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Kränku

Recent Tasting Notes

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From the queue

Anna shared a sample of this one with me. It’s a green base, which I don’t think I had fully realised when I asked for it. I’ve had a green vanilla-flavoured tea before and was only moderately impressed, but kiwi and vanilla sounded like such a fantastic combination I just had to try it. (Besides the previous experience with green vanilla tea, I believe was before my current vanilla-y preference had fully set in.)

I can tell you, the leaves definitely smell awesome. The kiwi is strong and the vanilla is sweet and creamy so that the whole thing reminds me of a fruity cream cake! (And I can always eat some cream cake). After steeping I can mostly smell kiwi and the base tea in more or less equal measure. This is quite nice, actually. It smells as though kiwi might be one of those flavours that just ‘click’ with green tea. Bit like orange and pu-erh do for me. It’s so rare to see kiwi flavoured anything, though. I wonder why that is?

(Cool faster, tea, so I don’t burn my tongue. I want to taste you.)

This is happy tea! Seriously, one sip and I’m grinning so widely the top of my head might come off! I don’t know exactly which quality it has that makes me have that reaction, it just does. I suppose that might be what you might call x-factor, although that concept has been rather polluted by irritating talent shows in recent years.

At first I taste primarily the green tea, so for a moment there I was a little disappointed by the flavouring. Then I got the kiwi, and then a thick creamy vanilla which brings me right back to aforementioned cream cake.

Perhaps that’s it? Not x-factor, but cream cake-factor.

This stuff is right up my particular alley of nom!

Fjellrev

The Alley of Nom is always a nice place to be.

Anna

Yay, and it’s a WIN. We agree on a tea!!!

Angrboda

Anna, stranger things have happened… I just can’t think of any at the moment. :p (I suspect though that it might be because it’s not a black tea. We definitely prefer different things in those. I rarely ever have any green at all, so I’m not so set in my ways with those.

Fjellrev, I agree. It’s also where all the bakeries and sweetie shops are. :p

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85

I can’t deal with any more new tea acquaintances today. Hello, kiwi vanilla goodness. Hi. You’re really pretty and you smell good. Want to come to bed with me?

Yes?

Excellent.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec
Tabby

Kiwi Vanilla? That’s a new combination for me. I’m curious now…

Anna

I love this one. I need to see if I can get my hands on some more.

TranquiliTea81

This one sounds really interesting! I love vanilla!

JustJames

so cheeky with your teas…. ;0)

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85

So I tried this one with a longer steep at a lower temperature, and it definitely enhanced the flavour. Boiling water kills the delicate vanilla/kiwi flirtation to a far larger extent. Next time I’ll try it a little hotter, maybe at 80C, mostly to see if I can squeeze any more kiwi notes out of the leaves before they go bitter.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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70
drank Kvitten (Quince) by Kränku
258 tasting notes

So I’m slowly experimenting my way through the teas I have yet to try cold-steeped. (Seriously – the things I do to avoid rating those really confusing ones still labeled undrunk in my cupboard.) This one wasn’t a given at all, seeing how subtle the fruity notes are, and how it’s not particularly sweet. Sometimes, though, those teas seem to just come alive iced.

In this case, not so much. The elusive fruit is all in the nose, while the tea itself is very much tea. It’s really frustrating, as it’s one of those cases where just a little more of most anything would make a world or difference… but I don’t want to take potential additives into account in my tasting notes.

(It should be added that the recent cold-steeped success of A.C. Perch’s White Temple might eclipse any other tea trying to be a contender. I don’t find this unfair, because when you find the Tea, there’s just no forgetting it.)

Either way, this particular quince tea is best enjoyed warm.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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85

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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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70
drank Kvitten (Quince) by Kränku
258 tasting notes

I do love a bit of quince jam and the characteristic tart-ripe note of the fruit is indeed highly present scent wise in the dry tea. Unfortunately, this complexity doesn’t quite translate to the cup – the main body of the scent matches that of the flavour, but the quincey aftertaste goes missing somewhere along the way.
It’s still a nice, solid tea of the fruit-flavoured green tea variety, and definitely more original than the usual vaguely tropical fare, but it’s something of a one-trick pony.

Resteeping seems entirely pointless.

[Gifted by my friend T, who got it for me in Visby in July 2013.]

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec
cteresa

I had recently a green tea with quince – but it was from Tiger, that danish chain store which just has a few food stuffs. It sounded like a great idea, but was pretty scary! Glad you got a good take on that idea, I love quinces and think they could be so much more widely used.

Anna

I can definitely imagine how bad a really chemical and artificial attempt at quince tea could get. I agree with you that quince should be more widely appreciated! Sadly, my house in the country is located too far north for me to grow my own. In terms of tea, I’ll keep looking – if I find a better one, you’ll be the first to know.

cteresa

Thanks! it sounds like such great flavouring.

I am lucky, I am in the south and soon quinces will be plentiful. Just wondering about what it would be like in a good tea!

Anna

I’d be delighted to send you some of this, if you’d want to try it in spite of its imperfections.

cteresa

It´s very kind of you to offer, but I got an embarassment of too many tea samples, and even worse tea packages to try! (it´s summer and hot, can not seem to drink anything but ice water). I am feeling definetely guilty, can´t accept but thank you just the same, it´s the offer which counts.

Anna

If you change your mind, it’ll still be around… I’m also drowning in samples, and I have so much of this there’s no way I’ll be finishing it any time soon!

cteresa

Thanks! Maybe later we can organize something but right now let me get some samples finally tried (sort of waiting for cooler weather which might take a while…)

Anna

Yes, do go ahead – I’m very excited to read your tasting notes.

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85

This is the first kiwi-flavoured tea I’ve tried – I always assumed kiwi was one of those fruits that would turn out very artificial. When I received this as a gift, though, I was very excited to try it – particularly after smelling it. The scent in the bag is gorgeous; like a big bowl of thick, whipped cream with pieces if kiwi mixed in and a drizzling of bourbon vanilla extract.

In the cup, it definitely doesn’t disappoint – a slight bit of the creaminess is lost, but the kiwi is juicy and fresh and has a light, pleasant aftertaste of vanilla.

I tried some chilled, and it was beautiful as well.

Acceptable re-steep.

It’s also nice to see a Kränku tea again – they’re a local store on one of the main islands off the coast of Sweden, and I rarely find them where I usually stay when I’m back home. My aunt and cousins used to summer there, though, and I have many memories of Kränku’s tea blends.

[Gifted by my friend T, who got it for me in Visby in July 2013.]

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 30 sec
Angrboda

Sounds like a wonderful combination, actually.

Anna

It really is – I find myself craving this all the time now.

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