1663 Tasting Notes
It was pretty much a requirement for me as a Canadian to give this tea a try – actually Frank didn’t have to twist my arm that much – I love his cheesecake-flavoured blends. Ti Kwan Yin was a good choice for the base because the tea’s natural sweetness really brings out the maple flavours and its smoothness compliments the creamy cheesecake flavours. This tea is well-worth the few dollars extra it cost as a ‘V.I.T.’.
I picked up a small amount of this tea on the way home from work today. I’m a bit of a sucker for pumpkin-flavoured things, especially this time of year when it starts to get cold, damp and windy.
The smell of the brewing tea filled up the house – spicy and sweet and very autumn-y. The flavour isn’t quite cheesecake, although there’s certainly some rich, creamy notes in there courtesy of the white chocolate. There’s something that’s very strongly reminiscent of a graham cracker crust in the flavour with that same honeyed sweetness – in that regard the red rooibos base actually works really well for this tea. There are some spices but they’re rather subdued and this clearly isn’t intended to be a chai-like tea.
It sort of misses a bit where it comes to the flavours it’s trying to replicate, but it’s still a lovely tea on its own. I’m definitively buying more before it sells out.
I just heard the news about Butiki closing its doors – I’ll have to make sure I purchase all their teas that I wanted to try before they’re all sold-out. :(
This tea is aptly named – I get a distinctly floral/lilac scent mixed with a fruity aroma as the tea steeps. The sweet floral notes – a distinctive characteristic of many green oolong – are present in the flavour as well. And yes there are definitely some nice fruity pineapple flavours, though I think they could stand to be a touch more prominent.
I’d never heard of Pluck Teas until we started selling it at the Chapters bookstore where I work. We only sell five blends although apparently the company makes quite a few more. I acquired this one when I was receiving a box of teas and accidentally cut too deeply with my utility knife, slicing the top pouch open. My boss knows I Iove tea, so she just wrote it off and gave it to me.
This white tea is a bit – twiggy I guess, lots of little bits of stems, although there’s plenty of nice, whole leaves too. The icewine flavour is quite distinct, a slightly boozy fruity grape flavour – it actually verges on being a bit too much, so I don’t think I’d steep this tea longer. Altogether I quite enjoyed it – maybe I’ll see if I can’t ‘accidentally’ acquire more Pluck teas from work. ;)
These ingredients seem to be a bit of an odd combination but I was drawn to it because it had mango in it but no hibiscus (ick). Also I’ve been on the look-out for more herbal/decaffeinated teas as my supply of those is getting low (and yet my tea cupboard is still overflowing).
I’ve always liked the flavour of chamomile – good quality stuff has a herbal apple/pineapple flavour to it and here it mixes well with the fruity mango flavours. It’s a very smooth blend with a rich, creamy undertone.
I only purchased a small amount as a tester but I’ll definitely replenish it when I’m done.
I’m drinking this tea with skim milk this morning – I wasn’t sure how the oolong would handle it but it seems to work out fine. The robust Irish breakfast black tea seems to dominate anyway, although I get a bit of a woodsy undertone from the oolong. The milk really brings out the vanilla and hazelnut flavours nicely making it a soothing, comfortable tea to be drinking on a grey, cold morning like this.
I’m glad that I took enough of this tea to try it iced as well as hot, because cold it’s miles away a better drink. I did it up the lazy way where I brewed a cup, sweetened it with a spoonful of local honey and let it cool in the fridge. It literally tastes like fresh strawberries were juiced into my glass. I’m not sure whether it was the temperature or the honey that tamed the hibiscus but thankfully it’s barely an afterthought. So tasty and thirst-quenching. I’ll have to buy more now that Adagio has (finally!) lowered their international shipping rates.