2680 Tasting Notes
Back home with my stash so back to experimenting with teapops as opposed to making up for my lack of tea with tequila shots and beer.
Unfortunately, when I made this one, I used the last of the bottle of San Pellegrino I was drinking in the car and it had gone flat so this is like an iced tea with a hint of fizz. I also had an issue with brewing which resulted in tea leaves everywhere and stuff getting knocked out of the steeper. So, the end result is not anywhere what it could be as this is a little bit bland. I am getting mostly smokey water until the very end of the sip when the tiniest bit of honeyed cherries sneaks in. Interesting thought I will definitely need to try this again another time.
Speaking of trying things again. On Wednesday I mentioned placing a tea order. When I did, I got a confirmation number but opted to not write it down figuring that it would be sent to me, along with a receipt, via email like all the other tea orders I have made however I have heard nothing from the company since then. No emails and I keep checking my bank account to see if the transaction is posted and nothing. Plus, it was supposed to be delivered Friday and nothing showed. I tried calling the company but it was late and being from Quebec, the only English on their answering service was when they said their name. So now I’m wondering if I should wait to see if the package shows or if I should try placing the order again or maybe calling them to see what happened. Thoughts? Anyone every deal with Tea Taxi before?
We are attempting to smuggle kinder eggs into the states (shhh don’t tell) and so we have a cooler in the car with the eggs inside. Then topped with a bunch of cold brewed teas because I decided if the cooler was there, might as well use it.
This was one of the teas hanging out in the cooler and it is nice and cold and bright. The peach flavor is coming through nicely but yet again, the base is strong and thus overpowering the fruit just a bit. I’ve had this as a green tea before and an oolong (I think) and those bases certainly are better suited for this tea.
This is my teapop for the road to Michigan. It made a fun popping sound when I opened my tumbler that freaked everyone out so that was entertaining. As for the tea, it’s good, definitely better than the one I had this morning, but I think I prefer this as a plain cold brew (though it’s been a while since I had one). I’m finding this method is highlighting the rhubarb making the creamy “parfait” element more of a background note.
I ended up waking up very early this morning so I had time to brew a teapop and between the cherry, vanilla, and grenadine, I thought this would be awesome. Turns out I was wrong. It’s not bad but it is not great. I’m find the flavors, though present, are really flat. I get notes of vanilla sweetness and a cherry/grenadine mix (think maraschino cherries) is probably the most prominent flavor and yet these flavors should be bright and sweet and dessert-like but they just aren’t. It is almost as if there is flavor deterioration but since this is stored properly and purchased fairly recently that should not be the case. I will continue to explore though and hopefully find a way to coax out the flavors.
This is supposed to be peaches and cream and ginger but as an iced latte this is somehow tasting like chocolate and cream. It’s good but off from all the other times I have tried this. I’m wondering if that has more to do with flavor contamination than with the tea itself. It’s a great way to finish this off but certainly not true to the tea that I have had.
I made this as a tea pop and when I started drinking it I had a hard time wrapping my head around what it reminded me of. I was thinking anise/licorice soda and for the life of me I couldn’t place it but it seemed so familiar. Finally it clicked…this tastes exactly like ouzo. It’s honestly very strange because something that is called Spiced Apple should not taste like ouzo. Also, I am not sure why adding carbonation helped bring out this flavor because when I had it hot I got anise/licorice as well but it was less palatable than it is now. Weird, indeed.
Brewed this up as an iced latte. Since I wasn’t loving how my other iced lattes have turned out, I decided to use the same method for making teapops but instead of topping it off with perrier, I used milk. The result is better than former iced lattes but tbh I don’t think this prep method did anything for the tea itself. Same nutty chocolate taste but with milk. No change in flavor at all. It’s almost as if the two didn’t mix but rather they are co-existing beside each other.
Everyday I bring my cold brew to school, I have a friend who excitedly asks “is that a teapop?” since she has never heard of them so she is curious. Today I decided to bring a teapop to show her what it is but I took a lazy route and cold brewed it. Since cold brewing in the carbonated water directly didn’t turn out so great and I am too lazy to wake up earlier to brew tea, I decided to cold brew 4 tsps in 8 oz of water and then top off the strained tea with the perrier in the morning. That actually worked though using a plastic water bottle wasn’t the best idea since the pressure built inside (don’t worry, it didn’t explode) and the bottom bubbled so it kept rolling around the desk.
As for this as a tea pop, for one thing, it was a lovely color (think dusty rose with a bit of sparkle). Unfortunately, lovely color doesn’t mean lovely taste. I found it to be too sweet brewed this way. Granted, a tea like this is bound to be sweet but it was just too much. Something about the tea pop just emphasized the coconut which thankfully was not lotion-y but still a bit much. Luckily I have 85g of it so I can continue to experiment. I will hold off on ratings until I do so.
This weekend I am going to Detroit for a wedding. It was decided super last minute which is why my mother and I have been running around the city shopping the past two evenings. Yesterday was to replace my misplaced makeup and then today was to try and find me a dress since no one liked any I had stashed in my closet. Luckily I ended up finding one but had to drive all over the city just to get it so by the time I got home, it was already 9:45pm.
Unfortunately, I have an assignment due tomorrow (well I guess technically today at this point) that was no where near done so I quickly ate dinner, brewed this as a teapop and hopped in the shower. By the time I started working it was almost 11 and then I got super engrossed in the work that I completely forgot about the tea. Well I guess better late than never as I am drinking this now.
If I’m being honest, I was a little unsure how this would turn out but I’m actually really enjoying it. Somehow the flavor is heightened so this is creamier than usual and the carbonation helps the lime pop which is making for a lovely drink to unwind with.
I have this new trend where I take a 1L bottle of San Pellegrino to school with me as well as a cold brewed fruit tea. Then when I come home from school or while I am running errands, I make sure to drink another 500 mL bottle of water (which is then refilled and used for the daily cold brew. That covers my 2L of “water” a day and anything additional is on top of that.
Last night while setting up the cold brew, I had such a variety of flavors to choose from just from my DAVIDs spree alone. This is the one I pulled from the bag and it is one I had before but don’t really remember (which isn’t a great sign) but it sounded good. As I sipped today I get coconut in smell and as the base with punches of pineapple now and again all while the strawberry floats atop. There are notes of apple here and there but mostly they just donate a sweetness to the overall flavor. I could see this being nice as a tea pop actually so I will have to give that a try soon.
In other news, I think I have definitely overcome my tea apathy and got right back into the “MUST TRY ALL THE TEAS!!” phase. Or maybe I just miss tea packages. Nonetheless, in addition to my DAVIDs splurging last night, I have teas at Sil’s waiting for me from our joint Tealish order, the awesome 52 teas hanging out with my Dad in California and then today I ended up getting bored in class and discovering a new tea company, Tea Taxi, thanks to an instagram follower of mine (thank you deedrinkstea if you are on here!) and bought a bunch of sampler packs to try (32 new teas for $75…not bad). Oops.