1431 Tasting Notes
Yes OMGsrlsy, I’m drinking this in your honor today, after you having reminded me just how darn good it is. Also, my bag notes this is meant to be a whiskey -inspired tea – and really, it’s just bang on! Creamy whiskey is what I get from it, with a touch of vanilla. It’s thick, it’s delicious, and just perfect.
Less rooibos taste = less steeping time. The bits and pieces still melt. How do I know this? Because I brewed it up today with my son, who wanted a replacement for the Maple Pecan black he grabbed a bit of earlier, and so I made this with only lukewarm water. It was like liquid toffee! Tried it again just for myself tonight, and lo and behold, same result. Yes!!
Interestingly, I like this more when it’s steeped properly than oversteeped. Why surprising? Because normally I like kick-in-the-pants kinda tea when I’m fighting something sinus-y. This time though, it was pleasantly sweet (I’m assuming I had a bit extra orange peel and juniper berry this time around), and a hint of cool to open up my nasal passages. Yay!
With the help of some of you lovely enablers, I think I’ve found this tea’s sweet spot, depending on mood. You want something mellow, mildly sweet and savory? Brew it for 4-5 minutes, tops. You want something spicy to knock your socks off and heat everything up to get rid of a cold, warm up, or get going? Brew it for 10+ minutes. This one was 20 minutes or so, it’s now cold, and FINALLY I feel like I can call this spicy. Zero burning or anything, however I should note I do like my spice. ;)
So very glad that I’m having more of this tonight! Holy moly, what a different steep does to this tea.
I’m getting maple, I’m getting creamy, I’m getting pecan, I’m getting sweet. It’s really fantastic – so much so that my 6-year-old took a sip, and asked if he could “have as many sips as I want”. I said no, because it is caffeinated, and made him some of Tea Desire’s Sweet Toffee (rooibos) instead. He says it’s “ahhh.. makes me feel better – tea”.
Anyway. This is delicious! Upping the rating significantly.
I finally tried some of this today. Actually, I made two cups of it, because the first was… ick. It smelled like crisp green grass (which yes, I’ve eaten), almost like wheatgrass. Much stronger than normal matcha, and just shy of chemical. Really odd smell, I must add, it’s a new one to me.
I mixed it as I normally do, in a chasen with a small amount of liquid, then adding 6-8oz of liquid, mixing again, and sweetening to taste. I want to love it, I want the flavors to just work for me, as they did for the sample I sent VariaTEA from this batch, and yet it leaves me much to be desired. I dumped it, and tried again.
Less matcha, more liquid, more sweetener. Still the icky taste is the first thing I get, although it does blend into something more palatable, and that’s the flavor I understand VariaTEA tastes – apple pie à la mode. I only found it for a second, and after a good five or six sips, I just had to dump it too.
I do wonder however if I overleafed, as I’m still feeling the rush from the matcha hours later. I rarely feel this jazzed when drinking matcha anymore.
Leaving off the rating, because I need to play a teensy bit more.
A sad sipdown, however I will most definitely order more whenever I decide I need more Herbal Infusions. :) A tiny bit overleafed just to finish off the bag, and so delicious when it is! Juicy grapefruit with just a hint of eucalyptus to help open the sinus and feel “cool”.