1432 Tasting Notes
I had a hard time figuring out why I still had Sil’s sample, but it’s because I ordered a black tea sample pack and gave my brother the unopened ones and kept this one. Go me?
I added 1/4 tsp maple sugar to this, because it smelled like a tea that would be good with a touch of maple.
While this tea is nice, I still prefer the keemun. Which keemun specifically? IDK, since I still have 3 or 4 varieties waiting for me to sample. This tea is a little sharp for me, which is interesting. This smells sweet, like honey and sweet potato and hard caramel candies, but it doesn’t taste that way due to the sharpness. I think I’m expecting a sweeter, more mellow flavour.
Thank you for sharing, Sil. :)
Flavors: Astringent, Caramel, Honey, Smoke, Sweet Potatoes
That’s weird. I could have sworn I’d done a tasting note for this tea. I had it at a friends house shortly after purchasing it, and drank it ALL. I refused to share!
This is another very orangey tea. I love citrus teas, especially in the summer. I wouldn’t say this is like a sangria, really, but rather it’s reminiscent of Tang (Thanks, CameronB!). It’s mostly orange, with some pineapple, lemongrass, and hibiscus.
Today I iced it, and added a little honey. I don’t think it needed the honey – the pineapple is candied, so there’s already sugar in it, AND there’s not a lot of hibiscus. I think most of the colour comes from the beetroot. I like it hot and plain, as well. But it was a lovely day today and I went hiking, so iced teas are feeling just a bit more refreshing right now.
(Hot steeped, poured over ice to make 16oz.)
Flavors: Lemongrass, Orange, Pineapple
Sample from Dinosara!
Today I iced it. Normally I like an iced Earl Grey, but normally I also use a much less strong one, like Silk Road’s Canton Orange, or even Royal Abkhazi. So while this is tasty, it’s also incredibly furniture polishy. Would be better if I had some OJ to add to it, both for added sweetness and to make the bergamot taste more toned down.
That being said, this is staying on my list. If I do order from Lupicia, this is a tea I’ll be getting for my BFF, as she loves a strong EG.
Cold brewed overnight.
It’s kinda like orange-pineapple tang, but with a bit more of a chemical aftertaste.
Definitely prefer this brewed hot and over ice. Somehow that takes care of a lot of the chemical aspect of the flavouring for me.
Flavors: Orange, Pineapple, Strawberry
So this is weird. Cornelia Bean is where we got this tea, but underneath the name on their website it says “Algonquin Tea Co” so that’s where I’ve put it. Sorry if that confuses anyone (Like VariaTEA, who has the other half of the pouch. I think.).
I decided to try this one tonight because raspberry leaves are useful. It smells really neat. Almost licoricey, which has got to be the anise hyssop. Very herbaceous.
Ooh, that’s nice. It’s a medicinal tea, so it’s very herbaceous. The hyssop and clover make it somewhat sweet. The eensiest hint of licorice. I sweetened with a little honey, as that’s generally how I like my medicinal drinks (Well, and sometimes with some whiskey or rum as well. Ha!). This could be really good iced.
Definitely drinkable. I’m not sure what all the medicinal effects are, but it’s tasty and so I’ll probably go through this fairly quickly.
(Shipping to Canada from Algonquin Tea is only $3, so I’ll probably get more directly from them. They have a sweet grass and sage tea! I love sage teas.)
I picked this up the other day when I bought the precious root beer float.
It’s not bad. Mostly pineapple-tangerine, I’m really not getting any mango. It tastes very similar to Teavana’s Wild Orange Blossom or Citrus Lavender Sage, with respect to the orange/tangerine flavouring.
I made it as a “tea pop”. Filled a big canning jar with ice and filled about half way with club soda. Then I brewed about 14 oz tea with 1 tbsp leaf, and poured it right on over. Because everything in the jar was already cold, and there was already liquid, I didn’t have to worry about the glass breaking and it chilled super quickly. Tea pops aren’t necessarily my favourite, but I needed to use up the last of the club soda, and it worked.
I won’t be getting this tea again, mostly because I prefer the ridiculous orangeness of Wild Orange Blossom. It’s also a little cheaper AND only has natural flavourings.
Flavors: Orange, Pineapple