45 Tasting Notes
DT has been sending this one quite a lot as a sample whenever I order! I have made this twice now and I can never seem to get the flavour right. I think I would like it more if it was peach heavy, but I think this tea is a bit too finicky for me. It can get bitter really fast.
I mostly taste the white tea with a hint of floral and peach notes. It was okay, but not something I would purchase.
Flavors: Bitter, Jasmine, Peach
Wow! I am beyond impressed with this tea. This tea is from a small business in Toronto, which I discovered through the Toronto Tea Festival’s Instagram page. To be honest, most of the prepared chai blends I have tried have been from David’s Tea or chai-inspired blends. These were also delicious!!! :)
However, I have been on the search for something truly authentic. For me, as somebody who is South Asian, this would entail finding a masala chai blend that replicates what I would find in my grandmother’s kitchen, and I think I found it! :) Please consider supporting this small Canadian tea company if you can!
Smell: Strong, fragrant, pungent masala chai spices. When I looked at the blend, all the spices were ground, not whole. This is how my grandma usually made chai since grounding the spices lets the flavours shine.
Preparation: I made this one stove-top style with water, sugar, and milk!
Taste: This stole the show for me! It really tastes like an authentic masala chai. That is my only way of putting it. All the flavours are well-balanced. The notes I get the most are the ginger, cardamon, and fennel. The other notes are there too, but they are more so in the background. I really enjoyed this! It also has a very warming feeling that I expect from my masala chais; perfect for the winter.
Overall, a great tea blend, and the owners of this small business are lovely. Answered all my questions promptly! If you love chai, I would highly recommend this blend.
Flavors: Black Pepper, Cardamon, Cloves, Fennel, Ginger, Rose, Spices
I had such high hopes for this blend! It sounded like everything I would love! :) A roasted, caramel inspired tea blend – yes, please!
And even after trying it and steeping it using different methods, I still dislike it.
It tastes very… fake and artificial. And it has a weird, artificially sweet apple flavour to it. I am not getting the roasted marshmallow flavour others have mentioned (which I so wanted to get!). I get hints of the yummy Hojicha taste, but the strange artificial apple taste makes this unpalatable to me.
Overall, I will not be repurchasing this. But I hope others enjoy it more than I did!
Flavors: Apple, Artificial, Roasted, Sweet
I made this as a latte. I put 4 perfect spoons of this blend to make a super concentrated tea and frothed up some milk to pour on top of it. I think with the milk it tastes better because it subdues the saltiness and caramel notes of this blend. It makes it into a creamy, slightly salty, oolong latte. However, I do not think I will repurchase this tea again due to its strong artificial taste.
Flavors: Caramel, Salt
I was so excited to get this tea! Since I love smokey flavours. I would not say this is as smokey as a lapsang souchong. Instead, it has a more roasted, warm flavour. It melds nicely with the artificial, caramel, apple notes. It was quite nice, but I am not sure if I will repurchase it. I think I need to try this as a latte instead.
I also think because I have been trying more straight teas/natural blends, I might just be more sensitive to artificial flavours. But this tea tasted a bit artificial to me, I guess! But I look forward to experimenting with it more.
Flavors: Brown Sugar, Caramel, Roasted, Sweet
I was so excited to get this tea! To be honest, I’m not sure if I made it properly since the caramel pieces wouldn’t melt when I pulled out the infuser. If anybody has any advice on how I can cause the caramel pieces to melt – that would be great! And I used boiling water for this too. Maybe I should use a lower temperature next time?
This smells lovely. Like a strong, predominantly sugary and caramel note. I also shook the bag to disperse the salt evenly.
Taste: This tea tastes really salty, and less sweet. And it is not like a coarse sea salt, but like a table salt flavour. It reminds me of when I sprinkled some table salt into my caramel tea to mimic a salted caramel flavour. I also got a hint of oolong.
But this tea feels like it is all aroma, but no taste. I added a heaping tablespoon of honey to this, which helped amplified the caramel note and also complemented the salty elements of this tea. I think this is a bit too salty for me, but I will try finishing it off slowly I guess.
Flavors: Brown Sugar, Caramel, Salt, Salty
Mmm, having this now with some sugar and coconut-almond milk. It is a very good tea blend where all the flavours come through. You can taste the spice for sure and a slight hint of chocolate on the backend. I think this makes an excellent latte if you are looking for something special that you might not have tried before.
Flavors: Chocolate, Spicy
First, I love the Tea Haus. What a lovely small business and they have the most incredible customer service. :)
I tried the Kyoto Cherry Rose Organic again cold steeped today, and it brought out a perfume-y note, which I guess is from the rose. However, after I added some sugar, it subdued the note a bit.
Either way, I think I need to experiment with this tea more to make a firm consensus on it.
Flavors: Alcohol, Cherry, Rose