1587 Tasting Notes

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drank Turkish Apple by Blue Teapot
1587 tasting notes

I bought this on my Boxing Week trip to Vancouver (I picked up a lot of tea during that time). I don’t normally drink many fruit tisanes but this one caught my interest being that it’s an apple-based tea instead of the usual berry-based ones. And even better – no hibiscus – whoot!

The apple flavour, predictably, is the strongest component of this tea and drinking it make me think of biting into a crisp, juicy Macintosh apple. It’s naturally sweet and there’s a faint hint of something spicy underneath as well. It’s a very ‘warm’ tea that, for me anyway, dredges up memories of Thanksgiving and Christmas time.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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76

I tried this cup with a half-and-half mixture of hot water and hot skim milk, which gave the chai a thicker, creamier texture that I found more appealing than just using straight water. The rich, sweet vanilla flavour is quite easily apparent although it maybe makes the tea just a touch too sweet (again, it’s not as bad as other powdered chai mixes I’ve tried).

Bigelow Tea

Thanks for sharing your assessment of our Vanilla Chai…personally one of my favorites, which I enjoy with just a splash of skim milk. We agree that everyone should experiment with the preparation of teas, to get the best overall flavor experience.
Thanks again, we enjoyed your comments!
Kathy for Bigelow Tea

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79

This does make a nice iced tea. It tastes quite fruity and refreshing although the hibiscus taste a bit stronger and more tart than it did when it was hot. Fortunately it doesn’t overwhelm the other flavours and the whole thing ends up being a nice mix of tangy and sweet.

Preparation
Iced 3 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Caramelized Pear by Art of Tea
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I add a judicious amount of agave nectar to this cup and it brought out the sweet caramel flavour very nicely. :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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79

Yummy – adding a spoonful of honey really brings out the vanilla in this chai.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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76

My steeping cuppa had a faint, delicate floral scent that reminded me of wild honeysuckle blossoms. There’s a bit of that in the flavour too, although it’s quite a fresh-tasting sort of floral with little hints of honey. It has a surprising amount of presence for a tea that looks so light and subtle – yet it manages to linger on my tongue, making it hard to dismiss.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Chocolate Ecstasy Matcha by Domo
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I managed to get a canister of this tea on sale at my local organic foods store which was lucky because it’s usually quite expensive and I likely wouldn’t have tried it otherwise.

I followed the steeping directions on the container that recommended 3/4 cup steamed (well heated in the microwave in my case) milk with 1 tbsp of the matcha powder, and I then filled the mug up the rest of the way with hot water. I didn’t wisk the matcha, I just made sure to stir it thoroughly with a spoon which seems to have gotten more or less the same result. The latte doesn’t look very matcha-ish being sort of an off-white colour, though there’s lots of nice froth on top – I love frothy lattes.

It’s a little bit short in the flavour department as the most prominent thing I can taste is the milk. Still I can tell that the matcha and chocolate are there – they’re just hiding. ;) The chocolate is the sort of flavour you’d find in a basic Cadbury hot chocolate mix, going for that sweet, milk chocolate flavour rather than the richer, bitter-sweet cocoa flavour. The grassy matcha is an interesting counterpoint to the chocolate – almost a yin to its yang or something silly like that.

This wasn’t bad at all for an experimental first cup, though next time I’ll add more of the powder and see if I can’t get more flavour out of it.

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84

Mmm, lots of love for this one, especially now that I’ve steeped it longer, so I’m uping the rating. The cherry flavour seems to get more pronounced the longer the steeping time I’ve noticed which might be a factor in my decision.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec

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84

I was so happy when I managed to get a bag of this the first time Frank reblended it. Just the idea of this tea sounds delicious to me.

It smells very coconutty and I can see that there’s an abundance of coconut shavings mixed in with the honeybush. The first thing that I can taste is the coconut flavour wrapped in with the sweetness of the honeybush. At first I couldn’t tell where the cheesecake was, but it comes in later a sort of creamy, slightly sour taste that’s just barely there, teasing the tastebuds before it’s gone. A touch more cheesecake would be nice, but other than that I really like this one. It’s like eating dessert only without any of the unwanted calories – yay! :D

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Citrus Whammy by SBS Teas
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One look tells me that there’s hibiscus in this tea – nothing else would turn the water such a vivid red colour. The tisane seems to be a mix of hibiscus, rosehips, apple(?) bits and lavander with a few pieces of orange peel thrown in so I’m not sure how this is supposed to be a ‘Citrus’ anything!

And it basically tastes like hibiscus and lavander – I might drink this if I had a cold (and my tastebuds were dulled) but it’s not to my tastes at all, being very tart and pungent. Maybe I’ll give this another shot with a reduced steeping time, but so far I’m not impressed.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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