1433 Tasting Notes
Made up a cup of this after digging through my cupboard for inspiration. :) It had to be a hot-steeping tea due to me automatically setting the kettle for 95C. This one caught my eye, as I’ve had it for coughcough and it was sitting there unopened.
It’s pretty good. It’s better (more flavourful) than the Yunnans I’ve picked up locally, although it definitely leans towards astringency. I do like it, with the honey baked sweet malty flavours, but I’m unsure I’d pick up more of this one. I think I prefer the Taiwan Assams, because they mix my favourite (Assams!) with the honey baked sweet flavours.
Still, I am enjoying this mug and I’ll happily resteep it and finish up the sample.
(~2.5 tsp in 16 oz)
Root Beer ice cream. Without an ice cream maker, even. (It would be better with, but I don’t have the money or freezer space.)
1 cup cream whipped to sooooft peaks. 1 tbsp sweetened condensed milk (leftovers) and 2 tbsp powdered sugar added (for the corn starch, I was thinking it’d help the texture). 1 cup milk heated and steeped 5 mins with 1.5 tbsp tea. 2 root beer honey sticks added because I had them and thought the extra flavour would be good.
Cooled over ice, whisked into the whipped cream, frozen. Mix every 30-45 minutes to maintain a soft texture (also, it will separate a bit into a cream and a milk layer). If you can’t, it’s still spoonable but it’s more like an “ice” than an “ice cream” in texture.
I had some for breakfast. It’s not too sweet, I like it. I need to try a version with coconut whip and almond milk. I probably didn’t need the flavour from the honey sticks. This tea is pretty strong as-is.
I may have gone a little nuts, but bear with me. These are GOOD.
Steeped 3 tbsp tea in 1.5-ish cups (organic, 3.5% aka “homo”) milk. I heated the milk, then steeped 5 minutes at a not-boiling temperature. Then I strained the mess, and added in 1.5 tbsp corn starch and 3 tbsp maple sugar. Back on the heat, stirring until it started to thicken. Strained back into my pitcher. Poured into popsicle molds.
SO GOOD. And the texture seems right, too! This is exciting. :D Maybe a little less sugar next time, maybe not. I’ll have to try this with other teas now. I wonder if corn starch works at all with non-milk teas, or if the texture/taste/look would be terribad. I ordered some beef gelatin, so I should be able to try a Jello-style tea popsicle by the end of next week. So excited! :D
I am so glad I got some of this tea in my friends birthday order! She doesn’t like caramel, so that means it’s all mine… MINE! :)
Delicious fresh apple plus baked apple. Really subtle caramel sweetness (that I’m sure would come out even more with a touch of sugar).
This is soooo good! I think I can get a bunch of steeps out of the tea, as well. I was surprised when I saw it was a fairly tightly rolled oolong, but now I’m excited because I get even more tea out of my tea. Or something.
(Also I made some different tea popsicles. I found a recipe that suggested making a custard with some corn starch and milk and sugar and tea, so I did. Look for notes on that later!)
(1.5 tsp, 10 oz cup)
Flavors: Apple, Caramel, Roasted
Mmm. Hot with a couple pieces of rock sugar added while it steeped.
IDK why they recommend steeping it so hot. White tea is best steeped cooler (IMO), so I tried it at 160F for 3 minutes or so.
Delicious! Sweet blackcurrant, mild white tea. I’m liking this a lot! It would be good blended with some fruits and made into popsicles, I think…
Made this morning with a dollop of cream. Drank some of it with my painkillers, then went to bed and slept the whole day. I’m still in a lot of pain, unfortunately. (I sneezed. Glamorous, right?)
Still decent cold, but I ended up dumping the last half cup or so, which was sad, but there was a bug in my tea, waiter. I took a sip before I noticed. Oops. :)
The popsicles I made from this taste SO good. However, they are essentially frozen chunks of ice in texture. Next time, I’ll have to use some sweetened condensed milk in them to obtain a softer texture that’s easier to eat without dripping half the popsicle down my front. :)
Zoku (the company that makes the DavidsTea popsicle mold) recommends 12 oz tea and 3 tbsp honey, so I’ll play with that ratio to see what I can get.