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Recently did a comparative tasting with this and the unsmoked version. Longer tasting note discussing the two can be found at the link below – just cross referencing here for consistencies sake!
So I ordered an advent and some Thyolo Moto Guava Smoked Tea from World Tea House and when I unboxed that order a couple days ago I was absolutely surprised and delighted to see that Phil had very thoughtfully included for me a bag of the unsmoked version of the same tea for, in his own words, “science”.
It was just such an incredibly thoughtful inclusion and so of course one of the first things I did that day when I had a moment was cup the unsmoked and smoked versions of the tea side by side for a comparative tasting. Truthfully, the smoked version of the tea just blows this one out of the water – it’s full bodied with a deeply mouth coating smokiness with subtle fruity elements to it and a nice clean finish. It feels so round as it sweeps across the palate. However, this one was still really nice! Notes of malt, honey, red fruit and nuts come across and in general it’s a full bodied and smoothly approachable black tea with very, very low astringency.
Geek Steep S1E13 – Game of Thrones
I don’t like Game of Thrones – I think the portrayal of women and gratuitous depictions of sexual abuse are inexcusable and, for a very long time, if I knew people who did enjoy the show I definitely lost respect for those people…
So, watching an episode of Game of Thrones for the first time in years was a lot for me. I actually had a few ideas of teas that could pair well/work thematically with the show but I realllyyyy wanted to choose something that would make the episode watch a lot better because of just how mindblowingly delicious the tea is, and that fit this port scented black tea perfectly!
It fits in because of the super boozy red fruit/port notes that have permeated the black tea which mirror the often excessive amounts of drinking – in particular during the wedding scene from the episode we watched. So it did seem like a good pairing for the fandom just in general – but it’s also just an incredibly nice tea, and so the quality and deliciousness of it made the experience better just for those aspects alone.
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It doesn’t do anything too different from other decent Assam teas, but that’s ok because Assam teas rock in general. Here’s some good raisin and malt flavours, with a robust profile that’s perfect for sleepy mornings, milk & cookies, and appeasing my father who doesn’t see much appeal beyond Red Rose (but he’s out and no one is restocking because.. so much tea).
Final Rating: 78 It was good and easy to drink while it lasted and I’d pick up another good Assam like this in the future. It’s not a top priority, however.
Flavors: Hay, Malt, Raisins
This one is old, although not as old as I thought. My sister brought this one back from Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2018. She also hyped the tea shop, World Tea House, and said the owner was awesome and super helpful. My sister doesn’t know a lot about tea. She likes tea a lot and is equally content to drink a Starbuck’s London Fog as she is to drink a peppermint tea latte, a cup of Yunnan Golden Snail, Milk Oolong, or a Red Rose tea bag, so long as someone else is making it. If it’s milky or milk can be added that’s great, and if it pairs well with a cookie it may as well be perfect.
So in that regard, I do believe World Tea House picked the perfect tea for sis. This Assam is lovely with milk, and makes me reassess my lack of Assam drinking. I don’t mind a nice Earl Grey or robust and full bodied breakfast tea every once in a while either!
Once I drink this up, as well as my ancient tin of Andrews & Dunham’s Tiger Assam (nvm I left that at my old work place so it’s Red-tailed Hawk tea!), I think I will properly revisit Indian teas.
Flavors: Hay, Malt, Raisins
Sipped on this one yesterday afternoon while at work and I enjoyed it but I did feel like the taste was just a little flat – it took a very long steep time to bring out those sweeter red fruit/cherry port notes and while a long steep came a wave of tannin/astringency. I’m not sure the trade off of that much astringency was worth pulling out those fruitier notes.
Another from today – reaalllyyyy lovely mug!
Full bodied and complex, but also quite smooth/round and very fruity. Tasted distinctly like red fruits and the port that it was scented with along with syrupy brandy and raisin notes, dates, and sweet leather. Seemed to coat the mouth the same way a good wine will coat the glass.
Had this one last night, also during my virtual tea hangout with my instagram friend…
I actually won this one in an instagram contest, but here’s a secret: I was eyeing up this tea (and some of the other alcohol scented ones they carry) before winning and I probably would have ordered it anyway. Free is better, though.
The dry leaf smells wonderful; a little malty with some heavier citrus notes (a common thing I get out of Kenyan teas), a hint of cumin like spice but also quite sweet and boozy from the port – that red wine/red fruit kind of syrupy berry vibe! Really quite enchanting, and impressive how strong the port came through!
I did a sort of “modified” Gongu brew for this one – heavier leaf than I’d use for a Western steeped tea and a little bit less water than one as well, but with shorter steeps more in line with Gongfu brewing. I got three infusions; the first was good, the second was really good, and the third was weak. The leaves smells divine after all three infusions though; just syrupy and boozy with that thick reduced red berry note.
The first steep was more black tea than anything else; malt and grains, baker’s chocolate and a sort of musky leather/umami type note. It had a hint of red fruit sweetness from the port, but it was milder and sort of a whisp in the undertone and finish. It didn’t taste bad, but it lacked some body and intensity. The second steep was the best as it had the same black tea notes, though with a bit of autumnal leaf as well, but a thicker and denser port/boozy red fruit note. I described it to my tea friend at one point as being like the “red flavour” of the wine gum candies, but just less sugary. The third was just weak – similar notes, but the leaves just clearly weren’t cut out for that level of resteeping.
