Iced Tea Sipdown (274)!
So, I hadn’t originally planned to drink this one today but after an exchange with VariaTea I decided today was as good a day as any to bust it out and see what my thoughts were. It’s very hot in the house today, so I went with an iced cup. The exchange between VariaTea and myself was interesting: this tea tasted like cheese to her and that really through her off, and I was of course morbidly curious whether it’d tasted like cheese to me hence the expedited steeping of it.
So… bottom line I don’t think this one really screams cheese to me. In fact, I doubt I’d have pinpointed any of the flavour as cheese if the idea hadn’t already been planted in my head. That said, I there were moments where I was like “well, kind of…” and I can definitely see where she was coming from.
Like, I smelled both the dry leaf AND steeped leaf after the infusion had been strained out actually kind of did smell sort of cheese like – however neither me nor my whole family got the flavour of cheese from the steeped tea liquor itself. Mostly, everyone agreed it was a sweet strawberry flavour. Personally, I also thought it was a touch apple-y and had a bit of a tart kind of rhubarb/hibiscus thing going on too. Also, a little creamy from the melted down white chocolate. It didn’t perfectly melt though; I could see little strands of it floating in the liquor which was a bit gross.
Now, it’s a bit of a stretch but with the creaminess of the white chocolate combined with the strawberry I can sort of put together the overall flavour of, like, strawberry cheesecake? And so in that way you COULD say this tastes like cheese? I think it must probably be the white chocolate in the blend that was being weird for VariaTea though. What else would it be!?
Bottom line – I thought this was pretty nice, but there was a little weirdness to it and it is my biggest miss from Tickled Tea thus far. Still drinkable, though!