1220 Tasting Notes
Yesterday was a heavy drinking session with my brother in laws which has left me misty headed today. Luckily they have all gone to London for the night to watch the Championship play-off finals (football/soccer) so it means I can recover in my own time and just relax in peace and quiet for the day. It’s 1:34pm and I have only just got myself a pot of tea, until now I just couldn’t stomach any. In desperation for something vanilla or cream I found this tea from my Black Friday hoard and grabbed the pouch as if it was made of gold. Orange & cream may not be the nicest tea ever but when you want something light, sweet and creamy it tastes pretty darn good.
My Verdant club teas arrived today :) This was my the first tea I tried from the club I’m in both blends and pure clubs), purely chosen as it’s not April any more but we are having May showers here in Leicester. It smells like hot cinnamon and aniseed, spicy but sweet and earthy. Very nice, in a way it does smell like rain.
Flavour wise I was met with delicious thick cinnamon and light brown sugar with a sour cocoa after taste that mists and lingers. Also a hint of wood.
It tastes similar to a spiced Oolong I’ve had from Tealux. Really liking this blend.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Cocoa, Wood
On my last cup of this after reveiving a few bags in a sampler. It’s a pleasant enough all day, every day cup of tea but it’s nothing special. Has mild malt and smoke tones with little to no richness or strength which is what I look for in a teabag. It’s not dusty which is a plus point so I can tell it isn’t cheap but it’s just the lack of strength knocking it down points for me.
Thunder and lightening roars from the sky
While safe inside I watch it pass by
Summer weather in Britain’s always been a miss
So I think I’ll sit here and sip my Blueberry Bliss
I went for the cold steeping method again for this tea. I tried it hot but kept it (for the better part of a year) to try iced on a hot day. It would seem that Britain is just not meant to be hot so I caved in and cold steeped it anyway. I steeped roughly 8 spoons of blend in 1000 ml/35 oz of cold water for approx 26 hours. Why so long? I had forgotten all about it until my food shopping arrived today and I’m stuffing my veg box into the fridge thinking ‘Wow look at the size of that Pak Choi’ when I see it’s red liquid glaring at me. My bad.
So yes the liquid is dark red and it has a suuuper sweet and amazing blueberry scent, like pure blueberry dilute (tried some from Ikea before and it was beautiful). Tea is thickish and lightly syrup like (which could be from the long steep) but it tastes light, refreshing and lingers wonderfully. Blueberry is the dominant flavour but there is also something darker, like currant and something herby but mild. At any rate it does not taste like rooibos. And while the blueberry is sweet it also has a tartness which makes me think of cranberry.
I wasn’t impressed with this when I tried it hot a year ago, at best it was average blueberry tea, but now I have tried it cold steeped there is no going back. I have quite a bit of this left in my cupboard but in the next week (or a few weeks ie after my operation) I will cold steep it all. My husband would like this one too. Rating is going up a little based on it’s awesome cold steeping capabilities. From 77 hot to 85 cold. Whoo!
I put roughly 5 teaspoons of mix to steep into 1 litre/35 oz of cold water for approx 22 hours. The result is a pink/red liquid (watermelon coloured) that has a sweet, refreshing yet tart fruit scent. Very dragon fruity.
Flavour is very sweet with a slight tart after taste but liquid is quite thick and sugar syrup like. Similar to some instant iced tea mixes I’ve had before (I think they were Lipton). My cup even has some sort of white sugar like substance on the bottom, if I hadn’t known it was a fruit mix my guess would have been instant blend. Despite that though this is very nice, the flavour is nice, clean and refreshing yet it has enough sweetness to work well as an iced tea and a pinch of sour to stop it being too sweet. Fruit flavour wise it is heavy on the dragon fruit but also has a peach, mango and light mixed berry tones.
I have enough for another cold steep with the same parameters so I will do that for tomorrow, two of my husbands brothers are over for a drink and sleepover before they go to Wembley on Saturday to watch a football finals match. I don’t see them often, I live in Leicester and my husband is from Derby but moved here for me and though our cities are next to each other his family rarely visit and I rarely visit them. I’m putting it down to the fact that none of us can drive. Still it will be nice to have family over and this iced tea will be great with a splash of vodka or scotch :) Party iced tea.
This blend smells sweet and fruity, rather a lot like peach/apricot but in a perfumed way (ie sweeter than natural).
Flavour wise this tastes like peach with sharp citrus behind it, like cardamom but also similar to a strong lemongrass. It has some sweetness but for the most part it’s sour. Reminds me of orange rind in a strange way. Very fragrant though and a nice combination, not sure this one is for me though.
Flavors: Apricot, Lemon Zest, Peach
This tea smells like roasted cocoa nib, it’s lightly sweet with rich smoke and malt tones.
Flavour is unusual at first…the mate is present but over the top is a smoky cocoa nib flavour that adds some sourness. In a strange way it does taste like a malt mix like Horlicks but with roasted cocoa added to it. I was never a fan of those malt drinks but this is not bad, i’m finding myself quite liking it. Has a nice hint of sweetness which cuts through some of the smoke. I’m very pleased with this one :)
Flavors: Cocoa, Malt
The raw teabag smells tart and berry like with some sweetness but also herbal and somewhat dry.
Rather light with some sweet and sour raspberry tones, not much dragonfruit though I think I can detect it in the after taste. Not as fresh as one would hope but it made a nice enough drink and the fruit tones tasted natural. I wouldn’t buy more of this one.
This raw blend smells very fruity but sour, orange being dominant and waxy. Also has some sweetness to it but the overall scent is very perfumed.
Flavour is very mild compared to it’s raw scent. There is a light herbal taste which is mostly like chamomile ie floral herbal but the after taste is definitely fruity. Orange is light with sweet and sour tones, more satsuma than orange really. The cranberry is mild but it gives the orange more sour notes. It tastes like a fruit flavoured water that’s been left in the sun for too long.
It’s an average fruit/herbal blend but not something I would stock.
Flavors: Orange Zest
Thank you Anna for this sample. Again I think this was a EUTTB round 1 sample?
The raw blend smells very sweet and strawberry like, reminds me of the gummy sweets. Got a touch of something creamy in there too like vanilla.
The strawberry is less sweet and more sour in taste but there is a yoghurt feel about it which I’m thinking is why. I used to eat strawberry pieces with yoghurt from a health food store and this tea is very similar, main difference is the tea is less sweet. You can also taste the green tea base which is a little grassy and astringent, though I say it’s the base but it could be the sea-buckthorn.
I like this blend, don’t think I would buy it but would happily drink it again.