1601 Tasting Notes
Has it really been twenty days since I last made a tasing note? 0_o The usual end of semester stuff has been causing me a lot of stress and I haven’t really been trying any new teas. This is another sample I got from Meghann I believe. I don’t get to try many Rishi teas as they charge an arm and leg for shipping to Canada so it was a nice surprise when I was rummaging around for a random tea to try and dug this out of my Cupboard.
Despite the hibiscus pauses to shudder it really isn’t all that tart – or at least not beyond what I’d expect out of a fruity-tasting tea like this. And TeaEqualsBliss is right, it does sort of taste like (warm) KoolAid although the white tea also manages to impart an interesting light, floral aftertaste. This is another tea I’d like to experiment with having iced I think.
Well uping the steeping temperature/time made the sour cherry flavour a bit stronger, but this tea is still a long way from being black forest cake. It needs a sweeter, creamy element to it for it to work, I think. And chocolate – you can’t have black forest cake without the chocolate cake layers and chocolate shavings, yum!
I opened the little sample pouch of this tea I got as part of the Valentine’s Swee-tea exchange (thanks AmazonV!). At least I think this tea is what the ‘Neapalitain’ lable is refering to… ⌐_⌐
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love how Frank uses real flavouring that you can see right in the tea. I’m finding big cocoa nibs, pieces of vanilla bean, and bits of dried strawberry all mixed in with the honeybush – it’s great. The result does smell very much like Neapolitan ice cream which makes me a feel a bit nostalgic as I haven’t had that particular type of ice cream in years but it was a pretty common treat at my house when I was a kid.
The flavour doesn’t quite get there in terms of authenticity, although it certainly makes a game effort. The chocolate flavour seems to dominate everything else to some extent and I wish the strawberry in particular made up more of the flavour profile. Despite that, I’d still count this as another awesome blend from 52Teas. :)
The owner of the Granville Island Tea Co. told me that this is one of their most popular blends, though I do wonder if that has partially to do with the fact that Granville Island is a popular tourist destination and ice wine is becoming known as a rather Canadian sort of thing – like maple syrup.
I found the smell of this tea to be richly sweet and quite fruity\grapey. It doesn’t smell fermented or yeasty like actual wine might, which I’m thankful for as I think that would be rather off-putting. The flavour is quite strong and authentic as if I’d actually mixed ice wine with the black tea in my cup. The flavour is very wine-like but sweeter and with a hint of something a bit floral on the aftertaste.
I really enjoyed this blend; maybe next time I’m in Vancouver I’ll buy a full pouch rather than the little sample of it got on my last visit.
This is a pretty classic black tea blend and the Granville Island Tea Co does it quite well. The tea is a bit on the astringent side, which actually ends up working with the lemon and strawberry flavours by bringing out the fruitiness. Milk or any sort of dairy would be a big no-no for this tea I think, although a bit of honey might work fine. It’s a light, summer-y sort of tea that brings to mind fancy afternoon tea parties out in the garden on a nice day. It would probably make a good iced brew for this reason as well.
I wasn’t terribly thrilled with my last experience with Vykasa tea (see the Tropical Fruits tea) but I found this one on sale for $3 at my local Winners/HomeSense store, so I decided to give it a try.
It was…surprisingly nice. The ginger is present without being too hot and spicy and the melony flavour of the canteloupe isn’t overwhelmed by it. I’m not sure why it’s called a ‘chai’ unless that’s just to refer to the ginger because I can’t really pick up any other spices in the tea. None the less, I found it an interesting and enjoyable drink.
The first steep of this tea (at 3:30 mins) was strongly bakey with a distinct roasted-grains flavour more like what I’d expect from a dark Formosa oolong. This was noticably toned down in the second steeping (at 4:45 mins) though the flavour overall remained full and strong. I also picked up some vegetal notes now that the roasted flavour wasn’t as overwhelming and there’s a hint of sweet at the end of each sip, though it’s not what I’d consider to be ‘raisin sugar’. A pretty decent dark oolong over all.
I think I’m in love. This tea is the definition of chocolatey – I could smell it thoughout the house while it was steeping, making my mouth practically water with anticipation. The flavour is sheer chocoholic’s heaven, the rich taste of chcolate blending seemlessly with the sweetness of the honeybush base and enhanced by the malt notes. I can totally see how adding some milk and a touch of sweetener would make this taste like a chocolate shake. I think I might try that with my next cup of the tea. Yummy!