In the future, I have the gut feeling that the best way to enjoy this one might be a straight up Western teapot type of method.
And yet another one from the teaswap with Togo. Thanks!
I started taking tasting notes and quickly figured out by smell and taste that this is probably the same tea as What-Cha’s Indonesia Harendong #12 ‘Jin Xuan’ Dark Roasted Oolong, which I adore and have reviewed.
I’m not sure if this is a different harvest or if leafing it a gram more than the What-Cha tea revealed some differences between the two. With this one, I did pick up on a cinnamon aroma in the dry leaf (think cinnamon sugar wheat toast) and some raisin. I also noticed some astringency which I don’t recall getting in What-Cha’s tea. This one had more defined cream-caramel and red/purple fruit flavors and a really strong returning rock sugar sweetness but less minerality.
I’d say the two teas are equally pleasing and I don’t think I’d rate this one different if I had gone into this blind because the overall theme of the tea is the same: roast/char, toast/grain, wood, berries, stone fruit, cream, light caramel, grass, mineral.
This ended up being my last tea in Regina before moving to Montreal – it wasn’t supposed to be, but I found myself awake at 2AM waiting to leave for a flight at 4AM and at that point I certainly wasn’t going to go back to sleep. So what else did I have to do other than make myself some tea!?
I steeped this a good twelve or so times, though I did “stack” my infusions in groupings of two so I only drank about six cups of tea for my twelve steeps of it. Most of my teaware was long since packed or sent out to Montreal at that point, so I only had my mom’s large Western teacups to pour into, and they perfectly held two steeps from the one gaiwan that I hadn’t packed yet.
It was a nice tea; I definitely liked it better steeped Gong Fu over the Western cup that I had a few months ago. I’d say that predominantly this was a more nutty and sweet profile with a light roast to it – reminded me at times of a mix between sesame, barley, and peanuts. It’s still not the most robust flavour overall; more subtle and smooth. It was a very nice 2AM kind of tea though, and made me feel a little cozy before the flight, which was important since it was so stressful.
Discovery Tea Box – Tea Fourteen
Second to last tea that I pulled from the box; grabbed it because I’d like to try more purple teas since what I have tried has been pretty random and varied. I steeped this Western, but made sure to leave enough leaf in the pouch for one standard Gong Fu session so I can try it that way at a later date.
This was nice, but I still feel like I still don’t really know what I’m supposed to be “isolating” from the taste that’s so distinct for a purple tea. It mostly, to me, tasted lightly sweet and toasted, a little bit like toasted nuts. Hints of fruit, but not a ton of it. Sort of vaguely autumnal, but just comforting and smooth tasting in general. I’m very excited to see what it might bring to the table when steeped Gong Fu…
This is a dark roasted oolong with sweet woody aroma of tree sap. The taste is also sweet and nutty with no bitterness and dry finish. It seems like a it would be a nice dessert tea. It is quite infusable, but makes for a long gong fu session, since the later steeps have to be pushed a fair bit.
Flavors: Nuts, Sap, Sweet
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Flavors: Freshly Cut Grass, Fruity, Grass, Vegetal
I think I need to either use fewer leaves with one, or steep less because my first sample of this was oh my god potent. More rooibos than blueberry, and that is not a good thing in my book. Next time I make this I’ll rate it again and see if the flavour improves – I hope it does, because I was excited to see a blueberry flavour.
I think I put too many leaves in when I made this earlier today – super strong, super earthy and not as much peach flavour as I wanted. Boo. Or maybe it’s just better as an iced blend, which I’ll have to try soon. That said, I did like the taste, once I got used to it. And I love that this is organic and not mass market. A couple of things I’m trying to get into more. Curse living on an island where shipping isn’t so easy to do!
I only realized after getting home that I actually meant to purchase World Tea House’s Apricot Escape rooibos, but there’s no sense to turning down a good cup of tea!
Smooth and fulfilling with a slight tang of peach. Can’t say I’m in love, but not disappointed either.
This has a nice flavor palette, naturally mildly sweet… the addition of banana is a nice touch, rounds it out. If it were only less ‘thin’… and I actually brewed it with 50% more tea than WTH advises. If I doubled it (next time) it’d possibly still not be sufficient. Adding a bit of almond milk didn’t help much in this respect, either. So it loses a few points for that. It’s otherwise a very pleasantly flavored gentle tea to wind down with in the evening.
So this is one of the teas my mom brought me back from her trip to the east coast. I can’t fault the woman for trying, even though I detest Rooibos teas.
The dry notes smell mostly of Rooibos with hints of chocolate and banana. Once steeping it smells a little more chocolatey. But oh so Rooibos smelling. Eeek
So this is actually a drinkable Rooibos for me, it probably has to do with the Rooibos honeybush blend of it . The notes of chocolate and banana are there. I do mostly get the rooibos flavour in it. I don’t think I’m gonna keep this one, but I am always glad to try new teas, you never know when you might find a good one.