2870 Tasting Notes
Made this as a teapop and for some reason it has a lot of vanilla flavor to it. I think I definitely preferred this cold brewed because that brought out more of the fruitier flavors. It is a nice tea but I am okay saying good bye to this. Still its fun to try. Thank you Sil for the share :)
So let me just start by saying this smells amazing, both as dry leaf and when brewed. Just a rich candy/fruit scent. Sipping on the “hot” (read luke warm thanks to a few dogs needing some attention :P) cup, I am impressed the scent actually comes through in flavor. Granted it is a bit more muted and there is a bit of hibby tartness but in this case I don’t mind it because I find it sells the cranberry element.
My mom is not feeling well and so this morning she handed me a recipe for soup she wanted me to make her. She then proceeded to be completely underfoot as I tried to do random tasks around the house. After yelling at her to go to bed and having my stepdad pick up the soup ingredients, I got to work.
As I made the soup, the proportions in the recipe seemed off to me so I sort of followed the recipe as a guideline and just winged it with the amounts. My soup ended up looking more like a stew but that’s fine. It means it will be all the more filling when she eats it.
While cooking, I decided to mix up some matcha milk since I was next to the milk frother anyways and had a couple minutes to kill between steps. Since I had been eyeballing everything else today, I just dumped in matcha and went on with my business. Unfortunately it seems this should have been the one thing I measured because when it came time to drink this, it just tasted like frothed milk. No matcha. No mocha. Just milk.
So when I went to check for the mail today I realized the temperature finally cooled and the sky had a dark-storm-brewing type of look which meant today was a pretty great day to use my Pumpkin Chai sample for a nice cozy latte. I dumped the whole tiny pack into the gravity steeper and away I went.
I frothed up the milk (which ended up in my mug basically being 50% tea and 50% froth) and topped it with cinnamon. Now as I sip, I find myself craving more richness. Skim milk was all I had but I could see a fuller milk helping that, plus a touch more leaf seeing as the sample was just shy of 4 perfect teaspoons.
With that said, there is a nice ribbon of caramel throughout the tea that is mixing really well with the cinnamon that was both in the tea blend and added on top. Pumpkin isn’t really coming through for me, except in the case of pumpkin spice. This doesn’t surprise me though because with the exception of one tea that I can think of, “pumpkin” in teas usually means pumpkin spice.
So the downside of samples? One shot and its done. This is one of those times where I made the sample and got all excited only to burn my tongue and now I am unable to taste the tea. I get bits here and there but I need to concentrate. I definitely am getting a great banana flavor, sort of reminiscent of a 52 Teas banana flavor, but it is muddled by the base which is a little gritty/earthy/dirty. That sounds worse than I intend it to because it really isn’t that bad but those are the best terms I have to describe this tea.
I brewed this and another tea simultaneously but got messed up and ended up steeping this a couple minutes too long and the other tea a minute shy of how long it should have been steeped for. What does that mean for this tea? That means the base is taking over. It’s a burnt nut sort of flavor which I could see being less burnt and also less heavy if it wasn’t steeped for quite so long. All in all, this cup was not such a good one but I will rate for subsequent steeps to rate it. Nonetheless, thank you Sil for the opportunity to try something new :).
My intention was to make this as a teapop except when I started measuring the leaf, I only had 2 perfect teaspoons left so I made it iced instead.
The base is stronger than usual today. There is notes of melon but mostly it is a slightly bitter green.
Nonetheless, thank you Sil for the share.