2063 Tasting Notes
Wow! I am the first to drink this? I thought everyone would be geeking out on Patrick Stewart’s birthday last week and drinking it! And hurrah hooray, Steepster is letting me back on after not recognizing my iPad for a day or two.
Every Southern Boy Iced Tea I have made so far has given me a whole gallon, not just two quarts. It resteeps beautifully, and I combine the two steeps right away rather than having one stronger and one weaker steep.
This one surprised me. I know Frank doesn’t do anything by half, like just making a bergamot black tea and putting Captain Picard on the label. But this has a special candy flavor to it that was weird, but I loved it! It makes the tea taste sweeter than it really is, based on sugar added. I would say it reminded me of the great big pieces of grape bubble gum from my youth that were really soft. Don’t expect a plain Earl Grey experience here.
The gallon disappeared in record time, lasting just under 24 hours. I am probably going to have to re-order this one, though hubby likes the Pink Lemonade Iced Tea best of the new bunch. I am still hoping for Razzleberry Iced to come back, too!
I honestly don’t remember why I picked this one as me of my free samples with my order. Maybe I was broadening our horizons now that hubby and I drink green tea together often, and have it with a lot of meals.
Either way, this is a strong contender for a shelf staple. The aroma of the dry leaves was fresh. I think of green teas as belonging to certain families, like the spinach, buttered veggie, oat, or grassy families. Some are astringent on the sip and give way to sweet rising aftertaste. I wish I was a super foodie who could detect and describe more accurately but I have gotten better since joining Steepster!
This one belonged in the creamed spinach family for me, one of my favorite types. There is none of the bitterness that dark green leaves (like spinach, mustard, turnip) can have, just the smooth veggie taste of spinach – the best part of it.
My description does not match theirs, but honestly I don’t know what chestnuts taste like well enough to say the tea tastes like chestnuts…or not.
We drank three steeps of it and it had a nice amber color every time. The creamed spinach flavor kept coming through, so I call this a winner.
I was raised in the Bible Belt in a Baptist household. My mother was raised in a Baptist orphanage. It was a loving, nurturing home, but you did not, I repeat, did NOT say “oh my God” or “Jesus Christ” unless you were actually praying. My sister frequently said, “OH LORD!” Then softly added, “And I do mean it reverently.” Yep, we were that Southern Baptist.
These habits are hard to break, and I still do not use those expressions lightly, so believe me when I say I meant it with all my heart when I cut this package open, sniffed, and said, “Oh my God” in a husky voice as my knees shook.
I had only tried a sample of this, but loved it long ago. When a friend signed up for Teavivre samples I encouraged her to try this one, and she fell in love with it and no other tea would do, so I placed an order for both of us. I guess it has been over a year now since I had my samples.
What is so great about it? Everything. The jasmine aroma is lighter than their other jasmines like Dragon Pearl Jasmine, Silver Jasmine Green, and Superfine Downy Jasmine Dragon Pearls. The tea itself is so rich and creamy. The mouth feel reminds me very much of having a bit of real whipping cream. This is a white tea with great body, great taste of creamy oaty grain goodness, and the sweetness of jasmine laid over the top. The jasmine stays with you after the sip in a little ghost of aftertaste.
Hubby tried it for the first time tonight and really liked it. We had five steeps, FIVE!, so far and it is still so very good.
Thank you for sending me samples and introducing me to so many wonderful teas, Teavivre! I end up buying almost everything I taste!
Edited to add: after hubby went to bed I went for a sixth steep. I drank it. I had to get up a lot last night! Just until about 2 am. LOL!
I made Asian food for supper tonight and we HAVE to have green tea with that! I picked this one because it has been such a magnificent complement in the past. I made two 18 ounce steeps, and they were gone in a flash.
This is a fantastic tea. It has great body, wonderful flavor, pairs beautifully with food, tastes delicious on its own. I have the old style tins that I…..I mean, my hubby…..ordered for me as a Christmas gift. They have revamped their packaging and it is gorgeous! A fitting delivery for such gorgeous teas. Go on their website and check it out!
We finished our gallon of Razzleberry last night, so I refilled the dispenser with this right away. It is already almost completely gone. That’s right, in 24 hours with only two people drinking it.
When I saw the name I was afraid it would taste like the horrible iced tea with lemon that is so common. You know, the cheap, acid tea with ultra acidic fake lemon? But I knew Frank wouldn’t do that to us. No, he wouldn’t. And he didn’t.
