1570 Tasting Notes

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
1570 tasting notes

This is one of the teas that the bookstore I work at stocks without fail, so I decided to do some ‘research’ so I could make good recommendations to the customers (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it). ;)

I’ve always found that Harney & Sons manages to straddle the line between putting out a high quality product but at the same time still being affordable and accessible even for those not well-versed in tea knowledge. This tea is good example – it’s refined with the sweet caramel and creamy vanilla flavours but at the same time the hint of tangy bergamot is familiar (just about everyone has tried earl grey at some point in their lives). I could see this tea becoming a staple in my cupboard.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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70
drank Spiced Brandy Shou Mei by 52teas
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It’s been a while since I drank this tea so I decided to give it another go with slightly different steeping parameters. My opinion of the tea remains pretty much unchanged however, though drinking it now it comes across as being even more chai-like with not much of any brandy (or indeed any alcohol) flavours. This tea may go on the ‘to swap’ pile – I know there’s a Traveling Teabox coming my way in the near future.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Peach Earl Grey by Red Leaf Tea
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I’m really not sure what to think of this tea to be honest – it’s not outright unpleasant, but I don’t precisely love it either. The bergamot and peach flavours merge together in way that’s a bit like mango – but not quite – though mango is the closest analogy to what I’m actually tasting that I can think of. It’s distinctly tangy, especially when the tea is hot and gradually more sweetness creeps in as the temperature of liquid falls. It’s an interesting blend and I can honestly say I haven’t really tried a tea like this before. I may have to play around with it a bit before I can give a verdict.

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

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84
drank Coffee Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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Another tea that smells good enough to eat – like fruit and caramel. The flavour is distinctly cakey and sweet – like caramelized brown sugar. There’s also a slight fruity undertone although it subtle and I can’t really pick out any fruit in particular. This tea is delicious – like dessert in a cup. I hope Davids Tea brings this blend back next winter because I’d say it’s my favourite out of all the teas that were in the Winter Sampler.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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60
drank Browncoat Genmaicha by 52teas
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I reduced the steeping time which helped a little bit but this tea still has a rather unpleasantly bitter, almost chemical-like tang to it. I think a sweetened chocolate flavour would have worked better than raw cocoa. I’m adding this tea to my swap/give away pile.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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63
drank Choconut Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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This tea got hosed pretty thoroughly by the reviewers, but I wanted to at least give it the benefit of the doubt and try it anyway.

On paper it sounds like it should work – chocolate oolong sounds like a delectable combination. The smell is fantastic – it’s like those boozy chocolate truffles I remember selling back when I worked at Purdy’s Chocolates. I see what people mean about the licorice flavour though – it’s like they tried to use it to sweetened the tea and added a bit too much as it sort of muscles in on the chocolate flavours. Now I don’t mind licorice root, but it doesn’t really mesh with the chocolate and I’m pretty sure this wasn’t what Davids Tea was going for.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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94
drank Almond Cookie by SpecialTeas
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This is another tea I’ve been saving up knowing that once my tin is gone there’s no more where it came from. :(

The smell is incredible – it made me think of freshly-baked shortbread cookies and it made my stomach growl it was so good. The flavour is just as wonderful with a distinctly cookie-ish taste with just a hint of sugary sweetness and almond flavour is that of lightly toasted almonds rather than fresh (or almond extract).

I think I might be in love…which is problematic. Has anyone managed to find an alternate supplier?

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

I’d check to see if it’s the same ingredient list as TeaGschwendner; they supply many teas to North American companies, and have one by the same name. I’m going to hazard it is; same ingredients, and the pictures look the same. http://steepster.com/teas/simpson-and-vail/21388-almond-sugar-cookie

TeaBrat

I liked the Almond cookie by Simpson and Vail but I’ve never had this tea before, so your results may vary :)

Jillian

Thanks for the rec, but unfortunately I’m in Canada and Simpson and Vail charge outrageous shipping costs so it’s not really an option for me. I also did a search for the tea on TeaGschwendner’s website but didn’t come up with anything.

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50

Drank it again this morning with a longer steeping time and some milk. Yeah….still not “Amazing”.

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

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I’ve never really tried any teas from Indonesia and I’ve never really had any oolongs that weren’t from either China or Taiwan. As I’m a big fan of trying new things, this tea intrigued me too much to pass it up.

The dry tea has a sweet, fruit-like odor but as the leaves steeped the tea takes on more of a floral character. The flavour leans towards floral but with an odd green bitterness tacked on at the end. It might be that I oversteeped it so I’ll try for a reduced steeping time on the next round.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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50

There’s not really much to this tea I’m afraid – just a sort of vague fruity flavour. Other than that it just tastes like your standard Ceylon black tea. As much as I like supporting small companies I haven’t been thrilled with any of the teas this company blends so far.

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

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