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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
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!
Finished off as an iced tea.
I over leafed this one a lot; both to finish the tea off quicker but also to try and get more ginseng flavour. Obviously, I accomplished the first part of that strategy. As for the flavour? It worked… kind of. I did think this was stronger, with a sweeter and more prominent ginseng flavour and a nice woody/sap quality too. However, it was also a little bitter and tannic from the excessive amount of leaf. So a mixed bag of pros and cons.
Oh well; it’s done, and I don’t need to worry about it.
Iced, with some honey.
I don’t know; every time I drink this one I feel more and more disappointed with the overall flavour. I want more distinct ginseng from it! Instead, I’m getting a mix of floral notes, grassyness, wood/bark notes, and really mellow/flat tasted light bodied ginseng flavour. And, in this particular cup, some faint astringency in the top of the sip. It’s not that it tastes bad at all – but it’s not what I’m craving or what I hoped it would be.
And, I don’t think it would be a stretch to say that it doesn’t really taste… fresh?
Like, I can easily picture this being the sort of tea that was stored in direct sunlight in one of those damn, oversized mason jar type things that so many tea stores use to ‘display’ their teas that’s actually GARBAGE for them because it exposes them to sunlight. I don’t know if that’s at all a true statement; but it’s just the impression I get based on the flavour…
Oh well; I’m almost finished with this one…
I think I’ve changed my mind about this one a bit.
All the flavour notes I described last time are still accurate/present and I do enjoy the flavour but after having it again I find that it’s actually not quite heavy enough on the flavour of the ginseng itself. I don’t think I noticed the first time because it had been a while since I’d last had a ginseng oolong. Now, in retrospect, I just want more heavy handedness in regard to that flavour…
Bring on the ginseng!
From the BC/Vacation Haul.
First cup of the day! I’ve been working on tasting notes, but I’m caught up now so I feel less guilty steeping something up now.
This isn’t really anything new to me or particularly unique; I just wanted a Ginseng Oolong on hand for a while since it’s been some time and I generally like the flavour profile. Plus, not gonna lie something about those moss green stone/pebble looking tea leaves just makes me whimsically/childishly happy. I like that this doesn’t overwhelm me with the sweetness of ginseng though; just teases me with it. Also, it’s pretty grassy which is totally enjoyable too.
Basically, it’s what I want from it. So no complaints.
This blend of maple flavoured black + malty assam + mellow green tea is just so delicious. I tried it with soy milk this morning and the smooth malty base + maple + milk was devine. Try this one if you want a subtler British-style black tea. It makes a great breakfast tea or afternoon tea.
Flavors: Malt, Maple, Maple Syrup, Milk, Smooth, Sweet, Tannic
My grannie was so excited to make tea for me today because she bought LOOSE LEAF! She knew I would be so proud of her. Adorable <3
Anyway, this is an interesting blend of multiple blacks, greens, and an oolong. It is quite thick and malty, but has a brisk bold “breakfast blend” vibe. I really can only taste black in the base-nothing resembling a green or oolong. With the maple flavouring, this has the nutty sweetness of maple syrup. There is a tenancy towards the bitterness that is super common in black tea (ones meant to be brewed Western style). My grandmother is English and enjoys this quality in tea, but I like smoother teas. I expect a shorter brew time might help it a bit. It isn’t bad, but it could be better.
Second steep is less sweet/maple, more malt and flavours of porcelain and milk. Lots of tannin (and typical black tea flavour).
Flavors: Creamy, Malt, Maple, Maple Syrup, Nutty, Sweet, Tannic, Tannin
Starting my morning with a cup of this tea, with some added milk and pumpkin agave. What can I say, I’m hooked on that damn agave! Honestly, it’s very similar to the other Orange Pekoe tea I tried it with last night – but the strong, bold flavour of the black tea and creamy, pumpkin pie like sweetness work really well for a solid breakfast tea. Plus, this is a nuttier tasting OP than the Empress one from last night, so it’s got that added layer of flavour too, which is nice and complimentary.
My boyfriend would loathe this one though – he hates anything with squash and this is SO pumpkin flavoured! I don’t understand it at all – how can you live in a world with pumpkin pie!? That’s gotta be the one thing we disagree about the most. Not squash in particular, but just food in general…
Pot of tea early in the morning with brunch!
This still isn’t my favourite straight black, but I did enjoy the pot I made of it for the most part. It was really rich and full bodied with some nice nutty notes to it and underyling sweetness. The combination of those two made me think of walnuts quite a bit, actually. However, it was also very tannic/astringent which was sort of… meh.
Flavors: Nutty, Walnut
Maybe my last tea of the day – not sure.
This one came in the Tea Sparrow box from VariaTea. Cracking open the package I see that while this isn’t technically a CTC grade tea it is pretty close to one; that’s fine, it just means I need to readjust my expectations a little bit.
Taste wise it’s actually pretty good. Fairly full bodied and robust with a lot of malt notes from top to body to undertones. In that way it’s pretty close to feeling a little ‘one note’ but it’s not actually quite one note because I do think there’s a molasses-y sweetness to the undertones and I thought the finish had just a whisp of this sort of stonefruit-y/dried fruit thing going on. As just a sort of generic-y ‘Orange Pekoe’ I can dig it.
I think overall maybe a forgettable black tea, but it’s not unpleasant or anything.
This is the final tea I brought home from the Murchie’s holiday pack my folks picked up during Christmas break. It has a pleasant aroma and reminds me of the hot mulled drinks brewed up slowly on a stove top at dinner parties. Apple isn’t a big favourite of mine – I’ve always opted for hot chocolate over hot apple cider. Still, it’s an enjoyable blend that definitely is reminiscent of the holidays.
Flavors: Almond, Apple, Black Currant, Cinnamon, Spices
This is my penultimate tea to review from the Murchies holiday pack I brought home with me from the holidays. This has a lovely minty aroma and flavour. The spearmint and peppermint blend nicely with the rooibos flavour for a caffeine free afternoon or evening tea. There’s a hint of vanilla. Candy cane is an apt description for this creamy minty blend.
Flavors: Mint, Peppermint, Rooibos, Spearmint, Vanilla