5578 Tasting Notes
More teaware arrived from DAVIDsTEA today and my Black Friday order from Happy Turtle Teas. That got me excited to get into some new things. I wanted a latte and the T2 teas that arrived earlier this week were in large quantities and definitely latte flavors. This is a little thin so I could see it benefiting from a bit of whipped cream and chocolate drizzle. Other than that, it’s not bad.
I’ve been drinking A LOT of water lately. Not so much tea. Part of it is water has no decision factor. Tea does. Today I wanted tea but had no idea which so I just decided to make myself a cup of my oldest tea. My cupboard isn’t too bad in the sense of age since this is the oldest and its from July 2019.
This tea is fine but honestly not one I really care for. It’s got a coffee flavor but also a touch of hibiscus. I think that’s where this loses me. The coffee would lend itself nicely to a latte format but the hibiscus means I can’t do that. I think I will toss this into my swap box since I am just not feeling it.
Had this as a latte tonight because I was thinking about a latte all day. I didn’t know what tea I would make as a latte and kept avoiding making that decision. Then I decided I wanted to make an Old Fashioned Gingerbread Latte. Unfortunately, I did not have enough of that tea to make a latte and then the giant bag of this caught my attention. I think I wanted the spice though because this was coming off bland and sweet. I think I just wasn’t in the mood for it.
Made this in one of my new T2 teacups and I know it’s in my head but I think that made this taste better. It’s got a nice strawberry candy flavor but the green tea base coupled with the currant is coming off sharp and drying. Still enjoyable enough though so thank you Roswell Strange for sharing!
Matcha Latte Sipdown (287)
I have been enjoying this one today. The butter element that seems to be so strong in the other Three 6 Tea caramel matchas is a bit muted here which allows the sweeter and more realized caramel notes to come through. There is also a touch of toastiness that you would get in a macaroon. I think I still prefer DAVIDs caramel matcha but this is a good alternative. Thank you Roswell Strange for sending these along!
Iced Matcha Sipdown (286)
I’m actually surprised this has pretty good lemonade flavor without adding actual lemonade to it. A touch of grassiness but mostly lemonade. Not really any raspberry flavor though and as I keep drinking, it is sort of chalky. I don’t know if it like it or not if I’m being honest but I think that’s just because my aversion of the grassy flavor of matchas.
Latte Sipdown (288)
My sister bought me a chai sampler pack and a black tea sampler pack from Vahdam for Channukah. Today I was sort of just relaxing on the couch after class. Together my brother-in-law and I watch Ratched and we had 3 episodes left so we binged them while my sister did some work. Then I realized it was after 4 pm and I hadn’t had a cup of tea. I wasn’t feeling my usual matcha latte today so I went for a chai latte instead.
I used the whole sample for the package. It was a weird amount of leaf that was just shy of what I would use for a 16 oz latte so I debated about making a 12 oz latte instead but just committed to the 16. Maybe I should have gone for the 12 oz though because this is a bit bland. I get cinnamon but its flat. Like I know there is spice here but its all muted. Perhaps the others will be more successful…
I cold brewed this for more than 24 hours because I got lazy and didn’t want to strain it last night. Today it had an interesting purple/grey color. However, I did not get a lot of flavor. Perhaps the slightest touch of lemon – as if I just put some sliced lemon into water. Otherwise, nothing. I will have to try this again with different methods.