173 Tasting Notes
I cold-steeped the remainder of my taster bag yesterday. While the tea is very refreshing and has very subtle fruit flavor, it’s not a tea I’ll miss. Pineapple and watermelon are notes that generally don’t jive with my palate, but I don’t mind them in this blend. It’s light but pleasant. It sounded too good to pass up, so I’m happy I gave it a go. I think I’m happier that I don’t love it because I don’t think it’s available anymore.
I used up the last of my sample pack this past weekend. I steeped the tea and then used the tea to cook a small portion of steel cut oats. Yum. What a comforting, chocolaty, slightly spiced bowl of deliciousness. I don’t know that I’ll miss it over the next few months because it’s blazing hot outside, but I might repurchase it when the weather starts to cool down at the tail end of fall.
I threw a few teaspoons of this into my Hario filter-in cold-brew bottle on Sunday, put it in the fridge, and forgot about it until last night (Wednesday). The flavor hadn’t gone off and the tea wasn’t bitter at all. It had such lovely light butterscotch and coconut notes. I drank the entire 750 ml with dinner. :P It was really yummy. I might cold-steep black teas more often.
Ugh. The black tea blends that 52Teas have released lately have just been killer. This tea has been my go-to on most weekday mornings over the past week or so. I haven’t tried it iced/cold yet, but I really like it hot (slightly sweetened). The citrus and the marshmallow pair so nicely.
The only downside to 52Teas is that every blend is essentially limited edition, so you have to fall in love with a blend really quickly and hope that there’s still enough available online to stock up.
I had a cup of this yesterday morning and it has grown on me tremendously. I think I have enough for one more cuppa in my sample pack, but I will definitely be reordering this blend in the coming months. It’s a nice black tea with subtle, slightly sweet banana flavor. It’s another one of Bluebird Tea Co’s blends that only improve the more I drink it. Very impressed.
I’ve been really enjoying this blend over ice. My first attempt at icing the tea didn’t go over too well, but the more I drink it the more I enjoy it. It really is a liquid version of berry-flavored cotton candy. It’s a lovely treat during especially long afternoons at work. I steep it a bit longer than recommended, and, thankfully, I don’t find that the blend suffers or turns bitter. I’ll be reordering this tea when I place my order for the new summer blends within the next month.
I cold-steeped some Cranberry Pear over the weekend for the first time. I won’t be doing that again. The fruit flavors were really lovely and enhanced in the cold-steeping process, but I missed some of the oomph that I got from the black tea when the leaves are steeped hot. It’s just as well. I prefer this tea as a latte anyway. I just thought I’d try something new. I still finished off a pitcher in 48 hours, so it wasn’t a total loss.