1426 Tasting Notes
I tried this cold steeped yesterday, and… it’s weird. It only steeped for about 5 hours, in a DavidsTea bag in a thermos filled with ice and water. But I think the weirdness is the oolong. It’s slightly toasted, and combined with the mango and passion fruit flavour it’s quite odd. I had troubles drinking it all, when I had an iced Crio Bru and coffee sitting there, as well. :)
Smelling it, now that it’s been in the bag rather than the tin, it smells a bit like kombucha! So weird.
I definitely need to try this one hot, as well as iced. Maybe the flavour will be different if I do that.
This smells really good, but something about the flavouring is coating my tongue and making me not want to finish the glass.
I prepared as an iced tea, making 500ml extra-strong and pouring over ice. I didn’t add any sweetener, but I think it might need it to bring the lime flavour forward. The base is quite strong, and the coconut lends a creamy texture.
Not bad, but not super great. I’d consider getting more because of the uniqueness of the flavour, if only HI had better customer response. (Maybe responding to customer emails, and also sending out a shipping notification…)
Flavors: Bitter, Cream, Lime
This would be better with some Cavalla added for REAL chocolate flavour!
Otherwise, this is a decent chocolatey coconutty tea, better with milk than without.
I’m probably going to keep a tbsp or so and send the rest in the box. I think it’s worth trying, although it’s not a favourite.
Flavors: Chocolate, Coconut
I spent $3.50 for 8oz of some random Yunnan tea from some random cafe this afternoon because I really wanted more tea.
That was dumb. I asked for black tea, and the guy said they had a Yunnan, which “was similar to an Assam”. Uhh, no. No no no nononononono. I said that I didn’t find that at all, especially since the Yunnan should be from China while the Assam was from India. He insisted. Maybe I should have had the Earl Grey?
Anyways, the tea was thick and dark and tasted like buckwheat honey with a little smoke. Not the sweet bright thick honey I associate with Yunnan teas. It was OK, and a nice change from the standard bagged black teas, but IMO not worth the $3.50. Especially when I had lots of little pieces of tea leaves in the bottom of my mug. They strained it with a fine strainer, too, so it really made me wonder how broken up the tea leaves were.
My BFF came by to pick me up for a day of shopping, and so I made us this tea.
It’s really mild. I mean, I know I only did a 2 minute steep, but wow that was not the kind of morning tea I was expecting! Still, I did enjoy it. Sweet, thick, a hint of spice as it cooled.
And then I was out, needing more tea, so I followed it with Awake at Sbux. That… was not good.
Flavors: Spices, Sweet, Thick
Cold brew! Delicious. I don’t have much left, which makes me sad. I’ll have to restock at some point!
(HI TEA FRIENDS! I am busy. Bought the CUTEST CAT FABRIC for a dress. Also fabric for hiking pants. WHEE.
http://lizzyhouse.squarespace.com/sustainablyhappyblog/2014/1/24/catnap-dress-contest It looks like everyone who’s made a dress of this has done it in the green colourway, but I’m much more a purple-and-orange person. :D )