1684 Tasting Notes
I’m always on the lookout for a good chai, particularly this time of year when the warm spiciness is appreciated. This one is a CTC style mixed with pieces of spices and a few rose petals. The scent is lovely and fragrant but unfortunately it doesn’t transfer entirely over to the flavour as I find it a bit mild for something billed as a ‘spicy’ chai. Still it’s nice and I can still distinctly taste cardamom, cloves and a hint of what I think might be black pepper. No real rose flavour though, sadly. The base is also nice for a CTC, robust without being too harsh or astringent.
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.