2831 Tasting Notes
Second attempt at this one. Still tastes to me like a creamy, chai-ish tea. A little less spicy today and a bit more marshmallow-creamy, but toasted marshmallow it is not. I would really love to see smoky teas used in blends to create awesome flavours instead of just spicing; toasted marshmallow would work so much better IMO with a light black tea base, pinch of lapsang souchong, marshmallows for creaminess, and possibly caramel pieces like in Salted Caramel, to give that burnt sugar flavour that toasted marshmallows have. Mmmmmm.
Making a little more progress towards drinking up my oldest tea samples, here. I don’t recall whether there was always so little green tea in this one, but I swear the entire 1.5 tsp of tea I used today was strictly lemongrass, apple chunks, and nut chunks. No tea leaves in sight. Nor any tea flavour; it’s all light apple/slightly lemongrassy lemon, and nutty. With a light pinch of cinnamon to round out the flavours. Decent flavour, but certainly nothing like caramel apple to me, and either 5 minutes isn’t long enough, or 1.5 tsp isn’t enough tea, because this is a lighter cup of tea than I would like. Oh well! Only enough left now for a very small cup. Not sad that this one’s gone (or is an online exclusive, I don’t recall).
Thanks to CHAroma I get to try yet another delicious (and timely!) concoction from 52teas.
I brewed this up last night, but decided to go to bed before drinking more than a sip of it, so I’m finishing it off now (it’s still good!) It tastes surprisingly like apple cider in tea form. A bit less spicey and appley, but both are present and good! The spicing here is again reminiscent of many of 52teas’ spiced blends (e.g. Cinnamon Roll Honeybush, Strawberry Pie Honeybush, Melange Rooibos), but it works quite well.
I think this would (have been) a great choice for a caffeinated, sugar-free cider for those cold winter nights (or tonight. -2C felt pretty darn freezing!) I have another cup’s worth, which I’ll save for when it gets a little colder.
ETA: Second infusion is way bitter, even with a 2.5 minute infusion. Boo.
Backlog from Saturday. This one also suffered from travel-mug-brewing syndrome, and didn’t taste very good until it had cooled down quite a bit (and even then, it tasted a bit off). Since this one usually tastes good even when brewed at the office, I conclude that brewing in a travel mug that doesn’t let heat escape is Not A Good Idea. Sorry Timolino, that infuser you come with is probably never going to be used again…
Backlog from Saturday. Brewed this up in the office, in a travel mug. It really suffered because of it. Of course, it also didn’t cool until I left for the night (er, morning), so I drank it the next day. It was very mediocre. I’m going to have to try this again at home… but I’m pretty sure the at-work-brewing and travel-mug-brewing caused some problems. Sigh.
Backlog from Saturday. I rediscovered how much this tea really needs to be consumed at a cooler temperature (not cold, just warm) – hot it really isn’t that great, but after it cools, it really does taste like apricots, and there’s a cheesecakey tang in there too. Delicious. But hot? Bleh, not great. Unfortunately I destroyed the re-infusion last night as I was distracted by playing Pandemic with my boyfriend & roommate. Whoops. :(
Backlog from Friday. I’ve been throwing this one in the Timolino a fair bit lately too. Seems to work ok, and an oolong is so refreshing next to a black tea, which is what I usually bring (I have been borrowing a travel mug from my roommate so I can bring two teas at once… need to purchase/ask for a second Timolino or other leakproof mug for Christmas!) The only bad thing about this tea is that I feel guilty for not following the appropriate infusion parameters… I just want oolong flavour, so the first infusion is definitely longer than it would be if I wasn’t taking it on the go, as the light, nuanced flavour doesn’t hold up well for me. Ah well. I still have a fair bit of this one…