1776 Tasting Notes

85
drank Shaken Iced Tea Lemonade by Tazo
1776 tasting notes

I had one of these today with Passion tea. I’m not a fan of the tea by itself, but blend with the lemonade it’s a delicious, fruity caffine-free treat.

Preparation
Iced 5 min, 0 sec

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67
drank Russian Caravan by Tea Center
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Steeped 4 minutes. Smokey.

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60
drank Bora Bora by Vykasa
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Steeped for 2.5 minutes. Not bad at all.

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71

This is that last of this tea as I only had a small sample envelop of it. It didn’t blow my mind but it’s still a very pleasent tea, though I think I’d like to try some other Ceylons before I decide whether or not to get more of this one.

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50

I steeped this for 5 minutes in boiling water that had been allowed to cool for a few minutes. Lengthening the steeping time just seems to emphasize the slightly over-baked quality this tea has. I think I’ll try for less next time.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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95
drank Chocolate Chip by Adagio Teas
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Added a touch of honey – because it’s not like this tea is sweet enough already or anything. ;) I also skimped on the milk more than usual and it came out sweet but very cocoa-y.

Preparation
Boiling
Hyrulehippie

So you wound up with a concoction somewhere between tea and hot cocoa? That sounds so tasty.

Jillian

Well not quite but close! And yeah it was delicious, who needs dessert when you have this tea? XD

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75
drank Sencha by Tao Ti
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I was feeling like something cold when this caught my eye in the international foods section of the grocery store. It tastes very ‘clear’ and refreshing, even if I doubt the highest quality sencha was used as it was a little on the harsh side – more like a bancha maybe. Even so it was a nice cold drink, with zero sugar or other additives.

Preparation
Iced

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80

The leaves are big, even curled up as they are. I’m not actually sure if I’m getting the full amount in my scoop. In fact I’m sure I didn’t, as the tea is pretty weak and tasteless after a 3 minute steep.

Edit:
Resteeped for 4:15 and it didn’t really improve things much. I guess I’ll have to try again with more leaf next time. :/

Angrboda

You probably do need more leaf. The bigger the leaf the more air trapped between them and the more the less can seem to the eye.
Also I looked it up at the vendor’s site and was a bit surprised that I couldn’t find any brewing guidelines. I’ve seen several oolongs that came with a recommended steeping time of about 6-8 minutes, so you might want to experiment with that as well.

Jillian

Yeah H&S’s lack of steeping guidelines for oolongs sucks. They had ones for their blacks and greens, but that’s it.

Thanks for the advice, I’m considering measuring the leaves in the next batch by weight, so hopefully that’ll be more accurate.

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90

I’m having the second steep from yesterday iced as we speak. This is a tea that seems to get sweeter and the jasmine flavour more pronounced as the tea cools.

Preparation
Iced

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79
drank Lady Grey by Twinings
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Backlogging from this morning. :)

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