1658 Tasting Notes
This tea came from the GCTT and it’s in sachet form.
I took of sip of this plain and even with the short steeping time I still found it too strong with a vague burnt caramel flavour. But then I added some skim milk to my mug and that smoothed out the bitterness and gave the tea a biscuity undertone. Then, even though I don’t often sweeten my teas, I added about half a tsp of brown sugar (I was cooking at the time – Thai food, yum). That’s the ticket as it turns out, and the flavour turned into something that reminded me of those cookies that have bits of toffee baked into them. So ultimately quite tasty but the trick is apparently the additives.
This tea isn’t on the Granville Island Tea Co’s website so I don’t know if this blend is just a one-off or a special holiday blend of some sort. The recommended steeping temperature was surprisingly low despite the fact that the oolong looks to be a fairly dark one, but I went with the package instructions this time just to see.
The flavour was quite surprising – I wouldn’t necessarily call it tropical, to me it was more like a mix of citrusy orange and sweet berries. It’s certainly never a combination that I’ve tasted in a tea before and I find that I quite like it though I’m going to play with the steeping parameters a bit.
Sipdown. I must have liked this tea less than I initially thought I did if it took me this long to finish the bag. I’m glad they didn’t bring this one back as part of the current winter collection. Although the idea of this tea is a good one unfortunately the execution wasn’t so hot.
This is one of the many teas that came out of the Great Canadian Travelling Teabox when it made its stop at my house. It’s currently miserably cold outside – 27 celcius with the windchill (that’s about -17 for you Americans) so I wanted to try something warming and spicy.
It certainly smells spicy, though the flavours I taste are mostly orange and sweet cinnamon. It’s not bad for a red rooibos and I find the base actually works fairly well with those two flavours in particular. I wouldn’t pay money for it but that’s just my personal preferences as I’m not a huge red rooibos fan.
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This is another sample that came with my Davids Tea order. Apparently it’s one of DT’s most popular blends and I can certainly see the appeal even if it isn’t necessarily my absolute fav (I still reserve that place for their pumpkin chai).
You can barely tell it’s a rooibos base apart from the lack of caffeine as the coconut and spices are quite distinctive. There are cloves and cinnamon in there as well as a slight bite from the peppercorns and he coconut gives the tea just the right amount of sweet, nutty flavour. I wouldn’t mind actually buying some of this tea down the road when my cupboard isn’t stuffed to overflowing.
This is another Lupicia tea that came my way via the Great Canadian Traveling Teabox. I was a bit skeptical at the steeping directions as it seems like too long and hot a steep for a green tea – but somehow the tea comes out tasting fine. It has a delicious savory flavour with a toasted, nutty undertone and it’s a distinctly chestnut sort of nutty – rich and strong and distinctive.
I got this as one of my three samples that came with my Davids Tea order. I have a DT store in my town but they were all out of Pumpkin Patch and Mango Lassi and I wanted to stock up before they were gone. It seemed a fair trade for the cost of shipping.
The tea smells quite tasty – sweet and nutty though I was rather alarmed when it turned bright pink when I added water. Thankfully the cause was beetroot rather than the dreaded hibiscus – though it still begs the question as why a tea like this has to be bright pink to begin with – it’s more than a little incongruous.
It tastes very much like freshly-baked banana bread – mostly minus the bananas. It’s nutty and sweet with a warm, baked undertone. It makes a wonderful dessert tea.