4359 Tasting Notes
Yum! I cold-brewed this one, and I am loving these teas cold-brewed. The flavor is so wonderful! The black tea is smoother, not at all bitter, just good and strong and very pleasant. Very little astringency. And the flavors come through so well, this tastes primarily of blackberry at the start, but at the finish the raspberry starts to really emerge, and in the aftertaste, I just taste fresh, ripe raspberry. Juicy and delicious and so refreshing!
First of all, my apologies to iHeartTeas for taking so long to try these samplings you sent me! No excuses – I’m sorry!
This is tasty. I’m finding myself wishing there was more strawberry flavor in it … and the strawberry that I can taste is artificial-tasting. The coconut is nice, but I think that my favorite part of this tea is the vanilla, it has a nice, smooth, even tone to it. The black tea is rich and malty. This could be a really delicious tea, but the strawberry seems to be holding it back. It’s alright, but, I think I prefer the raspberry apricot blend I tried a while back.
A big thanks to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a bit of this tea.
This is really refreshing. The mint is STRONG, but I like it! The citrus tones in the background really brighten the cup, while the peppermint provides a cooling, crisp flavor that is just what I need after eating my left over chicken salad (made with spicy grilled chicken, red bell peppers and bacon) – it was delicious but, the spices sort of kick me about an hour after I eat it. This is helping to soothe the stomach just a bit.
Sweet and tasty, pleasantly minty. I like that while the mint is strong, it allows the citrus to come through. Nice.
This is FABULOUS! Sweet, creamy, and rich – but not in the same creamy way I’m used to – this is more like sweet cream rather than “warm milk” – and it is as if the cream has been sweetened with a fruit of some sort… I almost want to say plum, but a very sweet plum rather than a plum that is both sweet with a hint of tart. There is no tartness to this tea at all, just sweet, dreamy, creamy, wonderful flavor. Even the floral tones are significantly different. Not at all pungent or sharp, these remind me more of a cloud if it were a flower – something soft and fluffy, but still vaguely floral.
A fantastic black tea – brews up golden/coppery, a bit lighter in color than some black teas I’ve had recently, but, don’t let that fool you. It’s packed with flavor. It is a bit lighter (not so heavy), but, the lightness allows me to explore the complexity of this tea.
It is sweet. The sweetness first comes as an almost caramel-y, somewhat burnt-sugar kind of taste that quickly evolves into a raisin-y taste. That sugar-y, dried-fruit kind of note. As I continue to sip, I notice hints of leather and oak and cocoa.
Now, I’m awaiting my second infusion of these leaves… the first was so good that I just had to see if I could get more from them!
Nice! This is beautifully smooth with a light citrus-y tone. I was a little worried about the Echinacea because it sometimes tastes kind of funky in teas, but, it’s hardly noticeable here. There is a slight medicinal sort of note to this, but, it doesn’t taste off-putting. It melds so well with the other ingredients that it doesn’t come off as a strong, off-putting medicinal taste.
Overall this is a light, pleasantly sweet tea that I find quite enjoyable. A nice way to drink Echinacea – one of the nicest ways I’ve encountered!
Last night, I hot-brewed the same teabag that I cold-brewed the night prior to see how it would turn out. I didn’t think I’d get much out of another cold-brew, which is why I hot-brewed it.
This is still tasty, but it doesn’t have quite the impact or the serious YUM factor of the first cold infusion. It’s still refreshing though, and was worth the effort of the second infusion.
With the successful cold-brewing of the rainbow sherbet, I decided to go ahead and cold-brew the rest of the Southern Boy Teas, starting with this one. This time, though, I decided to keep the tea bag so that I could hot-brew it tonight for tomorrow’s iced tea. We’ll see how that works out!
But for now, I’ll focus on the glass of iced tea in front of me. This is really yummy. I have had the Monkey Fart Honeybush and I loved that – and that was one of the teas that I’d brew in the morning for my daughter before she went to cosmetology school. Definitely one of her faves.
I think I could even serve this to my hubby and he’d enjoy it, but, I don’t think I will, otherwise he’ll drink all my iced tea today and I’ll be left with nothing but hot tea or chilled water, and I want my iced tea!!!
Babbling! Anyway, this is even better than the honeybush, I think, and I don’t know why that is exactly. But I love this. Very refreshing and delicious. YUM YUM YUM!
This blend has a lot going on. After reading some of the other tasting notes, I brewed with caution, making sure I didn’t oversteep. 170°F for 2 minutes. The result: a pretty pale pink brew, very little color from the hibiscus, and very little texture. A hint of tart, most of which seems to be coming from the naturally tart fruits like lime and pomegranate – the lime is pretty distinct.
This is tasty. I do wish I tasted more of the green tea. I taste the watermelon, and that makes me very happy because it would seem it might be a bit too delicate in the midst of stronger flavors like hibiscus and lime. But I notice that the lime seems to act as an assist to the watermelon, accenting its sweet, juicy notes. While I can taste the green tea, I wish it was a little stronger – this is much more of a tisane-y tasting cup than tasting of tea. Not bad, actually, it’s very delicious.