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Hot cuppa, with Christmas supper!
I over steeped this one a little bit in all the commotion of getting the table set for our big, fancy Christmas supper – and sadly you could definitely tell that the tea was burnt because it had a pretty bitter finishing note to it. Not intolerable, but absolutely present.
The rest of the tea was ok – more lemon than ginger, I’d say. Also, definitely the distinct taste of lemongrass on top of generic lemon as well. Christmas dinner involves so many different, strong flavours and dishes though that the taste of this was largely masked by everything else I was eating. So, I’m definitely going to have to revisit this when I can give it a lot more care in terms of steeping and attention when I’m drinking it. Until then, leaving this one unrated since I really didn’t get a proper tasting/representation of what it can offer in terms of flavour.
This tea, along with two others were in the marked-down section at work, so I snatched them up right away. With my employee discount all three only came to $5. I have plenty of fruit tisanes which are good iced but that many that are meant to be drank hot. And right now it’s definitely edging into hot tea weather.
The cinnamon flavour is nice, and not overwhelming and there is a distinct fruity apple flavour, but the sweet, baked pastry part of the ‘apple crumble’ is missing. It’s too tart to really taste all that dessert-like although it has a nice autumn-y vibe that makes it pleasant to curl up with on a cold autumn evening.
Made this as a latte and this certainly is an aptly named tea. Creamy, ginger baked goods yumminess. Check out my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2017/06/06/ginger-snap-from-pluck-teas/
I liked this one a lot this first time I tried it iced but this time around something about it was really off putting to me – like, after drinking around two thirds of the tea I actually started to feel quite queasy. Not to mention, it made my mouth feel strangely numb?
My manager Dani took a sip and thought maybe it was the Lapsang that was bugging me, that definitely wasn’t it though. It was almost like it was something about the cocoa in it? That flavour was just bugging me a lot. I don’t know – hard to put my finger on.
I’m decreasing my rating, though from a 74 to 57…
So, recently placed an online order with Chapters for a couple new tea focused books; I’m trying to expand my tea book collection a little more! Right now, I’m at something like seven tea themed books, give or take a few, with a new one on the way. But of course if you’re gonna order from Chapters you’re adding in something tea related!
I’ve tried a few Pluck teas now, most of which I have got from Chapters and they’ve been a little hit or miss honestly. However after browsing the tea options online right now, this one sort of jumped out at me because it’s just kind of unique/different. So, I tossed it in. What could it hurt?
Well, it showed up yesterday so I brought it along to work and made an iced cup!
This tea is weird – though not in a bad way.
So, it’s definitely a smoky flavour overall but it also has a lot of sweetness to it. Basically, it’s kind of like a smoky maple flavour, which is weirdly delicious! There are a lot of ingredients here as well that just seem a little out of place; like the jasmine for example. I don’t know that I particularly tasted jasmine in the cup so it wasn’t an issue, but why even include it? What is it doing? Also, it’s got licorice root which I worried would give it that really unpleasant sweet aftertaste but no… that didn’t happen either.
So, as much as this is kind of just a weird burnt sugar/smoky maple toffee flavour I have to admit that the woodyness of the rooibos in combination with the smoky notes actually do really make me thing of summer campfires, which kind of actually hits the nail on the head in regard to the name of the blend. It’s strangely outdoorsy feeling, which is weird because it’s kind of just smoked maple but yeah. I totally get that camping kind of vibe from it.
This also probably would have made a lot more sense as a hot tea as well, but I’ve gotta say the iced sweet smoke flavour wasn’t bad. Again, and I know I’m getting repetitive, it was super weird/strange – but pleasantly so. Yeah, I’m going to tentatively say that I really enjoyed this tea and will probably enjoy it a lot in the future too…
I was all excited for this chai because it had a little something extra…muskoka cranberries. I was intrigued to see how that added to the flavor. Unfortunately, even though this was an alright chai, the cranberries are MIA and that was a little upsetting. Check out the full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2017/05/16/muskoka-chai-from-pluck-teas/
So I have had this tea twice now and I really don’t like it. Hot, it was downright disgusting but at least iced it was a bit more tolerable. Think ginger and lemon and then a bunch of random herbals thrown in to throw you off. Check out my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2017/06/29/ctrlaltdel-from-pluck-teas/
This blend has a list of ingredients a mile long, meant to remind you of campfires and sugar shacks, I found that most were lost in the mix. I got smoke and maple but it was thick and maybe even a bit stale tasting.
Check out my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2017/09/06/canoe-lake-blend/
Another GCTTB6 sample! Only two servings left in the baggy, I’m probably going to keep it and drink two pots of it over the next few days.
A warm spiced tisane on a very cold winter evening. It should be a perfect pairing, but I’m actually thinking this would be better iced. I did make sure I only steeped it for 2-3 minutes to curb the hibiscus’ sour, but there is still a bit more acidity than was warranted. I would have gone with more citrus and apple instead of rose hips and hibiscus.
The cinnamon is really good in this though. It doesn’t have any hint of sickly sweetness or artificial flavour. I don’t know if I’ve ever tasted cinnamon done so well; I am very impressed with Pluck.
I also like that they used green apple in this (granny smith variety), the flavour comes through really nicely.
Flavors: Apple, Apple Skins, Bark, Cinnamon, Citrusy, Hibiscus, Pastries, Sour, Spices, Tart
GCTTB DAY 3
Had this one with dinner (which was actually more like breakfast for dinner) and it actually paired pretty well. I made some fried ham and eggs sunny side up with toast and avocado, and the tea complimented my meal quite nicely. Although I enjoyed the pairing, I can’t say the tea itself was impressive. I should have probably known better just from the description and ingredient list on the package, but it was too tart for my liking. Not only that, but I felt like that flavours of was unbalanced and I competition with each other. The tart apple pieces and hibiscus only managed to bring out more tartness and bitterness in each other, while the cinnamon was rather heaped onto it as if trying to cover up a huge mess. Honestly it wasn’t that bad, but that was the general impression I got. My first try of a Pluck tea, hopefully the other one I want to try (ice wine) will be more successful.
