2606 Tasting Notes
I swear I’m going to bed after I write this…
Continuing on the trend of drinking tea from my latest box of samples and ignoring all others…. this is another sample from Azzrian! I haven’t really tried a plum-flavoured tea, and thought it could be interesting.
The steeped tea smells a bit like a winey/grape-juicy rooibos. Yes, definitely smelling the rooibos. Boooo!! Surprisingly, it doesn’t really carry into the flavour… but neither does the fruity plummy taste. Oh wait, there’s a bit in the aftertaste… maybe. Ok yes. But there is really not a lot of flavour here, especially given how much tea I used and the length of the infusion. And… I’m suddenly tasting flavours reminiscent of Fisherman’s Friend cough drops…. blech!!! Not sure if that’s a medicinal-rooibos thing, or what… eek, not a big fan!!! Definitely a miss for me…. but that’s ok!! Had three hits tonight, two of which were new flavours for me, so three outta five ain’t bad! (And I think the tea from Kally Teas has potential, so it might be 4/5!)
Whoops! I thought this one was a fruit tisane! Therefore made some really silly mistakes. My bad! Thanks for the sample, Azzrian, and I’m glad you sent me enough to try again! Original review (minus the part about it being caffeine-free) follows!
Anyways, brewing this up, I could have sworn I was brewing up DavidsTea’s Goji Pop! Yes, another tea very similar to one I’ve previously tried! Although the ingredients here are completely different (ok, not completely, I think melon is the similar ingredient, but the blends look quite different). The aroma is hibiscus-tart-tangy, which doesn’t bother me likely because my tastebuds are anticipating a cup full of Goji Pop! We’ll see what they get…
Holy. Reminiscent of, but definitely not, Goji Pop. Also, I oversteeped this one; it is a bit bitter and overly sour from the hibiscus. I’m finding it difficult to distinguish anything else because of those two things. To be honest… I definitely prefer Goji Pop (which does not have an oversteeping problem). But I will have to give this one another shot with a) less tea and b) a shorter infusion time! Given my recent decision not to drink icky tea, this one barely passes due to the sour/bitter, but I’m still going to drink it because it’s not that bad. Rating reserved until the next time :)
ETA: Second infusion unpleasant – some different flavours coming out. Will just have to try again.
Another generous sample from Azzrian… and another new tea company for me to try!
Now, initially when seeing this tea, I had a suspicion that it would be similar to DavidsTea’s Forever Nuts. I am not wrong in the slightest. I’m not sure the two would be distinguishable based on aroma, at least. It’s hard to say if the flavour is much different, since I don’t have any Forever Nuts on hand, but I feel like there’s a bit more apple flavour coming out here, which combines wonderfully with the bready, slightly nutty cinnamon flavours. The blends are extremely similar though, but luckily, I absolutely ADORE Forever Nuts, therefore the same goes for this tea! It just won’t be one I need to purchase, since I have a local DT. [My rating should be 1 point lower than Forever Nuts, simply due to availability, but I don’t know what that rating is right now. Will change later.]
ETA: Two fabulous additional infusion (both in less water).
Wow! This was way better (and different) from what I expected! Thanks for sending me a sample, Azzrian!
The coconut flavour in this blend is definitely different from the typical coconut you get in many teas – it smelled and tasted much like fresh coconut water or milk, which I adore. But it didn’t just taste coconutty – I tasted the white tea underneath as well! Delicious! Unfortunately, I put it in a travel mug after the first sip, and I guess I hadn’t washed the mug out well, because it tasted soapy :( And this time, I definitely don’t blame the tea, because I sampled it pre-mug and it was amazing. Second infusion (180/5.5 min) loses flavour but is still delicious. It’s also a little teeny bit bitter, but I did kind of oversteep it…. (also, just noticed there’s a wonderful creamy aftertaste. Heaven!)
I must say, I’m very, very impressed with the first blend I’ve tried from The Persimmon Tree!! That order is probably going to happen sooner rather than later…. (I want more of this!)
ETA: Third infusion was alright. That was enough, though.
Ok, so I clearly enjoyed my first matcha from Red Leaf Tea, the Madagascar Vanilla. But vanilla is not a terribly adventurous flavour, so for my second, I decided to branch out a little, and bought this one (found at http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/green-apple-matcha.html)! I was spurred to pick this one mostly because of aisling of tea’s idea (& successful attempt) at making a caramel apple blend, which sounds heavenly to me. Of course, I don’t have the caramel yet, but it’s next on the list!
