4 Tasting Notes
I haven’t had this one in awhile, so I will have to go back and update my notes next time I drink some but I worked at Point Ellice House and that’s when I first tried this tea. It’s actually based on the archives of the O’Reilly family (who owned PEH) and is something they would have enjoyed on the lawn during a party. Beautiful, smooth tea which is excellent for everyday use. It’s a little reminder of the best parts of Victoria that I enjoy regularly. I hope they never discontinue this one.
One of my favourite teas, so sad that it’s discontinued as it was a limited edition tea based on tea drunk on an expedition to Antarctica (Was it the Scott expedition? I forget). I love the smokey, richness of this black tea. Really nice with some milk and sugar. Great bold breakfast tea. Not overpoweringly smokey, either. I’ve gone through two HUGE tins of this stuff and am sadly down to my last stash, which I will have to ration out. Any suggestions for something similar? Would this be like a Russian Caravan type tea? I’ve never had anything like this before.
Sadly, this tea like many other DavidsTea blends is no longer in production. I bought a full tin of this tea a few years back and promptly forgot about it. Last night, I pulled it out of the cupboard and took a whiff—smelt okay but nothing special. It smelled mostly coconutty. I decided to brew it and I almost chucked it out. The tea smelled pretty gross to me, not terribly appetizing but I thought I would give it a try. I am really glad I stuck with it, this tea is quite delicious. It brews up with a fairly orange soup. It’s pretty oily and has a thick, oily mouthfeel but I really like it. It coats the inside of my mouth with yummy flavor. You can see little beads of oil in the tea. I haven’t looked up the description so I completely forget what’s actually in it, but it seems to be a roasted green with some perhaps vanilla, coconut, and there are some yellow flower petals in it as well. It has a sweet, fruity flavor with a slight astringency (though I may have used water that was a bit too hot). All in all a great tea, especially if you want something relaxing and desserty without being too sweet. No need for milk or sugar, which is a big thing for me as I’m generally a black tea lover and I like milk and sugar in my tea normally.
Flavors: Coconut, Floral, Vanilla
I’m not a connoisseur of tea in any way, so I’ll save the detailed aroma and tasting notes for the tea experts :) But I can say this: until I tried this tea, I hated white tea (and green tea, but David’s Japanese Sencha and Genmaitcha helped with that!). I tried a sample of this at the store and fell in love with it. I don’t even need any sugar in it. Like I said, I never liked white tea until I tried this one and I don’t like fruity tisanes either, but this tea is just perfect for my (unsophisticated) palate. Because of this delicious and comforting tea, I have become braver in testing teas that I normally would avoid (like the aforementioned green teas). I also think this would make a great, refreshing iced beverage with a little honey perhaps. Highly recommended for white tea n00bs like myself :)