33 Tasting Notes
I cold-brewed some of this last night to enjoy as iced tea today. (Yes, I realize it’s 2:13am but I’m a night owl so my days typically do not begin until around 2 pm. It’s still evening-ish for me.)
A Pinita Colada is another way of saying “virgin pina colada” – in other words, pineapple and coconut beverage – no rum. And really the reason I decided to go that route is because I felt that with the flavors of carrot cake, pineapple and coconut, that this tea had enough going on that rum wasn’t necessary and would potentially muddy up the flavors.
This tea is a little different hot versus cold. As a cold-brewed iced tea, I’m getting the tangy notes from the pineapple and the smooth flavor of coconut and a pleasant spice note from the carrot cake right up front with background notes that hint at carrot cake. Every once in a while, I get hit with a flavor that is distinctly carrot – it’s a little bit sweet and a little bit savory with that carrot note.
It makes a refreshing iced tea. Generally speaking, I prefer green tea (or white tea) for iced tea – I don’t usually go for honeybush or rooibos for iced tea but because this is the tea of the week this week, I thought I’d try it cold-brewed and I really like it. It’s sweet and tasty. If you are one who usually sweetens your iced tea before you taste it, go light on the sweetener with this because it already has a natural sweetness going on – but a teensy bit of sugar will bring out the cake-y flavors a little more.
I cold-brewed some of this tea overnight and I really like this cold brewed (it’s good hot brewed too, though!) It seems to be a different tea than when it’s hot brewed – the spices take on a deeper flavor and the clove really pops in this cold brew. It’s sweet, a little spicy (not hot spicy, but clove spicy) and a wee bit tart. Very refreshing.
This is the tea of the week this week – I’ll be adding it to the website very soon, but I wanted to first enjoy a cup of it as I didn’t take much time out today for a cuppa and I’m in desperate need of caffeine!
I wasn’t too sure where I’d end up with this tea until I got to the point where I was really pleased with it. I started out with just blackberry and bergamot and I wasn’t too terribly pleased with the end result so I decided to play around with it a bit. I added some vanilla bean and I liked that hint of creaminess that it added, but I felt like the tea still needed more. The bergamot – which is usually quite a bright, tangy flavor – just seemed to fall a little flat. Perhaps the berry sweet-tart flavor was a bit too much for the bergamot? I don’t know. So I added a little bit of lime and I liked the way this perked up the flavors. The blackberry tasted a bit more blackberry-ish and the bergamot, while somewhat demure, is pleasantly complemented by the notes of lime.
I wanted a little bit of warmth to round out the flavors so I added a little bit of clove, nutmeg and cinnamon to the tea and this added just enough spice without becoming too spicy or overpowering. At that point, when it came time to test – I was left with a smile on my face so I determined that this was the right destination for this tea journey.
A nicely rounded cup that’s a little bit sweet, a little bit tart, a little bit spiced and a whole lot wonderful!
Flavors: Blackberry, Cinnamon, Clove, Lime, Vanilla
Another VIT that I’m working on – this may be one of the most unusual blends I’ll ever create.
I’m sure that I’ve said on Steepster more than once that I’m really not a beer person. But one of my VIPs has a boyfriend who is and she wanted to create a special tea for his birthday. So, I used my organic Yun Wu as a base (I thought that the natural hint of bitterness to the tea would work with the bitterness of the hops), and added two different types of hops (including Chinook hops from right here in the Pacific Northwest), roasted barley and sorghum and natural flavors.
I’m not a big fan of beer, as I said, but I am a fan of tea (little bit) and what this tastes like to me is a combination of beer and tea. Like equal parts beer and tea. Which to me is a win because I’d rather drink tea than beer so a tea that tastes like beer is better than beer that tastes like beer. (I’m not even sure what I just said makes sense but I hope you get the idea.)
Anyway – this will be available on the website soon – it’s different, it’s unique and it’s very 52Teas.
This is an all-new VIT that I crafted for (interestingly enough) summertime.
I had a pound of Bai Mu Dan in stock and decided that this was the time to use it since Bai Mu Dan has always been like a summertime type of tea. It’s light, refreshing and is naturally cooling. Even when I drink it hot, I find it to be very cooling and much more refreshing than a cold soda. (Then again, I may be biased?)
To that pound of Bai Mu Dan, I added orange blossoms, dried orange segments and then I diced up some vanilla bean and added some natural flavors to create a creamsicle type of experience. It’s sweet, refreshing and really, really good!
I’ll be adding this to the website by Sunday evening.
Flavors: Creamy, Fruity, Honey, Orange, Sweet, Vanilla
Mondays are supposed to be the day that we release our new flavor of the week but I’m not in the office for most of the day on Monday because that’s my day to watch my grandson and since I’m somewhat together today (quite a feat for Sunday), I decided to go ahead and release the tea a day early rather than a day or two late, especially since this is one that I feel like people will be very excited about.
I’ve never actually had a banana marshmallow treat before but the idea sounds yummy, right? And if it tastes anything like what’s in my teacup right now – it would definitely be yummy because this is so good. The banana is sweet – candy-like? Maybe. I don’t think I’m the right judge of that. One comparison I’ve often seen with the banana flavoring in teas is that it tastes like banana runts. I am not a fan of banana runts but I am a fan of banana flavored teas – so I never really got that comparison.
This tea is deliciously banana with a nice marshmallow note. The genmaicha comes through and the matcha adds a little creaminess to enhance the marshmallow notes. The genmaicha has a nice toasty quality to it.
Flavors: banana, Marshmallow, Sweet, Toasty
Yep – I reblended it.
Believe it or not, it was one that was requested by one of our start-up Kickstarter contributors. I was actually kind of surprised as this didn’t seem to be an overall favorite here on Steepster and it really wasn’t one of my personal faves either.
But OK. I aim to please and as I said in the start-up Kickstarter – “YOU choose the reblend” and that’s what this backer did so I reblended it for her. I hope she enjoys it!
As I sit here and sip on this blend – I can honestly say that I’m enjoying this more than I enjoyed the original blend. I didn’t really recall the flavor of the original blend so I had to re-read my review of that tea – http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/05/05/pineapple-bacon-flavored-rooibos-blend-from-52teas/ – and back then I seemed to get a pineapple bubblegum with bacon mid-notes. Well, I’m not getting a lot of bubblegum this time. The pineapple is prominent, it’s sweet but not overly sugar-y sweet. The bacon hits at about mid-sip with a somewhat salty, savory note. After the first few sips, I did add just a pinch of salt to enhance the salty. There was a certain saltiness to the cup prior to the salt addition but I found that the wee bit of salt improved upon that. A nice balance between salty/savory and sweet/tangy.
It’s tasty, it’s interesting, but it’s still not my favorite – they can’t all be my favorite, can they? If you liked the first batch of this – I think you’ll like this. Or get some for curiosity’s sake because not everyone out there is making bacon flavored teas. Or just get some because you don’t want me to have an overstock of pineapple bacon tea. :)
I was in need of caffeine this evening (I’m kind of a night owl – I find that when I stay up very late, that it gives me ample excuse to sleep right through the rest of the morning and then I avoid that whole morning thing.)
Anyway, I brewed up a pot of this and I shared some with Mat. He has declared this to be the best tea that I’ve served him yet.
And it is yummy, if i do say so myself. Lots of maple. nutty tones and a creamy low note. Sweet, creamy and luscious. So good I had to brew a second pot because Mat wanted more.
Flavors: Cream, Malt, Maple, Nutty, Vanilla