727 Tasting Notes
It was one of those weird afternoons here where it is warm in the sun, but there is also quite a cool breeze, so you can be in shorts and warm, and then brrr with the breeze because the contrast of warm and cold is that great. So I stuck to it and wore my jean shorts and a 3/4 sleeve summer weight pullover (sweater) and sandals. I’d be ok in the sun, but cold in the shade. So anyways, after I ran my errands downtown, I popped into Davids for a tea to go. I technically still had some Summer Shangrila from Silk Road from earlier, but I had wanted something warm and comforting for my walk home, so I picked this partly because it’s caffeine free, and partly because it is amazing as a latte. I’d buy a bunch of this to make as lattes, but the tea is so heavy that it is expensive, especially when using multiple teaspoons for a single serving. Maybe I will make this my next frequent steeper redemption (I just got the ceremonial matcha).
Anyway, this was perfect and delicious as always. Latte style is my favourite way to have this tea now…any other way seems weak and thin. If you have not given this tea the latte treatment, I highly recommend you do so, and indulge.
I haven’t had this in a long time….probably since last summer or early fall. It was a staple back then. As the weather is warmer now, with some cooler days still, I felt now was the time to get a little more of this. I decided to make a cold brew of this while I had the Summer Shangrila earlier, and some matcha. Either I used too much leaf for the cold brew (as I am learning how much to use with my new travel mug), or I simply prefer this hot, but it was just ok. Or maybe it was because I made it unsweetened? It does look fantastic in my new sloth mug though. :D I will be doing a hot steep of this once the cold one is done.
Had this the same way I did last time, with about a 2 minute steep, and unsweetened. It’s really good. I chose it because I woke up not feeling great and with a headache, so I gravitated to this. It really is nice and I am gonna have to buy a tin when my sample runs out.
Somehow I missed that this has blackberry leaves in it. They give the tea (and all teas with it) a weird taste on my tongue, which is more prominent when the tea cools down, and it is somewhat artificial tasting. Blech, It was a free tea though, as I got a new travel mug, since my beloved kids mug recently cracked internally, rendering it unusable now. So I will drink it, but it is not my fave…would likely love it more had it not had blackberry leaves in it.
I had this a few weeks ago with my breakfast, and it was nice. I only steeped for about two minutes and I didn’t add anything to it, and it was lovely! I think a smidge of sugar or honey would have brought out some of the berries more, but I was ok with it as is, which is great…Ihave been reducing my sugar intake more and loving when I find teas I am ok with unsweetened now. I look forward to cold steeping this one soon!
Despite the floral bits in this tea, they’re barely noticeable under the mint of the tea, which works for me…had a cup hot last night, and a cold steep today. Nice and light and refreshing on a warm day like today. Normally I would not get a tea like this, but I was given a small amount from a friend to try, so I did. The rose petals are usually a no go for me, but she said they were very understated and barely noticeable in it once brewed.
I originally got a small bag of this to try…only a few servings worth. I was disappointed and didn’t even review here, The flavour was weak and thin, and I had hoped for something richer and pie-like. In the back of my head I had said I wanted to try it as a latte, to see if that made a difference, and today was that day.
After my herbalist appointment at a local college, I stopped at DT as it was on the way home (just down the street from the school where the herbal clinic was). It had also gotten considerably windier and colder than it had been on my way up there a few hours earlier. I’d only had water up to that point (which is good), but I had wanted something hot on the way home to comfort me, and this did.
I’m not sure if my mental preparation for this being better as a latte, or the use of more tea to make the latte, or the latte treatment in general did the trick. Might be a little of everything. I think that the milk from the latte made it richer, and more pie like for me. I think the milk may have brought out a bit more coconut. It was still on the weak side, but maybe less weak? I’m curious how using coconut milk in this would be.
All in all, I might get a 25g bag to play with this more. I’m not sure it is worth it because you have to use so much more leaf to make a latte (or just a stronger brew), and oolongs are usually more expensive, but who knows….I might still do it.