1108 Tasting Notes
Stopped in for an in-store sample and they were serving this up. I had it at another DTs store earlier in the week. The experience in both stores was slightly different. It was a question of the hibiscus. In one shop, today, the hibiscus was a heavy note, but not as heavy as some generic DTs herbal blends.I find that there are about twenty or so DTs herbals that taste pretty much the same to me. This one is not one of those. It must be the yogurt making the difference here. I find it to be delicious. In fact, I want some.
Given the various shuffling around DTs has done with its Frequent Steeper program, I wasn’t sure whether the birthday cups of tea were still offered. I have not been patronizing DTs much since their boom of imitation flavours and massive sweetener additions to the dry leaf itself. Not to mention the dramatic price hikes—ouf! The overhaul of the FS/ loyalty point program was the nail in the coffin for me, so to speak. I was done.I still go in to try samples of what is steeping because I remain open to being convinced that they are offering something for someone like me and because generally speaking, I like a lot of their staff, but as a blender/company, what they are doing is not something I am interested in supporting.
Nonetheless, I popped in to see if there was still the FS birthday free cup of tea for me as I am still celebrating my birthday month. And yay, there was.
I chose this one because frankly, it is the only one of theirs that am curious about. And a tea fren was kind enough to send me a What-Cha sample of the same which I look forward to exploring this week.
My lovely DTs server was kind enough to pop my teaspoon of tea into a teabag and into an empty cup for me so that I could steep it up at proper temperature and enjoy it at home rather fight my way through rush hour traffic on public transit with a dripping teabag hanging out of a paper to go cup. Good choice that was.
This tea truly is intoxicating in both scent and flavour. I am on my fifth steep. The sweet sticky rice and the floral oolong flow into a lovely balance of flavours. I predict that I can still get three more flavourful steeps out of this. Let us see.
edit—Yup, still flavourful at eight steeps. Very much enjoyed this one.
I’d like to have this in my cupboard and would if the price were not so prohibitive. Still, it was nice to have the opportunity to spend my day with this.
I would rate this between 90 and 100 based on taste and sipping experience, but based on price, I am lowering that rating.
Just went on their website to check prices and this tea is no longer listed, so I guess they are phasing it out, but based on their other oolongs, 100 grams of this tea would be between 20 and 22 dollars plus tax, so something along the lines of 25 dollars (which for Americans, is approximately 3.5 ounces).
Oh, and it’s a sip down!
I am bumping this one up from 80 to 100 because I have really been enjoying this over the past couple of weeks since I have rediscovered it, despite its age.
The roast sweet potato is present, even with slight caramel shadings to add the perfect level of sweetness. The smoky note is barely there, just enough to add oomph.
My last few cups of this have been perfect—both at home and travelling out in the world.
Well done, A Quarter to Tea.
And it’s a sipdown!
There seems to be far too much rooibos in my stash for a sane person. This one jumped out at me when I was looking for something to steep when I came home after a busy day out in the world.Not all that busy, really. But yesterday was a fiasco with baby next door screeching throughout the day, and night, of course, and I really needed to get away in case today was going to be an encore performance. After all, it is not healthy for me to be cursing my neighbours up and down for most of the time that I am in my home space. Spending too much time around the shrieks next door sours my attitude. To life, in general. So, I am making efforts to be and stay positive, whatever it takes.
Today, this seems to be working.
Tea’s good. Has more of an imitation note on the tail end of the sip than I remember from previous sippings, but there’s banana and there’s chocolate, so yay!
This baby next door is killing me. Shut up already. From 6 am, relentlessly.
And if I seem to be unaccommodating, let me mention here that baby has been waking me up three or four or more times a night, every night, for well over a year, with constant intervals of shrieking and wailing throughout the day. In addition to the night.
And then there are the entitled parents with their lack of consideration in other respects.
And yes, I have tried ear plugs. Three different kinds. And white noise. And both together.
So, tea. Strong tea.
This is one of my favourite chai blends. The spice mix is just the thing, with ginger dominating, but only slightly ahead of the others. The base quality, to my mind, is perfect. The base to spice ratio is ideal.
Chai blends are distinct from other teas in that when I am in the mood for chai, nothing else is quite the same. I think it might be a plan to keep my chai blends all in the same place so that I can scan and choose quickly when the mood hits, as it often does in these cold days.
And finally, as it almost the end of the year and Black Friday fever has us is its full grip, this year, not only am I going to keep tabs on purchases and sip downs, but I plan to measure them against each other to have a better understanding of tea mountain.
Having said that, this past year, there were four whole months in which I made no tea purchases. Shocking, yes, shocking, but true. Go me!
The other months, however, I more than made up for my abstinence.
“Shuuuuuuuuuuuut uuuuuuuuuuuuup,” I just bellowed, and now, for the first time in hours, there’s peace. For now.
Happy Thanksgiving to those who are celebrating this weekend!
We here, of course, had our Thanksgiving quite some time ago.
Pumpkin season continues for me still.
A lovely blend, this one. A beautiful pumpkin spice medley. This cup tastes heavily of allspice as there was one whole one in my spoon of leaf. And a bit of cookie too if I squint.
I had an appointment with my doctor today and brought this tea with me for that little bit of pampering and all is right with the world-ness. My doctor is lovely, but one never knows what kind of stressful thing is going to come up in these visits.
Tea helps, of course, for fortification in the midst of too much reality.
This tea is gentle and delicious. Subtle chocolate and a bit of pastry.