1765 Tasting Notes
The last time I was in the Granville Island Tea Co in Vancouver they’d just got several new oolong teas in stock and I grabbed a small sample of this one to try as it was fairly expensive I seem to recall.
It’s clearly a fairly green oolong which the floral aroma seems to bear out. There’s also some sort of small, purple flower that’s mixed in with the loosely-rolled tea leaves, though I think that’s more for visual appeal than anything else.
There’s a surprising bakey note at the start of each sip but that fades into a smooth, slightly floral flavour at the end. There’s also hints of sweetness and maybe something vegetal mixed in with everything. This oolong kept its flavour well for several steeps and stayed pretty consistant throughout.
It doesn’t quite beat the awesome Iron Goddess of Mercy that this tea company also carries, but it’s a good, easy-drinking tea.
Even though this tea isn’t strictly a chai blend, I decided to turn the last bit of this into a latte using the recipe guidelines on Chai Wallah’s website: http://www.chai-wallah.com/makingchai.html
My boyfriend and I both enjoyed it even though I missed the cardamom notes that you’d normally taste in a chai.
I was very disapointed when T closed their retail store in Vancouver as I particularly enjoyed their own version of a gingerbread latte. They still operate online (at http://www.tealeaves.com/) so at least I can still purchase their teas.
Following other people’s suggestions, I tried adding agave nectar to my cup this morning and while I found that it did give the tea an interesting kettle-corn flavour it didn’t do much for the astringency of the tea base. It’s a nice idea but I’m afraid I still don’t care much for this blend.
I’ve been drinking this tea for awhile but for one reason or another just never had the time to write a tasting note for it. It isn’t bad for a red rooibos tea, the banana for one isn’t a flavour you often find in teas and it’s subtle but nice here. The chocolate could stand to be a bit stronger – I’ve noticed that the chocolate chips in this blend don’t dissolve easily, which is usually a indicator of cheap, low-quality chocolate (I used to work at Purdy’s Chocolates). Tsk, tsk, Frank. ;)
I was at a Chinese market today with some friends and I needed something to drink. This caught my eye and it was cheap so I picked up a can. I’ve never had chrysanthemum tea before. although I’ve grown the flowers and I know that it’s used a fair bit in eastern medicine.
I can’t say I was super impressed, but that might be because of the cane sugar. The drink was a touch too sweet and it managed to dominate the flavour unfortunately. It does have an interesting herbal/floral taste that slightly resembles the way the flowers smell, which makes sense I suppose. Still it’s not anything I’d run out to buy again.
How come I never blogged about this tea before? Well I can remedy that now at least. I love tropical fruits particularly mangos – my dream tea is probably some weird, Frankenstein-ian mix of chocolate, cherry and mango.
The coconut scent was quite powerful at first, but as the tea steaped the scent of the fruits gradually seep in. Coconut was also the flavour that I first picked up on in each sip, but it didn’t diminish the other flavours that followed – a mix that managed to be more than just ‘generic tropical fruit flavour’. I could definitely pick out pinapple and papaya, though I wasn’t sure about the mango. Either way I found it to be totally exotic and delectable. _
I tried adding milk and sweetener to this tea like some people suggested, but I didn’t find much of an improvement. There was maybe a tad more blueberry flavour but not enough for me to revise my rating of this tea. This is one tea that’ll probably go up for adoption some time in the near future.
I got a sample of this tea awhile back but I’ve forgotten who it was from – so whoever you are, thanks for the tea!
The dry tea smells like a tasty combination of vanilla and butterscotch which I could sit and sniff all day. :D Interestingly the rum/butterscotch is very subtle in the tea itself; the dominant flavour is the cream with hints of coconut. I’ve been drinking it with milk so that might be skewing the flavours a bit, but I would have maybe liked a bit more of the rum to come through.
I was expecting this tea to taste peachier than it actually does. There’s a hint of fruit flavour but I think that comes mostly from the oolong leaves themselves. Mostly it tastes like a fairly typical dark oolong – a mix of bakey and moss/wet bark-like flavours (in case you were wondering, I’ve never actually eaten moss or wet bark, but this tea is what I’d imagine they’d taste like).