3620 Tasting Notes
I think it’s been years since I’ve had a point where I’ve been out of this tea? It’s always just been a cupboard staple of mine: even back when I first got into tea! Like, first first! Oh well; I’m sure I’ll buy it again…
Of course I’m finishing this as a cold brew: the strong tangerine and grapefruit notes are so intense that I can smell them from the mason jar across the kitchen. Yummy! I really, really have been in a citrus mood this week, haven’t I? Anyway, this is kind of like the perfect “twist” on a lemonade style drink for the summer. You know, that kind of sweet, tangy tartness? I think I’m gonna pop the last half back in the fridge and drink it later on the balcony…
So today for breakfast/lunch I made a Tomato Alfredo recipe that I’ve done like a billion times. I wanted to switch things up a little bit though, so I pulled out all my matcha and looked for something I could easily mix into the sauce.
I picked this ‘cause it’s probably the most savory/umami match I’ve currently got other than pistachio or just plain, unflavoured matcha. I have to say, it turned the normally quite beautiful pasta sauce into this very gross poop brown colour. Very not appealing…
The flavour was nice though; still a very strong, creamy tomato note like is normally present with this particular sauce. I mean, it’s essentially a rose sauce. The matcha was definitely noticeable though: this is a creamy sauce but it doesn’t usually taste buttery, per say. This time I definitely got that creamy, buttery note from the matcha. It also kinda of softened some of the ‘tang’ from the tomato. So, it was vegetal and rich and creamy with a buttery finish but not as “sharp” as it normally is. Richness without brightness, if that makes sense? It was better tasting than it sounds.
If I’m being perfectly honest, I bought this tisane solely because it’s supposed to brew up purple. Not “Hibiscus” purple, mind you, but honest to goodness purple purple. When it showed up today, I did crack the bag open out of curiosity though; while I was totally suckered in by aesthetics, you have to admit that taste is still probably the most important factor…
The smell of the dry leaf is incredibly powerful and pretty darn unique; it’s like a blast of your grandma’s garden: very fresh and aromatic. However, the only part of good ol’ nana’s garden you’re smelling is the patch where she’s growing all her own spices, and then maybe the roses in their planters across the lawn since the breeze is carrying their scent over your way too. It’s very particular, and very unique.
As far as the brewing process goes, I was totally skeptical but as soon as the water hit my tea (I of course used a clear, glass mug) it started to infuse a kind of grayish blue which then gradually became a deep, sultry sort of blue/purple. Very brilliant and touching on “royal” in hue while still having that darkness that screams “It’s not a phase, mom!”. It’s a little hard to explain and holy fuck do I wish I’d had my phone with me and charged because it may just be the most beautiful infused liquor I’ve ever seen. Actually; no, it IS the most beautiful steeped liquor I’ve ever seen. Honestly, it’s incredibly stunning!
But of course I still wondered about the taste: would it taste like dear sweet Gammie was shoving her summer bumper crop of spices up in my gullet? Actually; given the intensity of the aroma I found this was pretty soft all things considered. You absolutely get a clear taste of the basil in the blend meaning this is definitely a more herbaceous/savory profile. However, that said, I also get some sweetness that reminds me of fennel or anise and there’s the soft, rose/floral undertone as well that cuts in and keeps this from literally being a mug of brewed up spices. At moments I also felt like I was getting the refreshing feeling of peppermint as well, though that’s maybe a bit of a stretch. Still it’s nice, it’s layered and it feels very romantic and poetic to be drinking it. Like I’m in my ivory tower waiting for Prince or Princess Charming to come and sweep me away.
I mean, the fact I was drinking it at near midnight on my balcony while listening to the drizzle and pitter patter of rain probably doesn’t do a whole lot to hinder that imaginative imagery but I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that this is just a really enchanting and unique tisane overall.
Didn’t get nearly as much tea in today as I was hoping for, but there’s always tomorrow…
Honestly; I’m feeling really fucking “meh” about this one. I want to like it, but the pairing of peppermint and that super sugary licorice note doesn’t sit right with me. It’s far, far too sweet. Kind of happy this is a sipdown, honestly. Although I will admit that the sachets this came in were hella convenient.
