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//Old tasting note I forget to post.
Lots of natural maple flavour, spicy cinnamon and clove, some bold (but balanced) black tea in the base. The chili pepper is very spicy and I love it. It goes well with the maple and ginger. Muchie’s has the best maple teas I’ve ever had, and this is no exception. This is one of my favourite chais.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Maple, Maple Syrup, Pepper, Spicy, Tannin
I’m getting a light grape taste, small and green. It isn’t so much in the sip as it is the finish. The tea it’s self is pretty mellow with no bite and lets the fruit shine. It makes me think of the green muscat Asian gummy candy, which I now want to track down and enjoy. It’s well done, but isn’t captivating me. Maybe the name of it is a hint that it is better enjoyed cold? I’ll have to try that!
Another sipdown. Thank you to Matcha Manic for the sample.
The black tea was ok, but nothing special. A tad too sharp for me (tannic, brisk). The cinnamon/cloves and lemon/orange zest are a traditional combo that works well together. I wouldn’t have this again, though, because I’ve seen it executed better elsewhere. The orange zest was ok, definitely gave a dried fruit vibe. I also got some dried fruit that reminded me more of dried cranberry and dried fig. It wasn’t a bad cup, but I prefer constant comment for an orange and clove black tea.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Cranberry, Dried Fruit, Fig, Spices, Tannic
This has become my favourite every day tea. I’ve been steeping it with vanilla soy milk and it really brings out the maple. The extremely malty, thick taste is my favourite feature in a daily drinker. This has heavy notes of oats, brown sugar, maple, oatmeal flavour, and pastries. You really can’t get better than a thick, sweet, malty black with a hint of maple. I drink the decaf version, but my friend loves the normal version in the morning. With milk, I find the maple really shines.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Brown Sugar, Creamy, Malt, Maple, Oats, Smooth, Tannin, Thick
(this review is for the decaf bagged version)
I was so excited to be getting this tea for Christmas. It is a very flavourful black tea. Lots of malt, thick mouthfeel. This is very bull-bodied, but the touch of sweet maple is pretty amazing. I feel like this would be really good with milk.
Flavors: Malt, Maple, Maple Syrup, Thick
This is a very delicious and aromatic herbal tea, composed of plain, simple peppermint. It’s always been a very nostalgic tea for me that embodies winter and Christmas time! I just stocked up on it, buying 2oz at Murchie’s! It’s a simple tea, but a classic, and remains one of my favourites.
A good, subtle tea. I like tasting this one through gongfu to get a hint of its more subtle side as well as its stronger, more astringent side, both of which are very unique and a little earthy tasting with a pleasantly mild floral aftertaste. Definitely would make a good base tea, and tastes best once it’s cooled down a little and not piping hot.
Flavors: Astringent, Earth, Floral, Tannin
This is the type of tea that needs sugar and milk. It is quite bitter on its own and prone to oversteeping. That being said, there were a lot of whole leaves in my cup that are intact and unravel beautifully as they steep. If you like strong breakfast blends and don’t mind bitter blacks (or drink them with milk), you might like this. It just isn’t for me. I couldn’t taste any malt or cocoa notes. Really, there wasn’t much of anything. It reminds me of a generic orange pekoe breakfast blend.
Flavors: Bitter, Tannin
Last one of the night.
I need something soft, and floral/soothing to calm me down so I can get to sleep. I thought the lavender in this, and the fact it’s a caffeine free tea in general would be a good option, and I was right but the bergamot is actually helping quite a bit too. I always forget that the odd time I do get really into an Earl Grey/tea with bergamot it’s actually quite a relaxing flavour.
Yes, this will do the trick – sleep is imminent now.
Hot cuppa, from last night.
I found myself craving this one last night, which is actually kind of weird because I’ve only had it once prior and though I liked it I wasn’t blown away by it. Plus, it also prominently features two ingredients that, dependent on the day, I range between impartial towards and just not a fan of: the lavender and the bergamot.
I added a dollop of lemon infused honey to this one as well; I picked up a jar of it at the farmer’s market last week and I’ve been gently experimenting with the different flavours I think it will pairly nicely with. In this case, I know from prior tea blends that lemon works well with lavender/floral aspects in general and bergamot is already citrus so in that regard it’s just like strengthening the citrus components of the blend.
Not surprisingly, this had a strong mix of lavender and bergamot flavours though neither were overpowering and together they made for one hell of a relaxing/restful profile. The lemon from the honey was present, though very light and more in the undertones than as main a flavour note as either aforementioned ones. The tea itself was also very, very creamy and thicker in mouthfeel which kind of felt like a soft nod to the fact this is a ‘gelato’ themed tea!
