1629 Tasting Notes
First of all, the art on the tin is awesome – I love dragons and the ‘get high on a pot’ bit made me laugh as well.
This is a really nice dragonwell, close to, if not as good as the one I get from my local tea shop. It’s a light, but full-bodied tea that tastes quite savory with the flavour of some sort of cooked green vegtable woven through it. It leave an interesting, almost salty aftertaste in my mouth that makes me think of miso soup.
This tea smell yummy enough though the flavour is a little bit on the weak side (possibly due to my short steeping time?). The black tea base is smooth and not to astringent and I can taste some strawberry flavour although the cake part is rather absent. Not a bad tea – I think I can work with this one. ;D
I bought this on my Boxing Week trip to Vancouver (I picked up a lot of tea during that time). I don’t normally drink many fruit tisanes but this one caught my interest being that it’s an apple-based tea instead of the usual berry-based ones. And even better – no hibiscus – whoot!
The apple flavour, predictably, is the strongest component of this tea and drinking it make me think of biting into a crisp, juicy Macintosh apple. It’s naturally sweet and there’s a faint hint of something spicy underneath as well. It’s a very ‘warm’ tea that, for me anyway, dredges up memories of Thanksgiving and Christmas time.
I tried this cup with a half-and-half mixture of hot water and hot skim milk, which gave the chai a thicker, creamier texture that I found more appealing than just using straight water. The rich, sweet vanilla flavour is quite easily apparent although it maybe makes the tea just a touch too sweet (again, it’s not as bad as other powdered chai mixes I’ve tried).
This does make a nice iced tea. It tastes quite fruity and refreshing although the hibiscus taste a bit stronger and more tart than it did when it was hot. Fortunately it doesn’t overwhelm the other flavours and the whole thing ends up being a nice mix of tangy and sweet.
My steeping cuppa had a faint, delicate floral scent that reminded me of wild honeysuckle blossoms. There’s a bit of that in the flavour too, although it’s quite a fresh-tasting sort of floral with little hints of honey. It has a surprising amount of presence for a tea that looks so light and subtle – yet it manages to linger on my tongue, making it hard to dismiss.
I managed to get a canister of this tea on sale at my local organic foods store which was lucky because it’s usually quite expensive and I likely wouldn’t have tried it otherwise.
I followed the steeping directions on the container that recommended 3/4 cup steamed (well heated in the microwave in my case) milk with 1 tbsp of the matcha powder, and I then filled the mug up the rest of the way with hot water. I didn’t wisk the matcha, I just made sure to stir it thoroughly with a spoon which seems to have gotten more or less the same result. The latte doesn’t look very matcha-ish being sort of an off-white colour, though there’s lots of nice froth on top – I love frothy lattes.
It’s a little bit short in the flavour department as the most prominent thing I can taste is the milk. Still I can tell that the matcha and chocolate are there – they’re just hiding. ;) The chocolate is the sort of flavour you’d find in a basic Cadbury hot chocolate mix, going for that sweet, milk chocolate flavour rather than the richer, bitter-sweet cocoa flavour. The grassy matcha is an interesting counterpoint to the chocolate – almost a yin to its yang or something silly like that.
This wasn’t bad at all for an experimental first cup, though next time I’ll add more of the powder and see if I can’t get more flavour out of it.