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Went to the Art Gallery of Ontario today to see the Femmes Noir exhibit. Had this while visiting with a friend in the cafe. Think thick vanilla clotted cream with the barest hint of bergamot. Delicious. I added half and half to it to take it over the top. Highly recommend. (However, the tins are overpriced.)
Awesome exhibit. Catch it if you can. https://nowtoronto.com/culture/art-and-design/mickalene-thomas-ago-femmes-noires/
Sipdown! Likely a sample from Sil – thanks! I drank this tea without looking up what it was, and was concerned that it had lost its flavouring – turns out it was unflavoured, so it actually was just fine, albeit unremarkable. A little astringent, but quite bearable, but kind of a regular old assam IMO. Not a tea I’d bother picking up, especially as it’s likely pricy, being from Sloane.
I wanted this to be a vanilla creamy tea, but it is way more bergamot than anything else. I also don’t love the bergamot flavour. It tastes a bit chemically and dusty, like some bergamot oils do. I also had this as a chocolate milk latte and brewed it really hot with a rich chocolate plant milk called Ripple (seriously, try it! It is like a thick, creamy chocolate malt!), but it wasn’t as desserty as I wanted. I think the bergamot just isn’t for me. Luckily, I got this as a sample size pouch, so it will only be a few more cups.
Flavors: Bergamot, Dust
March (Err… April) Sipdown Madness
I did it guys!! It took much longer than I expected, but I finally finished the March Tournament yesterday!! It was very fun, but I’m looking a lot more forward to the April alphabet challenge – having the same teas over and over during March is definitely not my usual tea drinking style.
This tea lost the final match up against Arthur Dove’s Moonbeam, so it came in second place overall. I thought this last pairing would be a harder choice, but it was pretty clear as soon as I’d sipped both teas that I was gonna pick the AD blend. This is such a good tea though! It’s gonna be a while before I go back and have it though – this was a lot of it a month!!
March (Err… April) Sipdown Madness
This tea, unsurprisingly, won its semi-final match up with T2’s Matcha Jaffa Swirl. This was the outcome I predicted, and it was a very easy win for this tea. We’ll see if it can take everything in the finals – both teas matching up are ones that I feel very strongly about.
March Sipdown Madness
No new notes for flavour here – just recording for posterity that this was predictably the victor in this tea’s match up against B&B’s Earl’s Paradise and that it will now be moving into the semi finals. Literally the only point against this was that, for first thing on a Monday morning, I probably could have used a stronger/bolder cuppa – but I couldn’t let it lose the pairing for that alone.
I’m pretty sure this will win its semi final match up as well – but we’ll see…
March Sipdown Madness
This is the last pairing of the first “tier” of my tournament – matched with W2T’s Little Red! The month is getting closer and closer to finishing though, so I really need to step up getting through these tournament match ups!
I like this tea a lot – that’s evident from my ‘91’ rating. I also like Little Red a lot too though, so I was mentally going back and forth on which I thought would win. This blend just seems like such an excellent representation of the craft of blending though; it’s really well balanced with the peach, cream, and white tea all feeling represented. The skill to that is how flavourful those notes are while not feeling bogged down or covering up a more delicate and gentle white tea base. Plus, both the peach and the cream used in this blend have insanely distinct flavours that really ride the line between sweet and artificial interpretations of “the real thing” versus actually mirroring the taste of ripe peach and fresh cream…
Ultimately I chose this as the winner – the craft/skill and final product were just too good.
Drank this one yesterday on my way in to work. I don’t think I like this one as much cold brewed as I do just hot and straight – but it’s still really delicious. Natural peach/nectarine notes, hints of cream, and a lot of white tea hay/straw flavour. Maybe a tiny bit lemony? It’s got sweetness, but isn’t sweet – if that makes sense.
Really great for when I want a good fruit flavour that’s more realistic and doesn’t outweigh the base tea.
Made this one in a carry travel mug to take with me to work yesterday.
I had a few sips at my house before I left to head. It was really hot still so I didn’t get to fully appreciate because I also didn’t want to burn my mouth, but it had a nice strong peach flavour with hints of nectarine. I was really looking forward to drinking the rest. I caught a ride into work with my brother though, and I ended up leaving the carry travel mug in the backseat of his car so it sat there throughout the whole day until I got home about ten hours later.
By then it was cold, bitter, and gross so I just tossed it out. Definitely a waste of a perfectly tasty cuppa, though…
Had to pull this one out and brew up a cup because, with the new White Peach blend from DT having just come out and it tasting quite similar, I just found myself thinking about it quite a bit…
This is still amazing; very accurate fleshly/ripe peach and nectarine notes accented with subtle, soft cream and the hot notes of the white base itself. I made this in a travel mug, and I think because of that it got just a little astringent. This particular travel mug doesn’t do white tea super well. Only minimal astringency though; definitely didn’t take away from the overall magic of this blend.
I’ve been putting off writing tasting notes for the last few days because I’m sick as a dog and all holed up on the couch under layer upon layer of blankets watching Gossip Girl reruns, but I just finished the season five finale and I think I need to pause for a moment and do something else, so maybe now is a good time to get some writing done…
I had this one last week, well before I started feeling unwell. As always it was a complete and total treat! I did feel like it leaned a little more towards nectarine/generic stone fruit notes rather than specifically peach, but the cream element was so smooth and divine and honestly the weird non-peach notes could also just be because I let this sit for way too long before I actually started drinking it and it was practically already room temperature by that time.
