1430 Tasting Notes
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.
Yay! I have this tea again! So awesome. :D I love the flavours so much. (50g! WOO!)
It’s more like roasted chestnuts that you get on the city streets in the winter. There’s a bite to the flavour that tastes like the roasted shell. So awesome. The tea itself is a little thin this morning, but the water was cooling and I was lazy, etc. I’m also drinking alongside some Welsh Cakes I made last night (baked because, again, lazy) which are surprisingly rich for a dry-ish biscuit. What a great (late) breakfast.
Thanks for enabling me, Sil, and sending me this and those delightful samples. :)
(In other news, I’m dressed up for work today because I’m interviewing people. OMG, some of these applicants are SO terrible. Others are SO annoying. I applaud anyone in HR who does this sort of thing for a living.)
Flavors: Chestnut, Roasted, Sweet
Seriously, Steepster? THREE copies of this tea? Isn’t that a little excessive?
This sample is from Sil, and I kinda hate her for it. This is sooooo good! Rich, a little earthy, chocolatey. YUM. I could probably stand to steep it a bit longer, but since it’s a puerh blend I can try that in a second steep.
How do I get more?
Flavors: Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Earth
I’m not worthy.
This is SO FREAKING GOOD! And I don’t even like melon! But it’s so good! What is up with my taste buds?!
Thank you SO MUCH, Sil, for sending this to me. And thank you to Anna for infecting us with the Lupicia bug. I totally need more of this. I could drink it all the time.
(Delightful floral green oolong with a slight touch of bitter. Amazing melony flavour. YES.)
Flavors: Floral, Melon
Why am I trying this tea? Because Sil and Anna are mean, that’s why. They should know that I have to try almost all the teas (almost because there are some things that are just “no’s”).
So it’s pear. Ripe jelly bean pear. And rooibos. Yep.
It’s not terrible, but I really dislike ripe pears. Please give them to me when they are hard and crunchy. Thanks.
Flavors: Pear, Rooibos