This week, I am focusing on the four non-black teas included in the September Tea Taxi subscription envelope. It included two simple green teas, a pu-erh and mate tea as well as six black teas. You can read about the first three black teas I tried here and come back next week to see my thought on the final of the teas included. The teas I will be exploring today are Classic Sencha, Royal Ceylon Gunpowder, Fruity Pu-erh and Truffle Mate.
Tea Taxi Fruity Pu-erh
While not packed with fruit pieces, Tea Taxi’s Fruity Puerh tea did have a fruity taste so likely a fair amount of flavouring in this one. The mango pieces are more obvious but it does have more of a berry taste while not being a berry tea. I was actually quite impressed with the flavour with this one, it manages to be sweet without being too sweet and still has some depth and freshness.
Tea Taxi Classic Sencha
Honestly, how much can you say about a plain green tea? Tea Taxi’s Classic Sencha is decent and had a smooth grassy taste. I was a little surprised they did not go for a Japanese tea since it is a classic sencha, but the taste is great.
Tea Taxi Truffle Mate
It is not very often you will see a tea with German provenance, but Tea Taxi has one with their Truffle Mate tea. This sweet yet slightly spicy tea has roasted mate mixed with rooibos plus cocoa, barley malt, coconut, cinnamon, cloves plus cornflower and natural flavours. He loved this one, so I only got a sip but it had a great depth of flavours with enough spice to make it spicy without going too far into Chai territory. Definitely one I would buy again, even not being the biggest fan of cinnamon. Plus it is so pretty with the mix of blue and brown peppered with yellow and white.
Tea Taxi Royal Ceylon Gunpowder
Finally, we have the second of the green teas, Tea Taxi’s Royal Ceylon Gunpowder. Like the sencha, this one is a good green tea but there is little to distinguish it from other classic gunpowders. It has a slightly oaky taste and the pellets unfurl quickly so a shorter steeping time is best.
As with the teas I reviewed last week, the samples all include full ingredients plus steeping instructions on the packaging. All four of these Tea Taxi teas are available from their website with select teas available at their stores. Each sample is 5g and the subscription cost varies dependent on length with a 3 month minimum. You get ten teas each month to try out and can subscribe to the Tea Generation Envelope here.