180 Tasting Notes
I unfortunately made the mistake of putting honey in this tea without tasting it plain first. Lesson learned: honey in black tea does not suit my taste. I will not be rating this tea at this time, nor will I describe the taste. I do, however, love the strong citrus smell of the dry leaves, a good combination of lemon and lime overtones with an orange undertone. The lemongrass adds a very nice touch. While each scent is strong in their own right, none is overpowering.
My first SBT. Hot brewed, poured over ice. It smells like strawberries and cream. First sip, I tasted strawberry with a hint of creamy chocolate which meshed pretty good with the black base. I then sweetened it with vanilla sugar and that made the Neapolitan Ice Cream pop. Very good iced tea, indeed. Leaving it overnight and will update tomorrow.
Update: Update from last night’s brewing. After letting it sit overnight in the refrigerator, the smell has further developed and has taken on the definite notes of Neapolitan Ice Cream. It retained it’s dark amber color reminiscent of a dark wild honey. Unsweetened, it has lost much of the strawberry leaving a more balanced and pleasing taste though the vanilla is there, it continues to remain elusive and difficult to taste. Sweetened with vanilla sugar, the tea blends nicely and draws the vanilla out from the shadows creating a richer and creamier drink. The flavor continues to play on your tongue long after your final sip. This is a tea I will be ordering again.
Another sip down of the day. The dry leaves smells like cocktail lime juice. Prepared using 1tsp per 6 oz in 175F water for 1.5 mins brought about a medium brown liquid with a green and orange tinge. Brewed, the lime smell still stands out. The greens on this tea melds well together. Without sweetener, the lime taste lingers. After adding a little bit of rock sugar, the lime became a bit milder, and it added a small hint of orange to the mix. I will have to try this iced next time.
Good when resteeped. Lime a tad bit milder, but the greens are still very good.
Second tea of the day. My first genmaicha experience. I actually enjoyed the taste of rice in tea. Probably because I love rice and I grew up eating rice with everything. It does have a slight ‘burnt’ or toasted rice taste which I actually love, but hubby is not crazy about it. Toasted rice, buttery popcorn, nutty and chocolatey. This drink definitely made me want to explore genmaicha more.
First sipdown of the day. I didn’t taste much of the chocolate on this brew but the mint was just right. Will try to add more leaves next time or increase the brewing time. No additions on this one either. Will try milk and a little bit of sweetener. I don’t think this will be good for re-steep since it has chocolate nibs that melts on the first steep. Will still try to re-steep to see what I get.