1737 Tasting Notes

drank Birthday Cake by Butiki Teas
1737 tasting notes

I know the recommendation was to add sugar, but I like to try most of my teas plain first to get a good baseline – don’t worry, I’m not going to rate it yet.

As it stands I’m definitely not getting anything like birthday cake from it, though the tea has a mildly sweet, slightly buttery flavour that is quite nice. I’m not getting an overwhelmingly ‘herbal’ flavour than accompanies many tisanes and it goes down quite smoothly without drying out my mouth. I bet this blend would be great with my homemade orange/vanilla simple syrup, I’ll have to test that theory soon.

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

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First sipdown of 2015!

I don’t think I would buy this tea again just due to its finicky nature – I wasted a lot of tea in my attempts to figure out how to make it taste good, even if it did reward me in the end.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I got a small tin of this tea as part of a DT gift box with a neat customizable travel mug. It’s a pretty standard minty-flavoured herbal tea – I’ve drank many like it. It’s pleasant though with the mint and lemongrass covering the flavour of the valerian. It definitely has sedative properties so I’d advise drinking this one before going to bed.

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

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drank White Tea Citrus by Tea of Life
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After trying the guava-flavoured tea from the same sampler I was more than a bit wary about the other teas, but this one has helped to allay my fears. It’s a nice, refreshing citrus flavour that pairs well with the white tea base. It’s not exactly remarkable, but it’s certainly good for a bagged tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
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I always get at least one or two different teas for Christmas despite my boyfriend loudly (and publicly) moaning and groaning over how much I already have. This year I got a bunch of those little stackable tins from DT’s winter collection. I’ve had a look at this particular blend in the store in the past but I’ve always passed it by because of the way it smells strongly of dill (despite there not being any dill in the tea at all).

However it seems that I unfairly maligned this tea as it’s actually very nice (and thankfully nothing like dill pickles). The coconut give it a smooth creamy flavour that goes well with the cool, fresh mint. I’m glad to have found a caffeine-free herbal tea that isn’t a tart fruit flavour.

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

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drank Guava Green Tea by Tea of Life
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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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drank Natsukoi by Lupicia
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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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drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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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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drank Pumpkin Patch by DAVIDsTEA
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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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