A sample from Miss B! This one has had me intrigued for a while, from the name to its rather odd appearance. I finally got around to trying it today, and the first thing I noticed is the incredible scent – sherbet lemons, pretty much as soon as the leaf hit the water. I went for a pretty quick brew time with this one – no more than 2 minutes. The leaf is so fine that I didn’t honestly think it’d need more than that.
To taste, it’s actually pretty good. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it’s very much in line with the scent – a sharp initial lemon flavour, followed by a sweet sherbet-like hit, with just a touch of warming, spicy ginger at the end of the sip.
Rather unexpectedly, I’m a fan :)
Thank you Jillian for including this in the box for me! I wanted to try it because I’ve had two or three other Ice Wine blends including one with a black base quite recently that I really, really enjoyed and I wanted to see if this would be a potential replacement for it despite the difference in base.
I cold brewed this: it was solid but definitely not as good as the Victoria’s Tea one I was hoping to replace. I’m guessing that the base choice just makes a world of difference when it comes to the way the flavours play out; and why wouldn’t it?
This definitely had more of a syrupy, somewhat boozy berry flavour as opposed to a sweet, syrupy grape-y flavour like actual ice wine tastes like. I mean, either way ice wine is meant to be quite fucking sweet and I think in that aspect that was pretty true. I was not cloying, though, which was nice. The finish was also lightly floral which was a pleasant way to end the sip, and throughout the sip there was a nice, light sweet hay kind of background flavour from the Bai Mu Dan base. Like I said, a solid and enjoyable tea for sure but not the replacement I was hoping for.
Also; side note…
I was looking at Pluck’s website ‘cause I know they actually make way more tea than the five or so blends my Chapter’s store stocks and this isn’t on their website anymore? I wonder if it’s been discontinued? Anyone know?
This is a queued tasting note.
Finished as a cold brew with a bit of vodka. Not a lot; but just enough to make finishing this rather lackluster cold brew worth while. I say lack luster because the off, semi tart apple notes and abundance of rosehip flavour dusted with cinnamon really just didn’t do it for me. It’s just another “Forever Nuts” type of tea, and not a super solid one.
Revisiting this tea, I’m finding my initial observations are still ringing true. Tonight, I’m really tasting the cinnamon chips. I pulled this out because I was craving tart apple flavour but now that I’m getting that flavour, along with the cinnamon, it’s not that satisfying. I left it long enough that it went cold; and while it still wasn’t satisfying it was better that way.
In other news…
Anyone else really into Hamilton right now? After hearing enough friends praise it so highly, I took the time to introduce myself to it today. I’ve gone through the soundtrack once now, and am currently on my second listen through. Enjoying it a lot, so far. I totally understand why it’s cleaned up in regard to awards and award nominations. It’s truly unique…
I was having a bad day on Sunday, so I took a trip to Chapters with Trey because what could possibly make me feel better than books? Well, turns out the answer is tea. How could I have forgotten that Chapters carries a pretty good selection of tea!? I didn’t have a lot of cash on me ‘cause I was trying to be fiscally responsible, so even though I wanted to drop like $50 on Republic of Tea’s whole iced collection I only grabbed a little pouch of this tea. At the time it seemed the most interesting of Pluck’s selection.
Cold brewed it up today; it’s certainly not bad but it’s not exactly the most satisfying/overwhelming tea either. Frankly, it reminds me a lot of DAVIDsTEA’s Forever Nuts blend and all associated ‘clone blends’. Though, this does differentiate itself ‘cause it’s a lot more tart than Forever Nuts. That’d be because this specifically uses Granny Smith apples and lets face it, those are some pretty tart apples. But it’s not a big enough of a difference to really set itself apart. I’ll enjoy finishing off the pouch, but probably not in a rush: those Forever Nuts type blends are really nice in the fall but not as much in the summer…
Another tea that I recently brought home from work, this one because they were discontinuing it so I got it for a very nice discount. I’m not normally a big lapsang fan so I probably wouldn’t have paid full-price for it just as a matter of principle. It does smell very camp fire-y though I can pick up a bit of sweet maple in there too. The flavour is quite smokey and, while the black tea base is quite smooth, unfortunately I can’t taste all that much maple flavour. Next time I’ll try adding milk or agave nectar to see if that brings it out a little bit more.
I am that fortunate individual with whom MissB shared this desserty blend. I am always on the hunt for good chocolate mint blends, and especially a tasty chocolate mint rooibos/honeybush blend since I love Zen Tea’s but they got rid of a lot of other blends I like, making an order from there not as worthwhile anymore.
This would have to be my second favourite chocolate mint rooibos blend. They were rather generous with the peppermint leaves which is probably why this one comes closest to Zen’s (which is loaded with peppermint leaves). The cacao bean pieces in here also sets this apart from other blends. Sure, the rooibos blend is a little too woody and prominent for my liking, but still, in comparison to others, such as DAVIDsTEA’s, the chocolate mint flavouring is at least more prominent than the base itself.
Thank yo so much to MissB for passing down a ridiculously generous amount of this!
This is a weird ass tea. It smells really strange (like… dried apples and… something weird I can’t place), it’s ridiculously, painfully sweet (added stevia, didn’t know this beforehand), and, well.. it’s more like candied apple. I normally love ginger, apples, etc. but this just.. no, no thank you.
Flavors: Apple, Ginger, Sweet
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Flavors: Fruity, Lemongrass, Sweet