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1527 Tasting Notes

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drank Coconut Chai Latte by Tea Forte
1527 tasting notes

This is another tea from the Coconut Sampler I purchased from work. It’s a not a bad tea, but out of the three different teas in the sampler I think I like this one the least. It comes across as a little weak and while I can taste the spices they don’t quite mesh with the coconut flavours as well as the chocolate truffle and pina-colda blends do.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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70
drank Vata Ayurvedic by DAVIDsTEA
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I saw that this was one of the blends that Davids Tea was discontinuing so I decided to snag it while I had the chance. I don’t generally have much faith in Ayurvedic medicine but the ingredients all sounded interesting so what the heck. Mint comes across as the dominant flavour in this blend, but there are layers of other flavours as well – a bit of spicy basil, a touch a licorice, a hint of rose. It’s quite nice.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Exotica by DAVIDsTEA
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While searching for something decaffeinated to drink tonight I came across a sample of this tea. I wouldn’t think of lemongrass and clove going well together but they suit each other very well in this blend. Together with the other ingredients they’re just the right mix of sweet, tart and spicy.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Coconut Mango Colada by Tea Forte
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I will forever be grateful that the bookstore I work at also sells teas and tea paraphernalia. I don’t think I’d ever have been introduced to Harney & Sons, for instance, without them. Just in time for summer they brought in a bunch of Tea Forte’s Coconut Samplers and being a fan of all things coconut I put my staff discount to good use.

No surprise this particularly tea is heavy on the coconut flavours and it gives the tea a rich, almost creamy taste. There are notes of lemon and citrus, and mango too although it is pretty subtle (though I might just need to steep the pyramid-thing a bit longer). I could see this totally rocking as an iced tea this summer.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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81
drank Cucumber Kiwi Honeybush by 52teas
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Yum, adding some agave nectar really brings out the fruity kiwi flavour. Why are good kiwi-flavoured teas so hard to find?

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec

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73

This is a little one-cup sample that I brought back from my last trip to Vancouver. The Granville Island Tea Co seems to have a standard tea they use as a base for their black tea blends which is a decent, if not terribly inspired, Ceylon Orange Pekoe. The citrus bergamot is nicely balanced with the creamy vanilla notes. It’s a blend that’s fine for drinking plain, though in my opinion it’s better with milk. A fairly standard cream earl grey, all told.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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82
drank Cocomama Lime by DAVIDsTEA
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This blend is very smooth for a black with almost none of the tannins I can usual taste in an Asian black tea. There’s a creamy note that I’m not sure if it’s the coconut or the base itself, but whichever it is it’s quite nice. The lime isn’t overpowering but it adds a nice little citrus zing to the blend. Too bad this one seems to have been discontinued.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

Awww man, I get so jealous when I see people posting old DT teas that I didn’t have the chance to try! I wish they’d bring everything back for a bit; I’m sure they’d sell out quickly, as I imagine their customer base is significantly larger now than it was a couple years ago.

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57
drank Blueberry Cheesecake by Art of Tea
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This was another tea taken from the Traveling Teabox during its stop at my place. It might be that this sample is rather old and lost it’s flavouring, but I’m not really getting much beyond rooibos and bit of fruity blueberry flavour out of this tea. I can’t taste anything even remotely resembling cheesecake, which is disappointing, especially since this tea has gotten a lot of good reviews.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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68
drank Coconut Lime Verbena by Art of Tea
1527 tasting notes

This came from the traveling teabox – there was only a teaspoon’s worth so there’s no going back now. ;)

Nothing about this blend really stands out much for me, it’s mostly green rooibos with a bit of extra citrus flavouring. There’s a bit of coconut in there too but it could stand to be stronger. This isn’t an objectionable tea, but it could also be so much better.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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82
drank Heavenly Peach by Enchanted Teacup
1527 tasting notes

I can totally see this as an iced tea, it’s got that fresh, thirst-quenching quality to it that would be wonderful in hot weather. The flavours are sweet and juicy – a mix of mostly peach but there’s a little bit of citrus tucked in there as well. The white tea base compliments the flavours well by giving the tea structure but not drowning the out the fruity notes.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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