1775 Tasting Notes

drank Watermelon Mint Limeade by 52teas
1775 tasting notes

The flavour I get right off the bat in this tea is mint – mint and green tea basically. I let the tea cool a bit and at that point I could taste a bit of watermelon but it was sort of an odd ‘green’ watermelon taste – like the white part of the rind rather than the sweet, juicy red flesh. There’s a bit of a lime flavour tucked in there too but not enough to really justify calling this tea ‘limeade’. i might try it again with less leaf (2 tsp in 12 oz of water is quite a lot) to see if that makes it taste less minty.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Another one from my collection of iced tea pitcher packs. This tea is tangy and slightly sour without the metallic, over-the-top pucker-power of hibiscus. The flavour notes are primarily citrus and what I suppose is probably gooseberry, though I’ve never actually eaten gooseberries so I can’t really judge. There’s a also a lightly minty undertone mixed with apple. Despite the sour notes this tea needed surprisingly little sweetener and the boyfriend really enjoyed it too.

Preparation
Iced

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drank Shooting Starfruit by DAVIDsTEA
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I was right in that it made a very nice iced tea. I didn’t have quite enough for the pitcher so I added what I had left of my pouch of Spa Day (about 2 tsp). But it makes a very fruity, refreshing, cold drink that needs very little sweetener. So sad that they didn’t revive this tea this summer.

Preparation
Iced

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drank Cotton Candy by DAVIDsTEA
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This came out of the current round of the GCTTB although I also have some more of this tea that I purchase myself to make iced tea. There was only a small amount left of this in the teabox so I decided to try it hot first.

It’s maybe a bit more ‘sweet vanilla’ than ‘cotton candy’ to my taste buds, with a nice creamy, candy-like note. Actually it makes me think of vanilla ice cream more than anything else. It’s good, though I’m curious to see if I can coax out more actual cotton-candy flavour in the iced tea.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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I’m a bit disappointed not to see any white chocolate chips in my pouch though that might be because of the small quantity of the tea. It’s not bad, there’s just the right amount of lemon flavour in this tea, though the white chocolate part comes across more as a vague creaminess than more than anything actually resembling chocolate. It’s an alright tea, I suppose, but there’s room for improvement with this one.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Honey, I Dew by DAVIDsTEA
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My life has been unexpectedly crazy this past week so right now I’m posting all the tea reviews I have backlogged.

I turned this into iced tea though as I didn’t have quite enough I added some Spa Day as well. The sweet fruity-and-coconut flavours really improved the Honey, I Dew and alleviated that strange bitter, artificial quality the blend gets when it’s cold. Still this isn’t a tea I would repurchase and I’m sad that DT got rid of Melon Drop (which was far superior IMO) and kept this one.

Preparation
Iced

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drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
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I used what I had left to make up a pitcher of iced tea. The goji berry flavour is definitely more noticeable than when I tried it hot. It’s a still a bit heavy on the hibiscus for my tastes though its tart tanginess is more bearable cold and sweetened. I’d buy this tea again, though only for use as iced tea

Preparation
Iced

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This blend is very similar to the regular spicy chai with the addition of some cocoa flavouring. I’m not getting as much marshmallow flavour as I’d like, though it’s a bit more detectable when the tea is taken with milk. It’s a nice chai but I was hoping for something a bit more distinctive.

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

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I love the smell of this tea, it’s so sweet and fragrant. I grow both lemon balm and lemon verbena from time to time and both of them make excellent teas all on their own. They lend a lemon flavour to this blend but one that’s tangy-sweet rather than the sourness you’d get from pure citrus. The houjicha is a good base for this tea with its distinct toasted flavour. However I do wish that there was more cheesecake flavour as I can barely taste it in this cup.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Guava Melon by Shaktea
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ShakTea is a great little shop/tearoom located on south Main St. in Vancouver that I discovered on my most recent visit. They have nice munchies too (sweet and savory) if you’re looking for a light snack, though it’s a bit pricey.

Now this is a nice melon-flavoured tea – it’s sweet without being cloying or artificial-tasting (I’m looking at you Davids Tea). Using an oolong base instead of a more neutral white tea is an interesting twist and the one they use appears to be some sort of green oolong that has a pleasent smoothness combined with a lightly roasted flavour. Possibly one of the best melon teas I’ve tried yet.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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