714 Tasting Notes

I had some of this kicking around from months ago when Stephanie sent some to me in a swap. I’ve done a tasting note on it, but I had it as a cold latte before. Yesterday (maybe the day before) Stephanie had a delicious sounding tasting note for a hot latte, and so I dug this out and that’s exactly what I did.

Delicious! I really need to order some of this and the Coconut flavour for my cupboard.

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Thank you so much Allie for being so stealth and checking my shopping list to send this extra in our swap. :D

I’ve been wanting to try this one for a little while, after I saw a few awesome reviews and someone mentioning the similarity to Brioche. Yum!

The scent was amazing dry and still pretty awesome steeped. There is an unfamiliar scent there which I can only assume is the pu’erh (which actually kind of smells like when you’ve just burned the bottom of still baking cinnamon buns). I’ve been wanting to explore pu’erhs but I’m a little wary after the disaster that was Aloha Pu’erh. Perhaps this will be a good way to break into that territory. Some pu’erh and some black here, yes, but baby steps.

This really does taste just like a cinnamon bun, with that little bit of burnt edge on the bottom. I am quite enjoying this one. Thanks Allie!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec
VariaTEA

Weight to go by Teavana is a good pu’erh to try if you are ever interested. It tastes mostly like strawberry. In fact, I question how much pu’erh is actually in the mix because it is practically unnoticeable

Allie

I’m glad you enjoyed it! :-)

Courtney

Thanks for the recommendations VariaTEA, and thanks for the opportunity to try this one Allie :)

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This one is fascinating. The cacao is clearly there, but aside from than I think I’m mostly getting nutmeg with a hint of vanilla. Overall, I prefer the original cacao, but again – and this seems to be a recurring theme – the flavours are so natural here. I can’t say enough about that.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec
Cavocorax

Noted. I will definitely just buy 50 of the regular Cacao, and maybe only samples of this.

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I was on the fence about this one but the Canadian relationship to moose description won me over. When I was first learning to drive, we were driving round the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton and I had to stop the car to let a moose cross the road and then lazily eat some shrubbery along the side. Needless to say, I have a love of all animals, but the moose holds a special place.

This is an interesting cup I must say. It truly reminds me of a hazelnut coffee, but surprisingly not in a bad way. As a general rule, I haven’t like coffee flavoured tea, because let’s face it, if I wanted coffee I’d just have coffee. This tea is different – it really pulls it off. I’m not sure I’m getting a lot of coconut, but there are subtle hints of it amongst the hazelnut.

I am continually impressed with how natural tasting and not artificial Herbal Infusions teas have been. I have a feeling this is the beginning of a good relationship.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
VariaTEA

I had the same reaction to CaesarsTeas when I tried them. My roommate was also really into CaesarsTeas which was strange because generally she is not into flavored teas. I guess it was just the artificial flavors of DAVIDs and Teavana that she did not like.

Cavocorax

I’m interested in this one too! Glad you’re enjoying it.

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drank Graham Slam by Herbal Infusions
714 tasting notes

I’m not sure what exactly possessed me to try a dessert-like black tea at 10:30pm, but there you have it. Maybe that ridiculously long day at school affected me more than I thought.

When I opened the package, the scent really intrigued me – dessert-like, but not sickly sweet smelling. Almost like a true dessert smell and not just an overwhelming amount of sugar. The consistency of the tea seemed almost ‘sticky’, which reminded me of Della Terra’s Pineapple Upside Down Cake. I know so many people here really enjoy that tea, but I was not one of them hah.

There is a natural sweetness to this, but it’s so very subtle. The graham flavour really comes through and it’s very enjoyable. The graham seems to be the most predominant flavour, followed up by the coconut, and then that natural sweetness. I musty say I’m really happy I ordered this sample size and I may contemplate rotating this one in occasionally.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Cavocorax

Hmmm. I may snag a sample of that too. I want to see what their flash sale is going to be!

