270 Tasting Notes

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drank English Teatime by Bigelow
270 tasting notes

My dad came home from Florida with the remainder of a box of Earl Grey… and a free teabag of this. As it was not one that I currently had in my collection, I asked if I could steal it. He said yes, and so here I am, trying a free teabag of plain, black tea.
I’m actually thinking that the best way to have this may be steeped strong and with milk and sugar, which varies greatly from the recommended 2 minute steep (probably meant to be clear). I brewed it at 3.5 minutes, and… I’m really not seeing anything special with this. I want something stronger, richer, and more flavourful.
Glad I tried it, at least.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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75
drank Organic Rooibos Natural by Zen Tea
270 tasting notes

I put a tbsp of this in my large libre tea glass. It has a rich, dark taste, just a little sweet. I think it would taste better with milk, in all honesty — it feels like it’s missing the creaminess.

It becomes a bit more approachable as it cools, but I do think that I’d prefer it doctored up nonetheless.

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95
drank Secret Weapon by DAVIDsTEA
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This is one of the first teas from DAVIDsTEA that I fell in love with. Not THE first — that honour goes to a spring collection tea that they’ve never brought back — but it’s up there. I rarely treat myself to it, because it’s on the more expensive side, but I was getting a little of a lot of teas, and I felt like treating myself.

Having it now reminds me of how much I love and miss it. Oh goodness. It’s got a lovely white chocolate/nutty quality to it, and it’s got a smooth, creamy feel to it. Not too bold, yet strong enough, and patient — I don’t think it’s going to start tasting oversteeped any time soon.

I think I’m falling in love all over again….

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
TheKesser

What was the first one?

C-chan

The first was Irish Cream. :) I enjoyed my tin of that one immensely, but sadly it is no more.

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78
drank Apple Cinnamon by Tim Hortons
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It’s entirely cinnamony and appley. It lives up to its name. I… don’t have anything more to say than that.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Constant Comment by Bigelow
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This is the tea that first got me hooked on tea. The orange spiced flavour gives me a smile even still when I drink it — it’s tied to great memories.
I tried it before and after adding sugar… it seemed to be begging for it originally, but adding sugar both added and took away from the taste. The sweetness was nice, but the citrus was slightly diminished as a result. The overall spiced flavour was beautiful, though, and the tea continues to just feel like home.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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90
drank Island of Tea - Special by Basilur
270 tasting notes

I never knew a black tea could taste this strongly of hazelnut. I feel like I’m drinking a liquified ferrero rocher — the flavour is that strong. It’s actually quite good for that — I’ve never had a black tea quite like it before, and definitely I’m glad that I’m having it clear; I have no idea what milk or sweetener would do to this flavour. But on its own? Wow.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Honey Lemon by Tim Hortons
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This tea impresses me. The first time I had this, which was about a week and a half ago (I normally don’t go for the herbal teas) I was surprised by how sweet and citrusy the flavour was.
It lives up to the name honey lemon quite well, and goes down very easily. This hasn’t been a go-to tea for me before, but I think it might be when I want a caffeine-fee cuppa at Tims in the future.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Orange Pekoe by Tim Hortons
270 tasting notes

After my last tea, I wanted something much more tea-y. So, orange pekoe it is.
I’m thinking it would be better with milk and honey, but it’s not bad as-is, too. I think it would pair really well with something fruity.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Earl Grey by Bigelow
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I was a little surprised by the shortness of the recommended steep, but I’ve followed it nonetheless. I can taste the bergamot — I’m guessing it’s short so as not to let it be too overpowering? But I feel like I’m missing something — it’s almost more flowery than citrusy or tea-y, and… yeah. it’s not bad, but it’s not doing it for me.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Chai Tea by Tim Hortons
270 tasting notes

I normally am a stickler about reviewing teas straight on here, but I know this one is amazing with milk and sugar, and why mess with a good thing? It’s pleasantly spiced, though I could do with it being a little stronger (I suppose there’s a reason they allot two teabags to their larger cups) but it’s still quite cosy and good. I like letting this one steep for a long time, and pair it with plenty of milk and sugar. This is my go-to at Tims, and probably will continue to be such for a while. Mmmm…..

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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A Canadian girl interested in the arts, books, geeky things, and tea. Especially the tea part.

Currently engaged in a tea drinking challenge of epic proportions. (1001 teas, 1001 days. December 1st, 2013 – August 28, 2016)

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