1681 Tasting Notes

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drank Pineapple Ginger by Tea Desire
1681 tasting notes

I love the smell of this tea – it’s a fragrant mix of fresh green tea, ginger, and candied pineapple bits. Unfortunately the pineapple sort of gets lost in the flavour and I find the taste to be more herbal and gingery than fruity. The lemongrass does give the tea a nice zing and combined with the ginger its rather nice.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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This is the only Mariage Frères tea I’ve been able to get my hands on here in Canada outside of swaps with other Steepster members. I found it at a William Sonoma store in Vancouver and the only varieties sold there were this and a Darjeeling. Since it was pretty expensive – $35 CD for a tin – I went with this one.

The scent of the tea is distinctly earl grey but with a bit of a flowery note to it. The flavour is also nothing I wouldn’t expect from an earl grey but there are these little hints that this is none the less a high-quality tea – the black tea base is smooth-tasting with just the right amount of robustness and you can tell that they didn’t take the easy way out by using a crappy black tea and then using the bergamot oil to try and disguise it. Here there is just the right amount of citrusy bergamot flavour and while I’m drinking it without milk at the moment I can easily see this been great with milk as well.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
David Webb

Here is a distributor in the States, that might ship north to you. http://porterouge.biz/tea/
My wife and I were planning to serve MF Wedding Imperial at our wedding. We ordered from our usual MF locale, and received a 1lbs bag of dried out tasteless black tea. By sheer luck we came across Porte Rouge, just a few blocks north of where we live. We called the owner, she had time to show us around her “showroom”/warehouse (the basement of her house), and got us everything we needed. She does 1-2 cup samples and 2oz? bags up to lbs. Fairly basic/American selection of MF: Earl Grey flavor varieties, Jasmine Silver Needle, Marco Polo, etc. Call or email her, if she can’t help you out let me know and we’ll figure something out.

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drank Berry Good (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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I’ve generally not been too fond of the pu-erh blends Davids Tea sells, but this one sounded too intriguing to pass up. The smell is lovely, like a pouch full of ripe berries, though oddly enough I’m not picking up any of that earthy pu-erh scent. Indeed when I examined the blend it appears to be more more herbal than pu-erh with the bulk of it being made up by strawberry and blackberry leaves. The lush berry flavour is probably the dominant component as well, with the earthy pu-erh a surprisingly light afterthought – which I wasn’t expecting at all. It’s maybe a bit on the bland side, although a longer steep might solve that.

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

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I think my tea might have lost some of its flavoring as it is a few years old and I got it in a trade with someone who had it for who knows how long before that. So I find that while I can smell the lemon and raspberry (and it’s very nice) I’m not getting a lot in the flavour, particularly the raspberry. There is a bit of lemony tartness but mostly this blend just tastes like Ceylon tea.

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

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This came my way via the last traveling teabox I believe. I wasn’t expecting too much given that it was just a regular teabag filled with what looked like tea dust, but honestly it’s not bad. Luckily I paid attention to the directions on the packet and only steeped it for 2 minutes as the results were surprisingly flavourful without being astringent. I can really taste the mango too and it actually tastes like the fruit rather than Random Tropical Fruit Flavour™.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Chai On Life by DAVIDsTEA
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I bought this tea in Vancouver when it was the tea of the month – it was the delicious smell of the sample pot they had brewing that reeled me into the store. It’s probably one of the best white tea chais I’ve had as in most cases either they use a cheap white tea that ends up being bitter or the base is too light and the spices overwhelm it. This one however is well-balanced between the two extremes – robust enough to handle the spices without being harsh. The taste of the tea makes me think of spice cakes with a bit of lemony coconut flavour on the side. This one probably isn’t chai latté material but it’s a unique and intriguing twist on a classic blend.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I’ve discovered that this tea tastes absolutely delectable when it’s sweetened with Meyer lemon-flavoured simple syrup in place of the usual agave nectar. The slight lemony tang is subtle but it pairs well with the berry flavours.

Preparation
Iced
Terri HarpLady

I just planted a black currant bush this morning! It will take a year or 2 before I actually get fruit, but I’m hoping to dehydrate some of them, which might be interesting added to tea :)

Jillian

That sounds awesome Terri, I bet real berries like that would be so flavourful.

Terri HarpLady

I’m sure the birds will love them, lol, & hopefully I’ll get some too :)

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drank Happy Kombucha by DAVIDsTEA
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This tea has been holding my interest for quite awhile – I love mango and other tropical fruit flavours even if kombucha and I haven’t always gotten along very well. To be honest I’m not getting any kombucha at all in the flavour as the tea mostly tastes like a tropical fruit salad with emphasis on the mango – and the dark oolong base. It doesn’t seems to re-steep very well unfortunately as it looses most of the fruit flavouring and is rather watery as well.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Kiwi's Big Adventure by DAVIDsTEA
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The last kiwi-flavoured tea I had was…rather unfortunate to say the least (it tasted like Buckley’s cough syrup). Thankfully this one is far and away a better blend. There’s loads of kiwi and apple bits – so much so that I ended up using a bigger scoop than normal because I wanted to make sure I had enough actually green tea in there.

The flavour of the tea is quite light but fruity with a distinct kiwi flavour that I can pick out easily – there’a also a slight hint of citrus from the lemongrass but it’s subdued by comparison. There’s a very fresh green tone to this tea that makes me think it could make a good summer iced tea. Now that winter has finally left us I’m thinking of experimenting more with that sort of thing.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Razzleberry Genmaicha by 52teas
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This tea smells like a bowl of ripe berries and looking at the dry tea to my joy there’s tons of raspberries and blackberries mixed in with the genmaicha base. I wasn’t sure how well the flavours would work together as I’ve never really though of fruit flavours as something that would go well with the maltiness of the genmaicha but the tartness of the berries is what really makes this work. However, I think I might have over-steeped this cup slightly as the grassy flavour of the green tea is quite pronounced. I’ll reduce the steeping length next time to see.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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