Smell: something akin to cinnamon and cherry atop a light black brew
Color: light caramel, similiar to infused brews
Taste: a mixture of spiced tea (similiar to the old-style spiced teas common in India to my knowledge) with higher points of cinnamon, cherry, and a low cream. Might be tasting the strawberry as cherry due to the lower temperature or mixture of flavors overriding the softer taste of a strawberry.
Steep 1: ~9 minutes (forgot about it after pouring, common accident). Light brew with a rich black base that was mixed with a powerful cinnamon- additive rather than destructive- with cream settling in during and after swallowing. When let sit in the mouth a very mild bitter could be tasted but was fairly hard to determine until actually swallowed and leaving the tongue to dry and gather the hidden flavors left as a residue.
Steep 2: ~7 minutes. Cinnamon balances out and the cream was more of an aftertaste effect. Cherry/fruit flavor came out much more and added to the brew rather well. Might need to up the temperature to get a better infusion next time. Additionally, try sweet or with actual cream to see if that heightens the infused cream or becomes detrimental.
Over-steep: ~15 minutes. Very little if any harsh bitterness was tasted and what bitterness was tasted added to the blend rather than took away from it. Due to the mixture it might be impossible to truly over-steep this blend and is adequate for someone who might forget how long they've steeped a pot or for those who enjoy sun tea or iced tea.
Final analysis and notes: a decent brew that reminds me a fruitier version of the old Sleepy Time and like bagged blends that could mix well with a sweetener or something similiar. Likely needs to be brewed hotter to get all the flavors but I impulsively decided to try this rather than have the remainder of my jasmine-green blend. Need further testing.
Vulture wrote:Yah, I have a bad habit of starting to steep my tea then getting distracted with something, usually a game. This is a great tea to 'set and forget' because it can be steeped for long times and still come out with a great flavor.
Really good for me at work because something will alarm and I need to take care of that ASAP then I remember I have tea brewing
auggy wrote:Hmm, I think I can tell I'm on heavy cold medication.
boywoodie wrote:Vulture, you really did a great job! I think you need to do more signature blends.