577 Tasting Notes
First tea from the return of the Great Canadian TTB!
Having this one because I need a herbal as it is getting close to bed time. This is the first one I could find in the box. It is in tea bag form. It smells quite nice. Reminds me of store bought pumpkin pie, still delicious but not the same as homemade pumpkin pie. Definitely cinnamon and nutmeg smelling. I get a whiff of brown sugar every so often.
I am finding the taste to be quite flat. I am getting some sweetness but it is not bright, it is more of a dull sweetness. I get lots of cinnamon and some nutmeg. There is the slightest hint of pumpkin. There is a quite fleeting moment of astringency at the end of the sip but it disappears before you even know it is there. The brown sugar smell has morphed into the vanilla – I have never had Madagascar vanilla that I know of, but it seems like it would have a distinct taste. There is also a bit of medicinal rooibos taste.
I think this is a good herbal. A bit dull but I think I could have fancied it up with some cream and sugar.
I blame KS for this one. He is always raving about his Ahmad tea, so when I came across this (while looking for Fauchon tea) I had to buy it. It was a pretty good deal. This one is in tea bag form.
The dry tea smells strongly of bergamot, so obviously I’m excited.
The brewed tea smells, tastes and looks like orange pekoe (the ingredients just list black tea). There is a bergamot flavour to it. It is moderately strong. I had anticipated it to be stronger based on the smell. The bergamot has a natural sweetness to it. I am finding my mouth a bit dry (but not astringent) after each sip, which I attribute to the orange pekoe.
Overall a decent Earl Grey. I would prefer a different base tea, but it is still good. I might just have to try Ahmad’s Earl Grey Green that KS is always writing about…
(And I agree with KS. This is a cheaper tea but it is still quite decent for the price you pay).
Definitely still getting pepper out of most of the 52 teas honeybush blends.
This one dry smells like strawberry ice cream. Not like Breyers, but like the cheap house brand, which is still good :)
It tastes like the peppery honeybush I just can’t seem to escape. I am definitely getting strawberry, there is pastry, slight cinnamon. I would describe this one as more strawberry rhubarb, however it is not tart.
Definitely better as it starts cooling.
TODAY is the DAY!!!! It is Grey Cup day!!!!!! And my home town is hosting Grey Cup!!!!!! And the home town team MADE IT!!!!!! Go Riders!!!!!!
For anyone that doesn’t know, the Grey Cup is basically the superbowl but for the CFL (although it is nothing like the superbowl). My home town Roughriders (green and white) are playing the Hamilton TigerCats. Its gonna be aweome! And it is super crazy in the city. I made every effort to run all of my errands on Friday and it took forever, I was out of the house from 11am to 8pm. And then I was going to hide inside all weekend. Away from the crazies, and there are a lot of them, believe me. But then my mom texts me yesterday with a list of things she needed me to pick up for today. Oh man, its nuts out there. Everyone is in a hurry to pick up all the last minute things for the game, or trying to get to the game.
This tea is light and smooth. Today I am finding it to be sweet and the slightest bit floral. It is creamy and buttery. But there is also that nice green vegetal taste. Reminding me of wheat grass today.
So I may be a melon head, and I may bleed green, but I also drink GREEN! Take that Hamilton.
This one came from Darby in the second round of the secret pumpkin swap.
On first smell of the dried tea, this one really reminds me of toffee. I had expected it to be more of a smokey tea due to the name.
After brewing there is a soup broth type smell to me. This one again tastes strange to me. Not bad, but not flavours I would normally mix together. I am getting sweet elderberry mixed with the coriander and ginger. It is really reminding me of a soup broth but will a bit too much sweetness to it. The other thing it reminds me of is warm orange juice. I feel like I am getting a “burnt” flavour as well. Kind of like a burnt marshmallows (?).
Not sure I like this one. Not a bad blend but just not to my taste.
Received this one from Darby in round 2 of the secret pumpkin swap.
