1722 Tasting Notes
The yerba mate leaves are quite fine, the sort of caliber you’d usually kind in your generic teabags. Interestingly the smaller leave sizes doesn’t seem to increase the drink’s bitterness as is often the case with actual tea. The leaves do have nice staying power though, keeping their flavour through several steeps.
I picked up this iced tea at a new bulk foods store that just opened in my neighborhood recently. They also sell loose-leaf tea, but considering that it’s no-name branded and stored in unsealed bins next to the bulk spices I think I’ll pass on those. Call me a tea snob, but whtever. ;)
This iced green tea manages to NOT be sickly sweet and despite having two different sweeteners in it (cane sugar and honey) has less sugar in general than most other bottled iced teas. I think the jasmine flavours make up some of the sweetness, though I’m not sure if the flowery notes really mesh with the tart green apple flavours. It’s still nicely thirst-quenching so I’m not inclined to be too picky.
UrbanZen Tea seems to be a farily new company (and Canadian!) and I like their all-natural, no preservatives, non high-fructose corn syrup approach to iced tea. Too bad more stores don’t carry their products.
There’s just something about the taste of this tea that reminds me of Buckley’s cough syrup – the one that has the slogan “It Tastes Aweful. And It Works” for good reason. Its ingredients include things like camphor and pine oil, and maybe it’s purely psycological but I swear I’m tasting those things in this tea. It’s not all bad, I’m geting a nice, fruity kiwi note in the aftertaste. But let’s be honest, the only time I want to taste Buckley’s is when I’ve got a bad bout of the flu.
So that’s the end of this tea. I know I said it was a fairly average chai, but I have noticed that it has a smokey quality to the leaves. So either they’ve been contaminated with soemthing else or the blender used a Russian Caravan or some other smokey tea for the base. I still don’t think that makes this tea rave worthy, though it tastes good enough with milk and honey stirred into it.
This tea has a really interesting scent being very herbal and sweet with hints of fruit and spices. I can totally tell there’s ginseng in there as there really isn’t anything else that smells like ginseng does.
The flavour of the tea seems to go in waves, first lightly fruity, then there are hints of cinnamon, then it finishes off with the rather herbal-tasting ginseng and the licorice root, the later leaving a sweet aftertaste in my mouth. There’s not really one ingredient that really comes to the fore – not even the ginseng – instead it all just sort of blends together. It makes for an interesting mix of flavours, but not an unlikeable one.
I was quite excited about this tea as Frank’s cheesecake blends tend to be a big hit with me. Unfortunately while I can smell the cheesecake flavours, they aren’t really present in the flavours. And it seems to have the same problem that the Pumpkin Pie black tea had in that you can’t really taste any of the actual pumpkin. Instead the flavour is mostly what I’d call pumpkin pie spices, like cinnamon and cloves.
I’ve got to say I’m rather disapointed. :(