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1527 Tasting Notes

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drank Fujian Ti Kuan Yin by Adagio Teas
1527 tasting notes

This tea steeps up with a fragrantly floral aroma that makes me think of just-opened lilac blossoms. The first steep tastes floral and sweet with an oddly spicy aftertaste that linger on the tongue. The flavour has more body and weight to it than many other green oolongs I’ve tasted.

The resteep (@5 min) is mellower and significantly less floral. That perplexing spicy aftertaste is also absent, but the tea still has a full, pleasent flavour that’s sweet without being cloying.

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

Hmm, maybe I need to steep mine longer because your experience @ 4mins sounds much better than mine @ 2min.

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72
drank Mayan Chocolate Chai by 52teas
1527 tasting notes

This is the end of my little sample and I had it plain with a bit of honey added to it which turned out to be really good. The sweetness mellowed out the bite of the hot pepper a little bit, but it didn’t sacrifice the other flavours to do so. It also brought out the flavour of the cocoa nibs a little bit – and if there’s one thing you need to know about me it’s that more chocolate is always appreciated. ;)

I’m still not sure if I’d buy a whole bag of this tea – like I said in a previous entry I’d have to be a specific mood to want to drink this tea. It’s a good novelty tea (or may that’s novel-tea) and I enjoyed having the chance to expand my horizons a bit.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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69
drank Genmaicha Extra Green by Den's Tea
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This looks and smells a lot like the Ryokucha that I tried from Samovar – tea leaves and toasted rice kernels covered in a green dusting of matcha powder.

It doesn’t have quite the same full, savory flavour the Samovar version does. This tastes a bit ‘watery-er’ (for lack of a better word – taken by itself the tea isn’t watery) and it has a rather distinct grassy flavour that I don’t entirly care for. Maybe I’ll try cooler water and a longer steep next time.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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This isn’t a strongly-scented tea, but white teas generally aren’t. What I can smell is surprisingly authentic – delicate stewed pear with a wiff of spices. Like the scent the flavour is light and dainty. The pear seems like the primary element and it isn’t fake like some fruit flavourings can come across. I think I might like it if the spices were a little bit stronger – I’ll steep the next cup a bit long.

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

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67

It’s kind of surprising how strong this tea manages to be even with such a short steeping time. It has an almost thick, dense taste and mouth-feel that would almost be more at home in a pu-erh rather than a Keemun.

And still no orchids. <

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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87

I steeped the leaves for 4 minutes this time which brought out the muscatel flavours more strongly, making it taste a bit more like a typical Darjeeling – though not as bitterly astringent as I’ve found most 2nd Flush or Autumnal teas to be. I resteeped the leaves (@ 4:45min) and while the results were a little bit bland the tea still had the same recognizable flavour-profile as during the first steep.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Mayan Chocolate Chai by 52teas
1527 tasting notes

You know, adding skim milk to this tea doesn’t really do much for me. Yes it lowers the heat of the cayenne pepper a little bit, but it also dulls the other flavours, including the chocolate (oh noses!). I think this is one of the only chais I’ve ever drank that I’d recommend drinking plain.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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This time I drank the tea with a dash of honey and a bit more milk added and liked it even better. The sweetness emphasized the similarily to an SBUX pumpkin spice latte, giving the tea a sweet, carmelized flavour to accompany those fragrant spices. It makes for a very rich, and festive-tasting drink without all (or at least most, I suppose there are some in the honey) the calories.

I’m adding this tea to my shopping list – maybe when I’m down in Vancovuer this winter I’ll see about finding a David’s Tea store and picking some up.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
mirthmatter

The Pumpkin Chai was a part of their Fall line, and I don’t think any stores have it anymore. :(

Jaime

The website still has mini tins available.

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I adjusted the steeping temperature of the tea a bit, but I’m not really noticing much of an improvement except maybe the green tea tasting grassier. Everyone seems to love this tea and rave about its coconut-ginger flavours – what am I doing wrong?

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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Dear David’s Tea,
Please stop putting all your samples in itty bitty tins that I can’t get my scoop in without tea spilling everywhere.
Love Jillian.

Oh. My. God. This tastes like those Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes only better! The flavours taste more authentic and the spices are fresher and well…spicier. The addition of some milk makes it creamy and smooth-tasting, and for once I’m actually able to taste the pumpkin. The spices in this blend work really well with the pumpkin – I can taste primarily cloves and cardamom which I like better than the cinnamon that’s often used in autumn-themed teas.

I bet this would be fantastic steeped as a traditional-style chai with steamed milk and honey.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
wombatgirl

I have got to try some of their teas – everyone’s been raving about them!!

Jillian

I can share some of mine if you’d like? The Pumpkin Chai was only a small sample but I’ve got a couple packages kicking around in my cupboard. :)

Cattibrie

I realize that this is an old post but just so you know I got my samples with my order today and they are packed in little foil packets. So cute and they won’t spill.

MaddHatter

So can’t wait for this tea… September 13th can’t come fast enough… AND IT’S A PAYDAY!! Mwah-ha-ha-ha-ha!!

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