2273 Tasting Notes
I’m trying to cold-brew a different 2-3 teas each day, not only to have something on hand for when I need something thirst-quenching, but also as an integral part of my tea-stash-reduction plan (ok, there’s no real plan, I just thought it was a good idea!)
Anyhow, since I ordered so much fruity stuff from Teaopia last week, I figured I had better get started on some of them! Cold-brewed 2 tbsps of this one in two cups of water overnight. I was thinking to myself later that 1 tbsp/cup is not a sustainable amount, and could get very pricey, so it’s probably a bit overdone, but oh well.
This one smelled deliciously strawberry-like in the bag, and even cold-brewed, I’m still getting that aroma. It’s much like the 52teas Strawberry Pancake sort of candy strawberry aroma/flavour, which I’m partial to.
Aside from a bit of astringency (maybe I shouldn’t have cold brewed a white tea quite so long), this is one of the best iced teas I’ve had! Yum! Nice fruity strawberry flavour, which improves if I let the tea warm up in my mouth a bit. As usual, the flavour of the white tea is lost – I’ll have to check with this one whether it’s a cold-brewing thing or like DavidsTea, the white tea is just overwhelmed. Either way, it’s tasty. I’d buy this again at a significant discount (but the 30% off is not enough, given the much cheaper prices of Teaopia’s fruit blends).
Mmmmmmmmm so tasty. Used a random amount of leaf (maybe a tbsp?) and used my nose to figure out when I should pour it out, and my nose indicated I should start at 20 seconds, so a 30-second steep it was! Just love the light sweetness of this one and complete absence of astringeny and bitterness. I think finding the best dragonwell tea may become a goal of mine, although I’ve probably started at the wrong end of the spectrum, with the two from Verdant!! Upping the rating because this tea is remarkably consistent in its amazingness.
ETA: Second infusion (168F/1min) also great.
Definitely a happy accident that I was sent this tea instead of Strawberry Pie Honeybush. Seriously one of the best flavoured greens I’ve tried. I think I used too much leaf today so it’s heading a bit toward astringency when it shouldn’t be, but I also feel like it’s tasting a bit more pancakey today. Either way, yum :)
ETA: Second infusion (82C/3:30min), I added some gasp rock sugar! Oooooh delicious! However, I think this tea is just fine without, I only added some for kicks :D Still can taste the strawberry and green tea, and a bit of pancakeyness. Also seaweed. But that last one’s because I just discovered a bag of seaweed “condiment” in my cupboard and have been snacking. Diets are sucky.
Yay, trying out another sample from Missy & Dylan tonight! Thanks guys! Have definitely been missing you on Steepster…. :(
Sweet and genmaicha-like are the associations I’m getting from the steeped cup, which isn’t surprising given that the flavour is roasty and sweet like genmaicha, although short on toasted rice flavour. This is definitely a different take on green tea, in my mind, being so far from the vegetal teas I’m more used to, but it’s nice and calming. I’d probably choose to drink a genmaicha of some variety over this one though if I was looking for a quieting tea, as there’s considerably less caffeine in them (or at least there is in the tea I have, which I swear is 80% rice!)
This one was just too interesting to pass up. Little balls of herbs held together with a light coating of sucrose?? Sure, why not! And at 30%, I think each ball only ended up being a bit less than $1, so that’s not too bad. I used one ball for about 8 oz. of water.
The smell is very boiled veggie-like, moreso than I usually get from green teas. The taste is similar in that sense – I wish I could tell which veggie I was tasting! It’s quite strong and distinct, and tasty with the small hit of sugary sweetness. I want to say perhaps asparagus? It’s a veggie with sulfurous notes, for sure. Almost boiled spinachy? It reminds me of asian rice snacks with seaweed that have a sugary coating, so maybe I’m getting a seaweedy sort of taste too. Either way, it’s interesting and tasty, although I think I have enough that I won’t feel the need to buy it again.
That was a fun little experiment :D
ETA: Re-steep (175F/5.5min) is very similar. So vegetal! Still sweet! I do think asparagus might be the closest I can get to what it actually tastes like.
Picked up my Teaopia order from Purolator today because apparently they wanted a signature (boo!) But…. I got it! Yay! Starting off with the tea I was most excited about, based on Steepster reviews. The other teas are mostly herbals for icing.
In the bag, this one smells quite caramelly and nutty. Just like dessert! Mmmmmm… It’s pretty similar when steeped, with a bit of a woody aroma (bark, stick-like??). Maybe that’s the oolong? The flavour is pretty bang on though, nutty and creamy, with a lovely aftertaste of oolong. I know this one’s loaded with artificial flavour, but I’m really liking it! Yay Steepsterites for good reviews that convinced me to buy this tea! Yum… definitely want another cup of this tonight. I feel like this is a good one to curb those dessert cravings.
ETA: Oh creamy nut oolong, there is just something about you that is so freaking delicious. Second infusion loses a bit, but is still hitting the mark for me. 2 minute infusion at 90C this time. Yum. I’m not sure the creamy nut flavour will last for a third, just the woody oolong base, I’m suspecting. (Got a good half third infusion and fourth infusion.)
I cold brewed about 2 tbsp of this in 2 cups of water in the fridge overnight.
The taste is somewhat tart and berry-like. The tartness is definitely moreso of the lemony variety and not hibiscus, which would probably make a lot of people happy! Unfortunately though, I’m tasting the medicinal rooibos flavour that I’m not a big fan of, and that’s kind of ruining it for me. It’s still drinkable though, so anyone who doesn’t have that same association with rooibos would probably love it! Still need to try it hot before completely giving up though.
The aroma is of a malty, slightly sweet black tea with a hint of fruitiness. It’s not discernible as strawberry to me, particularly.
The flavour is malty and creamy, and the fruitiness comes out at the end of the sip, so it’s definitely a lightly flavoured tea. There’s also delicious creaminess at the end of the sip. Again, I’m not particularly picking out strawberry, but it does taste like a berry sort of fruitiness. My short steep time avoided too much astringency (there’s just the slightest touch), so I would definitely recommend going with a short time with this tea.
Overall, it’s tasty and I love the creaminess, but I do wish there was more strawberry flavour (as with the Raspberry Apricot Green Tea Delight, however, I may be experiencing issues with Mango ‘n Friends being so sweet as to have temporarily contaminated my taste buds). I personally think it would be enhanced with some freeze-dried strawberry pieces though.
Overall a tasty tea and I will finish my sample, but probably not one I’d want an entire package of as my preference for flavoured blacks leans towards stronger flavours (but the base and creaminess here are fantastic). Thanks for sending along a sample of this one, Rachel!