1424 Tasting Notes
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
Steeped up my last bit of this, and was having problems identifying the lingering toasted/charred flavour. Almost like roasted chestnuts, but without the sweet creamy nuttiness that makes the flavour delicious.
Oh. Oolong. But definitely not a green oolong at all.
If it weren’t for this aftertaste, I’d really like the tea. It tastes cake- or pastry- like, and was really good with a little milk.
Thank you for sharing, Shmiracles! :)
(1.5 tsp in 12 oz)
Flavors: Cake, Roasted, Vanilla
So strong. So good. If you like kick-in-the-pants teas, or have a fondness for CTCs, then find this and try it. This version is barely bitter, with a touch of that cardboardy assam-isness. Takes milk SO well. I would call this a comforting, easy tea… although you do have to be aware of the short steep time. Steeping in paper would add a papery taste reminiscent of bagged tea, although the tea flavour is so much nicer.
2014 Version of the tea.
I did it. I bought 100g. Then I looked at the size of the pitcher packs, and came home and made a pitcher of iced tea. 16g tea in 1L water, 2-3 tbsp sweetened condensed milk (not that sweet, could add more), and poured over THREE trays of ice to fill the 2L Takeya pitcher. What.
It’s good, but underleafed. I wouldn’t be happy with this tea if I got the pitcher packs. Much better yesterday with 5 tsps tea to 1L final product iced. That’d be ~23-25g of tea for 2L final product, and really close to the 3 tbsp I usually use. This is where Teavana has it right, recommending about 1/4 cup (4 tbsp) for one of these pitchers. While that’s more tea than what I’d use, pouring it over more ice and drinking it on a hot and melty day… it would be pretty close to perfect.
Moral of the story: I should buy loose, not pitcher packs. Overleafing is better. Sweetened condensed milk is awesome in “creamy” teas. Tea, tea, tea.
Also, neener to Sil.
I wouldn’t call this a fruit tea, it tastes more like the chestnuts and biscuits to me! Maybe a little bit of floral fruit, but I added cream which can take down flavours like orange blossom.
I would like more, please and thank you.
hearts to Shmiracles for sharing it with me!
This is the new one from Summer 2014. It’s not labelled as organic, I don’t think, and the ingredients are in a different order. Also, safflower isn’t listed on their website or on the tin, but it’s obviously present. The girls in the store emailed for clarification on that one. There’s also lemongrass in the Cherry Snowcone. So.
Anyways. I made this iced for myself and my BFF. 2 cups of tea, added 2 tbsp sweetened condensed milk, and then topped up to 4 cups with ice.
I do taste the cinnamon and vanilla, for sure. But the root beer flavouring they use is fab. Not quite a soda, not quite a float, but something delicious anyways. :) Highly recommend. I have a feeling I"ll be getting a tin of this.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Root Beer, Vanilla
While this chai is pretty good, it does not compare to the classic masala of Chandernagor by MF. This one has all sorts of different flavours that all try to work together, but it’s just not working so well for me this morning.
It’s – dare I say – too complex.