151 Tasting Notes
This is the first tea of the week for August – and it’s the tea that’s been in my fridge for the last few days – I have cold-brewed it three nights in a row now and enjoyed them during these uncomfortably hot days of the end of August.
This is fantastic – it’s sweet (notes of honey & peach – as well as the Chinese Sencha!), it’s juicy (peaches & lemon) and it is crisp and refreshing (spearmint). It’s pleasantly cooling. It’s wonderful!
I know it’s a little late in the hot season but these last days of summer are the hottest ones (at least, that’s the way it seems here in the Pacific Northwest!) so it’s still well worth the investment for these next couple of weeks of heat.
I cold-brewed this one overnight last night – and as a cold-brew, this one positively shines! Absolutely delightful to drink. The bergamot mellows and melds with the lemon to offer a bright, citrus-y flavor that’s pleasantly tart but not sour – the rum and the subtle kick of ginger softens the sour notes – to create a very pleasant flavor.
This was our tea of the week for July 1 (for last month’s themed box). Last night, I set it to cold-brew overnight and it’s really quite nice cold-brewed. I think I might like it a bit better when it’s steeped and served hot – it’s a little fruitier tasting when it’s hot. Served cold, I notice more of the jasmine notes. I enjoy both – but find myself wanting a little more apricot in this cold-brewed version – something that is much more present in the taste when served hot.
That said, I do notice more of the fruit flavors (apricot and orange) as I continue to sip. Very light and refreshing – especially after having so many black iced teas as of late.
This is our featured reblend tea for June. I cold-brewed this overnight last night to sip today – and it is fabulous!
For this blend, rather than utilize my usual black tea blend for the base, I used the OP1 Ceylon from the single estate (Petagalia) – and it’s just perfect for this flavor as it allows the gentle flavor of cotton candy to shine through without being overwhelmed. There’s a good balance between tea and flavor going on here.
(Note: you may notice that this one isn’t yet available to buy on the website. It will be added July 7)
This is the final “tea of the week” for June – although this month we did have two ‘bonus’ teas – one featured reblend (which will be announced later this coming week) and one special anniversary tea that will be announced later in July (this tea will be exclusive to subscribers for the first 30 days).
So, this is the tea of the week for June 24. It is inspired by the upcoming live action Lion King movie – and the flavor combinations are inspired by the recipe for a “Hakuna Matata” cocktail that I found some time ago that is made of peach vodka, amaretto, orange juice & mango.
This is the tea in my cold-brew jar today. I steeped it overnight and truth be told, I probably steeped it a bit longer than that because my sleep cycle is pretty messed up. But, it’s still quite delicious and doesn’t taste bitter despite the long steep time. It’s sweet, nicely fruity with a lovely almond note: kinda nutty, fruity & light. It makes a really refreshing iced tea.
I first tested this as a hot tea, I found that the amaretto notes seemed to emerge stronger as a hot tea – as an iced tea, the amaretto is more balanced with the fruit. The fruit tastes more like a medley of fruit rather than distinctly orange, mango & peach, but if I focus on it, I can pick out the mango and the peach. Not so much so on the orange, which seems to be more of just a bright note there amongst the other flavors. As an iced tea, I taste more peach and almond – followed by the mango. The orange is still more like an accent than anything else.
This is our Tea of the Week for June 17 – and it’s what’s in my cold-brewed pitcher at the moment. I like this one as an iced tea – but I think this one is better served hot. Served hot, I taste more of the cinnamon which is still a rather subtle flavor when hot – but when iced, it’s much softer.
The star of this tea is the nutty flavor and it ties in well with the natural nutty tones of the honeybush. The banana comes through as an undertone. The cinnamon is just enough to cut through some of the sweeter nutty flavors. It works well together and it does make a refreshingly different iced tea.
My cold-brewed iced tea for today is our tea of the week for June 10: Plum Zabaglione Assamica. For this blend, I started with a wild, Yunnan grown Assamica and added plums, zabaglione essence & nutmeg (along with some flower petals for some pretty). This one is wonderful hot (I wrote my blog feature on this tea about my experience with the hot cup – you can read that here: https://www.52teas.com/blog/tea-of-the-week-for-june-10-2019-plum-zabaglione-assamica-black-tea/ ) but I think I like it even better cold-brewed.
The Assamica used has a natural stone-fruit flavor to it – which is why I chose it for this blend. When I sampled it, I knew it would work beautifully for this blend (that I have been wanting to blend for a while now but was waiting for the right base).
Anyway, I don’t want to go all wordy on you here – I just finished my third glass of this. It’s amazingly good. The plum comes through clearly, the creamy zabaglione adds a nice sweetness/creaminess to it, and I can even taste that hint of wine from the zabaglione. The nutmeg is subtle but adds a nice, warm contrast to the other flavors. It all works together very well.
This is the first tea of the week for June – which is on the website now (available in limited quantities at the moment, more will probably be added to the website later this week.) This tea is inspired by my youngest daughter Lilith who just graduated from High School (in the top 5% of her class, no less! I’m a very proud mama!) – her favorite flavor combination is orange and vanilla.
I cold-brewed this overnight last night in a big mason jar – and she and I both love this tea! It’s a good balance of orange and vanilla. It smells amazing too.
The sencha is a good base because it has a natural ‘creaminess’ to it that works well with the vanilla. It’s not to acidic from the orange, it’s not too sweet from the vanilla. It’s light, refreshing and definitely one I’ll want to keep around for the summertime!
Overnight last night, I cold-brewed a quart of this to enjoy throughout the day today and it has been wonderful. This tea is one that definitely tastes best iced. I shared some with our houseguest (she’s my youngest daughter’s best friend and has been staying with us for a few months because her family moved away due to job demands and she didn’t want to move in the middle of the school year since it was her last year, so we offered to let her stay with us until the end of the school year) – anyway – I shared some with her as both a hot beverage (a couple of weeks ago) and now as a cold-brewed iced tea and she came in and declared her love of it. She drank it as a hot tea – and she finished the cup. She didn’t hate it but she didn’t love it either. When she loves a tea that I make for her, she comes in raving about it … which is exactly what she did for the glass of iced tea this evening.
The cherry and lime are very bright flavors of the drink but the cola is prominent – in both the aroma and the flavor. Sweet, tart & really refreshing.