1610 Tasting Notes

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drank India Chai Latte by Forsman Tea
1610 tasting notes

This is another tea I’m not sure really deserves to be called a proper chai because the spices are really quite muted – though the little bite of black pepper is nice and interesting. However I’m really liking the addition of the coconut to this tea which gives it a smooth, almost exotic flavour. It might be contributing to the oddly fruity taste I’m picking up when I drink it. I actually really like this tea but it’s not what I generally look for in a black chai.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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81
drank Masala Chai by Adagio Teas
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Sipdown. I brewed up the last of this as a traditional style chai which was very delish.

Preparation
Boiling

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86
drank Monkey Fart by 52teas
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I forgot to set the timer and ended up steeping this cup longer than I intended to, but the tea doesn’t seemed to have suffered for it. This is a fun tea as the name would suggest – it has a great, sweet banana flavour and smoothness that makes me think of banana cream pie. It certainly doesn’t need any extra sweetener added to it which is one thing I love about honeybush-based teas.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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75
drank Earl Grey Cheesecake by 52teas
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I feel a cold coming on – not surprising really as there’s usually something going around this time of year at the university. My taste buds haven’t been affected yet so I’ll post this tasting note while I still can. ;)

I can’t believe no one has thought to combine an earl grey with cheesecake flavours before. It produces a very smooth, almost creamy blend that’s reminiscent of a good cream earl grey but with the addition of that cheesecake hint of sourness. There’s an oddly fruity note that I’m also picking up, though this might be due to it having absorbed flavours from other teas in my cupboard as it was sitting in there for quite awhile. :/

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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60

Sipdown – I fiddled a bit with the leaf amount and steaping time but I was never able to get more flavour out of this tea. Even with milk, it never improved beyond basic-black-tea-with-a-hint-of-cinnamon.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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80

Revisiting this tea. Hotter water and a bit longer steeping does bring out the cherry flavour and I’m picking up a bit of vanilla in the bargain. I’m not tasting any brandy, though I’m not feeling the lack too much. The white tea base was an excellent choice for this blend as it really compliments the flavours.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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72
drank Chocolate Truffle by Tea Desire
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I’m liking this tea a bit better with some agave nectar added to it as it lightens the bitterness of the cocoa and makes the blend more like a chocolatey dessert tea. Still not quite getting ‘chocolate truffle’ from it though. :/

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Flavoured teas are all very well and good, but I was craving a nice, plain black tea today. This tea comes from the now-defunct Special Teas (another casualty of Teavana). It’s a very nice-looking tea – small twists of black and gold and it has the classic malty Assam scent with a hint of smokiness. The tea is robust but not bitter and at a steeping of 3.5 mins it’s fine without milk. It has wonderful fruity notes underneath that maltiness that give the tea a layered subtly you don’t normally get with Assams.

I stocked up on this tea but I’ll have to see about finding another source for when my stash runs out.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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70
drank Peaches and Cream by Teaopia
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I thought for sure I’d logged all those Teaopia teas I purchased back when they were having their big “We’re-being-taken-over-by-Teavana Sale” but either I was mistaken or Steepster ate the tasting notes. Anyways, I’ll see about remedying that.

The smell when I opened the pouch was very sweet, creamy and fruity to the point of being almost too much. Some other Steepsterites have called it artificial and I can sort of see where they’re coming from. I expected the tea to taste equally as sweet and creamy but unfortunately I was disappointed – I still got the peachy notes particularly as the tea cooled off, but the rest was sadly missing. A bit of a let down all told.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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70
drank Gran's Spicy Cake by Tea Desire
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There’s so much going on with this tea it’s hard to properly sort it out. It’s certainly spicy but there’s not really anything coming across that makes me think of ‘cake’ or any other kind of dessert. It’s not terribly sweet and the vanilla and the currants and the chocolate, which theoretically should have alleviated that, ended up pretty much buried underneath the spice. The spices are a nice mix with star anise and cardamom being the most prominent ones that pop out. I don’t normally sweeten green teas but this is one that I think would be improved with a bit of agave nectar or honey.

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

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