1845 Tasting Notes
I was staying in the area for a follow-up appointment with a doctor at Vancouver General, and this place was conveniently two blocks down both from my hotel and the hospital. It was earlier afternoon and I hadn’t had lunch so I ordered a slice of quiche and a pot of this tea. I love how they serve the tea in a little french press and you get to choose from a collection of pretty teas cups to drink your tea out of.
The quiche was decent, if not spectacular, but the tea was wonderful. It had a nice Ceylon base that complimented the oaky-peaty flavour of the whiskey. I had the first cup plain and the rest with milk and found that I enjoyed it equally both ways. Next time I’m back that way I’ll definitely buy some of the loose leaf tea.
I was never able to try Peach Hoppitea so I don’t have anything to compare this to. The first sip was unpleasantly bitter, a combination of the hops and Darjeeling base, I think. As I sipped though, the bitterness eased and I began to pick up the fruity flavour of the peaches on the end of each sip.
I’m not sure I really care for this tea, the bitterness is a bit too much to be truely enjoyable. I’ll give it a try with some honey next time to see if that improves matters
I’m finally getting around to drinking all those little 1 oz pouches I bought when Frank was clearing out his stock before turning the company over to LiberTeas. This one was a nice surprise, the malty flavour of a decent-quality Assam blended with smooth, slightly sweet vanilla and marshmallow flavours. I wonder if LiberTeas would consider bringing this one back?
Got a sample of this tea in my latest DT order and while I know what a soursop is (thank you Amazon Trail) I’ve never eaten one. They do sell soursop juice at my local Superstore, maybe I should try it and see how the flavours compare. I love the delicious tropical, fruity scent of the tea – it’s like pineapple mixed with the ripest, juiciest strawberries. The flavour is a bit of a let down because while I do get a flavour similar to the scent there’s a strange, artificially sweet aftertaste like stevia – even though there’s no stevia listed in the ingredients. It was a fun tea to try but I don’t think I’d buy a full pouch of this blend.
I found a small sample of this tea tucked away that I’ve had for who-knows-how-long – probably the last time the GCTTB came through about a year ago. The tea leave look more like flattened piece of a dried seaweed than tea to me and they don’t ‘puff up’ at all during the brewing process. The tea has a pleasantly sweet scent that’s reminiscent of certain green oolongs. The flavour is lightly floral and a little bit fruity with a grassy, slightly toasty finish. The description mentioned apricots and I can definitely see that, though that wasn’t quite what came to mind for me when I sipped it. A very nice, high-quality green with a rather unique flavour profile.
First flush Darjeelings are so finicky but when you get it right the tea is very nice. I’ll admit that I was a bit dubious that Davids Tea could produce a decent first flush but this one isn’t bad. It’s got a faintly sweet vegetal, grassy flavour with notes of fresh walnuts. It’s not overly harsh and it’s fairly forgiving with the steeping parameters – though that doesn’t mean you should treat it like your English Breakfast! If you’d never tried a first flush before, this is the tea I’d point you towards.
I picked up some of this tea a few days back. I’m not normally a fan of hibiscus but it’s for a good cause so I decided to give it a try. I love the smell – it’s like a cross between fruit punch and dried cherries – which is a bit odd as there aren’t any cherries in this blend. The flavour is tart but not as sour as I feared, the stevia sweetened it just enough for it to turn into a pleasantly fruity-berry flavour. I’ll have to try icing this one.