1622 Tasting Notes
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I’m not sure I would have purchased this tea normally, but it was on sale for 75% off when Teavana was staging their take-over so for that price I figured why not? I’ve drunk green chais before, but the addition of the peppermint as well as other herbals (bay leaves and stevia leaves) along with the usual chai suspects intrigued me. It smells nice – like a spicy chai but with cool, minty notes. Unfortunately the brewed tea tends to come across as being rather bitter; I think the addition of the stevia leaf was to try and alleviate this, but it didn’t really work in my opinion. It might also be that the green tea base itself is a bit too harsh. Whatever the reason, I’m afraid this tea doesn’t really do it for me – it’s just as well that I didn’t pay full price.
This is another tea I’m not sure really deserves to be called a proper chai because the spices are really quite muted – though the little bite of black pepper is nice and interesting. However I’m really liking the addition of the coconut to this tea which gives it a smooth, almost exotic flavour. It might be contributing to the oddly fruity taste I’m picking up when I drink it. I actually really like this tea but it’s not what I generally look for in a black chai.
I forgot to set the timer and ended up steeping this cup longer than I intended to, but the tea doesn’t seemed to have suffered for it. This is a fun tea as the name would suggest – it has a great, sweet banana flavour and smoothness that makes me think of banana cream pie. It certainly doesn’t need any extra sweetener added to it which is one thing I love about honeybush-based teas.
I feel a cold coming on – not surprising really as there’s usually something going around this time of year at the university. My taste buds haven’t been affected yet so I’ll post this tasting note while I still can. ;)
I can’t believe no one has thought to combine an earl grey with cheesecake flavours before. It produces a very smooth, almost creamy blend that’s reminiscent of a good cream earl grey but with the addition of that cheesecake hint of sourness. There’s an oddly fruity note that I’m also picking up, though this might be due to it having absorbed flavours from other teas in my cupboard as it was sitting in there for quite awhile. :/
Revisiting this tea. Hotter water and a bit longer steeping does bring out the cherry flavour and I’m picking up a bit of vanilla in the bargain. I’m not tasting any brandy, though I’m not feeling the lack too much. The white tea base was an excellent choice for this blend as it really compliments the flavours.
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.