118 Tasting Notes
Decided to give this one another try the other day. This time I used a little more tea and it was first brewed with hotter water. I also used some 3rd steep Copper Hogcha (Teavana) to add just a tad bit of black tea flavor under it.
I was more satisfied then I was when I first tried to brew it. The liquor looks like a lightly roasted coffee brew; and taste like it to. It had a much stronger coffee bean and hazelnut flavoring with a bit of cocoa and nutty undertones. I didn’t taste really any of the citrus though that is in it and wonder how much this differs from Mate’vana (Teavana).
I don’t hate it, by any means. As someone who also likes to drink coffee(medium roast with H&H)I found it to be kinda of like a wanna be. It is a tea that when it was younger always wished it was coffee and tried it’s best to become it, but will never be coffee. I can see though how this would be great for people who can’t drink coffee or don’t like the bitterness, but still want a coffee like flavor; and for that this tea is perfect.
Overall I would recommend this tea for someone who likes coffee flavor, but not the jitters or bitterness.
Water: 28 oz
Amount: 3 tsp
Base teas: 3rd steep Copper Hogcha
Steep: 3 minuets by it’s self and 3 minuets with the Hogcha.
Story Time: Not much… Just been playing Minecraft again. I have not played this game in months!!! It has changed soooo much. It doesn’t even seem like the same game. Now to just get my sever for it back up…
Tea-Time: This is my first real loose black tea. I wanted to find a good strong black tea and decided to give this one a try. The brew of this smells really strong of dark chocolate and is a golden red. Since I heard this brews bitter easily I made sure to brew it under 3.
This is REALLY STRONG black tea. I had to use a little bit more sweetener then normal. Very malty with a sort of smokey finish, which makes it taste like drinking dark chocolate. I don’t taste much honeyness that some have said to have tasted. I put a little bit of Half & Half in it and it really tasted like dark chocolate; The maltyness kinda mellowed out.
The only downside is that besides the malty chocolate flavor, it is kinda flat and doesn’t go anywhere flavor wise. You can re-steep this a few times; though 3 is kinda pushing it, since it losses a lot of it’s chocolaty flavor and is more like a plain black tea.
I have been playing around with it and put in some star anise spice and it tasted good with it. I can’t wait to see how this does to make Thai Iced Tea…
Overall I would recommend this to someone who wants a strong chocolaty black tea…
Amount: 2 TBL
Sweetener: 1 TBL of light agave
Any Additives: 1 small anise star and sometimes H&H
Story Time: Not a whole lot to say. Got my parts in for my record player today. I will be able to pick it up and use it by Tuesday. Still need to figure out what record to play on it first…
I was surprised I got this so quick. I ordered this early this week and got it today; Which is nice, since i was wanting to try a different tea.
First of all, the smell of this is awesome. It really smells like banana fosters. Tried to sip it really warm, but it just tasted like lightly spiced black tea. But as it cooled the flavors started to appear. It had a nice flavor of cinnamon and brown sugar with an after taste of banana and rum. Didn’t taste as good at room temperature though. I kinda wish I had some banana chips to mix in so the banana flavor is stronger. I have heard that Monkey Fart tastes better cold, so I will have to try this iced down.
Later that evening…
OMG, this is awesome. I put this is the freezer for a little bit, and now it taste like I am drinking a banana fosters. The banana is more apparent and the rummy, cinnamony, caramel is in full flavor. I hope this becomes permanent!!!
P.S. I was listening to this the whole time I was writing this and feel like sharing… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qslAuezumIA&feature=g-vrec
P.S.2: I am going to see if I can get another steep out of this…
Edit: Yes you can get two steepings from it….. WIN!
Amount used: 1.3 TBL I think…
Serving size: 14oz
Sweetner: 1/2 TBL light agave
Sigh, I had such high hopes for this tea. Especially since my Aztec Fire was a bust. It made a clearish brown liqoure and smelled nutty enough. But When I tasted it, all it tastes like to me was very watered down coffee. It was so dull I went and made my mom coffee instead.
Tasteing it again now that it has cooled a lot. I am tasteing a lot more of the flavors then before. It seems like though most of the flavors are in the after taste. Also some of the flavor might be because of the Hogcha black tea that I mixed in with it.
I am holding off my rating for now, cause I wonder if I used enough of it to brew….
*EDIT: I made another brew of this and found it to be more satisfactory. See later note.
