1221 Tasting Notes
Hm. Did I do something wrong? This tea smells AMAZING, like a cinnamon vanilla cookie. I could smell it all day. I realize it’s a puerh and thus a bit earthier, darker, more robust and oomph than a black, and yet… it’s just not doing it for me. Don’t get me wrong, this is an obviously well-made tea with high quality ingredients, and it shows. I just wanted it to taste as amazingly as it smells, and that’s a tall order.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Drying, Earth, Paper, Vanilla
When in France.. have Canadian tea! No surprise that it’s scented with maple syrup, although I honestly got little maple or syrup from the tea – more of a super thick, almost malty tea, that needed sweetener to go anywhere, and once it did — maybe — I could’ve understood where the maple syrup thang came from. Almost like the really, really dark, almost crap stuff (as if maple syrup could be crap) that hasn’t been processed, straight from the tree (yes, I’ve tapped for maple syrup before, in Québec, of course!) I’m thinking this may even be a puerh and not a black, but the packaging says black so I’ll just go with it.
Fun fact: no poutine here. Why? Because Canada won’t allow the cheese curds exported to France. Even if they did (some people do get around it, or try) it’s very, very difficult to get it here (France) in a timely manner. I just suggested someone ask a local dairy farm if they’d make them cheese curds (this IS the land of cheese, c’mon!) and no one seems to have thought of it. I’ll bet though, like here, the process is a regional thing, and it would be sacrilege here not to have biscuits de Bretagne from anywhere except Bretagne. And so, no poutine.
Flavors: Earth, Maple Syrup
This tea is like a chameleon. Some sips it’s a mildly spicy Mexican cacao, others it’s a mildly spicy ginger with a smooth fennel/anise, yet other times I get the coolness of mint, and it always ends with the sweet smooth fennel/anise. Chili? Not to me, not at all, but I can see how this might be “spicy” for some.
Flavors: Anise, Cacao, Ginger, Mint, Spicy, Sweet
I know this tea is blended somewhere else in France, just can’t figure out where – so it stands with where I bought it. The aroma is lovely – like walking through violets jn the spring, on your way to pick ripe raspberries. It’s light, it’s floral, it’s sweet, almost like a floral honey (yet much lighter and delicate). Not a first love here; I could see this doing well at a little girls’ tea party, and it reminds me of the Queens’ chocolates (the rose cream in particular) that I had in London. It’s a good tea, just not my personal favorite.
Flavors: Honey, Raspberry, Violet
Pineapple curry tea? Seriously? Okay, had to try it. Smallest amount I could get was 50g, which actually costs less than drinking it in store. Smells strongly of pineapple and tastes sweetly, lightly of it as well… light as a feather, not light as in lightly sweetened. I get the curry, but it’s oh-so-faint, and only popped when the tea was hot and with sweetener. Nice, glad I tried it, but time to share with others.
Flavors: Pineapple, Spices
Great smelling tea! Light, creamy gingerbread is what I get from the bag, but then drinking it, it’s more of a sweet cotton candy with a hint of gingerbread (and definitely gingerbread, not just ginger) at the end of the sip. Needed some sweetener to make the flavors pop. Really, really tasty. Gent I’ve started dating also loved it, asked if I had more. Sadly, nope…
Flavors: Baked Bread, Cotton Candy, Ginger