2677 Tasting Notes
I cold brewed this for at least 15 hours overnight and the end result tastes just like a strawberry milkshake…if a bit of grass fell into the blender. The forefront of the sip is all creamy strawberry sweetness but then a vegetal flavor creeps up from beneath the dessert-y element of the drink. I’m thinking this may do better steeped for a shorter period or perhaps iced. Luckily I have more leaf to experiment with since this definitely has potential.
I got this and I don’t know why but I was worried about drinking it. Nonetheless, today I decided to make it iced to take with me when I drove to my sister’s place in Mimico. I was actually pleasantly surprised by this one. I am getting a nice top layer of passionfruit, sweet not tart, with notes of sweet mango popping up throughout and in the aftertaste. I’m detecting candied pineapple at the end of the sip while the whole flavor is sitting on a solid black tea foundation, which has body to it to make the drink feel full without imparting flavor (I hope that makes sense to people other than me). All in all, I am enjoying this tea quite a deal more than I thought. I will try experimenting in the future to see if my enjoyment is real or simply excitement over trying a new tea but for now I’m pleased.
Flavors: Mango, Passion Fruits, Pineapple
This tastes like something but I can’t recall what. Oh well. It does have a nice banana flavor with notes of chocolate and luckily the mate base is not coming through all the ice and milk. However, as it was brewing it got the strong earthy rainforest scent associated with that base so though I am enjoying this, I probably won’t restock this once I finish my sample. Damn DAVIDs new coloring system make me think I was buying rooibos tea. Nvm, the more I drink, the more earthy this gets.
One of the packages I got is just 1-2 cup sample sizes and they come in these adorable tiny tins. However, I was surprised how jam packed these tins really are seeing as I was able to make an iced tea and still have some leftover.
As for the tea, I know litchi (lychee?) is meant to be floral but I think the Jasmine is just too much for my tastes. It has a nice strawberry rose flavor at the front of the sip, similar slightly to my beloved des roses et des bonbons (though not as good as that), but then the Jasmine comes in with an almost drying floral quality that I’m just not loving. On the plus side, their green tea base seems really mellow which means no vegetalness in this cup. Hopefully that stays consistent with the other greens because I have their Strawberry Sundae green tea cold brewing and it would be a shame if the base overshadowed the amazing smelling flavors.
Since my leaf is aged and not as flavorful, I am using this tea to mellow out others. Today I had it cold brewed with DAVIDs Coco Colada. My review can be found here: http://steepster.com/rachel12610/posts/337949
This is a sweet tea so when I cold brewed it last night I decided to mellow it out with some Tea Desire’s Buddha bamboo. It actually turned out quite nicely. I’m getting candied pineapple flavor with some coconut creaminess minus the overwhelming sweetness. The freshness of this bamboo is just making the whole drink taste cleaner and more bright. Definitely a good choice to mix the two.
I had the frothed milk from my attempt at a Birthday Cake iced latte but no birthday cake tea to mix it with. So, I wanted to come up with a tea that was older and I wanted to sip down (iced lattes use a lot of leaf after all) but one that would also blend nicely with milk. I debated cinnaberry but that has hibiscus so I went with this instead.
The result is okay. Definitely not as good as the cotton candy latte I had last night (I may just make one of those for a while until I finish my excessive amount of leaf) but nice. The iced latte brings out the caramel and adds sweetness while not being too much. However, I find that this tea can have a weird taste at times and this prep method didn’t really tame that. Though, at the end of the day that’s why I want to finish this up and this helped use up leaf so mission accomplished.
My friend went to Indonesia last year and brought me a 6-pack of teas. Unfortunately they are all plain black ceylons which just isn’t my favorite. I decided I should grab one though and give it a try given this has been hanging out in my stash forever and has never been touched. Now that I am trying it, I am not liking it. This tea is brisk. Like grow-hair-on-your-chest strong. I will try one of the others but I have a feeling that these just aren’t for me :(.