1630 Tasting Notes

73

Like the last one I made this up with half milk and half hot water to give the tea a creamier flavour. It’s surprisingly mild for a “spiced” chai, I think on the whole I might prefer something with a little bit more of a bite to it. On the other hand it’s not too obnoxiously sweet either. So not bad all around – their one might make a nice iced chai latte if I had another pouch to experiment with (which sadly I don’t).

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drank Mulled Chai (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
1630 tasting notes

I got this tea from the Travelling Teabox when it was staying with me. There’s only a few spoonfuls left in the bag and I think whoever tried it before me took most of the fruit bits. :D

It tastes a little weak so I’ll probably steep the remainder for slightly longer. It reminds me somewhat of a chai without the black tea – a chai-less chai. ;) What I noticed most is the flavour of the ginger and the cloves, though neither is horribly strong, thankfully. The tea is sweet and slightly fruity, particularly as it cools, but I can’t really pick out any really distinct fruit flavours. Maaaybe a bit of apple.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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72

This tea wasn’t anything special hot so I gave it a shot iced. Unfortunately the same steeping time/temp was too much for it and the result was too strong and ‘green’ tasting without much mango flavour. I’ll give it a do over and dial things down to see if that improves matters.

Preparation
Iced 2 min, 30 sec

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73

This is an interesting take on the traditional earl grey tea. The orange and lemon flavours give the tea a tangy zip without the added pungency of bergamot. It goes surprisingly well with milk – though the result is a bit lighter than the traditional cuppa of earl grey in my opinion. It’s a nice tea to drink on a gorgeous, sunny morning like this one. _

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
KeenTeaThyme

“Without the added pungency of bergamot” makes me want to try this, during my quest for Earl Grey. Sounds like this might be my cuppa tea (so sorry for the pun). :)

Jillian

Well I’d be willing to trade you some if you’re interested. :)

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52

I give this tea a ‘meh’. It’s not bad for a red rooibos-based tea but it’s not spectacularly good either. I can sorta taste the coconut and a creaminess that that might or might not the be the macadamia nut, but none of the flavours really shout out to me; they’re there but at a background level.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
gmathis

In theory, this sounds wonderful - sorry it didn’t actually execute well. :)

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73

Okay so I steeped it a little less and this time the juniper berries came across a lot less pungently and I can taste the other spices as well this time now that they aren’t being drowned out. There are also some fruity hints – not just the citrus peel but of berries aswell.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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71

Huh, I guess I never did rate this tea. Well this is my last cup before I send the rest off in a swap. It’s not a bad tea, but since I first tried it I’ve had the chance to sample other silver needle teas and found them to be superior to this one. Wegman’s Silver Needle in particular I found to be sweeter and less vegetale with more of a nuanced flavour than this one has.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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95
drank Buttered Rum (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
1630 tasting notes

This tea smells exactly like the Butterscotch Lifesavers I used to love to eat when I was a kid. The buttered rum flavour isn’t weak but it blends naturally with the flavour of the black tea. It’s sweet but not too sweet – though I imagine adding some honey or agave nectar would really make the flavour pop.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Saffron Fusion Tea by Taja Tea
1630 tasting notes

I was attracted to this tea by how unusual it is – saffron is an expensive substance and rarely used in teas. Regardless of how much was actually in there, I was curious enough to give this a try. It has a nice fruity smell and if the tea doesn’t taste as fruity at least it doesn’t have that generic tropical fruit flavour either. There’s a hint of sweetness from the mango and a slightly bitter herbal flavour which might or might not be the saffron mixed with the green tea. It’s a pleasent combination that manages to be something other than the usual bagged fare.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Strawberry Matcha by 52teas
1630 tasting notes

It might only be so-so as a matcha, but I’ve found that it’s actually quite nice mixed in with a fruit smoothie.

Cofftea

It might. That’s your opinion. I think it’s wonderful plain.

Jillian

Eh, each to her own I guess. *shrugs *

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