1585 Tasting Notes

75
drank Genmaicha Satsuki by Den's Tea
1585 tasting notes

A lower and slightly longer steeping time really brings out the sencha base which gave the tea a slightly grassy taste but it’s too light to really be astringent and it has a nice savory undertone that goes nicely with the toasted rice.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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77
drank Chai Apricot by Tea Desire
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This tea smells like Christmas fruit cake (the good kind) full of cloves and other spices. The flavour of the chai spices is distinct but mild with cloves in the forefront along with a bite of black pepper and the heat of cinnamon and ginger. It’s a very ‘warm’ tea and perhaps it’s the memory of fruit cake, but it makes me think of winter and Christmas. I do wish that the apricot flavour was a bit stronger – as it is now it’s more of a sweet fruitiness in the background, though it works well with the spices.

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

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68

I’ve tried drinking this tea with and without milk and I definitely think it’s better with. I was also a bit disappointed that there weren’t more white chocolate chips in the blend although it did smell quite chocolatey. However, the chocolate flavour was quite subdued, I found although the milk helped bring it out. I do appreciate that the company uses a nice high quality base for most of their flavoured teas, but in this instance the flavouring itself could do with some improvement. All is all I found this blend to only be okay.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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60
drank Browncoat Genmaicha by 52teas
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I agree with other Steepsterites in that this tea has an odd scent – or at least the dry leaves do. The brewing tea smelled more like your garden-variety genmiacha. Flavour-wise the malted, toasted rice character of the genmaicha dominates though I don’t think the green tea base is actually a sencha. Maybe I’m just spoiled by Den’s Tea. ;)

The cocoa adds an interesting twist to things, though the end result is a bit too bitter for my tastes. It’s a cool experiment, but I’m not sure this one panned out. I’ll play around with the steeping parameters to see if that makes a difference.

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

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67
drank Prince Vladimir by Kusmi Tea
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This tea came as a sample probably in a swap or in an earlier round of the Traveling Teabox. It has an intriguing scent, citrusy with a bit of spiciness. I think I expected the flavours to be bolder than they were – the grapefruit flavour is a nice twist on the usual earl grey-type blend and the vanilla gives it a smoothness that is nice particularly with milk. But I find that there’s something that’s a little bit flat about this tea – the base is rather weak and overall it lacks substance. Of course I have no way of knowing how old my sample is so it may be that it’s gone a bit stale.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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90

I had to double-check the label on the tin because this smelled very much like an earl grey when I opened it and I thought I’d mixed it up with the Earl Grey Classic in my sampler set. I’m glad to be proven wrong though because, even though there is a distinct tang of bergamot, it’s definitely the vanilla cream that dominates. The tea has such a sweet, rich flavour even though I brewed this cup plain with no milk or sweeteners. I’ll try it with a longer steep and milk next but even as is it’s an excellent blend.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec
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Their tins are so pretty…

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78

I think this sample came from the Traveling Teabox – which it turns out is not lost after all, despite being in postal limbo for something like a month. *whew *

This tea reminds me quite a bit of Numi’s Chocolate Pu-erh and like that tea, in my opinion, this would be a good pu-erh for beginners. It has a rich, dark cocoa flavour that the pu-erh base compliments really nicely. And it’s a fairly mild pu-erh as far as these things go – it mostly just adds a pleasant earthy flavour that’s fairly tame compared to some plain pu-erhs I’ve tried. It has a nice undertone of cinnamon that spices up the chocolate, but apart from that I’m not really getting much ‘chai’ from this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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71

This tea brews up surprisingly dark for white tea, and I was worried that it would end up being harsh. However despite the appearance the tea base was still quite smooth with a slight vegetal tone to it. The peach flavour wasn’t as distinctive as I thought it would be from the smell of the dry leaves, although the tea still had a pleasant fruity taste that I enjoyed. This might be another blend that would be good as an iced tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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75

I picked this tea up when I was in Kelowna a few weeks ago and looking for a good decaf fruit blend to turn into iced tea. Unfortunately most fruit teas have a ton of hibiscus in them as a cheap way to replicate raspberry/pomegranate/cherry/random-tart-fruit-of-choice and while I’ll admit it’s more agreeable iced, I’d prefer to do without it altogether. So I was pretty pleased to score this tea.

Like I usually do with a new tea even if it’s destined to become iced tea I’ll try it hot first. The strongest flavour in this blend is the peach but I can also easily pick out apple and apricot as well. The honeybush mixed with the fruit gives the tea its own natural sweetness, and the decaf black tea gives this blend some substance but its subtle enough not to take over. I can already tell this is going to be a hit iced.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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81
drank Cucumber Kiwi Honeybush by 52teas
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Another 52Teas sipdown! I made the last of this into a jug of iced tea which both me and my tea-picky boyfriend enjoyed. It’s 36ºC outside right now so it was a very welcome refreshing drink.

Preparation
Iced

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