2352 Tasting Notes
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.
Actually followed the instructions this time! Go me! Well… mostly. I put the tea in my 8oz. steeper before reading the instructions, and used 1 tbsp of tea instead of 1 tsp. But that’s ok; I like my tea with lots of flavour.
Anyhow! Here’s my review of the series of steepings. I should note that the colour of the liquid transitions from a bright greenish yellow to a dark golden yellow by the end. Apologies for the long review; I’m trying to work at properly reviewing the straight teas I drink.
First steep 85C/25s
WOAH! This is a new flavour! I can definitely taste the sharp vegetal almost like freshly boiled peas flavour, but there is a sweetness I’ve never tasted before. Like honey. WOW. So there is something to be said for following a company’s guidelines! This is incredibly enjoyable. I’m reminded, strangely, of the time when I tried to make a sweet asparagus dish where I pretty much stir fried asparagus with soy sauce, garlic, and brown sugar until it was pretty much caramelized. There’s a similar flavour in the two. Yum. This is good.
Second steep 86C/27s
This one tastes more like the tea I’m used to, with mostly just the vegetal flavour. It’s good; a bit mouth drying, but definitely delicious. There’s maybe a bit of honey flavour, but nothing like the richness from the first sip that blew me away.
Third steep 87C/30s
This sip takes the tea into a more average range, for me. There isn’t as much flavour, and the vegetal flavour is mostly gone. Nothing wrong with it, but it’s just dry and boring, especially after the first two. I’m a bit disappointed – I was hoping the delicious flavours from the first two sips would continue at least one cup further! I think it was perhaps after this steeping that the leaves started to lose their boiled veggie smell and developed something a bit funky. We’ll see if that carries over into the flavour.
Fourth steep 88C/35s
Darn, same deal with this cup, but even less flavour.
Fifth steep 90C/45s
Looks like this is a 3-steep tea for me. Not really all that disappointed, since it’s hard to drink 5 cups of tea in a night anyways!
I am absolutely blown away by the first cup though. That intense, rich honey flavour was so unexpected and delightful! Upping the rating even more :D
Another tea that my memory tells me I wasn’t fond of the first time I tried it, although I did pick up an additional 10g when I heard it would only be available online, just so I could give it a fair shot.
I find it interesting that people are getting an “outhouse” smell to this tea. I’ll admit, the dry tea does smell a bit off, but I don’t really think it’s that bad. I think it must be an odd ingredient combination – I don’t recall Forbidden Fruit (with figs) having quite the same odd aroma, some perhaps it’s the burdock root? Anyhow, it doesn’t smell weird enough to turn me off. Peppermint teas, on the other hand…
Steeped, I’m no longer getting any off-putting smells. It smells sweet-ish and a rich sort of fruity. I wouldn’t have pegged it as fig had I not known the tea ingredients.
It tastes rich and a bit sweet and fruity, with a bit of a woody astringency in the finish which is not really to my liking. I can tell that there are some more complex flavours going on here, but I’m not good enough at this yet to be able to pick them out. I have to say that I actually like the smell of the steeped tea better than the flavour – if I tasted a bit more sweetness and fruitiness without the astringency I think I might like this, but still not enough to pick it up again.
ETA: Taking a quick look at the ingredients, I see orange peel and cinnamon. Another sip confirms that I’m tasting a hint (but barely) of orange peel, but I’m really not getting any cinnamon whatsoever. Perhaps it’s because I just drank the cinnamon-laden Forever Nuts, but I doubt it… Anyways, the next cup of this I have will be from my new 10g sample bag instead of from an online-purchase sample pack that I first opened in late December and probably improperly stored until now, so maybe I’ll pick up on some more flavour then.
The first time my roommate and I tasted this, we HATED it. I think she actually poured her cup out, while I felt forced to sweeten mine to make it palatable to drink. All I remember is that we thought it tasted like dry nuts with no redeeming qualities.
But, since there’s still some left (and I received a sample in my last online order), I get the chance to give it a second shot!
The dry tea smells like dry almonds. That’s the only smell I’m getting from it, despite the other ingredients. It doesn’t smell objectionable, but not terribly interesting either.
Steeped, I am still mostly smelling dry nuts, just in a weaker form. Hmm, this seems like it may turn out the same as last time. There’s a bit of a sweetness overtone that counteracts the dry aroma a bit.
Drinking it, I can taste the nuts, and I think I’m getting a hint of chocolatey flavour and sweetness from the cocoa nibs. I’m not sure if there was a goji berry in my teaball, but I’m not tasting anything that leads me to believe there was one in there. I’m also not tasting any licorice whatsoever (fine by me!) nor the white tea, even though there was some present. Perhaps I should have steeped this longer? I’m also feeling like it’s rather weak.
Either way, I don’t think this is a tea for me. I’m not sure why we were so put off by it the first time, but it’s not terrible, it’s just nothing special. If I want a nutty tea, Mulberry Magic is the winner for me.
ETA: After a bit of thought, I am wondering why this tea wasn’t called Forever Nuts instead of the nutty cider that Forever Nuts actually is? Secret Weapon is far nuttier…
ETA again: Second steep for who knows how long results in a similarly nutty brew. Really nothing special. And I checked – there were two goji berries in the tea ball. Not much anticipation for future steepings.