1684 Tasting Notes
After trying the guava-flavoured tea from the same sampler I was more than a bit wary about the other teas, but this one has helped to allay my fears. It’s a nice, refreshing citrus flavour that pairs well with the white tea base. It’s not exactly remarkable, but it’s certainly good for a bagged tea.
I always get at least one or two different teas for Christmas despite my boyfriend loudly (and publicly) moaning and groaning over how much I already have. This year I got a bunch of those little stackable tins from DT’s winter collection. I’ve had a look at this particular blend in the store in the past but I’ve always passed it by because of the way it smells strongly of dill (despite there not being any dill in the tea at all).
However it seems that I unfairly maligned this tea as it’s actually very nice (and thankfully nothing like dill pickles). The coconut give it a smooth creamy flavour that goes well with the cool, fresh mint. I’m glad to have found a caffeine-free herbal tea that isn’t a tart fruit flavour.
This Christmas one of my gifts was an assorted box of Tea of Life black, green, and white teabags, mostly in fruit flavours.
This one certainly smelled promising – the scent was very much like actual guava and not just Generic Tropical Fruit Flavour™. And at first the flavour seems nice too, the green tea base wasn’t too harsh (always a challenge with bagged green teas because of the broken tea leaves usually used) and the flavour was distinctly guava. The problem is that after the initial fruity notes came an unpleasant aftertaste that I really dislike. It tasted almost rotten to me. I’m not sure where it’s coming from or if maybe that batch of tea was somehow spoiled. But the end result is that it completely ruined the tea for me. :(
From the GCTTB
This is recommended as an iced tea but I have enough for two servings so I wanted to try it hot first. Interestingly enough, the steeping tea smells very much like Lipton powdered iced tea mix. Thankfully it ends up tasting better – at this temperature it’s not really remarkable – black tea lightly flavoured with tangy lemon. The lemon is thankfully quite gentle and natural-tasting as there is nothing worse than tea that tastes like it could be used as an industrial-strength cleaner.As it stands now I wouldn’t buy the tea to drink hot, but I’ll use what’s left to brew up a cup of iced tea and then we’ll see.
Sipdown. I’ve discovered that the secret to making this tea taste like heaven is adding about teaspoon of this cranberry/vanilla/orange homemade simple syrup to the tea along with some skim milk. Not exactly healthy, but omg does it taste good!
My DT store sold out of this blend fast so I actually ended up ordering it online which always feels a bit silly to me as the store is literally a ten minute walk from my house.
I love Indian food and the garam masala mixed in with the tea smelled heavenly. It give the tea a warm, slightly savory tone to it to match the sweet malted flavour of molasses. It’s a very homey sort of tea and one I hope DT brings back next fall.
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.