1803 Tasting Notes

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drank Pitta Ayurvedic by DAVIDsTEA
1803 tasting notes

This is the second of two Ayurvedic teas I purchased in my most recent Davids Tea order. This one is distinctly more herbal in character than the Kapha blend I tried a few days ago. It smells like peppermint and miscellaneous herbs with a touch of citrus – not an off-putting scent but not terribly compelling either. The hibiscus in the ingredient list had me worried, but in this case it was so subtle I could barely taste it beyond a faint sourness. The flavour is rather minty with unidentifiable herbal notes. It’s not objectionable, though I don’t find it particularly remarkable either.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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This oolong has quite a unique appearance – instead of loose or rolled leaves it looks very much like hard, little pebbles. I gave the tea a quick rinse of a few seconds then steeped it for 4 minutes. I could smell the herbaly ginseng as well as a lightly roasted oolong scent. The flavour is smooth and slightly sweet with the herbal, slightly bitter ginseng notes coming in at the end of each sip. Oddly this tea seems to leave my mouth a little bit dry afterwards, but other than that it’s quite nice.

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

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drank Cantaloupe and Cream by Butiki Teas
1803 tasting notes

I have to admit I was a bit skeptical about this particular tea as most melon flavoured drink tend to taste very synthetic to me. But this blend managed to exceed all my expectations by tasting very much like real, no-shit cantaloupe melon. The white tea base carries the flavour well and adds to the tea’s light, refreshing notes. I didn’t taste the cream at first but it became very noticable as the tea cooled off and made the blend seem very decadent.

I love this tea; I only got a one-cup sample with my Butiki order, but I’ll totally be buying a full bag of it the next time around.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Kapha Ayurvedic by DAVIDsTEA
1803 tasting notes

The dry tea smells quite minty – spicy mint basically – but when the water was added it took on an aroma more like a chai tea. Interestingly it’s the spices – the cinnamon and the cloves that are at the forefront of this tea. I’d expected it to taste more gingery given the discription, but this blend had only a light trace. The licorice is an interesting touch – I’ve found that it often overwhelms the flavours of anything else it’s blended with but in this case the blenders seem to have gotten it right and it’s just a dash of sweet flavour.

It’s an interesting herbal blend and nice to have around when I get bored with my honeybush teas in the evenings.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

The ayurvedic teas from DT are about the only ones I have very close to zero interest in trying. Interesting to hear about though!

Azzrian

Someday you have to try them though – after you get through all the others! :)

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The problem with green chais is that I never know whether to steep them like a green tea (ie. short and at low temps) or like a Indian chai (ie. boiling water, long steep). This time around I just followed the directions on the package which seems to have worked out reasonably well.

The dry tea smelled very chai-ish, redolent with cardamom, cloves, and a bit of cinnamon. Interestingly, when I added the water a strong black pepper note came out. The green tea base made for a lighter, greener tasting chai with a touch of bitterness (thought that might just be an indication I need to decrease the steeping time). The black pepper gave the tea a nice little bite and I thought the rest of the spices were nicely balanced.

I don’t often drink green chais so I don’t have a lot to compare this too, but on it’s own I’d say I think its quite good.

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

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I’m a cherry fanatic so this tea was a must-have when Frank came up with it. Most of the cherry flavoured teas I’ve tried from other companies have been disapointing, either too artifical-tasting or flavourless. But I keep trying in hopes I’ll stumble across a good one.

I had to restrain myself from eating those dried cherries that were mixed in – when I lived at home I would always steal and eat the dried cherries my mom used for baking (much to her ire). ;) And low-and-behold, this tea actually tastes like cherry and real cherries too! The vanilla is detectable too, thought subtly, but I can only pick up the brandy in the scent of the dry tea.

I do wish the cherry flavour was a bit stronger, but that might just be an indication that it needs a longer steep time, so I’ll do that before I give this blend an actual rating. At this point I’m liking – but not quite loving – this tea.

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

How long ago did this come out? Is it maybe just not fresh anymore? Wow I have not heard of this one – how did that slip past me? I LOVE cherries!

Kittenna

Yeah, I was thinking that this one seemed awfully familiar, but I think it actually came out before either of us was on Steepster…

DaisyChubb

This one’s not that old A&K – I just finished off my pouch of it and it was as good as the day I received it.

I also found the cherry flavour a bit subtle – try a slightly longer steep time though, eventually it becomes almost syrupy with goodness!

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74
drank Vanilla Chai by Ronnefeldt Tea
1803 tasting notes

I actually got this tea from Teaberry Fine Teas (http://teaberrys.ca/), a small shop in Kelowna, BC. They seem to sell both Ronnefeldt teas and their own blends (I want to try their Ogopogo blend ^_~).

It was a pleasent vanilla chai, nothing too extraordinary but nice for drinking and the vanilla flavouring was nice and natural-tasting. It also brewed up very nicely as traditional-style chai latte. Yum.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Azzrian

Sounds like a nice dependable brew!

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drank Earl Grey Moonlight by Adagio Teas
1803 tasting notes

I got this tea as part of my order during the Great Cherry Blossom Hunt O’Doom on the Adagio site.

The smell of the dry leaves was very nice – citrusy earl grey with a distinctly sweet vanilla scent. The earl grey base is clearly the same one as the earl grey bravo – ie. very strong and pungent – and I’d hoped that the added vanilla would tone it down a little bit, but that doesn’t really seem to be the case. I found that even with a short brewing time it was still too strong to be drunk without milk. The milk softened things out and allowed the vanilla to come through a bit, however, it had to fight the powerful bergamot notes to do so.

I’m rather disapointed as the end result wasn’t a creamy as I thought it would be and tasted very similar to the original Earl Grey Bravo.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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This isn’t a tea I’d normally try with milk as it doesn’t mix with a lot of berry-flavoured teas. But it worked surprisingly nicely with this one – perhaps because of the lemon flavours?

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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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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