1747 Tasting Notes

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drank Dark Chocolate Delight by DAVIDsTEA
1747 tasting notes

I love anything and everything chocolate so this blend was a must-try. It’s got a nice cocoa flavour but I didn’t identify the strange, slightly fruity flavour I was getting as blueberry until I actually read the packaging. There’s also an interesting malty note both in the scent and the flavour that brings chocolate-flavoured Ovaltine to mind (yes, I’m one of those weird people who actually really enjoys Ovaltine). It’s a good blend and I’ll probably restock when my current bag is done.

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

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I found the Bayswater Tea Co while explore a cool neighborhood on West Broadway St in Vancouver. It’s a very multicultural neighborhood with strong Greek/Balkan/Persian vibes – so cool. The tea shop had an good selection of interesting blends, but I restrained myself from going too crazy (stop laughing) so I eventually decided on this tea. The smell drew me in right away – it reminded me of candied grapefruit. As it turns out, the grapefruit flavour is a bit too pungent for my tastes when the tea is plain, but with a splash of milk it turned into a wonderful, medium-strength cup of tea with a tangy, citrusy grapefruit flavour that’s almost juicy in nature. Much love.

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

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I stocked up on new teas on my most recent visit to Vancouver. I always tend to go a bit tea-crazy when I’m there because my own town has nothing.

I just got a sample of this tea as I’ve found some of this company’s flavoured black teas to be rather hit or miss (still love their oolongs though – their Tie Guan Yin is one the best I’ve tasted). This one is quite nice although it doesn’t really have the pastry-flavour the ‘torte’ part of the name would suggest. It’s an interesting mix of raspberry, mint and cocoa with a nice sweet finish.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Sweet Orange Spice by Tea Forte
1747 tasting notes

Apparently this tea is orange flavoured – I’ll take their word for it as I can’t taste anything beyond the overpowering taste of cinnamon. It reminds me of that Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice, which I can’t say I’m really a fan of either. Luckily this tea came in an assorted sampler, so this is only like two sachets out of the entire box.

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

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90
drank Copabanana by DAVIDsTEA
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I remember this tea catching my eye when it was first part of DT’s lineup, but I never got around to buying some, so I was glad to see it resurrected as an online-only purchase.

I just love this tea – it’s the perfect mix of sweet, fruity bananas and creamy, nutty coconut. A lot of a fruit teas tend towards tart flavours – which can be fine under certain circumstances, but I’m glad to find a caffeine-free fruit tea that doesn’t take that route.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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81
drank Kenyan Chai by 52teas
1747 tasting notes

i love cooking with ras el hanout as it has such a deliciously, complex flavour. There can be as many as 30 different ingredients in some blends and it’s often customized to the blender. The jar in my cupboard is more earthy in flavour for instance, with more emphasis on turmeric and cumin. This one places more emphasis on the licorice flavours of the anise though there are other nuances that I can discern as well. I’ve said before that I’m not a huge fan of black licorice, but there’s something that I find very appealing about this blend – maybe it’s because the anise, while distinct, isn’t all-encompassing. It’s a neat new take on the traditional chai and I’m glad I ordered an extra pouch from the 52Teas sale.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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74
drank Sri Lankan Pumpkin Chai by 52teas
1747 tasting notes

I love nutmeg and it’s very much the dominant spice in this chai which gives the tea a very warm tone. I can also taste a bit of ginger, cinnamon and cardamom underneath it but they’re mostly secondary notes. I think I’d like the pumpkin flavours to be stronger, though adding milk would probably bring them out. Unfortunately I found that my jug of milk had gone off this morning, so I’m taking this tea plain – though it’s not bad in that state either. Still I tend to prefer my black tea chais with milk or some sort of dairy to help bring out the nuances and take the edge off of the harsher flavours.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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80
drank Razzleberry by Southern Boy Teas
1747 tasting notes

Both the boyfriend-creature and I really liked this one it has a great mix of juicy, ripe raspberry and blackberry flavours that stand out well with about two tablespoons of sweetener per 2L pitcher. I’ve switched to using simple syrup in my iced teas as I’ve found that agave alters the flavours too much and honey is too difficult to dissolve. Still I know I’m using much less than the commercial iced tea preparations use and I find the end result is much tastier and thirst-quenching.

Preparation
Iced
ashmanra

I love love love this tea.

CHAroma

Boyfriend-creature?

Jillian

LOL, well he is – what can I say? ;)

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The last time I was at Teaberry’s in Kelowna I decided to try their diverse collection of earl grey blends (seriously they have at least half a dozen) so I purchased a bunch of 4-cup samplers. I wasn’t able to get all the earl grey ones but this way I’ve at least got the majority covered. I decided to start with this one as it’s the only non-black tea of the lot. The first thing I taste is the smooth, ever-so-slightly sweet cream flavours which fade into the nutty-vegetal flavours of the pai mu dan base and the tang of the bergamot. The flavouring isn’t too heavy on the bergamot thankfully as it could have easily overwhelmed a lighter base like this. The base is maybe a bit too much on the vegetal side for my personal preferences but it’s not bad.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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This came my way via the previous round of the GCTTB. I haven’t had a chance to try any Steven Smith Teamaker teas though like most I’ve drank teas from his other brands, Tazo and Stash. The brewing instructions on the package made me giggle: “Steep 5 minutes while pondering the Earl’s affair with the Duchess of Devonshire.” Alright then. ;)

It’s a fairly standard earl grey though the base is most robust than most, in any event it’s quite enjoyable with milk, but I wouldn’t consider it to be anything remarkable. It’s more the sort of tea that would be a cupboard staple for anyone who wanted a good, basic earl grey.

RIP Steven Smith

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML

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