Time for another cold-steeping experiment with the last two new teas I picked up from Teaopia. I bought this one purely based on reviews – I haven’t had the best experiences with ginger in tea, so was wary, but I think it cost under $4 for 50g (or around there), so I figured it was worth a shot! Besides, I needed to hit $50 for free shipping :)
Surprisingly, this cold-brew actually has an aroma (most don’t, probably because they’re cold and the molecules aren’t moving around as much…?). Light, fresh ginger with a touch of fruity sweetness. I’m thrilled to see that the liquor is a pale yellowish colour, so it looks like there’s no hibiscus, which may be the factor that ruined other teas (Rishi’s Tangerine Ginger, DavidsTea’s Strawberry Ginger) for me.
Oh man. We have a winner!! This is fabulous! The perfect amount of ginger mixed with with a nondescript fruitness, and lots of sweetness. No bitterness. No strange flavours. This could actually stand to be diluted – I had used something like 6g in one cup, which is way overkill; could probably dilute it with at least another half cup of water and still have it taste quite good (I’m too lazy to do that now though, and it’s quite delicious as it is).
Now, I don’t know whether this is because I have been craving green oolong like mad all day or what, but I would love to pair this with an oolong to have that lingering flavour in my mouth combined with the delicious gingery fruitiness. I don’t have enough to try that tonight (lies, I just want to drink it all now!), but I should at some point. There’s a lingering almost creamy gingery flavour with this one, perhaps that’s also contributing to this idea.
I am so glad I tried this!!! Thank you Indigobloom and EarthenChild for your accurate and convincing reviews!