70 Tasting Notes
Went for a cold brew of this one today. Took 0.75 tsp of this tea in my 12 oz cup and let it brew in the fridge for 2 hours. The dry tea was mostly small chunks of various fruits (apple, pineapple, and papaya being the main three) with a bit of hibiscus thrown in for colour and tang I’m guessing.
First thing I noticed with this tea is that it didn’t come out the pretty pink like in the picture. That’s probably my fault though, because in my smaller scoops, I didn’t end up with much hibiscus in the basket. The tea ended up a pale yellow colour – almost apple juice colour, but slightly lighter.
The taste too is faintly of apple, but you can also taste some other sweet fruits coming through, though I’m unable to differentiate them individually by taste. I also enjoy that it’s not the acidic apple taste that I was getting from the Just Peachy flavour of DavidsTea, but a nice sweet, mild apple taste.
I feel as a cold brew, I should probably up my volume on this one because it did end up quite weak with my normal 0.75 tsp. It’s not bad at all, but more reminds me of those flavoured bottled waters you get at the store. Next time I try this one cold I’ll up my measurement to 1 tsp and see how that goes.
Would also like to try this one hot.
Cup count from my 27g pitcher pack: 1 (Plenty left to try in the future)
Was curious to see if all oolong teas tasted this tasty with milk and sugar, so I looked to my tea box and leafed through all my sampler packs, but this is my only oolong tea that I currently have so I decided to drink this one.
I already knew of my favourite way to prepare it, so that was easy—0.5 tsp of tea steeped 3 minutes at 90C in my 12 oz cup. Add milk and sugar to taste.
Tastes as delicious as I remembered.
Updated cup count from my 8g sampler pack: 4 (Still a bunch more left to enjoy!)
Went for a cold brew of this one today. Used 0.75 tsp of tea for my 12 oz cup. Put it in the fridge cold and let it sit for an hour and a half. Came out nice and flavourful after this, looking a dark amber in colour. Did need to add a touch of sugar to cut the slight bitterness though, but I also did so in the hot version so not a big surprise there. Just be careful when adding sugar, because I can see this getting too sweet very easily.
I think the cold brew might have preserved more of the lychee flavour (not positive though because I do not know what a lychee tastes like), but the mango isn’t quite as prevalent in the cold version as it was in the hot I previously tasted. It’s pretty close in flavour though, hot or cold, and both are pleasant enough to drink, so I guess I don’t have much of a preference and it’s more dependent on the weather or my mood for which I’ll choose.
Updated cup count from the 27g pitcher pack: 2 (Still lots left to play around with)
Also, upped my rating of this from 70 to 72 because I like that I can enjoy this fairly equally both hot or cold.
Thought I’d give this tea a try hot today since it was a bit chilly out – used my standard measurement of 0.75 tsp of tea for my 12 oz cup. Steeped at 95C for 10 minutes.
Checked after 5 minutes of steeping, but noticed the yogurt pieces hadn’t dissolved, which I found curious since I thought the hot water would melt those away in no time. Hoping they would dissolve, I gave the tea another 5 minutes to steep, but this didn’t help even after taking my spoon to the yogurt pieces so I gave up and just went with what I had.
I have to say that this tea was definitely better cold to me. Warm it’s okay—even without sugar, but it loses that nice raspberry freezie taste. It could just be that I oversteeped it, however, because the hibiscus was definitely more present in this hot version than it was in the cold.
Might give this drink one more attempt hot at a 5 minute steep to see if it’s still as hibiscus heavy, but right now I’m thinking cold is the way to drink this.
Updated cup count from my 27g pitcher pack: 2 (Plenty more to play around with)