1695 Tasting Notes
Had this with some cinnamon sticks broken into the pot this morning.
I forgot to rinse, but it was still delicious. This is a really good intro tea, as long as you rinse! Otherwise it does smell a little footy/fishy.
My first deliberate foray into puerh! And it tastes a lot like the one my favourite chinese restaurant serves (only theirs is super watered down…).
I actually quite enjoyed this at lunch today. “Red berries” flavour plus some floral from the lavender, and a black tea that surprisingly did not go bitter on me, even though it was in the travel mug with no milk or sugar.
Not something I’d get again, but a nice enough tea to have around!
Trying a lower/shorter steep on recommendation of LiberTEAS and Dexter, to try and avoid that terrible sour taste honeybush can have. (I’ve been going through my list, and TeaG and Butiki have been fine, as have a couple I’ve tried from Bayswater. A couple blends that are “honeybush” but mostly other stuff have also been fine. But I’ve had a bunch from Steam, and some other local shops (usually teas to go), 52Teas and Adagio, and I’ve noticed it in all those at varying levels. I don’t always note it because for a while I thought it was how it was supposed to taste. Heh. Guess not!)
Steeped low and short, this tea is very herbaceous, actually. I would say that the flavour is 90% raspberry leaves, 9% honeybush and rooibos, 1% other. :) Not exactly the flavour profile I’m going for! Even though the last time I had this, before it went sour, it was kind of weird.
Now to let this cool…
Hmm. It’s starting to get sour again. Now, this one probably isn’t the best test for this, but I’m not sure I want to buy some honeybush to test it out. I might try some of the others I have in my cupboard this way. And it really isn’t as bad as it was last time – as in, I can still drink it so I’m finishing this cup instead of dumping it.
I think this is the one I had. From the SSTTB1. :)
I cold steeped it last night, and it was actually pretty good! I didn’t realize it was a rooibos until I went to drink it. It’s not a terrible rooibos, but it’s not fantastic either. Somewhere in the middle. The strawberry flavour was very clean, and I could even tell it was supposed to be pomegranate. It was like… watered down juice. I guess I used to use 2-3 tea bags in the amount of water I used, but I only had one and wasn’t thinking. :)
I’d totally get it if I was in a pinch and it was on sale. Decent flavours, decent rooibos, a really refreshing cold steep. Win. But would I recommend it? Not unless bagged grocery store teas were your only option. (And not the FANCY teas MissB has been finding in Europe. More like the usual North American boring stuff… ;) )
Thanks again for the sample(S), Sil!
I don’t actually care for the chocolate in this. Chocolate “flavour” or “essence” just tastes off to me, and this is no exception. The base is great, though. Maybe just the base without the chocolate stuff in it? Yeah, that could be good. Or mixed with Crio Bru? Hmm…
Anyways, it’s drinkable but I definitely wouldn’t seek it out.
Yep, this is creamy and fruity! Last of a lovely sample from Roswell Strange, cold brewed.
It is so much tastier this way! Very light and refreshing, but the flavour is kind of unidentifiable fruity. :) I’m not sure I’d get more, but I’m really enjoying it right now.
(Also, my daily sipdown WOO.)
FINALLY I have brewed this tea so it is (almost) too spicy to drink. Finally. Almost. You are vindicated, Sil!
2:45-ish with a metal filter in a thermos. Added a little honey, and 7+ hours later I’m finally sipping on it. WHOOEE. That is GOOD. Perhaps a little more honey next time if I’m going to leave it all day, and use that coarse of a strainer.
I’m still enjoying it, and I can still (barely) drink it. ;)