1045 Tasting Notes
This arrived today in my Bird and Blend subscription box, but apparently it doesn’t launch until mid-March separately. This is the only non-rooibos blend in the box this month, and unfortunately I don’t care much for it. The rose is pretty perfumey, and I’m not really getting any peach notes, but rather a generic sourness. The tartness fights the rose, and the flavor is really odd.
I was watching some tea vlogs this morning, and one talked about using tea leaves in cooking. I haven’t really experimented with using tea in savory dishes (outside of tea eggs and Busmese tea salad), and was suddenly very struck with the urge to experiment. Having already enjoyed a pot of this Spring Jade Tieguanyin from Whispering Pines and finding it very vegetal and savory, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to experiment. I cooked up some garlic rice, made a quick sauce, poached an egg, and flash fried the tea leaves in some sesame oil. Turned out delicious! A super quick meal that I’d be happy to eat more often. I love being able to use the remaining tea leaves, rather than just tossing them. Next time, I’ll be adding some fresh veggies as well.
Cold steeped this and it was absolutely wonderful. Nice and fruity. A bit tart from the hibiscus, a nutty sweetness from the coconut, and a distinct red berry note. I love that there’s aloe vera, I’ll definitely be enjoying this one quite a bit when it gets warmer out.
Flavors: Berry, Coconut, Hibiscus