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Dark Iron Budda tea

Dark Iron Budda tea

Dark Iron Budda tea

This is just another super-short post. Unfortunately I don’t have a lot of time right now to write here, and I haven’t been checking out many new places to eat in Calgary lately either. ūüė¶

Dark Iron Budda from Banff Tea Company is really good – mild tasting oolong tea – I’d get it again (the next time I’m up in Banff that is!)

 
 

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Tea: Vanilla Oolong

I’ve been drinking more and more oolong tea lately, and so I picked up this Vanilla Oolong from David’s Tea not too long ago.¬† It’s a fairly pretty tea, and on the website they describe it as:

“Discover the power of vanilla and oolong, with a little hint of orange. It‚Äôs temptingly rich. We‚Äôve used Pouchong tea leaves, the least oxidized of oolongs, which gives it a lighter, fresher taste. Delicious and totally addictive on its own, we also love blending this with fruit flavoured teas for a touch of creamy sweetness.”

Vanilla Oolong from David’s Tea

It contains “Taiwanese pouchong oolong tea, lemon myrtle, marigolds, natural flavouring” I’m guessing that rather than adding actual (expensive) vanilla – that’s where the ‘natural flavoring’ comes in.¬† ūüė¶

So.. more important (to me at least!) the taste!

It’s kind of boring.¬†

The tea is clearly oolong – with the same nod to the grassyness to green tea that most oolongs have, and the same slight smokiness I find with most oolongs too.¬† The vanilla flavour is there, but it’s very weak compared to some of the other vanilla teas I’ve tried in the past.¬† I suspect that either the oolong overwhelmed the vanilla, or there just isn’t enough in there to satisfy what I had in mind.¬† With that being said, the vanilla does lend a rich warmness – almost a bit of creamyness to the tea which is enjoyable – it’s just nothing special…

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2013 in Tea & Beverages

 

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RIP Teaopia: Honey Vanilla Oolong

I’m not going to spend too much time on this tea – since Teaopia is out of business and its unlikely it would be possible to get more of this tea.

Honey Vanilla Oolong

This tea contains oolong tea, hazelnut brittle (supposedly, I couldn’t see any of it), vanilla bits, and marigold flower petals.

Honey Vanilla Oolong

I liked it Рbut it was a heavy, super-sweet tea.  I thought it smelled warm and sweet, but someone else thought it smelled like burnt baked goods once it was steeped up.

mew. I miss Teaopia already.  Perhaps I should hold my mourning until I chip away further at the Teaopia Tea collection I have in my kitchen?

 
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Posted by on November 8, 2012 in Tea & Beverages

 

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Tea: Milky Coconut Oolong

While at our favorite tea shop in Banff, Connie was picking out some new flavours to try, and was curious about the Milky Coconut Oolong. Since I adored the Milk Oolong I had bought from David’s Tea a few months earlier, I suggested she try it – but since our tastes are different, what I adored, she wasn’t fond of.

So, we traded Рsome of my Romeo & Juliet Green Tea Hearts (a green tea, pressed into a heart-shaped mold, that no longer seems to be on the Banff Tea Co. website)  for her Milky Coconut Oolong.  Luckily РI LOVE it Рso tasty!

She didn’t like the ‘milky’ taste, but I think it’s fantastic, and I made some up for a Monday-morning pick-me-up with sweetener and a touch of milk.

With the Milky Coconut Oolong, the coconut really isn’t very strong, it’s the milk taste that really takes center-stage with this tea, so obviously if you are a fan of milky, creamy, gentle, soothing teas, this one might be more enjoyable than if you prefer crisp, precise flavors.¬† (Which I think generally describes the difference between my preferences and Connie’s!)

Not the greatest iPhone photo of the Milky Coconut Oolong taken at work (no natural light) ūüė¶

The ingredients are just milk-oolong tea and shredded dried coconut (no additional milk flavouring according to the ingredients listed on the website).

Steeping away in my Tuffy strainer at my desk at work.

In my previous post about milk oolongs, I mentioned some ‘controversy’ about additives.¬† What do you think about tea companies adding artificial flavours to their teas to enhance or create flavours?¬† Are you a purist? Or do you just like whatever tastes good…?¬† Let us know in the comments below!

 
 

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Tea: Carrot Cake

Tea. Photo by Modomatic

Yes, you read the title correctly – carrot cake tea.

One of the (too many) teas I picked up from David’s Teas not too long ago was Carrot Cake – an oolong tea from Taiwan with the flavours of apple, carrot, coconut and almond. ¬†I saw it on the counter when I entered the store along with a few others (like Mom’s Apple Pie, which I didn’t like the scent of, so didn’t get), loved the scent, and picked up one of their pre-packaged bags of the tea.

Scent while dry:

Someone else thought this smells a little like chocolate, but I can’t say that I smell that at all. ¬†I can sort of smell the carrot, sort of smell the apple, but that’s about it. ¬†It smells sweet, but not overly so. The best scent I can relate it to? ¬†It smells like a scratch-and-sniff sticker of carrot cake. Weird, I know.

Scent when steeped:

Oddly enough (or perhaps not! and thankfully!) the tea smells almost entirely the same when steeped as when dry to me.  It still smells sweet, with a little bit of carrot, a little bit of apple, and a bit nutty.

Taste:

I have to say, I really appreciate it when the scent of a tea is a really good indicator of the flavour – which this tea is. ¬†It tastes just like what I expected based on the scent. It’s delicious! ¬†The tea has the flavours of carrot, apple, and a nutty flavour – but hardly any ‘tea’ taste or scent. ¬†It’s an oolong, so it’s sort of half-way between a green and a black. I have had several oolong teas where I can’t really taste the “tea” either, so I’m not overly surprised.

