I was sufficiently intrigued by the idea of soup tea to buy a sample cup. I really liked the smell of this one, warm and earthy – perfect for those rainy autumn days.
I initially had it unstrained and my first thought was, despite the strong spices, that it lacked substance. It needs something like lentils or vegetables of some sort otherwise it’s basically just salty water with spices. All the spices were a bit too overpowering so after the first couple spoonfuls I strained it, which still left plenty of spices in the soup. I’m not sure if it’s the matcha but there was a strong bitter-herbal flavour that came out especially as the tea cooled that I found quite unpleasant. It shouldn’t be from scalded matcha because the water temperature was only 80C.
I did a bit of research and rasam (the Tamil word for juice btw) is supposed to have a tangy flavour profile as it’s made with either a tomato or a tamarind juice base which this tea most definitely isn’t. On the bright side, I had some cornbread left over from chili night and dipped in the soup it actually tasted quite good.
I’ll be honest and say that I’m not really impressed with ‘soup tea’ thus far – of course this is the only one of the collection that I’ve tried, so the other two might be amazing for all I know.