1794 Tasting Notes

drank Taffy Terror (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
1794 tasting notes

Braaaiiiiiiins….Braaaiiiiiiins. Okay maybe not quite, but I’m feeling pretty zombie-ish – who the heck gets a bad cold this late in the year, anyway?

I was looking for a green tea and this was the first one that came to hand. I could have sworn I reviewed this blend back when I first got it, but it looks like not. I still can’t smell terribly well right now but the flavour is nice – vanilla and caramel, and maybe if I tilt my head and squint I can pick up the fruity apricot notes as well. Of course my sense of taste might be off kilter as well, so I’ll give this tea an actual numerical rating once I’m feeling better.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec
DaisyChubb

Boo – get well soon!

Jillian

Thanks! _

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drank Casablanca Twist by Adagio Teas
1794 tasting notes

This was a very minty tea, so much so that I could barely tell there was any green tea present. Though I seem to be coming down with something as my throat has become very sore over the course of the day, so it just might be that my tastebuds aren’t all working right now. I should add that it was still quite a pleasent tea and I enjoy mint teas in almost any form.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Cookies N' Cream by Still Water Tea
1794 tasting notes

Thank for sending me a sample of this tea DaisyChubb, I really need to patronize more of those little Canadian tea companies.

I get more chocolate and caramel than I do cookies and cream from this tea. The tea might just need a bit longer steep though, and I bet it would also be tasty with some milk.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
DaisyChubb

I just finished off the rest of what I had of this!
I definitely get what you’re saying with chocolate and caramel. And it is tasty with milk! :)

Still Water Tea

Milk is the key to getting the fullness of cream in the tea. It compliments it quite well. :)

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drank You Put The... by 52teas
1794 tasting notes

Interesting – I was afraid that the longer steep would bring out the herbal notes of the yerba mate more, but it seems to have done the opposite and capitalized on the coconut. I think I’m liking the blend more this time around.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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drank Rooibos Vanilla Chai by Adagio Teas
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I picked up this tea as part of Adagio’s Chai Sampler and while I’m not generally a fan of red rooibos all the positive reviews made me curious about this tea. Drinking it, if it weren’t for the reddish colour of the tea, I wouldn’t be able to tell this had a rooibos base as it blends so smoothly with the spices as to be barely discernable. It’s a well mixed chai and the spices are nicely balanced if a bit heavy on the cloves. The vanilla gives the tea a surprising smoothly-sweet note, so much so that I’d say that this doesn’t need sugar at all. Very nice Adagio!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I added milk to the tea this morning for my breakfast cuppa and found that it really improved things. So I’ve decided to up its rating by a few points.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Indian Chai by Enchanted Teacup
1794 tasting notes

A new tea store opened in my town – much to my surprise since we’re mostly a Tim Horton’s coffee kind of place, in my opinion. I checked them out and they’ve got a pretty decent selection – not so many single-estate teas, but lots of good blends.

This one is great as a good, basic chai tea. The base is a robust CTC black and the spices are well balanced. Nothing too special but it’s a good, solid tea and goes great with daal pakoras. I might try doing a traditional-style chai latte with it next time.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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I added a teaspoon of wildflower honey to this cuppa and found that it make it taste like citrus-flavoured candies. I was hoping that it would also bring out the cheesecake flavour a bit more, but no such luck. Despite this lack I find it hard to knock such a great-tasting tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Strawberry Shortcake by Teaopia
1794 tasting notes

Adding milk gives this tea a nice creamy note. However the base strikes me as a little bit weak – may so it doesn’t overwhelm the strawberry flavours?

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

Jillian, you are lovely, and I’ve sent in a spam report :)

Jillian

Lol, thanks Krystaleyn. Deleting the post in question in 3…2…1…

I love the smell of spam in the (very early) morning. XD

Kittenna

Hahaha :)

Jason

Sorry about that, all taken care of.

Jillian

Thanks Jason

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The smell of the dry blend is rich and vanilla-y with a nutty undertone. It turned a bit more herbal as the tea steeped and the colour was super dark – like a cup of black dark-roast coffee, I guess.

The first sip was shockingly bitter but after that inital mouthful the flavour improved. I almost never drink coffee (because it makes me hideously ill) but I imagine that it’s meant to taste similar to it – I know that chickory root was used as a coffee substitute when the latter was too expensive or scarse (such as the infamous Ersatz coffee). It’s maybe a bit strong for my tastes, but I’m tempted to try it with milk and/or honey next time. Colour me intrigued. :D

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
gmathis

The Ersatz blend I’ve tried is mild enough you can drink without additives, but it has some roasted rice in it instead of straight-up chicory.

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