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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.
Last cup of this! I guess it really is a surprise, because there’s no ingredient list on the bag or on their website :P But looking at it I’d say there’s rooibos, lemongrass, pink peppercorns, cornflower, dried apple and some other stuff too.
Grumpiness about ingredient lists aside, this really is a lovely tea. Lemony, woody, fruity and a hint of spice. Very well balanced, and definitely something I need to restock.
Flavors: Fruity, Lemongrass, Spicy, Wood
Another bottom of the bag cup. I like the floral and citrus notes that come out in this cup, but there was a lot of dust that went right through my mesh strainer and has been sitting at the bottom, making it progressively more bitter and astringent. :( Otherwise, I think this would be a pretty lovely, light tea.
Oh well. Time to restock the Baroness Grey, I guess.
Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Floral, Orange
I distinctly recall last May as being rainy and dreary – in other words, no different from the winter months.
So when we were blessed with a spell of warm weather, I rushed to Granville Island between work and evening lectures to sample a new Earl Grey, of which I had become addicted to.
It took me awhile to find the small but well-stocked Granville Island Tea Company in the public market. When I asked for Earl Greys, the sales girl expertly pulled several tins from the shelves, which was no easy feat, seeing as there were several hundred black tins lining the walls.
I had a hard time choosing between the Cream Earl Grey and the aptly-named Dorian Grey (cue lit student squeals), but the sweet, creamy scent of the former won me over. The resulting brew was lighter on bergamot than standard Earl Greys, but intoxicatingly flavoured with vanilla. The taste was smooth, velvety, and utterly soothing. Definitely going back for seconds when my 100g runs out.
It took a great deal of fiddling and several cups dumped down the drain before I could get this tea to taste like something that wasn’t a variation of ‘hideously bitter’. I don’t know what it is about this particular tea as I haven’t had any trouble with other Darjeeling First Flushes before, but it seems very sensitive, particularly to water temperature.
The flavour is a still a bit astringent but more along the lines of what I’d expect out of a Darjeeling tea. The flavour is light (definitely NO MILK with this one) and rather crisp but it also has a distinctly sweet, almost honey-like finish that lingers in the mouth. Overall a very finicky tea but it’ll reward you when it’s done right.
This is a nice flavored green tea that actually lives up to it’s name and scent.
The brewed leaves smell a bit astringent and sour as well as sweet with a grass note to keep it balanced. The pomegranate pairs well with the hibiscus. The brewed tea has a slight pink tinge to the liquid. This would also make a good iced tea if brewed twice as strong and then diluted with ice cubes (or “tea” cubes!).
Flavors: Fruit Tree Flowers, Grass