1631 Tasting Notes

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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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drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
1631 tasting notes

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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70

I’m drinking the teabag version of this blend (many of Murchie’s black tea blends are available in both bagged and loose leaf form). I steeped it for three minutes which seems to work well given that I’m taking it plain. It could probably be drunk with milk as well though. The tea has a distinctly tannic flavour but it avoids being too astringent or bitter. In flavour I’d say that it’s mostly like a Ceylon with a hint of Darjeeling, but there’s undertone of Yunnan black tea notes as well – it comes across as a slightly leathery, almost tobacco-like flavour (the crappy Yunnans will taste like cigarettes – thankfully this one does not). In terms of strength it fall somewhere towards the middle of the road – it has body but it’s light enough that it doesn’t need milk to be drinkable.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Divine Cream by Sloane Tea Company
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Not bad – I was expecting something with a bit of a stronger caramel flavour though. The fact that the amount of tea in these pyramid sachets is a little bit skimpy might be to blame. Still it has a nice smooth feel in the mouth and I do get a bit of caramel flavour when I added some agave nectar.

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drank Caramel Spice by DAVIDsTEA
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Can I join everyone else is asking ’where’s the caramel"? I can smell it pretty clearly in the dry tea but the tea itself mostly tastes like orange peel with spice. There also something about the citrus flavours combined with this particular black tea base that comes across as being a bit unpleasantly bitter. I noticed a similar problem with the La La Lemon blend.

I’m not thrilled with this one at all – I’ll give it another go and if I still don’t like it I’ll probably put it up for adoption.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec
Tabby

Ugh, I hate it when a caramel tea doesn’t live up to its name!

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88

Mmmmm blueberries! Fruit flavoured black teas have the annoying tendency to be mostly black tea with only a hint of the fruit they supposedly taste like. NOT the case in this instance – this tea is literally bursting with blueberry flavour, not surprising I guess as dried blueberries make up half the volume of the dry tea. The distinct sweetness enhances the fruitiness and helps the tea taste more ‘jam-like’. I only have a small sample but I would totally buy a larger pouch of this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
__Morgana__

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70
drank Liquorice Earl Grey by Løv Organic
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With the triple whammy of licorice root/anise/and fennel I was expecting this tea to be more strongly licorice-flavoured than it was. Instead, however, the citrusy bergamot is still the most prominent flavour in this tea and the licorice is a more a slightly spicy afterthought, making this blend more interesting than your typical earl grey. I’m glad that they didn’t overdo it with the licorice root as its sweetness can completely take over a tea. Instead the licorice flavour is more spicy than sweet, characteristic of fennel seeds.

An interesting take on a classic tea.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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70

This isn’t bad at all for a bagged tea – composed entirely of Indian black teas it smells like a Darjeeling but it isn’t as astringent though there might be a touch of muscatel flavour in there. There’s a hint of Assam’s maltiness and the blend is robust enough to go well with milk but gentle enough that you could drink it plain if you reduced the steeping time (i usually do 5 minutes with a black tea I plan to add milk to and 3.5 min for a black tea I’m going to drink plain). It would be nicer as a whole leaf tea, but for what it is this tea isn’t half-bad.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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89

I have a sample of this kicking around my cupboard – the Granville Island Tea Co stocks this tea sporadically and it always sells out fast, so I picked some up while I could. There’s something pleasantly spicy about the scent of the leaves – and like many Darjeeling first flushes they looked more like a green tea than a black tea. The flavour comes across as being almost berry-like, combined with a sweet nuttiness that makes this tea really unique. I expected it to be more astringent like a Darjeeling but it’s actually quite smooth, and gentle.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Fantasy Island by DAVIDsTEA
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This tea smells good enough to eat and for once the flavour isn’t a letdown in comparison. It really is decadent and dessert-like making me think of raspberry truffles or something similar – despite there being none in the ingredient list I’m getting a distinctly chocolatey flavour from the tea. The raspberry is sweet and fruity almost more like a raspberry syrup than just the straight berries and the coconut gives the tea a great exotic vibe. Raspberry and coconut aren’t flavours I’d automatically see as going together, but man do they work well in this case.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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