1630 Tasting Notes

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drank Acai Green by The Republic of Tea
1630 tasting notes

The Great Canadian Teabox arrive at my doorstep so now I’m spoiled for choice when it comes to new teas to try. My strainer was in the dishwasher so I picked this one for convenience as it’s in bagged form.

As soon as I added the water the tea turned a tell-tale red – I suppose it was too much to hope that there wouldn’t be hibiscus in a relatively cheap blend like this. I will say that the hibiscus wasn’t overpowering and I could can taste a little bit of acai berry flavour underneath. But I’m so sick of companies using hibiscus as a cheap and easy facsimile for any tart-flavoured fruit in their teas. Big thumbs down.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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88
drank L'Hiver (Winter Tea) by Fauchon
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Mostly when I think of winter-themed teas I think of spices like cinnamon and clove or oranges. This tea goes a completely different route with its creamy lemon flavour that reminds me so much of some lemon-flavoured macarons that I bought recently. A very light and elegant blend.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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I love the smell of this tea, it’s almost good enough to eat (in fact I may have snuck a sugar sprinkle or two). It’s not bad at all for a flavoured blend and I really get a strong vanilla cake-batter flavour. A bit artificial? Well yes, but lets be real I didn’t buy a tea called ‘Birthday Cake’ and filled with rainbow-coloured sprinkles so I could get the same nuanced experience as I would with a FTGFOP Darjeeling 1st flush. What this blend is is a fun, tasty tea that makes a good substitute for a calorie-laden dessert.

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

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drank White Chocolate Frost by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown. I finally realized what this tea reminded me of – creme de menthe liqueur (minus the alcohol) mixed with something creamy – maybe something a bit like a Grasshopper in tea form being the end result.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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75
drank Jungle Ju Ju by DAVIDsTEA
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I’m a bit leery of guayusa due to the high caffeine content so I only did the minimum recommended steeping time from the package. There are huge chunks of papaya and peach in there and the smell of the dry tea is an interesting mix of fruity and herbal. I get some pretty good flavour from the papaya and peaches – I’m not sure if it’s those or the guayusa itself that are giving the tea a slightly sweet undertone. There’s a slightly herbal taste but not as strong as I would have expected from the smell.

The caffeine amount turned put just right – I’d only had a few hours of sleep last night and was super groggy, but this woke me up without making me jittery and gave me just the right amount of energy to go about my day.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Rum Raisin Ice Cream by 52teas
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I used to work at a chocolate shop that also sold ice cream during the summer and one of the most popular summer flavours was rum raisin ice cream. It’s almost uncanny how accurate the scent of the dry tea is. The flavour isn’t quite there however – given the scent I was expecting the rum raisin flavours to be stronger than they are. The ice cream part is down pat, particularly after I added a bit of skim milk to it, but the rest is a bit weak.

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

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drank Sweet Apple Cider by DAVIDsTEA
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I was purchasing some discounted summer teas from the newly-opened Davids Tea store in my town and they threw this sample in with the purchase. It’s not really a tea that catches my interest enough for me to buy on my own, so the chance to try a little bit out for free is nice. I’ve found some unexpected treasures that way.

This tea, however, isn’t one. The apple-vanilla scent is nice, though I find it to be a bit artificial. This isn’t a spiced cider sort of a tea, instead it tries to be like freshly pressed apple juice/cider. Unfortunately it mostly just tastes like sweet-ish, watery apple juice to my taste buds. That may just mean I need to steep it longer, and I’m glad I have enough for another cup. We’ll see.

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

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74
drank Caramel Apple Oolong by 52teas
1630 tasting notes

I missed this tea on the first go-round but I managed to snag a pouch when it was re-blended recently. Frank doesn’t do many oolong-based blends so this one intrigued me. The smell of the tea is very sweet with a mixed fruity-floral undertone. The flavour is also distinctly sweet and smooth though personally I think it tastes more like a sweet cream than caramel to me. The apple flavour is subtle, though I think the oolong based helps it along, still it would be nice if it were a touch stronger.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Is this tea the same as what I’ve heard called ‘Sun Moon Lake’ black tea? I know it’s produced from a Taiwanese Assam-variety tea plant like this tea is.

The brewed liquor is a lovely dark reddish shade, almost like a garnet and the aroma is rather fruity. The flavour is something unique – has the robustness of Assam and there is a bit of malt though I would describe the dominant flavour of the tea to be something more like cocoa with a bit of bakey-ness followed by a sweet, slightly fruity (citrus maybe?) note. It has an extremely smooth feel in the mouth and I don’t feel the need to add milk to tone down it down like I do with most Indian Assams.

Butiki Teas has a real winner here – I completely understand why this is one of the top teas on the entire site.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Butiki Teas

Sun Moon Lake black tea can refer to a few different types of black tea. If it is just an Assam then it is TRES #8.

Jillian

Cool, thanks for clearing that up.

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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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