1696 Tasting Notes

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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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74
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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83
drank Butter Truffle by ESP Emporium
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This tea smelled quite biscuity when I opened the bag, with a hint of nuts and spice in the background. It reminds me of SpecialTeas’ Almond Cookie actually. There’s not a lot in the scent or flavour that makes me think of butter OR truffles so I’m not sure why they gave it that name. The flavour is like baked cookies with a distinctly nutty flavour. It’s quite smooth in the mouth and would make a nice dessert tea I’m thinking. A little bit of milk and sweetener might really make the flavour pop.

Thanks to Dinosara for giving me this tea to try.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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55
drank La La Lemon (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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I steeped the tea towards the lower end of the recommended steeping range but four minutes is still a bit too much as the base is pretty astringent and bitter. I think with a bit of tweaking this could be a good tea though. I like the bright lemony notes and I bet this would make a good iced tea as well – a good change from the sugary Lipton bottled lemon iced tea. We’ll see, I guess.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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86

Reducing the steeping time slightly gave this tea less body, but at the same time I found it tasted sweeter with a hint of fruitiness.

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

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drank Vanilla Blush by SBS Teas
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This tea just isn’t doing it for me I’m afraid. I wish it had more vanilla and less rose in the flavour profile because as it is now it tastes far too sweet and perfumed for my tastes. The white tea base doesn’t look like it’s the best quality either, as the leaves are distinctly brown rather than any shade of white or green like I would expect. Eh, so I’ve turned into a bit of a tea-snob – so sue me. ;)

This tea will join the others ones I’ve set aside to trade/give away. If anyone wants it, please pm me.

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

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75
drank Banana Matcha by 52teas
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Of the three flavoured matchas from 52Teas that I’ve had the chance to try, I think this one is my favorite. It really does smell like Banana Runts for one thing and it carries over to the flavour more than the other matchas. I’d liken it more to banana-flavoured candies (minus the sweetness) than I would to the actual banana fruit. The matcha base is a bit too grassy for me to love this tea but I certainly like it.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C

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