1774 Tasting Notes
I was reaching into my tea cupboard to get my usual morning tea when I accidentally knocked out a small sample packet. I was surprised to see that it was a chai blend from our very own LiberTeas. I honestly have no memory of getting this tea so it must have come my way as part of a swap or Traveling Teabox.
I’ve been looking for a good black tea chai but I can never seen to find one that’s just right. I know it’s largely a matter of personal tastes but I find that most chais have too much of one spice or flavouring and it ends up dominating the tea. This tea on the other hand is very well balanced with each of the various spices getting their say. It’s a surprisingly versatile tea – light enough to to be drunk plain but strong enough that it holds up well to the addition of some milk and honey.
This really is a masterpiece of a tea. I hope that Liberteas might consider remaking this tea or something like it in the near future – perhaps when she takes over 52Teas from Frank. I could see this being a winner.
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The mix of creaminess and sweetness blends surprisingly well with the vegetale flavours of the green tea base. The base by itself would otherwise be pretty mediocre I think but the flavouring really improves matters. I don’t know if i like it enough to buy a large quantity of the blend but the small sample was enjoyable.
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.