1574 Tasting Notes
Flavoured teas are all very well and good, but I was craving a nice, plain black tea today. This tea comes from the now-defunct Special Teas (another casualty of Teavana). It’s a very nice-looking tea – small twists of black and gold and it has the classic malty Assam scent with a hint of smokiness. The tea is robust but not bitter and at a steeping of 3.5 mins it’s fine without milk. It has wonderful fruity notes underneath that maltiness that give the tea a layered subtly you don’t normally get with Assams.
I stocked up on this tea but I’ll have to see about finding another source for when my stash runs out.
I thought for sure I’d logged all those Teaopia teas I purchased back when they were having their big “We’re-being-taken-over-by-Teavana Sale” but either I was mistaken or Steepster ate the tasting notes. Anyways, I’ll see about remedying that.
The smell when I opened the pouch was very sweet, creamy and fruity to the point of being almost too much. Some other Steepsterites have called it artificial and I can sort of see where they’re coming from. I expected the tea to taste equally as sweet and creamy but unfortunately I was disappointed – I still got the peachy notes particularly as the tea cooled off, but the rest was sadly missing. A bit of a let down all told.
There’s so much going on with this tea it’s hard to properly sort it out. It’s certainly spicy but there’s not really anything coming across that makes me think of ‘cake’ or any other kind of dessert. It’s not terribly sweet and the vanilla and the currants and the chocolate, which theoretically should have alleviated that, ended up pretty much buried underneath the spice. The spices are a nice mix with star anise and cardamom being the most prominent ones that pop out. I don’t normally sweeten green teas but this is one that I think would be improved with a bit of agave nectar or honey.
Yes, another chocolate pu’erh – they do seem to get paired together quite often. I get a stronger sense of the pu’erh base with this blend than I have with other chocolate-flavoured pu’erhs. It’s a pleasant mix of earthy and leather-like with a hint of smokiness. It goes well with the rich bitterness of the cocoa though it could stand to be a bit sweeter. Ultimately it’s not bad, but also not my favorite out of all the similar blends I’ve tried.
Whoa this is a jolt to the system. It mostly tastes like ginger with a healthy shot of spicy cayenne pepper and a citrus tang that reminds me a bit of Neo Citron. It has the tendency to settle no matter how well the powder is stirred in, which means it gets stronger as you get towards the bottom and the last few sips nearly had my eyes watering.
I’m going to save the rest of this for the depths of winter as I’m prone to colds and this seems like something that would actually help a bit. I don’t know if I’d drink this for enjoyment – it’s a bit much for me.
Instead of the usual spicy cardamom scent this tea smells like cinnamon – I mean REALLY like cinnamon, as in ‘are you sure someone didn’t stick those spicy cinnamon hearts in here?"
The flavour was rather disappointing though, the spices were quite weak to the point that I’m not sure this qualifies as a proper chai blend at all. Definitely not ‘Traditional’.
The smell of the dry tea threw me for a little bit because it actually reminded me of pineapple. A quick check of the package revealed that no I had not grabbed the wrong oolong, nor was there any pineapple in this blend. Huh. Whether pineapple or banana (and the brewed tea definitely leans more toward the side of banana) I have to say that I LOVE this tea. It’s delicately sweet and fruity it pairs perfectly with the green oolong base. It’s all very exotic and tropical-tasting. A+
I think I got this tea originally as a free pouch that came with a promotion Frank was doing. I’m not sure I would have chosen it on its own as I’m pretty ambivalent towards brandy and brandy-flavoured things generally.
The scent of the tea is like a spicy orange with a distinct licorice note from the anise. The flavour is almost chai-like with the brandy as sort of an aftertaste. The anise thankfully isn’t as strong as the scent would suggest though I can still pick it out. There’s also a faint bitterness that I’m not sure I care for – I think this tea would benefit from some sweeter flavours. It’s not a bad tea but not my thing, I think.