1709 Tasting Notes

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drank Strawberry Pie Honeybush by 52teas
1709 tasting notes

First of all, a thank you to Daisy Chubb for letting me try some of this tea, which I’ve been eyeballing for quite awhile. The tea smells sweet and fruity but at the same time a bit spicy – when I taste the tea it’s clear the spice is cinnamon, not a lot, but it’s a nice touch. It’s mildly sweet but I do wish the strawberry was easier to pick out – perhaps I just need to steep it longer.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
DaisyChubb

yay! Glad you liked it, it wasn’t my favorite but it’s certianly unique!

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91

Another tea from the 12 Days of X-mas sampler that I haven’t got around to reviewing until now. I’ve got to say that Frank got the right idea – this tea is truely delicious iced. It’s wonderfully fruity and thirst-quencing and you can really taste both the strawberries and ‘lemon-aid’ in the tea. The white tea is a good choice of base for this because its light, delicate notes balance the fruit flavours nicely without drowning them out like a black tea might.

I’ve also tried this tea hot (and apparently forgot to log it) and it was pretty good like that too although I couldn’t taste the strawberry very well. It reminded me a bit of watered-down hot lemon-aid or may Neo Citron – so while it wasn’t bad at all, I still prefer it cold.

Preparation
Iced
tigress_al

Did you have to sweeten it iced?

Jillian

No, I didn’t sweeten it but then I rarely sweetener anything other than a black tea iced tea and then only a little. This is mostly just a matter of personal preference but IMO this tea would taste fine either way.

tigress_al

Thankyou, I was thinking of ordering some next month so I can have some for summer!

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70

Some skim milk in this tea seems to bring out the flavout a bit more, particularly the banana. Still I’m rather ambivalent about this tea so I think I’ll probably end up either putting it up for adoption or sending it away as a freebee in one of my swaps.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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30

While I wasn’t particularly enthused about drinking this tea again, it came in one of those assorted boxes and I wanted something that tasted vaguely like a black tea without the caffeine hit. It’s still as whimpy as I remember it, even though it was steeped longer and I added milk. I can maybe pick up the vanilla flavour this time around but it’s rather weak and it still has that odd chemical scent. So yeah, it’s just as mediocre now as it was a year ago.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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79

The last time I was in the Granville Island Tea Co in Vancouver they’d just got several new oolong teas in stock and I grabbed a small sample of this one to try as it was fairly expensive I seem to recall.

It’s clearly a fairly green oolong which the floral aroma seems to bear out. There’s also some sort of small, purple flower that’s mixed in with the loosely-rolled tea leaves, though I think that’s more for visual appeal than anything else.

There’s a surprising bakey note at the start of each sip but that fades into a smooth, slightly floral flavour at the end. There’s also hints of sweetness and maybe something vegetal mixed in with everything. This oolong kept its flavour well for several steeps and stayed pretty consistant throughout.

It doesn’t quite beat the awesome Iron Goddess of Mercy that this tea company also carries, but it’s a good, easy-drinking tea.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C

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77
drank Gingerbread House by Tealeaves
1709 tasting notes

Even though this tea isn’t strictly a chai blend, I decided to turn the last bit of this into a latte using the recipe guidelines on Chai Wallah’s website: http://www.chai-wallah.com/makingchai.html

My boyfriend and I both enjoyed it even though I missed the cardamom notes that you’d normally taste in a chai.

I was very disapointed when T closed their retail store in Vancouver as I particularly enjoyed their own version of a gingerbread latte. They still operate online (at http://www.tealeaves.com/) so at least I can still purchase their teas.

Preparation
Boiling

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68
drank Buttered Popcorn by 52teas
1709 tasting notes

Following other people’s suggestions, I tried adding agave nectar to my cup this morning and while I found that it did give the tea an interesting kettle-corn flavour it didn’t do much for the astringency of the tea base. It’s a nice idea but I’m afraid I still don’t care much for this blend.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
52teas

A lot of our customers seem to have better luck with water that is under boiling and short (2.5-3) minute steep times. That might help with the astringency.

LiberTEAS

Yes, I’ve recently made this discovery… I use 200°F and just 2.5 minutes brew time for 52Teas black teas. After my first tasting of the cranberry black tea from 52Teas, I decided to try lowering the temperature as well as the steep time, and the flavor was divine. The astringency was much less apparent, and no bitterness to the black tea base.

Jillian

Thanks for the advice guys, but unfortunately I just had a little sample pack (left-over from the 12 Days of X-mas sampler) and that was the last of it. I’ll keep that in mind though with other teas. :)

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70

I’ve been drinking this tea for awhile but for one reason or another just never had the time to write a tasting note for it. It isn’t bad for a red rooibos tea, the banana for one isn’t a flavour you often find in teas and it’s subtle but nice here. The chocolate could stand to be a bit stronger – I’ve noticed that the chocolate chips in this blend don’t dissolve easily, which is usually a indicator of cheap, low-quality chocolate (I used to work at Purdy’s Chocolates). Tsk, tsk, Frank. ;)

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec

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58
drank Chrysanthemum Tea Drink by Yeo's
1709 tasting notes

I was at a Chinese market today with some friends and I needed something to drink. This caught my eye and it was cheap so I picked up a can. I’ve never had chrysanthemum tea before. although I’ve grown the flowers and I know that it’s used a fair bit in eastern medicine.

I can’t say I was super impressed, but that might be because of the cane sugar. The drink was a touch too sweet and it managed to dominate the flavour unfortunately. It does have an interesting herbal/floral taste that slightly resembles the way the flowers smell, which makes sense I suppose. Still it’s not anything I’d run out to buy again.

Preparation
Iced

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91

How come I never blogged about this tea before? Well I can remedy that now at least. I love tropical fruits particularly mangos – my dream tea is probably some weird, Frankenstein-ian mix of chocolate, cherry and mango.

The coconut scent was quite powerful at first, but as the tea steaped the scent of the fruits gradually seep in. Coconut was also the flavour that I first picked up on in each sip, but it didn’t diminish the other flavours that followed – a mix that managed to be more than just ‘generic tropical fruit flavour’. I could definitely pick out pinapple and papaya, though I wasn’t sure about the mango. Either way I found it to be totally exotic and delectable. _

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec
52teas

FRANKenstein-ian, eh? Chocolate cherry mango… hmmmmmmmm…

Jillian

LOL, well if you really think something like that would sell, then I’d be happy to take credit for it. ;P

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