3620 Tasting Notes
I must have been in a strong citrus mindset this week; this was the third or fourth citrus flavoured tea I brewed up throughout the week. This one had a strong presence of currants though that kind of overtook the orange notes a little; not that both weren’t present but that was definitely the foremost flavour. I also tasted a light dusting of a cinnamon type flavour, and the woodyness of the rooibos base just a little in the background.
I like that this is a tea which seems appropriate to drink year round, though! Orange is such a versatile flavour that way.
Finishing this off as a cold brew; made a whole pitcher to share with the roomies and myself. Cathryn was impartial to it; didn’t like the lemon a whole lot. Trey fucking loved it though; said it literally taste like lemon shortbread. To be honest, he drank most of the pitcher.
Personally, I didn’t love or hate this. I definitely thought it was a step up from the iced version I got in stores; like I noted with the hot version I tried a few days ago this didn’t have that weird lemon pledge/rind kind of flavour that made me feel nauseous. However, it was a step down from the hot version: some of that “oomph” from the buttery/cookie flavour I got with the hot version wasn’t so present with this version. So that was a little disappointing.
So in conclusion: after trying this three different ways I definitely think that hot preparation is the best. Still, all in all, I don’t know how much I like this tea on the whole. It’s got good notes, but it has bad notes too. Probably not worth pursuing now that DT isn’t carrying it anymore and there are better teas out there to begin with.
Cold Brew Sipdown (140)!
Wow, my cupboard is feeling hella full right now! I have to work on these sipdowns! It certainly doesn’t help that I just had a great tea mail day: orders from Liquid Proust AND Camellia Sinensis. I should definitely be good for the summer, now.
This cold brew was quite smooth with pretty even parts orange and muscatel grapey notes. It wasn’t quite as sweet as the gong fu session; I think the brew time drew out some of that characteristic darjeeling astringency/mild bitterness. But even still, this was gone in minutes: I couldn’t stop drinking it!
Really, really loved playing around with this one.
This is a queued tasting note.
Drank this on the way to work last week; I’ve had really bad tension headaches off and on all throughout the week and it’s honestly driving me absolutely crazy – what’s causing them!? Why the fuck wont they go away!? I just need a break from the pain…
So, drinking lots of stuff with peppermint ‘cause it’s good for headaches and is giving me that brief moment of clarity and peace. The mint in this was really nice for that; although the grapefruit was actually the strongest flavour. I still think this is a fucking spectacular tea; I love the trio of flavours this tea has. It was perfect for that moment of zen I needed on the bus ride to work.
Lots of cinnamon notes. Really, it boiled down to this being a cinnamon and guayusa tea with a lighter presence of apple rather than the reverse. Still mightily enjoyable, though not in the way I was anticipating. This tea has become rather funny as its aged; though still pretty good all things considered.
When I was at my Dad’s last week I took some time to raid his tea cupboard, which is essentially just samples of various things I’ve left behind during visits as well as things I’ve gifted to him or my step mom. Low and behold, deep in the back, I found a sample bag with enough of this in it to do a cold brew.
Now, keep in mind that this tea is very old. That said, the cold brew was still pretty nice. The sweet, juicy and tart passion fruit flavour certainly wasn’t as impactful as I’ve experienced in the past because it’s died a lot with the age but it was still incredibly enjoyable and I was thrilled to get to revisit a tea I loved and thought I would never get to taste again.
Normally I cold brew overnight or in the time between when I’m leaving for work until I get home; that tends to wind up being an eight to ten or so hour infusion time which works well for my tastes. However, I was so tired when I got home from work yesterday than I didn’t cold brew anything and so I had to start my brew when I got up today at noon. I drank this at five, so it got a much shorter infusion time than I’m accustomed to.
That said, I still very much enjoyed the flavour profile. It was still very sweet and peachy BUT didn’t have some of the sourness/tartness that sometimes happens with that longer infusion time. Mostly, that made for a very solid peach note, but occasionally I had moments where I felt it did taste a little watered down.
Also, for the second half of the cold brew I used up the last of those tea infused Strawberry Popsicles from DeeBee’s as a “stir stick” of sorts. As a result, it slowly melted into the tea and I gradually wound up with a really nice, refreshing peach and strawberry tisane to slurp away at.
This is a queued tasting note.
Like VariaTEA, my tin of this is pretty aged. Though not nearly as old as hers, I think? Still the age shows badly, and like her I’ve also steeped most of the fruit chunks. So, this is pretty well just bamboo tea which I now have to sip through and finish off…
In other news, I hit 300 followers here on Steepster which is kinda cool.
EDIT: Just for my own records, this was a cold brew.
Tried this one hot!
I was definitely of mixed opinion when I tried this one in store, iced but I think the hot version is definitely an improvement.
I didn’t really get that kind of airy quality that cake, even pound cake, often has but I definitely got a buttery, almost sugar cookie kind of element that really complimented the sweet lemon. Like a perfectly baked sugar cookie with some sort of lemon frosting, actually! That lemon note was the most improved part of the tea: it didn’t taste chemical/artificial or bitter anymore which was super nice. That element of the iced tea actually made me feel quite nauseous. However, it also had a lemon note that was very distinctly lemongrass and the thing is that I don’t really love the taste of lemongrass. I will say that it worked with the vegetal, grassy undertone of the oolong itself, though.
Definitely an improvement!