1621 Tasting Notes

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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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drank Mandarinkgo by Tea Desire
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This was recommended to me as a tea that’s good iced – but I had to try it hot first. The flavours are interesting – distinctly fresh with a slightly sweet, hay-like quality. It’s a bit herbal though not as much as I would expect with those ingredients. It’s all very smooth and pleasant – and I’ll definitely ice my next cup to see how it is.

Also, despite the name, it doesn’t contain any orange flavouring – I think the ‘mandarin’ part is supposed to be in denotation of the Chinese origin of the herbs (ginkgo, jiao gu lan).

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Yunnan Golden Curls by Adagio Teas
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Guys guess what? – Adagio has lowered its international shipping charges – which means that after several years, I can buy from them again!

This is quite a neat looking tea – the leaves really do look like tight curls. I’ve often heard Yunnan teas described as ‘peppery’ but I think that this is the first time I’ve actually been able to taste what they’re taking about; it doesn’t bite the tongue like pepper does but there’s a spiciness in the back of the mouth at the end of each sip. There’s also a tannin flavour that I’m more familiar with in this tea type, though in this case it’s quite smooth unlike some teas where there’s almost a cigarette-like tone to them (bleh). This tea on the other hand is more like leather with a faint hint of cocoa-like bitterness in there.

I look forward to trying more teas in Adagio’s Master collection especially – they’ve added quite a few new ones since I last purchased from them.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
NofarS

Oh no. Lower shipping charges. MUST. NOT. VISIT. THEIR. SITE.
TEA. HIATUS. STILL. IN. EFFECT.
:)

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drank Flaming Chocolate Mate by 52teas
1621 tasting notes

This is tea is surprisingly good with milk which is almost never the case with yerba mates. I think the base being a roasted mate rather than a green one makes the difference. The milk lessens the bite of the cayenne pepper somewhat much like drinking milk after eating something spice eases the heat I guess.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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