1734 Tasting Notes

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drank Tropical Fruits Red Tea by Vykasa
1734 tasting notes

Steeped 5 minutes. When I first add the water the tea turns a vivid pink and as it steeps it turns into a very red-looking cup of tea, it’s enough to make me wonder if the colouring is even natural.

I’ve also noticed that it leaves a bit of a dry taste in my mouth.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Vanilla Rooibos Tea Latte by Tazo
1734 tasting notes

Drank this when I was out earlier and found it reasonably enjoyable. The drink wasn’t too sweet like how Starbuck’s makes some of their drinks and the rooibos base made a surprsingly creamy-tasting latte.

I was a bit annoyed that they didn’t bother to take the tea bag out of the cup though. I’m not sure if you can overbrew rooibos – but still!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
takgoti

I don’t think I’ve ever managed to oversteep a rooibos, and that’s saying something given my penchant for forgetting things. Like that I’ve got tea steeping.

But that IS annoying. Tsk tsk, Starbucks.

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This tastes quite sweet to me tonight for some reason. This is another tea that would probably be delicious iced – in fact I might do just that with the second steeping.

And Cynthia is right, this tea is out of stock and I’m more than half-finished the sample tin I got with my order. is a sad panda :(

Cynthia Carter

Jillian – Adagio has this back in stock.

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90

The second steeping came out much better and I stuck it in the fridge to cool and drank it with supper. This is a wonderful tea to drink iced, with or without sweetener.

takgoti

This tea sounds like something I would like, but that aside I can’t stop staring at the tin. I normally don’t go for those kinds of colors, but I think it’s pretty.

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67
drank Russian Caravan by Tea Center
1734 tasting notes

Steeped for 2.5 minutes and added skim milk.

The smell might be BBQ-y but the taste is ever so faintly that of a campfire; there’s a trace of ash and smoke and hot embers in each sip. It’s not really unpleasent, just sort of intriguing, even if I’m not sure if I like it or not.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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90

This isn’t from my Harney & Sons order, I’ve had this from before. Normally I love this tea but today it came out tasting rather weak. I think I let the water cool too much before I steeped it.

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I grabbed the wrong teabag this morning so I didn’t intend to drink this. One thing I can say in its favour is that it’s very hard to scald this green tea since I used boiling water (I thought it was a black tea) and steeped it for quite awhile. Or it could just be the sourness of the hibiscus is disguising any bitterness

takgoti

Nice break. I’ve started the day off with oversteeped tea before… We’ll just say that I’m bad enough in the waking hour with GOOD tea.

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Steeped for 3 min in less-than-boiling water.

This is a light, gentle, and slightly sweet white tea with the bitter citrus taste of bergamot. Bergamot flavouring is about the only time I can stand bitterness in my tea. In this one it’s enough to give the tea some bite, but it isn’t the punch in the face you can get with some earl greys.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Eight at the Fort by Harney & Sons
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Yay, my Harney & Sons order arrived this morning! does a happy dance

This tea is smooth as silk without any bitterness, and yet the flavour is distinct and not at all weak. This is a tea with presence, it knows it doesn’t have to shout to be noticed.

jennlea

My Harney & Sons order comes tomorrow. Will do my happy dance then! Didn’t pick this tea up though sadly.

TeaCast

We have Harney & Sons bagged variety here at college and it is TERRIBLE. I need to try some of their decent stuff apparently :)

Jillian

@ Tea Cast I’ve never tried their bagged teas so I can’t hazard a guess on their quality, but I’ve loved all their loose-leaf stuff that I’ve tried.

Jillian

@ Jennlea What teas did you get from them? I also ordered Winter White Earl Grey and Yancha Wuyi Oolong.

Cofftea

I’m ALWAYS interested in teas created for a reason/occasion. I just have to try them even if I doubt I’ll like them.

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87
drank Honeybush by Intaba Teas of Africa
1734 tasting notes

Drank this with a touch of honey again. When it’s brewing it has an almost berry-like scent to it which is very pleasent.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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