President's Choice

Recent Tasting Notes

71

Surprisingly, I liked this. I do like Chai generally so I`ve been on the lookout for an caffeine-free version. Generally, this is the only chicory blend of tea that I`ve tried and liked. I add milk or condensed milk when brewing it. I can see why it would polarise people, but I work in an office where a lot of people also love this tea.

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The full name of this tea, according to the canister, is “Memories of South Africa Rooibos Citrus Spice”. That’s right, Canadians, it’s an effort by your friend and mine, President’s Choice. Given that the “Memories” collection is usually a matter of seasoning, dressing, and sauces, it may make you a little leery of the company’s efforts to branch into tea. If you have your doubts, you’ll be as pleasantly surprised as I am – this is a very good blend. It’s also very tricky to find it in stores, so your best bet is to order it online via the President’s Choice website.

The packaging claims that this is a “Flavourful red tea with a citrus scent and a blend of sweet, fragrant spices.” Ingredients include rooibos leaves, spices, camomile flowers, a little soybean oil, orange peel, rose petals, orange flowers, peppermint leaves, lemon verbena leaves, safflowers, cornflowers, and lemon peel. Normally when a blend has that many ingredients, they’re at odds with each other, and the resulting flavour is confused and indistinct. What I would like to know is what those mystery “spices” are. I would have sworn that there’s some ginger in the mix, because the taste crackles and the overall effect is very warming – but without being really earthy. The floral and citrus ingredients play off of each other beautifully, so it’s neither pucker-inducingly sharp nor sleepily mellow.

It’s difficult to describe this tea without resorting to emotional analogies. It’s bright, rather optimistic, calm, pleasant tea. It’s like the friend you want to sit with you while you talk about the disaster you’ve made of your life, and who says exactly the right thing to bring you out of your funk.

I find this to be a perfect morning blend. It’s no caffeine shot-in-the-arm to pry your eyelids open against their will – but it’s a nice deep breath, a steadying hand on your shoulder, a soothing but firm voice saying: “You can get through this. And at the end, you can have a nap and stay in your pyjamas as long as you want. And I will not judge you. But first… the world.”

Preparation
Boiling

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Not that bad a cuppa. Not the best EB tea you are ever going to have but it’s fairly cheap and is passable as a all day tea. It is better than any Tetley product.

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73

Thank you Lala for this tea. It’s another unbelievably hot day and after making 8 new pendants I have decided to call it a day. The problem with making wire necklaces is the smell your fingers have after a couple of hours of working with various metals. :( Copper is particularly bad.

A quick scrub of my hands while I prepare this tea. A quick note of the tea bag, it smells herbal and sweet but not lemon per say. Citrus/fruit yes but lemon no.

Once steeped it smells lemony and very sweet, like a lemon flavour and scented hard boiled sweet.

Flavour is not as thick as I was expecting which is a nice surprise. As well as the lemon I’m sure there is a hint of orange in there too and it’s more sweet than sour. It tastes a little artificial but overall I don’#t think it’s bad at all. Will try this iced soon.

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72

This is a bagged tea that brews to a dark mahogany colour and smells of sweet potatoe, lemon and a hint of floral.
It tastes of sweet potato with a hint of floral, over malt. It is lightly astringent. The tea develops more malty, bitter tones as you drink down the cup and tastes mostly of citrus tones and malt, with very little sweetness. The tea is best drunk when hot as the flavour dissapears as it cools. However it does develop a nice potent dose of caffeine.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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59

i didn’t like it so much the first time i had it but NPY likes it!

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67

Incredients: Roasted chicory root, spices, carob pod, natural flavour, cocoa shells, ginger, licorice root, stevia leaves, cocoa.

Lovely! It doesn’t taste quite like chai, presumably because there are no tea leaves. But it’s a very tasty blend of sweet, chocolate and spice.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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57

Chocolatey tea blended with minty floss. It was tasty, but nothing special. I like chocolatey black teas, but I’m not a huge fan of mint. If peppermint’s a thing, give this tea a shot!

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93

love it so far.
i have decided i dont like loose tea and have gone back to bags.
i love this tea.
i love it even more because it was gifted to me, and its available in town!

Lala

I also love this tea. I usually drink it in the evenings after dinner!

Lolita

i was planning on going out when its nicer – take a nice long walk to the store that sells it… but now i dont have to. Unless i run out by then ! Do you like any other PC teas? i have a few on my shopping list.. the chocolate mint is one for sure.

Lala

I also really like cinnamon spice. It’s a black tea, strong cinnamon flavour.

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70
drank Dreamland by President's Choice
31 tasting notes

This is a pleasant, slightly minty, herbal tea. The mint really is light, so as not to overpower the fragrant chamomile. I find that a half teaspoonful of honey brings out the flavour.

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92

Woke up to a balmy minus 42 C this morning. Once I got to work I made myself a cup of cinnamon spice. Nothing better than cinnamon to warm you up from the inside out. This tea smells like hot tamales candy. The taste of the cinnamon, once steeped, is a little blunted, but there is still a sweet and spicey flavour to this Assam tea. This is one of my favorites year round, it is especially nice on a day like today. Many more cups to come!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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30

I was expecting this tea to taste like cranberry juice, but it doesn’t. It’s very tart and there are spices added to the cranberry flavour. I don’t enjoy it. Someone mentioned here that it has a vomit aftertaste and when I try to drink it I can’t help but notice it. It’s a little better iced with agave but I won’t repurchase it for sure.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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67
drank Lemon Thriller by President's Choice
771 tasting notes

I quite like the zing this tea has. I have spent a lot of money and many boxes/bags/tins of tea to find a good lemon tea that does not taste artificial or have a bad aftertaste. I find it soothing on a sore throat, or as a thirst quencher.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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79

This is one of my favorite go to teas when I am not feeling well. I love the strong ginger taste. I find the longer you steep it the spicier it tastes. The peach adds a hint freshness. I find this tea calming and relaxing and helps with indigestion. I buy this tea in a tea bag form as I do not drink it very often, so that it will last longer. Out of the many brands I have tried, the Presidents Choice is my favorite for this tea, and it is also on the cheaper side.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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80

This really is a good, inexpensive, chicory based tea. It’s more chocolate than chai masala, but that’s OK.

Definitely something I’d consider getting again, although Steam Tea House’s After Dark is really yummy, and more full of spice flavours.

2 bags for 16 oz. A dash of coconut cream.

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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec
MissB

This one surprised me too when I had it… although I did pass a lot of it along recently.

OMGsrsly

Having Too Much Tea™ will cause that “passing along” action you mention. :D

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80

Comfort tea FTW. Again, I love chicory root, so it makes sense that I really like this tea. I’m having it with a bit of vanilla sugar, and lots of hot unsweetened almond milk tonight.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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