This was in tea bag form. It smells super delicious. Like sweet pecan pie. You can definitely smell the maple.
This tea is so, so, so creamy without adding any type of creamer or milk. It tastes like maple butter. This tea reminds me of pecan pie or a pecan pastry. There is definitely a pastry type flavour. It is a heavy pastry, made of lard. Delicious. Ha ha. There is a pecan flavour as well as a definite maple syrup sweetness.
Received this one from Darby in round 2 of the secret pumpkin swap.
On smelling the dry tea, this one really reminded me of coffee for some reason. I think it is the chicory in it (a staple ingredient in Tim Hoton’s coffee).
The brewed tea tastes kind of weird to me. Not weird in a gross or bad way. I am finding the flavours are just not melding together. On very first sip I get a strong mint, mainly spearmint, taste. Then there is a very strong fennel and chicory taste. At the very end of the sip there is a very strong sarsaparilla taste – it is very drying but not astringent. After I sit for about a minute, I feel like I can taste clove lingering on my tongue. I am still reminded of coffee, even though it does not taste like coffee at all. I think the Wuyi oolong mixed with the chicory is giving me that kind of feeling of coffee in my mouth.
This one is not bad but I am not sure what to make of it. It seems like to me it is missing that one ingredient to tie everything together. After sipping about a half a cup I thought maybe some cocoa in the tea would help. However, I am not a huge cocoa/chocolate tea fan so I am not going to try it myself.
Dry, this one smells very delicious. Definitely a winter or autumn type tea. It has an orange and cinnamon smell. A bit spicey. Reminds me of Bigelow’s Constant Comment.
Brewed, this one tastes more strongly of cinnamon than it does of orange. There is definitely an orange flavour but it is very light. It is a much more sweet orange flavour vs a tart orange rind flavour. The cinnamon is spicey and sweet but it is not hot spicey. The cinnamon adds a natural sweetness to the tea. This one very much reminds me of sipping tea with an orange slice in it. As I have found with all of Nina’s Paris teas, the black base is smooth, moderately bold, there is no astringency. It blends very well with the ingredients in this tea. The safflower petals add a very slight cake-y or pastry taste to this one. It kind of reminds me of a cinnamon nut bread. I think I would have liked it to have a bit more orange taste, but overall it is delicious!
I received this with the SBT sampler from the Zoomdweebies kick starter. I would not have bought this otherwise. So I am stepping into uncharted territory here, I’m ok to try something new but not sure how it is going to go.
Backstory: I don’t like bananas. I will each the greenest banana you can find me, but it is remotely even close to yellow, I don’t want it. I can’t even tell you the last time I had a banana. So it goes without saying, I also do not like banana flavoured things.
Ok back to the real time story: I made this as per usual. Tea bag in about 2 cups boiling water for 3 minutes, added white sugar (maybe 2tsp?), filled the pitcher to the top and let sit in the fridge over night. The dry tea bag smells strongly of banana flavouring. But it also kind of reminded me of the pear SBT. Iced this tea is a dead ringer for banana runts. (I am really going off memory here becuase the last time I had a runt was eons ago, and I couldn’t even tell you when the last time I had a banana runt was because I would pick them out – but anyway, the first thing my brain said to me after drinking this was banana runts).
Its actually not horrible. Tastes strongly of banana, slightly artificial but in a way that banana flavoured things taste. It is sweet but not too sweet. I am glad I did not add any more sweetener to it. I will definitely be able to drink the pitcher of this but I would not repurchase. Not that it is a bad tea, but it is just bananas! (hehe)
I have been drinking this one at work. I found that doubling up on the tea pods actually makes it quite delicious. The bergamot is strong and sweet, the black tea is bold but not overpowering. I was a little worried it would be too astringent or bitter with double the tea, but it isn’t. I think because the holes in the pods are so small, it does not diffuse very good. So double the tea, double the not so good diffusion. Almost done this one which is ok with me, but I am glad I found a way to enjoy it.