47 Tasting Notes

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Lovely. Lots of fruitness, a bit of floral and warm, woodiness of rooibos. There’s lots of blueberry in this, almost jammy, maybe some currant, lavender and rose? A very relaxing blend.

Flavors: Black Currant, Blueberry, Floral, Fruity, Lavender, Rose, Wood

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82

Mmm. Fruity and floral. The jasmine and lychee are very distinct. I’m not sure what the green tea base is – it’s a bit woody and not my favourite, but overall, this is a lovely tea.

The lychee flavour is very similar to the one I’ve experienced in lychee congou teas.

Flavors: Floral, Jasmine, Lychee, Wood

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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drank Pink Grapefruit by Tea Story
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Oh, I’m ever so pleased to have this back in my cupboard. The smell of it is incredible – intensely tangy and citrus, with the distinctive tart-bitter of grapefruit.

There’s a lot of hibiscus tart at the beginning of the sip, and then the grapefruit notes build and last through the finish.

This is one of my favourite fruit tisanes ever. Far better than anything else I’ve tried that’s supposed to be grapefruity.

Flavors: Bitter, Citrus, Grapefruit, Tangy, Tart

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Milky Fruit by Tea Story
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I picked this up today because it sounded different from anything I have in my cupboard.

The loose tea is very pretty. The ingredients list a vague “tropical fruits”, which is kind of annoying. It looks like tropical fruits is dried pineapple, papaya and maybe mango or guava?

It’s very tart, tangy, and a bit sweet. There’s a taste of pineapple and a bit of creaminess on the finish.

The more this cools the more I like it. There’s a distinctive flavour at the beginning of the sip that I can’t quite identify but that makes this unique, which only came out once my cup went from hot to warm. It kind of makes me think of the taste of artificial sweetener, except it’s pleasant instead of disgusting.

Definitely need to try this one iced.

Flavors: Cream, Fruity, Pineapple, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90
drank Toffee Dream by Cornelia Bean
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Oooh this is nice. The toffee caramel notes are very strong on the nose and on the palette, but there’s still a bit of the white tea that comes through. Very delicate and subtly floral. Just a hint of vegetal on the finish. The liquor is a beautiful pale gold, and matches the flavour of this cup perfectly.

Though there’s a lot of toffee flavour in this, it doesn’t actually taste sweet to me. Very pleasant.

The tea leaves are very fluffy, so I pulled two scoops out of the bag, but there was probably more air than tea leaf in each scoop.

Flavors: Caramel, Floral, Toffee, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Hmm, not bad. I wasn’t sure what the ideal steep time for this would be, so I tried three minutes on the first go. It’s very light – nut, malt, earth and woody notes. I get the feeling that a longer steep might yield a more complex character.

Maybe I’ll resteep these leaves and see what comes out, or maybe I’ll move on to something else today and experiment with this more later.

Edit: A second steep of the same leaves for 7 minutes was unimpressive.

Flavors: Earth, Malt, Nutty, Wood

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90
drank Dragonberry by Cornelia Bean
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Oh this is very nice. Way better than DAVID’s Magic Dragon. As good as Teavana’s Dragonfruit Devotion. Mmmmm. And so pretty too.

Flavors: Berries, Fruity, Strawberry, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Prickly Pear by Cornelia Bean
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Hmm, interesting. Steeped, the tea smells very creamy, but tastes very tart. It’s a weird mismatch.

I tried it plain first, but I was mostly getting tart an not much else. A teaspoon of sugar helps it, though I think it’s too much sugar. Sweetened, the flavour of pear and maybe vanilla comes out a bit. Still very tart, but better.

I steeped this quite a long time, so I think I will experiment with more tea and less time next cup. And sugar, but only a little.

Flavors: Pear, Tart, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Dexter

:(( I really like this one.

Anlina

I’m going to give it another try. The person at the counter said it was their favourite of the Pear Garden teas too. I’m wondering if I just didn’t make it properly. Any tips?

Dexter

LOL cold steep it overnight. If not, shrug – I would do 1.5 tsp/8z 100C 5 min – but that’s just me

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85

The dry leaves don’t have a lot of fragrance but I’m charmed by how pretty they are. A tightly curled grey green, tending towards lavender tones.

First steep of two minutes in maybe 80 degree water yields a golden cup that’s light and refreshing. Grassy and vegetal, with a touch of hay and floral notes. No astringency. I drank half this cup hot and the rest cold. After the first steep the leaves had lost their lavender hue and were green and just starting to unfurl.

Second steep at 2:15 in 80ish degree water. This cup is very different. More full mouth and a lot of umami and sea weed notes. Maybe a bit of hay and vegetal still, but the fresh grass and floral notes are gone. A wee bit of astringency that builds as I drink my cup, and a hint of bitterness on the finish.

Third steep for 4:15 is very similar to the second steep, but not as complex. I’ll finish this cup, but I think these leaves are done.

Definitely a very nice green.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Floral, Grass, Hay, Seaweed, Umami, Vegetal

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70

Now that I’m not broke, I’m realizing that I have a tea problem. I’ve been more interested in trying straight teas lately, so yesterday I went out to pick up a few small samples of straight blacks, greens and whites at Scoop N’Weight. Well, I scooped but didn’t bother weighing till I got to the till and then realized that my “small samples” were all 25-30g of each tea, which is not a sample. Oops. Still, nineish ounces of tea for under $18 is pretty excellent.

So between Scoop N’Weigh and DAVID’s, I came home with over a dozen new teas yesterday, and this one snuck in amongst them, since it just sounded so tasty.

It’s mildly astringent, with lots of grenadine sweetness and a touch of vanilla. I drank it straight but I think it would do nicely with some milk and sugar for a really easy to drink cup.

Flavors: Astringent, Cherry, Grenadine, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I grew up drinking jasmine green tea with meals, but really fell in love with tea on a trip to Britain in elementary school. My first great love was Earl Grey, and I still adore it and all its variants.

I discovered the beauty of loose leaf tea much later, when, on impulse, I picked up a few teas that were on clearance at a home store. My introduction to loose leaf teas were Masala Chai and Provence Rooibos by the Metropolitan Tea Co and an unknown brand of kukicha and gyokuro (little did I know what a precious treasure I’d stumbled onto with that.)

At the time I was lucky to live in a place with multiple tea shops and several places to have afternoon tea, which is a delight I still miss.

Tea is part of my daily ritual and a nice, affordable way to appease the collector in me.

I enjoy distinctive whites, greens and oolongs, flavoured blacks, and herbals that are heavy on the citrus, lavender or mint.

Rating rubric, to give myself some consistency:
0-15 Yuck, not even drinkable.
16-30 Disappointing, not really inclined to give it a second try.
31-45 Disappointing, but maybe there’s potential? Worth one more try, prepped differently.
46-60 Mediocre, not terrible but not memorable.
61-75 Not bad. I’ll definitely finish what I have and might buy again.
76-90 Very enjoyable. Tasty, complex, it’ll keep me coming back.
91-100 BEST! I love everything about it and I will drink it forever.

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Winnipeg, MB, Canada

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