Monday, November 17, 2008

Strawberry & Vanilla - Fridge Brew

Tea: Strawberry & Vanilla - 8502
Vendor: Lupicia USA
Price: $6.00 / 50g
Vendor Description: Green tea blended with Matcha and flavored with sour-sweet strawberries and vanilla. It goes well with milk.

About this Infusion: This tea was prepared as a fridge brew. To brew this way I added 20g of leaf to 1L of room temperature water and placed the pitcher in the fridge for 6 hours. After that remove the leaf and the tea is ready to drink.

Infusion: The infusion came out very pleasantly green and filled with a very strong and sweet strawberry and vanilla aroma. The flavor is very creamy with a light tanginess from the flavor. It comes out well balanced between the sweetness of the flavorings, and the strength of the tea itself. There is no astringency to this tea. The color is very murky from the matcha added to the leaf. This is much more enjoyable than the normal hot infusion method. The flavor seems almost bipolar, the early to mid section of the flavor is dominated by the strawberry flavor, and the mid hits with a hint of vanilla. The end is a little bit of bitterness to offset the sweetness of the strawberry and vanilla.

Rating: 7/10

Conclusion: This is a much nicer version of the tea compared to brewing this as a hot tea. The flavors come out more and are well balanced against the tea flavor. I'm not sure that I would pick up this tea just for this purpose, but it is a very nicely flavored tea. I would probably do so if the tea were a bit cheaper.

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