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I was in Calgary almost a year ago doing a visa run and between the visa appointment and waiting for the processing and return of my passport I did what most people do when they find themselves in Calgary with spare time…. I jumped in the car and headed straight for the Rockies!!
Walking around Banff I discovered the cutest little tea shop with walls and walls of large glass jars containing some of the most insanely delicious smelling (and sounding) blends I had ever come across. After picking out a ridiculous number of teas to purchase, I realized I couldn’t take home everything and decided to throw a sample pack of their exclusive blends (5 small taster packs of some of their signature blended teas) in with my already ginormous purchase…
So fast forward to today and I’ve rediscovered this ‘lucky dip’ pack at the back of my cupboard and have decided today is the day I’m going to finally work my way through it!!
First on the list, Cougar Tea which is an orange, licorice, rooibos blend. So honestly, I’m not really a personal fan of orange teas and this one has a slightly weird aftertaste to it that reminds me of artificial sweetener and although the ingredients don’t list sweetener they do include ‘natural flavoring’ which could easily be stevia. The orange and licorice are well balanced and neither overpowers the other however that aftertaste kinda ruins it for me. Booo… 1 tea down, 4 to go….
A colorful blend with blue petals and bits of leaves (which I thought were mint but apparently are blackberry leaves) mixed in with black tea. The dry blend has a distinct blackcurrant aroma. I initially tried this as a cold brew yesterday. The brew turned reddish-pink, so I may have gotten a few pieces of hibiscus in there, but it wasn’t too tart. The predominant flavor from the cold brew was blackcurrant, and it was crisp and fruity, but not heavy on the tea. I tried it again as a hot brew today, with more tea leaves and fewer flowers in the mix. The liquid turned out a dark, green-tinged amber this time. The blackcurrant was still strong, but there was a sense of a smooth, malty tea base as well. Overall, this is fairly light as far as black teas goes, and reminds me of a lighter version of Lupicia’s Cassis Blueberry. The fresh, fruity aspect makes it seem like a good tea for summer—it does sound like a combination of things a black bear would love to dig into in the woods! Thanks beelicious for the sample!
Thank you beelicious for another sample from Banff Tea Co which I would otherwise never have heard of! This one consists of tightly wound pearls of dark green oolong, and pieces of coconut. The coconut has been tinted green from storage with the oolong, which scared me a little at first. But upon checking the description, there were no other ingredients or additives, so it’s just… chlorophyll? Probably wouldn’t hurt.
The aroma of this one, both before and after brewing, is fresh, sweet coconut. It reminds me more of coconut milk or coconut water, instead of preserved pieces! The tea brews up to be very light in color. Upon tasting, the coconut note floats to the top, almost light and airy. The oolong base is excellent; I haven’t had much experience with milk oolongs but this must be one. It’s naturally creamy in a way that complements the coconut perfectly. A little leafy, and definitely fragrant, but not at all floral unlike other green oolongs. Very happy to have tried this one!
Today being (supposedly) the last day of a warm spell we’ve been having, I couldn’t resist cold brewing this. I know it’s the last sachet I have, but I just had to try it!
As an iced tea, this one is delectably smooth, with a creamy strawberry undertone. The geen tea itself has a fresh, almost grassy quality to it, in the good sense of the word. There’s a very sunny-afternoon feel to it, I should have brought it to a picnic!
I thought I’d try one more tea before heading out today, so I picked a lighter, fruity green one. (I’ve finished my degree, but still have some labwork to wrap up before the holidays—and if I’m going to work through a Saturday I’ll bring more tea!)
The sachet is plump with green tea and smells like fresh strawberries. The instructions said to use boiling water, and in spite of that, the green tea didn’t turn bitter. It’s nicely smooth, the tea is not masked by the fruit flavors, and the strawberry is creamy and sweet. There’s a touch of other fruit in the background as well (the ingredients say papaya). I think this would make a fantastic, fruity, but still tea-like iced tea in warmer weather. Thanks beelicious!
I think I bought this just because it smelled sooo good in the store. It smells just like it sounds – lots of lychee and jasmine. I decided to use this to test out the iced tea infusion pitcher my mom bought me. I brewed the tea hot, added a couple tablespoons of honey, and then put the pitcher in the fridge to cool. This made a really delicious iced tea! The sweetness from the honey really complements the lychee flavour, and it balances well with the jasmine. I suspect it’s also relatively high in caffeine, because it definitely perks me up!
Flavors: Jasmine, Lychee
Looking at the dry tea, I was surprised that the black tea was in the form of little nuggets, rather than rolled leaves like I’m used to. Upon further reading, I think this is probably due to CTC processing (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crush,Tear,Curl).
The scent of the dry tea is VERY spicy and rich. I think the most prominent note is cloves? Once brewed, the scent mellows out quite a bit. I don’t appreciate any chocolatey scents either dry or brewed, it’s all just spicy to me. Also, for a chai tea, the spice blend really says “Christmas!” to me, not “India!”.
The taste is enjoyable – I had this cup without any sweetener or milk and it was entirely drinkable that way. The black tea base is smooth with just a bit of astringency. I could swear there’s some sort of orange flavour in this tea, blending with cinnamon and cloves. I don’t really appreciate any of the chocolate or the chili, unfortunately.
I like this tea, but to me it tastes more like a “Christmas Blend” than a “Chocolate Chilli Chai”. Your mileage may vary. :)
Flavors: Cinnamon, Citrus, Cloves
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There’s a strong nutty element (which I suppose you’d expect with something named Walnut Truffle), but it has a similar astringency to actual walnuts which I found more interesting. There is no oily residue from the nuts either. The apple pieces lend a very subtle sweetness, but impart no actual apple flavor, and the rose petals add a perfumed quality that’s actually quite evocative of French teas. Overall a very satisfying cup.