576 Tasting Notes
I am pretty sure this is the same as the Metropolitan Tea Company Tea but I am not sure as the website doesn’t have a description up yet.
I bought this one based on smell. There was no ingredients listed on the jar. It smelled like a sweet black tea, kind of spicey like a chai. But not super chai or anything.
I did not realize, there must be chocolate in this tea. I am not a huge chocolate tea fan, but I can handle some blends. This tea has a chocolately taste. Reminds me more of rocky road. It is quite sweet because there are sprinkles in it. There are fall spices, cinnamon. Not a lot of cardamom like would be in chai.
Overall an ok blend. I like the name of the tea more than the tea itself. Ha ha. It got a bit bitter towards the end of the cup, but I also let it steep longer than usual because I forgot about it. Oops.
Ok so I think I got this one now. Finally picked up some honey. (Side rant: who keeps the honey by the bread, I walked around the the store 3 times – ridiculous).
I brewed with about 1/2 tsp of honey. It is much sweeter with the honey. There is a honey flavour to the tea now. But the biggest change, is the first thing I taste is blueberry. Like a thick blueberry jam. Then there is a light lemonish taste. Further on in the sip, there is more of a tart lemon rind flavour, which then changes into the smokey base. It is much better when it is hot vs when it starts to cool off. Much more of a complex tea with the honey. It was good with maple syrup too, I am surprised at how different the flavour profiles are between honey and maple syrup.
I have had this in my cupboard for a long time and obviously forgot about it. You know you have too much tea when…
The dry tea smells just like ginger coffeecake. The taste of the hot brewed tea is the same. It is strong, spicey, yet sweet gingerbread. You can almost feel the heaviness of the coffeecake. There is bready/cakey flavours underneath the ginger taste.
This tea was excellent while hot, but I found it started to lose some of its taste as it cooled off.
I made this yesterday and didn’t seem to get much other than a smokey black base. Caleb from Handmade Tea commented on my post to try it as a longer steep, lower temp and with honey.
So I thought I would give it a go. Except I don’t have any honey. It was one of those things where you use the last of the honey and think oh, I have to get more of this when I do groceries. Then you forget about it until you go to get the honey and it is not in the cupboard.
So I tried the first cup with some brown rock sugar. It definitely sweetened it up a bit and tasted better, but I still really only got sweet, lightly smokey, black base.
The second cup I added real maple syrup. Now it is pretty much a given that I will like this because I am Canadian and liking maple syrup is part of my genetic make up. This did taste much better. It brought out the blueberry flavour. Tasted like smokey blueberry compote. But I was only getting very little lemon flavour.
This is definitely promising. I will have to pick up some honey and continue experimenting with sweetening the tea. But definitely lower temps and sweetener is key.
Thanks for this sample Sil!
I was anticipating this to be a typical somewhat astringent, bitter but bold breakfast blend. But it was actually quite smooth. No bitterness or astringency. I would say it was medium boldness but I also did not steep for too long. There is a bit of a natural wood-sy taste to it. The liquor is slightly sweet, its thick and creamy. Lupicia recommends to add milk, I can see why that would taste really good, but I am actually liking this one straight. Surprising since I don’t usually like breakfast blends. But I guess this is not a breakfast blend, it is an English blend!
Edit: Made this as a cold brew as well. Brewed for about 8 hours. Its not as good as a cold brew. Some bitterness and much more of a strange floral flavour.
I knew I would like this tea just by reading the description. But it was never available in Canada, no matter where I looked. I couldn’t even get it online unless I paid huge amounts for shipping (more for shipping than the tea). So I was super excited when I found it online at a Canadian retailer, and ordered some.
Two days after my internet order, I stumbled across this in a local health food store for super cheap.
It is delicious. The dry tea smells like orange rind and clove. The brewed tea tastes like orange, cinnamon and clove. There is some sweetness to it. A bit of orange rind but it is very light, and mostly adds a sweet and spicey taste. The black tea is fairly mild, but it is also the decaf version, so I am not sure if that is why it is mild or not.
I feel like this tea was made just for me!
Not sure about this one yet. The dry tea smells lightly smokey. There are peices of lemon peel and dried blueberries mixed amongst the black tea. After brewing, I can only smell the smokey tea.
The brewed tea mostly just tastes of a really light smokey tea, like a very mild lapsang. As the tea cools a bit, I am getting sour/tart lemoney notes mixed amongst the smoke. After it has cooled to room temp it has almost a milky taste and texture. I did not get any blueberry/plum or any sweetness. The aftertaste was a bit astringent.
I think I am going to have to play around with this one. Maybe adding some sweetener and trying cold. Not sure…
Of my handmade tea subscription, this tea was the one I was most excited for after it came out. It took a long time for me to get it, but now I have it and couldn’t wait to try it.
The dry tea reminds me of a cannelloni with a cream tomato sauce. It smells thick, creamy, and sweetly tomato-y. Now I am not a tomato fan. I mostly do not like tomatoes. I will eat it if it is sliced on a hamburger or sandwich, but other than that, I only like tomatoes in ketchup, tomato sauce and salsa. The smell is sweet tomatoes, with sage, the Yunnan is thick underneath the savory tomato scent.
The brewed tea tastes like a medium bold Yunnan tea, smooth. There is a sweet tomato flavour with the sage taste underneath the tomato. There is a slightly salty taste to the tea. I still get a bit of that pasta taste, which I presume to be from the Yunnan tea.
This tea is so delicious. I am still going to say I don’t like tomatoes, but I am going to hoard this tea to myself until it is sadly all gone!
This is a delicious iced tea. This is one of the better SBT’s (although most of the ones I have tried have been good). The dry tea smells like sweet, candied pear. I am also getting a kind of white chocolate smell. Hmmmm….
I brewed for 3 minutes in 2 cups water, then filled the pitcher up with cold water and chilled over night.
Initially it tasted ok. Like flat black tea flavoured badly with some kind of pear taste. I added some white sugar and it improved quite a bit. The candied pear flavour returned. There was still the black tea base, but you could taste the pear on top. I added even more white sugar, and it was excellent. Not sure where the white chocolate smell went, but it did not come out in the taste – which is probably good. All in all, I added about 1/2 cup of white sugar for 2 liters, which is more than I usually like to add, but it tastes so good!!!
Stay tuned for the resteep…..
Edit: Made a resteep. Steeped for 4 minutes in 2 cups boiling water and then filled the pitcher with cold water and chilled overnight. I would say this is not even the same tea. The resteep is delicious. But it is much more just candy flavoured sweet black tea. Not much pear flavour. I did use less sweetener on the resteep then I did with the first steep.
The dry tea smells quite a bit like artificial strawberry. But a good smell, like bubble gum. The brewed tea tastes like a gently flavoured green oolong. The strawberry flavor is only slightly artificial tasting. It is sweet, ripe berry flavor. The oolong is light and floral, slightly sweet grass flavor. This is a very delicious oolong. The flavours blend well together. I hope this one stays in stock for a long time.