2799 Tasting Notes
I can’t remember who sent me this, but it is labelled as “Angry Pumpkin” – Angry Tea Room.
I only used 1 tsp in a coldbrew, so I still have 5 tsp left. It is good though, I am not in a hurry to get rid of it.
Strong black base, slightly bitter. Strong flavours of cardamom, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, light on the ginger (chai spices). Lightly nutty. Overall, it is a good chai that makes me think of autumn or winter. I didn’t enjoy the base, but maybe 1 hour was too long a steep. I forgot I had it brewing until I went into the kitchen to find snacks (I ate some macadamia nuts…good pairing!) It isn’t something I would buy, but I did enjoy getting to taste it.
Flavors: Bitter, Cardamon, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Nutmeg, Nutty, Tannic
Thank you to VariaTEA for sending me a sample of this! I’m buying my own pouch in the FUNdraiser sale, but I’m happy to try it out now.
Malty base (it tastes like Assam and Chinese Jin Jun Mei. I don’t actually know what the base is, but it tastes like a mix of smooth blacks). EDIT: Looked it up and the base is Assam and Fujian black-possible Jin Jun Mei. Damn, I’m good.
There is some raw cocoa/dark chocolate here, minerals, tannin. I think the creaminess could have come through a little bitter because I got vanilla but not really whipped cream like that you might expect in an eclair or cream puff. Even if the milk chocolate/cream intensity wasn’t there, it made an excellent morning cup. I recommend this tea to fellow chocolate fans.
Flavors: Cocoa, Dark Chocolate, Mineral, Tannin
Thank you VariaTEA for the sample! I’ve been wanting ot try this one and now I wish there was some way I could place an order.
Coldbrew. This was so tasty iced. i’m sure it is great hot, but the fruity flavour and hot weather make me prefer it cold. 1 tsp leaf, 500 mL water, 1 hour (resteeped using same parameters).
The creaminess really makes me love this blend. Like key lime pie! Lots of citrus (lime), whipped cream, green rooibos, lightly sweet but very flavourful and natural tasting.
Flavors: Citrus, Cream, Creamy, Lime, Smooth
What an odd flavour combination. It really works though. Thank you for the sample, VariaTEA!
1 teabag, 650 mL very hot water (just under boiling)r, 6 minutes or so.
I am really digging the peppermint + buttery creaminess. I like that the caramel is highlighted with vanilla and is very smooth. It is unique, but I love it. If I ever see a box in the store, it shall come home with me.
Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Mint, Peppermint, Smooth, Vanilla
Thank you to VariaTEA for a sample of this hard to find seasonal DT blend.
I brewed this hot, but think it could be had iced as well. The main flavours are the green rooibos, pineapple, papaya, creamy tropical fruit, and white pear. It reminds me a lot of Jolly Jellybean. Hmm. I can’t say I’m wild about it, but it isn’t bad, either.
Flavors: Fruity, Pear, Pineapple, Rooibos, Tropical
Thank you to VariaTEA for sending me her pouch of this!
Coldbrew 1.5 tsp leaf, 500 mL cold water, 1 hour (resteeped using same parameters)
I decided to brew this up right away because the mulberry leaf tea from Silk Road is one of my all-time favourites. This is similar (mulberry leaf base) but with macadamia and vanilla icing flavours. I like the umami and light toasty flavour of the mulberry leaf. It is somewhere between a steamed green tea and a toasty oolong. The macadamia is a nice take on mulberry tea because it adds to the natural sweetness and nuttiness of the base.. There is a bit of vanilla icing flavour (not sugar, just aromatic vanilla and desserty).
Overall, I absolutely love this cold., I will try this hot as well. It is a different experience than fresh mulberry from Silk Road because it is flavoured, but I really enjoyed it and wish I could buy a tin of it (retired tea).
Flavors: Nutty, Sweet, Umami, Vanilla
Thank you to VariaTEA for the sample pouch of this in our tea trade! I can’t remember if I requested it or if you threw it in for me, but I found a new favourite here.
The chamomile is very fresh, and it has a fruity lemon taste that goes perfectly. I’m getting a bit of fruitiness from the hibiscus and orange. Holy moly! Hibiscus used in a way that actually enhances the blend? Props to TeaTaxi for actually crafting something unique that uses only a few simple ingredients and uses them very well. This is a great iced tea (except that the chamomile bits get through my finest strainer…but I don’t mind that too much).
Flavors: Citrus, Dry Grass, Floral, Fruity, Lemon, Orange, Orange Zest, Vegetal