From my mom’s vacation trip/haul!
I actually requested she grab this one; not because I necessarily though I’d personally love it but because it was definitely one of the more unique flavour options available and I figured that if I didn’t love it then it was something I could easily share at work with coworkers.
- Cold Brew
- Honestly thought I’d strongly hate this one
- It’s got POTENT lavender and bergamot notes, for sure
- However there’s also a citrus quality (seperate from the bergamot) that’s quite lovely
- And it’s fairly sweet overall too, which seems to brighten the trio of flavours
- And kind of makes it feel separate from/distinct from a typical Earl Grey
- Or just another super floral, perfumey blend
I’m watching the Runaways series that Marvel is doing right now with Hulu and I’m actually really, really loving it. It’s a unique position for me because I’ve actually read the comic series – something that generally hasn’t been true for me with most of Marvel’s properties. Plus, this one is one that’s a little more… Indie? I guess? It’s just so well done though. There are some pretty big deviations between the comics and this new series BUT none of them are ones I’m against; they all just seem like things that needed tweaking in order to make the series work as a TV show, and fit within the legal restraints of the MCU. One of the main characters in the series is a mutant; and if you know anything about the MCU and Fox’s ownership of different Marvel property’s rights is that the MCU cannot touch the word mutant so some changes definitely needed to be made there…
The casting is also really good! They kept their cast SUPER diverse just like the comics are, and the actors they cast for each role actually fit the likenesses of their comic counter parts almost eerily well. My only minor criticism is that in the comics Gert is fat, and proudly so. Plus, some of the insecurities of being a plus sized woman in a relationship with someone who is a lot more ‘conventionally’ attractive than she is actually ends up being a pretty big thing between her and the person she inevitably ends up with (trying to be vague here – I don’t want to give away spoilers for those who haven’t read the series). Also, as a fat person myself who’s favourite character is Gert it does hurt a little bit to see some of the representation that had resonated with me being stripped away a little. However, that said, the actress they cast is doing a phenomenal job in the role and it’s definitely not her fault at all. Plus, lets be real, she is kinda pudgy – definitely more so than the rest of runaways. So I think they at least tried to get some of that representation there. I miss seeing her rolls, and the double chin though!
Oh – minor spoiler here but worth saying because I definite;y want to give trigger warning for anyone considering watching the series! There’s an almost rape scene about halfway through the first episode. One of the six main characters basically prevents his ‘friends’ from raping of one of the other main characters, who was passed out at a party. It’s not graphic and it doesn’t progress far at all but the intent of the guilty party is made very clear, and it definitely made me a bit uncomfortable so just want to warn others…
ANYWAY – the tea was great. It tastes like grapes and honestly there’s not a whole lot more to say about it other than that. It’s proven to be very consistent when brewed and it’s sweet and smooth. Just how I like it! It was a good tea to sip on while watching the first few episodes. I really drew it out too; little sips here and there during the quieter moments!
This was rainy day tea #1 today.
It was dry in mouthfeel, but the flavour was sweet and juicy – just bursting with muscatel grape notes, and floral aspects. The base is a touch malty, and that adds a nice layer of flavour as well. I enjoy how rich this tea is flavour wise.
Also, surprisingly it seemed very fitting for a rainy day? Almost like sitting on the front porch with a glass of wine in hand watching the rain – I mean in a way that is EXACTLY what I did just. Just also not. Anyway, what I’m getting at is #aesthetic.
Really delicious cuppa, however this time around in addition to the very sweet and satisfying grape flavour/notes there was also a decently strong astringency. I’m sure it’s probably a result of my being a little too generous with my steep time; however it didn’t negatively impact the experience for me. It’s just that instead of an ice wine flavour it reminded me more of a drier white wine.
I’m not a huge white wine person, so I can’t really name off anything specific – but yeah, something in that sort of vein…
I think I was in a really grape heavy mood this week…
I made this one iced yesterday, and it was pretty solid. I think it actually would have benefited slightly from a pinch of sweetener because it was a touch borderline bitter with some astringency but I stuck it out without the sweetener and it was still a pleasant experience. Very, very grapey with a lot of top notes sweetness. Some floral undertones, as well. Sort of jasmine-y, but also not really.
Totally reminds me of ice wine.
From my mom’s vacation/BC trip haul!
- Smells very sweet/grapey as dry leaf and while brewing
- Taste wise it’s great! Strong, sweet grape notes and lots of supporting apple flavour
- Black base is soft but present; somewhat malty
- Reminds me A LOT of grapples!
- Floral undertones
- Very aromatic
- Actually better than a lot of other icewine teas I’ve had in the past
Definitely pretty stoked to have this one in my cupboard for a while!