French Toast Dianhong Black Flowering Tea from Liquid Proust Teas

FrenchToastFloweringTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black/Flowering

Where to Buy:  Liquid Proust Teas

Tea Description:

As my first batch of French Toast Dian Hong, I decided to go lightly on the flavoring because the natural cocoa taste from the tea is pleasant enough to keep the flavoring at a low amount. This tea proves to pull out different taste from different steeps from my experience and I am hoping you find the same to be true.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Some of my favourite tea companies are the ones where you really get a feel for the owners as people; a hand picked sample, signed note added in to my order, and online interactions on sites such as Steepster are all touches that win me over quite a lot as a consumer; and something really cool about Liquid Proust Teas, a retailer which opened quite recently, is that I kind of got a feel for the owner, Andrew, before the company was even hatched since, first and foremost, he was a Steepster member himself and is a consumer as well as a seller too.

Recently, I did a swap with him and he generously included a few of his own blends. Personally, I thought this seemed the most interesting of what he sent me. A few other companies such as 52Teas, both under new and old management, have attempted French Toast teas but I’ve yet to be wowed by one and I think Andrew’s approach here is quite a bit different than the ones they’ve taken so I’m definitely excited!

I brewed this ‘Grandpa Style’ because that’s my typical approach with blooming/flowering teas. I knew that there was a possibility that it would get bitter because that’s a risk you always take when brewing Grandpa Style but this was unwaveringly smooth and silky. The entire time I spent drinking this (a few hours in total) there wasn’t even the slightest hint of bitterness OR astringency. I’m incredibly impressed by that.

The flavour was very fluffy and sweet, but reserved enough to not be cloying or make me feel like I was drinking syrup straight from the bottle. The rich notes of custard, cream, vanilla, cocoa, and, yes, egg hardly waned at all throughout the session. There were also lighter notes of cinnamon that I thought did fade towards the end of my session, and some pretty pronounced malt notes from the tea itself along with more muted floral notes. I likely could have continued to drink this for another hour or possibly longer with very little flavour deterioration. More than that, if it had not have been midnight I would have continued to drink this which is certainly high praise from me given that I dislike resteeping in general (drink as many teas as possible in one day is my philosophy).

My only criticism would be that the “toast” part of “French toast” was lacking; I’d have liked stronger bread notes contributed from the base tea to complete the illusion; but that’s just me getting hyper critical of one of the better flavoured teas I’ve had all month. If Andrew’s other teas are as tasty as this one I’m in for a real treat!

On The Tenth Day of Christmas, Della Terra Teas Sent Me This Tea …

Two days to go.  Time to go shopping!  Ha!

Winter Nog

winternogTisane Information:

Leaf Type:  Rooibos

Where to Buy:  Della Terra Teas

Tisane Description:

Why were the Lords a leaping on the tenth day of Christmas?  Well, obviously they all had a cup of Winter Nog!

Enjoy your festive day with a cup of this amazing egg nog rooibos.  With all the spices you love about a perfect cup of Nog!  Dont get too excited but … only 2 days ’til Christmas!

Learn more about this tisane here.

Taster’s Review:

Well, I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed to find this in my bag marked Day 10 from Della Terra Teas.  As I mentioned previously when I contacted Della Terra Teas before I ordered this box, I was told that there would be one repeat (which was the Eight Candles tea) but we also had this tisane last year on the eleventh day.  I don’t think I would have been quite as disappointed if it had been a different tea, but, since rooibos blends aren’t my favorite to begin with, I feel just a little let down that this is a duplicate tea.

Not that this is a bad tisane, I liked it alright last year, and I’m sipping on it now and I’m enjoying it alright now.  But, I think that I would have been more delighted to try a tea that I haven’t yet tried from Della Terra Teas.

But this is still a tasty tisane.  I think I might be tasting a tad more cinnamon this time around than last year … and I’m definitely tasting rum again this year.  Perhaps it wasn’t my imagination back then!  It is creamy with an egg-y, vanilla-y, custard-y kind of taste as it’s prominent flavor, and just underneath that, I taste the cinnamon and spices, and then notes of rum.

A tasty treat for winter.

On The Eleventh Day of Christmas, Della Terra Teas Sent to Me …

Day11By the time you’ll be reading this, my family will have already celebrated their holiday, because we chose to celebrate on the 23rd.  My oldest daughter, who is now married, will be spending the 24th and the 25th with her in-laws, and we decided that we’d rather push up our holiday celebration and have her enjoy the day with us than to have it on the “official” day and not have her here.

And really, that’s what holidays should be about.  Not about presents, not about decorations … but about family.  And of course, TEA!  (with me, everything is about tea!)

And here is the tea that Della Terra Teas sent for this Eleventh Day of Christmas …

Winter Nog

day11-1Tisane Information:

Leaf Type:  Rooibos

Where to Buy:  Della Terra Teas

Tisane Description:

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, except for you … and you are awake to steep this delightful, creamy rooibos nog tea!

So, sit back, relax, and enjoy this sip by sip as you wait by the chimney for Ole St. Nick.

Learn more about this tisane here.

Taster’s Review:

winternogThe first thing I noticed about this tisane is the cute little snowflake candies … very festive!  The aroma was noticeably vanilla-y, and I also detect a note of spice to the scent.

If I recall correctly, this 12 Days of Christmas tea box from Della Terra Teas has had 2 rooibos tisanes in it (well, thus far … there’s still tomorrow!) and of the two, I have to say that this one delivers much more of the flavor that the name of it promises.  This tastes much more like egg nog than the Gingerbread Man tasted of gingerbread.  Oh, that one still tasted good, it just didn’t taste like any gingerbread that I had ever tasted.  This one, though … this tastes like egg nog.  The only thing that is missing for me is the texture … it’s not quite creamy enough – texture wise – for me to declare this as a perfect “Winter Nog.”

It’s still good though, and flavor wise, it is plenty creamy.  Unfortunately, with rooibos tisanes, the texture is a difficult thing to capture, because rooibos tends to feel rather thin on the palate.  I will say that this feels a little creamier on the palate than say … unflavored rooibos.  And it tastes a whole lot better than unflavored rooibos too!  ha!

And actually, I kind of like the combination of egg nog flavors together with the nutty flavor of the rooibos.  It just kind of … works together.  I taste a heavy note of cinnamon, a hint of nutmeg, and creamy vanilla.  I find myself wanting just a tad more of that egg-y custard-y taste that is present in a glass of egg nog, but, overall, this is pretty tasty.  And every once in a while, I think I’m tasting a hint of rum … but, maybe that’s just my imagination.

A nice way to spend Christmas eve … curled up with this tisane!