1241 Tasting Notes
I found the bright base kind of lacklustre and meh (Sri Lankan/Ceylon black tea) but I did enjoy how much this one reminded me of a “chocolate” covered Turkish Delight candy bar (but a twist of violet instead of dusty rose). I think Big Turk is a Canadian candy bar but this tea does a good impression.
Thought it was satisfying with or without milk.
Flavors: Candy, Cocoa, Floral, Malt, Powdered Sugar, Sweet, Violet
I thought this was decent and comparable to the bold caramel teas from TeaGschwendner and August Uncommon Teas. My mom loved it on a whole other level though – the smooth, buttery caramel toffee flavour on top of a builder’s blend (with Assam) is a winning combo, especially for a decadent morning wake-up cup.It also takes to milk well – but would have to experiment with it more to see how it handles plant-based milks. Another time though, because this is gone!
Flavors: Astringent, Brisk, Burnt Sugar, Butter, Caramel, Malt, Raisins
One of my many fridge brew casualties from the last week (ie – I mindlessly chugged this down because it was cold and there). Fab lime flavour that could veer into nippy rind territory if left for too long (but still refreshing). Tastes and smells a bit like a citrusy tropical drink, veering into acidic territory. Very refreshing with those + 30°C/86°F days. It will be missed but I luckily have more citrusy/tropical fruit goodness from 52Teas and other vendors.
Flavors: Acidic, Citrusy, Coconut, Fruity, Lime, Tangy, Vegetal
I don’t normally leave tasting notes for kombucha or bubble tea but, considering the increasingly warm weather, they and cold brews consist of what I’m mostly drinking right now. I don’t know how to really review or rate them though.. they’re effervescent? Fruity, sour, floral? Flavour-wise I get a good sense of both Apricot and Rose which means the name is accurate – what more can I ask for?
I discovered this brand while staying in Ucluelet (near-ish to Tofino) and was completely seduced by the Jasmine Hibiscus. I tried to stock up on that flavour, and accidentally grabbed a few of these as well, only discover upon returning home that they sell this brand at select stores around Vancouver too. Woops. I have no regrets though.
Flavors: Apricot, Effervescent, Floral, Fruity, Hibiscus, Pleasantly Sour, Rose, Stonefruit, Sugarcane, Tangy
Another tea pouch I finished off in May but failed to log in real time. I don’t recall much about this tea except that it last about three days in my posession. I love raspberries, especially when they’re paired with vanilla and multi-note black tea blend like seen here.
Flavors: Creamy, Malt, Raspberry, Smooth, Tangy, Vanilla
Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge, June 2022: An iced/cold brew tea
I only ever cold steeped this in the fridge for 5-8 hours. First batch was more astringent and collard greens than I generally like it but the second batch I’m currently finishing off balanced the veggies with a good dose of canned peach and dry ginger notes. Not a large amount of heat to the ginger but its zesty earthiness is pleasant enough.
As always, the canned peaches take me down memory lane.
Very refreshing, although there isn’t much need for refreshments here right now. The Northwest Coast is deeply committed to a wet spring and mild temperatures this year. Overcast a few days before Summer Solstice. Hope it doesn’t rain for my upcoming six day camp/hike next week, but it probably will.
Flavors: Asparagus, Astringent, Earthy, Ginger, Kale, Peach, Stewed Fruits
2022 reblend (and sad sipdown)
It’s good. I think I like it more than Banana Genmaicha but then I love generous coconut during the late spring and summer months. Simply a nice balance of smooth, creamy (approaching velvety) and tropical flavours on top of a toasted rice profile.
Edit – the thing I particularly love about this is the touch of matcha present. Gives the blend that extra fancy “omph.”
Flavors: banana, Coconut, Cream, Grass, Smooth, Toasted Rice
It appears I drank this ages ago but had hoped I was mistaken. After rummaging through all the cupboards a half dozen times I must conclude that I drank it all up within the week it arrived (despite my best efforts).
My memory is hazy on the details, but I recall cold brewing it a lot and mentally dubbing it “the perfect sequel to Anne’s Pineapple Sencha” – which I also enjoyed very much. Have I mentioned I love Japanese sencha? There’s not enough flavoured teas using the base and it turns out that pineapple and/or coconut work very well to convey a mood (marine + tropical fruits = beach life).
On my recent trip to Puerto Vallarta I’d be inspired by this tea to drink many cocktails sharing the name (not usually my tropical cocktail of choice; I’m in a committed relationship with mai tais). The vacation (and drinks) were well received, but I think I prefer Japanese Sencha ever so slightly.
Flavors: Coconut, Floral, Grass, Pineapple, Smooth, Tangy, Tropical, Umami
Sipdown! Checking this off for “June 2022 – A tea from a place you’d like to visit.” This is true for both France (never been) and Punjab, which influenced this tea. I’ve travelled to India in the past (Jaipur, Delhi, Agra, Varanasi) I’d love to go back.
I’d also love to order more of this mango almond cookie tea (it fails as an authentic lassi) at some point – unless I find an even better mango tea. I’ve been savouring it, but when a point is reached where there’s only 1-2 servings left it’s nice to open up the cupboard space.
Until next time, Mango <3
Flavors: Almond, Astringent, Cookie, Fruity, Malt, Mango, Sweet, Tangy