253 Tasting Notes
Ever since going gluten-free I’ve had to give up a lot of delicious, gluten-y things—cake being one of the hardest. Nothin’ like going to someone’s birthday party, only to turn the cake down because you can’t eat it. You then have to explain why you’re being such a party-pooper… “No, no, it’s not that I don’t want the cake… I just can’t eat the cake. Gluten-intolerance, you see.” Then they look at you with pity. Because really, what’s a birthday without cake??
I don’t feel so bad anymore though, now that I have this tea! With a sprinkle of brown sugar + splash of whipping cream I can almost feel the spongy texture of a slab birthday cake on my tongue as I sip. And the smell! The smell alone has my head spinning.
Next party I attend I’ll be bringing a thermos of this tea with me and sipping all through the chorus of “Happy Birthday” with a smile…
I tried to cold-brew this, with mixed results, but kept the leaves because… well, it’s an oolong and I could probably try to get a couple hot steeps outta the remaining leaves, right?
And personally, so much better hot. Reminiscent of the hot-lemonades my dad used to make me when I was sick, but more… sophisticated? Yeah, that’s gotta be it. This is the second steep of these leaves and it’s got the oolong creaminess balanced by the lemon astringency, with a teensy hint of the floral jasmine at the end. Lovely AND delicious.
Verdict: not a fan of it iced (sorry DAVIDsTEA sales-associates), but delightful when hot. Might have to try and stretch the leaves for a third steep…
All I want is a citrus tea that’s ice-able…
So, yesterday I went into DAVIDsTEA with a list, since without one I get overwhelmed very quickly but the sheer number of teas I have not tried. I wanted (more) Jolly Jellybean, Amaretto, and some La La Lemon (to be iced). The sales-girl helping me recommended this tea instead of La La Lemon, since apparently that tea tends to get pretty bitter.
Now, the last time I tried this tea was the summer of last year and my opinion wasn’t very high: “…not really my thing. I think it might be the oolong? Or maybe the harsh lemon? Either way, it wasn’t smooth enough to really grab me.” BUT I’d only tried it in-store, so maybe brewing it at home would make a difference.
I cold-brewed it in my fridge: 1L of previously boiled (mine was lukewarm) water + 5g Citron Oolong + place pitcher in fridge overnight. The end product was… alright. A bit too floral for my taste, so I added extra lime + agave.
Any recommendations on a nice, citrus-y ice-able tea? Or should I just stick with Red Rose suntea + lemon?
Husband has the flu and has been asking—okay, more like pleading in between feeble coughs—for cup after cup of this tea. So much so that our 20g bag was cleaned out and we’ve only had it for a couple days! Thus, I went to the store and purchased a 100g tin… but only got 2 jellybeans in the whole tin! Sadness. Lots of candied pineapple though.
Both my rooibos connoisseur husband and my toddler loved this tea.
Well, and I did too, but they almost wouldn’t let me at my own cup of tea they wanted to drink it so badly! Are we sure that it is, indeed, jellybeans in this tea and not crack?
I chatted up the sales-associates when I bought this tea, which might be why I have a couple jellybeans in a mere 20g bag. I cut one in half before I steeped it to ensure that the goodness could go around a bit longer since I don’t really live anywhere near a candy store (in order to buy more beans).
I’m definitely tasting and smelling piña colada from this tea, which seems to get stronger the cooler it becomes. Hmmmm… next time I’ll have to ice it. This is definitely going to be a tea to stock up on, if my husband + daughter’s enjoyment is any indication.