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Strange VariaTEA TTB: Tea #1
I can’t remember if VariaTEA has mentioned this before, but the two of us are starting a travelling tea box – no discussion board post yet because I still have to fill my half of the box and we want to coordinate with some instagram tea friends as well, but this is one of the teas that she added that I decided to try!
I’m probably going to try a handful or two before I pass along to the next person, because there are plenty of teas added in that I’ve not tried and am curious about – but I don’t intend on finishing any of them off or removing any entirely. Blends from Necessiteas can be so hard to get ahold of though, so even though this doesn’t seem super up my alley flavour wise I thought I should take advantage of the chance to try it!
It’s actually not bad – I find the black tea a little astringent, and that is something I’ve observed for many of the black blends from Necessiteas, but the ginger is prominent and definitely natural tasting but not spicy and I like all the brown sugar flavours that are coming through along with some warming cinnamon undertones. Plus, it’s sweet but not sugary. I didn’t think to add milk when making the mug, but I think that would have been an excellent way to curb some of the astringency and make the mouthfeel a little fuller and more appealing.
Seems like a pretty solid option for the ginger lovers.
Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDM27AqJscM
Thanks for the sample, Amandastory!
The flavors in this one are pretty light. I can taste light marshmallow, but not much else. No rice flavor. Any flavor there is doesn’t seem well complimented by the tea base and they seem to be fighting it out and both loosing. Maybe I’ll try a larger serving for my next cup.
Got a sample of this to try from Amandastory! Thanks! :)
Gingerbread indeed! This definitely has that baked ginger flavor in the sip with a little of the ginger heat lingering in the finish. There is a caramel like flavor that is accompanying the ginger. A little sweetness in there from the little sugar crystals that were a pretty visual in the dry tea. This tea tastes pretty smooth. No rough edges or sharpness to the flavor. I like this a lot, but I don’t think I’d go through the hassle of trying to order some since stock on the website is so inconsistent. Wish it were easier!
#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #108 overall / Tea #24 for March / #drinkwhatyou own slot Jan or Feb ?/25
Fri 3/19/21? (WRITTEN 3/21/21) — The NecessiTeas Coconut Macaroon. So, I really enjoy DT Coconut Macaroon, which is a tea I haven’t had in years as I’ve been sipping other teas and I have some on the way (B2G1) but I remembered I had this in my #drinkwhatyouown bag from previous months I hadn’t finished yet. I brewed the entire sample packet in hot water in my trusty DT tumbler but ended up drinking it cold. It has a nice taste but seems a little.. not watery, but thin? I don’t know how to describe it.. perhaps it was just user error. &shrug& I’d like to get a bag of this in my next order (which won’t be anytime soon, so much tea in my stash + so many other companies I want to try or re-order from) or get a sample again from a tea friend.
#tiffanydrinkstea #tiffanys2021 #tiffanysfaves #tiffanyinthe614 #tiffanysteasipdown #sipdownchallenge
Sipped on this today with my breakfast. I was a little distracted with all I was doing and eating (making and eating egg fried rice) so I didn’t pay too much attention to the tea. I recall it being okay, but not phenomenal. The flavor was true to it’s name sake and a little raisiny, but I wanted more of something. Not sure what that something was, but it didn’t stop me from downing the whole thing before I could reflect much on flavor and experience.
This was one of the competitors in my sipdown tournament and one of the things I noted is this could be good as a latte…so I’m trying it as a latte. At times it works and at other times it’s weird and sort of mud-like. Overall, I just haven’t been able to get this one to really work. I’ve drank it because it’s not bad but it’s just not for me.
Today’s battle pairs this against DAVIDsTEA’s Tie-Dye Butterfly and since I didn’t love this last time, I thought for sure it wouldn’t be much of a competitor. I decided to ice both since I once again forgot to cold brew them early enough and my first couple sips of this iced were surprisingly good. It highlights the sweet pear which is sort of tasting like the sour apple gummy rings – the green and white ones. The chocolate is weird here and it doesn’t scream cake but that was my issue with this last time as well. So it’s better than expected but still suffering from some flavour misses and that’s why Tie-Dye Butterfly is moving on. Check out the tasting not for that tea here: https://steepster.com/rachel12610/posts/416453
Today’s battle is between two chocolate-ish green teas (sorta): this tea and Mocha Matcha by DAVIDsTEA. Check out the tasting note for that tea here: https://steepster.com/rachel12610/posts/416153
I have actually not tried this tea yet so I was excited when I realized it was one of the random picks made by Roswell Strange.
In recent years, I have decided that even when I love a green tea, I don’t really reach for it often. When picking teas for myself, I usually go to my black tea drawer first or my caffeine free drawer if its late or I just don’t want caffeine. Due to that, I have stopped looking at the pages for green teas and white teas and oolongs on websites because I know its unlikely I would work my way through a lot. That said, sometimes flavor combinations catch my attention enough that I decide to take a chance on a tea despite the base and that’s what happened here. Weird that it did too because I am also hesitant with both chocolate and pear teas since both are difficult to get right in tea. Not sure what happened here but I ended up with 2 oz of this tea regardless.
On first sip am I happy I have 2 ozs? I am not sure. It actually nails pear. Sweet but subtle pear which is pretty true to the fruit. However, with the pear is a weird sort of top note and a touch of cocoa underneath – cocoa, not chocolate. The top note is sort of this artificial/chemical sort of twang. I am not quite sure how to describe it. I don’t love it but the pear is nice enough that I am powering through the mug. Also, I don’t know if anything screams cake to me or if its just sort of sweet pear and some chocolate.
I like mocha matcha as a latte and I am wondering if I should have made both these teas as a latte. Instead I made both plain because I thought that would make for a better comparison – win or lose though, I am interested in trying this as a latte since that might help with the twang…or it could drown out the pear. We shall see…
With all of that said, as a plain tea, this one just squeaked ahead slightly.
2021 Sipdown #47
This sample came from AmandaStory and I really appreciate getting the chance to try this company.
Steeped this one so I’d have something to drink while making banana bread.
It really does taste like cotton candy and I much prefer this one to the DT Cotton Candy blend. I drank this hot but I bet it would have been even better cold.
Flavors: Cotton Candy
April Sipdown Alphabet Challenge: “G” Tea
SIpdown! This sample kindly came from AmandaStory
I’ve been drinking it but haven’t written a note up until now.
This particular cup doesn’t really remind me of gingerbread or creme brulee but cola instead. It reminds me of cola drinking this one plain and lukewarm. It’s pretty yummy and sweet just on it’s own.
Flavors: Cola, Spices, Sweet