2606 Tasting Notes
Sigh. Sadly, Indigobloom, you were kind of right about this one. It’s pretty tart initially, and after swallowing, the aftertaste is pretty perfumily floral. Not as bad as rose teas though (ick!!!!) So although drinkable, it’s definitely not a tea I’d pick up again. Especially after Fruity Ginger…..
(Cold-brewed 7g of the tisane in 2 cups of water overnight.)
Time for another cold-steeping experiment with the last two new teas I picked up from Teaopia. I bought this one purely based on reviews – I haven’t had the best experiences with ginger in tea, so was wary, but I think it cost under $4 for 50g (or around there), so I figured it was worth a shot! Besides, I needed to hit $50 for free shipping :)
Surprisingly, this cold-brew actually has an aroma (most don’t, probably because they’re cold and the molecules aren’t moving around as much…?). Light, fresh ginger with a touch of fruity sweetness. I’m thrilled to see that the liquor is a pale yellowish colour, so it looks like there’s no hibiscus, which may be the factor that ruined other teas (Rishi’s Tangerine Ginger, DavidsTea’s Strawberry Ginger) for me.
Oh man. We have a winner!! This is fabulous! The perfect amount of ginger mixed with with a nondescript fruitness, and lots of sweetness. No bitterness. No strange flavours. This could actually stand to be diluted – I had used something like 6g in one cup, which is way overkill; could probably dilute it with at least another half cup of water and still have it taste quite good (I’m too lazy to do that now though, and it’s quite delicious as it is).
Now, I don’t know whether this is because I have been craving green oolong like mad all day or what, but I would love to pair this with an oolong to have that lingering flavour in my mouth combined with the delicious gingery fruitiness. I don’t have enough to try that tonight (lies, I just want to drink it all now!), but I should at some point. There’s a lingering almost creamy gingery flavour with this one, perhaps that’s also contributing to this idea.
I am so glad I tried this!!! Thank you Indigobloom and EarthenChild for your accurate and convincing reviews!
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.