718 Tasting Notes
I originally got a small bag of this to try…only a few servings worth. I was disappointed and didn’t even review here, The flavour was weak and thin, and I had hoped for something richer and pie-like. In the back of my head I had said I wanted to try it as a latte, to see if that made a difference, and today was that day.
After my herbalist appointment at a local college, I stopped at DT as it was on the way home (just down the street from the school where the herbal clinic was). It had also gotten considerably windier and colder than it had been on my way up there a few hours earlier. I’d only had water up to that point (which is good), but I had wanted something hot on the way home to comfort me, and this did.
I’m not sure if my mental preparation for this being better as a latte, or the use of more tea to make the latte, or the latte treatment in general did the trick. Might be a little of everything. I think that the milk from the latte made it richer, and more pie like for me. I think the milk may have brought out a bit more coconut. It was still on the weak side, but maybe less weak? I’m curious how using coconut milk in this would be.
All in all, I might get a 25g bag to play with this more. I’m not sure it is worth it because you have to use so much more leaf to make a latte (or just a stronger brew), and oolongs are usually more expensive, but who knows….I might still do it.
I picked this up recently, in an attempt to find a low or no caffeine chai. I picked up the Kashmiri Chai a few weeks ago, and the blend of chai spices and green tea was nice. I decided to give this one a go, despite my dislike of rooibos, especially red rooibos. But I like chai, and I like coconut, and I was hoping that these two flavours might dominate and reduce the bits of rooibos that I dislike, and I am happy to say that I think I was right. I had some of this yesterday with a headache, and I was pleasantly surprised. I only picked up a small amount of this to try, but I will try a bit more when this sample runs out. I think this could be a regular thing for me..
I’m unsure of this one. It has hibiscus in it, which I realized after I got it home. It is not too strong though. I did learn the hard way not to steep it hot and then cool in the fridge, or even run a little hot water over to cold steep. The white chocolate chips went funny. It isn;t a bad tasting tea. And as a caffeine free blend, I am glad they went with green rooibos over red. Something is still not meshing well for me. I don’t know if I will get more of this or not.
Follow up to the original note…I have used more leaf in the subsequent steeps, and it is a stronger flavour, but I still find it milder than I had expected. The vanilla pear just sort of blends into everything, and the cardamom butter is more of a mouthfeel. Despite this, I do really like this tea, as a tea, and how it tastes to me. But I just don’t get the flours from it as I was hoping to. Would I get more if I could? Quite possibly. It does make a quite lovely breakfast or morning tea. I am upping my rating on this.
I only got 8g of this, as I had a toonie and wanted to keep it under that. This gave me about 2 servings. I initially had mixed feelings on this, as I thought it might be a little too artificial tasting, but I was kind of ok with that. I added milk with both steeps, and I really got that toffee flavour. Not much on the chocolate, as I think that mostly blended in with the pu erh base. I’ve always loved caramel and pu erh, so I didn’t think this would be any different. It is though. But not in a bad way. I think I still prefer some other caramel pu erh teas over this, but I did like this one a bit. I was actually going to get more today, but I ended up getting 3 green teas, and 2 more greens from Silk Road, so I gave this one a miss on the refill for now. But I will probably refill it soon.
One of my 3 samples….the genmai cha was the most prominent note, though as the tea cooled, I did notice more of the carrot cake notes, mostly in the spices and sort of sweet and creamy frosting notes. I can’t recall much, as I used the whole sample in my travel mug. I will likely get more on a future order.
My first experience with this tea was probably 7 years ago, by now. At the time, I was working at a local gift store, and they would often hire international students to practice their English. We often had Japanese students as that was one of the colleges the shop partnered with, and plus, we get tons of Japanese tourists. So win win for all. Anyways, the first of these students I worked with, right when I started, was a sweet girl named Yuka. We only worked a short time together, but when she left, she gave me a mini tin of this tea. And while I was a tea fan way back then, and before that, brewing green tea at home was never my strong suit. I was fortunate to have some green teas that were very forgiving, though genmai cha was a favourite, and I drank that the most (and it was fairly forgiving). When I made this tea, I wanted to love it. I wanted to enjoy it, but I didn’t. I can’t remember truly what I disliked about this tea back then, but it was probably that it was bitter, and thus (retrospectively) user error. I seem to think that the cherry flavour was not that prominent either. Whatever it was, it kept me away from buying it for a LONG time. Til today, in fact. I was talking with one of the girls at the shop and she did confirm that it can be a finicky tea, and overbrew very easily. She suggested no more than 2 minutes to steep. I smelled it in the tin, that was filled to the brim. Ahhh, sooo good! I just had to try it again, and hope that with my gained skills and experience over the years, but more importantly, my variable temp kettle and kitchen timer, would give me success this time.
So, I decided to make this (from the 5 new green teas I got today) when I got home. I chose this one because I had my first wheatgrass shot, and anticipated it being awful (it was) I had a chaser prepared. My chaser was pomegranate juice. Then this tea. I set the temp on my kettle to 180F (it only measures in F) though it might have cooled off a little more as it took a few minutes before I actually poured the water into my mug and infuser. I let it steep for 2 minutes, and added a little bit of organic cane sugar. Oh sweet cherry! Though the sourness is just at the back of my throat after I sip. I found it got fruitier after it cooled a little more. This one seems like it will cold brew well. Looking forward to warmer weather to do that.
So, I am very glad I decided to try this one again. I am sure I will enjoy the rest of my mini tin…though I know a few people who will likely be getting some in their next tea box from me. :)
Flavors: Cherry, Pleasantly Sour
This is the second tea from A Quarter to Tea that I have tried so far. This was a sample, whereas the other was a regular bag. At first sip, I was like, “oh no, it’s a bit astringent…I should have added milk as I had originally thought to” but then as it cooled a little, I got a really smooth and warm caramel tea. It almost reminded me of Butiki’s Caramel Vanilla Assam, only the chestnut was a bit warmer with the caramel than the vanilla. I’ve got just one serving left, so I might try a wee bit with milk to see how it holds up, before adding it to the whole brew. I worry it might overpower this milder tea, but on the other hand, it might make this more decadent. Wishing I hadn’t waited so long to order, as this is pretty much gone now.
This was my first tea to try from this company. I used a little over a teaspoon, and found it to be very mild. The instructions say to use 1-2 teaspoons, so next time I will try 2 teaspoons. I did get a little spiced buttery feel, but not much on the vanilla or pear. Hoping the increase in leaf will bust out a bit more flavour.