617 Tasting Notes
OH MY GOSH YUM.
I’m having this hot only because I was too impatient to try it iced – yet, anyway. I will definitely be doing that soon.
This is an amazing combination of pineapple, coconut, and green tea – I can’t get over just how accurate it is. I’m going to have so much fun drinking this!!!
My last of the Den’s tea samples – and I have to say, my least favorite.
It tasted fine, it just wasn’t anything different than other Kukicha teas that I’ve had. I think the Sencha was my favorite, and I will likely be re-ordering that soon!
I had this for breakfast with pancakes this morning. :)
I tried steeping this for longer and I got a much stronger pancake smell in the brewed tea, and then I realized that probably if I added some maple syrup to sweeten the tea (DUH- right?) that would add the extra oomph I’ve been searching for.
Yeah, the solution was that simple. But at least I know how I’m going to enjoy the rest of the pouch. Upping this rating – it is a fabulous tea and I’m glad to have finally figured it out!
A lazy Saturday and I’m by myself for the weekend – it means lots of time to peruse teas online and of course, make some that I already have.
The smell of this brewed tea is so…cookie-ish. I love it.
I added some honey to this and that seems to compliment the almond taste really well – there is still a nice taste of tea, but it is not the primary flavor….I get that yummy sweet almond cookie dessert taste first and foremost.
A perfect tea for relaxing in solitude.
(Edit: I’m upping this rating – I can’t not- it suddenly very much reminds me of Celestial Seasonings Almond Sunset tea, which was discontinued and left me very heartbroken and without a substitute. I’m so excited that I will now have a loose leaf version of it!!)
Bumping this one up because we tried it iced tonight and…WOW.
I managed to make 8 cups of this iced using 4.5 tsp. tea leaves total. I steeped that amount in 500 ml twice (the second steep was for 2 minutes) and added it to another 500 ml of cold water and it was thoroughly chilled three hours later. I am a poor college student, so don’t judge the frugality!
It’s now four hours later and there’s about 2 cups left. So this was a win for both the boyfriend and myself and definitely discovered just in time for a Southeastern US summer! YAY!
Tried this iced and paired with dinner:
I’m working on my iced technique still – I tried using 50% more leaf than usual and following usual steeping parameters. So, I used 6 heaping tsp. leaves (finishing up my sample from Adagio) with 500 ml water in the Breville and then added another 500 ml. cold water in a pitcher. I think probably one more tsp. would have made it a tad stronger, but as is it was definitely not bad.
This was suuuper refreshing since the temperature was still in the mid-80s by the time I got around to cooking dinner. My boyfriend and I chugged the entire 32 oz (unsweetened) during the meal. It was kind of confusing to my tastebuds since I’ve only drank this hot, but man I’m glad I experimented before summer rolled around for real!
I am picking up more on the syrup scent in the brewed tea. There is much more of a potent buttery taste, but it is still more towards the end of the sip and it’s still quite hot. Unfortunately as it cools I think I’m losing the flavor a little more. Even when adding sugar, I just get a sweetened black tea. Maybe the black tea is too strong and overpowering the pancakes? I think the next step is to reduce steeping time to 2 minutes and see if that helps.
I can definitely see the potential in the tea, even moreso now with those first sips…I know I will figure this out yet!
Prepared according to website directions: 20 oz. water to 10 grams tea.
Smooth and neon green in color – a yummy toasty rice flavor that went well the fried rice we ate for dinner. The second steep is just as lovely as the first. It’s funny how even though it’s hot outside and I’m drinking this hot, I can still feel refreshed.
This entire set of samples is definitely encouraging my love for Japan. :)
3 level tsp. to 500 ml water. More leaf than I usually do, just because I wanted something STRONG this morning.
As it cools I get a hint of sweet from the vanilla – this threw me because things do not taste sweet unless there is sugar. Ever. Quite smooth and a dark black tea this morning due to the extra leaf. I may keep these parameters around for awhile. :)
Dry leaf smells like pancakes, mostly syrup, but still yummy.
Steeped the smell is mostly tea with a hint of syrup.
And taste…well, I think boiling water was a mistake :(, because I pretty much just got the tea base.
Next time I’ll lower the temperature and that will likely fix things; and I’ll leave this unrated until then.