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Another one from my mom’s BC trip/haul.
I had actually asked for their Buddha Dragonwell because that’s a bit more unique/hard to come by, but my mom didn’t know the difference between than one and regular Dragonwell so she just got this one. Honestly, I was a bit disappointed because you can get a Dragonwell just about anywhere so there’s not really anything special to it, but I can understand the confusion and I appreciate her just grabbing tea for me at all on her vacation regardless.
This one isn’t bad, it’s lightly astringent with a vegetal bean/artichoke-y sort of quality. More than anything else, it’s quite nutty though. Of course, that’s not surprising since that’s kind of the defining/separating trait of Dragonwell in the first place. I guess as a green tea in general, it’s pretty tolerable but really nothing special at all.
Another tea from the haul my mom brought back from vacation!
This one I specifically asked for because it sounded really interesting and somewhat unconventional/unique. I think that the flavour pairing sounds really brilliant, and if well executed I could totally see myself loving it. My big fear is the black currant: sometimes it comes out medicinal tasting, and when that happens it can really ruin a tea. The aroma of the dry leaf is promising though: very fresh and jammy, with that black currant sweetness that’s just so good… and British.
Thankfully, it brews up rather smoothly/pleasantly and I can tell right away that the black currant is not going to taste medicinal. My biggest complaint is that the finish is a little drying on the mouth – but the currant tastes really sweet and jammy, without being candy like or artificial. I always associate strong black currant flavours with Britain because it’s such a popular flavour there, and I have to say that this feels very British to me as I sip on it. The elderflower isn’t missed on me either; while I want to fixate on the black currant, this flavour note is also totally present and very well mixed in with the fruity sweetness. It’s floral, fresh, and a really nice compliment to the fruit notes.
All in all, I’m just very impressed with this one. It’s exactly as advertised, and the flavour combination just works for me. Thanks, mom, for scooping it up!
Made a hot cup of this one at work the other night, with a small splash of milk because I accidentally let it oversteep a minute or two longer than ideal and I was worried it’d be WAY too harsh since this is a CTC and steeps up very quickly.
Milk was the perfect band-aid for that screw up though; this becomes a beautiful and full bodied black tea with all the bright, brisk and malty characteristics of a solid Kenyan Black tea and hints of citrus in the undertones. Very, very smooth and with a fuller mouthfeel from the added milk. This would be great for a morning cuppa instead of a more traditional breakfast blend, but I also really enjoyed it late into the evening as something bold that could keep me going during the rest of my shift.
So my mom went on a two week vacation to British Columbia, and of course she brought back tea for me as a present/souvenir of sorts! Some of it wasn’t a surprise because it’s things I’d asked her to grab, but some of it was things that she chose on her own or with the help of shop keepers!
All in all, I wound up with fourteen different teas to enjoy from the following shops:
- Terroir Tea Merchant
- Murchie’s Tea & Coffee
- Janet’s Special Teas
- Silk Road
- Cloud Mountain Tea House
- The Fairmont Hotel (Not a tea store; but they do a High Tea where you can buy tea)
Silk Road was one of the places I had asked her to stop; I specifically wanted their Black Currant & Elderflower tea and a higher grade Dragonwell and then this is a tea she chose out for me on her own because she thought the country of origin was kind of unique – and it kind of is! I think I’ve actually had Tanzanian tea before in my Sommelier course but it’s certainly not something you see a ton of.
I was a little disappointed to see it was a CTC grade tea; but I’m not at all surprised by that either. Something like 90% of all tea produced in Africa is CTC grade, generally for tea bags or blends like breakfast blends. That said, even if I’m not really a fan of the strong, full bodied brisk and often greatly tannic brew that CTC produces I’m going to go into this mug of it as open minded as possible.
Honestly? It’s not bad.
