1112 Tasting Notes
So around 3 pm yesterday, I put a big batch of this in the fridge to cold brew. When I told my wife, her immediate response was “WILL IT BE READY WHEN I GET HOME??”
She gets home at 6 >.<
I strained out the tea this morning before we headed out to see my bestie back in Etobicoke. I poured a thermos for me to take on the road, a glass for my wife to enjoy right then, and a bottle for my bestie…and then it was all gone, ha!!
When my bestie tried it, her eyes went wide. “THIS IS SO GOOD! You always have the best tea…” Heeeee! Made me so happy, I love sharing tea with people. This is definitely on the repurchase list, and I promised I’d get some for her too. Heck, my wife was excited about the cold brew, and she doesn’t like cold tea. All in all, this tea is just a huge win.
This tea is like a summer picnic in a cup. The fresh veggies, the juicy peach, and of course, tea. I remember when we had a garden in the backyard, Mom would send us out to pick peas and beans and corn…not to mention the sweet fruits as well. Though I’m more familiar with strawberries and blueberries, peach was a perfect pick for this tea. I’m dying to make some pulled pork and have a southern barbeque with this tea.
This tea inspires me and takes me home.
The smell coming from this package is just heavenly. Just a few nights ago, I made cornbread and told my wife I wish we had some molasses. It was her first time having cornbread….how do you Yankees survive without cornbread?
The scent brewed up is the gorgeous molasses with apple and just a hint of mustiness.
The flavor is very dusty and musty at first, but then mellows into a yummy baked apple. It’s very yummy. It’s a dark sweetness and it does remind me of molasses.
It’s delicious, but if the mustiness is through the whole bag, it’s not something I’d restock.
Full disclosure: We asked to sample this one simply because it is named Toronto Nights and we live in Toronto. So again, no rating because this isn’t a tea I’d reach for normally.
But, as has become the usual for RiverTeas, I am pleasantly surprised! It’s a creamy, nutty orange almond flavor. I’m not entirely sure I’d order again, but it’s certainly going to be a pleasure to finish off the rest of the sample. Which was rather large, by the way. There’s more than enough for both my wife and I to make a cup, and then for me to cold-steep in my mason jar.
The scent of the dry leaf for this tea is the juiciest pineapple you could ever imagine. Like you just cut in to a fresh pineapple and can’t wait to eat it. Lordy, the scent alone is amazing.
Brewed, the scent carries over, which is killing me. I don’t drink my teas super hot, I usually wait until they’re on the edge of lukewarm, but I might risk burning my mouth on this one.
Oddly enough, I wasn’t that interested in this tea, it’s one my wife picked out to sample. Ginger and lemon usually aren’t my bag, nor are greens, but I’ll be damned if this one isn’t calling my name. If the taste lives up to the scent, this would make a gorgeous sangria in the summer.
Okay! Okay, so this is good. Not as juicy as the scent, but that would be just about impossible. It’s still juicy as hell, but the ginger and lemongrass round out the sip a little. The pineapple is definitely present, but it’s playing well with the others in this jungle. This is definitely a hit for me and I think my wife will like it even more than I do.