1604 Tasting Notes

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drank Sweet Apple Cider by DAVIDsTEA
1604 tasting notes

I was purchasing some discounted summer teas from the newly-opened Davids Tea store in my town and they threw this sample in with the purchase. It’s not really a tea that catches my interest enough for me to buy on my own, so the chance to try a little bit out for free is nice. I’ve found some unexpected treasures that way.

This tea, however, isn’t one. The apple-vanilla scent is nice, though I find it to be a bit artificial. This isn’t a spiced cider sort of a tea, instead it tries to be like freshly pressed apple juice/cider. Unfortunately it mostly just tastes like sweet-ish, watery apple juice to my taste buds. That may just mean I need to steep it longer, and I’m glad I have enough for another cup. We’ll see.

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

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drank Caramel Apple Oolong by 52teas
1604 tasting notes

I missed this tea on the first go-round but I managed to snag a pouch when it was re-blended recently. Frank doesn’t do many oolong-based blends so this one intrigued me. The smell of the tea is very sweet with a mixed fruity-floral undertone. The flavour is also distinctly sweet and smooth though personally I think it tastes more like a sweet cream than caramel to me. The apple flavour is subtle, though I think the oolong based helps it along, still it would be nice if it were a touch stronger.

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

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Is this tea the same as what I’ve heard called ‘Sun Moon Lake’ black tea? I know it’s produced from a Taiwanese Assam-variety tea plant like this tea is.

The brewed liquor is a lovely dark reddish shade, almost like a garnet and the aroma is rather fruity. The flavour is something unique – has the robustness of Assam and there is a bit of malt though I would describe the dominant flavour of the tea to be something more like cocoa with a bit of bakey-ness followed by a sweet, slightly fruity (citrus maybe?) note. It has an extremely smooth feel in the mouth and I don’t feel the need to add milk to tone down it down like I do with most Indian Assams.

Butiki Teas has a real winner here – I completely understand why this is one of the top teas on the entire site.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Butiki Teas

Sun Moon Lake black tea can refer to a few different types of black tea. If it is just an Assam then it is TRES #8.

Jillian

Cool, thanks for clearing that up.

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For some reason I accidentally removed this tea from my cupboard when I still had more than half a pouch left. I made up a big pitcher of iced tea and for a change instead of agave I sweetened it with Meyer Lemon infused simple syrup from Sonoma Syrup Co. (check them out, they’ve got a huge range of flavours available http://sonomasyrup.com/ ). The result is crisp, fresh and (naturally) very lemony). There’s a bit of a herbal tang in the aftertaste that I’m not hugely fond of, but on the whole the results are good.

Preparation
Iced

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drank Market Spice Tea by Market Spice
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…Well I wasn’t quite expecting liquid cinnamon hearts mixed with orange flavouring when I tried the sample of this tea that I had kicking around. It’s so sweet I’m half-wondering if it’s sent my blood sugar levels soaring. Indeed looking at the dry leaves they’re glossy with oil – probably a ton of cinnamon oil I’m guessing. Now I don’t mind cinnamon but this is too much for my tastes.

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

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drank Tropicalia by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown. I’ve been saving the last of this tea up for awhile, but last week the 40C heat and the prospect of company coming over prompted me to turn it into a big pitcher of iced tea. It makes a lovely refreshing drink that barely needs any sweetener – plus it’s caffeine-free so I can drink it in the evenings and not have to worry about it keeping me awake. It’s too bad Davids Tea didn’t bring this blend back this summer.

Preparation
Iced

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drank Dian Hong by Cloudwalker Teas
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I’ve had this kicking around in my cupboard for years but as this is a pu-erh I doubt that the extra bit of aging hurt it too much. This is very kind pu-erh and one I’d probably recommend to someone who had never tried a plain pu-erh before. It has that earthy flavour characteristic of pu-erh, but though it’s distinct it’s also quite gentle and mixed with a bit of malty smoothness. There’s a sweet undertone and I agree with the other bloggers who think that there’s a slight floral note to the tea as well. This tea just might encourage me to drink pu-erh more often.

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

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Yay, a tea flavoured with a tropical fruit that doesn’t just taste like Generic Tropical Flavours™. The guava and strawberry flavours go well together and they aren’t overly strong or artificial-tasting which is always appreciated. I can taste ginger but it’s a just a faint hint of warm spiciness that doesn’t overcome the rest of the tea. This is the second white tea sample I’ve tried from the Persimmon Tree and I’ve enjoyed both, so I’m thinking I’ll have to order more teas to to try from them sometime soon.

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

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I’ve had this pouch (sealed) for awhile, so age may have altered the flavour but I’m really underwhelmed by this tea. The amount of the mix they recommend is too little for the amount of water and I ended up adding almost 3 tsp to get it to the point where it didn’t taste like super-watery matcha. Now it tastes like still-rather-watery matcha with loads of sugar added to it and a bit of lemon flavour. I’ll fiddle around with the ratios before I rate this tea but as it stands I’m not a fan.

Preparation
Iced

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I picked up this tea in the gift shop at Craigdarroch Castle in Victoria, BC – Murchie’s, also a Victoria company, often makes special blends for local attractions and institutions like this. Like most of Murchie’s black teas it’s much better with milk than without. The tea base is one of middling strength and the flavours, though reasonably subtle go well with it.

PS if you’re ever visiting Victoria Craigdarroch Castle is a great tourist attraction to visit. Here’s a link to their website – http://thecastle.ca/

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

I was there last year :)

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