1757 Tasting Notes
Thought some of you might like to post to this generic category, something like the Chance Combinations that gets a fair amount of traffic.
Feel free to edit the description as you see fit.
In this case, courtesy of k s and company, we’re enjoying homegrown chocolate mint. You’ll have to ask him for the particulars of the variety, but you better believe this is pleasant! Cold steeped a couple of teaspoons in the fridge on a hot afternoon. There is definitely something in the baseline of this tisane that has a Hershey bar aftertaste. So I ate a Hershey bar with it. It just had to be.
Pinched this one in the fridge with a little baking soda.(So glad you taught me that trick, fellow Steepsters!) Truthfully, I may have overdone it a little bit—the idea is not to turn it into baking soda water, but to take the acidic edge off. But there is a noticeable difference in the sharpness/brassiness of this cheapie tea. And playing alchemist is just fun.
Our friend ashmanra advises that this is chameleon tea: three minutes for rose with apple; four for apple with rose. Opted for the latter. Very Granny Smith; very refreshing. As I was rocking and sipping (watching Tazo the Therapy Cat conduct his morning grooming routine), the thought came that this would be tasty sweetened. I’m not usually a sweetener…but the week’s been full of sour grapes. Maybe that’s why ;)
I had forgotten that this has its own listing, but it’s too much effort to backtrack all the chance-combos and re-categorize. It’s just been a “too much” day all around, Charlie Brown. Sigh. Slump.
However, the bright spot was the evening’s steep-speriment: equal parts red raspberry leaf and dried lemon verbena, courtesy of the horticulturally talented k s. Left to steep easily 20 minutes, partly to wring all the herbal goodness out of the raspberry, and partly because it is just too wicked hot today to drink anything warmer than tepid, so I just let it cool in the cup. Perfect pairing. The lemon out-lemoned the strong leafiness of the raspberry leaf and made a nice little evening tisane.
The soda pinch trick works! This isn’t a particularly acidic tea, but it isn’t an expensive one, either, so I threw a few bags into water in the fridge, pinched some soda, and let it steep. There is a noticeable difference in flavor—-the sharp edges are now rather gentle and smooth.
When this quart is gone, I’m off to Arm & Hammer some of the cheap grocery store brand to see what happens.
This green tea blend with a mate’ kick is very refreshing on a hot summer morning, and as mentioned previously, you don’t notice the ginseng flavor much. Would try some cold, but I keep drinking it up before any makes it to the fridge. Larger purchase predicted. Oh, shoot—that means a trip back to the tea shop. What a tragedy :)
My tin is getting a little long in the tooth, so I blew several spoonsful on a cold steep in the fridge. Not so much. I’m OK with chilled rooibos, this particular blend doesn’t handle it well. Too tart for my liking and smelled a little like stinky shoes.
Warm, it’s fine. Orangey, creamy, little tart but not obnoxiously so like it was this afternoon.