1096 Tasting Notes
I haven’t been in the mood for the smokiness of gunpowder lately but I do appreciate the juicy-tart flavouring of the pomegranate here. The concept seems so simple but when I go through the list of tea flavourings I’ve encountered I realize this one is quite unique! At the beginning of my tea journey (2011) David’s Tea had a Pomegranate Silver Needle, which I thought was decent at the time, but I haven’t seen one since! Kudos to 52teas!
Flavors: Red Fruits, Smoke
I’m putting this one into my “tricky steeper” file; when it worked it was awesome but when it didn’t it was meh. I also never got it to fly through multiple steeps (over 2).
The perfect cup was nuanced- mellow hay and cucumber layered with honey, stonefruits, melon, and nuts covered with a light dab of cocoa- leaving the mouth full of something surprisingly equal parts fruity (sweet, melon) and savoury (pepper, walnut, and smoke). The hint of “spice” reminds me a tad of juniper and cedar. There is also a touch of something subtly creamy smooth, like rice or coconut water, or maybe almond milk. This cup pairs surprisingly well with a chocolate peanut bar.
On a bad day it tasted like burnt hay and astringent messiness. Fickle, fickle tea.
Thankfully for the sipdown, today was a good day. Teabento says steep at 80C or 85C and I found life was better if it was steeped somewhere in the middle of this range.
Steep Count: 2 + Rinse
(Sample generously provided by Teabento)
Flavors: Cocoa, Cucumber, Fruity, Hay, Honey, Honeydew, Melon, Nuts, Pepper, Smoke
After drinking about six mugs yesterday I opted to leave this cup by my bedside overnight. The results are delightful but that’s not too surprising; the combo of silky coconut on black tea does exceptionally well as a chilled or iced beverage.
This one reminds me a lot of Frank’s old acclaimed Coconut Black blend, but this one has more dimensions. The starchy-sweet banana works in perfect conjecture with the vanilla, in a supporting role that give the coconut extra rich texture and depth. This Coconut reminds me of the promised Coconut that originally started me on my loose leaf pilgrimage (utterances of rumours in first year dorms of a fabled Coconut Banana Cream Pie tea available somewhere downtown). This tea is getting me nostalgic.
Anyways, I’m a fan and would pick this up again in a heartbeat for iced tea season.
Flavors: banana, Coconut, Malt, Sweet, Vanilla
Really refreshing iced tea. Reminds me a bit of a funnel cake if it was pina colada/banana bread flavoured. The green base has a smokey nip that either adds bitterness or an alluring depth to the caramelized baked coconut/banana/pineapple goodness.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Banana, Coconut, Honey, Pineapple, Smoke
I meant to sit down with this green and purposefully drink it, for the tea notes, but it ended up becoming my sloppy go-to green tea for the week evenings instead. What that means on a scale of 1-10 is I drank it with zero (0) mindfulness and ten (10) chugging speed.
What can I say now that it’s gone so soon from the earthly realm of CrowKettle Tea Shelves? It was sweet. It was refreshing. It was deliciously flavourful. Now it’s gone.
Steep Count: 2
Flavors: Floral, Honey, Nutty, Sweet, Warm Grass
It’s St. Patrick’s but I’m not sure I’m going to drink a beer today. I’m having this fitting tea just in case. It may taste like a dark boozy brownie but it also tastes like a delicious (albeit hot) craft beer too. Hurrah for Stout things (while the weather isn’t summer, which is Hefeweizen season).
This is hands down one of my favourite chocolate teas right now, and although it has that unmistakable trademark AQ2T dessert/chocolate blend flavouring I think it stands out from it’s counterparts too.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Cacao, Chocolate, Hops, Malt, Pastries, Raspberry, Roasted Barley
I think I want this to either go more pear or more of a molasses-like candy. Admittedly I’ve never had a red covered apple- just the cloying, thick caramel covered apples, so I’m probably off in my own imaginings.
The flavouring and tea base are both light and subtle, creating a delicate cup that’s suitable for a nice pre-spring day. The delicate, crystallized sweetness is a refreshing cup for prep gardening (read as watching juncos and listening to chickadees outside while other people do some edging). Glad I saved the dregs of this for a timely change in season.
Flavors: Cucumber, Grass, Melon, Pear, Sugar
Apparently I never got around to writing a tea note on this one. I drank it up ages ago and memories are now foggy, but it was a nice cuppa while it lasted. Cotton Candy is a very thin, light candy flavour and sometimes that made the tea come across as watery- otherwise, I can’t think of other complaints right now.
Edit: I found some leftover tea in the back of the cupboard and I rescind my “watery” comment. The flavour to tea is full and complete; overall, the tea is delicious. On a second note, it’s really annoying to find a tea in your cupboard after you’ve unchecked it from your stash list.
Flavors: Blueberry, Candy, Cotton Candy, Vegetal