1887 Tasting Notes
I can’t believe I never reviewed this tea – I’ve been drinking it for months! I suppose now is as good a time as any to fix that.
I’d actually expected this tea to have a bit more bite to it than it actually does given that it has both chili pepper flakes and peppercorns blended in it. But it’s actually fairly mild and the dominant flavour is probably the chocolate which is rich and cocoa-y. It goes quite nicely with milk, but a touch more spice would be my preference.
This is from a sample packet from god-knows-when that I dug out of my cupboard this morning. I like the blend of spices that Frank uses in his chais as I find them nicely balance. I taste the same thing with this tea but there’s an added creamy vanilla note that makes it seem decadent. I’m not getting that much cheesecake flavour, but that might be due to the age of the sample rather than any failing on the tea’s part.
This is the first time I’ve seen a tea made into little pastilles that you unwrap like a Lifesaver. It has a sweet floral, slightly hay-like scent and it expands into a surprisingly large amount of tea once it’s soaked up a bit of water.
The flavour has a natural light sweetness that actually remind me a bit of certain silver needle white teas I’ve drank, with notes of fresh hay and sweet grass. There’s also a bit of a tart, fruity hint, probably from the goji berries. It’s a bit odd having goji berries steeped in tea, as I usually just munch on them as a snack. Overall the blend is light and sweet enough to be refreshing without being cloying and quite enjoyable to drink.
This tea could easily fool me into thinking it was flavoured. When I opened the pouch I was hit with the aromas of berries and dried fruit. The tea itself is practically bursting with flavour, with a juicy peach or apricot flavour standing out most prominently but there’s also a bit of a wine-like undercurrent. So good!
This was a Christmas gift from a coworker (part of a Secret Santa exchange) and it comes from a small local tea shop which I would visit more often if not for the fact that it’s located in a rather rough part of town.
This blend has that nice, nutty, vegetal flavour that you get from pan-fried green teas and the sweet strawberries and slightly tart rosehips compliment it quite nicely. I’m not getting much pepper but otherwise it’s quite a nice blend. It’s not really screaming “Christmas” to me though – actually it seems more like a summer tea – but whatever. ;)
This came as a sample with my latest Davids Tea order – I love that they always send so many extra samples because it lets me try teas I wouldn’t otherwise have drank.
The smell of this blend is quite lovely, a spicy mix of ginger and tangy orange. The pu’erh/oolong blend is a bit of an odd combo in my opinion, and I think it was the pu’erh that made the tea smell like meat (yeah, I know) when I added the hot water. The flavour was a bit of a let down, all told, as the base had a leathery, smokey flavour that was a little bit bitter and the ginger made the whole thing came across as medicinal. Mind you, it did soothe my mildly upset stomach quite nicely.
Here’s another tea purchased at the Victoria Tea Festival imported via the Dream Tea Boutique (http://dreamteaboutique.com/).
I’m afraid that I don’t know what a quince is supposed to taste like, never having tried one, and I had to resort to Google to find out what a ‘cherimoya’ even was. But regardless I found the flavour of this tea to be very agreeable. It’s tastes light and fruity with a bit of a tropical tang to it – from the pineapple maybe – as well hints of citrus and apples. I like that this tea company offers something different from the usual flavoured black tea fare. I mean what other company can you think of that can say they carry a cherimoya-flavoured tea?
I got this tea from the Urban Tea Merchant in downtown Vancouver. I was disappointed that they stopped stocking THÉ Ô DOR, but TWG seems to be a pretty decent replacement line.
I’m never quite sure how to steep black tea/green tea blends so in this case I temporized by doing a slightly lower temperature and less time than I would for a straight black tea. I love the Bourbon vanilla scent of this blend – it’s sweet and rich and makes me think of baking sugar cookies. Unfortunately the flavour is more vegetal and less vanilla-y than I would like, although the vanilla is still certainly there. There’s also hints of something else under the vanilla – maybe something citrusy and traces of some sort of spices.