230 Tasting Notes
Cranky tummy fixed by Happy Kumbucha!
There is something to be said about fragrant tea and an upset tummy. By the second infusion of this Oolong, I was starting to feel less bloaty, and grumpy by far.
Maybe it is the new tea basket I have, or maybe it is all the practice steeping teas that is making the process not only easy but somewhat enjoyable. I thought Oolongs were not for me, but I think tonight I might actually manage a third steeping.
Steep 1: Fragrant and deliciously fruity as well as marked by that wonderous gold colour that makes safflowers so popular.
Steep 2: Still fragrant, not as fruity, but a subtle creaminess is starting to come through. Still a delightful golden colour, like the rays of the sun.
Steep 3: I am not a fan of the third steeping. It seems more like coloured water, which is in direct contradiction to the scent and vivid colour – maybe it is the heat of the liquid in cup but this tea is still working to make me feel a lot better than last night!
Mmmmm, iced is my friend!
I iced this bad boy up to help me through the Summer Program training tonight, I needed just enough caffine to get me to 9pm but now so much that I would be up all night.
I placed 3 tea spoons into an 8 cup bodum and added 1.5 cups of hot water (from the water cooler) and accidentally let this steep for a full 2 hrs before pouring it over ice. Not overly bitter, but the creamy note really came through this time; delish!
I think this will be my mid-day tea for summer!
Nope, still not worth the effort…
I steeped this far less this time, and found that it was still bitter and there was a very distinct orange rind taste, not a light taste of zest but full on rind
The next and last time I try this one I will not double it when making iced tea I will stick with one scoop over ice and see if that will help this tea any.
Oh so still delicious…
This tea is certianly my weekend pick me up tea! So for sure my weekend day start tea is this. Yumm! and this weekend I tried soaking the tea first in cool water; I understand this is probably not best for a flavoured mate, but it worked and I must say it did bring out the flavour slightly. I did notice that soaking the tea first made the chocolate far more subtle and gave this tea more of an amaretto taste as it helped bring the almonds to the fore front.
I can’t wait for next Saturday, already!
I went to a few tea shops with my brother Saturday and walked away from Murchie’s with a Tuffy Basket Steeper and some new knowledge about steeping teas.
I am on my second steep, and loving every minute of it!
First steep was fragrant and flavourful, with lots of intense mandarin taste. While the second steep allowed for more of the spice to come through, so much so that I am worried the third steep might be a little flat. That doesn’t worry me since I’ve already gotten my money’s worth with two steeps.
Smells overly fruity but I am hoping to be pleasently surprised tonight when I make this bad girl up over ice for a bubble bath and a good trashy novel!
UGH! I over steeped this for sure! GROSS! It smells better than it truly is! But I bought 50g, so I had better make the best of it and try again later, I was hoping that because it was a fruit tea there would be no worry of over steeping…. …. aprarently not!