1449 Tasting Notes
This is truly one of my favorite teas, even more so when chilled. This is the other pitcher of tea I made for the inlaw invasion, but it wasn’t cool in time. Still, by the end of the night, it had cooled enough for me to have a cup and it was delicious. The vanilla and oolong wrap around each other so beautifully. This is the tea that made me go “Oh…that’s what people mean when they say oolongs are buttery.” I want to drink this one for days. I also love watching this one steep, I’m very grateful I set a timer or else I would have been completely distracted by the leaves and let it oversteep.
When we’re coming back from our trip to Tennessee, we’re stopping overnight in New York to visit my brother, and I am bringing him a ton of tea and a perfect mug XD. I’m bringing a pouch of this. He’s tried one oolong and said it tasted like feet, so I’m going to brew some of this up and see how he feels about it. If he likes it, he gets to keep the pouch. If he doesn’t, it is so coming back home with me! Hot or cold, this is a favorite of mine.
Around noon yesterday I realized my inlaws were coming over for dinner, and all I had to drink was a lone beer, orange juice, and root beer tea that we didn’t like that had been sitting in the fridge for a week.
So I set to making tea! I made this one first, because my mother in law loves berries. I got a 10g sample in store a little bit ago and have only had 1 cup of hot out of it, so I used the rest of the package and steeped the leaves twice to get a full pitcher. I’d rather use less leaf and do multiple steepings. I’ve also gotten into the habit of not using an infuser for my pots-of-tea-to-be-iced, as I pour them out anyway into another vessel. I just strain as I pour.
This one managed to be cold by five with the help of a few hours in the fridge and the ice tube insert in the middle of the pitcher. We went through about a liter of the stuff! It was light and refreshing, just what we needed after heavy Chinese takeout. Still, I have many other whites I like a lot more, I’m not sure I’ll be replacing this one. Probably not as long as I have Strawberry Rhubarb on my shelf.
I am on my third cup of this today…nom nom nom. I think I only have another 1-2 in the pitcher, and I’m suddenly very sad that I didn’t resteep the leaves, as I used up the last of them in this batch. This started off as something to just get a bag out of my cupboard, but has turned into a must-buy restock! Yum yum yum.