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I brewed up a big pot of iced tea which used up a good portion of the tea I had left in the canister.
When I brew iced tea I tend to add the usual amount of teaspoons per cups of tea and then brew it a little longer than I would with a hot tea, usually at a lower temperature too. Then, while it’s still hot, I usually mix in a bit of honey to sweeten it and then I leave it on the counter to cool to about room temperature and then I stick it in the fridge.
Sooooo excited to try this one from Blue Teapot as I am very new to Blue Teapot Teas! This one is colorful blend-wise and smells nice and floral and woodsy. I can taste the jasmine and cherry primarily. It has a bit of a woodsy aftertaste. Not what I expected…but then again…not real sure what I WAS expecting…and I am not saying that in a bad way…it’s a tasty tea…the flavor just surprised me, I guess.
It seems a bit odd, but I’m getting a sort of spiced apple scent to this tea, both dry and wet, though when it’s wet I can also pick out the ginger. There’s even a bit of it in the taste although that might be rooibos. Definitely not a conventional chai flavour, but I don’t mind some variety – the same-old gets boring after awhile. One thing I especially enjoy is the bite of the pepper at the very back of the tongue, like a delayed reaction.
I’m so in love with my new tea strainer right now. This is one of the finer-textured teas in my cabinet so before I’d always ended up with a thick layer of ‘sludge’ on the bottom of my cup. No more! Now I can enjoy its toasted herbal nutty goodness without spending half an hour picking leaf bits out of my teeth afterwards. :D
Sometimes I think this smells like cough medicine, sometimes I think it smells like apple cider; it changes for sniff to sniff, which is quite odd. It also brews up a surprisingly dark reddish-brown colour for a rooibos-based tea.
Each taste seems to be divided into three distinct parts. First there’s a bit of vanilla-ish sweetness right on the tip of the tongue, this quickly fades into a distinct, but not overwhelming, peppery bite. Then the aftertaste carries the distinct tart-earthy flavour of rooibos.
It’s interesting and I’m leaning toward liking it, though like most rooibos teas this one will have to work at it a little to gain my affections. ;)
I dug this one out a cookie tin filled with random teas that is probably several years old (at least). When I added the water the tea instantly turned bright, pinkish-red – Y halo thar Hibiscus (again).
Not that it’s really a big deal with this tea as it really needs something to balance out the perfumed sweetness of the rose. The rose, by the way, is just on the near side of making the tisane too perfumed – but the other, more tart ingredients mostly make up for that. Not bad for something that’s been gathering dust for awhile.
This was the last of this tea and all that was left were the tiny broken bits at the bottom and most of those were small enough to get out through the holes in my strainer. I feel like I need one of those special yerba mate straws (bombillas?) to drink this, practically.
I doubt I’ll get more of this tea, it was a good intro to green teas when I first started drinking loose-leaf tea, but I’ve moved on to better things.
Does this count as adding to the ‘Vanilla Vogue’? I added some honey to the tea and that improved the flavour slightly from the last time I drank this tea – I’m actually getting a bit of vanilla now, though it’s still pretty weak.
I’m also, incidently, eating a bowl of Vanilla-Almond Honey Crisp cereal. XD
The problem with getting down to the bottom of a bag of tea is that you get all the little bits that escape the strainer and they slosh around in the bottom of your cup and get stuck in your teeth.
BTW I think I finally found the only dried red current present in my entire supply.
I steeped this a bit longer than maybe recommended with a white tea but it didn’t seem to hurt it, maybe because the delicate whites are mixed with a few different and possibly more resilient greens in this blend. The apricot flavour is quite strong but there’s a perfumy flavour present aswell, possibly from the the jasmine blossoms.
It’s been awhile since I’ve drunk this so I decided to give it a go for something different today. The taste is very vegetal as I’ve said before but it has a richness to it that’s nice enough. I am noticing that I feel more awake and energetic, which is a point in this drink’s favour.