1001 Tasting Notes
This tea is a coconut monster. If it was a chimera it would have a coconut head, a coconut body, and a coconut tail (three coconuts joined together, gasp!). I kid you not, coconut is listed three times in the ingredients section (coconut, toasted coconut, palm sugar).
The pairing of toasted coconut and roasted rice in a genmaicha is a nice one. I’m just a little unnerved because I thought 52Teas Marshmallow Treat was a candy tea. The palm sugar and the 500 coconuts present in this blend are zealously excited to show me all the ways in which I was mistaken.
For the most part I enjoyed this tea, but there is something present that is making my mouth dry and my throat sore; I may possibly be sensitive to something in the blend (I can’t see it being coconut, but who knows). I’ll try this again both hot and cold and see if I get the same results.
Steep Count: 2
Flavors: Coconut, Marshmallow, Sugar, Toasted Rice
I love the aroma of this blend. It brings to mind Sage’s Liquid Sunshine diffuser blend, with a hint of creamy peppermint and tea. It’s bright, juicy, and refreshing. The liquid hue is equally pleasant, steeping up to a muted pink halfway between a white grapefruit and pink grapefruit.
Despite the presence of hibiscus and a load of citrusy ingredients, including lemongrass, and grapefruit, orange, and lemon peels + oils, this tea never got bitter or mouth-puckering. It tasted pleasantly of citrus fruits, mint, lemongrass and hibiscus “berry”. Rose hips are also present but I didn’t really taste them in this session.
This was a good morning starter today, and I could see it being equally wonderful when stuffed up with a sinus infliction. It’s such a clean tea, albeit the green tea is pretty hard to taste under all of those super strong herbs and fruits!
I’m looking forward to seeing how my cold brew turns out later this evening.
Steep Count: 1 minute 30 sec, and 2 minutes respectively.
Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus Fruits, Fruity, Grapefruit, Hibiscus, Lemon, Lemongrass, Orange, Peppermint
I’ve tried to steep this twice and neglected it both times! Ah, luckily it’s not something a little milk can’t fix. This is a fun take on an Earl Grey after all.
At the beginning of the drinking process the sweet, nutty and slightly tart profile of goji is what caught my attention but midway through pink grapefruit has usurped the goji’s spot. My oversteeping this cup means this is tarter and drier than I normally prefer, even with the milk. However, it also emphasizes that fresh grapefruit beautifully, rind and all! There is no sugar coating on this citrus.
I really like how seamlessly goji and grapefruit flavours blend and merge into each other here. As a big fan of grapefruit in every form I’ll seriously consider reordering this again.
Steep Count: 2
Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Citrus Zest, Fruity, Goji, Grapefruit, Nutty, Sweet, Tart
Yes, I drank this today as a cold brew too! I found an untouched 50g packet of this in the back of a kitchen cupboard and have no memory of purchasing it. Smells amazing though. The flavours in this cup are banana runts and bubblegum, with a strong dash of Squirt or some other type of grapefruit flavoured soda pop. The general consensus around the house is it would likely take to gin well.
Flavors: banana, Candy, Creamy, Fruity, Grapefruit
I drank a lot of tea today. We are dealing with crappy Wills & Estate legal issues and family fallout here. The teas, particularly those from Jayida Ché, have really pulled the weight today.
The nose here is almost all fluffy lavender, but lavender shares the stage equally with lemon balm (fresh and soft, almost minty citrus note) and rosehips to taste. One or more of these ingredients is tangy sweet and pleasantly tart. I just wish there was a tad more white tea leaf in the blend but I can live with this.
The chemistry and intent of this tea reminds me of apothecary and essential oils shops, as do many other tea blends from Jayida Ché. Their herb-focused teas are a nice change of pace for my recently enlarged cupboard, which is already full of trendy dessert teas, Earl Greys, Milk Oolong, and a much loved Silver Needle. The herbs complete me! :P
Flavors: Citrusy, Hay, Herbaceous, Lavender, Lemon, Mint, Rosehips, Sweet, Tangy, Tart
This blend has some pretty divisive ingredients in it, namely the hibiscus. The hibiscus is not hidden or pretending to be something else in this blend, nor is it added merely for the colour effects; it’s one of the main stars and it’s proud! It’s tart-sweet, almost metallic, and charmingly red-pink in hue. The ginger also provides a sweet note before jeering off into territory that’s as zesty hot as the hibiscus is tart. The gentler and quieter notes of sweet Mango, floral Jasmine and almost invisible but subtle floral White Tea kind of ground things a bit through the sip.
