1844 Tasting Notes
This is a very British tea – I feel like I should be drinking it at a garden party, sipping it out of fine china while I nibble on finger sandwiches and shortbread. Sadly the truth is that I’m drinking it on the couch in front of my laptop out of my ‘A Lannister Always Pays His Debts’ mug. What can you do? *shrugs *
The base is a solid, medium-strength black tea – probably a Ceylon of some kind. The lavender notes are subtle and gentle and there a hint of something citrusy in the background. Like most of Murchie’s black teas this one is best with milk and maybe a touch of sugar or honey.
I’m drinking the tea with milk this time and while it does smooth out the flavour the pumpkin notes still aren’t very strong. I can pick them out, but if I didn’t know they were supposed to be there I would probably miss them. That said, I love this particular combination of spices particularly the addition of the nutmeg. So because of that I’m still going to give this tea a decent rating.
I’ve got enough left of this tea that I’ll have a go at turning it into a proper chai latté.
Black forest cake has long been one of my favourite desserts. There’s a bakery in town that makes it just perfectly from scratch and there really is nothing else like it. Unfortunately this tea is nothing like the actual cake. I’m really not tasting much cherry flavour at all and the chocolate cake flavour is quite flat with a weird almost cardboard like note. It’s slightly better with milk and sweetener, but not by a whole lot. And who’s bright idea was it to put hibiscus in a blend that has nothing to do with tart flavour profiles?!? Stash is one of the worst offender for this so I don’t know why I’m surprised.
If you were thinking of buying this tea because you love black forest cake, my advice is to save yourselves and take a pass on this tea.
This was one of the collection of pitcher packs I purchased the last time I was in my local DT store. The temperature has been hovering around the mid-30s (celcius) and it’s going to be even warmer on the weekend so it really just isn’t hot tea weather right now.
Most of the iced teas I drink are fruit-flavoured so coconut iced tea was a bit of a new thing for me. It may well become a permanent thing because it was ridiculously delicious. The dominant flavour is coconut but leaning towards fresh coconut meat rather than toasted coconut. I did sweetened it a little bit but the blend has a sweetness all of its own and a light creaminess that reminds me of coconut gelato or sorbet. My only problem with this tea is that it leaves a odd sort of cloudy precipitate in the jug and glass, possibly from the oils in the coconut. It’s nothing too obnoxious, but it means I’ll have to be a bit more thorough rinsing out the pitcher when I’m finished it.
Definitely going to be stocking up on this tea before the summer is done.
Everyone seems to be giving this iced tea rave reviews which makes me a bit puzzled as I didn’t really care for it. Maybe it was the way I steeped it?
I put the pouch in one of those iced tea pitchers from Davids Teas and filled it half full with boiling water. The steep time was only about 2.5 minutes so I don’t think I oversteeped it – but you never know. After that I filled the jug the rest of the way with ice cubes and cold water – nothing too esoteric. I found that i just couldn’t taste much lemonade flavour in the tea – I maybe got a little bit of it when I added some sweetener but that might be because the simple syrup I used was lemon-flavoured.
So what do you guys think? Are my tastebuds just out of wack?
Is monkey bread an American thing or something? Because I honestly have never heard of anything like it until I saw this tea.
The dominant flavour is more honey than caramel to me but regardless the tea has a pleasent mild sweetness. There’s a nice, subtle hint of cinnamon though I’m not really getting very much bread or baked goods flavour unfortunately. Not bad for a red rooibos blend, but I don’t think I’ll be clamoring for LiberTeas to reblend it.
You know, I don’t think I’ve ever drank an earl grey with lavender before – it’s strange because it’s not that unusual a blend. Lavender as a food ingredient is something that I’ve noticed slowly gaining popularity recently and I recently tried out a recipe for lavender shortbread that was totally delish. With such a strong herb though it’s easy to go overboard but this blend manages to get just the right amount so that it’s strong enough to be detectable through the bergamot but subtle enough that I don’t feel like I’m drinking perfume. Taken with milk it makes a great morning tea to go with my breakfast.
I love anything and everything chocolate so this blend was a must-try. It’s got a nice cocoa flavour but I didn’t identify the strange, slightly fruity flavour I was getting as blueberry until I actually read the packaging. There’s also an interesting malty note both in the scent and the flavour that brings chocolate-flavoured Ovaltine to mind (yes, I’m one of those weird people who actually really enjoys Ovaltine). It’s a good blend and I’ll probably restock when my current bag is done.
I found the Bayswater Tea Co while explore a cool neighborhood on West Broadway St in Vancouver. It’s a very multicultural neighborhood with strong Greek/Balkan/Persian vibes – so cool. The tea shop had an good selection of interesting blends, but I restrained myself from going too crazy (stop laughing) so I eventually decided on this tea. The smell drew me in right away – it reminded me of candied grapefruit. As it turns out, the grapefruit flavour is a bit too pungent for my tastes when the tea is plain, but with a splash of milk it turned into a wonderful, medium-strength cup of tea with a tangy, citrusy grapefruit flavour that’s almost juicy in nature. Much love.
I stocked up on new teas on my most recent visit to Vancouver. I always tend to go a bit tea-crazy when I’m there because my own town has nothing.
I just got a sample of this tea as I’ve found some of this company’s flavoured black teas to be rather hit or miss (still love their oolongs though – their Tie Guan Yin is one the best I’ve tasted). This one is quite nice although it doesn’t really have the pastry-flavour the ‘torte’ part of the name would suggest. It’s an interesting mix of raspberry, mint and cocoa with a nice sweet finish.