New Tasting Notes
Tumbler Test: It did well. Actually, it performed better in my tumbler today than in my gaiwan. I used less leaves, maybe 2 grams in a 16 ounce bottle, and the florals came in through nicely without a gassy edge. The florals were less pronounced gong fu in the Gaiwan, and the liquid was way too dark for me personally. I am not sure what I did wrong. I used 180 for the temperature, which typically works for me fine, but it was floral-high headiness-then flat inky stuff. I’ll continue to play to see what else I did wrong. I’m still super curious about how the other one compares never mind the description for the other Floral was basically a comparison. I also need to review the teas on What-Cha’s site eventually…
It’s the Ritz cracker of teas: basic and just the way you remembered it if your grandma drank this brand. I snagged six ounces of loose tea from their website for cheaper than a box of Ritz. It’s not a bold tea…not complex…it almost has no aroma. A cup of Red Rose is not a key to the gates of the imagination which allow our spirits to soar across the globe to the foothills of the Himalayas or ancient Chinese farmlands. But…a cup will take some of us back to Sunday afternoons on a shrinkwrapped couch, enjoying tea with plenty of milk and sugar with Lorna Doones, while we wait for our favorite shows to come on the telly.
Flavors: Malt, Smooth, Spearmint, Tea
This was one of the many samples that were included with my birthday order. The samples are mostly “Mystery Sachets”. You don’t know what they are until you open the pouch. I saw mostly green in the sachet and thought it was green tea so I was pretty surprised to look it up and see that it is black tea and mate. The aroma was powerful and daughter and I were debating whether it was almond or amaretto. Surprise! Neither!
It says it is chocolate and chili. I have never been a big fan of spicy things so I was a little frustrated to see chili as an ingredient. WHHHHHHHHYYYYYYYY? But I try to keep an open mind and it smelled so good, so I went for it.
And…it is really tasty. The chili was almost undetectable at first. (Since there was only one sachet we resteeped and combined so we could each have a full teacup.) It was sweet and chocolate-y. As it cooled, I picked up the barest kick of heat, but nothing even close to frightening this wimp off. Youngest said she didn’t taste chili either until it had started to cool and she noticed at the back of the sip.
So far I am really liking this company. We may have to place another order.
I appreciated the fact that the cinnamon wasn’t overpowering (for some reason I expected that since it was meant for apple cider? Hmm…). Not sure if I can detect coriander, but baking spices are there. Overall it’s alright. I will have to see what spice blend is my favorite from the sampler pack ;)
This is such a great flavour idea. I love jasmine pearls, and I love peach. It is a lovely combination, really.
I found the jasmine much stronger than the peach, I either oversteeped the green tea or it is slightly bitter (I probably oversteeped it). Vegetal base, but the jasmine us very well done. The peach is very slight as an undertone, it provides a nice touch of sweetness. I’ve enjoyed this hot and cold, so I believe it to be very versatile.
Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Jasmine, Sweet, Vegetal
Got another little sample of this in one of the monthly envelopes. This went down fast and smooth. I didn’t pay much attention but it must have made for a good iced tea seeing as the whole thing was gone in like 20 minutes. This isn’t a tea I would specifically place an order for but I would definitely toss it in the cart if I needed a little something more.
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
I must figure out how to get this tea to the rest of Canada. No, the rest of the world.
I would drink it every day, several times a day, if I could. It’s that amazingly good. Yes, it needs some form of sweetener to bring out the ooey gooeyness, but otherwise, it’s perfect.
Enough gushing, I’m off to figure out how to spread its deliciousness.
Flavors: Chocolate, Earth, Mushrooms
Day Two of testing teas from Love Chai, and I decided to make another cuppa this. Today, I’m enjoying it more, but it’s still not my favorite chai.
Some things I noticed today that I completely missed yesterday:
- it’s made with the Queen of Assam tea from Love Chai, which I LOVE (just tried that on its own);
- the cinnamon is so present because there are huge chunks of cinnamon bark in it (straight cinnamon bark, too, which was odd yet lovely)
- everything in this tea is BIG. Meaning, no small, dry, brittle pieces of anything. It all seemed luscious, fresh, high-quality.
- It smells amazing as it steeps, and it’s really pretty to watch as the huge tea leaves unfurl.
Still, having said all that, it’s not my favorite. I’m not sure if it’s the big spice pieces. I find I enjoy the flavor of a chai more when the spices get muddled somehow, ie the oils of the spices get into the tea leaves prior to steeping.
Again, might just be a personal preference for flavor, although I did really like the big chunks of everything.
I wanted to love this – and I do LOVE LOVE LOVE the base tea – but it’s just not signing for me.
Package suggested 3g of tea per 200mL of water, no temperature suggestion other than “hot water”, andsteep for 3-5 minutes. I used a DAVIDs Tea “perfect teaspoon” (2.5 tsp at the time I bought it) in 16 oz of water, heated to 200F, steeped for 4 minutes.
[Note: I was gifted this tea in exchange for an honest review].
Flavors: Cardamon, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Fennel, Sweet, Thick
This is freakishly yummy.
First, opening the bag delighted me – huge, long, unbroken tea leaves. Yay! My favorite. I don’t know why, other than maybe it’s fun to watch (and I find, delicious to drink).
Then, I had a sip. And another. And another…. you get the point. I gobbled this up like salted chocolate. (Put that in front of me and I inhale it).
Less malty than the Premium Assam Love Chai sent me, more chocolaty and rich, a touch thicker, sweet on its own but better with a touch of sweetener.
I could easily carry this around with me all over the world, it’s that good.
Bag suggested 3g of tea in 200mL, no temperature suggestion, for 3-5 minutes. I used a “perfect teaspoon” from DAVIDs Tea in 16oz of water, 200F, for 4 minutes.
Price: 3.99 pounds for 40g (approx $5 USD at the time of this review). Worth EVERY penny – I’ve paid way more for far less.
[Note: I was gifted this tea in exchange for an honest review].
Flavors: Chocolate, Honey, Tannin, Thick
Surprisingly this one wasn’t on here, so I added it. And reviewing it first I suppose. This tea I only got a sample of, and dry leaf smells nice and peachy. I didn’t steep it for that long since it’s mostly black tea and I didn’t want it getting too astringent. Overall though this is a pretty good tea – I’m getting the peach flavours and I’m not sure about lychee or not. It’s a nice peach black tea though.
This was one of my birthday teas from youngest. She loves Earl Grey so I thought this would be a big hit with her, but she strongly preferred the sample of Earl Grey Royal they sent. The bergamot was milder in that one.
She didn’t mind the strength of the bergamot in this – she likes bergamot a lot so that wasn’t it. Maybe the base is milder in the other or maybe I overleafed and didn’t realize.
The aroma was nice. It is bergamot and lavender, but the lavender doesn’t smell like granny’s soap, it smells more herbal, more savory. You really pick up the scent that tells lavender and rosemary are close cousins. I enjoyed the complex aroma.
The lavender also does not come across as soapy in the flavor. And I am definitely going to try this one Iced, just for us, as we are hitting temps in the 80’s this week and I would love to see if I can make something mimic Earl Grey Iced from Southren Boy Teas.