1722 Tasting Notes

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drank Guava Green Tea by Tea of Life
1722 tasting notes

This Christmas one of my gifts was an assorted box of Tea of Life black, green, and white teabags, mostly in fruit flavours.

This one certainly smelled promising – the scent was very much like actual guava and not just Generic Tropical Fruit Flavour™. And at first the flavour seems nice too, the green tea base wasn’t too harsh (always a challenge with bagged green teas because of the broken tea leaves usually used) and the flavour was distinctly guava. The problem is that after the initial fruity notes came an unpleasant aftertaste that I really dislike. It tasted almost rotten to me. I’m not sure where it’s coming from or if maybe that batch of tea was somehow spoiled. But the end result is that it completely ruined the tea for me. :(

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 45 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML
Fjellrev

Oh no, I hope the others won’t be this bad, or rotten-flavoured.

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73
drank Natsukoi by Lupicia
1722 tasting notes

From the GCTTB

This is recommended as an iced tea but I have enough for two servings so I wanted to try it hot first. Interestingly enough, the steeping tea smells very much like Lipton powdered iced tea mix. Thankfully it ends up tasting better – at this temperature it’s not really remarkable – black tea lightly flavoured with tangy lemon. The lemon is thankfully quite gentle and natural-tasting as there is nothing worse than tea that tastes like it could be used as an industrial-strength cleaner.

As it stands now I wouldn’t buy the tea to drink hot, but I’ll use what’s left to brew up a cup of iced tea and then we’ll see.
Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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85
drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
1722 tasting notes

Sipdown. I’ve discovered that the secret to making this tea taste like heaven is adding about teaspoon of this cranberry/vanilla/orange homemade simple syrup to the tea along with some skim milk. Not exactly healthy, but omg does it taste good!

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

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90
drank Pumpkin Patch by DAVIDsTEA
1722 tasting notes

My DT store sold out of this blend fast so I actually ended up ordering it online which always feels a bit silly to me as the store is literally a ten minute walk from my house.

I love Indian food and the garam masala mixed in with the tea smelled heavenly. It give the tea a warm, slightly savory tone to it to match the sweet malted flavour of molasses. It’s a very homey sort of tea and one I hope DT brings back next fall.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Cookie by Lupicia
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This tea came from the GCTT and it’s in sachet form.

I took of sip of this plain and even with the short steeping time I still found it too strong with a vague burnt caramel flavour. But then I added some skim milk to my mug and that smoothed out the bitterness and gave the tea a biscuity undertone. Then, even though I don’t often sweeten my teas, I added about half a tsp of brown sugar (I was cooking at the time – Thai food, yum). That’s the ticket as it turns out, and the flavour turned into something that reminded me of those cookies that have bits of toffee baked into them. So ultimately quite tasty but the trick is apparently the additives.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML
Fjellrev

Ah, yeah, I almost never add sugar to my tea so it’s kind of too bad that you sometimes have to do that in order to optimize the tea.

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74

This tea isn’t on the Granville Island Tea Co’s website so I don’t know if this blend is just a one-off or a special holiday blend of some sort. The recommended steeping temperature was surprisingly low despite the fact that the oolong looks to be a fairly dark one, but I went with the package instructions this time just to see.

The flavour was quite surprising – I wouldn’t necessarily call it tropical, to me it was more like a mix of citrusy orange and sweet berries. It’s certainly never a combination that I’ve tasted in a tea before and I find that I quite like it though I’m going to play with the steeping parameters a bit.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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73
drank Lemon Meringue Chai by 52teas
1722 tasting notes

This tea is definitely improved with the addition of some milk – it smooths out the astringency of the lemon and black tea and brings out the spices and the marshmallow/meringue flavour.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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75

Sipdown. This makes a phenomenal iced tea both by itself and blended with other teas. I mixed this half and half with DT’s Kiwi’s Big Adventure and it made a wonderful strawberry kiwi flavoured drink.

Preparation
Iced

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50
drank Choconut Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
1722 tasting notes

Sipdown. I must have liked this tea less than I initially thought I did if it took me this long to finish the bag. I’m glad they didn’t bring this one back as part of the current winter collection. Although the idea of this tea is a good one unfortunately the execution wasn’t so hot.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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61
drank Fireside Chat by Cornelia Bean
1722 tasting notes

This is one of the many teas that came out of the Great Canadian Travelling Teabox when it made its stop at my house. It’s currently miserably cold outside – 27 celcius with the windchill (that’s about -17 for you Americans) so I wanted to try something warming and spicy.

It certainly smells spicy, though the flavours I taste are mostly orange and sweet cinnamon. It’s not bad for a red rooibos and I find the base actually works fairly well with those two flavours in particular. I wouldn’t pay money for it but that’s just my personal preferences as I’m not a huge red rooibos fan.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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