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Cooking TTB #7
This was unlike any other tea I’ve had. It was delightfully sour in a way that hibiscus often wishes it could be. I read that soursap is supposed to taste similar to pineapple and something else…I can see the comparison to pineapple, which would probably be made stronger by the addition of sugar.
I had this both hot and cold (which means I intended to have it hot but got distracted part of the way through my cup and came back to it being cold…and I’m totally okay with that!) I really liked it both ways. I can imagine this would be quite refreshing as an iced tea in summer.
I’m grateful for the chance to try so many different teas that I would normally never be brave enough to order without trying!
Flavors: Pleasantly Sour
Mm this is a lovely, bold tea. Super malty, a touch of smoke and ripe fruit, and a bit of a brassy character. A hint of bitterness and only the faintest trace of astringency – quite a smooth This would make a great morning blend – really easy to drink, with a bit of a kick.
Flavors: Bitter, Fruity, Malt, Smoke, Thick
Meh, this is okay but not great.
It has a slightly roasty flavour, a bit of astringency and a delicate vegetal note. I think what mostly I disliked about this is that the flavour reminded me a lot of when I would occasionally drink bagged green tea from Tim Hortons during class, and it was never steeped for the right amount of time or at the right temperature. I kept trying it and concluding that I must not like green tea that much. I do think I’m just not a huge fan of many roasted teas.
Maybe I’ll give this another shot – I think I actually came up a bit short on steeping it and maybe the vegetal note would develop more with another 15 seconds.
Flavors: Astringent, Roasted, Vegetal
This morning I’m sampling Monk’s Blend from Say Tea and Metropolitan Tea Company.
I was initially going to pass on Say Tea’s Monk’s Blend, but the owner encouraged me to try it, as it’s their own special blend that is grenadine with orange rather than vanilla. Since this sounded different from what I had in my cupboard, I figured I’d give it a try.
And it is different, really different.
The dry leaf for both teas looks very similar, but this one smells intensely of orange and grenadine in a way that’s bordering on medicinal or candy-like. Steeped, the smell of the tea itself comes out more, to mellow the fruit fragrance.
This is a nice, malty Ceylon, with just a hint of astringency. The orange and grenadine flavours are present but not overpowering, and overall it’s nicely balanced. The orange lingers on the finish with a candy quality to it.
Very tasty and easy to drink, though not really a stand out tea for me. I will finish the 2oz I have, but probably wouldn’t buy it again.
Flavors: Candy, Grenadine, Malt, Medicinal, Orange, Sweet
This smells like any other milk oolong in the bag – super buttery and rich, as do the steeped leaves and liquor. And yet, it’s pretty different. There’s the creamy, buttery notes, but depending on the sip, they keep shifting balance with notes of earth, tangy vegetal and ginseng.
I initially steeped this for four minutes and the leaves were still tightly rolled, and only the ginseng and earth notes were present. Another minute and a half made it much fuller and more complex.
There’s also a distinct cooling sensation in the finish. Like mint without the mint flavour. As I sip the cup I start to get an ever so slight dry mouth feel, and as it cools there’s a growing sweetness.
The second steep was very drinkable, a bit more vegetal and floral but not overly interesting.
Not my favourite milk oolong, but interesting and nice.
Flavors: Butter, Cream, Earth, Floral, Sweet, Tangy, Vegetal
Yes! So good! I knew when I smelled this, that I had to have it.
Lots of Asian restaurants around here give out soursop hard candies instead of mints with the bill, and admittedly, when there’s just a bowl of them by the till, I usually grab as many as I feel I can get away with. They’re delicious and I’ve yet to find them in Chinatown to buy.
This tea tastes like those candies. The black base is a bit rough, but the soupsop flavour is so good that they work together really well. The flavour is mouth filling, very accurate and lingers beautifully on a long finish. This isn’t a complicated tea, but it’s so tasty.
I will give this a try with sugar at some point, but I’m really pleased that it doesn’t need it. It’s got a bit of natural sweetness, a bit of sour that isn’t actually tart and it’s amazing.
I sometimes think that maybe I’m drifting away from flavoured teas, but ones like this bring it all home for me.
I guess I was craving black currant this morning.
This is a nice blend of Earl Grey with black currant. The black base is a bit malty, with a touch of astringency, with a light bergamot flavour. There’s a very distinct black currant nose, but on the palate, it’s more of a blended berry. This was pretty good straight, but better with a bit of sugar.
There’s also a really interesting and powerful cooling sensation from this tea, almost as if it contains mint or menthol, but I can’t detect anything like that except that even after a sip of hot tea my mouth feels very cool.
Flavors: Astringent, Bergamot, Berry, Black Currant, Malt
This is a very nice blueberry black tea. More sweet than tart, it leans a bit more toward a blueberry jam than fresh blueberry flavour.
Not as complex as The Tea Emporium/Seven Sister’s Blueberry, but a very passable substitute. There’s definitely no lack of blueberry flavour.
Flavors: Blueberry, Sweet
Oh, delicious! It is exactly what it says, Early Grey with a hint of smoke. The smokiness is there, without being overpowering at all, and it’s balanced well with the bergamot which is fairly robust – just the way I like it. The black base is nothing special but it works very well as a base, and it pleasant.
It’s like Lapsang Souchong and Earl Grey had a perfect, delicious baby.
Flavors: Bergamot, Smoke
This oolong is so wonderful. I threw a teaspoon of this into my travel mug for going out and about toady. This time the oolong tasted buttery, overlaid with sweet goji and jasmine, with a hint of pleasant bitterness.
I am so, so glad I discovered this tea.
Flavors: Bitter, Butter, Goji, Jasmine, Sweet
Oh this is freaking amazing. It’s not too complicated – jasmine, goji berry and a slightly roasty oolong that are both distinct but compliment each other perfectly.
I got two good steeps out of this and was going to go for a third, except I accidentally knocked my steeping basket all over the floor.
This is beautiful and unique and definitely going to be a staple.
Flavors: Goji, Green, Jasmine, Roasted
I’m not giving this one a number rating because I suspect that if I caught the right way ot brew this, it would be amazing. However after three attempts I have decided that I do not have the skills with this one. First cup I got a bland dull green tea with no lemon at all, and second steep on the leaves wasn’t much better. Second time I tried I got a strong green again with no lemon at all. And tonight when I tried again I found the lemon, but had oversteeped and it didn’t taste lovely at all. So farewell fair tea, and big thanks to De who was generous enough to let me steal some from her stash!
I was half asleep this morning when brewing my tea and put this one in the infuser instead of the French Vanilla I’d been planning on. Oh well, an herbal for breakfast isn’t a bad thing! Especially when it smells almost exactly like David’s Forever Nuts, one of my favourite must-haves. Brewed I found it light but lovely, exactly like the dessert the tea professes to emulate. There are hints of cinnamon and sugar and all those delightful things that I love in a dessert, minus the grease of the actual cakes. I can see why people enjoy this one, although I’m not sure if I like it more than my Forever Nuts.
Mmmmm. Continuing with my berry obsession as of late, I reached for a bag of this, as I hadn’t tried it yet. It is delicious. It’s like Earl’s Garden without the yucky bergamot ;). It’s juicy and strong without being bitter or artificial. Yum yum yum. I accidentally let some of it get cold, and it was just as good “iced”. This is definitely one to restock when we return to Say Tea.