Anyways, sniffing the bag’s contents, I got pretty excited because there was a distinct green apple aroma coming from the bag. Unmistakeable. I can’t tell you whether it was a “real” green apple or green apple flavouring sort of aroma because I enjoy both, but it was delicious. So I heated up some milk, dumped some matcha in… and whisked it. Yes, that’s right! I actually did it properly this time, thanks to Azzrian’s immense generosity in sending off her travel whisk to me! (So, this was by far the highest quality latte with the fewest chunks of matcha I have ever consumed!) Anyways, I didn’t really measure out the matcha (I was going for “strong”, since it was midnight and I was headed to the lab to do some things I neglected earlier, thanks to an ill-placed nap), but had thought I’d used at least a good teaspoon or so. However, when I mixed it with the almond milk, I literally could not taste the green apple – it was completely overpowered by the almond. Easy fix – heat up a bit more milk and mix a bunch more matcha into it! This time: success!! And by success, I mean I created one of the most delicious drinks EVER! I swear they accidentally gave me the “there’s matcha in this?!” grade of flavouring… because that is exactly what I was thinking the entire time I was drinking my latte! All I could taste was delicious green apple, and creamy almondy sweetness. Zero matcha. Zero bitterness. (I did taste the matcha-mixed milk prior to mixing with the almond milk, and it tasted bitter, so clearly there was some flavour masking going on.) And… did I mention that I didn’t add a single drop of sweetener? So my delicious latte was only about 120 calories worth of amazing, assuming matcha is essentially calorie-free.
The only somewhat concern I have is the amount of matcha I felt I had to use to get a drink that tasted like green apple. I didn’t measure it (I will next time) but it felt like more than I had to use with the other matcha I’ve tried. I could be wrong though. Another thing as well (ok, I guess I have two concerns) – I do almost get the impression that because of the flavouring in this matcha, there is less actual matcha, and that’s contributing to the fact that I can’t taste “matcha” in spite of how much powder I felt I used. I don’t know how it’s flavoured, or what the matcha:flavouring ratio might be if the flavouring comes in powder form, but I have to wonder about that. But all that said…. this was absolutely delicious and gave me a much needed treat (and presumably caffeine boost) to get through my work this evening!
Went on a not-date last night with the guy I had asked out, and it was fabulous. Only thing that would have made it better was if it had been a date. Siiiiiiigh. I can’t get it all out of my head; my roommates are all subject to my incessant babbling about it, so I figured you all could hear about it too!! :D
Anyhow, set this one up to cold-brew the other day, and it turned out marvellously, as expected. I’m actually thinking about trying to phone some Teaopia locations in the area to see if they have any left in stock, because I would really like more and it seems that it didn’t make it onto the ‘top 20’ list that are being kept around. It’s just the perfect amount of sweet and ginger, and no hibiscus (I don’t think, anyway).
Steeped ~3 tsp in hot water for a minute or two, then topped up to two cups with cold water.
I love the smell of this one dry, but it’s just been a bit too weird for me. Pretty much the same deal cold-brewed, unfortunately. It’s not bad, and a nice (gross) dark green, and there’s a bit of that delicious fruitiness, but it’s not really strong enough for me. Also, I find little candies in my tea (and sprinkles) to typically be a bit off-putting. The purpose of the hot water was to melt them, so at least that happened, but yeah.
Bleh, after Alpine Punch and The Earl of Lemon, this one is really not meshing with me right now. I think it might get to go back into the fridge for tomorrow. Too bad :(
Another tea subjected to cold-brewing/icing!
This one got the 30 seconds in 82 degree water treatment, then made up to 2 cups with cold water.
It ended up being pretty tasty, but there was too much bergamot for me. I seem to recall thinking this more than once with my new packet of this tea (I purchased just a small sample initially, then went back for a bit more), and that’s a bit of a turnoff. I’m really wishing 52teas’ Ginger Ale Bai Mu Dan was still around, because it was definitely lighter on the bergamot and I think I’d enjoy it more. I still have about a cup’s worth left thanks to Missy & Dylan’s generosity, but I don’t think I want to waste it by cold-brewing.
Anyhow, in addition to the strong bergamot flavour, this was mild and a little creamy. So I did very much enjoy it cold-brewed, I just wish the bergamot was a little more in the background, and less inyourface.