Final thoughts:

I really liked this tea – with my only ‘complaint’ being the slight cloudiness of the tea. I got two infusions of the tea successfully, but haven’t tried for a third yet. ¬†On Eat Spin Run Repeat the author tried the tea without sweetener – however I did add some sweetener to mine, since that’s how I usually have most teas. ¬†I suppose I really should have tried it without too… The author of Toronto Girl and the City loved carrot cake tea too, and describes the tea having “a mild, subtle flavor that wasn‚Äôt too strong; it totally caught the essence of that carrot cake goodness but without the calories and guilt.”

To me, I didn’t really taste “carrot cake” exactly, but it sure is delicious! ¬†Have you tried carrot cake tea? ¬†If so, let us know what you thought in the comments below!

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2012 in South-East Calgary, Tea & Beverages

 

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Tea: The Skinny

For Christmas gifts this year, I picked up a few different teas (which I put into cute little tins for little tea samplers) for friends. ¬†In the process, I kept a tiny amount of each for myself as well, including this tea called “The Skinny” from David’s Teas.

Well…. this tea had better be good for me, because it certainly tastes like it should be.¬† You know, like cough syrup and cauliflower and sweaters your grandmother knits you with fuzzy brown kitties on the front and you’re like grandma I’m in my 20’s what am I going to do with a pink sweater with a brown kitty on it and your mum is like ‘wear the darn sweater kiddo, or you’re not getting the iPhone we got you’… that kind of “good for you”.

(Not using the word “like” several times in one run-on sentence is also good for you, but I digress.)

The Skinny from David's Tea

The ingredients include oolong and pu’erh tea (the aged green tea I talked about in a previous post), ginger, ginseng, & orange peel.¬† Oolong =good.¬† Pu’erh= good. Ginger = very good. Orange = good.¬† Perhaps it’s the ginseng (which I can’t say I can remember tasting) that I don’t like? There is a slight orange scent when dry, which is one of the selling points when I picked it up – and steeped up there is still that orange scent, but the taste doesn’t follow through. I don’t taste any ginger, nor do I taste any green tea in this.

The tea steeps up FAST – I left mine in for about 4 minutes (of the 4-7 recommended) because I knew how fast the pu’reh would steep up, and the colour was DARK and the flavour intense.¬† I added sweetener – no luck.¬† I’m considering trying another infusion for much less time to see if a weaker tea is a better tea, but I might just grab something else I’ve got kicking around instead. Another thing that is kind of weird.. I’m getting a bit of a coffee buzz off the tea (I presume.¬† I haven’t had anything else to eat/drink that would explain it.) which is strange, because it shouldn’t be exceptionally high in caffeine. ¬†The Skinny is supposed to be good to sip after a big meal, and I can imagine it would be good if someone had an upset stomach too. I sure hope that the person I gave it to likes it more than I did!

Keep in mind with my review ¬†that I do have a preference for sweet, fruity, or mint teas.¬† The blogger at FieldGuided loves The Skinny to sip all day, and although she also loves dessert teas, we clearly don’t share the same taste on this one.¬† Your mileage may vary – but if you’re curious I suggest getting a drink of The Skinny at a retail David’s Teas before investing ($18/100g) in loose leaf.

 
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Posted by on December 29, 2011 in South-East Calgary, Tea & Beverages

 

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Tea: Quangzhou Milk Oolong

Loose leaf tea is not an inexpensive passion – most of the teas I pick up from David’s Tea are about 6.50$ for 50 grams (which is certainly more than most of the bagged teas that I buy) but with so much more flavour – they’re so worth it!

On their website, David’s Tea lists the¬†Quangzhou Milk Oolong¬†along with the other oolongs at 9$ – but it’s all sneaky, because that’s only for 25 grams (where as all the rest are listed for 50) which makes it look like it’s a comparable price – but… it ends up being 36$ for 100 grams. ¬†Ouch!

David's Tea Quangzhou milk oolong

So,¬†Quangzhou Milk Oolong could definitely be considered a luxury tea, but delicious! ¬†As anyone who has read Happy Sushi Belly for a while knows that I am not really a big fan of green teas, and tend to waver half-and-half on Oolongs. ¬†This tea definitely leans closer to the ‘green’ than the ‘black’ as far as oolongs are concerned, but there is a delicious creaminess to the tea, even without milk added. ¬†(I don’t normally add milk to green and oolong teas.)

David’s Tea describes this tea as a “limited-edition oolong from the Wuyi Mountains of China” and “velvety smooth and lightly creamy, with a subtle hint of orchid.” ¬†I was very pleased to get several infusions out of the leaves (at least four) which is a good way to stretch my tea dollar!

Cortney over at 99 kettles has a mouth-watering review of Quangzhou Milk Oolong¬†which I think will do an even better job of convincing you to at least try a cup the next time you’re at David’s Tea! ¬†The writer for Me and My Tea on the other hand wasn’t a convert to this tea, and suggests that there are artificial ‘milk’ flavours added to this tea. David’s Tea is usually really good about mentioning any flavouring, so I don’t know about this – though I’m not adverse to artificial flavours in my tea – I’m not a purist like some! ¬†There are also a number of comments to the post that make for an interesting read.

What are your thoughts on artificial flavourings in teas?  Assuming there is full disclosure, are you ok with it, or would you rather add your own flavours like milk, sugar, or lemon?  Let me know in the comments below!

 
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Posted by on November 29, 2011 in South-East Calgary, Tea & Beverages

 

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