1844 Tasting Notes
I’ve been on a bit of a Davids Tea spree lately and I’ve got a bunch of new teas from them that I need to log and add to my cupboard.
I’ve only tried prickly pear fruit a few times as it’s quite expensive and hard to find here, but it does make for a great mojito. It seems to be the dominant flavour in this blend along with pineapple. The tea is quite smooth, slightly sweet and pleasantly fruity though in a way that’s quite distinct from the myriad of other fruit-flavoured green teas that I’ve tried.
I picked up a discounted sampler box of winter-themed Tea Forte teas at work yesterday.
A lot of people have been hating on this tea and when I saw the hibiscus in the ingredients I wasn’t expecting much. But honestly? It’s not too bad. The sour, tangy hibiscus is kept to a manageable levels and there are some actual plum-likes flavours in there along with the warm notes of ginger. Not something I’d go out and buy on its own but it’s not horrible.
I just wasn’t enjoying this tea and in terms of medicinal value I use other herbs (echinacea, white horehound, licorice root) so I didn’t really need to keep the tea for that purpose (after this long I’m not even sure if it still retained its medicinal properties anyway). So instead it got made into tea compost for my garden. I hope my veggies enjoy it more than I did.
Sipdown. This tea got spicier as I got near the bottom of the bag – probably because the bits of cracked pepper all settled to the bottom despite my shaking it to try and redistribute it. And I do have to say the spicy bite is nice but the other spices and flavourings need to be stronger to accompany it – otherwise it just ends up being straight black pepper tea.
I finished off the matcha sample I got in the GCTT. This time I followed this latté recipe that I found on Red Leaf Tea’s website:
I didn’t quite have enough of the sample left to make up a tablespoon so I substitute with some plain matcha. The end result was really good – the flavour wad a bit muted, thanks to my additions and possibly the age of the sample, but I really could taste the raspberry and hint of that boozy-chocolate truffle flavour. I’v got a couple matcha samples from Red Leaf Tea kicking around so I’ll have to try out this recipe on them as well.
From the last round of the Great Canadian Traveling Teabox.
Ugh, I don’t know what it is about this tea but I’m really not liking it at all. I’ve had chrysanthemum in teas before but never by itself and the I’m finding the flavour to be rather off-putting. It has a musty, slightly bitter-herb flavour that reminds me very much of how the mums I plant in the garden smell. Bleh, I don’t know if I can finish the cup to be honest.
The problem I’ve had with some of Frank’s previous pumpkin teas is that they’re short on actual pumpkin flavour and overdose on cinnamon to compensate. This blend neatly avoids that pitfall and I can clearly taste the smooth, slightly sweet and nutty flavour of the pumpkin. Other people have complained about too much cardamom and cloves in this blend but I personally prefer more cardamom in my chais and I think cloves and pumpkin are a fantastic combination. I’m just drinking it plain right now but I could see this being a great latte as well. Much love.
I figured it was about time to change my icon – Go ’nucks! ;)
I was expecting something a bit sweeter and more cookie-like, to be honest. LiberTeas was correct in saying this comes across as more like a mild chai, I’d say. The most noticeable flavour is the ginger although it’s relatively low key compared to how it’s been in other blends. There’s also a nice little citrus-orange undertone with a hint of cinnamon. As the tea cools it develops a touch of sweetness, but it’s nothing that really brings to mind ‘cookies’. Still on it’s own it’s a quite a warm, pleasent tea.
Everyone loves this blend but all I can taste is hibiscus, bleh. It might have just been that the small sample I got had a larger than normal amount of hibiscus but I didn’t get much almond or vanilla or any of the rest. I maybe got a bit after I dumped a bunch of agave nectar in it, but that was it. Yeah, no.
So the boyfriend-creature and I went to San Diego for a week in mid-February and I only brought a few teabags with me thinking I could always buy more tea while I was there. Unfortunately I soon discovered that San Diego. Does. Not. Do. Tea. At all.
The hotel we stayed at didn’t even have so much a crappy Lipton teabag in its continental breakfast. And good luck finding something as basic as a Starbucks. My tea stash quickly ran out and this was becoming a serious problem because I need my caffeine otherwise I get cranky and tired (FYI coffee makes me sick so that was out).
Lo and behold I came a cross this cute little tea house in Balboa Park called the Tea Pavilion – it’s attached to the Japanese Friendship Garden (which is a lovely place by the way). This was the tea I picked out to try and damn was it good – rich, lightly sweet and bursting with creamy coconut flavour. It was so good that I asked them where they got their tea from and it turns out they’re supplied by a shop called the Tea Gallerie. The tea house owners were willing to sell me some of their bulk tea which saved me from having to track down their supplier myself. So I walked away with 100g of this lovely blend. I made myself a another cup this evening and it was every bit as good as I remembered it.