1794 Tasting Notes

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This is supposed to be buttered rum flavoured? LOLWUT!? It doesn’t smell like buttered rum – more like a slightly fruity/vanilla scented tea and it doesn’t really taste like anything except regular tea. Epic!Fail guys.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Kittenna

Lame! At least the DavidsTea version smells quite like a buttery, delicious rummy treat :D

Jillian

Yes, I was quite disapointed as the Granville Island Tea Co’s blends are usually quite good.

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72

The weather is getting hot these day so I dug out my tea and made a pitcher of iced tea. Steeped according to the directions it’s nice and refreshing although I do wish there was a bit more black currant/berry flavour. The base is smooth and not bitter, which is a problem I’ve noticed with some iced tea.

Because I’m Canadian I like my iced tea sweet, although the commercially available bottled and powdered iced teas are way too sugary, so one plus of making my own is that I can control the amount of sweetener (in this case agave nectar) that I add.

Preparation
Iced
CupofTree

This one sounds good, I love Harney & Sons. I really wanted to send you a PM after reading that you study Natural Resources because that’s what I’m studying as well and I don’t know anybody else who is! (short of a few fellow online students)
I am focusing on Forest science because I love trees more than anything. Do you have a specific area of interest as well?

Lilysmom

I bought this today and am trying it now. Maybe I prepped it wrong? Holy moly is it bitter. Not much berry flavour, blech. I think I am going to dump it. How sad!

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drank Aislaby by Granville Island Tea Co
1794 tasting notes

Life has hit a few bumps lately for me so it’s been awhile since I’ve had the chance to peruse Steepster. Those of you who are waiting on packages from me – I’ll deal with those in the next few days.

Now on to the tea. This particular tea is a Ceylon from the Uva region of Sri Lanka. I picked up the last time I visited the shop in the Granville Island Public market (which is a wonderful place, BTW) and according to the owner this one they only recently acquired.

To be honest I was expecting something with a bit more flavour. It has a generic tea taste and…that’s it, mostly. The body of the tea is quite light, even with an extended steeping but oddly enough I found I still needed to add milk in the end to smooth out the taste. It would make a good introductory loose-leaf black tea I think, or maybe for an afternoon tea where you don’t necessarily want a robust, full-flavoured brew.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
DaisyChubb

We miss you around here!
Hang in there – life is full of bumps but you’ll get over them, I know it. You always have a community here to welcome you back with open arms :)

Kittenna

I’m with DaisyChubb :) Was wondering if something was going on, because you seemed to be a regular around here and then pretty much disappeared! Hope things settle(d) down for you…

Jillian

Thanks guys, you’re so sweet.

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79

De-cupboarding this tea. I’ll miss it as it was a great breakfast tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
CHAroma

It’s in the permanent collection now!

Jillian

Yup, I know. _

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74

The tea smells like a sweet, ripe peach – or at least something close to it. It brewed up as a nicely mellow tea with sweet fruity notes. Normally I find Adagio’s Formosa Oolong to have a bit of an unpleasent burnt flavour, but the peach and the white peony in this blend seem to even things out. It’s a good tea to drink in the evenings when you want something light and smooth.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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78
drank Mecha by Den's Tea
1794 tasting notes

Wow this tea smell strongly of seaweed when I open the pouch! It’s a very fine-textured tea, with litrle dark-green pieces that would probably be called Fannings in an Indian-style tea. It brews up a murky, green cup that looks a bit like over-diluted matcha. The flavour is full and complex – a mix of savory, sweetness and grassy bitterness, though the bitterness is less pronounced than it would be in another tea like a sencha. I’ve always liked the high-quality Japanese greens Den’s Tea carries, and this one is no exception.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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74

I haven’t drank this tea in awhile so for some variety I had it iced. The green rooibos base lends itself really well to iced tea and the fresh flavours of the aloe make for a truely refreshing drink. I wish I had more as I’d love to make up a jug to keep in the fridge.

Preparation
Iced

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drank Anhui Keemun by Adagio Teas
1794 tasting notes

My sense of taste is mostly back to normal so I figured this was as good a time as any to crack open my Adagio order. I sort of expected bigger leaves out of something touted as a high-quality tea, but I suppose size isn’t everything, lol. :D Dry, the leaves were black with flecks of gold but when they brewed they turned a light brown shade.

The flavours are bold and dramatic – bitter cocoa with a little bite that actual does resemble pepper a bit. There’s also a hints of tanins and smoke, something I’ve come to recognize as a characterstic of most Chinese black tea to one degree or another. The tea has a substantial, almost thick feel in the mouth and it lingers on the tongue, not letting you forget it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
gmathis

I’m thinking, with a description like that, Adagio should hire you to write their ad copy. Yum!

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drank Blazing Strawberries by DAVIDsTEA
1794 tasting notes

I think a five minute steep is on the light side of things as my cup tasted a little bit weak. It was quite an intriguing tea (or tisane, I guess), lightly grassy with fruity strawberry flavours and a smooth, almost creamy feel in the mouth. I’m not getting any heat from the peppercorns so the ‘blazing’ part isn’t really happening at the moment – but at least the ‘strawberry’ is!

On a side note, I’m glad I finished my tea before reading the horror stories about finiding snail and worms in this tea – now I’m afraid to look at the spent leaves. 0_o

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I’m a university student in her twenties who’s currently working her way toward a Bachelor of Natural Resource Science degree. I love both science and science-fiction and I’m a history nut on top of that. Maybe I should just call myself a nerd and leave it there. ;)

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