296 Tasting Notes

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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.

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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
296 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
296 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
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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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drank Orange - Cinnamon by Løv Organic
296 tasting notes

I’m almost out of this tea! It’s a nice blend — a sophisticated version of the orange spiced variety. Not as sweet as most, but with a nice richness instead. Sometimes I have it with milk and/or sugar, which brings out different elements, but today I’m just having it straight. I’m enjoying it. It’s a little earthy, very rich, like I said, and a nice amount of orange and spice nonetheless.

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I was told that this tea may be on its way out, so I went and stocked up with a tin. Having my first made-at-home cuppa today! Made in my libre tea glass, which allows me to really appreciate the maroon colour that it steeps to. It’s a wonderful tart with just a hint of sweet.

Though I will admit, this tea makes me grin a lot because it reminds me of Bahorel from Les Miserables. Bold, high energy, and with scarlet opinions. …or something like that.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Paradise Found by DAVIDsTEA
296 tasting notes

This tea has a dark, dry, fruity taste. I wish it were a little brighter — I always remember it being such, but it doesn’t quite live up to my memories each time. Still, it’s nice to have a good fruit profile in a black tea. Those aren’t as common in the teas I’ve tried as I’d wish.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Phoenix Pearl by Zen Tea
296 tasting notes

They suggest having this tea with multiple steeps, so that’s exactly what I’m doing.

Steep #1 was done somewhere between 3 and 4 minutes. It’s slightly metallic and, I think, leathery. Dry, and a little different than I’m used to — it actually reminds me of the Dong Ding that I sampled at the Toronto Tea Festival.

Steep #2 seems a little sweeter, milder, and very smooth. It still has the distinct taste that I mentioned above — I certainly get a different taste from this than Indian black teas.

Steep #3 was closer to ten minutes (it’s my final steep, and I was a little distracted). Thanks to it being a third steep, it doesn’t seem too overdone at all. It’s less sweet than the second steep, but otherwise similar. I think it would go very well with something hot and cheesy. (Though that may just be my appetite talking.)

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drank Ceylon Kenilworth OP by Zen Tea
296 tasting notes

Oh my. I have to say that I do like this one. I think I’d even like it more on a fuller stomach.

There was a chocolatey note that came through even when I was pouring it, and I was already excitedly looking forward to sipping from that alone. It comes through in the taste as well; dry and delicious. Perhaps a little light, but I like them that way when having them clear. I am looking forward to more cups of this soon!

Preparation
Boiling 4 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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