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Just finished a mug of this tea and I’m not totally sure where I’m landing on it…
For an elderflower blend, it’s quite enjoyable – distinct, fresh feeling, a little sweet – reminds me of early Spring afternoons. However, I don’t taste any pear in the tea at all and that makes me sad because I was very excited about the idea of an elderflower and pear combination. So, I feel like I can’t fully enjoy the tea because there’s this element of disappointment, even though the flavour present was pretty good…
After admiring the beauty and taking in the scent, it was finally time to start sipping on Sakura Cherry Rose. This tea tastes exactly like it smells-amazingly soothing. First you’re presented with the grassy, light flavour of green tea that we all know and love. Upon digesting the sip, you get the cherry rose flavour which is boasted by the name. Although I stated earlier that bubble gum usually disgusts me, the flavour was so light and floral, that it felt like I was instantly transported to a spa. The flavour doesn’t wear out either, every sip presents you with just as much floral bliss as the first. I imagine drinking this tea, in a warm bubble bath, or as a nice after dinner soother.
Flavors: Cherry, Earth, Grass, Rose
Although the look of the raw leaves may make one think the flavour will be rather subtle, this is not the case. The chocolate and strawberry bits certainly dominant the cup, completely masking the bitter taste of black tea that usually turns me off! I also think the flavour ratio of strawberry to chocolate within this blend is perfect, allowing for the bold chocolate taste to hit first followed by a refreshing fruity splash of strawberry!
Flavors: Bitter, Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Strawberry
The taste I find falls a little flat for what my expectations were given the name. This tea was all peaches/black tea and no cream. Examining the ingredients, this isn’t exactly shocking to me. By adding cream into the name I expected a hint of vanilla or something to bring out a creamy element, rather than a classic cup of fruity black tea. That being said, I do not think this is a bad tea, it’s great as a fruity caffeinated drink to enjoy, just given the name, I expected it to stand out against competitors like David’s tea, citizen tea, and Starbucks. Peach is a flavour that every brand does so I was hoping to see a brand take on peaches and cream rather than plain peaches.
Flavors: Bitter, Peach
I keep wanting to call this tea “Lavender Lemonade Honeybush” and there is literally no reason for that other than I think I just like how it rolls off the tongue?! Like, there’s not even honeybush in this blend…
It is a really nice mix though – I had it a little while back as a hot cup and I just had to stop and really appreciate how well balanced both the lavender and lemon flavours are; neither overpowered the other and they were super, super clear. Such good execution!
Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhrvlcjM_xA
I picked this up in Winnipeg over the summer but am just now trying it; it feels a bit like the wrong time of year but it’s been so hot that I needed something to cold brew and this finally just spoke to me. The dry leaf smelled amazing, very sweet and powerful lemon notes accented by a lighter floral lavender.
Now that it’s been strained, this is pretty good but the lavender has come out in full force. I’d say you get equal parts of very floral and borderline perfume-y lavender mixed with a tangy, sweet lemonade note. The finish is sour and tart though, so I feel like the idea of calling this a “sour” is accurate. I think I like it? I do think I’d like it better if there was half as much lavender though…
My second day visiting stores while in Winnipeg we went to two stores, but took some time in between to go out for lunch. I requested that we go to the Prairie Ink in Grant Park because I adored Prairie Ink when I lived in Saskatoon and I had no idea that Winnipeg had one as well! It was a deeply nostalgic moment for me, seeing as I used to eat at the Prairie Ink in Saskatoon almost weekly – it’s my favourite restaurant!
I ordered the most amazing watermelon, red onion, and feta salad – it was easily the best thing that I ate on the entire trip! With my salad I had a pot of tea; I’m not actually entirely sure this is the tea that I had though. I had originally asked for a spiced apple tea, but was told they were out of stock so I asked the waiter to just pick whatever his favourite tea was as a substitution. This is what he chose; and all he had mentioned when he served it was that it was a dragonfruit tea. Prairie Ink only serves teas from Tealish or Tea Forte, and after a quick Google search later in the evening I saw that Tea Forte doesn’t carry a dragon fruit tea – but Tealish had this one. So my assumption is that this is what I drank.
It was actually really lovely; reminded me a lot of the dragonfruit tisane that I used to buy all the time from Cuppa’T – that one was a dragonfruit cranberry, and this had the same tropical, sweet dragonfruit notes (with a hint of apple) and crisp tartness at the finish. Very, very pleasant! And smooth!
Sipdown! I need to sort my cupbaord out today…i’ve been neglectful since kiddo was born so today i’m trying really hard to get a few moments in to go through things while she’s sleeping and dad’s around to help give me a break. I enjoyed this one as a straight black but there are other teas i’d pick up first. But a decent every day tea in a pinch.