Forgot that while I love 52 teas plum flavouring, I’m not a huge fan of maple teas. It doesn’t ruin teas for me, but it always tastes wrong to me. Lol. Maple flavour in teas is not even sort of maple syrup flavour to me.
“Forgot that while I love 52 teas plum flavouring, I’m not a huge fan of maple teas. It doesn’t ruin teas for me, but it always tastes wrong to me. Lol. Maple flavour in teas is not even sort of...” Read full tasting note
“Another tea from last month. This tea is so good. This morning, I’m able to taste more of the smoky/roasted notes from the Lapsang Souchong, and I like the way this plays with the plum-y flavor as...” Read full tasting note
“This is the most unusual tea. The dry leaf aroma is overwhelmingly strong – and it smells nothing like tea at all. It smells as I would imagine smelled that little bastion near La Rochelle in ...” Read full tasting note
The Tea of the Week for September 9, 2019!
This is SO good! So good, in fact, that the first AND second time I tasted it, I wasn’t able to write this description because what I was tasting defied description! I had a difficult time nailing down just exactly what I was trying. I’m sure it had a little bit to do with the fact that a lot has been going on lately so I wasn’t able to get my mind in the right place – but when I would sit at my computer, ready to compose a description, I found myself without words . . . & those that know me know that it isn’t often that I’m at a loss for words.
This amazing blend starts with a Gao Yan Fujian black tea. Usually when I think of Fujian, I think if a tea with strong chocolate-y tones. I love that in a Fujian black tea – but this Gao Yan is unique – rather than a chocolate-y tone, it has a sweet raw sugar profile with notes of stone fruit. When I first tried it, it reminded me of a sweet, tree-ripened black plum that’s been sprinkled with a little turbinado sugar & then bruleed! Yeah – yum!
I knew I wanted to do something with this tea – but I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do because the tea itself was so phenomenal – I didn’t want to mess with an already good thing, you know? So what I decided to do is work with it’s natural flavors – to enhance what it’s already got going on to make it even better.
To the Gao Yan, I added some maple essence to play upon the natural raw sugar notes. Then I added some plums to play to the natural plum-y notes. I added some Sri Lankan cinnamon & some walnut essence (don’t worry, it’s nut-free!) for some depth & warmth. Then I added just a teensy bit of Lapsang Souchong for a warm, roasty-toasty flavor.
The result is astonishing. I’ve never actually had a “maple roasted plum” but this is what I’d imagine something like that tasting. The black tea offers a nice, rich background of flavor. There’s a well-defined maple note, a hint of smoke, juicy plum notes, nutty walnut tones & warm, sweet spice from the cinnamon. It’s really quite a delight to sip.
Oh, and it IS organic, VEGAN, gluten-free & allergen-free (no nuts!)
organic ingredients: black teas, plums, cinnamon, calendula petals & natural flavors
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Another tea from last month. This tea is so good. This morning, I’m able to taste more of the smoky/roasted notes from the Lapsang Souchong, and I like the way this plays with the plum-y flavor as well as the maple and cinnamon notes. As I continue to sip, the roasted flavors start to meld with the other flavors to create a very harmonious taste.
It’s really wonderful: It’s sweet, it’s savory, it has a really nice depth of flavor to it. Perfect for autumn.
This is the most unusual tea. The dry leaf aroma is overwhelmingly strong – and it smells nothing like tea at all. It smells as I would imagine smelled that little bastion near La Rochelle in where the daring musketeers feasted and leisurely shot at advancing troops. Gunpowder, decaying branches, grass, saddle leather, savory dishes and a whiff of sweet deserts.
The actual taste of the tea is less exotic but nevertheless deeply pleasing. Fresh ripe plums dominate, but there is enough of a good red tea and the calendula weirdness. It is strong, charming and lasting.
I am glad that I tried this one.