Definitely a full bodied, brisk flavour with very round, lingering notes but it’s not unpleasantly strong and I don’t find it too tannic/astringent at all. In fact, one of the first words that comes to mind while sipping on this is “smooth”. There’s a very grainy, malty flavour that coats the tongue and is pleasantly sweet and very silky both in flavour and mouthfeel. I’m greatly enjoying it. Additionally, there’s a bit of lemon flavour in the undertones of the body and finish and while my personal experience with a lot of African black teas has been a more pithy/lemon rind kind of citrus note this is sweeter and almost sort of juicy. All in all, I think this is just a very pleasant tea not just as a CTC but just in general. Good pick, mom!
Flavors: Citrusy, Cocoa, Grain, Lemon, Malt, Sweet
I had this hot. The brew was a dark amber colour and smelled of herbs and Earth. The brew had a pleasant flavour, but reminded me of olive oil. This is very medicinal, but I can appreciate the ginger + lemongrass combo. Spicy ginger aftertaste is my jam. :) Light tea flavour, but strongly flavoured by herbs. Many some minerals, but not metallic. It doesn’t beat Tetly’s Sooth (spicy ginger, lemongrass, and mint), but it isn’t bad, either.
Flavors: Citrus, Earth, Ginger, Herbs, Lemongrass, Medicinal, Mineral, Spicy
I’ve tried this a few times now (both hot and cold), and can’t say I love it. I don’t hate it, but it tastes very strongly of peppermint/menthol. It is very cooling and it stays in your mouth for ever with that cold menthol feeling. It would be good if they halved the peppermint, but it is very unbalanced the way it is now. You can somewhat taste the lemongrass, but there is also dry hay flavour and something akin to lemon balm (or lemon verbena?) Also, the sales people will not stop going on about how it cures hay fevers. As if I could just drink a cup of this and be cured. If peppermint and lemongrass cured pollen/grass allergies, we wouldn’t need Claratin and other pharmaceuticals (you know, the ones that are actually backed up by medical scientific studies).
Flavors: Dry Grass, Herbs, Hot hay, Lemongrass, Medicinal, Menthol, Peppermint
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Smells delicious, tastes alright.
Like most Silk Road teas, I find this one benefits from a shorter steep at a lesser temperature than what I would normally go with for a black tea.
It did not like me adding milk. Apple flavoured things in general don’t seem to like milk.
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Vanilla
Went out for breakfast and had this with a delicious strawberry and pineapple waffle (shoutout to West Coast Waffles!)
The looseleaf was put into a tea bag, but it had some room in there. They served it in an adorable 200 mL teapot that looked like a miniature silver English-style pot. Steeped ~3 tsp in boiling water for 2.5-3 minutes, would try 2 minutes next time.
This is a strong breakfast assam, no fruity/floral notes, maybe a little bit of malt, but nothing really notable. Just a standard breakfast blend: bold, full bodied, oxidized, slightly tannic. It would be nice iced due to its potency, and it would take sweeteneer and fruit well.
Flavors: Tannic, Tea
Bought this with a giftcard (which is why I was willing to pay $20 for 10g of tea). I knew this was overpriced, but the sales person said it was a slightly toasty yellow, and that’s my current flavour craving.
I did not realise this is a very VERY light tea. I mean very light. You almost can’t taste anything, even with long steep times and lots of leaf (1.5 tsp is what I used).
Steeps 1 and 2: 100 mL of 80 * C water, 5 minutes each, 1.5 tsp leaf
Almost no flavour, clear liquid. Slight tea scent to the brew, but not a lot of flavour yet.
Steep 3: 100 mL of 80 * C water, 8 minutes
Light tea taste, no bitterness, slightly buttery and sweet with notes of grain
Steep 4: 100 mL of 80 * C water, 5 minutes
Light tea flavour, more buttery but less sweetness. A tiny bit of grain flavour. not toasted, but the smells of oats or dried corn kernels.
Overall: Overpriced and not a very good brew either. This isn’t a good tea for those who like strong teas.
Flavors: Grain, Sweet, Tea
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Flavors: Bamboo, Mineral, Rice, Seaweed, Sweet, Toasted, Toasty