2196 Tasting Notes
Well, figured I’d try the one new tea I did manage to pick up today!
The dry tea mostly just smells like fresh orange. Not quite the zest, but about halfway there from the juice. Not detecting the pu’erh, but I have so little experience in it that I wouldn’t expect to unless it was quite obvious.
At four minutes of steeping, this one’s a very dark, opaque, reddish brown – but it started off as a murky green reminiscent of Swampwater (pretty much immediately after I put in the tea ball). Wasn’t expecting that, but glad it settled into a more normal colour.
The smell of the steeped liquor is definitely orangey, and before I tried the tea I was worried that it would taste something like Tazo’s Wild Sweet Orange, which is WAY too tart for me!
Taste-wise I think I’m getting a bit of the pu’erh in that I am reminded of Oh Christmas Treat, although I can’t really place what sort of flavour it is that I’m getting. The orange is not nearly as bright as it was in the smell of the dry tea or liquor, and there is just the barest hint of licorice sweetening the end of the sip. So for licorice haters, its inclusion probably won’t be a big problem.
Overall, not my cup of tea as the orange flavour isn’t pronounced enough and I’m not experienced enough with pu’erhs yet to appreciate them.
Learned a lesson with this one today. Pink Flamingo and Citron Oolong were the teas of the day, and I guzzled my little cup of Pink Flamingo first… and then couldn’t taste this one AT ALL, except for a tiny hint of citrusy oolong at the end. So word of warning, if you’re trying both teas of the day, drink the weaker one first!!!
Well, waiting to go to my local store until today to get the new teas was kind of a bust! First the Earl of Lemon is being temporarily withheld, and then they don’t even HAVE Tangerine Dream or Simply the Zest! Disappointing. However, I did get to stock up on some perfect teas for icing :D
AND I tried an iced Matcha Matsu soy latte! I thought I had asked her to put in sweetener, but there clearly was none in the cup when I tried it, so I wasn’t the biggest fan at first. I was getting a taste of lightly steamed fresh green beans. Not objectionable, but not what I wanted to be drinking as an iced latte right now! I wanted SWEET. So I toughed it out until I got home and added (a ridiculous amount) of agave and it’s much better :D Albeit weaker than I would have liked, but I should have told her to be light on the ice. I hate ice in drinks anyways.
So yes, I’m pretty excited, because I also picked up 14g of matcha matsu powder to give making my own a shot. I have a Starbucks cold drink cup that I think would be perfectly suited to delicious iced lattes. So we’ll see how that goes tomorrow!
I think I’ll hold on the rating until I try it myself, a bit stronger and with carefully added sweetener.
Excited to try this one! Dry, it smells reminiscent of the crisp topping that my mom would put on apple/rhubarb crisp in the summer. Delicious. I’m getting a juicy fruit smell as well, but wouldn’t place it as strawberry (or rhubarb) on my own. There’s a tartness too, that just makes your mouth water. Mmmmmm!
… ok, this is kind of disappointing. I accidently let the tea cool down to about room temperature, and I’m no longer getting any real smell OR taste from it. I swear it did have flavour though, because I had some when it was warm, I just didn’t have the chance to review it then!
Well, I guess I’ll wait until I brew it again for a rating. I do think it will be one of those teas that is ok/good, but not great, but I’ll try again first :)
Although this is a re-steep, I tried this second steep iced, so felt it deserved its own entry.
I’m actually pretty impressed with this one iced! I think I oversteeped it a tad, and the first steeping would probably be better, but it was tasty and a non-tart blueberry flavour, in contrast to Bear Trap. Yum :)
Not much tea drank today because it’s hot (22C+) here and I don’t have much that is appealing to ice! (And no ice cubes, making this even more annoying). So Wednesday’s DavidsTEA trip to buy the new teas will also include good-sized amounts of Bear Trap, Goji Pop, and Lime Gelato. Mmmmmm!
Anyhow! I thought I’d try this one iced today. Brewed it hot and chilled it in the fridge.
I’m not really sure I’m a fan of this one, to be honest. I don’t know if it’s the hibiscus, but although I can definitely taste ginger and strawberry, there’s something weird about this tea that I’m not sure is for me. I’ll try it again hot (have plenty left), but don’t think it will be a re-buy. Too bad.