13 Tasting Notes
The first time I brewed this tea, I was incredibly careful with temperatures, preheating, etc, and it was unlike any tea I’ve ever had. The next time, I didn’t bother as much, and it still came out good, but lacking a lot of the complexity. So this review is for the first time. You’ll want to set aside a good chunk of time to enjoy this tea properly. I think ‘scrumptious’ gets at the whole experience the best.
1st infusion (75 sec): Tasty, creamy, vanilla and malt notes, but not overpoweringly malty like many black teas can be. It reminds me a bit of sweet potato baked with marshmellows, but more savory. Incredibly smooth mouthfeel, even though it’s paradoxically a bit astringent.
2nd infusion (2 min): Slightly sweeter than the 1st, otherwise the same.
3rd infusion (3 min): Oops, may have oversteeped. This infusion is too astringent. It’s starting to get weak.
4th infusion (lost track; 3-5 min): Distinctly reminds me of gyokuro for some reason, but with mellow and savory substituted for grassy.
It’s pretty decent hot; the coconut and sencha round each other out well. But come on, this is a flavored green tea. It tastes AMAZING when iced. The flavor comes out clear, strong, smooth, and refreshing. The second iced infusion loses the sencha flavor entirely and tastes like a mild version of coconut water. Or like drinking the smell of coconut, if you could do that.
The only reason I didn’t rate this higher was that I’m not a huge fan of the grassy aftertaste of sencha. If you’re into that, you’ll absolutely love this tea.
I’ve been looking for a good rooibos since TG discontinued Rooibush Kuruman. I usually find rooibos teas too weak or too woody, so I steep this for 7 minutes. It smells like candy in the bag, but the sweetness is really very mild. Not a strong flavor but it’s very smooth and makes you feel cozy.
Not worth rebrewing, sadly.