3247 Tasting Notes
Well, it doesn’t taste like dirt so that’s a step up. Used bottle water and it helped so thank you Sil for both the advice and the tea. Unfortunately, the lemon has taken over. Last time I had this, it was much more well rounded but this time it’s a black tea flavored with lemon rinds and not much else. But, at least I fixed the dirt issue so that’s a plus.
Thank you Roswell Strange for the share. Even without recognizing the writing I would know this was from you since anything Saskatoon berry I have received can be traced back to you and that’s awesome.
I cold brewed my sample and the end result is a watered down version of blueberry Pom. Tart but sweet and definitely a strong berry flavor. Good, though it could have been left to steep longer.
I’m getting nut and astringency. No banana. No pancakes. In fairness though, I’m guessing that has more to do with where this cup was mad as opposed to the tea itself. Nothing seems to have gone right so far so in glad I have more of this sample that I can take home and try there. Hopefully there’s a difference.
HAPPY NEW YEAR STEEPSTERITES
Thank you Cavocorax for sharing but the last of this sample has fallen victim to the Florida tea weirdness. I tried using Brita water instead of tapwater but this tea still has a dirty taste to it. So weird and quite disappointing as this was a delicious tea.
I am questioning whether it’s me, the tea, or the water down here in Florida that is making almost all the teas I have had taste off/different than I remember. Take this one, for example. I loved this and was incredibly grateful to Roswell Strange when she sent me another little bit except when I brewed it up, it tasted like dirt. A similar thing happened a couple days back with the Damn Fine Holiday Blend. So now I’m wondering what is causing all these bad cups?
Perhaps it’s me? Tastes change and I haven’t really been drinking much tea so maybe my tastes are different now. Though, I had the holiday blend since my hiatus and enjoyed it and then I had it here and didn’t.
Perhaps it’s the equipment? No fancy kettle or frother here. Maybe the water temperature is off given I don’t have a kettle that can brew to perfect tea temps. However, the cold brews are off too and that doesn’t incorporate any equipment:
Perhaps it’s the tea? I decided to bring all my small sample in plastic bags. Some old, some new. They have been stored in a cool, dry, and dark place but still they were all left in the sample bags they arrived in from companies/other steepsterites. However, some samples have been stored for less than a couple of weeks and even they aren’t as strong or flavorful as I would imagine they should be.
Perhaps it’s the water? So now I’m left wondering if it’s something to do with the water here in Florida versus the water in Toronto that is throwing everything off. It tastes different but would it really alter the tea that much?
Perhaps it’s a combination? Whatever it is, it’s not making it easier to fall back in love with tea when half the cups are being dumped because they taste weird. On the other hand, it’s doing wonders for decreasing my cupboard size.
I cold brewed this and the end result is a CARAMEL apple tea, with an emphasis in caramel. At first, you wouldn’t even know this is anything but a caramel tea as the flavor while drinking is 100% chewy caramels. The apple comes in as a bright and tart finish right at the end that remains on your tongue long after you finish drinking.
I treated myself to a belated channukah gift and took advantage of DAVIDs Boxing Day sale to get some new teaware. I bought a mug, a carry mug, an iced tea tumblr, a santa’s secret collectible tin, and a santa’s secret chocolate bar.
Now I am sipping on this tea while I catch up on the latest season of Supernatural. This has lost flavor since I got it with Sil and Cavocorax over a year ago. It’s gone from an orange creamsicle cold brew to a mere honeybush tea with sweet orange undertones. It’s not horrible but definitely not what it once was.