65 Tasting Notes
The smell of this tea is so enticing. I wish I could smell it every second of the day.
While brewing, the tea fills the room with a sweet maple scent that is so inviting. The brewed tea is very black tea forward and the maple scent is gone from the tea. I get a slight maple note at the back end but its all black tea forward.
I have yet to try it with milk. Maybe that will bring out other flavors from the tea?
I have been looking forward to try this tea after I saw people raving about for a while on different platforms. Brewed 2 tsp hot for 5 mins.
The tea is beautiful light purple. It smells very much of citrus but the taste is disappointing. The tea tastes bland to me. There is a floral aftertaste but nothing other than that. Going to try to brew this longer to see if that makes a difference. I also want to see if cold brewed, it tastes different as well.
Cold Brew sip down.
This is a delicious tea cold brewed. It is slightly bitter but leaves a peachy aftertaste like those peachy rings from the old days.I have mixed feelings about this tea. I just finished putting in my last few bags into jars to cold brew overnight. I got this box of these 18 pyramids my freshman year of college in 2013!! I was just getting started with drinking tea as it seemed like the easier option to pop into mug to take to class. This was one of two boxes of tea I first bought. I remember thinking that it was fancy and luxurious because of the satiny pyramid sachets. I knew nothing about tea at this point at least compared to what I now know. I would wake in the mornings and make boiling hot water in either my microwave or more often in my coffee maker. I would remove the tags and chuck in one of the two flavors (the other being blueberry flavored tea) into my magenta mug along with the boiling water and carry it around steeping for 6+ hours. Knowing what I know, it seems sacrilegious to add boiling water to white tea. Although I did not know at that time, I was burning the tea leaves and drinking bitter tea which is why I probably only used about 3 of the white tea bags that year. I ended up using all the blueberry tea which either masked the burned tea flavor or it was an herbal tea. I carried this box with me for the next couple of year through 3 moves and used maybe 3 more bags in that time. I ended up exploring tea and fell into the rabbit hole of tea.
This box of tea was forgotten for almost 5 years until the day I discovered it hiding at the back of the cupboard and decided to try it again. It was still bitter even though I made it with the correct temperature and steep time. I ended up playing a little with steep time to no avail. I gave up for a few months but once again it found its way out while I was searching for something else. This time, I decided to cold steep it and it still came out better yet still bitter. It turns out that it is just mediocre tea. I could not bring myself to get rid of it after I decided to lug it around on all my moves, so I decided to embrace the bitterness and finish off the 18 sachet box 7 years later. Although its bitter, it is very flavorful.
It brought back so many memories :)