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Recent Tasting Notes
Backlogging from yesterday.
Thanks go to Jillian for the chance to try this tea :)
I have got to say, I love the color of the liquor: dusty, antique rose. The disparity of the primarily rose aroma and hibiscus taste threw me a bit but it was still enjoyable. Pleasantly tart with a lingering aftertaste of roses, it made me want some candied rose petals to munch on. I’ve never had candied rose petals but I suspect they would go perfectly with this.
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.
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. ;)
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
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.
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.
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
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.
This is my second time sampling yerba mate and it tastes…green (though not unpleasently so) and there’s a hint of nuttiness. It doesn’t give me the energy jolt that a black tea would, but this late in the day that’s probably a good thing. I don’t have much experience drinking yerba mate but this one seems pretty decent to me.