695 Tasting Notes
Mrph… not very good. With spearmint listed as the mint I expected a little more 52teas Graveyard Mist type flavors. The green tea is kind of dark, flat and heavy for a green, overpowering the after thought of mint. The mint really hides. I don’t think I have had a mint that wasn’t bright and flavorful before. Way to wreck it Teavana.
I thought I wanted this tea this morning, but it just isn’t hitting the spot for me at the moment. After having a tea yesterday that had tobacco notes in it, I realize that this tea does too. I think that is the flavor I wasn’t able to put a name to in a previous note. I steeped it at a lower temp, but it just seems bitter in a way that is distracting me from the rest of it today. Strange how being in the right mood for a particular tea can be the difference in a good or bad experience with it!
So I’m trying this tea again and it is tasting different than the first time. I don’t recall if I had sweetened it before, but I’m drinking it without sugar today. At the beginning of each sip I get a tobacco flavor! Like when you go into a pipe tobacco shop and smell all the flavored tobacco? Well this would be a light caramel one. There is a slight sweetness that hits at the back of my tongue.
Aaaaaand my kid nearly just threw a dirty sock in my cup. Wow. Talk about breaking the enchantment of a cup of tea!
I am enjoying this more than the first cup for sure, but it is still not on my must have list.
Eh, this is okay. I’m having it unsweetened and it is a tiny bit tart, a little floral and fruity. It tastes like what I would expect from a currant, the tea base seems pretty mellow. It just isn’t captivating me. I think I may try cold brewing the rest of this sample from Moraiwe (thank you btw) in the fridge. I can see it being really delicious that way.
Cream, grass, vanilla, nuts… yup! I get all the flavors listed! The first sip was fantastic and nutty and sweet, but then my tongue got used to it and it registered as less flavorful a few sips in. If I take a 5 minute break, then the first sip is more intense again. Bodies are so strange! I’m not getting ice cream level of flavor, but I’m also trying to take at least a few sips of my teas without sugar and see if I can do the whole cup that way. This one is much better with sugar and it brings out the cream, making it more true to the ice cream part of it’s name.
This is the second pistachio tea I think I have had and I can taste the similarity of the nut’s flavors in the teas, but pistachio has such a light flavor for a nut that it isn’t as intense as a lot of almond teas that I love. I think almond teas have altered my expectations of nut intensity and I need to readjust my thinking.
Wow, I think I’m enjoying this tea more now that it is cool! Of course that means I’m at the bottom of my cup and only have a sip or two left. :( Time to steep another cup!
Two minutes at 175F is making for a really light and smooth cup! There is no bitterness to be found! I would like it a little heartier like I was getting in other cups, but I think I’m on the right track now. I enjoyed this cup much more than any of the others!
Why is it that I get the best cup only when I am nearing the bottom of this tin?! It always had a bothersome tanginess too it that I had to mellow out with cream and sugar. This time I steeped it at 200F for 1.5 minutes and it was so much smoother! I still added a little sugar, but it was more to round out the sweetness of the cherry. I’m still getting a little bit of tart (this is supposed to be a sour cherry tea, right?) but it doesn’t dominate the cup. My tongue is a little dry after each sip.
I’m begining to think that Lupicia doesn’t know how to steep it’s own teas! All the greens say to use boiling water and the steeping times end up being way too long! I get much better cups when I use cooler water and shorter steeps.
Update: I left my cup out all night and came back to it this morning slightly chilled and wow! This would make a great iced tea!