve tasted so far.
From an ETTE blend this is kind of a busy tea – but it’s nice! I wish I took more conscious notes in the moment because the flavours felt quite layered. More of a mineral and bitter roasty top note that reminded me a lot of coffee grounds following by a just slightly disconnected buttery oolong – same as the oolong base in the other ETTE blend I reviewed not too long ago. In as long as it took me to process that there was some dissonance with the flavour, the disconnect had passed and the sip was finishing with a thicker and more sweet coffee and cream/vanilla type note. Very decadent send off flavour wise for what starts a more robust and tea forward blend. It’s interesting and enjoyable, which is exactly what I want in a blend. Things that make me excited for that next cuppa…
(This tasting note was written over the weekend.)
Indulging in a session of snow chrysanthemum pu’erh paired alongside a bagel with cream cheese, fresh raspberries, and a nectarine & thyme jam! There’s a lot of flavour happening here but it all clicks together super nicely! The tea has the thick earthiness of the shou but the chrysanthemum lends it’s distinct thick floral notes with saturated syrupy notes of medicinal but still slightly sweet orange fruits and herbaceous undertones. It’s very complimentary to the milder herbaceous thyme and densely jammy nectarine spread, which the raspberries add some brightness and acidity to balance. This feels indulgent but still peaceful, and is a great start to the day!
Tea Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/CaxYu-KuN-K/
Normally I don’t think I would have been intrigued by a chocolate cake inspired blend like this since I’m not huge on chocolate teas, but the inclusion of pandan really piqued my curiosity and convinced me to give it a go.
Somehow I missed that there’s also a decent amount of fruit in the blend and I kind of only clued in to that when I saw raspberry granules in the dry leaf while steeping. I had even smelled the dry leaf days earlier and remarked to myself that it was surprisingly bright and fruity for a chocolate tea – very “red fruit”. However, European chocolate blends tend to be much, much more fruity tasting compared to North American chocolate blends – it’s just one of those regional flavour differences when it comes to innate preferences. So, I sort of assumed it was just an extreme instance of that.
Steeped I think I actually liked it a lot more than I would have were the fruitiness not so distinct. I got chocolate for sure but it was almost matched by a sweet bright raspberry and cranberry type of flavour that really made me think of whatever the raspberry equivalent of a Black Forest Cake would be. Really dark, fudgey chocolate with that offset of bright syrupy fruits. Maybe a little creamy. The pandan gets lost in the strong flavours, which is a shame, but it’s still a very pleasant tea without the addition of it in the taste profile.
So I’ve been craving this tea since about Thursday, and I just could not pry the lid off the tin. It was driving me insane, but I finally managed today to get something under the rim to use as leverage and pop it off that way. I’m all for an air tight seal, but geez.
The tea is well worth the effort though because it’s satisfying that several day long craving immensely. Very, very nutty with such a distinct creamy peanut butter flavour with undertones of heavily roasted almonds and honey. It’s sweet, rich, savory, and soooo good if nuttier teas are your jam!
(Also, definitely made sure to GENTLY put the lid back in. Fingers crossed for next time.)
I’m a little in awe of how deliciously and distinctly this tastes like peanut butter. It reminds me a bit of DT’s Nutty Granola Crunch (which I know was polarizing) but even more rich and nutty. Like, aside from a hint of a fruity apple sweetness in the top of the sip it’s the perfect accord of nutty, creamy, and roasty flavours to really make me think I’m drinking liquid peanut butter. Wow. Wow! I cannot wait to latte this.
Steeped and sipped while washing dishes last night.
It’s not really a pineapple flavour, but it’s very gently/naturally sweet and fruity in that kind of confectionery glaze way and with the combination of a nice flaky pasty and very buttery note it does make me think of something loosely fruit tart inspired. So I’m not mad that the taste isn’t perfectly dead on/distinct. The nod to the titular flavour is enough for me, at least in this moment during this week.
Steeped this one up last night and I like it quite a bit!
I definitely got the sense that oversteeping would be really easy with this blend as it is a quite robust black tea base and there was a little bit of a tannic/astringent edge, but overall the flavour was pretty well balanced. Definitely a burnt sugar/caramel type of note alongside a lighter sweet pineapple that was a more like a pineapple glaze than a sweet juicy fresh pineapple. The mild syrupy fruit notes with that almost bitter burnt sugar are awesome together though and it makes for an indulgent fruity profile that makes sense for a pineapple tart.
Got a massive haul from ETTE tea that I’m just super excited to dig into!
It was a really large order since ETTE is inconvenient to order from. I had to reach out to the company on IG to see if they would ship to Canada since that wasn’t an option through their site, and the shipping was EXPENSIVE. Sooo… I order a lot of teas to help justify the cost. Like, a lot a lot.
I thought this one had one of the nicest dry leaf aromas of the bunch – a very soft and dewy floral peach! Steeped up I think the taste was a little bit less distinctly peach than I had expected it to be, but the light and mellow fruity taste and floral green oolong was so pleasant and refreshing.
Still sipping through all of the Ette samples Dustin sent. Very glad to have been able to try so many! This is probably one of my favorites of the Ette blends I’ve tried thus far. There is a prominent toasty/roastiness. The pandan and coconut peaks through at the end of the sip, with a tiny bit of spice lingering in the throat.
Flavors: Coconut, Spicy, Toasted Rice, Toasty