1747 Tasting Notes

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drank Panda Pearls by Imperial Tea Garden
1747 tasting notes

The name of this tea caught me attention right away when I dug it out of the Canadian Traveling Teabox – it just sounds so fun and cute. Most ‘pearl’ type teas are jasmine so it was nice to see something a bit different. I didn’t see the instructions about the number of pearls so I just used my usual measuring spoon – I don’t think I ended up with too many more than what they recommend. *shifty eyes *

The first steep at 3.5 minutes is very vegetal – in fact the flavour reminds me quite a bit of broccoli. I can’t say that’s a ringing endorsement – I used to utterly loath broccoli as a kid and while time and maturity have lessened my hatred it’s still never going to be my favourite vegetable. The second steep at 4.5 minutes was thankfully less broccoli-ish, though still quite vegetale, but this time a nicer, sweet note crept into the mix.

So ultimately this tea doesn’t rock my socks, but that’s mostly due to my highly-subjective brassica-phobia. ;)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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It’s been an unusually cold fall here, with the temperature falling close to freezing at night and a bitingly cold wind during the day. Often we’ll have warm weather up until mid-October, but not this year apparently. I guess I should consider myself lucky – Calgary was hit by a blizzard.

I’ve heard of soba-cha from time to time but I’ve never had the chance to try it myself until I got a sample via the Traveling Teabox. The flavour is quite distinctive – very roasted-malty with undertones of raw, slightly bitter cocoa and something that’s a bit like coffee. It’s a warm, pleasant brew that’s perfect for warming me up on a chill evening like this.

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

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drank Hunny by Empress Tea House
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Another offering from the Traveling Teabox. This one actually reminds me quite a bit of honeybush, despite having a purely rooibos base. Indeed I’m not getting any of the usual woody flavour which I can’t say I miss. The sweetness is smooth and subtle and quite natural-tasting.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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From the Great Canadian Traveling Teabox. I tend to visit Murchie’s whenever I’m in Vancouver but I didn’t want to pass up the chance to try one of their teas that I hadn’t drank before. Lychee fruit has quite a distinct scent – to me it’s sweet fruitiness mixed with perfume-like floral notes and that’s very much what I get from this tea, particularly as it cooled off. The nice, solid black tea base makes it a decent cuppa, but I’ll be honest when I say I’m not a huge fan of lychee-flavoured anything in general. So ultimately my verdict is that if you like the fruit then this is the tea for you – if not, then you might want to skip it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Wild Strawberry by Adagio Teas
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Another one from the Great Canadian Traveling Teabox. I just wanted something with no caffeine to try before I went to bed (6 am work, yay) and and just from looking at the tea I didn’t think there was any hibiscus in it. The red flush of colour after adding the water proved me wrong. However it isn’t as bad as I feared though, as the flavour is distinctly strawberry, though a rather sour strawberry. I bet this would be so much better iced, so I’m not going to rate this tea until I can give that a try.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Peach & Thyme by Fauchon
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Basil in teas is sort of a trendy things right now, but this is the first blend I’ve tried that has thyme in it. I grow my own thyme and cook with it a fair bit so it’s easy enough the recognize in the scent and flavour. Honestly they should just call this tea ‘Straight-up Thyme Tea’ as it’s the dominant flavour in this tea by far. There’s maybe a little bit of fruitiness but it’s very subtle.

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

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drank BetTEA's Blend by 52teas
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Sorry, was this tea supposed to taste like anything? Because really all I’m getting is honeybush and that’s literally it. I had to actually look up the ingredients list because I had no clue what this was supposed to taste like. There’s maybe a bit of extra sweetness (from the pear or vanilla…?) but honestly it could easily be taken for the natural sweetness of the honeybush.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Acai Green by The Republic of Tea
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The Great Canadian Teabox arrive at my doorstep so now I’m spoiled for choice when it comes to new teas to try. My strainer was in the dishwasher so I picked this one for convenience as it’s in bagged form.

As soon as I added the water the tea turned a tell-tale red – I suppose it was too much to hope that there wouldn’t be hibiscus in a relatively cheap blend like this. I will say that the hibiscus wasn’t overpowering and I could can taste a little bit of acai berry flavour underneath. But I’m so sick of companies using hibiscus as a cheap and easy facsimile for any tart-flavoured fruit in their teas. Big thumbs down.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank L'Hiver (Winter Tea) by Fauchon
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Mostly when I think of winter-themed teas I think of spices like cinnamon and clove or oranges. This tea goes a completely different route with its creamy lemon flavour that reminds me so much of some lemon-flavoured macarons that I bought recently. A very light and elegant blend.

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

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drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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I love the smell of this tea, it’s almost good enough to eat (in fact I may have snuck a sugar sprinkle or two). It’s not bad at all for a flavoured blend and I really get a strong vanilla cake-batter flavour. A bit artificial? Well yes, but lets be real I didn’t buy a tea called ‘Birthday Cake’ and filled with rainbow-coloured sprinkles so I could get the same nuanced experience as I would with a FTGFOP Darjeeling 1st flush. What this blend is is a fun, tasty tea that makes a good substitute for a calorie-laden dessert.

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

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