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Inspired by the “where is everyone” discussion post, I made a glass of this iced. It’s really good that way! I sweetened it, southern style, so it reminded me a bit of strawberry candy. I also had never really thought of making iced tea by the glass (we do it by the pitcher in my house), so I’m glad the post made me consider that. Now I’ll try a bunch of iced teas in the near future!!
This is a good tea, but steeped a bit weirdly. After 3 minutes, when I looked in the cup, all the tea was settled in the bottom and water sat on top, filling 2/3 of the cup. With a stir and a few extra seconds of steeping, it looked like a normal cup of tea.
I’m enjoying it, but after reading the other tasting notes, I want to take it home and try it with soy milk and sugar!
This is quite the interesting experience. There’s an awesomely powerful nose on the loose leaf itself, dominating any other possible notes, and on the brewed tea as well. Both reek (in a good way) of the sweet and nutty hazelnut flavor.
The loose leaf is pretty small, lots of little pieces with great brownish and red colors. It yields a light golden liquor that is quite nice. I’ve never actually had honeybush before, just it’s cousin rooibos, but this had none of the bitterness or crushing earthiness of the rooibos. I’m not sure if it’s because of the honeybush or if the hazelnut is masking those tastes.
When it comes down to it, the flavor of the tea is so-so. I’d place it generously on the bland, flavorless side. However, that doesn’t fully dampen my feelings as I still enjoy the punch offered by the aroma. Since I’m not a fan of coffee but have always enjoyed the idea, the smell kinda reminds me of the fancy coffee treats they serve at Starbucks. So I feel all mature like I’m drinking a coffee drink. Is that a legit reason to enjoy a tea?
A little after dinner tea to finish off the evening (well, finish it off before the dessert course starts. Both of my parents said this smelled like roasted seaweed to them. But to me it smells sweet and almost honeyed. Taste-wise, there is a little nut-like tartness at the end, but the front taste matches the smell of sweetness, with perhaps a little nectar or fruit or light honey, transitioning to a little vegetal as it cools.. Not an overly thin tea, it gives both a light/high taste and a darker, more substantial taste at the same time. This actually gives a nice finish to my meal.
Drinking some steeps (don’t know which ones but maybe 3 – 5?) from last night iced. Pretty mild until it warms up a bit. Tastes sort of like walnuts dipped in honey with a strong, sour nut taste at the end. Sour sounds so negative though. It’s more like a dark, very strong nut flavor that I remember getting from some of the nuts that I’d eat when my parents would always have a bowl of them out. Honestly, I didn’t like the nuts so much as I liked cracking the shells, but the rule quickly developed that if I cracked the shell, I had to eat the nut.
More interesting hot.
Sweet and nutty and a little salty. I’m really enjoying this tea. It’s got a lot of depth to the flavor. Lots of things going on in a sip, but not so much that I feel bludgeoned with contrasting tastes. It goes from an initial sweet grass/seaweed taste into a sweet/tart nutty then into a slight salty for the finish.
Last time DH only smelled the tea. This time, I made him his own cup. He gives it 4 out of 5 stars, which is pretty good for him… he usually gives everything a 3.
3g/6oz – This one really hits the spot tonight for some reason.
The husband said the smell reminded him of scotch… after discussion we determined maybe that was the chestnut notes Adagio describes? Honestly, I have no clue what a chestnut tastes like. Pecan, yes. Peanut, yes. Walnut, sorta. Anything other nut? Not so much.
Anyway, slightly sweet with a fairly heavy/dark flavor (for a green) and with a slight undertone of seaweed (a bit like the dehydrated wakame I use when making miso soup), a tiny bit of the briny taste I seem to always taste in Chinese greens (but not much) and a hint of dryness after a sip.
I’m going to have to try a chestnut to see if that’s the dark flavor that dominates this tea or if it is something else.
Thanks to Lena for the ‘krab’ tea!
3g/6oz/175/2:30 – Smelling this and thinking of sea food, I can totally see the crab comparison. Or maybe lobster tank – that sort of salt + crustacean smell? Something like that. The initial taste has that same flavor, too, but while I can see it, it’s probably not my first thought. My first thought is “oh, Chinese green”.
My description for a lot of the Chinese greens I’ve tried includes briny. This one gets it a tiny bit but as it cools but what really surprises me about this is that as it cools, instead of the brine taste getting stronger, there’s a delicate sweetness to it, especially in the tail, that shows up more. And that pretty much makes me love it because I don’t think I’ve ever seen that in a Chinese green. So woo hoo!
And thanks Lena!!!