1681 Tasting Notes
This sample came courtesy of the GCTTB – I love the name, it makes me think of the Transsiberian Orchestra… aaaaand now I’ve got their music running through my head. ;)
The smell of the tea is very cinnamon-heavy though that lightens up a bit in the flavour. There’s also this nice, fudgey chocolate flavour that I’m really liking. It reminds me of a Mexican chocolate brownie recipe I tried once that had dark chocolate flavoured with spices. Given the opportunity I was definitely buy more of this tea.
It was the sweet scent of maple that drew me in – plus I love the idea of a ‘Canadian Breakfast’ to go with all the ‘English breakfasts’ and ‘Irish breakfasts’ out there. This brews up into a brisk cuppa with lots of body, making it a good first-thing-in-the-morning tea. The maple flavour is subtle but it’s definitely there and I’m not sure if it’s the flavour or the tea base itself that has a lightly malty quality which is strange as that’s an attribute I normally associate with Assam teas but I checked the ingredients and there’s no Assam in this blend – just Ceylon and Keemun.
A good, solid tea – I could see this becoming a staple in my cupboard.
A very Canadian tea eh? ;P
Honeybush is a good choice of base for this blend because its natural sweetness blends well with the flavourings and enhances the sweetness without there being any need for sugar. The vanilla gives the tea a nice creaminess that reminds me of vanilla ice cream. There’s something maybe a tad artificial about the flavours, but overall it’s a nice blend.
If you love coconut this could well be the tea for you – mmmm coconut. It’s the predominant flavour in this tea but I can also taste the smooth, floral flavours typical of many green oolongs such as pouchong. It has a lovely, creamy mouthfeel and it actually remind me a bit of a particular rice pudding I’ve made that uses coconut milk as a base.
it also yields a decent resteep (@ 4:15 min) though it’s a bit less creamy this time ’round.
I added a spoonful of honey which smoothed out some of the sourness and helped bring out the almond a bit more. But overall this tea is still incongruously tangy with not enough of the creamy nuttiness I was expecting. A bit disappointing, particularly given how delicious it smells.
I love the natural rich, cocoa flavour this tea has. I’m not sure if I can taste much in the way of champagne, though there might be hints of it if I look hard hard enough.
The ‘fortune’ is a really cute idea, IMO. Mine says “This year: there is a possibiliTEA you will in realiTEA develop insaniTEA from stupid tea puns.”
Out of all the tea in the Spring Collection this one interested me the most, so last time I was in the mall I picked up 25g to try out. It’s tempting to eat the little pieces of candied cantaloupe but for the sake of the final product I resisted.
The tea is sweet on it’s own and has a nice fruity-melony flavour. This one reminds me quite a bit of DT’s Luscious Watermelon tea that they had a few summers back. I bought up a whole bunch and I love using it to make iced tea. I bet this blend will also be fantastic cold.
The dry tea smells sweet, and oddly a bit like vanilla. It doesn’t linger after the water is added though. The brandy flavour is quite strong and wine-like, which is nice because in the past ‘brandy’ teas haven’t always tasted much like brandy. The apple flavour is more subtle but it comes out when the tea cools off a bit. It isn’t as malty as I would expect from an Assam – in fact it’s a bit more like a very robust Darjeeling with that wine-like, muscatel flavour.
This is a rather brisk tea, a bit similar to a Darjeeling – not too surprising I guess, as the Darjeeling region is close to Nepal. This has a bit more body to it though and doesn’t really have that fruity muscatel flavour. This one has a almost a woody character.
It’s a not really a tea that would be suited to adding milk, but it’s a bit to brisk for my tastes when taken plain.