1734 Tasting Notes

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drank Cran-Grape Shou Mei by 52teas
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Thanks you Marzipan for giving me a sample of this tea to try. It smells like fruit punch or maybe Kool-Aid. Flavour-wise, I’m getting more grape than cranberry from this tea but the white tea base goes well with both these flavours.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Yogi Berry by DAVIDsTEA
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The initial smell of this tea is sweet and fruity but as it steeps the warm scent of ginger really comes to the fore. The flavour is an interesting one as initially I can taste the fruity strawberry flavour but the warm bite of ginger quickly follows. It’s an unusual combination but I think it could really grow on me.

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

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drank Moroccan Mint by Golden Moon Tea
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The dry tea smells very minty like Trident gum but I found the flavour to be curiously bland. The mint was present and not much else as the gunpowder base seemed rather weak. I think I prefer the black-green mix of the Vanilla Mint blend which gave the tea more body. I find this blend to be only okay.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Vanilla Mint by Golden Moon Tea
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I was looking for something to perk me up in the late afternoon and something minty was perfect. I’d say this tea is more mint than vanilla but it does give the tea a creamy, sweet undertone. The mixed black/green base is an interesting one and it gives the tea more body than what you’d get a from a straight gunpowder green. Nice and refreshing it hit the spot.

Preparation
1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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There’s definitely vanilla in this tea but there more to it than that – there a toasty, almost pastry-like scent and flavour, possibly due to the base, making this tea very dessert-like. It’s a very smooth tea with nice, creamy undertones and slight hints of fruitiness in the aftertaste.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Fjellrev

Sounds delicious. :)

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drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
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I was caught off-guard by how strong the melon flavour in this tea was as I’d been expecting something more tart given the hibiscus. I can taste a bit of tartness after the initial sweet-melon flavour, though I’m not sure if that’s just the hibiscus talking or if the goji is getting in on the action too. Personally, I think this blend should be called Melon Pop or maybe Melon-Berry Pop rather than Goji Pop as the goji isn’t really the main focus of the tea. Still it’s a great blend and it’s definitely going to get turned into iced tea sometime in the near future.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Spicier Chai by 52teas
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This chai is ‘spicier’ but it’s not really spicy. There’s a touch of heat from the red pepper and the ginger but its well-balanced with the rest of the tea. It has a good dose of cardamom and other spices and it doesn’t fall into the too-much-cinnamon trap that many of Frank’s previous chai blends fell into. It’s also one of those blends that can be drunk either with milk or without and doesn’t suffer for it either way. I can’t wait to try it as a latté.

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

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I had my eye on this tea but unfortunately I wasn’t able to purchase any before it sold out. However thanks to Marzipan I have another shot at this blend. I like many of Frank’s genmaicha blends and this one isn’t bad – but it’s not really gingerbread. The ‘ginger’ part is there certainly giving the tea a nice bit of heat, but it’s lacking the other key flavours of the molasses and the allspice that give gingerbread its signature flavour.

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

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Murchie’s loves its custom black tea blends, especially those in honor of British royalty. In addition to this blend they also created a blend for Queen Elizabeth’s Golden Jubilee as well as one for the royal wedding.

This is a nice, solid blend that incorporates characteristics from different black tea from around Asia and blends them together seamlessly. I can taste the grapey, muscatel tones of a Darjeeling without the astringency, some lightly malty flavours like you’d find in an Assam, and maybe the barest hint of peppery Yunnan. It has a surprising sweetness, particularly after it cooled off a bit and it’s quite smooth despite having such bold flavours. A great black tea that really shows the creator’s deft hand at blending.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Cherry Snowcone by DAVIDsTEA
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I purchased this to make into iced tea but I wanted to try it hot first. I’m not a hibiscus fan but the ‘cherry’ drew me in. Unfortunately it’s not as strong in the hot tea as I would have wished. Surprisingly it’s not very sweet either considering all the little sugar snowflakes in the mix. Thankfully the hibiscus is also fairly muted so the end result is a fairly standard, mildly tart, berry flavour. It’s pretty ‘meh’ hot IMO, but I think it might have potential iced.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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