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Another tea sample (I basically bought like 10 samples from the store when I was last there). This one had a rather pungent pu-erh smell – I know it doesn’t bother some people but I don’t like having to hold my breath when I take a sip, so I ended up giving this one a 30 second rinse even though I usually skip that step with flavoured pu-erhs.
The flavour is distinctly toffee-like with a hint of sweetness, something about it reminds me a bit of a caramel macchiato. The pu-erh base has a rather peat-y
flavour that oddly enough seems to work well with the caramel. Overall it’s a little bit weak/thin tasting, perhaps because of the rinse or it might need a bit more steeping time.
I had this recommended to me as a good iced tea blend so even though hibiscus was one of the ingredients I bought a sample to try out. It turned out quite nice – it’s mildly tangy but in a way that said ‘citrus’ to me instead of ‘evil hibiscus masquerading as citrus’. The other fruits in the mix help balance it out I think, and give it a bit of sweetness that doesn’t feel artificial or overdone. Would definitely consider buying more.
For the curious, the Ogopogo is a mythical (as far as anyone can prove) sea serpent very similar in description to the Loch Ness monster that folklore and First Nations legends theorize lives at the bottom of Okanagan Lake. At this point it’s become the semi-official symbol of the city of Kelowna (where this tea is from) and people are still reporting sightings to this day.
This sample is labeled as a black tea but it’s pretty obvious that it’s mixed with white tea leaves (and oolong according to the description) so I gave it a lower steeping temp than I would most blacks. Maybe the greenish tea leaves in the blend are supposed to mimic the monster which is supposedly a mix of brown and green in colour..?
The primary component of this blend seems to be Darjeeling – it has that slightly wine-like fruity scent and flavour. It’s less astringent than most Darjeelings though, which might be the white and oolong teas coming into play. I’d describe this as more of an afternoon tea as it’s relatively light and doesn’t pack the caffeine punch of a breakfast blend.
I picked up a sample of this tea on my last trip to Kelowna. It tastes a fair bit like Adagio’s Choconut Mate, in my opinion. The roasted mate goes well with the cocoa and the overall result is almost malty with a bit of bitterness. I’m not sure why they bothered to add rooibos to this blend as it doesn’t really do much for it except give it a bit of a woody flavour. It’s an okay tea, but not great.
I picked this tea up when I was in Kelowna a few weeks ago and looking for a good decaf fruit blend to turn into iced tea. Unfortunately most fruit teas have a ton of hibiscus in them as a cheap way to replicate raspberry/pomegranate/cherry/random-tart-fruit-of-choice and while I’ll admit it’s more agreeable iced, I’d prefer to do without it altogether. So I was pretty pleased to score this tea.
Like I usually do with a new tea even if it’s destined to become iced tea I’ll try it hot first. The strongest flavour in this blend is the peach but I can also easily pick out apple and apricot as well. The honeybush mixed with the fruit gives the tea its own natural sweetness, and the decaf black tea gives this blend some substance but its subtle enough not to take over. I can already tell this is going to be a hit iced.
I would like to apologize to Jillian for not tasting and logged sooner! WOWZA! I have had this one for a while and just realized it! Eeek!
This smells like a ‘dusty’ green tea with blueberry.
It has a creamy green tea flavor with a hint of flower and blueberry that are quite faint but welcomed! This isn’t too shabby!
Woah, smells like bacon! This Russian Caravan is maybe a bit more smoked than what I generally like. Rather than using the usual Chinese black teas they seem to have gone with the more conventional (and cheaper?) Indian black teas. And you can tell as the tea has more bitterness and astringency than what I’m used to tasting in most Russian Caravan blends. Meh.
There was a quite a yummy blueberry scent when I opened the package today. The green tea base is a nice one too, lightly vegetale with that hint of smokiness that I like in gunpowder greens. Like most flavoures teas, the blueberry flavour is more noticable as the tea cools and I found it nice and fruity without being too artifical-tasting. I’m not the biggest fan of flavoured greens, but I found this one to be quite agreeable.
Adding milk does improve the tea and I think it gives the tea a more balanced flavour profile. I can taste the nutty pecans more clearly, though I’m not really getting anything that might qualify as the ‘pie’ part of the tea. Still it’s an improvement over taking this tea plain so I’m bumping up my rating a few notches.
This is a fairly unremarkable black tea. I’m drinking it plain right now so it might be improved by soem milk and/or sugar. It largely tastes like black tea at first, then the pecan flavour sorta comes in at the end of each sip. Nothing special, but it isn’t gack-worthy either.