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So here’s the thing – I don’t really love earl greys, though they’re growing on me, but I do love vanilla. When I was placing my Cup of Té order, not a lot of the teas appealed to me but I noticed they had both this tea and a cream of earl grey aka a vanilla earl grey. I was intrigued and thought since this had vanilla bean, perhaps it would lean more to vanilla. If it didn’t, I figured I could use it as a base for London Fogs which you add vanilla to anyways.
Roswell Strange got a sample of this tea in a TTB and mentioned it not being very vanilla-y which had me putting off trying it because the vanilla bean was the whole appeal of this tea to me. Then September Sipdown happened and one of the prompts was to do something unique with a tea you don’t like. I have a unique recipe that uses earl grey teas (the hot chocolate ive made several times before) so I figured I could drink this on that day for that prompt. However, I figured I should probably actually try the tea to determine I actually don’t like it.
So, needless to say, I didn’t expect to like this when I started drinking it and while it’s an okay enough earl grey, I’m not really a fan. It’s too much bergamot and not enough vanilla for me to drink this plain. It also has an astringent/metallic note which I think is from bergamot oil. This is pretty much what I expected following Ros’s tasting note and similar to her findings, there isn’t much vanilla here.
Samurai Travelling Tea Box – Tea #26
Something else that I had at work today and, while it was a solid/classic tasting English Breakfast with all those lovely malty and grain-y/fresh baked bread notes, there wasn’t a “spark” with this blend that interests me personally enough to want to add it to my cupboard…
However, if you want a cupboard staple/every day type of English Breakfast and you don’t already own a dozen of them then I definitely think that this could fill that void for you! I’m just already covered on that front.
Samurai Travelling Tea Box – Tea #24
When I started looking into finding more black owned tea companies I could support, a TON of people recommend Cup of Te to me – so I was excited to see London Calling and a few others included in the TTB!
As a ton of you already know, I’m not a big drinker of earl grey but I have always found the cream/vanilla varieties much more approachable!! This was robust and full bodied with a subtle vanilla flavour layered over a tannic, brassy Darjeeling black tea base. It’s impressive the the vanilla is so clear without the use of vanilla or cream flavouring – though I still want more. I’m greedy like that. Like the name seems to allude to, I think it definitely has the body to hold up to being made into a London Fog or similar type of drink!
It’s not really fair, but I can’t help comparing this to Very Berry Delicious from My Cup of Tea. I was drinking that one yesterday and loving it. I used the same steeping parameters, but this one just isn’t as flavorful. It has that same red jello / sweet red fruit flavor, but it falls flat for me. I can tell that this has rooibos, because there’s a woodiness in the background. This is a miss for me iced, but I’d still like to try it hot. My husband, on the other hand, loves it both ways. He actually preferred this one over the Very Berry Delicious and has had two cups today already.
Flavors: Red Fruits, Rooibos
Samurai Traveling Tea Box – Tea #7
Really happy to see these blends from Cup of Te in the TTB – they’re on the list of Black owned tea companies, and there’s one blend on their site in particular that I’m really curious about but I can’t bring myself to order for just the one tea – so my hope it to find at least one more (ideally two) blends in this box that I like to help justify that order…
This is pretty nice! It’s sweet and syrupy berries with notes of hibiscus, woody rooibos, and raspberry – in that order. It does have stevia in it, and you taste that lingering “back of the palate” sweetness a little bit; I’m not overly adverse to stevia like some so it’s not bothering me in flavour but I am making a mental note of that sweetness.
Thing is, it’s not an incredibly unique fruity/raspberry rooibos blend and if I didn’t already have a TON of other rooibos teas with comparable profiles it probably would not be hard envisioning this having a place in my cupboard for that berry/fruity rooibos profile – especially for iced teas or cold brews. I do have a bunch of comparable blends though, so I don’t know that this is the one I’m looking for to help flesh out that order…
It’s still nice though!
I drank the cold brew of this and it is very similar to the iced tea. Serving this cold seems to tone down the menthol aspect of the mint which lets more of the lemon through. However it’s lemongrass and lemon myrtle which is sweet (but not the lemon pie type sweet) but herb-y and not my favourite. So this is definitely a hot tea.
Also since I didn’t mention it in my last note, I just quickly want to say how awesome this company is. It’s one of the companies I discovered through compiling the list of Black-owner tea companies with Shae and Roswell Strange. It’s one of the few Canadian companies so while most of the blends weren’t super appealing to me (they were more standard blends that I’ve tried many times, though still worth checking out the site) and they were a touch pricey, I wanted to show them a bit of support.
Honestly I’m so glad I did place an order because this company is amazing. I ordered on Sunday and an hour after ordering I got A notification that a shipping label was made. The package arrived by Wednesday. It truly was some of the fastest turnaround I’ve seen.
The speedy turnaround should be enough reason for my recommendation but in addition to that, I received a personalized email from the company owner (rather than the standard business email/confirmation companies send) on the Monday thanking me for my order and offering to answer any questions I may have. It was just a lovely added touch of customer service.
Speaking of lovely, the packaging for the teas is really nice but more than just the packaging, even the bubble envelopes (and boxes and tissue paper per their Instagram) are branded. Now we all expect that from DAVIDsTEA, with their signature teal mailing boxes, but it was awesome to see from another company as well. I genuinely get more excited for these things, which I know is shallow but it’s true.
The attention to details and level of customer service is just really amazing and I’d recommend buying from them if you can. Plus, my order came with a thank you discount for a next order so they are also really appreciative in a financial sense as well. It’s just clear that their focus is customer satisfaction and retention and that makes shopping with them a pleasure.
I made this iced yesterday and wasn’t loving it. I added lemonade and that wasn’t doing much for me. Today I set up a cold brew and once I had the tea out, I decided to make it hot as well. The cold brew is still in the fridge but the hot tea was really quite nice. Where the iced tea I found to be on the sweeter (almost cloying) side with more muted mint, the hot tea was a lot more refreshing. The mint came more to the forefront with a nice citrus flavor from the lemon. I will see how the cold brew goes but this might be just a hot tea going forward.