2195 Tasting Notes
I brewed up a bunch of this one to chill in the fridge, and did a second infusion with the leftover leaves to drink now. This is a surprisingly tasty tea – the lemon flavour is very lemon candy, not lemon peel or lemon verbena or lemongrass, and the black base is fairly typical of DT, decent and not particularly astringent. Quite refreshing! I’m excited to try it iced.
ETA: Yum!!! This one is super delicious iced and sweetened. It tastes very much to me like Nestea lemon iced tea. I sweetened it with maple syrup as that’s all that I had at the time, and the boy thought it tasted funny and didn’t like it (I’m trying to find something that he will like… sigh). I think I’ll ice the rest as well and sweeten it with sugar instead… see if he’ll drink that!
ETA: This tea has some serious longevity! Second re-steep, in about 4 oz. water (so 1/4 strength) was quite delicious. I think I’ll try for a fourth infusion. Really hoping I remember to make some up this up (with sugar) for the boy tomorrow…
Wow… yeah, this one’s definitely as delicious as I was remembering. When I make it to DT to pick up the summer collection, I admittedly will probably indulge in a 25g purchase of this one if it’s available. I am dying to try it iced or as a latte, not that it isn’t absolutely delicious warm and without additions. The ginger is a touch more prominent this time, but it still creamy, lemony, coconutty goodness. Definitely one of the best and most unique teas DT has released in recent months.
Oh man. When steeped right, this is just delicious. It’s a touch more astringent than I would like… I should go for 1.5 minutes, but the irish cream flavour is sooooo good. I was intending to add milk and sweeten this, but opted to have a sip straight first, and I’m glad I did, if only to remind myself how tasty it is. There’s enough astringency for me to still add both, though (and I remember it tasting divine when doctored up). This will definitely be on the re-purchase list in the future.
Whoops, missed logging this from a few days ago. I brewed it extra-strong hot, diluted it with cold water, and chilled it. It tasted kind of gross lukewarm, but once it was cold, it was great! Could have stood to be a bit stronger, though. It looks like this is another to add to the summer cold-brew pile, which is completely fine given that I’m capable of gulping down quite a lot of cold tea when it’s available. I’ve actually even been finding myself selecting cold tea over juice (aside from breakfast OJ), as the sweetness is a bit much for me. (Of course, then I went and bought 4 2L cartons of refrigerated juice because it was on sale…)
Sipdown! 788. You know, this is more pleasant on its own that mixed in with other ingredients (although that said, it does work well in some blends). It’s lemony and a bit grassy (not vegetal). I’m curious how it might work cold and sweetened, as a pseudo-lemonade. Perhaps something to try in the future. (I’m now craving cold Coco-Lemon Thai. Must locate and drink tomorrow.)
Thanks for letting me sample this one, Indigobloom!
ETA: I cold-brewed the used leaves for probably about 36 hours, and the result was fairly flavourful. I do prefer lemon juice to things like lemon peel, lemon verbena, lemon grass, etc., so it was only ok for me. I didn’t bother sweetening it, but perhaps would have liked it better had I done so. Quite refreshing, however.
Tea #2, and another sipdown – 789! I wonder if I can reach 775 before the end of the long weekend?
Anyhow, this tea is obviously also hibiscus-heavy. However, it is a bit less hibiscusy than Raspberry Blackcurrant, and I can pick out the flavouring a bit more. That said, the flavouring is coming off to me as kind of artificial, so I’m not entirely certain whether I prefer it to a hibiscus overdose. Ah well. Always fun trying new teas even if they don’t work out! :D
So at my sister’s wedding reception, there was a chest with a bunch of individually wrapped Higgins & Burke teabags. I tried one, an Apple Cinnamon herbal tea (if I haven’t logged it, I will do so shortly) – it was kind of icky. I didn’t want to drink 15 cups of tea, so I squirrelled away two teabags to take home – this one, and a different herbal.
So, I think I perhaps should have looked at the ingredient list before nabbing this tea… does’t sound all that appealing, honestly. Hibiscus, chicory, lemongrass, licorice root… none of which exactly fall into a category of my favourite flavours.
Unfortunately, this is a definite miss. Even with a short infusion of somewhere between 2-3 minutes, hibiscus is dominant in the cup, which was obvious by the colour even before I tasted it. It’s fairly sour, and although I can almost taste raspberry, it’s not quite there. Raspberries are not that tart. I would know; I grew up with bushes of them in my backyard. Perhaps this would be ok with sweetener, but to me, it’s too much like Tazo Passion, which I find rather unappealing now.
Even brewed for 2 minutes, this tea is sadly still astringent. A tasty candy-strawberry flavour, but way too much astringency, and since I’m very aware that astringency is entirely unnecessary, I’m not particularly tolerant of it. I think this tea could be pretty tasty with a better base, but unless that happens, I probably wouldn’t pick it up again. Perhaps I’ll add some milk and syrup to this cup; I can see it being pretty tasty if I can mask that astringency, but it’s a little difficult to drink otherwise.
ETA: I do like the second infusion of this one. There’s some flavour in it that I really like… I just so wish there wasn’t astringency!