291 Tasting Notes

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Well, this tea has had a long steep today, and it holds up quite well. I actually chose it for today for just that purpose — I have a three hour period in which I can’t really get up and take a break, and wanted something to drink during it. And thus, here I am, and here it is — two hours in and still going strong. Even at this point, there isn’t much of a bitter oversteeped taste to it. It would be a bit better with milk now, yes, but it’s still pleasant and fruity.

I really do enjoy the peachy-mango-y flavour to this tea. It’s light and reminds me of spring. I actually prefer this sort of flavour with a green base, but I like it with the black here too.

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drank Irish Breakfast by Twinings
291 tasting notes

I wanted a green mug for this tea, and that meant I had to go ginormous. So that may have thinned out the taste a bit, but oh well. It’s worth it.

The tea mainly tastes tea-y on its own, perhaps with a touch of liquorice. Adding milk and sweetening is suggested, so I’ve put milk and honey in after my primary tasting. It seems to be working with the taste of the honey — complementing it. Very smooth and harmonious. Nothing too stand-out, but decent, good, and friendly.

Would I have this again as a morning cuppa? You betcha.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Joy by Tazo
291 tasting notes

I didn’t realize this was a blend, otherwise I would have altered my steep a little. Nonetheless, I shall judge this as it is, and hopefully not be committing too much of a steeping sin as a result.

I was actually surprised by my first sip, as the waves of flavour seemed to hit me individually. I was expecting the richness of the black tea, but then there was a hit of something else, and then the lingering flavour of the oolong. Overall, it’s a little sweet, much better sipped than gulped, and apparently at its best while hot.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Cottage Night by T by Daniel
291 tasting notes

My first thought in smelling this tea is that it reminds me a lot of Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA, which is hardly a bad thing — I happen to quite like this one.
I think it’s sweeter, though. I’d like it a little stronger in flavour — I may use more tea than it suggests next time — but I do like it quite a lot. The aftertaste really makes me smile.

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drank Pink Flamingo by DAVIDsTEA
291 tasting notes

Imagine a hot glass of pink lemonade.
That’s generally the closest I can get to describing this tea. It’s a little herby, but with a nice, citrus base. I love it hot, though it’s probably great cold as well.
My only concern is that I often get cravings for it while sewing, and it’s a bright pinkish red tea. The things we do for our art and tasebuds…..

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I’m not picking up as much lemon in this tea as I’d like. I’ve had some lemon teas that are just so lemon-y, and it is so wonderful when that happens, but this is… much more rooibos and flower with a touch of lemon than the other way around. It’s a nice, soothing blend, but it disappoints me that it doesn’t live up to its name.
A rose by any other name may smell as sweet, but words come with promises and expectations, and the right name would let me appreciate this tea much more, I think.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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There’s a liquorice note to this tea, along with the taste of the chamomile flowers, and a hint of sweetness, like honey. I haven’t quite developed a taste for chamomile tea yet, but I can’t say that I hate it either?

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Acai Berry by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
291 tasting notes

Tired, but staying away from caffeine for a few days, meaning that I should have a few good herbal and fruit teas up here this week. Starting with a few from this company, as I’ve got a nice little sample pack.

This tea is a little fruity, and more herb-y than I’d expect from a tea named after a berry. Almost a little medicinal as it cools. I’d like it to be a little sweeter and fruitier, but it’s an interesting tea regardless.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
291 tasting notes

I’ve never been a fan of red velvet cake, to be honest. Just… never been my style of cake. Unfortunately, the same goes for this tea. It tastes… actually more maple-y than form-of-chocolate-cake-y to me, and while not off-putting, isn’t my first choice for an excellent tea.

But you can’t love ’em all.

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drank English Breakfast by Tim Hortons
291 tasting notes

Certainly not a bad bag. It has a bit of an orangey note to it, which I find amusing saying how often I have to try and convince people that no, there is no orange in orange pekoe. (This is English Breakfast, I realize, but nonetheless, both are straight teas. My point stands.)

Now I just wish that I had a nice pastry (or a few timbits) to go with it, but sadly, as I am having this at home, no such luck. Maybe next time….

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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