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I really liked this one, but seem to be in the minority. My friend sent me the small box of tea bags, not the loose tea. I loved the maple smell and think it was a pleasant black base with a nice maple undertaste. Already went through the box and finished all the tea.
Flavors: Maple Syrup
I was making a cuppa this, when Mum stepped into the room and looked alarmed. “do you smell smoke? something is burning!”
She was standing next to my tea. I told her to take a sniff. She looked a little sheepish :P
Anyhow. I find this tea far too plain and astringent. Adding milk and chai sugar helps perk things up! One of those teas I’ll go through quickly as I can experiment with it. This should be fun
Ugh. I can’t believe I caved and purchased tea! After not having brought any into the house since the festival, I was doing so well(except the odd David’s sample, which does count, but not by much) .
I was up north visiting some relatives and we were browsing the shops in town… I guess I was in the mood for a souvenir, but the part of the store that my cousin says has the good stuff wasn’t open for the warm season yet, so we were a little down about it. And then I saw they had teas… things got a little happier!
I’m not the biggest fan of the brand but at that point I’m not sure I cared.
Anyhow. I made a cuppa at the cottage. It was just ok.
I need to try again at home. Maybe different water will make a difference.
All I know is that the chocolate note was super weak, and as I had expected from the scent, there was a definite smoky note. Still not sure how it all fits together. Definitely needs to be revisited
A beautiful tea. Brews a pale green/yellow. Creamy with a strong floral scent and taste. In addition to the creamy milky taste, I also sense vanilla and the floral scent and taste is like orchids. I made this in the gaiwan with a short rinse first but I don’t think it needed it. Subsequent drinkable steeps were from 40s gradually increasing.
Flavors: Floral, Milk, Orchids, Vanilla
I bought this tea from Moonbean Coffee Co. which stocks teas from Metropolitain. I made it in a Gaiwan with a 15 sec rinse, so far followed by two drinkable steeps at 40 sec each. The taste was quite floral, but I didn’t notice that so much in the scent. I also think there is a bit of smokiness, or at least that’s what I’m calling it. I’m not sure I like the type of floral, reminds me a little of perfume. Curious to see how the flavour develops in subsequent steeps.
Flavors: Floral, Smoke
Purchased from Zombie Runner in Palo Alto, CA. I love the robust smokiness. Tea steeps to a strong caramel color and smells like a tumbler of Laphroaig. Lapsang is the peat-heavy Scotch of teas. Tastes smoky with a slick, syrupy mouthfeel. Spicy aftertaste. Mild astringency.
Flavors: Burnt, Scotch, Smoke, Spicy
I’ve been curious for awhile about the big wholesaler, Metropolitan Tea Company, so when Culinary Teas — which sources most (all?) of their tea from Met — had free shipping, I sprung for a few samples.
This is my first time trying a Monk’s Blend. I knew it would have grenadine in it, so I guess I was expecting something like liquid maraschino cherries. When I sniffed the bag, it smelled like raspberry candy, and the flavor has a tanginess that strikes me more as raspberry than cherry flavor. There is a light vanilla cream note that, for me, is the highlight of this tea. The base is inoffensive, but definitely unremarkable. I know this tea gets sold both in bagged and loose leaf form. I ordered loose leaf, but no surprise really, the tea still has that standard bagged-quality kind of taste. Something about the blend of flavors reminds me of H&S Paris, but H&S does a far better job on it.
I won’t have any trouble getting this down, but I definitely won’t be going out of my way to get more either, as it’s just pretty run-of-the-mill fare.
Flavors: Raspberry, Vanilla
Cold Brew sipdown (216)!
I wish I could say I enjoyed this one more overall, because it was a gift. I just didn’t though; it was too brisk and really astringent and I found that on the whole
despite the fact I got a couple nice tastings it lacked any sweetness/brightness. Which it definitely needed.
This is a queued tasting note.
So I decided to try this one out again cold brewed to see if it would brew up consistently. I found that the base was very brisk with malty notes to it, and that strawberry and lemon flavouring was pretty equal in intensity when compared to each other. However, there was a bit of discord between the base and the flavourings that resulted in a brew that wasn’t as enjoyable as I would have liked.
Last tea of the day today,
I cold brewed it today because I remember someone mentioning that it’s great iced/cold last time I wrote a note for this one (around my birthday). So since the Steepster hivemind usually it correct, I figured I’d give it a go and drink it cold!
I think I tasted more lemon last time when I was drinking this as a soda. This time around, I DEFINITELY get more strawberry notes a top a brisk black base. Kind of malty? Just a whisp astringent, as well. I wish I tasted more citrus/lemon: I feel like that would create more of a “lemonade” profile. However, this is pretty tasty as a more strawberry focused tea.
Next I suppose I’ll need to drink this one hot, just to have tried it that way.
Mom’s back from her mini vacation to Vancouver! Since she was there over the course of my birthday, she brought back tea goodies! Actually, she brought back a pretty solid haul from the tea shops she stopped in; The Chinese Tea Shop and Granville Island Tea Company…
From Granville Island:
- 50g Monk’s Blend
- 50g Lady Londonderry
- 50g Henry’s Blend
- 50g Surprise Rooibos
With the exception of Henry’s Blend (the owner?) all of the teas from Granville Island are sourced from MTC, hence why I’m reviewing the Lady Londonderry under the MTC entry.
From The Chinese Tea Shop:
- 50g of 2013 Yiwu Mountain Raw
- A sample of 1980s Premium Traditional Iron Buddha (shopkeeper’s recommendation)
And… Drumroll please!
The most darling little yixing pot! Which brings my yixing total to five, now! Including this newest one (I definitely need to take pictures) I now have two pots unseasoned. I’m thinking it may finally be time to dedicate a Sheng and a Shou pot?
As for the tea…
When I went over to her place tonight for birthday supper/presents I brewed up some tea soda for us all to go with supper! I’ve missed the convenience of her soda stream and getting to drink tea pop on a whim. The soda was pretty good; you could definitely taste the lemon notes and the strawberry was also fairly present. Still; that brisk and just slightly pithy lemon note came off as the feature flavour. As well, it was fairly floral from the Ceylon base: I’m not big on more floral black teas but it kind of worked with this almost strawberry-lemonade flavour combo.
Fairly solid offering, overall.
This is a queued tasting note.
Split a pot of this with my mom at the Vintage Tea Room quite a while back when I was still in the process of moving, but far enough into it that all of my tea had been boxed. I was really, really looking towards external tea sources that week to keep myself from becoming completely unhinged.
Essentially, this is just a soft Earl Grey with caramel notes. There are other ingredients in the blend like apple and as assortment of floral things but you can’t especially taste any of them. This was pleasant enough on it’s own, with a nice light bergamot note but it was quite delicious with just a little bit of cream added in. That really elevated it quite nicely. Since the Vintage Tea Room is a tea room I paired this pot with a slice of some truly delicious Pecan Pie. Quite indulgent overall, but the citrus notes of the tea provided just enough deviation from the rich pairing.
The one thing I will say that I disliked was that this tea room brews “Grandpa” style so the last few cups of this were not so good. Quite bitter, actually. But it did the trick!