1572 Tasting Notes

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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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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drank Cactus Fig by Teaopia
1572 tasting notes

I like this one – it’s fruity and fresh with a slight bit of tangyness to the flavour. I can distinctly taste the fig too which is great though I’m not sure where the cactus part is supposed to come in. I’m just glad it doesn’t have spines. ;)

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

I guess it’s just supposed to taste pointy? ;)

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drank Beauty Renewal by Teaopia
1572 tasting notes

The only other person on the site to try this tea gave it a pretty dire review so I was understandably a bit trepidatious about drinking it. However I didn’t find it to be that bad at all – it might have helped that I steeped this tea like a white tea rather than a herbal tea, even though the actual proportion of tea leaves in the mix is pretty small. The flavour is distinctly herbal but it’s accompanied by a slight sweetness that makes me think of freshly mowed hay.

It hasn’t made me gorgeous yet unfortunately, but maybe it’s a cumulative thing. ;)

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

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I thought I’d already logged this tea when I was reviewing the other three tea in the Sloane sampler set, but apparently this one fell by the wayside. It’s a fairly mild incarnation of earl grey – nice and smooth with the bergamot notes going for subtle rather than ostentatious. It’s fairly average for me as I tend to like the bergamot a bit stronger, but personal bias aside it’s still a well-crafted tea.

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

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drank Mountain Tea by Teaopia
1572 tasting notes

The first time I came across this tea it was in my aunt’s tea cupboard – she had the whole dried stalks of the plant rather than the coarsely ground pieces that are in this tin. I seem to remember that the flavour of her tea was more lemony as well. This is more herbal than anything else with a distinctly woodsy aroma and flavour and a slightly bitter aftertaste. It needs a little honey I think, otherwise it’s too medicinal to drink for enjoyment.

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

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drank Orange Blossoms by Tea Desire
1572 tasting notes

I agree with other people’s reviews in that the orange flavour tastes artificial, like those chewable vitamin C tablets. The oolong itself is also rather grassy tasting and lacks the sweetness I’m used to in a green oolong like this. Not thrilled with this one.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank White Chocolate Frost by DAVIDsTEA
1572 tasting notes

Another from my DavidsTea winter sampler. This tea is very minty with a hint of sweetness from the stevia. I’m not getting chocolate per se so much as I’m tasting smooth, vanilla-ish notes which give the tea a creamy undertone. I’m not getting any pepper at all, so I think the peppercorns are mostly just in there for show. shrugs

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

I never got pepper corns out of this either. No spice at all, but I was glad because they seemed out of place. This one actually is pretty amazing when you blend it with the David’s Coffee Pu’erh.

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drank Thé du Loup by THE O DOR
1572 tasting notes

I got this tea along with Scandale when Urban Tea Merchant was selling out of them. I’m a sucker for all things chocolate so this one was a no-brainer. I’d normally take a tea like this with milk, but I wanted to try it plain first. The scent was more hazelnut that chocolate but it made a solid appearance in the flavour profile as a lovely smooth, rich cocoa. Mixed with the nutty hazelnut flavour it reminds me a bit of chocolate hedgehogs – which I adore. It’s quite a decadent blend that feels very ‘Parisian’ if that makes any sense – I could see classy french ladies delicately sipping this tea in a stylish outdoor café. Terribly cliché, I know. ;)

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

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drank Scandale by THE O DOR
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I’ve been saving up my The O Dor teas ever since the supplier, the Urban Tea Merchant stopped carrying the brand. But unfortunately teas can’t really be ‘saved’ for an indefinite length of time so I figured it was time to crack open the tins I bought on the cheap when they were clearing them out. My aunt, who does tea leaf readings, recommended this blend to me and she generally has good taste when it comes to these things.

I recently tried another cinnamon pu-ehr from Davids Tea and I wasn’t terribly impressed, but this blend is vastly better. The pu-ehr has a lovely depth of flavour and is a pleasant mix of woody and earthy notes without being overpowering. The cinnamon and vanilla flavour go well with the base and unlike the Davids Tea one they don’t go for the cinnamon heart candies flavour and frankly the natural flavours are already sweet enough. I guess there’s something to be said for purchasing tea from a high-end retailer. Now if only I can find another supplier that ships to Canada.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

ooh that sounds tasty!

MissB

I’m hoping that enough of us Vancouver-ites complain, they’ll start ordering it again. ;)

cteresa

I have the same problem Theodor in portugal – and their site shipping is the same anywhere in the world and yikes.

this sounds lovely, something to keep in mind. I have a theory regarding north american cinnamon and european cinnamon – usually they are different species, the most used spice for “cinnamon” in north america is cassia which is similar but sharper and thinner than the ceylon or true cinnamon europeans are used to.

Maureen

This sounds lovely! I am always in the mood for a good cinnamon blend, especially in something like a pu’erh. I haven’t found one I totally love yet, so maybe this is the one.

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