1927 Tasting Notes
Uh oh. I’m the first to write a note.
Before steeping, mostly I can smell the AMAZING orange peel that Verdant has sourced this fall. Steeped, it’s spicy and orangey. With no sweetener, it tastes like genmaicha – toasty rice, but with an interesting spice blend in the background rather than green tea. I used a heaping tsp of tea in an 8 oz teacup, but I might try using more in the future. Or less.
I added a wee spoonful of honey.
It’s just ok. I don’t think I’d search it out again because I don’t care for the coriander seeds. The rest of the blend is pretty good, and it’s nice to have a non-caffeinated tea around. But.
Yet another delicious tea I had been too scared to try!
My variable temperature kettle is rocking my socks. I can see how there is appeal for one you can choose your own temps for, but this works for me. For now. Muahah.. ahem.
Anyways. This tea is so weird. And good! But weird. It smells like cinnamon and syrup, but when steeped the potato flavour totally comes out. It makes the tea taste starchy, and makes it feel a little thicker. I took a sip, and immediately decided to add some brown sugar to bring out the syrup flavours more.
If possible, I might even get more the next time I do an order. It’s a green tea, but it’s THAT good!
Edit: Just tried it with salt. Oh, WOW that’s a different kind of yummy.
Umm, apparently I’ve only had this once before. That’s pretty bad. I got it in June.
The tea smells INCREDIBLE. Maple Pecan ice cream, for sure. So delicious.
I steeped per directions, and added 2 pieces of rock sugar. They aren’t really dissolving, but I should have added them with the leaves instead of after the steep. My bad.
This is a tea that does need the sugar for me. The nuts do that weird bitter nut skin thing for me rather easily. I might do 3 minutes next time instead of 4 to mitigate that. Or avoid the pecans. :)
I really do like the flavouring, and look forward to drinking it all now that I don’t have to take the temperature of my cooling water!
Playing with my new variable temp kettle.
I think I needed to stir this tea up a bit more. It’s sorta lemon-gingery, but mostly I taste green tea and powdered lemon. IDK. It’s probably because I’m sick.
Temp: 179F with my kettle! Gosh, this is going to be fun… For me. :)
OMG I HAVE A VARIABLE TEMPERATURE KETTLE WOOOO!!! Thanks, Nxtdoor!
Now that’s out of the way, I brewed this one up at 158C (as per my kettle! Eee!!), and it’s WAY nicer. Not bitter at all. The strawberry flavour is still super mild to me, but that could be due to the cold. Still not a super fan, but that’s because I’m not in love with most green teas.
So. Brewing at the proper temperature makes tea nicer. It’s also a LOT easier to brew tea at the proper temperature when you have a kettle that takes care of that issue for you.
It’s even on sale! Just make sure you CALL your local store and get them to put it on hold for you! My local store didn’t have it, so I called another and went there only to get the last one on the shelf! They said they had NINE.
Sipdown! I didn’t even have ANY of this before I doctored it up with whiskey and honey.
Yes, drinking at breakfast. I know, I know.
Anyways, I wish I could get more of this tea. I hadn’t seen a whiskey tea before… Betjeman et Barton have Balade Irlandaise, but I have no idea how much shipping would be.
This is really good when you’re sick. I’m sure it’d be excellent as a cocktail, as well.
Hey! This is pretty good hot.
I added a spoon of honey (still trying to beat the sick!), and the lemon and citrus notes are at the front. Nice.
I still don’t care for the medicinal rooibos, but it is a refreshing tea even hot. Good for hydration. Hmm. Maybe I’ll ice some tomorrow and bring it to work…