1574 Tasting Notes
Since I suppose iced tea season is over all the summer-ish teas and whatnot were discounted at work – so I picked this up at 75% off. It’s a bit more time-consuming than the instant Lipton powder stuff because you have to use warm water to dissolve the mix and even if you add ice cubes it still needs to be stuck in the fridge for a bit to get properly cold.
That being said I’m so glad that this isn’t super sugary like generic iced tea mixes. I can actually taste the green tea and the mango doesn’t taste fake at all. There’s a bit of an astringent tone to this tea but it sort of works with the coldness giving it a sort of crispness that I find refreshing. Not a bad investment, I’d say. ;)
Oh dear lord it’s cold! A big storm came in while I was at work and I had to walk home in the middle of blizzard …wearing a jacket with a broken zipper. Needless to say I was absolutely chilled when I got home and promptly put on a pot of tea to warm me up.
This tea was a good choice – I’m pretty sure it came from the Traveling Teabox (rip) originally. It’s a good, solid black tea that does the trick without being unpalatably harsh. The flavour is bold with hints of smoke and a bit of astringency, and there’s also something about it that almost tastes metallic – I know that probably sounds unpleasant but it really isn’t. This would make an excellent morning go-to tea.
I wasn’t really paying attention to the instructions so as a result the 1st infusion was steeped for 1.5 min rather than 1 min. I gave the leaves a bit of a rinse first to open them up, which I normally do with rolled oolongs. The first steep was alright, perhaps a bit too woodsy for my tastes and it had a distinct roasted, almost charcoal-like taste – more like your typical dark Formosa oolong than a Tie Guan Yin. The second steep was better with more of the smooth, buttery flavours I usually associate with green oolongs and with the roasted notes more subduded. The tea seems to lack sweetness though – I know Tie Guan Yins aren’t heavily perfumed teas, but they usually have some honey notes that appear as the tea cools – but I’m not getting any of that.
Another sipdown. This has served me well as a wake-up breakfast tea (I work 5am these days). No matter how I steeped it I still couldn’t get rid of that weird grape-like note which I’m pretty sure is some contamination of some sort. Ah well, I enjoyed this blend all the same.