2221 Tasting Notes
Took a cold-brew of this to the boy’s house yesterday. Tried to sweeten a bit of it for him to see if he’d like it, but definitely didn’t put enough honey in…. ah well. He said it wasn’t terrible or anything, he just still preferred juice. At least he tried it!
However, I am sad to say that I gave in yesterday and took a box of Nestea crystals home with me from his house, so he can have iced tea with his meals here (since he only likes 2% milk and I buy 1%, and I keep buying juices with coconut in them by accident (he hates coconut)… such a terrible girlfriend.). I still hope to attempt iced tea with La La Lemon…
Tried this as a hot/cold-brew. I think I like it better this way… the flavours are a bit richer and seeming to mesh together a bit more. So in the future, I think I’ll give this tea that bit of hot water prior to the cold-infusion. (Also, it helps to melt the little candies… not that I’m particularly fond of them in the first place, though.)
Sipdown! 846. Thanks to momo for letting me try this one :)
I brewed this up pretty strong – I can’t recall the proportions, but I’ve leaned towards using 2 tsp/8 oz. with rooibos lately, so did at least that (possibly 2.5 tsp for 10oz? I don’t remember). Anyhow, this is creamy and chocolatey – one of the better chocolatey rooibos’ I’ve had, I think! Pretty tasty, and fits nicely into a caffeine-free evening (if that is desired).
ETA: No sour flavour here as I noted previously. I’d chalk that up to flavour contamination :)
Sipdown! 847. This note is for the original blend of this tea, not the re-blend, just for clarification.
Sweetened a bit, I think this would make a great iced tea – there’s definitely cola flavour, and although I’m not getting much cherry, I suspect age might be the culprit. A 2-min infusion kept away any astringency though, so it’s quite nice regardless, with a lovely cola-y aftertaste. Can’t wait to get some of the new batch!
Sipdown! 849. Thank you for passing along some of this one, momo.
Ok, so I definitely just got distracted and oversteeped this tea… by a lot. I mean, A LOT. Like, a whole nine minutes and fifteen seconds. That should kill a sencha. In fact, that would kill most teas. Somehow, though, this tea miraculously isn’t astringent?! That said, it’s not great either. I’m not getting any honeydew (but didn’t have any fruit chunks to begin with), and although I’m getting some lemon, it’s fairly mild, though definitely present. I suspect age is a big factor here, though if age helped my epic oversteep not kill this tea, I’ll take it. There’s some beany green tea flavour poking out here… it’s ok, but could be more prominent.
I had higher hopes for this blend since I quite like melon, but it seems that this tea won’t deliver (but then again, user error is probably pretty high here as well!). Maybe I’ll try again someday with a fresher batch of tea.
So I brewed up two last cups of this, side-by-side, to compare straight cold-brewing to hot/cold-brewing. It’s really hard to note much of a difference, except that when teas are hot-brewed, the leaves sink, and when they’re cold-brewed, they float. Water penetration, I guess.
Anyhow, I actually wasn’t a big fan of this one cold. There was too much astringency for me; I should have just had them hot. Ah well. Live and learn! I think for dark oolongs, a hot brew followed by chilling in the fridge without the leaves in the cup might be the best bet. Of course, that require more effort, but for anything with astringency, I think it’s the only reasonable option. (Which, of course, is why I like cold-brewing whites, herbals, and now rooibos. Even greens usually end up too astringent for me.)
But yes. This one’s all gone now, and I’m officially at 850 teas. It’s kind of late, so maybe I can get one or two done tonight, or at least throw the last of something in the fridge for tomorrow… (I really should just go to sleep… I’m at 33 hours of awake with only a short ~3hr nap. I should be a lot more tired than I seemingly am.)
Hot steep/cold-brew for this one too. I’m not sure which method I prefer (straight cold-brewing or hot/cold), but this cup is better than the last one I had (which was just cold-brewed), so perhaps I’ll stick with the brief hot infusion method, at least for real teas.
Anyhow, this is creamy and loaded with cardamom. Sadly, I’m not picking up peach, but at least I really do love the spice blend here. I apparently quite like cardamom-heavy chais. I bet if I mixed in a bit of milk and honey, this would be mind-blowing, but it’s pretty good as is, so why would I add extra calories to it?
(Yeah, I’m totally trying to talk myself out of adding milk/honey at this point… heh…)