479 Tasting Notes
Tried this again as my to work tea today. With a proper steep and a pinch of sugar, this was amazing! I found myself trying to drink as much of my travel mug as I could before the tea cooled to the point where I was not going to enjoy it anywmore. The flavour was definitely smooth and the coconut lent the whole cup a buttery feel. I did think it needed some sugar to round out the bottom of the flavour profile, but once it had the sugar it was amazing! Really glad I gave this one a shot!
I tried a couple of sips of this from my bf’s cup tonight. We were both blown away by the smell of the dry leaves. The crisp apple notes smelled so promising! Brewed up I am of a mixed opinion on this one. On one hand, the apple taste does really shine through and create a crisp, flavourful green tea. On the other hand, I taste apple, I taste green tea, I don’t necessarily taste pie? I am going to try this again tomorrow, but I am going to add a bit of sugar and see if that brings me some of the sweeter pie notes I was looking for.
Dear Pumpkin Chai, I get it, you really are amazing aren’t you! Spicy, hearty, it is like drinking fall in a cup! I did not add milk, just a tiny bit of sugar and a good long steep time. The resulting tea was heavy on the cloves and cinnamon, with just enough sweet to balance out the spice. I raced through my cup and can see myself drinking this often as it gets cooler out!!
Ummm… well… So this cup was not good, but it is totally not the tea’s fault, not even a little bit! I may have gotten a bit over excited about trying all my new teas tonight and, after the success story that was Chocolate Rocket, I promptly brewed up a cup of this. Unfortunately, I got sidetracked, tried to gauge the steep time on the colour of the brew (mistake, btw), and managed to pull (and trash) the bag way too early!!!! I knew I had made a major error the minute I tasted it, but the tea had promise. I think it and I are going to get along famously, once I let go of my excitement and give it a proper steep.
This tea was certainly the start of a divisive night of tea tasting in our house! I smelled the dry leaves and thought it was a little heavier on berry than I had been hoping it would be. The BF smelled it and thought it was absolutely perfect. I brewed some tea up with a brew time that was a little on the short side for a lighter flavour (mate and I have a very tenuous relationship at the best of times). First sip I was unsure, but about a third of the way in I was in love. The berry smell that had been so predominant in the dry leaves had faded back into a mere hint of tart. In its place was a woodsy, smoky, liquor with really warm flavour notes. In short, I was thrilled, the bf took a sip and demanded to know where the berry had gone…. Repeated demands that he just try it again had little effect on changing his opinion. Currently, we have reached a stalemate, the tea is categorized as “my” tea and I eagerly await the day that he sees the light and recognizes this tea for its brilliance!
The more I drink this, the more I come to love it! It was my cup to take to work this morning and it did not disappoint. The warmth from the coconut and chocolate really come out with a bit of sugar and a longer steep time really lets the flavours come out. I will be drinking this in the morning more often!
Tonight I shook things up and tried this hot. Still such a versatile tisane! Whereas the cold brew turns downright sour (though not in a bad way, I like a good tart iced tea), brewing it hot beefs up the juicy strawberry notes and really tempers the tartness of the rhubarb. As a side benefit, my tea turned a gorgeous ruby colour! Too pretty!! I tend to shy away from drinking my fruity iced teas hot, but this may have just really convinced me to give it a shot more often! (My next plan is to toss in a tiny bit of Lemon Myrtle to round out the flavour just a pinch.)
This is not my day for tea today, or maybe I should just be more realistic about returning to teas that I didn’t immediately want to drink again after I tried them the first time. It appears I rated this tea rather high. Slightly more exposure to other tea flavours has convinced me this was a mistake. I will be taking the rating down accordingly.
I can not get enthused with this tea. I hot steeped, I cold steeped, I begged it to perform for me. All I get is grassy, muddled tea flavour, none of the kiwi I feel I was promised. If this were a straight green tea adventure, I would not be so harsh on it, but this promised tons of flavours I love and just did not deliver. The boyfriend is admittedly less harsh, so maybe I can convince him to finish the tea for me?