1582 Tasting Notes

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drank Green Tea Paradise by SpecialTeas
1582 tasting notes

Still nothing too special beyond a general ‘berry’ flavour. I was hoping that I might be able to taste the rhubarb if I steeped the tea longer, but it doesn’t look like that’s the case thus far.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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drank Florence by Harney & Sons
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Thank you to AmazonV for sending me some of this tea. I love anything chocolate and Valentine’s Day seemed like a good time to try this tea out. :D

The tea smelled deliciously rich, the chocolate scent so strong I almost want to eat the leaves. Some teas seem to smell quite nice, but taste disapointingly bland – fortunately that isn’t the case with this tea. This is a chocolate tea, ladies and gentlemen, it’s like an explosion of pure dark chocolate inside my mouth. It’s not a bitter, cocoa powder flavour like many other chocolate teas I’ve tried, this is definitely chocolate in its finished form, with a light dash of creamy sweetness.

I think I’m in love. ;)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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68

This tea seems to get more hibiscus-y the longer it’s steeped, so I think I’ll keep it at 5 minutes in the future. It’s still not bad though, as I can definitely tell that there’s a lot more to this tea than just the tartness of the hibiscus. It makes a decent-enough hot drink before bedtime.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Gingerbread House by Tealeaves
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I had this in latte form when I visited the T teashop during Boxing Week and I loved it so much I decided to try a bit of the loose tea as well.

It tastes just like biting into a warm gingerbread cookie, managing to mix the bite of the ginger with the other spices in just the right amount. It’s absolutely delicious and it really warms me up nicely on a cold, wet sort of day like this.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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66
drank Morning Sun by Tea Leaf Boutique
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Increasing the steeping time and temperature helped to improve the flavour somewhat, but I’m still left feeling like the green tea base is rather on the bland, flavourless side. It’s not bitter like some low-quality green teas can be, it’s just not really there at all, I guess. The berry flavours mixed with a faint touch of rose are nice and pleasent, and I think they could be even better with a bolder tea base. It’s almost a shame really.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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78
drank Toucan Mango Chai by David Rio
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I made this up with half hot water, half milk to make it a bit thicker since the last David Rio chai I had (made with just water) I found to be too watery. The end result is surprisingly fruity-tasting – mango isn’t normally something I’d associate with chai, but in this case they go quite well together. The spices in the chai are rather tame, partly so they don’t drown out the fruit I guess, but I can still tell that this is tea is a chai. It’s not too sweet and I think adding the milk was a good move because it made the mix rich and creamy without adding too many extra calories. Yummy!

Preparation
Boiling

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87
drank Strawberry Zabaglione by 52teas
1582 tasting notes

This tea is absolutely loaded with strawberry bits, which made me a happy tea-drinker. I’ve never eaten strawberry zabaglione before (it’s an Italian thing, right?) so I can’t really say how accurate it is in that regard, but I can say that it is one delicious cuppa.

The strawberry shines through the flavour of the black tea – it’s deliciously fruity and lightly sweet with hints of creamy vanilla. I brewed this cup up fairly light because I was drinking it plain so the whole thing is a little on the mild side, but I bet it would be awesome stronger with some milk.

The resteep at 5 minutes is lighter but I can still distinctly taste the strawberries in there.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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74
drank Almond Oolong by Adagio Teas
1582 tasting notes

This is another tea I picked up courtesy of the Travelling Teabox – I like the idea of flavoured oolongs and I’d had my eye on this particular one for awhile.

I love almond-flavoured foods and drinks and this tea doesn’t disappoint. The scent is reasonably subtle but the tea itself is quite flavourful. I’d liken the almond taste more to almond extract rather than just the plain nuts, and I think it mixed well with the roasted, slightly earthy flavours of the dark oolong base.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This is a really interesting-looking tea with the leaves tightly rolled into thin, little sticks an inch or two long. I couldn’t exactly measure out a teaspoon with my little scoop so instead I just used six of the ‘sticks’ assuming that would be enough.

The description was right when it described this tea as bitter – wow is it ever! I was surprised that something brewed up so clear (only a few shades darker than water) could be so pungent. Maybe I just used too much tea from the start. The bitterness isn’t as bad after the first couple of sips and I can taste a bit of a cool, mint-like quality to it – it gives the tea very clean flavour, too bad it’s almost on par with industrial-strength cleaners.

Normally I’d resteep the leaves, but I don’t think I could stomach another cup. I’ll try using less of the tea next time and see if that help. But for now – bleh!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Sara

I said this in my own tasting note, but two sticks per cup will do you! This is definitely a challenging tea.

Jillian

Thanks for the advice – I really didn’t have any clue how much to use, so I’ll try your way.

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drank Sweet Nothings by Tea Leaf Boutique
1582 tasting notes

Meh, it tastes like black tea with very little strawberry or currant flavouring. I love the smell of this tea, it’s deliciously sweet and fruity, but it doesn’t seem to transfere over to its taste.

So my first impressions aren’t all that good, but I’ll meddle around with the steeping a bit before I actually rate this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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