1794 Tasting Notes

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I’ve never tried a tea from this region of India before so my curiosity was piqued. The dry leaves are black and quite large so measuring properly was a bit tricky. The flavour is like a cross between an autumnal Darjeeling and a light Assam. It has that wine-like muscatel flavour but at the same time it’s a more robust tea than most Darjeelings would be. There’s also a distinct malty undertone and a tannic finish that you’d normally get off of an Assam tea.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I decided to take full advantage of my free 50g of tea from DT’s Frequent Steeper program and get a free pouch of (what was at the time) the most expensive tea they stocked.

To me, it tastes a fair bit like a sencha with that initial grassy tone, but it mellows out into something fuller and sweeter with a slightly nutty flavour that reminds me of the genmaicha they serve at my local sushi hangout.

I haven’t tried many gyokuros so I’m not sure how this rates over all in terms of quality, but I found it to be a decently enjoyable plain green tea. It’s perfect for drinking with a sweet dessert as the slight bitterness counters the sugar nicely.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Pumpkin Maté by DAVIDsTEA
1794 tasting notes

I’ll be honest – I wasn’t expecting too much from this tea. I’m not a mate person in general, but as it turns out it works very well as a base for this blend. It has a distinct earthy flavour, a bit like a pu’erh but less sweet and more…green, I suppose you’d say. It goes well with the spices from which I’m getting mostly cinnamon and cloves. You can actually taste the pumpkin which is always appreciated in a tea touted as ‘pumpkin-flavoured’ and the butternut squash is a nice addition too. I don’t see this being a tea for everyone but for some reason it really worked for me. I’ll have to try it as a latte as I bet a little milk and sweetener would really hit the spot.

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

Oooh I will definitely pick this one up the next time I’m over there as this sounds really yummy!

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drank Spiced Pumpkin by DAVIDsTEA
1794 tasting notes

There was a free cup of tea with any purchase today at my local DT store and since I’ve loved just about every pumpkin tea to come out of this company so far I decided to try this blend. Even though it’s a herbal blend I asked for a little bit of skim milk as an experiment as some of DT’s other herbal blends still make great lattes. The results were very taste. The dominant flavour is a sweet, slightly nutty pumpkin flavour nicely accented with cinnamon and maple. It’s a nice change having a pumpkin spice tea that isn’t more ‘spice’ than ‘pumpkin’. I’d totally buy more of this tea given the chance.

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I steeped this blend more like a Darjeeling – with a lower temperature and shorter steeping time – than most black teas. And indeed it does have some of those astringent, muscatel notes though the body of the tea is more robust with distinct notes of bitter cacao, so I’m thinking that there’s maybe Assam in there too. Not a tea I’d drink with milk but it’s certainly nice enough plain.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Main Squeeze by DAVIDsTEA
1794 tasting notes

I tried icing this tea hoping it would bring out the citrus flavour but unfortunately what it brought out instead was the herbal/smokey flavour of the mate base – which is fine hot but ends up tasting rather icky and medicinal when it’s cold. I ended up mixing it with juice to tame the flavour.

Preparation
Iced

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drank Key Lime by DAVIDsTEA
1794 tasting notes

Key lime is a flavour I’ve only recently discovered I liked when I was looking for a new dessert to try and taught myself how to make key lime pie. This tea has big pieces of lime peel in it and I ended up breaking some of the larger ones up so that it would measure properly in my tea scoop. The flavour, not surprisingly, is very limey and it’s distinctly key lime, rather than Persian lime. It’s quite tart and tangy so I might sweeten it a little bit next time. I might also try this as an iced tea.

The short answer is if you enjoy lime you’ll enjoy this tea – if you don’t, you won’t.

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

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This is a very warm, pleasent tea especially when it’s had a chance to cool off a bit and allow the sweetness of the oolong base to emerge. The ginger is a maybe a touch too much and I would like a bit more cookie flavour but it’s an enjoyable blend.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
LiberTEAS

This is one that will be reblended soon – one of the 52Teas Ambassador’s requested it as their reblend choice to fulfill their Kickstarter pledge.

Jillian

cool :)

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drank Cherry Snowcone by DAVIDsTEA
1794 tasting notes

Dug the rest of this out of my cupboard and found that I had just enough to make a pitcher of iced tea. It’s not too bad – certainly better than this year’s Black Cherry (ew) but it’s still too much tart hibiscus and too little actual cherry flavour to be all that good. Sigh, my quest for a good cherry iced tea continues.

Preparation
Iced 6 min, 0 sec
Nichole

I wasn’t a fan of this one either.

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drank Watermelon Mint Limeade by 52teas
1794 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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