1747 Tasting Notes
I had my eye on this tea but unfortunately I wasn’t able to purchase any before it sold out. However thanks to Marzipan I have another shot at this blend. I like many of Frank’s genmaicha blends and this one isn’t bad – but it’s not really gingerbread. The ‘ginger’ part is there certainly giving the tea a nice bit of heat, but it’s lacking the other key flavours of the molasses and the allspice that give gingerbread its signature flavour.
Murchie’s loves its custom black tea blends, especially those in honor of British royalty. In addition to this blend they also created a blend for Queen Elizabeth’s Golden Jubilee as well as one for the royal wedding.
This is a nice, solid blend that incorporates characteristics from different black tea from around Asia and blends them together seamlessly. I can taste the grapey, muscatel tones of a Darjeeling without the astringency, some lightly malty flavours like you’d find in an Assam, and maybe the barest hint of peppery Yunnan. It has a surprising sweetness, particularly after it cooled off a bit and it’s quite smooth despite having such bold flavours. A great black tea that really shows the creator’s deft hand at blending.
I purchased this to make into iced tea but I wanted to try it hot first. I’m not a hibiscus fan but the ‘cherry’ drew me in. Unfortunately it’s not as strong in the hot tea as I would have wished. Surprisingly it’s not very sweet either considering all the little sugar snowflakes in the mix. Thankfully the hibiscus is also fairly muted so the end result is a fairly standard, mildly tart, berry flavour. It’s pretty ‘meh’ hot IMO, but I think it might have potential iced.
I was reaching into my tea cupboard to get my usual morning tea when I accidentally knocked out a small sample packet. I was surprised to see that it was a chai blend from our very own LiberTeas. I honestly have no memory of getting this tea so it must have come my way as part of a swap or Traveling Teabox.
I’ve been looking for a good black tea chai but I can never seen to find one that’s just right. I know it’s largely a matter of personal tastes but I find that most chais have too much of one spice or flavouring and it ends up dominating the tea. This tea on the other hand is very well balanced with each of the various spices getting their say. It’s a surprisingly versatile tea – light enough to to be drunk plain but strong enough that it holds up well to the addition of some milk and honey.
This really is a masterpiece of a tea. I hope that Liberteas might consider remaking this tea or something like it in the near future – perhaps when she takes over 52Teas from Frank. I could see this being a winner.
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The mix of creaminess and sweetness blends surprisingly well with the vegetale flavours of the green tea base. The base by itself would otherwise be pretty mediocre I think but the flavouring really improves matters. I don’t know if i like it enough to buy a large quantity of the blend but the small sample was enjoyable.
This sample came courtesy of the GCTTB – I love the name, it makes me think of the Transsiberian Orchestra… aaaaand now I’ve got their music running through my head. ;)
The smell of the tea is very cinnamon-heavy though that lightens up a bit in the flavour. There’s also this nice, fudgey chocolate flavour that I’m really liking. It reminds me of a Mexican chocolate brownie recipe I tried once that had dark chocolate flavoured with spices. Given the opportunity I was definitely buy more of this tea.
It was the sweet scent of maple that drew me in – plus I love the idea of a ‘Canadian Breakfast’ to go with all the ‘English breakfasts’ and ‘Irish breakfasts’ out there. This brews up into a brisk cuppa with lots of body, making it a good first-thing-in-the-morning tea. The maple flavour is subtle but it’s definitely there and I’m not sure if it’s the flavour or the tea base itself that has a lightly malty quality which is strange as that’s an attribute I normally associate with Assam teas but I checked the ingredients and there’s no Assam in this blend – just Ceylon and Keemun.
A good, solid tea – I could see this becoming a staple in my cupboard.
A very Canadian tea eh? ;P
Honeybush is a good choice of base for this blend because its natural sweetness blends well with the flavourings and enhances the sweetness without there being any need for sugar. The vanilla gives the tea a nice creaminess that reminds me of vanilla ice cream. There’s something maybe a tad artificial about the flavours, but overall it’s a nice blend.
If you love coconut this could well be the tea for you – mmmm coconut. It’s the predominant flavour in this tea but I can also taste the smooth, floral flavours typical of many green oolongs such as pouchong. It has a lovely, creamy mouthfeel and it actually remind me a bit of a particular rice pudding I’ve made that uses coconut milk as a base.
it also yields a decent resteep (@ 4:15 min) though it’s a bit less creamy this time ’round.