1629 Tasting Notes

85
drank Strawberry Fields by Teaopia
1629 tasting notes

This is the second tea from the white tea sampler I got on the cheap. This one seems to be a different beast entirely from the White Pear, for one I’m pretty sure that this blend is actually more fruit than tea – there’s giant pieces of dried strawberry and apple. To be fair the white tea leaves that are in there are lovely whole leaves and buds, but they make up less than half of the dry tea in the tin.

The flavour of the tea is sweet and fruity without being cloying – it’s strawberry but there’s also other fruit flavours mixed in. Someone else compared it to strawberry Jell-o and I’d say that’s a pretty accurate comparison. It would probably be great iced, though I don’t have enough tea to make a full jug. I might just try sticking a mug of it in the fridge.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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60
drank White Pear by Teaopia
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I had a craving for some tea late in the day so I dug out the white tea sampler I got for super cheap from Teaopia when it was being taken over.

I have to agree with other reviewers’ assessments that the flavour of the tea is too grassy and astringent even with relatively cautious steeping parameters. The pear flavour is also rather lacking, though I noticed it a bit more when the tea cooled off a little bit. Just as well I didn’t buy a whole bunch of this blend, I suspect.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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70
drank TNT- Chill Out Tea by Red Leaf Tea
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Sipdown. Now that I’ve had the chance to go through a whole ‘roll’ of this tea, I can’t really say that it’s grown on me. Maybe the opposite. It’s not horrible or anything but I find that it gets too sweet and cloying easily and I sometimes end up adding a bit of extra water to dilute the flavour after I steep it. Probably wouldn’t get this tea again.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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73

I’ve had my eye on this blend for a fair while – anything with chocolate in the title is an instant attractant, but there was always some other blend that I want to get my hands on more (with my limited money). As it turns out I almost waited too long as Davids Tea seems to have stopped making this particular blend. Thankfully I managed to get a pouch at a discount from their website before it was all gone.

The way the scents of the chocolate and spices combined together give the tea a deliciously fruity scent – how that works I have no idea. The flavour is maybe a bit heavy on the rooibos for my tastes, but the combination of the dark chocolate and the cinnamon and cloves was lovely. I think a straight green tea base would be a better option for this tea as the rooibos seems a bit out of place.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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85
drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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Just a disclaimer: I’ve never eaten red velvet cake – I think it’s just not really a Canadian thing. So I have no way of judging how ‘authentic’ the flavour is beyond that it tastes like cake.

It’s certainly a fun-looking tea with coloured sprinkles and white chocolate chips (I’m a sucker for anything white chocolate). The flavour is distinctly cakey initially but after that initial burst of flavour it seems to fade off into…nothing? That might just be because I need to steep it longer. The sugar sprinkles and chocolate give the tea just the right amount of sweetness that I wouldn’t consider adding any extra honey or sugar. Definitely trying a longer steep next time and I’ll see how well it goes with milk.

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

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62

Drinking the last of the sample with some milk. Surprisingly, especially given the rooibos in this blend, it works quite well and takes a bit of the edge off the strong yerba maté flavour.

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73
drank Orange - Cinnamon by Løv Organic
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I love (*snerk *) that Lov Organic actually seals its tins with ring pull tops, as it keeps the tea so fresh (even though opening one feels a bit like opening a can of soup). The dry tea smells like orange juice concentrate but when the water was added the cinnamon really comes out – it’s all very Christmas-y. Flavour-wise it works out to be heavier on the citrus than the cinnamon but they compliment each other well. The black tea base is pretty bland and average like with most flavoured teas, but altogether it works out well.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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78
drank Toasted Marshmallow by DAVIDsTEA
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Not really marshmallow-flavored ultimately, but this was still a great tea. It comes across as being more chai-like with the cinnamon and allspice. Those mini marshmallows sweeten the tea a fair bit and it tastes quite creamy even without any added milk. It’s a great-tasting fun sort of tea, but it doesn’t really match the name.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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75

I can’t say enough about how good this tea smells – it reminds me of nothing so much as Jolly Rancher candies. I’m not really tasting ‘real’ strawberries or ‘real’ lime flavour in this tea – more like a sweetened artificial version thereof – like you’d find in those daiquiri drink mixes that you blend with ice or whatever. The rum flavour is a nice addition though as I find the liquor flavourings can be hit or miss sometimes, but in this instance it works. This seems to be one of those teas where the flavour really pops after the tea has had a chance to cool a little bit, so I might try this blend iced.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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81
drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
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This tea has a lovely sweet caramel flavour that’s especially noticeable after the liquid has had a chance to cool off a little bit. It smells delicious too – good enough to eat in fact (though I haven’t tried it). ;) I’m not really tasting the ‘salted’ bit, though I suppose it’s better to have it like this rather than too heavily salted. Salty tea is a definite turn off.

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

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