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This is a queued tasting note.
This is one of the tea’s that my mom brought home from Granville Island Tea Co. for my birthday! Unlike all the others that she bought from the store, this one it’s sourced from a larger wholesaler but is actually blended in store by the company. I’d wager that means “Henry” is probably the store owner or related to/connected to the owner in some way?
Personally, this is a blend I don’t think I’d EVER have picked out for myself. The ingredients list kind of looks like a mess to me: there’s way too much going on for any of the flavours to be melodious together. Plus, they’re not exactly exciting ingredients/flavours in the first place. And sure enough I know my tastes well enough because when I cold brewed this one I was far from impressed.
The flavour is primarily mint and licorice root, but it’s just so intense with so much other “background noise” that the last thing I found it to be was smooth sipping or something peaceful/relaxing like I think it probably aims to be. I ditched the brew around a third into it, if I’m being honest. There’s a whole lot going wrong with this blend and I didn’t want to waste my time drinking bad tea.
Have been rotating this in and out as my breakfast tea, occasionally blending it with others.
Low intensity warm aromas of cinnamon, star anise, sandalwood, roses and red berries.
Medium bodied with fine-grained tannins. Palate doesn’t quite live up to the aromas with a slight charred element and lingering astringency.
I tend not to scrutinise my teas too much in the morning. So long as it can stand up to a runny yolk, then I’m happy.
I usually infuse this in a tea ball, but for this tasting note, I used a gaiwan
Bubble bath and a mug of tea… Perfection!
So, I can’t drink while I’m currently taking the medication for the hives/infection I got from work and we have a bottle of grenadine on our bar counter that’s been calling to me all week to get made into some tasty sort of cocktail or shot. But, it’s not gonna happen. Then I remembered tonight I have Monk’s Blend!
Lets just say that fruity, sweet grenadine craving has been satisfied now! I don’t care if it’s pomegranate (traditional) or cherry (as common as pomegranate nowadays), it’s good. Like a bright, shining fruity beacon coming through a brisk, malty base. Mmm!
Listened to The Smiths during my bubble bath: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1uJiVeGwMQ&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ&index=1
While we’re on the subject of baths…
I’ve dabbled in tea baths now but haven’t done a matcha bath yet. Anyone gone down this road? Seems like it’d be easy to do and would probably feels nice and rejuvenating. I’m just worried it’d also be quite messy…
This is a queued tasting note.
Picked this one out as my commute tea on Monday ’cause I was craving something sweet as well as a black tea and I thought that this would be bright enough to jump start my day/afternoon. The grenadine was delicious and really hit the spot, but the black tea came off as brisk and very tannic. It actually had enough astringency that while the taste was there the mouthfeel was very unpleasant and distracting.
Flavors: Astringent, Floral, Grenadine, Red Fruits, Tannic
Yay Monk’s Blend!
When my mom went to BC for her little ‘mini vacation’ over my birthday week, I told her that as my present she had to stop into a tea shop or two an pick some goodies up for me. Of course, she wanted to know what I wanted. I told her I wanted Monk’s Blend and then an assortment of whatever else caught her eye!
I cold brewed my first sampling of this; since Granville Island sources from MTC I have had this incarnation of Monk’s Blend before but it is ‘sort of’ a new experience because, of course, every store stores their teas a little differently and that factors into the flavour a touch. For example, this tastes fresher than the MTC Monk’s Blend that the Vintage Tea Room (in my city) sells. That could be because this may have been purchased more recently or the bag was only recently opened up, but I’ll wager part of that is that from the images of Granville Island that I’ve seen they store their tea in tins while Vintage Tea Room stores theirs in clear, glass jars.
Anyway; it was smooth and tasty! Lovely to be reacquainted with an old friend.
Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Grenadine, Vanilla
I was looking for an uncomplicated herbal blend to have as a hot drink in the evenings. I have a ton of fruit-based teas, but I find I usually only care for those when they’re iced. The flavour is mostly of mint, though the rose petals and rose hips manage to creep in there and give a little bit of depth and sweetness to the flavour. But you definitely have to be a mint lover to enjoy this tea.
I’m definitely getting more chocolate than coconut with this tea, though I can still pick it up on the end of each mouthful. The flavour is primarily creamy milk chocolate truffle which is delicious on its own, especially with a splash of milk.
Had this in store yesterday, as that’s all my fellow Yelpers said I had to try (I agreed, once having got there… Standard fare otherwise).
Asked the staffer what made this so special, why they make more than 200+ a day.
“We use a spice blend, add sugar and powdered milk, then mix it into a paste with some butter. Then we steep it in a bag with your tea of choice, and milk of choice. Finally, we add more spices if you ask (ginger and cayenne for me) and blend it in a blender until frothy”.
Yes, this is one of the best chai’s I’ve ever had. Super spicy yet soft and rich. I’m using the butter trick from now on… Although admittedly I’ve been putting butter in my tea a while now (think Bulletproof Coffee, but with tea). Never crossed my mind to do it with chai, or to make the spices into a paste.
Flavors: Creamy, Ginger, Spicy, Sweet, Thick
I would say that this tea is more of a citrus/berry tea than tropical (as Jillian mentions). It isn’t overly floral, but I am not a big fan of rose in teas. I picked out most of the rose petals/buds but to me I just can’t get the Rose out of my head. The flavours don’t really meld that well together either. Oh well, I can’t love every tea…that would be very very bad on my credit card!
