1722 Tasting Notes
Frank always comes up with such interesting and innovative tea blends – for instance I’ve certainly never seen a lemon-flavoured chai put out by any other tea company! It certainly is lemony and the chai spices make a good counterpoint to the sour citrus. I’m not really getting the ‘meringue’ part though as the marshmallow root just doesn’t really come through and there’s not very much sweetness. However this is without anything added to the tea – I’ll experiment with adding milk and sweetener to see if that changes things. I’ve found that milk in particular can radically alter the flavours of some black teas.
This is one of the teas that the bookstore I work at stocks without fail, so I decided to do some ‘research’ so I could make good recommendations to the customers (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it). ;)
I’ve always found that Harney & Sons manages to straddle the line between putting out a high quality product but at the same time still being affordable and accessible even for those not well-versed in tea knowledge. This tea is good example – it’s refined with the sweet caramel and creamy vanilla flavours but at the same time the hint of tangy bergamot is familiar (just about everyone has tried earl grey at some point in their lives). I could see this tea becoming a staple in my cupboard.
It’s been a while since I drank this tea so I decided to give it another go with slightly different steeping parameters. My opinion of the tea remains pretty much unchanged however, though drinking it now it comes across as being even more chai-like with not much of any brandy (or indeed any alcohol) flavours. This tea may go on the ‘to swap’ pile – I know there’s a Traveling Teabox coming my way in the near future.
I’m really not sure what to think of this tea to be honest – it’s not outright unpleasant, but I don’t precisely love it either. The bergamot and peach flavours merge together in way that’s a bit like mango – but not quite – though mango is the closest analogy to what I’m actually tasting that I can think of. It’s distinctly tangy, especially when the tea is hot and gradually more sweetness creeps in as the temperature of liquid falls. It’s an interesting blend and I can honestly say I haven’t really tried a tea like this before. I may have to play around with it a bit before I can give a verdict.
Another tea that smells good enough to eat – like fruit and caramel. The flavour is distinctly cakey and sweet – like caramelized brown sugar. There’s also a slight fruity undertone although it subtle and I can’t really pick out any fruit in particular. This tea is delicious – like dessert in a cup. I hope Davids Tea brings this blend back next winter because I’d say it’s my favourite out of all the teas that were in the Winter Sampler.
I reduced the steeping time which helped a little bit but this tea still has a rather unpleasantly bitter, almost chemical-like tang to it. I think a sweetened chocolate flavour would have worked better than raw cocoa. I’m adding this tea to my swap/give away pile.
This tea got hosed pretty thoroughly by the reviewers, but I wanted to at least give it the benefit of the doubt and try it anyway.
On paper it sounds like it should work – chocolate oolong sounds like a delectable combination. The smell is fantastic – it’s like those boozy chocolate truffles I remember selling back when I worked at Purdy’s Chocolates. I see what people mean about the licorice flavour though – it’s like they tried to use it to sweetened the tea and added a bit too much as it sort of muscles in on the chocolate flavours. Now I don’t mind licorice root, but it doesn’t really mesh with the chocolate and I’m pretty sure this wasn’t what Davids Tea was going for.
This is another tea I’ve been saving up knowing that once my tin is gone there’s no more where it came from. :(
The smell is incredible – it made me think of freshly-baked shortbread cookies and it made my stomach growl it was so good. The flavour is just as wonderful with a distinctly cookie-ish taste with just a hint of sugary sweetness and almond flavour is that of lightly toasted almonds rather than fresh (or almond extract).
I think I might be in love…which is problematic. Has anyone managed to find an alternate supplier?