2273 Tasting Notes
Mini-sipdown! 845. This one’s from Sil – I had two separate entries for it, since I received it on two different occasions, but now the one baggie is gone :D
Anyhow, not really anything new to report. It’s a milk oolong, and it’s tasty. Perhaps not my favourite, but I’m happy enough to drink it anyhow!
Travel-mugged… it was tasty in spite of its age (pretty sure I have the 2011 autumn harvest). I have a lot of greens and such to finish, so I’m glad that as long as I’m careful (by adding some cool water prior to putting the tea in the mug, and by drinking them fairly quickly), they’re ok to drink this way. Sure, I miss some nuances, but I imagine that said nuances are probably long gone by this time. The point is that I enjoy drinking the tea, IMO.
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.)