I’m glad I got to try it.
Definitely a really nice end of the night cup of tea, especially with a little splash of milk. Strong cinnamon notes compliment the baking French bread taste from the black tea and sweet, almondy finish. The overall cup was smooth and delicate without having overly subtle flavours. It was a lovely reminder of why I went through 50g of this (sold by another company though) in the first place.
Thank you OMGsrsly for letting me revisit this one!
Visually and based on the dry aroma, this reminds me an awful lot of the Candied Almond blend carried by Cuppa T. If I was a gambling person, I’d wager that both stores get this blend from the same wholesaler – they’re too similar for it to be a coincidence.
I kind of just assumed they were from the same wholesaler when I prepared this, and instead of drinking it hot I cold brewed this because I thought it’d be a new experience for trying this tea. I just went and reread tasting notes from Cuppa T’s blend though and apparently I HAD tried that cold brewed – it just hadn’t stuck/left an impression.
But it was good: sweet and confectionery with notes of cinnamon, almond, and sugar cookies. That marzipan note was really, really drawn out too! Oddly, the surface of the liquor before I strained had an oily sheen on it though. Not really sure what that’s about or from. I don’t recall ever having issues with Cuppa T’s version being oily?
But anyway, thanks OMGsrsly for the revisit – even if the tea’s ‘relabeled’ so to speak.
Another from omgsrsly this one smells delicious but is a little lacking in the taste department. I really wanted this to be a stronger flavoured tea. The weak factor of this one makes me like it a little less than i would if it had a strong intense candied almond flavour. All that being said though, i am in agreement that this is a tasty tea!
I’ve never tried a tea from this region of India before so my curiosity was piqued. The dry leaves are black and quite large so measuring properly was a bit tricky. The flavour is like a cross between an autumnal Darjeeling and a light Assam. It has that wine-like muscatel flavour but at the same time it’s a more robust tea than most Darjeelings would be. There’s also a distinct malty undertone and a tannic finish that you’d normally get off of an Assam tea.
Drinking this with milk and a bit of agave nectar and I still can’t really find any pastry flavour, however the sweetness does bring out the chocolate flavours nicely and gives it a great dessert-like quality. So I’m still giving this tea a good rating.
I stocked up on new teas on my most recent visit to Vancouver. I always tend to go a bit tea-crazy when I’m there because my own town has nothing.
I just got a sample of this tea as I’ve found some of this company’s flavoured black teas to be rather hit or miss (still love their oolongs though – their Tie Guan Yin is one the best I’ve tasted). This one is quite nice although it doesn’t really have the pastry-flavour the ‘torte’ part of the name would suggest. It’s an interesting mix of raspberry, mint and cocoa with a nice sweet finish.
I was quite surprised to see these strange-looking little puffy bits in the tea when the shop assistant showed it too me – as it turns out they’re popped amaranth seeds which I can’t say I’ve ever had in a tea before. I’m not sure what they added – maybe they help hold the flavour? Unfortunately they soften in the water and leave a bit of a mess in my strainer.
Flavour-wise they really did a good job with this blend – I’ve found that many mango teas (and to a lesser extent fruit teas in general) smell nice but are rather lacking in the flavour department. This manages to be the exception – I think it might be helped by the tiny little bits of mango that are blended in and the result is the flavour is nice and fruity and distinctly mango with just the right amount of sweetness.
Damnit, Granville Island! This is the SAME TEA as sold by Cuppa’T and probably other Canadian tea shops.
It is actually pretty darn good. Sweet, almondy, with a decent black base. It’s a little astringent, maybe because I ended up with the last bit in the bag for my cup. Or perhaps because of the almonds.
I am enjoying it with milk, and think it might make a pretty good eggnog latte as well. Not sure I’d rush out for more, but I could see this being a decent fall tea.
(1.5 tsp for 10 oz)
This tea isn’t on the Granville Island Tea Co’s website so I don’t know if this blend is just a one-off or a special holiday blend of some sort. The recommended steeping temperature was surprisingly low despite the fact that the oolong looks to be a fairly dark one, but I went with the package instructions this time just to see.
The flavour was quite surprising – I wouldn’t necessarily call it tropical, to me it was more like a mix of citrusy orange and sweet berries. It’s certainly never a combination that I’ve tasted in a tea before and I find that I quite like it though I’m going to play with the steeping parameters a bit.
Sipdown. This tea got spicier as I got near the bottom of the bag – probably because the bits of cracked pepper all settled to the bottom despite my shaking it to try and redistribute it. And I do have to say the spicy bite is nice but the other spices and flavourings need to be stronger to accompany it – otherwise it just ends up being straight black pepper tea.
I’m always on the lookout for a good chai, particularly this time of year when the warm spiciness is appreciated. This one is a CTC style mixed with pieces of spices and a few rose petals. The scent is lovely and fragrant but unfortunately it doesn’t transfer entirely over to the flavour as I find it a bit mild for something billed as a ‘spicy’ chai. Still it’s nice and I can still distinctly taste cardamom, cloves and a hint of what I think might be black pepper. No real rose flavour though, sadly. The base is also nice for a CTC, robust without being too harsh or astringent.