290 Tasting Notes

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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
290 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
290 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
290 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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drank Cranberry Mango by Zen Tea
290 tasting notes

I love fruity green teas in the afternoon. They’ve got a nice mellowness to them that makes me feel relaxed and ready to face the rest of the day ahead.

This one is nice, and I have to admit that I like it better when it’s warm, rather than hot. It’s on the light side, but that works with the mix of grassiness and sweet fruitiness. It’s relaxing and blends well. I look forward to more afternoons with this tea.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
290 tasting notes

Some things are black and white. This tea, by its name, and the types of tea it contains, probably should be. However, it’s got quite the intriguing flavour. They compare it to hot chocolate on the label, but I don’t quite see it that way. It’s dry, it’s a little sweet, and there’s a bit of coconut. It’s different than most teas that I’ve had, and I quite like it for it. I’m glad to have it in my collection.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Canadian Eh? by T by Daniel
290 tasting notes

Sweet, creamy, and citrusy, this tea is making me smile (much like the charming owner of this fabulous company).
I love this tea’s scent. The taste is a little too citrusy for me, though I think it could make a beautiful London Fog (Brampton fog? Is there an official ruling for this?). Definitely a nice take on the Earl Grey idea, though, and is making me grin as I drink (my cheeks are going to be hurting by the time I’m done with these leaves, and I look forward to it!)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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It’s interesting to try this, being a largely non-alcoholic person. This tea is rather floral and perfumed. All told, it’s not bad, though I think a wine aficionado (or someone who at least enjoyed an occasional cup) would be able to say a bit more about the taste than I could.

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drank Vanilla Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
290 tasting notes

I’ll admit, I was in a bit of a hurry when I made this today, so the water was slightly too hot, and the steep was about half a minute longer than intended.

There’s a sweet, creaminess from the tea which I associate with the petals within it — actually, I wonder if that’s what it was yesterday with Madam Red too. Overall, it’s a little too light for my tastes, but it’s not bad.

Preparation
5 min, 30 sec

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drank Madame Red by Design a Tea
290 tasting notes

This is the last of the tea bags, and a tea that my friends designed themselves. It feels right to have saved it for last.

The rooibos is what I primarily taste here. It’s a little sweet, and I think there’s something else there too, giving it just a hint of an aftertaste, but whether I’d get it after looking at an ingredient list, or if it’s just too weak for me to get here (again, these teabags are not the best size for flavour profiles, sadly) I just can’t place it.

Still, not bad. Could be better, but not bad.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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