Personally, I wouldn’t have chosen this to cold brew but when we finished off the pitcher of Lemon Pound Cake I told my roomie he could pick any of the new teas that came in to brew a new pitcher of – this was his choice. I have to say that I do get why he picked this one: the aroma of the strawberry in the back is really intense and effervescent.
The cold brew, now that’s it’s brewed and strained, tastes fine. Fine isn’t bad; but it’s not really great either. The big “problem”, so to say, is that the brown rice in the blend doesn’t taste great cold: it’s a strong flavour and it’s a little weird to be drinking it cold. On the flip side; the berry notes are so flipping tasty! The strawberry in particular comes through a lot and it’s very juicy and ripe tasting. That element of the tea definitely makes sense to be drinking cold but there’s just too much disconnect to be drinking it paired with such a toasty/roasty element.
I definitely think I’m going to enjoy this a lot when I brew it hot though: all the flavours should come together in a way that works really well, just like I’m craving. I look forward to putting that to the test! No rating for now.
So my teas from Liquid Proust and Camellia Sinensis arrived! I have so much tea to get to that I can’t really dig into all of the new goodies; so I just picked on or two things from each order to get excited about and try…
I fucking ADORE watermelon teas, especially in the summer time, so I was hella pumped to try this. The aroma of the dry leaf is really nice, too – you can definitely smell the watermelon (although it is light) and the buttery, floral freshness of the oolong. LP recommends steeping it cold, and that’s one thing I do really well and often so I of course complied. No arm twisting necessary.
This brews up really delicate, but that’s far from a bad thing. The first thing I notice when I’m drinking it is the very fragile taste of watermelon; pulpy, all natural “perfect for picnics in the summer” watermelon! The way this comes across is so authentic and genuine to fresh watermelon that I’d probably be sold on this tea already just from that aspect of it. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve tasted realistic watermelon this good since Butiki.
After that soft wave of summery watermelon, you get to experience the Baozhong. From talking to LP I understand that this one is particularly finnicky; but that’s part of why cold brewing is so nice – generally speaking you don’t need to worry about that kind of thing. The base is really nice though; it, too, is rather delicate and soft but the fragile floral notes and faint fruity sweetness are perfect companions to that little bit of a buttery finish I’m experiencing as I drink the tea.
It really, truly, does remind me of summer picnics in the park. Well done, Liquid Proust. You’ve sold me on another blend…
I know I said that I thought this would be best served hot, but something about the hot mug I made last night didn’t sit well with me. I think it was the apple? It was just sort of tart which was a little funky next to the roasty profile of the houjicha and the warming ginger flavour. If I ever cross pathes with this again I think I need to go back to drinking it cold…
Flavors: Apple, Ginger, Nutty, Roasted, Tart
Thank you Scheherazade for the sample!
I wasn’t sure how well blueberry would work with the toastyness of genmaicha, if I’m being honest. However I was pleasantly surprised by this one. It was kind of like your typical genmaicha: strong roasty notes and a lighter dose of the marine green tea base. It’s a flavour combo I like a lot. The difference, of course, is the blueberry. For the most part it’s just this sort of consistently present sweetness that’s more than is usually present in a genmaicha. There are blueberry notes that are actually distinctly blueberry, but they’re pretty subtle. Mostly I taste them in the aftertaste or end of the sip when the roastiness is subsiding.
I like that the flavour is kind of soft and gentle though; Genmaicha is kind of one of those ideal night time teas for me. I don’t have to worry about the caffeine; I have a pretty high tolerance. S gentle flavours are perfect for that time of day and sort of calming down.
Flavors: Blueberry, Marine, Roasted, Roasted Barley, Sweet
Started my day off yesterday with a big mug of this!
I had yesterday off, and then I have today and tomorrow as well following a tiring six day stretch over the long weekend. Let me tell you guys, retail over the long weekend is not a fun experience nor one I’d wish upon even my worst enemies. I’m taking thee days to drink lots, and lots of tea though!
This mug was pretty much the same deliciousness I’ve come to know, love and expect from this tea: floral components from the base such as these really delicate orchid notes and then the richness of toasted rice as well as that glutinous, starchy and delicious flavour of sticky rice! It makes me sad how quickly I’ve burned through this tea; a restock is definitely in order soon! But as sad as I feel knowing there’s not lots left I also know that’s because I’ve had many great cups.
Instant pick me up tea!