The Dark Tickle

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75
drank Bakeapple Tea by The Dark Tickle
161 tasting notes

Let me just start out by saying how refreshing it is to try an “apple” flavored tea WITHOUT cinnamon as an additive. Thank you! It’s nice! Spread the word to other tea companies.

This tea is a very mellow and smooth black tea with just a smidge of apple behind it. Apple is not the main focus, but it is harmoniously playing in the background. It’s there when you want it to be there. I’m also getting that bake-y taste.

The sample I received in my teaswap was in bagged form. For my 1st cup, I removed the bag after about 5 minutes. I tried to resteep, but ended up with faintly apple-flavored hot water. For my 3rd cup, I used another teabag and left it in until I finished my cup. No bitterness…just a little more apple…or bakeapple. YUM! I added just a faint sprinkling of Splenda and it was wonderful. I bet it would be lovely iced. It’s light and thirst-quenching.

Daaaaark Tickle! shivers

Edit: OK, so there’s no actual apple in this. WTF am I tasting?…the word apple? LOL! I’ll stand by it though. I tasted a dry/tart (Granny Smith apple) kind of taste.

Auggy

BAKE-Y!!! Whee!

LENA

oh you know it!

Jillian

Except…there’s no actual apple involved. Bakeapple is a type of wild berry related to the raspberry.

Did you get this from TeaEqualsBliss? I know I sent her a bunch awhile ago. :D

LENA

That’s freakin’ wild! Maybe it’s that dry/tart taste (kind of like a Granny Smith apple would taste)…or simply the power of perception. I really liked it though. Yep, TeaEqualsBliss hooked me up with 2 teabags. I’d love to try the bakeapple beer or liqueurs that Wikipedia talks about. MMM!

Ricky

Whattt bakey apple tea without the cinnamon!??! Count me in! Haha bakeapple aka cloudberry =] Ohhhh, it has a nice name to it.

Jillian

@LENA: Awesome isn’t it? Here’s a picture of bakeapple/cloudberry: http://www.berryscotland.com/cloudberry.jpg
And here’s the company’s website (if you dare): http://www.darktickle.com/
Although I didn’t actually buy the tea from them, but from a Canadian company that sells unique food items. I also bought a jar of their crowberry jam which I haven’t tried yet.

@Ricky: Stop trying to mooch more teas from me! Jeez! ;P

Ricky

LOL! What!?!? This is Lena’s post, so if anything I’m mooching from Lena. You know what! I’m just going to fly over to Canada and haul away your cupboard one evening while you’re not around =P

takgoti

Don’t forget apple sencha for apple sans cinnamon tea! You sent that to me! Though, that wasn’t very bake-y. I do like bake-y. Hehe.

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I’ve tried this company’s Blueberry Tea in the past (and liked it!), so I was curious to sample this blend. It’s a Ceylon tea, so not a lot of room to move, flavour-wise. I tried it with and without milk; the addition of milk softens the flavour, but doesn’t significantly alter it.

This would be a good one to try if you enjoy pomegranate or cranberry teas, as the flavour is similarly tart. What is pleasant about Partridgeberry is that there’s a sort of… musty quality to it, which was enhanced by the fact that I got distracted and let it steep for a while. Very cozy, and more soothing than the aforementioned teas. I also enjoy the freshly-picked quality to the fragrance.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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67

Another Jillian Tea…YAY! YAY! LOVE the name of this company! Altho…and you are going to laugh…when I first looked at it I thought it said Dork Tickle! LOL – either way …LOVE it!

As for the tea it doesn’t have much smell or flavoring in the actual tea taste. It’s not bad but it’s not very strong and I over steeped. The reddish black tea color was cool – I would try this again because it wasn’t bad just not very strong…

Jillian

This is one tea that’s REALLY improved with some milk added to it, IMO. And ‘Dork Tickle’ sounds less dirty than the correct version of the name, lol. XD

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74
drank Bakeapple Tea by The Dark Tickle
1585 tasting notes

Something sinister is stirring in the shadows, stretching out its hands to ensnare you. It’s…it’s…

THE RETURN OF THE DARK TICKLE!
*is shot * XD

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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74
drank Bakeapple Tea by The Dark Tickle
1585 tasting notes

I made a mug of this forgetting that we’re all out of milk. This is a tea that needs something added to it to keep the ceylon base from being too astringent so I stirred in some honey instead. It improved the taste, but I still prefer milk – the milk really brings out the wonderful, sweet creaminess of the tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
LENA

ughh….that NAME! lol!

