598 Tasting Notes
This one smells just like delightful caramel! There’s big rolled balls of what I think are supposed to be caramel in it, as well as popcorn. It looks awesome.
Too bad it’s kind of gross. While I didn’t quite get straight dishsoap like TastyBrew did, I got something soapy, chemical and unnatural tasting that I can’t say I like at all. I managed about three sips before the cup went down the drain. It’s in those little caramel balls. They looked so intriguing I took the slightest nibble on one. They taste like salted hot, soapy plastic. Blerg.
I would totally buy this. Please let me buy this. I never say this about hibiscus blends!
I really like this cold steeped for 8-16 hours with 1/2 tsp rock sugar for my 16 oz thermos. There is so much hibiscus in the blend that just poofs and leaves the fruit flavors when it’s steeped this way. I get both the orange and apple flavors, and the hibiscus adds an element of tart, but there’s no coppery aftertaste or anything that makes me immediately go ‘Hibiscus! Boo Hiss.’ It reminds me a lot of unsweetened fruit juice (if the fruit had hardly any natural sugars).
This is actually my first SBT, but I love the flavors that I keep seeing pop up, and I’m always looking for new things to try in the pitcher of iced tea in the fridge that Fiance and I share, so I thought this would be fun to try!
Creamy, orangey, tea-y and tasty. I don’t really know what else I can ask for, though I think maybe next time I’ll add a little sugar when it’s steeping. I think it would amp up the melted popsicle-ness here.
But after we ended up dumping out just under half of the last pitcher because neither of us cared for it, this was a nice change
There’s definitely more interest here than your standard breakfast blend. To my surprise, the Keemun is neither cocoa-y or smoky, but it does have a dry red wine kind of mouthfeel and a slightly oaky and fermented fruit flavor (which was also evocative of a rich red wine). I wasn’t necessarily blown away by the cup, but it’s very nice.
Soooo. I forgot about this one while I was steeping it. Like I acknowledged the timer, and flipped it off, and then somehow I let the tea keep steeping. So it went about 5-6 minutes.
Luckily, it’s still good. A little bit of astringency in the cup, but no bitterness. It’s far more potent with the extra time. The graeen elements to the flavor are more vegetal and artichokey and less like the sweet hay present in shorter steeps, but the honeysuckle flavor is still delightful and prominent.
Refreshing and hits the spot.
I cold steeped this overnight and while the flavor is very similar to making hot and icing, there is more juicy berry/fruit than floral this way. There is definitely still a floral component, but it’s not quite the level it was before. The green tea also comes through and adds a layer of veggie flavor in there. The almost powdery feeling at the end of the sip is also minimized, which makes this the better way to drink this tea (for me).
I think this is a perfect late afternoon tea. It’s very gentle with a strong perfume scent. There’s a lot of whimsy in how this cup feels to me. It would probably also be fun for a fine linen and bone china kind of tea party.
The floral perfumed notes come out less in the final cup (but still a dominant flavor), but leave the steeped leaf smelling strongly like potpourri in my steeper. I really like the burnt sugar/caramel elements here.
Under normal circumstances, I would make Fiance drink this because he wanted the mate sampler, but he’s so adverse to any spicing resembling chai I didn’t think I could do that to him. So I steeped the last bit of this up today.
I’ll preface the actual review here by saying I’m not always huge on mate. Especially mate that tastes like mate. The roasted mate smells like wet dirt (but in a freshly fallen rain sort of way that isn’t off putting) and has a very full coffee-like flavor with green undertones. No bitterness or smoke flavors present. The cinnamon and spices here are far more subtle than I was expecting; it’s almost mellow and I found myself actually wanting a bit more. It’s a very warming and winter-like cup, though. The citrus just barely comes though, but adds a little bit of a bright counterpoint to the roastiness of the mate. I did eventually end up adding milk (skim was all that was floating around) anyway, because it was too coffee-like for me to drink it black, and enjoyed it more that way.
I kept the parameters on this one the same but used a different steeper today. It definitely (and unexpectedly) tasted more balanced and the ginger was less overwhelming. A bit creamier too. I’m not sure if it was just the spoonful I happened to get or the steeper, but I’m upping the score a couple points because I appreciated it a little more.