1681 Tasting Notes

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My order from Adagio came in and it may well be my last order from that company because they’ve jacked up their international shipping prices to ridiculous levels. I am glad I finally got to try the fabled tea cookies though; I couldn’t resist buying a bag of each kind so I’ll be reviewing them all here.

The honey rooibos cookies have a fragrant vanilla smell that makes my mouth water. Their taste reminds me a lot of the British shortbred cookies my grandmother used to serve with tea, with the added flavours of richly sweet honey and a hint of of citrus. The flavours of the rooibos don’t make themselves known too much, which is fine by me, as anyone who knows me knows I’m not a big fan of red rooibos. But the little bits of rooibos leaves that were baked into cookies were a bit annoying as they kept getting caught in my teeth.

Cofftea

As much as I LOATH red rooibos, these are so addicting!

Jillian

@ TeaEqualsBliss: Yeah, I’m afraid I haven’t been on Steepster much lately – it’s just not good tea-drinking weather right now, and a lot of my teas don’t work well iced, so I’ve mostly been sticking to water.

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drank Pi Lo Chun by Tea Desire
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Not much to say about this tea yet, I found it to be quite a mild green tea, with some faint grassy notes and a hint of sweetness as the tea cools off.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Kashmir Chai by Chi of Tea
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The first thing I noticed was that the leaves are in very small pieces. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t expecting a whole leaf tea or anything, but with the pieces so small you get more of the tannins leeching into the tea and a very strong black tea flavour. Which wouldn’t be as big an issue if the spices were stronger, but apart from the mint they’re pretty tame and get overwhelmed by the rest of the tea. Mind you, the mint was a nice addition, it wasn’t too strong, just a hint that lingers on the tongue.

Taken as a whole though, I’d only consider this chai to be okay rather than great. They’ve got a good thing going with the mint, but they need to work on the rest of the tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Guricha by Den's Tea
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I received a free sample of this tea with a Den’s Tea order – it’s always great when a company does stuff like this because it allows me to try new teas without having to spend money on a larger quantity of a tea that I might potentially not even like.

This one has a flavour I’m more used to tasting in Chinese green teas rather than Japanese greens. It has a full-bodied, savory flavour rather than the grassy notes I’m used to tasting in sencha and gyokuros. The resteep also produces a nice, flavourful cup even though I followed the directions and only steeped it for 15 seconds.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Cranberry by Oooli Beverages Inc
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Bleh, it’s way too sour. Tone down the cranberry or add more honey and then we’ll talk. :/

Preparation
Iced

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drank Rose Petal Black by The Tao of Tea
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I like this one – the roses aren’t overpowering the rest of the tea and the black tea base is nice and smooth and mellow with very little bitterness or astringency despite my not adding milk to this tea as I usually do with black teas. It has a nice, subtly sweet tone to it that I enjoyed – though I have to admit it seems like quite a girly tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Chocolate Raspberry by Blue Teapot
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This tea smells quite delicious and unlike many blends it actually manages to replicate the flavour of real raspberries to a good extent. Unfortunately there’s just something a little ‘off’ about the flavour that I’m not liking. Maybe it’s the oddly herbal undertone it has or maybe it’s the fact that it could stand to be a bit sweeter and more chocolaty than it is. Whatever the reason it’s just not working for me. I’m glad I just got a little sample of this tea rather than a full 50g bag which is the amount I usually buy teas in.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Turkish Apple by Blue Teapot
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I’ve discovered that this tea is lovely with a teaspoon or so of honey stirred into it, which turned the tea into a sweet, fruity treat that could easily take the place of dessert. Apples and honey – so very Turkish. ;)

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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Normally adding milk to a rooibos tea is a recipe for disaster but in this case it actually works quite well, letting more of the sweet, chocolatey flavour come through without the rooibos base interfering as much. I also made sure the chocolate chips were fully dissolved before I took the leaves out. Still not rave-worthy, but it’s an improvement over taking this blend plain.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Adding milk does bring out more of the tangy flavour of the cream cheeese than when I was just drinking the tea plain. Interestingly I’m also picking up a flavour reminiscent of baked pastries and I’m impressed that Frank managed to incorporate something like that in his tea. Blueberry might still be the dominant flavour of this tea but it isn’t just blueberry, there’s much more to it than that.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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