Jillian

LOL, believe me – I know! XD

Angrboda

Ah, the Dark Tickle! I snicker every time I see that. :p

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74
drank Bakeapple Tea by The Dark Tickle
1585 tasting notes

This tea so wonderfully improved by adding milk so I’m going to up the rating a little bit. I’m noticing a distinct raspberry-ish aftertaste when I take a sip and the creamyness of the tea really works well with the milk.

Now if this tea were actually loose leaf then I could really get behind it. (God, that sounds so dirt!) XD

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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74
drank Bakeapple Tea by The Dark Tickle
1585 tasting notes

I didn’t notice before how strong the smell of this tea is while it’s steeping. The scent is a bit like that taste only more floral maybe. Floral raspberries? I’m not sure how to describe it. I guess ‘like bakeapple’ is probably the best, though I’ve never actually eaten one (they’re an east coast berry species).

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Angrboda

I thought it was a kind of apple that was particularly good for baking and in food, as opposed to just eating as a fruit. Steepster is teaching me about all these fruits and berries that I don’t know what are. Guanabana, acai, goji and now this… The most exotic I can present over here is probably a persimmon.

Cofftea

I thought the same thing. I thought a “d” and a space was missing between the e and the a.

Jillian

Here’s the page about Bakeapple on the tea company’s website: http://www.darktickle.com/bakeappleinfo.aspx

And here’s a better image that I found of the plant: http://www.town.stanthony.nf.ca/Images/[12b]2007Jul26Bakeapple[Cloudberry]_1024.jpg

Angrboda

Ah, now I know what they are. They grow in Norway and Sweden too. I’ve never had them myself, but I understand they eat a lot of them up there. I think they use them mostly for jams

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74
drank Bakeapple Tea by The Dark Tickle
1585 tasting notes

Yes, it’s the return of the Dark Tickle, Mwahahaha! I tried it with skim milk this time and what an amazing improvement it made! The berry flavour isn’t hughly strong, but it’s definitely threre. It’s not what I’d think of as the traditional tart berry flavour; this is sweeter, and almost floral in fact, and it has a creamy note brought out by the milk. This is how I’ll be drinking this tea for now on.

Daaaark Tiiiickle! Daaaaaaaaaarrrrrk Tiiiiiiiiiccccckle! ;P

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
takgoti

So wrong.

Oh Cha!

Is “Dark Tickle” seriously the brand name? I feel… dirty…

Jillian

Here’s their website: http://www.darktickle.com/
It looks so innocuous… <

LENA

Nooooooooooo!

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74
drank Bakeapple Tea by The Dark Tickle
1585 tasting notes

First of all the name of this company weirds me out just a touch as it sounds more than just a little dirty – like you’re being molested in a dark room or something…. 0_o

It’s worth mentioning that bakeapple isn’t an apple at all but a type of wild berry related to a raspberry. I orginally thought that this was a loose-leaf tea, but when I got it I was disappointed to see that it’s actually a set of tea bags filled with fine tea dust (Boo!).

The taste started out lightly fruity and berry-like, but then WHAM the bitterness hits at the back of the mouth. I’m all for buying stuff from small, local companies but I wasn’t terribly impressed with this.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
LENA

hmmm…I can’t say that I’m a fan of the company name either. shudders

teaplz

Woooow. That’s creeptastic, Jillian. I felt dirty even typing that into Google to do some research on them. Their website is so bright and cheery and web 1.0-esque! That make me even more suspicious…

takgoti

After asking myself why in the name of Zeus would you name your company that, I had to google, too. From their site:

“Our name. A ‘tickle’ is a narrow channel which in our case is dark because it is surrounded by high hills. It is also the area in Griquet where we are located and as represented by the picture in our labels.”

But still. If I decided to name my company “Rear Channel” because of where I was located, tell me you wouldn’t think of something else…

I guess it’s memorable, though. Probably not going to forget that one for a while.

Auggy

@takgoti: I’ll be doing my best to forget it, thanks.
;)

takgoti

@Auggy You won’t be able to when I start making creepy comments on all of your tea posts. Daaaaaark tickle! Daaaaaaaark tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiickle!

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