619 Tasting Notes
More and more I’m finding that of all the teas in my cupboard I keep gravitating back to a select few. This is one of them.
I prepped this perfectly today, milk and a bit of sugar – and it is fruity, creamy and rich. I have all morning to enjoy it too, since I don’t go to work until tonight.
The smell of this tea once brewed is strongly reminiscent of the Rainbow Sherbet tea…a sharp, creamy tang. I was rather impatient and brewed this up to drink it straight away, so that was mostly the flavor I got as well.
A citrusy note was a bit more prominent in the aftertaste, but I have to admit I found that creaminess off putting – it’s just not what I associate with lemonade.
Maybe after a night in the fridge the flavors will settle a bit, but for now I will say it’s not my favorite of the 52teas I’ve tried. Honestly, that’s kind of a relief though – one less flavor I have to stock up on!
Am I really the first to have tried this? Really???
(Also, sorry if I broke the picture – I cannot seem to add images to steepster for the life of me!)
Anyway, I couldn’t resist the buy 10, save $1 per package deal on the SBTs, especially after how amazing the rainbow sherbet tea was when iced. They all sound so very good that I had to just blindly reach in the package and pick one out rather than agonize over a decision. This was first pick, so I steeped it up according to Frank’s directions and it was ready to go instantly.
Note: I sweetened this less than my typical amount for a 1/2 gallon (3 tbsp. vs. 4) and this was definitely a good choice – there is a lot of natural sweetness from the fruit. When it was first made I felt like the peach stood out more in terms of flavor, but now that its sat a day in the fridge I get more mango. The black tea in this base is balanced perfectly with whichever fruit is strongest, though. Just strong enough so that you know you’re drinking tea, but also smooth and willing to share the spotlight.
This ones a winner! I’m excited to see which one I’ll pick next!
Saturday! I’m not working you for once!
To celebrate I bought plane tickets to Hawaii. Those are expensive – but our vacation there is in September and I finally got a pretty good deal on them. I wish we could go now!
But, since I can’t, and it’s raining, I picked this tea to enjoy. I looooove salted caramel. Salted caramel tea, gluten free donuts, and a lazy weekend. And plenty of books to read – I just finished “The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells” by Andrew Sean Greer and it was one of the best stories I’ve read in a long time. If you have any recommendations for me, I’d love to hear them!
EDIT: Um, and for the tea review – this actually tastes really caramelly today, but I added 3 tsp. leaf to the 500 ml water in my Breville. Normally I have this as a hot chocolate because that was the only way I got a noticeable caramel flavor, but I must have been underleafing before. Still not so much the salt, but the caramel is lovely and accentuated nicely with a bit of milk. One of the best cups of this I’ve had so far!
Good news: my shift is over.
Bad news: my shift was absolutely freaking terrible.
Good news: I’m not coming back to work for a week! And also, this tea.
I wanted dessert after the crazy night I had, so that’s why I picked this. While the flavor is a tad weaker than I remember (I think I undereleafed) I still get enough marshmallow, chocolate, and graham cracker to make me feel like myself again.
I need to sleep now – but I just got a book about pie that I really want to crack open. Decisions, decisions…
Hmmm.. I think this is what I had yesterday morning. The flavors got a little muddled since I had a tea bag of this in my purse that was sitting with an Earl Grey. I mostly recognized it as Frissy but it had just an extra hint of bergamot that shouldn’t have been there.
Hmmm.. I think this is what I had yesterday morning. The flavors got a little muddled since I had a tea bag of this in my purse that was sitting with an Earl Grey. I mostly recognized it as Frissy but it had just an extra hint of bergamot that shouldn’t have been there.Doesn’t matter – it was still really good. I don’t know that I can do anything to mess this guy up, though. Hence my perfect rating for it.
Prepped according to the below parameters – 2 tsp. leaf to 8 oz. water as per package directions.
The last few nights at work were rough but I don’t go back in until Thursday night at least. Sometimes I wonder what I was thinking, becoming a nurse. I love it but I’m such an introvert that I get positively drained after a few shifts and need the time to recover.
Speaking of introverts, I discovered I’m an INFJ recently. Anybody else know their MBTI type?
I say all this to explain why I’m drinking a strong cup of this malty, chocolate wonder now, instead of going straight to bed. It is so smooth, rich and comforting. Something about the smell of a freshly brewed, good black tea just relaxes me, and this is no exception. Strange how a tea can manage to be both calming and energizing simultaneously – but this one does that.
Just what I needed for right now…
Backlog from Sunday.
Had this with some peach pie for breakfast (I’m on a pie making kick lately because I’ve decided not being able to make a decent crust is unacceptable – this means a lot of pies are in my future and that is okay with me. Also – tell me your favorite pies, if you have them! I don’t want to be repetitive with my fillings.)
Anyway, the tea was beautiful, as always. Creamy and caramelly and kick in the pants strong. We’d almost run out so I’d been hoarding it, but our stash is replenished so I imagine I’ll be drinking this plenty for my breakfast beverage. :)
So I feel like I need to be honest with you guys: I curse like a sailor in real life.
I say that because my initial utterings upon tasting this tea are not, well… they don’t seem necessarily appropriate to say in a public forum. I meant it in a really, really good way though. Promise!
The first word that came to mind (after the expletives, haha) was whoa. This tea is soooo creamy. Tangy, fruity, and creamy, just like sherbet. I’m pretty weird in that I don’t actually like ice cream/sherbet/sorbets because a lot of the time its too sweet. Also I prefer to drink cold things, not eat them, and I don’t necessarily find milky things to be that refreshing when the weather is hot. I’m a right ball of fun, I know.
So that this manages to somehow sidestep all of my ridiculous criteria is pretty miraculous.
It’s got a creamy full texture which tea usually just doesn’t have on it’s own. The only way I get this texture in tea normally is by adding milk, but iced tea is not something you can add milk to (Ew. just the thought of that…) It tastes like ice cream without being ice cream. And I’m drinking it on its own, without a meal – it’s like dessert!
Um, LOVE. I hope I can get another 2 quarts out of this… but even if not I just went ahead and put one of each of the SBT iced tea flavors in a shopping cart because MY MOUTH IS SO HAPPY.
Thank goodness I saw that discount code when I did!
Alright french toast. We meet again. Prepped with sugar and milk at the below parameters.
I get bread now – like the egg soaked bread you make french toast with. Egg-bread and spices. French toast without the syrup/powdered sugar – which I could probably fix if I added some maple syrup – I just can’t seem to wrap my brain around putting that in tea. Does not compute. So it looks like between this and pancake breakfast, the pancake breakfast wins out on its ability to taste like syrup.
As far as accuracy, though, I have no complaints – I just should have know I’d prefer the pancakes since as a rule they’re my first choice for breakfast anyway. :)