1920 Tasting Notes
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…
Oh no! The first note. Thanks for yet another tea, Sil. :)
I stood there waiting for the water to reach 170-175C. With a candy thermometer, suspended in my kettle. That’s how serious I am about trying these blasted teas!
I REALLY need to get a variable temp kettle! I might go to Canadian Tire tomorrow to see what’s available.
For a green tea, this is pretty good! It smells of fruity dessert. Maybe an apple crumble, but without the oats? A little buttery, definitely fruity. The flavour isn’t strong at all, but that could be due to the age of the sample (I don’t even know how Sil got it!) or how it’s been packaged, or because I didn’t use the right water temperature. IDK.
It’s pretty good, and I’ll enjoy the cup, but it’s nothing I’d chase down. It’s going into my ahem swap box, I think. Might as well pass on the French teas!
Thanks for sharing! :)
This one tasted pretty good, but then I said, “TO HECK WITH IT!” and doctored it up. A capful of whiskey, a large spoonful of honey, and I’m on my way to feeling better.
And yes, I do have to go to work this afternoon, thanks for asking. ;)
Thanks, Sil! For real this time. :) Those little pots you sent the matcha in are adorable!
The flavoured matchas are so strong I can smell them through my cold. Wow! I’m having this one iced this morning. A couple spoons of matcha, mixed with some hot water, topped up with unsweetened almond milk and ice.
Delicious. I actually quite like this flavour with a cold, but I’m not certain how it would be without the cold. Would I be able to taste any chemical flavour? I’m not sure.
Right now, this one and Pineapple (smells SO good!) are on my “must buy” list. :)
Matcha Quality: Starter (Basic Grade)
Thanks, Sil? I think? I mean, you didn’t like it and I certainly am not enjoying it.
I only steeped for 2 minutes and it’s ridiculously overly strong. I do like the cloves, but can’t taste anything over the bitterness of the CTC base tea.
Next time I’ll put some into warm almond milk. If I keep it. I might give it away before I have a chance, though.
(I added 1/3 cup almond milk and almost 1 tbsp sugar to help. Not helping. Still doesn’t taste sweet – just bitter.)
Well, I’m going to try cold brewing this, but I think this one is a miss. I had to add some honey to cut the licorice root taste (there’s hardly any licorice root in it, but the aftertaste just lingers for me). I think it might be the coriander that’s just not working for me.
The idea of hibiscus and rose is a lovely one. I could see rose petals working really well in Agua de Jamaica.
I wish this was a black tea.
As a green tea, it’s only OK. I don’t really care for the base, which isn’t surprising as I don’t really like green teas. It’s also striking me as really floral right now, which isn’t cool. Strawberry tea should not smell of a flower store. No idea if that’s my cold, or just the way the tea has aged.