166 Tasting Notes
This is another one that came in my box from Azzrian. My husband and I certainly have different tastes in tea. We do like some of the same ones, but he never sweetens anything except the occasional iced tea. Oolongs are his favorite. I made this one up for him, double strength, since he likes his tea strong. He thought it was a winner, said it had a lot of flavor-he is not one to get into specifics though. I took a little sip and thought it had a light smokiness, but he didn’t pick up on that. Not sure if this is really to my taste, but I’ll try it again before I make a final verdict. It won’t go to waste because my husband will finish it off. You can get at least 3 steepings from it.
Thanks to Azzrian, I’m trying my first tea from Sweden. It is a mellow,smooth black tea, with some pleasing citrus and floral notes. In researching Soderblandning, I found that it was created by mistake by a tea shop owner in 1979 and is very popular in Sweden. Typically the base is a blend of Chinese and Ceylon black teas with the addition of blue petals of cornflower and yellow petals of marigold as well as orange rind, but this can vary. I was splitting a 4 1/2 gram sample with my husband to make about 14 oz of tea, and although it was very nice, if I had more, I would make it stronger-probably 3 gm/8 oz. Glad I had the chance to try it.
Thanks for the sample Azzrian. I was careful not to brew this too long or at too high a temperature, which resulted in a tea with a lively fresh apple flavor that was not bitter. My husband gave it the thumbs up unsweetened, and I preferred it with a little sweetener. I thought the apple came out more after it had cooled down. It is not a spiced tea like some of the other apple teas I’ve tried. If you like fruity green teas,it’s pretty good and you should check it out. I can’t really detect the green tea base too much-the apple flavor dominates.
Thanks Azzrian for sharing! After trying another Earl Grey Cream, and now this one, I think I prefer the non-cream Earl Greys, but there’s certainly nothing wrong with this one. I think the quality is fine. For those who like the more subdued flavors of an Earl Grey Cream, it’s worth trying. I steeped it at 2 min. 45 seconds and got no bitterness.
I’m glad to see the tasting notes up and running again. I drank Pumpkin Pie Black again yesterday and enjoyed it even more, so I’ll bump up the rating. The first time I had it, I had the expectation of a stronger, more spicy Chai like tea, whereas this is more subtle, but it is wonderfully flavorful and I kept drinking cup after cup. The key is not to over-steep. I found just under 3 minutes was good.
I tried this several ways and have decided I prefer it sweetened and cold, which is how I’m drinking it now. It’s definitely fruity with just a bit of spice and doesn’t taste artificial, but I can’t identify specifically that it’s cranberry. Warm is not bad, but cold is best. With milk added, the flavors become too subdued for my taste, even when made double strength. When I ordered this, I had in mind a nice warm autumn type chai for a chilly day, but instead, I really think it is best as a refreshing cold drink any time of year.