1582 Tasting Notes

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This tea comes across as a fairly unremarkable rooibos blend. I’m not terribly fond of the woodsy taste of red rooibos, but the blueberry flavouring alleviates it somewhat. I got this as part of a 4-set of tins that was being sold at my bookstore (staff discount – woot!) but I doubt I would purchase this blend by itself.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Cherry Blossom by DAVIDsTEA
1582 tasting notes

It’s hard to find a good cherry-flavoured tea that doesn’t taste either like cough syrup or hibiscus, but this blend manages it surprisingly well. It has a lovely sweet cherry flavour and a hint of floral rose and cherry blossoms. I’m glad they went with a white tea base rather than a grassy green tea like many cherry teas are.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Hot Buttered Banana Bread by 52teas
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I’m not sure how long this has been chilling in my tea cupboard, but it was sealed the whole time so it doesn’t seem to have gone stale. I’m definitely getting more banana than bread out of this blend, but luckily I like bananas. There also a hint of nuttiness in the background and just the right amount of sweetness. It’s great with milk and makes a good breakfast tea IMO.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Prairie Berry by DAVIDsTEA
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I couldn’t resist anything that has Saskatoon berries in it – they grow wild around here although they tend to be a bit small and seedy, but they’re wonderful in pies and jam. You can smell the berries right away in the dry tea and the flavours meld very well with the dark oolong base which has a complimentary fruitiness. The maple syrup also adds a touch of sweetness without being too cloying. The resteep (@ 5 minutes) was lighter with less of the toasted dark oolong flavour and more of the berry sweetness coming through. I love that they went with a berry that was a little bit unusual, but quintessentially Canadian, for this tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Coconut Chai Latte by Tea Forte
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This is another tea from the Coconut Sampler I purchased from work. It’s a not a bad tea, but out of the three different teas in the sampler I think I like this one the least. It comes across as a little weak and while I can taste the spices they don’t quite mesh with the coconut flavours as well as the chocolate truffle and pina-colda blends do.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Vata Ayurvedic by DAVIDsTEA
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I saw that this was one of the blends that Davids Tea was discontinuing so I decided to snag it while I had the chance. I don’t generally have much faith in Ayurvedic medicine but the ingredients all sounded interesting so what the heck. Mint comes across as the dominant flavour in this blend, but there are layers of other flavours as well – a bit of spicy basil, a touch a licorice, a hint of rose. It’s quite nice.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Exotica by DAVIDsTEA
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While searching for something decaffeinated to drink tonight I came across a sample of this tea. I wouldn’t think of lemongrass and clove going well together but they suit each other very well in this blend. Together with the other ingredients they’re just the right mix of sweet, tart and spicy.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Coconut Mango Colada by Tea Forte
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I will forever be grateful that the bookstore I work at also sells teas and tea paraphernalia. I don’t think I’d ever have been introduced to Harney & Sons, for instance, without them. Just in time for summer they brought in a bunch of Tea Forte’s Coconut Samplers and being a fan of all things coconut I put my staff discount to good use.

No surprise this particularly tea is heavy on the coconut flavours and it gives the tea a rich, almost creamy taste. There are notes of lemon and citrus, and mango too although it is pretty subtle (though I might just need to steep the pyramid-thing a bit longer). I could see this totally rocking as an iced tea this summer.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Cucumber Kiwi Honeybush by 52teas
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Yum, adding some agave nectar really brings out the fruity kiwi flavour. Why are good kiwi-flavoured teas so hard to find?

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec

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