701 Tasting Notes
It’s hot here today in eastern North Dakota. At 101 (38-39 Celsius) we won’t break the 90 year old record, but it is the hottest day in a couple of years. Well, actually we had a 100 degree day last year too. But triple digit days don’t come around every year. So this weather calls for a cold brew.
This tea may be excellent hot, but I love it iced. What makes it so wonderful as an iced tea is the lightness of it. I am not sure how to explain it. Coke over ice is nice and cold too, but somehow it feels heavy to me, as if laden down by the sugar and chemicals. This tea is mildly sweet on its own, with bright, mild flavor that is amazingly refreshing. My favorite for these dreadfully hot days.
I will mention that I went on my annual trip to the Reader and Author Get Together. It’s been cancelled for the past two years because of Covid. I came back with a ton of great books to read. I also came home with covid. :( Luckily I don’t feel too awful, just very tired. Something like this tea feels good on my sore throat. Love this tea!
The weather has turned officially summer-ish. Highs in the mid 80s. I drove over the church to clean up my little raised bed garden and plant my cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers and onions. I was a sweaty dirty mess by the time I finished. I had brought a bottle of water and a thermos of this to drink. I finished the water early and then drank this. The water was lukewarm, but boy, even after sitting in the sun for 3 hours the ice cubes were still floating happily in the tea! Love those insulated cups.i gave this a rating of 70 last time. Maybe it was just the weather conditions and the fact that this was cold, but I found it extremely refreshing. Raising my rating to 75.
I made a big pitcher of this iced. I really enjoyed it. I kinda got a bit of the orange in spite of my dead nose and a little spice to. I am looking forward to drinking a lo9t more tea iced as the weather warms up. I love hot tea in the fall and winter, but there is something so refreshing in a tall glass of tea over ice. I am never sure how “spice” teas will work iced, but this one was ver ygood.
This was a freebie sample with my Whispering Pines order. I under leafed it a bit and that didnt’ hurt it at all. It is a pretty smooth tea. No jagged edges of bitterness nor sharp edges of astringency. Without a sense of smell, I get no particular flavor profile, but it was very enjoyable. When I make my next order (sometime around Christmas?) I may grab a couple of ounces of this one if it’s available. I think I’ll finish the sample off as a cold brew since it seemed brighter somehow as it cooled.
My new order from Whispering Pines arrived over the weekend. I brewed a pot of this on Saturday afternoon. I was a little disappointed. There was definitely an astringent note. That smoothed out as the tea cooled. I may have over leafed it. I will try it again. I may try it iced too, since it was better for me when it cooled.
This is my evening cup tonight. A small sample from Plum Deluxe. It’s quite nice. Green rooibos tends not to have the heavy woody flavor, which I appreciate. Red Rooibos is good for heavy spice teas, but this is fairly light and dessert-y, and the red rooibos would have ruined it. It is good, but as it cools it ends with a slightly soapy flavor, which may be the rose petals. Not a fan of floral teas. So I will not be ordering any of this. But glad I got to try it.
I’ve had this tea for a few years now (obviously, since Q2T is no longer selling tea) and I remember really enjoying it. I finished the leaf in a three cup pot last night. I found it rather blah. Possibly there wasn’t enough leaf, or it could be that the bits that gave it it’s best flavor were gone, or maybe it just didn’t age well. It was perfectly drinkable, but not something I savored every sip of.
Found this one in the back of the tea drawer. I recall this came as part of my B&B subscription box a couple of years ago and I wasn’t too crazy about it then. I think I like it better now. Maybe because my sense of smell is at zilch so I don’t catch a lot of subtle flavors. Right now it is not at all sweet and I don’t get any pancake. But the lemon comes through with a tart little zing. Tart, not sour like hibiscus. I hate hibiscus, but I do quite enjoy this one. I still have about 10 grams left, so a few more cups to enjoy.