1118 Tasting Notes
My batch of iced tea is ready. It was from the same batch as my review yesterday so at least I know it’s the same strength, makes for comparison easier.
The strawberry is still dominant and very sweet but more so in a gummy sweet way now rather than jam. There is also less tartness present and it’s rather refreshing. It’s much more like a strawberry lemonade now that it’s iced.
One of the teas from my last Bluebird Tea Co monthly club package. I’ve been wanting to try this one for a while, strawberry lemonade sounds like a delicious tea creation that would be great for the summer.
I can taste the strawberry which has a jam like quality in terms of flavour, thickness and sweetness but it’s also a little tart and sour with the lemon and hibiscus coming through. It lightens up however in the after taste and it’s sweetness increases.
As it cools the hibiscus becomes stronger and over takes most of the lemon flavour to make it more strawberry hibiscus jam like than strawberry lemonade.
It’s nice but I think it has a little too much hibiscus for my liking. I will try it iced too and see if it’s more to my taste. Will report tomorrow.
This is an interesting tea in terms of flavour and experience. Chocolate, maple, nut, vanilla, dry, sweet, indulgent. It’s like one of those expensive truffles that you only eat on special occasions (like Christmas or weddings). It’s smooth and sweet (not overbearingly so) and the nuttiness leaves a dry after taste.
I wasn’t expecting much from this blend if I’m honest so it was a nice surprise. My husband liked this one too.
Edit: – That’s what it reminds me of, rice pudding. Like a flavoured rice pudding.
Ok so I tried this last night hot steep but I found it to be rather strong in terms of black tea base. It was nice but I just wanted a little push from it, something extra. So I saved a lot from the same batch and put it into a flask to try it iced.
The black tea is no longer the strongest factor in this tea once it’s iced. Instead the cinnamon, ginger style spiciness is significantly increased and is much more like carrot cake now than it was last night. Again the vanilla is subtle and only in the after taste but it really is more carrot cake like now so it’s more forgiveable.
I still have a decent amount of this tea left so I will probably use it as an iced tea from now on.
I thought some black tea this morning would do me well so I looked around my cupboard this morning and found this tea, in pyramid bag form. Drinking this straight black (for a change).
This tea is really nice, it’s sweet, smoky, malty and dry. When I say this is sweet I really mine it, like stevia and hay combined to make some sort of ultra sweet blend which smooths out most of any thickness the black tea has. Though it still has the qualities of a black tea it is rather mild and the sweetness strong. It’s nice, I really like it, but I couldn’t have it all the time. I would consider buying more, I only got a few bags from a sampler to try them.
I’m not usually one for carrot cake but I do have a serious craving for vanilla right now. I blame my husband, we went out last night and he ordered a pitcher of cocktail that tastes like pure vanilla, I think it was vanilla vodka and Pepsi, well that’s left me craving more vanilla all day.
I can taste the black tea which is earthy, smoky, rather light really overall (delicious too) but as the black tea subsides there are elements of spice (like cinnamon or nutmeg) and carrot which tastes amazing, natural and fresh. The Vanilla mostly comes into play during the after taste.
So the whole cup goes from nice black tea, to spicey black tea, to spicy carrot tea and then to creamy vanilla finish. The whole experience leaves a real carrot cake likeness though if I had to criticize then I would say the black tea was a little strong in comparison to the rest of the blend or that the vanilla should have been a little stronger. But really it’s all personal taste.
Perhaps I should try this one iced and see if the vanilla increases in strength. Or even try a shorter steeping time.
Thank you Dag for putting this into the EU box.
It’s a creamy Darjeeling with nutty and floral delicate touches. It also has some sweetness but more in the background towards the after taste. While it’s soft there is a crispness about it, like a warm spring day that has a cold and crisp wind.
Overall it’s a delicious Darjeeling and one that I am honoured to have tried. I hope our paths may cross again.
I saved some of this tea from last night to try iced this morning. It takes on completely different characteristics when it’s iced. It’s very thick and muscatel, edging on being astringent but not quite. It’s also a little dry in the after taste but it still has some sweetness and floralness to it. It’s as though it’s a completely different Darjeeling.
It’s nice iced, especially since it’s stronger which is what I like but it has some astringency and that means I have to be in the right mood for it. This morning I’m lucky in that I don’t mind it but it’s not as nice as I expected.
Another tea from the EU tea box (first round).
This tea is silky, sweet, musky, floral and overall subtle. Lighter than a lot of Darjeelings can be but still with a nice sweet impact. Like honey but with earthy tones to it and much lighter.
As much as I adore Darjeeling this is a nice tea but it’s not as strong as I like my Darjeeling to be. I prefer stronger muscatel tones, perhaps even second flush. But this first flush would be perfect for hot summer nights and maybe even iced for a picnic. I will have to try that.
This morning I decided to use the last of this tea (which was roughly 10g) and make a large batch of just over 1 litre. Part of it was drank this morning with breakfast and a few cups were left over which became perfect for iced tea. It’s very nice actually, iced it has a wonderful musty/earthy tone that is stronger than when it’s hot. The fruity tones are also stronger when it’s iced.
It’s as smooth iced as it is hot and I’m sorry that I didn’t try this sooner.