Second steep smooths out the hibiscus and ginger. Jasmine and a fruity sweetness from both the mango and hibiscus have more rein. Beyond the noticeable subdued ginger and floral jasmine flavours, there are fascinating notes, ranging from red berries, lemon, and even cardamom.
There’s a lot going on here, but the result is a complex cup that moves through mercurial phases of sour, spice, sweet, floral, and even the faintest hint of creaminess. I’m kind of a fan at this point and anticipate that this will be a favourite porch tea in weeks to come. You know.. when I need to pretend I’m at the spa. It’s definitely going to be cold brewed but I imagine I will drink it hot an equal amount of times.
Steep Count: 2
Flavors: Cardamon, Cream, Floral, Fruity, Ginger, Hay, Hibiscus, Jasmine, Lemon, Mango, Sweet, Tart
Ok, third amazing latte this morning. We are on a roll with the Naturel Milk.
This is an interesting combination of ingredients: roasted oolong, turmeric, ginger, peppercorn, and honey crystals. I don’t normally like this type of oolong but it goes so nicely with everything here. There are already roasted honey malt notes in the tea and the spices just kind of build off of and improve on that.
I sipped on this without milk, and then with milk. Both were enjoyable cups, but the real luxury cup emerged after adding the maple syrup. Now I have the perfect cafe-style yellow-hued turmeric tea (golden milk) latte. I’m a little weirded out how much I love this because at all stages I can still taste the leathery, woody, honey malt oolong thing that I generally don’t like. But now? Life is good. Lattes are good.
I’m steeping this again just to see if it can take it. (Edit: It totally can and it’s arguably better than the first steep, which is kind of typical of oolong, eh? It’s so smooth now. And also turmeric).
Steep Count: 2
Flavors: Ginger, Honey, Leather, Malt, Peppercorn, Roasted, Spices, Wood
Yes, this is good. I drank it alongside a cup of Jayida Ché’s Rooibos Vanilla Chai and I just feel so spoiled right now. Wow, awesome consecutive tea lattes.
If you’ve had Vancouver based Bayswater’s Creme Brulee/Divine Temptation this blend is kind of a relative. It’s smooth and rich, wearing its dessert tea status on the cuff of its sleeve. I had some reservations about the rooibos/black tea blend but it’s easy to forget that “they” exist half the time. Once I run out and when my cupboard is less ridiculous (in 2021) I’ll likely suck it up (argh shipping) and reorder, if just for the fantastic O’Connor’s Cream and this. Yum.
Flavors: Caramel, Cream
I may have forgotten that I love chai and forwent buying any for a few years. What a grave mistake. This is a delicious latte. It’s more cardamom and ginger forward, with a pleasant accentuation of cloves, and subtle cinnamon and vanilla to sweeten the deal. It’s well-balanced and pleasantly warming to the point of invigorating.
For a while there it seemed every chai I drank was mostly cinnamon so I’m appreciating this one immensely right now. I prefer the focus to be on the cloves, ginger and cardamom, and I actually like rooibos when it’s a chai base. Mom loves a good chai too, so sadly this one isn’t destined to stick around for long… and I’m already getting anxious about going without. I need to prioritize the spice more!
Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger, Vanilla
Ha ha… my mom finds this tea absolutely repulsive and gags anytime I open it up and wave it around. She says it smells of burning bodies. Dramatic much?
Like any smoked lapsang souchong style tea, the predominate flavour is campfire smoke and burnt plant matter. I think it is slightly more robust than most of its kind but it’s still a surprisingly smooth and smokey-sweet tea.
I don’t reach for this type of tea very often but when I do crave the stuff there is nothing better. It also provides some measure of comfort when one has to be out and about on a dark and damp Pacific Northwest fall evening. It’s the best (unless you are my mom, in which case this is the nastiest thing ever).
Flavors: Campfire, Malt, Smoke, Sweet