He created a wonderful blend that is actually fairly subtle. Hubby surprised me by absolutely loving it and drinking glass after glass today. It is super hot and muggy here and every Sunday he and Sam go romp in the woods and fields, so he really wanted to tank up on this when they got home.
There is a very pretty reddish glow in the color. The tea base is really nice, as always, and lemon, cotton candy, and raspberry come next. The word “candy” comes foremost in my mind when I think of describing this, but not super sweet, cloying, tooth rotting candy. Just nice candy flavor. I am so glad I bought a bunch of these. I think I am going to have to order more.
Last night, hubby and I finished off the gallon of Razzleberry sweet tea in the refrigerator. I was making popcorn and he was headed for the outside fridge and asked if I wanted a drink. (We keep the sodas outside as we buy them in bulk for weekends when the whole herd of teenagers descends upon us.)
I told him thank you, but no, as I was trying to drink tea to limit my soda intake. He hit the brakes and turned to the fridge and fixed a glass for each of us.
Now, help me out if I am wrong, but it seems to me this is a much healthier choice even when sweetened. I am adding one cup of sugar per gallon of iced tea. That makes eight 16 ounce servings, so each serving would have 1/8 cup sugar, which should be approximately 4 teaspoons. Is that correct?
As I did my research, I saw that some of the bottled iced teas in stores have as much sugar as soda! Oh my cow! I have to give Harney Tea some accolades here for having delicious, refreshing iced tea in bottles and keeping it very low in sugar.
So I realize that no sugar would probably be best – and personally there are a lot of teas I could drink unsweetened and iced but the family won’t go for that – but this is a lot better than the ten tsps. of sugar in twelve ounces of cola and I get to avoid burping the bubbles and leaching the calcium from my bones. WIN!
I made this iced tea according to package instructions and I resteeped immediately to get a full gallon. There is no lack of flavor. I LOVE THIS TEA!
I put it all in the small Pottery Barn dispenser, which I then put on the top shelf in my fridge. This was the sweet tea served tonight for Writers’ Group. I mention the dispenser to say that I have found it to be very handy when you have a lot of tea. You don’t have to lift a heavy pitcher, just turn the handle on the spigot and fill your glass. The glass helps the tea get extra cold, too, and since the spigot is metal instead of plastic, you are less likely to have a major catastrophe with a failed spigot.
I added one cup of sugar to one gallon of tea because most of this crowd likes their tea SWEET! Some even add extra simple syrup! This was very well liked tonight.
I have a bunch of new SBT to try, and I can hardly wait!
My best friend left her one pound bag of this at my house for me to experiment with, and I decided to make it one of our Writer’s Group teas this week. One of our members does not like beverages with sugar AT ALL, so no soda and no sweet tea, and we are in the hot and sticky South!
I had a cup of this hot a few days ago, and then yesterday set some to cold steep. I kept this one unsweetened just for her! She liked it very much and even with the cold steep method the pomegranate flavor comes through very nicely.
It makes a lovely pitcher of light colored tea for hot, muggy, rainy nights like this. It was served cold from the fridge and without ice.
I have had this tea since March but it warrants another tasting note. I want to show what a chameleon it can be!
Many weeks ago I served this at tea time. I made it the way I usually make flavored black tea – boiling water and steep for four minutes. My guest wasn’t crazy about it, but she drank it and said it was okay. I was surprised – this is Nina’s signature blend.
So today I made it the same way I did for my friend with allergies, cutting the steep to three minutes. My guest sipped it and didn’t recognize it as the tea we had before. That one minute changes this to a rose tea with a hint of apple, instead of a green apple flavored black with a hint of rose. She really liked it this way.
I have such “Grand Amour” for Grand Amour! Oh la la this is good tea! This was one of the first samples I tried from Nina’s a few months ago when they invited us to choose two or three teas to sample. I was really hooked on this one but waited to order because I have an embarrassingly large amount of tea. But at last, my very own tin is here! And the shipping was crazy fast. Laurent sent this Monday and the mailman put it on my porch at noon today.
We talk, HARD, at tea time on Wednesdays. It takes a special tea to make the words hit the brakes. Today we chattered through the cake and remarked on the black tea we drank first, then had this second. In the middle of the chatter, my guest took a sip, stopped everything, and said, “What is THAT?” I told her it was Grand Amour and she said, “It’s delicious!” And it is! Oh mercy me, it is.
This is so fruity, with no perfume-y fake taste. No additions necessary!