1666 Tasting Notes

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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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71

Huh, I guess I never did rate this tea. Well this is my last cup before I send the rest off in a swap. It’s not a bad tea, but since I first tried it I’ve had the chance to sample other silver needle teas and found them to be superior to this one. Wegman’s Silver Needle in particular I found to be sweeter and less vegetale with more of a nuanced flavour than this one has.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Buttered Rum (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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This tea smells exactly like the Butterscotch Lifesavers I used to love to eat when I was a kid. The buttered rum flavour isn’t weak but it blends naturally with the flavour of the black tea. It’s sweet but not too sweet – though I imagine adding some honey or agave nectar would really make the flavour pop.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Saffron Fusion Tea by Taja Tea
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I was attracted to this tea by how unusual it is – saffron is an expensive substance and rarely used in teas. Regardless of how much was actually in there, I was curious enough to give this a try. It has a nice fruity smell and if the tea doesn’t taste as fruity at least it doesn’t have that generic tropical fruit flavour either. There’s a hint of sweetness from the mango and a slightly bitter herbal flavour which might or might not be the saffron mixed with the green tea. It’s a pleasent combination that manages to be something other than the usual bagged fare.

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

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64
drank Strawberry Matcha by 52teas
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It might only be so-so as a matcha, but I’ve found that it’s actually quite nice mixed in with a fruit smoothie.

Cofftea

It might. That’s your opinion. I think it’s wonderful plain.

Jillian

Eh, each to her own I guess. *shrugs *

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67
drank Plum Berry by Rishi Tea
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Has it really been twenty days since I last made a tasing note? 0_o The usual end of semester stuff has been causing me a lot of stress and I haven’t really been trying any new teas. This is another sample I got from Meghann I believe. I don’t get to try many Rishi teas as they charge an arm and leg for shipping to Canada so it was a nice surprise when I was rummaging around for a random tea to try and dug this out of my Cupboard.

Despite the hibiscus pauses to shudder it really isn’t all that tart – or at least not beyond what I’d expect out of a fruity-tasting tea like this. And TeaEqualsBliss is right, it does sort of taste like (warm) KoolAid although the white tea also manages to impart an interesting light, floral aftertaste. This is another tea I’d like to experiment with having iced I think.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 6 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

MISS YOU!!!

Jillian

Aww, thanks Jennifer

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79

Trying it again iced, this time with a longer initial steeping time. This round I can taste much less of the tangy hibiscus and more of the white tea and the exotic fruit flavours so I think these parameters are a good way to go for iced tea.

Preparation
Iced 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Black Forest by TeaSource
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Well uping the steeping temperature/time made the sour cherry flavour a bit stronger, but this tea is still a long way from being black forest cake. It needs a sweeter, creamy element to it for it to work, I think. And chocolate – you can’t have black forest cake without the chocolate cake layers and chocolate shavings, yum!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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77
drank Neapolitan Honeybush by 52teas
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I opened the little sample pouch of this tea I got as part of the Valentine’s Swee-tea exchange (thanks AmazonV!). At least I think this tea is what the ‘Neapalitain’ lable is refering to… ⌐_⌐

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love how Frank uses real flavouring that you can see right in the tea. I’m finding big cocoa nibs, pieces of vanilla bean, and bits of dried strawberry all mixed in with the honeybush – it’s great. The result does smell very much like Neapolitan ice cream which makes me a feel a bit nostalgic as I haven’t had that particular type of ice cream in years but it was a pretty common treat at my house when I was a kid.

The flavour doesn’t quite get there in terms of authenticity, although it certainly makes a game effort. The chocolate flavour seems to dominate everything else to some extent and I wish the strawberry in particular made up more of the flavour profile. Despite that, I’d still count this as another awesome blend from 52Teas. :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
Uniquity

That means it’s DEFINITELY Neapolitan flavour then! : ) I always liked the strrawberry the best but found there was way too much chocolate in there. I like the Chapmans square ones where you can just slice off some strawberry and leave the chocolate for all the others.

52teas

‘Neapalitain’ I’m so embarrassed. I had some temps helping me get these out and I think they messed up more things than they did right.

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