It’s been a super busy weekend + start to this week, this is the first time I’ve actually sat down at my home computer for at least a few days. The Vancouver Tea Festival happened on Saturday, and it was a pretty big affair. There was hundreds of people there all throughout the day, and it got pretty packed. A bunch of big name and small name vendors were there, like Just Tea, Amoda Tea, Tea Sparrow, DavidsTea, and a bunch of others. I was there from 1-6 helping tea vendors get hot water and helping people at the reception desk. Most of the time I was able to just wander the floor and sample lots of tea from the various vendors, which was pretty cool. Wize Monkey was there as well, sampling coffee leaf tea. It was interesting, but not really my thing. It tasted like musky, slightly coffee-like light black tea tea, and since I hate the taste of coffee, it wasn’t my favourite sample at the festival. What WAS my favourite was White Coconut from Amoda Tea, but unfortunately they sold their last bag of it very early on. Looks like other people loved it too!
I got this tea from Buddha Leaf yesterday on my lunch break. I’ve been eyeing these these teas at IGA for a while now, and I’ve decided to try this one out. It tasted significantly more sour/fruity than I expected. The smell is very sweet and coconutty, which tricked my taste buds into expecting a sweet-tasting tea. Lo and behold, what a shock they were in for! Apart from the sourness, I did get hints of pineapple and a sweet coconut aftertaste. The flavours blended a bit better as the tea cooled down; it didn’t taste as sour after. I will try to add a bit of rock sugar to it next time, or maybe steep it for a shorter amount of time. It was an OK first try, hopefully next brew will turn out better.