1350 Tasting Notes
This actually cold brewed for two days because I forgot about it until about 5 yesterday evening and since I wanted to sleep last night, I left it for today.
It’s good! The mate didn’t take over, which has been an issue with past mate coldbrews. It’s nicely balanced and juicy and a perfect pick me up for this sleepy afternoon.
I ordered the cutest tea pet from berylleb (http://www.ebay.ca/itm/321108625852?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649) for my wife for Christmas, and it came in yesterday. Oh well, she still loves her little green tea friend. And it’s so freaking cute that I immediately ordered another for myself, requesting a blue one, since she’s taking hers to work.
Included with our new tortie friend was two packages of this tea, which is wonderful. I live for milk oolongs. They are, hands-down, my favorite, so I’m super excited to try this one.
I definitely see the peach note, and then it evolves into this wonderfully creamy mouthfeel that leaves the taste of vanilla behind. It’s very, very good. I can’t wait to try this one cold.
However, I have a tin of DavidsTea’s milk oolong, and a tin of TeaVivre’s milk oolong on the way to me (hopefully), so I can’t in any way justify buying any more of this. But if I had room for it, I would be mighty tempted.
If nothing else, as I brewed this tea up yesterday, I realized I know all of the words to “Kokomo” by The Beach Boys (or the Muppets, depending on your childhood). Hot, I did not care for this at all. But then I coldbrewed it overnight and the coldbrew is lovely and fruity and delicious. It’s juicy and definitely quenching my thirst. Delicious.
Coldbrewed this overnight to see if it was worth using one of our rewards to pick up more. But before I even put it in the fridge, I knew my answer. We had a 25 g pack, and it took most of that 25 grams to make a 24 ounce cup of tea, and I underleafed. Even free, that’s a bit rich for my blood. No, Gold Rush will forever be one of those teas I enjoy to go, but I can’t bring myself to keep it in the house, it angers me too much. It’s 11.50 for 50 grams now, so that would be 5.75 per coldbrew. Not worth it.
….but it’s so good. Sooooo good. I wish they would take the white tea out and sell this as an herbal. The other flavors overwhelm the white tea anyway, there’s no point to it except to make it bitter when oversteeped. But this coldbrew was a butterscotch dream. So I would recommend getting it as your to-go cup, but I would not recommend buying it.
I’m enjoying this more than I thought I would. It tastes like a sugar cookie with an abundance of cinnamon, which is fairly close to what a snickerdoodle is. Close, but not right on. And there’s a weird aftertaste I can’t really describe, but the flavor left on my tongue is not one I’d search out. A pleasant cup, but not one I care to repeat.