Still lovely regardless.
With a bit of milk.
Basically, spot on creamy deliciousness! I’m very in love with this tea; it’s yet to even come remotely close to disappointing me on any facet. And I know that holding it in such high regard is only setting myself up for disappointment in the future but I can’t help it, it’s how I feel about this one and I don’t think I can change that.
Also, I think I want to try and figure out a way to make this into like an Italian soda sort of thing? Like, probably make this into a simple syrup, and then add it to some club soda and top it off with a fresh whipped cream. Something fancy, and sweet and refreshing that takes advantage of both fruity and creamy aspects of the tea…
I keep finding myself inexplicably drawn to this one…
Had another hot cup of it earlier in the week and while I thought it was a little more weighted towards the peach in terms of flavour, with some nectarine undertones, it was still a complete and utter home run in terms of flavour. So smooth, and deeply satisfying and capable of conveying both the peach and cream notes in such an authentic, realistic way!
My Kitten and The Bear order arrived today, and along with it fancy banana spread and the two Sloane teas that I grabbed! I’ve got the first one currently cold brewing in the fridge, and this one I decided to brew up immediately – I was too curious not to!
It honestly smells so good! Very aromatic and rich, with really intense and sweet smelling peach notes! Not so much a candied peach like I was kind of expecting either, but something much more natural/realistic. Basically, sweet overripe peach: ready to pop with all those beautiful flavourful juices! It was making me salivate just smelling it, and it got even more lovely as it was steeping!
Steeped up I took my first sip, and I was super smitten!
This tastes so distinctly of very, fresh and just a little overripe peaches with hints of nectarine in the mix too. Just It’s really sweet, and juicy but ultimately also incredibly smooth! The vanilla undertones here are also just very rich, and super intense/creamy and ultimately very natural. They’re also just really thick, adding a lot of body to the overall flavour. The thing is, this isn’t peaches and cream in the sense that it’s creamy peach. No, it’s more like slices of peach topped in heavy, vanilla infused cream. In a way that makes it so much better though because it’s different from other “Peaches and Cream” teas!
I. Love. It.
Let’s see, other things going on with this tea…
It does have some of the typical hay/straw notes you’d get from white tea and there’s a little bit of natural nectarine/lemon notes that play well into the peach essence in the blend as well as a little natural cream that adds to the vanilla/cream component as well. The base and flavour pairing here just really connects so well on several different layers. Touches of floral elements too, but very very light ones. Gah! I just love this one so much!!!
My friend got this as her tea and honestly I think I just drank her tea more than mine. The consensus was between the four of our teas, this was the best. It was floral and certainly an oolong but a creamy vanilla/buttery oolong with a honeysuckle type floral that was really nice. Plus it held up to the teapot prep method that seemed to lead to the other teas being oversteeped. Not to mention we added more water to the leaves and it still had a lot of flavor. I’d drink this again.
Opening my cupboard wondering what to drink on this cold evening after spending my day off work volunteering at the museum, I saw this tin and realized that, wait a minute, I don’t think I’ve written about this tea yet. Do you know when I got this? On my birthday last year after having the greatest birthday meal ever with my mom. Seeing that my birthday is next week, that further made me realize that I need to stop hardcore failing and finally write about this. Gee, only took a year. Sigh.
I’m going to cut to the chase and say that this smells a hell of a lot better than it tastes. The flavour combination sounded full of win. Brazilian cocoa, currant, and rose combined with Assam (and Ceylon)? Are you kidding me? The dry leaf smells so dark: dark chocolate combined with a deep, dark currant note. Yet I barely smell the rose, and when it comes to the flavour, I can barely detect it either. Rather, it’s the high-pitched Ceylon that takes over the whole show, and I can barely notice any Assam qualities in this blend.
What’s very peculiar about this blend is that in spite of the generous smattering of cocoa nibs and rich cocoa aroma, the chocolate note tastes thin, like it’s been cut with other crappy ingredients. We’re talking mockolate. Why? And it’s not much better with 2% milk. The astringency piped down a bit but that’s about it.
I picked this up when it was on sale right after Christmas (that’s about the only way I can afford anything from Holt Renfrew). The base is a medium strength, good quality mix of Assam and Ceylon. The flavours seem like they should be good – cocoa and rose – but I find that the execution is lacking. The cocoa comes across as tasting more like cheap, waxy chocolate and the rose is muted and has a slight mustiness like old potpourri. I know that makes it sound awful but it isn’t that bad especially when I add milk. I’ve taken to drinking it for breakfast when my tastebuds are less discerning.
We went for afternoon tea at the Ritz Carlton where we were served by the Sugar Plum Fairy and a Nutcracker. It was festive and fun and very pretty but they brought the tea in le creuset teapots and I just felt this was oversteeped. It was astringent and it lacked the typical vanilla creaminess that makes this one of the better EG teas.
Eggnog latte sipdown (though this was never in my cupboard to begin with)
I got a tiny tin of this when I got the Mother’s Day gift of Kitten and the Bear/Sloane Tea stuffed truffles and since I don’t love EGs, I was worried I would never finish it. However, all it took was a bit of sharing and a latte to finish this.
Honestly as far as EGs go, this one is actually really nice, even with the blerg included. That’s because of the copious amounts of cream notes that make this smooth and delicious, with just a touch of citrus. As an eggnog latte, it is even creamier of course and oh so delicious. Yum!