1473 Tasting Notes
Yum, adding some agave nectar really brings out the fruity kiwi flavour. Why are good kiwi-flavoured teas so hard to find?
This is a little one-cup sample that I brought back from my last trip to Vancouver. The Granville Island Tea Co seems to have a standard tea they use as a base for their black tea blends which is a decent, if not terribly inspired, Ceylon Orange Pekoe. The citrus bergamot is nicely balanced with the creamy vanilla notes. It’s a blend that’s fine for drinking plain, though in my opinion it’s better with milk. A fairly standard cream earl grey, all told.
This blend is very smooth for a black with almost none of the tannins I can usual taste in an Asian black tea. There’s a creamy note that I’m not sure if it’s the coconut or the base itself, but whichever it is it’s quite nice. The lime isn’t overpowering but it adds a nice little citrus zing to the blend. Too bad this one seems to have been discontinued.
This was another tea taken from the Traveling Teabox during its stop at my place. It might be that this sample is rather old and lost it’s flavouring, but I’m not really getting much beyond rooibos and bit of fruity blueberry flavour out of this tea. I can’t taste anything even remotely resembling cheesecake, which is disappointing, especially since this tea has gotten a lot of good reviews.
This came from the traveling teabox – there was only a teaspoon’s worth so there’s no going back now. ;)
Nothing about this blend really stands out much for me, it’s mostly green rooibos with a bit of extra citrus flavouring. There’s a bit of coconut in there too but it could stand to be stronger. This isn’t an objectionable tea, but it could also be so much better.
I can totally see this as an iced tea, it’s got that fresh, thirst-quenching quality to it that would be wonderful in hot weather. The flavours are sweet and juicy – a mix of mostly peach but there’s a little bit of citrus tucked in there as well. The white tea base compliments the flavours well by giving the tea structure but not drowning the out the fruity notes.
I can’t believe I never reviewed this tea – I’ve been drinking it for months! I suppose now is as good a time as any to fix that.
I’d actually expected this tea to have a bit more bite to it than it actually does given that it has both chili pepper flakes and peppercorns blended in it. But it’s actually fairly mild and the dominant flavour is probably the chocolate which is rich and cocoa-y. It goes quite nicely with milk, but a touch more spice would be my preference.
This is from a sample packet from god-knows-when that I dug out of my cupboard this morning. I like the blend of spices that Frank uses in his chais as I find them nicely balance. I taste the same thing with this tea but there’s an added creamy vanilla note that makes it seem decadent. I’m not getting that much cheesecake flavour, but that might be due to the age of the sample rather than any failing on the tea’s part.
This is the first time I’ve seen a tea made into little pastilles that you unwrap like a Lifesaver. It has a sweet floral, slightly hay-like scent and it expands into a surprisingly large amount of tea once it’s soaked up a bit of water.
The flavour has a natural light sweetness that actually remind me a bit of certain silver needle white teas I’ve drank, with notes of fresh hay and sweet grass. There’s also a bit of a tart, fruity hint, probably from the goji berries. It’s a bit odd having goji berries steeped in tea, as I usually just munch on them as a snack. Overall the blend is light and sweet enough to be refreshing without being cloying and quite enjoyable to drink.
Sip down! I found that as I drank more of this tea I liked it less and less. It’s just too much sour herbal to be my cup of tea (*rimshot *) and while sweetening does improve it somewhat I’ve had better herbal blends that didn’t require a ton of sugar.