Gold Kili’s Double Shot White Milk Tea

Double Shot White Milk Tea by Gold Kili
Black Tea / Flavoured
$6.95 for 280g (eight 35g sachets)

First Impressions

I picked up Double Shot White Milk Tea on a whim while grocery shopping a little while ago – that’s the funny thing about going grocery shopping now with the arrows that dictate what direction you’re meant to go down each aisle, you sometimes start wandering down an aisle that you didn’t need anything but end up picking up something anyways.

In a bright orange cardstock box, Double Shot White Milk Tea intrigued me enough to pick it up. There’s a nice photo of latte art in the front. This box contains eight portions of the instant tea mix. Double Shot White Milk Tea consists of: sugar, refined fully hydrogenated vegetable oil, skimmed milk powder, instant tea, dipotassium phosphate, sodium caseinate, mono- and di-glycerides of fatty acids, silicon dioxide, and caratene. Potential allergens listed are: sesame, soy, wheat and gluten. There’s basically no smell to the powder at all.

Preparation

Gold Kili recommends mixing one pouch with 180ml hot water and to stir to mix. For iced, they recommend using 90ml hot water, and then adding ice. I opted to prepare it hot. With no water temperature suggestion, I opted to heat my water to 100°C (212°F).

First Taste

Double Shot White Milk Tea easily dissolves, and has a light brown colour. Obviously the latte art doesn’t magically appear, but it’s a nice colour. Once the powder is mixed, it does smell like milk tea. The flavour is interesting – I can taste black tea, and there’s a nice milk flavour to it. However, it’s not as creamy as I would prefer in a milk tea, and there’s actually a slight bitterness to it like an oversteeped black tea. It’s not as sweet as I expected, given that sugar is the first listed ingredient and each 35g pouch has 16g of sugar.

A Second Cup?

No second cup as everything dissolves in the water, much like a matcha or drink mix.

My Overall Impression

I thought that Gold Kili’s Double Shot White Milk Tea was just okay. The flavour wasn’t quite what I was expecting, maybe because I’m a bit particular about milk tea in general (proof) – I like mine a bit sweeter, with a heavier milk presence (which is why I use evaporated milk). The nice thing about that I do like about the Double Shot White Milk Tea is the convenience of having milk tea on-the-go, and how easily it dissolves in water. I will definitely be having this iced this summer since it’s so easy to make, and having a packet or two with my lunch for work since it’s just more convenient than heating up a kettle and carrying around evaporated milk with me.

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Teakan’s Wuyi Black

Wuyi Black by Teakan
Black Tea / Straight
$25.00 for 70g

Wuyi Black is part of the Teakan’s Spring 2020 Exploration box, which I purchased at the 2020 Vancouver Tea Festival back in March. This Exploration Box consists of 5 teas and Wuyi Black was 15g of the 70g.

First Impressions

Wuyi Black is part of Teakan’s Spring 2020 Exploration Box and it was one of the teas that I sampled at the Vancouver Tea Festival (which, despite only being 2 months ago, feels like it happened years ago). This black tea is from Tongmu, Fujian, China and harvested in spring 2017. This tea came in a sealed resealable kraft paper pouch with a minimalist white label, I do appreciate the simplicity of the design.

Wuyi Black was harvested at 2000ft elevation (so 2000ft above sea level). The leaves have a strong fruity note, and it actually reminds me of haw flake snacks (which if you grew up eating snacks of Asian origin or taking Traditional Chinese Medicine, you may be familiar with them…). There’s some beautiful dark, wiry leaves with some reddish pieces throughout.

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Preparation

Teakan has two different recommendations for steeping Wuyi Black. If you’re going with the gongfu method, they recommend 95°C (203°F) for 5 seconds. If you’re going to steep western style, they recommend 95°C (203°F) for 30 seconds. I did an initial steep (western style) in 93°C (200°F) for 30 seconds.

First Taste

Wuyi Black steeps to a beautiful orange colour. It has a lovely aroma that I find to be a mix of earthy and fruity. This black tea has a surprisingly light sweetness, which I wasn’t displeased to find. There’s a mild astringency in there as well – I can taste fruity notes that still remind me of haw flakes, and an earthiness that reminds me of portobella mushrooms (surprised? I am!). It’s interestingly a blend of flavours that I don’t find odd, maybe my taste buds are a little weird.

A Second Cup?

I resteeped Wuyi Black five times (six steeps total), adding an additional 30 seconds for each subsequent steep. It steeped quite well, I found the flavour to remain consistent throughout all the steeps. The flavour peaked and was the strongest at the first resteep and gradually lessened after that.

My Overall Impression

I loved Teakan’s Wuyi Black. I found this black tea had an interesting flavour profile and I liked it enough to resteep it – there’s just something weirdly intriguing about the mix of flavours of haw flakes and mushrooms. It makes for a nice cup of tea, and while I didn’t add anything to it, I think that it would take well to cream and sugar if you must – but I think it’s so good on its own and it really doesn’t need anything to let it shine.

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Sun-Rype’s Black Tea Mango Peach

Black Tea Mango Peach by Sun-Rype
Black Tea / Flavoured
$1.69 for 1 can (355ml)

First Impressions

It’s time for yet another skinny can of a prepared iced tea product. From Sun-Rype, which is a Canadian company (Kelowna, British Columbia – to be exact!), this is a sparkling iced tea. White and orange, this flavour is Black Tea Mango Peach. Details about ingredients on the can itself, I can appreciate the minimalism design.

A simple pop can tab to open the can, the carbonated Black Tea Mango Peach is a lovely golden orange. It’s obviously carbonated, and has a great aroma to it. I can smell peaches and mangoes. Black Tea Mango Peach consist of carbonated filter water, cane sugar, real brewed black tea concentrate, citric acid, natural flavour and natural colour.

First Taste

I like the aroma of Black Tea Mango Peach. It has a pleasant taste – it lacks the heavy mineral flavour that some of the other Sun-Rype products had – strongly of peaches and mangoes, with a nice sweetness to it. It does have a hefty amount of carbonation to it, which does tickle the nose a bit. The fruity aroma is pleasant, and it’s a nice drink.

My Overall Impression

I liked Sun-Rype’s Black Tea Mango Peach. I greatly enjoyed the flavour of this canned sparkling iced tea. The peach and mango aroma and flavour was quite pleasant, and I liked the fact that the mineral flavour wasn’t as harsh compared to the other flavours I tried. I think this one is great over iced, or also mixed with some lemonade. I do wish that the pricing was a bit more friendly, but does give some inspiration for making some summer time iced teas at home.

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