Quarrier's Dream

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  • “This is the last one from my Jenier order that I haven't tried before. I'm not sure why I couldn't seem to get around to it. I tend to be quite attracted to something which has the word 'dream' in...” Read full tasting note
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  • “This is better with milk. A lot better. I'm still not really getting blackberry, but there is a fruitiness and it's more defined now that the base isn't so overpoweringly bitter. I'm increasing the...” Read full tasting note
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    Scheherazade 969 tasting notes

From Jenier World of Teas

Quarrier’s Dream, a tea with such flavour and distinction, is named after William Quarrier, founder of Quarrier’s Village. In the early 1870’s William Quarrier, a shoe retailer, realised his dream of setting up a village for orphaned children by caring for them in cottage homes as opposed to institutions. Quarrier’s Village continues its charity work to this day and of course is now also home for Jenier World of Teas’ operations. Quarrier’s Dream is a full flavoured Assam, Ceylon and China green tea blend with a strong hint of blackberry and natural sweetness.

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This is the last one from my Jenier order that I haven’t tried before. I’m not sure why I couldn’t seem to get around to it. I tend to be quite attracted to something which has the word ‘dream’ in it for some reason, and I can’t actually put a finger on why. I suppose it just speaks to my imagination somehow. This one was further attractive by having mallow flowers in it and ‘a strong hint of blackberry’ as the site description says.

Mallow flowers plus berry flavouring tends to go down well with me. Booberry from 52teas was a shiny example of this being a good combination. The bad thing about it, though, is that it rather tends to make the leaves smell strongly of cheap synthetic bubblegum. Oh well, I can deal with that. Especially since this is not the prevalent aroma after brewing. It’s much more fruity here and blackberry-ish but not so mallow-y. I can smell the black teas as well. A blend of Assam and Ceylon, and the Assam stands out the most, probably adding the high notes while leaving the Ceylon to supply some body, I think. There’s also some kind of Chinese green in here, but that doesn’t seem to want to come out to play.

Because of the inclusion of green tea, I decided to brew at 70°C, even though Jenier categorises it as a black tea blend. I don’t know how much green is in here. It might be just a smidge, in which case the cautious temperature might not have been necessary, because I can’t really spot any obviously green leaves in the blend either. I’ll have to try it again later at 90°C and see what sort of difference that makes. Remind me to actually do this.

The flavour is very nice. The black tea is coming out surprisingly strongly in spite of the low temperature. I was not expecting that at all, so I had a bit of a “hey, what’s going on here?!!” moment at the first sip.

The blackberry is indeed a strong hint. It’s not as all-out fruity as something that would have been straight on blackberry flavoured, but there’s definitely berry flavouring in here. It’s obvious but a bit more subtle, if you understand the distinction I’m trying to make here. This is also the case with the mallow flowers. These two flavours work in perfect unison for a sweet fruity tea, but with a LOT of black tea body. I suspect this is where the green tea comes in. I wonder if it’s the green tea that, while undetectable itself, really carries the flavours here.

I expect this is a tea that is going to go quickly. It’s very enjoyable indeed! Definitely my favourite of all the flavoured ones I got from Jenier. I might get this again.

Only one other person on Steepster has posted about this tea and our experiences couldn’t be more different. Isn’t it funny how these things can go?

yyz

Sounds nice, I too like blackberries, I like their flavour better than raspberries, and I have good memories around picking them.

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This is better with milk. A lot better. I’m still not really getting blackberry, but there is a fruitiness and it’s more defined now that the base isn’t so overpoweringly bitter. I’m increasing the rating a little. It’s friday, and I feel charitable.

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Fuzzy_Peachkin

Blackberry seems to be a hard one to pull off in tea. I’m still looking for a suitable one.

Angrboda

Ìf you still have more of this I would recommend trying it with cooler water. In general I find flavoured teas do best with just under boiling water (around 90°C or so). Moreover, this blend has green tea in it, which I think is what causing the extreme bitterness for you when you use boiling water. And if you don’t feel like bothering with it anymore, I’d be happy to take the rest off your hands and om-nom-nom it up for you. ;)

Anna

Angrboda, that is an amazing display of generosity right there. ;P (But yeah – as usual, you have a very good point – I’m often tricked by black/green blends; they can get horribly bitter, and in a very sneaky manner.)

Angrboda

Isn’t it just? :p Selflessly volunteering to save Scheherazade from something she dislikes. :D
(Seriously, though, Scheherazade, if you would like to swap it for something of mine you might like better, pm me.)

Scheherazade

I was thinking I’d probably try a lower temparature, and then I got sick. I might try it once more when I feel better, but otherwise I’d definitely consider a swap :)

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