2515 Tasting Notes
I have two packages of this, but being bought over a year apart, they got separate entries, thus this actually counts as a sipdown, woo! There was a lot of dust in the bottom of the packet… and I just drank a sip of the tea and something tastes gross and rather off (not astringent, which is what I would have expected). I might just have to dump the rest of this one and start on the new packet. Bleh, that’s very disappointing, since it smelled quite good. :(
ETA: Turns out it was definitely my travel mug causing icky flavours. However, the second infusion was too “spiced” for me; too much cinnamon, so I dumped it. The new pack awaits… :D
This wasn’t my favourite tea by a fair bit, but I figured it would work reasonably well in a travel mug as a tastier-than-hot-water beverage to be consumed while watching soccer. I was right. It was actually even tastier than I remember it being last time – strangely enough, it kind of tasted like root beer to me, with the combo of the malty black and the jasmine. I enjoyed it enough that if this tea was easily available, I would consider picking up a bit more of it.
I looked at my note from last time, and it looks like overleafing and possibly oversteeping may have been issues – I think I used 8 pearls (all that was left) this time, for 16 oz., and only infused for 3 minutes. While the jasmine is unmistakeable and fairly dominant, a delicious chocolatey black also emerges from behind the floral notes, which definitely makes me wish that they sold non-jasmine black pearls, as I’ll bet these are delicious just in themselves! Boosting the rating, because this is not bad at all.
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!