Courtney

I have been super impressed with all their teas thus far! I love how natural tasting they are :)

VariaTEA

Have you tried their Cocoa tea? I am so tempted to place an order to try it out. Of course that would lead to me buying other teas and next thing you know I am getting another $50 worth of tea arriving at my house. I noticed they had it at chapters but the price they sell it for is so incredibly marked up its insane. I think they sell 1.5 oz for $16 whereas on the Herbal Infusions site you can buy 100 g (closer to 3-4 oz, I think) for $15.

Courtney

Oh yes! It’s so awesome. I’ve already gone through most of the 50g I ordered. And I got samples of the Vanilla and Mint with my most recent order. I just got a bunch of samples because they are reasonably priced, and I would highly recommend the Cacao – I ordered 50g without ever having tried it and don’t regret it one iota. They also offer $5 shipping :)

VariaTEA

Oh wow. That is quite the endorsement. Perhaps they will have a sale this weekend and I can snag some of the tea. If not I will probably give in eventually anyways.

Sil

I really like the cacao tea, though I wasn’t nearly as fond of the flavoured versions

Cavocorax

I was totally planning to grab a decent amount of the regular cacao tea, and maybe I’ll just get samples of the other stuff. It’ll depend on what their sale is!

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drank Winter Blend by Tealish
714 tasting notes

I’ve been quickly making my way through the 50g of this I ordered. I really have only two herbals and I’ve been trying to alternate my black teas with herbals to make it a bit easier on my stomach lately. I also find this tea comforting, and the name suits it so well.

I want to order more, but the shipping is much too expensive when the order is less than $50. Bleh.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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This tea is such a great start to the morning. I’ve got a ridiculous amount of school work to complete today and this is just the right way to get started.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Thanks Dexter3657!

I wasn’t quite sure if I was in an oolong mood, but I took the leap anyway. I’m writing up a term lab report and just finishing up compiling my data now. It’s always a good idea to have an inspirational oolong when writing long reports.

Freshly steeped, this one smelled almost overwhelmingly vegetal. Somewhat impatiently, I waited for this to be cool enough to drink and was pleasantly surprised. I’m halfway through my cup now and it’s creamy with maybe the most subtle hint of spiciness and vanilla. That’s sounds bizarre, but that’s what my taste buds are telling me. I’m looking forward to subsequent steeps.

1st steep – 2 tsp. @ ~208 F for 1 min.
2nd steep – 2 mins. — The steeped scent is much more floral this time around.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Kenyan Black by Justea
714 tasting notes

Ah the scent of straight black tea is so comforting.

This tea is so fresh with the slightest hint of astringency. I’m really enjoying this one mid-afternoon.

Thanks Dexter3657!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I’ve been going through my package of this rather quickly and I’ve yet to write a tea note so I decided to take a break from histology and do just that.

This is delicious! So much carrot-y goodness in every sip. The vanilla creates a nice mellowing of the flavour and there is just the perfect amount of spice. I had to order another package before it disappears!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Lover of tea, animals, the ocean (http://eastcoastbest.tumblr.com/), science, travel, and all things summer.

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I love black teas. I pretty well always drink my tea straight. I’m also fond of herbals, but they rarely make my permanent collection. I prefer my tea hot, but occasionally I’ll cold brew.

Oolongs I enjoy, but I’m not generally in the mood for them. I only truly enjoy subtly fruity flavoured greens. Whites have to be pretty amazing (see Butiki’s White Rhino).

Pu’erhs I’m working on at a snail’s pace, but so far I’m not loving them. Rooibos/honeybush have to be well hidden for me to enjoy them. Mates and are not for me at all.

Likes:
Coconut, creaminess, yogurt, toffee, cacao (true dark chocolate flavour), rhubarb.

Dislikes:
Any smokiness, bergamot, flowers (rose, jasmine, chamomile), hibiscus is hit and miss.

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