611 Tasting Notes
I have been using my kids iced tea tumbler from DAVIDs lately (well, since I got it Monday), taking it to work with me with stuff from home and just filling it with water when it’s out, but today I decided to get more iced tea, and I went to Teaopia with it (no DAVIDs in the mall I work at). I knew that I was going for an iced tea (I don’t think the tumblers do hot, do they??) which means that my palate changes a little. I’m a little more open to herbals and fruit teas and teas with hibiscus as I can handle a little tart iced, just not hot. Though not super tart. And some of my favourite hot teas don’t necessarily work out well iced. Of course some are great both ways.
Anyhow, I told Danielle (I think that’s her name) that I wanted an iced tea, and I had been thinking of maybe Coconut Cream or Love Spell, but she brought over Strawberry Fields, and a few others, but Strawberry Fields won, hands down. So even though it has some hibiscus, it’s not terribly dominant, and I thought it was ok if it was iced.
And it was. AND, yet again, I took this one unsweetened! What is happening to me?! :P Probably for the better I’m taking more of my teas unsweetened, though I’m sure I will still be having some sweetened. Might it be better with a touch of agave/honey/sugar, etc? Probably. But I’m cool with it as is for now I think. The only thing I will say is that it was not terribly strong, and as the ice melted, it watered down pretty fast, and tasted like a slightly sweet and fruity water, like a spa water or something.
This is something I’ll definitely look into getting for the summer.
HOLY MOLY THIS SMELLS AMAZING!
Dry, the leaves are semi-balled shaped and crumpled, with a rich dark green colour, and it smells soo soo sweet…not cloyingly sickly sweet vanilla or caramel sweet or anything, but a very pleasant sweet.
I followed the directions and used about a tablespoon of leaf which is about 3 teaspoons, and steeped about 2-3 minutes in water that was short of the boil…a little cooler than the suggestion if my meat thermometer was anything to go by.
Wet, the leaves opened up partially, and you can see the little stems, and the leaves are dark green, with a few little red veins in them. Not as sweet smelling as dry, but I’m sure it will be rockin’. I do love me some oolong tea!
It’s still a bit too hot to sip, but I am going to try this one unadulterated first…
See you all Steepsterites in a bit for my follow-up! Thanks to Angel Chen for including this in my current sampler. Two good winners off the bat, I think.
EDIT: I think I’m experiencing “creamy” and “creamy mouthfeel” for the first time with this tea, and I’m still drinking it unsweetened and everything. Joy!!
I went in today specifically to try this, and I ordered it hot, sweetened with milk. It was very comforting hot on this chilly day. It’s true, there is a sort of strange colour to this one. It didn’t make it any less tasty though, and as it was to go, no one saw the colour but me when I took the bag out.
It’s juicy and sweet and a little tart (my guess is the elderberries?) and it was almost like my Tetley Black Currant…my standby for when I’m poor and get can only afford bagged tea from the supermarket. I think this might be a good tea iced, and I am game to try it.
This tea begs to be drunk with a plate of fresh scones and clotted cream. I’m pretty sure I’m going to get more of this once I have a few more sipdowns since I have little room left on my shelf, and 9 teas from Teavivre to get through.
So, I went into DAVIDs after my acupuncture session as always, since it’s only a few blocks away. I was supposed to meet a friend, but she’d had a bit too much wine last night, but that’s ok, since I was going there anyway. My tea of the day there was actually Blueberry Jam, since I’d been craving it ever since it came out, but I also wanted to check out the new kids iced tea tumbler, because it is leakproof and mucho adorable. I actually prefer the feel of it to the adult one anyway…maybe because I’m small and it fits my hand better? Anyways, last minute impulse buy was about 20-ish grams of Tropicalia. I made this in my steeper and did the over ice method since I didn’t want to wait overnight for a steeping for cold brew method (though I am going to try cold brewing other teas in it).
It’s superb as an iced tea and I’m not sure I’d want it hot. This is probably one of the rare teas I have not sweetened (maybe the only one) and still liked. It must be the sweetness of the fruit and the candy hearts.
It’s a pretty good and fun summer tea, and I’ll probably get more and make iced tea with it in a bigger container like the Mist one.
Thumbs up for me!
I really like this tea!! Thank you Angel for this sample!
I’m actually on my second cup of this and it is sooo good! I have had pearls in other types of tea before (like jasmine green pearls), but never black. These ones seem maybe a bit larger than the other ones, but it’s been a while since the last time I had any tea pearls. I like my tea a bit strong so I used 5 pearls the first time, and 4 the second. Either amount is fine.
They smell very malty and chocolatey, and the taste is very rich and warming. I always add milk and sugar, so that added to the sweetness and creamy chocolateness. But for me, that’s fine. This is an excellent tea and I think it would be good iced…I might look into cold brewing this one over the summer.
I just want to add that I just love watching the pearls unfold in the hot water in my steeper.
1) I’m sick and am not going to get the best taste or flavour out of this tea
2) I used too much leaf or did something wrong with the brewing
3) I’m just not a fan of straight green tea anymore
Or it could be all of the above, in parts. This steep is feeling heavy and a bit astringent.
More after I have finished this cup and attempt a re-steep.
Many thanks to Angel Chen for sending this to me to try…
The second steeping has brought out a milder taste, though I’m still leaning toward the notion that I used too much leaf, and that I am just not as much a fan of Chinese greens.
I really like the the look and texture of the leaves though, when they are dry. The white tips are a nice touch.
I have to say that I think this tea is a bit savoury and astringent or drying. Next time I will use less leaf and maybe a shorter steep time as well.
This is an odd beastie of a team isn’t it?! The leaves are very dark green, and brewed almost purple-ish. The liquor itself is also an odd greenish purple too. I may have over-steeped this one a bit…I got sidetracked, but I think it is ok. I think I may have caught it at that upper time limit. Still a bit too hot to taste, but what I can taste briefly is so hard to explain. I may have to come back in and edit this with a more precise description of the taste.
EDIT: Ok, so taste…it’s still really hard to peg. Herbally or vegetal. A shorter steep might bring more nuttiness to the foreground.
Jury is out whether I will get more. I am looking at it from a medicinal tea position, and it isn’t bad…it might be good iced with warmer weather, or blended with something else (though what, I’m not sure…it was not terribly amazing with toasted walnut, but not horrible either).