1664 Tasting Notes

74
drank Sunny Dream Organic by SpecialTeas
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This tea is as bright and cheerful as its name suggests. The vegetale green tea mixes with spicy cinnamon and the flavour of citrus peel, creating a warming cuppa that’s quite different from the usual flavoured green teas I’ve tried. The citrus peel is maybe a tad too strong, but I suspect reducing the steeping time a bit would help that. I like!

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

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73

Damn this tea smells exactly like the real thing. I can just close my eyes and imagine that I’m about to take a bite of my mother’s strawberry rhubarb crumble. The taste is surprisingly authentic as well, as I can clearly taste the sweet strawberries and the tart rhubarb on my tongue, although I keep thinking it should be sweeter. There’s even a slightly spicy hint of the ‘crumble’ part of the dessert though it’s pretty mild compared to the fruit flavours. I agree with the other people who said that this tea would be improved with a different base though, as I’m not sure the white tea really does much for this blend.

EDIT: Not bad on the resteep (@5:30) either though the cinnamon-y/bakey notes are stronger with the fruit flavours playing a lesser role.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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76
drank Chai With Chocolate by 52teas
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I can clearly smell the cocao nibs when I opened the pouch along with the spices of the chai. Taste-wise it’s more chai than chocolate, but I get the occaisional ‘pop’ of cocoa flavour that keep things interesting.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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84

Six and a half minutes seems like an optimal steeping temp for this tea – it’s long enough to allow the flavours to develop but short enough that the honeybush doesn’t overwhelm the rest of the tea. Adding a drizzle of agave nectar also really brought out the marachino cherry flavour – yummy!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec

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73

Like the last one I made this up with half milk and half hot water to give the tea a creamier flavour. It’s surprisingly mild for a “spiced” chai, I think on the whole I might prefer something with a little bit more of a bite to it. On the other hand it’s not too obnoxiously sweet either. So not bad all around – their one might make a nice iced chai latte if I had another pouch to experiment with (which sadly I don’t).

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71
drank Mulled Chai (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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I got this tea from the Travelling Teabox when it was staying with me. There’s only a few spoonfuls left in the bag and I think whoever tried it before me took most of the fruit bits. :D

It tastes a little weak so I’ll probably steep the remainder for slightly longer. It reminds me somewhat of a chai without the black tea – a chai-less chai. ;) What I noticed most is the flavour of the ginger and the cloves, though neither is horribly strong, thankfully. The tea is sweet and slightly fruity, particularly as it cools, but I can’t really pick out any really distinct fruit flavours. Maaaybe a bit of apple.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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72

This tea wasn’t anything special hot so I gave it a shot iced. Unfortunately the same steeping time/temp was too much for it and the result was too strong and ‘green’ tasting without much mango flavour. I’ll give it a do over and dial things down to see if that improves matters.

Preparation
Iced 2 min, 30 sec

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73

This is an interesting take on the traditional earl grey tea. The orange and lemon flavours give the tea a tangy zip without the added pungency of bergamot. It goes surprisingly well with milk – though the result is a bit lighter than the traditional cuppa of earl grey in my opinion. It’s a nice tea to drink on a gorgeous, sunny morning like this one. _

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
KeenTeaThyme

“Without the added pungency of bergamot” makes me want to try this, during my quest for Earl Grey. Sounds like this might be my cuppa tea (so sorry for the pun). :)

Jillian

Well I’d be willing to trade you some if you’re interested. :)

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52

I give this tea a ‘meh’. It’s not bad for a red rooibos-based tea but it’s not spectacularly good either. I can sorta taste the coconut and a creaminess that that might or might not the be the macadamia nut, but none of the flavours really shout out to me; they’re there but at a background level.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
gmathis

In theory, this sounds wonderful - sorry it didn’t actually execute well. :)

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73

Okay so I steeped it a little less and this time the juniper berries came across a lot less pungently and I can taste the other spices as well this time now that they aren’t being drowned out. There are also some fruity hints – not just the citrus peel but of berries aswell.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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