Whew! Just got back from the Toronto Tea Festival! Woohoo! Such a lot of tea to see! There were teas and more teas, body products, honey, sweets, chocolates, tea ceremonies, and gorgeous, gorgeous teaware… wanted to buy it ALL! I sampled lots of yummy teas, and a couple of strange brews that I wouldn’t want to buy. Tried some pu’erh, and still can’t like it… I keep trying, though. I didn’t stay for any presentations, as I had some other errands to run, but I did visit every booth on the floor, and picked up some interesting things to blog about later!
One fun and busy booth was T BY DANIEL; a tea shop in Brampton, Ontario. They had a bunch of yummy smelling flavoured teas, and some tasty samples. One of their best sellers is this “Wow!” which is oolong tea with nougat bits, almonds, honey, vanilla, and natural flavours. You can see the big chunks of nougat and almonds in the green crumply leaves. It smells like creme caramel, warm, nutty almonds, rich creamy caramel corn, coconut meringue pie, angel food cake, and maraschino cherries… Wow! It’s like all your childhood birthday party dreams come true!
I steep 1tsp at 80 deg. for 3 minutes. The tea is a light golden colour, and it smells like sweet caramel and almonds. The first sip is WOW!!! OMG!!! SO good! It’s slightly sweet, but mostly just tastes like butterscotch ice-cream. It’s like rich, burnt caramel and meringues. But it’s light! Not cloyingly sweet… it’s more an impression of sweetness because it tastes soooo dang good! The aftertaste just reminds me of pralines ‘n cream ice-cream, or butterscotch ripple, on a sugar cone, with almonds sprinkled on top. Or… like my Grandma’s almond brittle… to die for! This is awesome! I would definitely use this as a dessert tea, or a late afternoon comfort tea. It goes really well with the ‘salted caramel’ macaron that I just ate from “Sugar Peony Cake Boutique“.
I steep a second cup because the oolong leaves look quite sturdy. It still smells sweet and caramel-y. Still tastes rich and smooth, and with an aftertaste of burnt caramel (the good kind). The second cup is less intense, but still just as WOW-y as the first. It’s yummy!
I’m looking forward to trying my other two T BY DANIEL teas: Limelight, and Dr Breath. More to follow…
The Toronto Tea Festival is on from Jan 31 – Feb 1 at the Toronto Reference Library. You still have time to go tomorrow! (Plus, they give you a nice blue canvas bag, and a cute little glass tasting cup. Sweet!)