1760 Tasting Notes

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I steeped this blend more like a Darjeeling – with a lower temperature and shorter steeping time – than most black teas. And indeed it does have some of those astringent, muscatel notes though the body of the tea is more robust with distinct notes of bitter cacao, so I’m thinking that there’s maybe Assam in there too. Not a tea I’d drink with milk but it’s certainly nice enough plain.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Main Squeeze by DAVIDsTEA
1760 tasting notes

I tried icing this tea hoping it would bring out the citrus flavour but unfortunately what it brought out instead was the herbal/smokey flavour of the mate base – which is fine hot but ends up tasting rather icky and medicinal when it’s cold. I ended up mixing it with juice to tame the flavour.

Preparation
Iced

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74
drank Key Lime by DAVIDsTEA
1760 tasting notes

Key lime is a flavour I’ve only recently discovered I liked when I was looking for a new dessert to try and taught myself how to make key lime pie. This tea has big pieces of lime peel in it and I ended up breaking some of the larger ones up so that it would measure properly in my tea scoop. The flavour, not surprisingly, is very limey and it’s distinctly key lime, rather than Persian lime. It’s quite tart and tangy so I might sweeten it a little bit next time. I might also try this as an iced tea.

The short answer is if you enjoy lime you’ll enjoy this tea – if you don’t, you won’t.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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76

This is a very warm, pleasent tea especially when it’s had a chance to cool off a bit and allow the sweetness of the oolong base to emerge. The ginger is a maybe a touch too much and I would like a bit more cookie flavour but it’s an enjoyable blend.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
LiberTEAS

This is one that will be reblended soon – one of the 52Teas Ambassador’s requested it as their reblend choice to fulfill their Kickstarter pledge.

Jillian

cool :)

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62
drank Cherry Snowcone by DAVIDsTEA
1760 tasting notes

Dug the rest of this out of my cupboard and found that I had just enough to make a pitcher of iced tea. It’s not too bad – certainly better than this year’s Black Cherry (ew) but it’s still too much tart hibiscus and too little actual cherry flavour to be all that good. Sigh, my quest for a good cherry iced tea continues.

Preparation
Iced 6 min, 0 sec
Nichole

I wasn’t a fan of this one either.

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drank Watermelon Mint Limeade by 52teas
1760 tasting notes

The flavour I get right off the bat in this tea is mint – mint and green tea basically. I let the tea cool a bit and at that point I could taste a bit of watermelon but it was sort of an odd ‘green’ watermelon taste – like the white part of the rind rather than the sweet, juicy red flesh. There’s a bit of a lime flavour tucked in there too but not enough to really justify calling this tea ‘limeade’. i might try it again with less leaf (2 tsp in 12 oz of water is quite a lot) to see if that makes it taste less minty.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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78

Another one from my collection of iced tea pitcher packs. This tea is tangy and slightly sour without the metallic, over-the-top pucker-power of hibiscus. The flavour notes are primarily citrus and what I suppose is probably gooseberry, though I’ve never actually eaten gooseberries so I can’t really judge. There’s a also a lightly minty undertone mixed with apple. Despite the sour notes this tea needed surprisingly little sweetener and the boyfriend really enjoyed it too.

Preparation
Iced

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drank Shooting Starfruit by DAVIDsTEA
1760 tasting notes

I was right in that it made a very nice iced tea. I didn’t have quite enough for the pitcher so I added what I had left of my pouch of Spa Day (about 2 tsp). But it makes a very fruity, refreshing, cold drink that needs very little sweetener. So sad that they didn’t revive this tea this summer.

Preparation
Iced

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drank Cotton Candy by DAVIDsTEA
1760 tasting notes

This came out of the current round of the GCTTB although I also have some more of this tea that I purchase myself to make iced tea. There was only a small amount left of this in the teabox so I decided to try it hot first.

It’s maybe a bit more ‘sweet vanilla’ than ‘cotton candy’ to my taste buds, with a nice creamy, candy-like note. Actually it makes me think of vanilla ice cream more than anything else. It’s good, though I’m curious to see if I can coax out more actual cotton-candy flavour in the iced tea.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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69

I’m a bit disappointed not to see any white chocolate chips in my pouch though that might be because of the small quantity of the tea. It’s not bad, there’s just the right amount of lemon flavour in this tea, though the white chocolate part comes across more as a vague creaminess than more than anything actually resembling chocolate. It’s an alright tea, I suppose, but there’s room for improvement with this one.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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