1758 Tasting Notes

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I’m a cherry fanatic so this tea was a must-have when Frank came up with it. Most of the cherry flavoured teas I’ve tried from other companies have been disapointing, either too artifical-tasting or flavourless. But I keep trying in hopes I’ll stumble across a good one.

I had to restrain myself from eating those dried cherries that were mixed in – when I lived at home I would always steal and eat the dried cherries my mom used for baking (much to her ire). ;) And low-and-behold, this tea actually tastes like cherry and real cherries too! The vanilla is detectable too, thought subtly, but I can only pick up the brandy in the scent of the dry tea.

I do wish the cherry flavour was a bit stronger, but that might just be an indication that it needs a longer steep time, so I’ll do that before I give this blend an actual rating. At this point I’m liking – but not quite loving – this tea.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Azzrian

How long ago did this come out? Is it maybe just not fresh anymore? Wow I have not heard of this one – how did that slip past me? I LOVE cherries!

Kittenna

Yeah, I was thinking that this one seemed awfully familiar, but I think it actually came out before either of us was on Steepster…

DaisyChubb

This one’s not that old A&K – I just finished off my pouch of it and it was as good as the day I received it.

I also found the cherry flavour a bit subtle – try a slightly longer steep time though, eventually it becomes almost syrupy with goodness!

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drank Vanilla Chai by Ronnefeldt Tea
1758 tasting notes

I actually got this tea from Teaberry Fine Teas (http://teaberrys.ca/), a small shop in Kelowna, BC. They seem to sell both Ronnefeldt teas and their own blends (I want to try their Ogopogo blend ^_~).

It was a pleasent vanilla chai, nothing too extraordinary but nice for drinking and the vanilla flavouring was nice and natural-tasting. It also brewed up very nicely as traditional-style chai latte. Yum.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Azzrian

Sounds like a nice dependable brew!

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drank Earl Grey Moonlight by Adagio Teas
1758 tasting notes

I got this tea as part of my order during the Great Cherry Blossom Hunt O’Doom on the Adagio site.

The smell of the dry leaves was very nice – citrusy earl grey with a distinctly sweet vanilla scent. The earl grey base is clearly the same one as the earl grey bravo – ie. very strong and pungent – and I’d hoped that the added vanilla would tone it down a little bit, but that doesn’t really seem to be the case. I found that even with a short brewing time it was still too strong to be drunk without milk. The milk softened things out and allowed the vanilla to come through a bit, however, it had to fight the powerful bergamot notes to do so.

I’m rather disapointed as the end result wasn’t a creamy as I thought it would be and tasted very similar to the original Earl Grey Bravo.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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75

This isn’t a tea I’d normally try with milk as it doesn’t mix with a lot of berry-flavoured teas. But it worked surprisingly nicely with this one – perhaps because of the lemon flavours?

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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This is supposed to be buttered rum flavoured? LOLWUT!? It doesn’t smell like buttered rum – more like a slightly fruity/vanilla scented tea and it doesn’t really taste like anything except regular tea. Epic!Fail guys.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Kittenna

Lame! At least the DavidsTea version smells quite like a buttery, delicious rummy treat :D

Jillian

Yes, I was quite disapointed as the Granville Island Tea Co’s blends are usually quite good.

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72

The weather is getting hot these day so I dug out my tea and made a pitcher of iced tea. Steeped according to the directions it’s nice and refreshing although I do wish there was a bit more black currant/berry flavour. The base is smooth and not bitter, which is a problem I’ve noticed with some iced tea.

Because I’m Canadian I like my iced tea sweet, although the commercially available bottled and powdered iced teas are way too sugary, so one plus of making my own is that I can control the amount of sweetener (in this case agave nectar) that I add.

Preparation
Iced
CupofTree

This one sounds good, I love Harney & Sons. I really wanted to send you a PM after reading that you study Natural Resources because that’s what I’m studying as well and I don’t know anybody else who is! (short of a few fellow online students)
I am focusing on Forest science because I love trees more than anything. Do you have a specific area of interest as well?

Lilysmom

I bought this today and am trying it now. Maybe I prepped it wrong? Holy moly is it bitter. Not much berry flavour, blech. I think I am going to dump it. How sad!

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drank Aislaby by Granville Island Tea Co
1758 tasting notes

Life has hit a few bumps lately for me so it’s been awhile since I’ve had the chance to peruse Steepster. Those of you who are waiting on packages from me – I’ll deal with those in the next few days.

Now on to the tea. This particular tea is a Ceylon from the Uva region of Sri Lanka. I picked up the last time I visited the shop in the Granville Island Public market (which is a wonderful place, BTW) and according to the owner this one they only recently acquired.

To be honest I was expecting something with a bit more flavour. It has a generic tea taste and…that’s it, mostly. The body of the tea is quite light, even with an extended steeping but oddly enough I found I still needed to add milk in the end to smooth out the taste. It would make a good introductory loose-leaf black tea I think, or maybe for an afternoon tea where you don’t necessarily want a robust, full-flavoured brew.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
DaisyChubb

We miss you around here!
Hang in there – life is full of bumps but you’ll get over them, I know it. You always have a community here to welcome you back with open arms :)

Kittenna

I’m with DaisyChubb :) Was wondering if something was going on, because you seemed to be a regular around here and then pretty much disappeared! Hope things settle(d) down for you…

Jillian

Thanks guys, you’re so sweet.

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79

De-cupboarding this tea. I’ll miss it as it was a great breakfast tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
CHAroma

It’s in the permanent collection now!

Jillian

Yup, I know. _

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The tea smells like a sweet, ripe peach – or at least something close to it. It brewed up as a nicely mellow tea with sweet fruity notes. Normally I find Adagio’s Formosa Oolong to have a bit of an unpleasent burnt flavour, but the peach and the white peony in this blend seem to even things out. It’s a good tea to drink in the evenings when you want something light and smooth.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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