1474 Tasting Notes
Yum, the tea smells like one of those vanilla nut lattés that they used to serve at Starbucks before they got all cheap and crappy. With teas that are a mix of more than one kind (in this case black tea and oolong) it’s hard to determine what the steeping parameters should be (Adagio’s are always vague at best) so to be on the safe side I went with what I’d usually do for the lighter tea (it’s a dark oolong so about 90°C).
The flavour is nice and quite bold with the hazelnut being especially noticeable. The oolong gives it a bit of sweetness as the tea cools and the vanilla smooths out some of the harsher notes from the Irish Breakfast, so it all works together pretty well.
Another blend that I’ve been drinking but never got around to logging. This tea reminds me a bit of Davids Tea’s Toasted Walnut with its rich nutty flavours. It’s sweet with hints of creamy white chocolate and the green tea base is light and refreshing enough to keep it from being too cloying. By all the rights the camomile shouldn’t really belong in a blend like this, but somehow it works.
I’m glad I bought a big bag of this tea – I’ll be able to enjoy it for awhile yet. :)
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.
Sipdown. I brewed up the last of this as a traditional style chai which was very delish.
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. :/
Sipdown – I fiddled a bit with the leaf amount and steaping time but I was never able to get more flavour out of this tea. Even with milk, it never improved beyond basic-black-tea-with-a-hint-of-cinnamon.
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.