1899 Tasting Notes
I was caught off-guard by how strong the melon flavour in this tea was as I’d been expecting something more tart given the hibiscus. I can taste a bit of tartness after the initial sweet-melon flavour, though I’m not sure if that’s just the hibiscus talking or if the goji is getting in on the action too. Personally, I think this blend should be called Melon Pop or maybe Melon-Berry Pop rather than Goji Pop as the goji isn’t really the main focus of the tea. Still it’s a great blend and it’s definitely going to get turned into iced tea sometime in the near future.
This chai is ‘spicier’ but it’s not really spicy. There’s a touch of heat from the red pepper and the ginger but its well-balanced with the rest of the tea. It has a good dose of cardamom and other spices and it doesn’t fall into the too-much-cinnamon trap that many of Frank’s previous chai blends fell into. It’s also one of those blends that can be drunk either with milk or without and doesn’t suffer for it either way. I can’t wait to try it as a latté.
I had my eye on this tea but unfortunately I wasn’t able to purchase any before it sold out. However thanks to Marzipan I have another shot at this blend. I like many of Frank’s genmaicha blends and this one isn’t bad – but it’s not really gingerbread. The ‘ginger’ part is there certainly giving the tea a nice bit of heat, but it’s lacking the other key flavours of the molasses and the allspice that give gingerbread its signature flavour.
Murchie’s loves its custom black tea blends, especially those in honor of British royalty. In addition to this blend they also created a blend for Queen Elizabeth’s Golden Jubilee as well as one for the royal wedding.
This is a nice, solid blend that incorporates characteristics from different black tea from around Asia and blends them together seamlessly. I can taste the grapey, muscatel tones of a Darjeeling without the astringency, some lightly malty flavours like you’d find in an Assam, and maybe the barest hint of peppery Yunnan. It has a surprising sweetness, particularly after it cooled off a bit and it’s quite smooth despite having such bold flavours. A great black tea that really shows the creator’s deft hand at blending.
I purchased this to make into iced tea but I wanted to try it hot first. I’m not a hibiscus fan but the ‘cherry’ drew me in. Unfortunately it’s not as strong in the hot tea as I would have wished. Surprisingly it’s not very sweet either considering all the little sugar snowflakes in the mix. Thankfully the hibiscus is also fairly muted so the end result is a fairly standard, mildly tart, berry flavour. It’s pretty ‘meh’ hot IMO, but I think it might have potential iced.
I was reaching into my tea cupboard to get my usual morning tea when I accidentally knocked out a small sample packet. I was surprised to see that it was a chai blend from our very own LiberTeas. I honestly have no memory of getting this tea so it must have come my way as part of a swap or Traveling Teabox.
I’ve been looking for a good black tea chai but I can never seen to find one that’s just right. I know it’s largely a matter of personal tastes but I find that most chais have too much of one spice or flavouring and it ends up dominating the tea. This tea on the other hand is very well balanced with each of the various spices getting their say. It’s a surprisingly versatile tea – light enough to to be drunk plain but strong enough that it holds up well to the addition of some milk and honey.
This really is a masterpiece of a tea. I hope that Liberteas might consider remaking this tea or something like it in the near future – perhaps when she takes over 52Teas from Frank. I could see this being a winner.
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The mix of creaminess and sweetness blends surprisingly well with the vegetale flavours of the green tea base. The base by itself would otherwise be pretty mediocre I think but the flavouring really improves matters. I don’t know if i like it enough to buy a large quantity of the blend but the small sample was enjoyable.
This sample came courtesy of the GCTTB – I love the name, it makes me think of the Transsiberian Orchestra… aaaaand now I’ve got their music running through my head. ;)
The smell of the tea is very cinnamon-heavy though that lightens up a bit in the flavour. There’s also this nice, fudgey chocolate flavour that I’m really liking. It reminds me of a Mexican chocolate brownie recipe I tried once that had dark chocolate flavoured with spices. Given the opportunity I was definitely buy more of this tea.
It was the sweet scent of maple that drew me in – plus I love the idea of a ‘Canadian Breakfast’ to go with all the ‘English breakfasts’ and ‘Irish breakfasts’ out there. This brews up into a brisk cuppa with lots of body, making it a good first-thing-in-the-morning tea. The maple flavour is subtle but it’s definitely there and I’m not sure if it’s the flavour or the tea base itself that has a lightly malty quality which is strange as that’s an attribute I normally associate with Assam teas but I checked the ingredients and there’s no Assam in this blend – just Ceylon and Keemun.
A good, solid tea – I could see this becoming a staple in my cupboard.