272 Tasting Notes
I would never drink this hot. I have never drank hot lemonade so why on earth would I start now just because the base is tea? I see people think it’s sweet. I actually add sugar to mine. Like southerners add loads of sugar to make their nice sweet ice tea, I do the same both for ice tea and for lemonades. Beverages or foods that make my mouth pucker will seldom find a place in my kitchen.
This tea, I always brew a 1.5 L pitcher combining two steeps. I sweeten it while hot and then I add the ice. To drink, we further pour it over ice. We think it’s refreshing although it does taste kinda fake. And we had a couple of misses with it but I couldn’t tell you what happened.
I prefer the pink Passionfruit and Goji Pop to this one, however I will replenish if it’s gone before the summer is over.
It was sipdown day yesterday and I have to say it was not all that satisfying. Most of the time it was probably because I wasn’t in the mood for a particular tea but I would drink it just to finish it off. Or it might be that these are the bits you know you don’t enjoy, which is why they’re still dragging around your cupboard, you couldn’t make yourself drink them when you had so many other tastier alternatives. It really is a moronic thing to do, this planned sipdown thing. if you’re going about it the wrong way it can be a waste of tea. Like the guy who enters a contest to eat the most hot dogs in a minute. He’s not enjoying them, he’s doing it for sport.
So given the mostly failed tea experiences yesterday, I woke up this morning to remedy the situation. And since I’ve been thinking about the peppermint patty since two days ago when I had it, and since everyone is still talking about it, I made myself some. All is right with the world.
I hope this tea is around for a long time because it is so so good it makes you want to weep. In a good way. It is a masterpiece.
I don’t know what I did to this tea today but it tasted so different than my first attempt which was oh so yummy. I timed it but it almost tasted like I overstepped or something. I failed to get a lot of tamarind and then as it cooled it got bitter. Can’t figure out what I did. I know it’s good because I had it before. Anyway, I took the last of the sample from Dexter3657 and I am cold steeping it in a jar till tomorrow. We’ll see what happens.
Still my favourite tea to make Ice tea with. Sadly, I only have one cup’s worth left. And this is after restocking already. But I forgot to reorder with my last DT order and now I will have to wait a long time because it’ll be a while for the next DAVIDs. Hopefully the teas I did order, in massive quantities, will be just as good. My hopes are resting now on Paradise Found since I bought more than 0.5 lb (250 gr)
Goji pop is lovely. The melon comes through so nicely, probably more than any berry or other ingredient for that matter. It is a nice “juice” tea.
The houses on either side of ours have put in small above ground pools this week (there must have been a sale?) so I’m sitting here trying to enjoy myself on dry land with the sounds of water splashing all around me. So I’m taking out my large pitcher of Kanpe and trying to pretend that i also have a pool. if they splash hard enough I might even get a spray!
Getting back to this giant pitcher, sample sipdown, by the way, Dexter3657 so loved this tea that she sent me a generous sample thinking I will absolutely love as well and therefore will need a giant bag of it :) Not so.
This still tastes like apple cider to me, I think partly because of the cinnamon. I cold steeped it and am having it with a slice of lemon and some ice cubes. It is a pretty orange-pink tea but the only way for me to drink this is if I booze it up. It really is not a bad tea, I just don’t like apple cider. Maybe i should try this in the winter, hot, with a slice of orange and a cinnamon stick floating ’round.
Thank you Sil for this sample! (And it’s a sipdown!)
When I saw the two tea bags I wondered why I got two. Not complaining, just wondering. It all became clear once I read all the Steepster notes — people complaining one bag lead to weak tea —so I hot steeped both of them in just over 8 oz of water, added a slice of lemon and stuck it in the fridge to have for later. Now Sil instructed me to steep with boiling water, which I disregarded, and went with water just shy of boiling. I was afraid of wrecking it.
It’s a citrus tea. For me, with the ice and the slice of lemon it’s pretty much lemonade. It is a good green, it didn’t go bitter on me and you can’t really taste much of the base — hence my calling it lemonade. Patio umbrella is up, ice cubes and vodka in, let the weekend begin!
So this bag that I’m holding reads “Roasted Cocoa Mint” — Yerba Mate. Yet steepster insists it is called something else. I would have edited the info except it was Fusion Teas themselves who updated this info last month. Mindhump?!? The ingredients in here are exactly as those on my bag, in the same exact order. So get from this what you will.
The tea is good. The dry leaf smells of chocolate. there are some rather large chocolate chips in it. Not many, but on the large side. The yellow petals (marigold?) and toasted rice are also not hard to find. Everything else, you need good eyes for, it’s sparse.
Brewed, 1.5 tsp for 5.30 minutes the tea is dark and smells mostly of mint. Ditto for the taste, mostly mint. There’s some oily stuff floating on the surface and leaving a ring on the teacup. It also has a lot of sediment on the bottom and this is after transferring! I steeped in DAVIDs steeper and then I transferred to a teapot where the resteep will also go, on top. Yah, I will be blending the two steeps.
Anyway, It’s not a bad tea if you’re in the mood for mint. You have to be in the mood for mint because it is mint first and cocoa and everything else second.
Can something smell creamy? if you smell this, there’s something past the mint. It is a not a dairy smell, its almost a sweet smell. Maybe it’s from the teaspoon of turbinado. Yeah, I tossed my no sugar rule out the window for this because how on earth can you drink peppermint patty without sugar (and probably cream except I don’t like the taste of dairy so I’ll have to do without the creaminess).
Sweetened, this tea is amazing. Not wintry peppermint, but sweet warm peppermint. And really, I just want to hold the liquor in my mouth for a long time so the taste buds go “yeah, yeah!” You ever get like that, where you know that if you actually drink it, you’ll just have to take another sip and another, whereas if you just take a sip and hold it you prolong the sensation until it becomes unbearable and you just have to swallow that tea. Although now you can’t taste anymore because it is on its way to your stomach and so you take another sip. And then you make another pot, and then you go online and buy 4 oz or more… you get where this is headed?
I don’t even know what else to actually tell you. There is a lot of chocolate inside and the dry leaf smells more chocolate than mint to me, but once steeped it doesn’t smell much like chocolate and it doesn’t taste like chocolate, it tastes like sweet, sweet, delicious mint.
If you made up your mind you don’t like mint, just prove yourself wrong and buy some of this. It’s available in 1/2 oz so you won’t go broke. And I’m sure you’ll always find willing souls if somehow you do not like it. Heck, I’ll buy it off you as long as you don’t tamper with it too much.