After my disappointment with the Aztec Fire (Teavana) and do to it being night time, I decided to make this tea strait with no base and at a higher temperature. Still one of my favorite. When I got my 8oz today, there were much bigger full pieces of orange slices and pieces of stuff then there was in my 2oz order. I must say though that I taste more orange then before, and less hibiscus or floral notes. I will try to see how this does when used for sun tea…
I got my new teas from Teavana in today!!! I would have been waiting around for the package at the door like a crazy person if it wasn’t for the fact that I had to pick up my brother from school. Also I am starting to move all of my music files, pictures, programs, ect. back onto my computer. I must say it was a pain to format my computer, but it is running like buttda. Now if only Steam would hurry up with my Skyrim download so I can get it back…
Ok, so I bought this blend with mixed feelings, since I had gotten mixed reviews. However, I figured that if it didn’t make a good brew that I could always eat it. When I first smelled it, all I could smell was chocolate and fruit… no chilies. I then tasted some of it, and all I tasted was strawberry’s and chocolate… no chilies. This was not a good sign.
I first brewed some Copper Knot Hongcha Black Tea as a base. Then I put in about 2 and a half teaspoons of this and brewed it for 11 minuets. The liquor it made was a murky brown with a oily sheen; to which I hoped was the spicy awesomeness that I wanted. I tried it plain with only a little sweetener. All it tasted like to me was weak hot coco with a mild bit of strawberry. There was absolutely no spicy taste….. AT ALL!!! The only thing that lead me to believe that there were chilies in there was the slight burning sensation in my mouth that one gets from eating them… but no flavor. I put a little bit of half and half in it and found it to be more like weak coco.
I am holding off rating though, as I have not tried it alone, at a hotter temperature, or done any trouble-shooting. At the moment though I am not pleased.
Steep Time: 11 Min
Tea Base: Hogcha Black Tea (Teavana)
Sweetener: 1/2 Tbl
H&H: 1 Tbl
P.S. I had to eat some chips & salsa to satisfy my spice craving…
Finally starting to get my computer back online. I swear they make it harder every system to format and reload Windows. Anyways, I am really excited cause I get the new tea that I ordered from Teavana in tomorrow. Plus the parts that the electronics shop ordered for me should also be in as well; which means I can finally start to use the nice Kenwood record player that I found on the side of the street. Now to decide what record to crissin it with. Hmmm… “The Who” maybe?
Ok, I might be jumping the gun, but I think that Luzianne tea makes the best sun tea EVER!!! First, the liquor color that these giant tea bags make is extremely dark red. It reminds me of the brackish water that you see inland where all the Cyprus trees are. When you swish it around it turns into a rainbow of reds, oranges and yellows. While the taste is not super exquisite and doesn’t have a lot of flavor notes, the one classic malty note that it does have is lovable. There is absolutely no bitter after taste and is great plain or with a lemon in it. I am definitively keeping this in the pantry for sun-tea.
Temp: Hot summer days
Time: 2 1/2 hours
Liquor: I will up load later…
Overall, I would recommend this to a friend to make sun or ice tea with.
Story Time: Ugh, why can’t formatting a computer be like how it was in the old days, simple and easy. Now it is more touchy and complicated. Back-story: I have had my Dell XPS for about 2 years and love it. I had to save up for two years to get it, but it was worth it. Lately it has been kinda acting up and would randomly go to black screen; which is bad when you are doing graphic design work. First I tried to just re-load the system, since that always fixes most Microsoft problems. However, I stupidly let it try to download and install ALL the updates… I should have known better. It was really derpy and could not get it to behave no matter the trouble shooting. So seeing how that wasn’t going to work and I really needed to back up my files, I decided a full format was in-order. After about 6 DVD disks later my files are backed up. Now I just got to go back and reload the OS FROM THE DISK. Tried to do it just from the desktop, but it didn’t want to cooperate. Hopefully I can at least be back online by tomorrow.
Tea Time: Going back through my Lipton tea pyramids to use up I decided to give Black Pearl a try. I was a little hesitant do to the reviews, but I decided to give it a shot. When it was finally done and pour it over ice i was surprised. Obviously it is not the best tea, but it tasted pretty good. It made a really dark red liquor and smelled like most bagged Lipton tea. The taste was your classic single note Lipton taste, but slightly… very slightly more complex. It was malty with a slightly sweet and bitter aftertaste, but not unpleasant. Of course that could be the light agave I use to sweeten it. I might try a darker agave next. I only wished I had some lemons to squeeze into it.
Overall I was please with it, and so was my mom. I will make a separate taste note for a regular hot water brew. I do though want to do a taste test comparison with regular Lipton bags and Luzianne tea to find out which one makes the best black sun tea.
Temp: Hot summer day
Water: about 64 ounces
Time: 2 1/2 hours
Liquor color: http://s1152.photobucket.com/albums/p499/Ze_Teamaker409/?action=view¤t=2012-07-09144950.jpg