14155 Tasting Notes
Already thinking about when I’m going to order more of this…
I had it Western this afternoon and it was just as lovely as it was gongfu! Yuzu notes were a little bit stronger with more of a pithy zest and slight peppery quality that contrasted so well against the deep, deep chocolate notes of the base tea. It’s so impressive to me that this is a completely unflavoured blend. It’s highly aromatic, punchy but natural tasting, and really complex.
Oat milk iced latte!
So, at the same time as I was making my Blume iced latte another coworker was making this one into an iced latte – then we portioned out little sample cups so we could try each other’s drinks. I believe that she just followed the packaging directions for this tea, so I’m not entirely sure how much of the powder ended up being used for the beverage. It was very sweet though! The texture was nice and thick and there was a pretty delicious note of vanilla that was extra prominent, but I thought it was reallllyyyyy missing the spice elements. There was a hint of cinnamon, but very little. In fact, the cinnamon and “spice flavour” are actually the last ingredients in the blend – even after vanilla flavouring. So, it makes sense that this was an ultra sweet beverage that tasted more like a decadent vanilla pastry with a hint of cinnamon than a cinnamon chai with a hint of vanilla.
It’s drinkable, for sure, but I think the most disappointing tea related product so far from Chamberlain Coffee – and also super overpriced for what it is. Again, like I’ve said in other tasting notes, you’re really paying for the branding and “influencer name” over the product itself – but I think it really shows in this one. I guess, if you’re someone who likes the ‘idea of chai’ more than the actual drink or if you’re used to more of the Starbucks style Chai lattes you might enjoy this, though…
This blend is definitely cementing itself as my favourite Blume product.
I ended up making this on Monday as an iced latte, using some oat milk. At first I found it a bit weak with the amount of powder I’d used, so I did end up doubling my initial 2tsp amount and whisking that into my already made latte. It wasn’t as easy to whisk it when it already had milk and ice, so it was a touch clumpier than ideal but fuck did it taste good. Such a nice caramel flavour with the thickness of the oatmilk really complimenting it and the perfect pop of salnity. I finsihed this so fast and I spent most of the morning mentally debating making another…
A coworker brought this in from her personal tea collection for us to enjoy on my birthday. It wasn’t a cake themed tea, but it was the closest thing she had to one and really the thought it was counts more than anything else!
It’s supposed to be a caramel biscotti flavour, though there is also quite a bit of ginger in it and it had a lemony scent and taste, too! I don’t know that it was my favourite as there was a lot going on in terms of competing tastes. Rich a creamy salted caramel, earthy ginger with some back of the throat heat, and a kind of “lemon buttermilk” type of taste. I think mostly it was the lemon in particular I disliked as it was a little sharp and I thought it was strange with such a rich and indulgent caramel flavour. Aside from that, it was also a really oily tea because of how many caramel/white chocolate drops were in the blend…
Certainly interesting, and I appreciated that it was aiming for something really complex and sophisticated. Maybe it’s more of a taste that grows on you with time, but my first impressed was that there was still some fine tuning that could have happened with the blending.
I was underwhelmed with this when I first tried it, but I liked it a lot more with this more recent cup. It’s still a bit light on flavour, but the banana is pleasantly light and starchy and it goes well with the notes of crepe-like pastry and vanilla. In some ways, it reminded me of banana pudding. Not, like, the Snack Cup kind you’d get in school lunches though. More like the kind that is layered with nilla wafers! Full bodied, brisk black tea though. Yum yum!
I thought this would be better as a cold brew than it actually was. Instead it was just very, very vegetal and grassy with a hint of jasmine and blackberry and a pretty surprising amount of bitterness. Not the best. Gonna stick with hot from here on out, and maybe try some sweetener. I bet honey would be nice.
Very, very sweet with a pronounced stevia note in the finish but I still didn’t hate it. Mostly because I like rhubarb a whole lot and this was very rhubarb forward with a nice candy-type cherry undertone. Finished it faster than a lot of the cold brews I’ve been drinking lately. Maybe as it gets warmer out I’ll be back to downing my cold brews as a faster rate.
Have to say that I kind of disagree with Dustin on this one! I suppose the chocolate flavour could have been stronger, but overall I actually found this blend to be pretty cloying. I wasn’t sure why at first, but double checking the ingredients list I’m pretty sure licorice root was the culprit. Plus, the chocolate flavour that is present was very much the sort of artificial chocolate liqueur type that’s just a touch boozy. The mint was the nicest part IMO, and I’d be curious to see Almost tackle a different profile using the same mint.