2661 Tasting Notes
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.
After buying 100g of this one (because I thought it was going away forever, lies), I ended up becoming less and less fond of it as time passed. Although the 50g bag I have at home is nearly empty, that’s only because I keep sending it off in swaps! The bag at work is unopened.
Anyways, I was poking around for teas to ice the other day, and found this and Swampwater and figured it was worth a shot. Turns out I made a great decision (at least with this one!) I suppose technically it wasn’t cold-brewed, as I did mix a generous 3 tsp of tea with hot (boiling-ish) water and let it sit for a little while (between 1-2 minutes) before mixing topping it up to a bit less than 2 cups of water and sticking it in the fridge overnight. The result is pretty delicious and reminds me why I enjoyed this tea in the first place.
First off, the flavour is strong, and I suspect I could even dilute the tea a bit and still enjoy it, but rooibos is still lighter than herbals, so I’m not too worried. It’s creamy and almondy and sweet enough that I wouldn’t want sugar in it, and… just so good. It’s going well with my post-run supper of steamed beans and tomatoes in lime/garlic. (Which is impressive because the lime and garlic, as I have mentioned previously, kind of kill my tastebuds!)
I hadn’t remembered my rating being quite so high for this one, but I’ll let it stand because iced, this is wicked!
Along with oolongs, I was in the mood for genmaicha of some sort tonight. Of course, I now wish I hadn’t brewed all these up, because I’m overtired and reacting as such to a few things going on. Lame.
I used 1.5 tsp in about 8-10 oz. water for a minute, and this is far too weak for my liking. I’ll have to try again with a longer infusion, because the flavour was good, it was just too much like hot water. Thanks also go to Alphakitty for this one :)
Another oolong from Alphakitty! In an oolong mood tonight, and heading to bed shortly. I’m very tired.
The aroma of this one is definitely not what I expected – it’s almost jasmine-like. I suppose that is the magnolia? The taste follows, being floral and jasminey, but not quite like jasmine. I’m not getting a great deal of oolong in the aftertaste, which is disappointing, although I do like the lingering floral notes.
This tea’s not bad, but I think for a similar flavour, I’d more likely just pick out a jasmine tea. I’m sure there are more than just subtle differences, but I’m not tasting them now. It’s good though, but again, lacking in oolong flavour, which precludes it from seeming “different/unique” to me.
Another milk oolong for me :) Thanks Alphakitty! This is my first bagged one; I’m curious to see how well it holds up to loose versions.
The smell is clearly delicious, caramelly milk oolong. I’m not used to teabags having an aroma, so I’m excited!
The tea is actually pretty darn good! Creamy and oolongy, although it could be stronger in both areas (maybe I used a bit too much water?) I’m pleasantly surprised! Can’t touch DavidsTea’s version, but I’d definitely drink this one again :) Thanks Alphakitty!