1735 Tasting Notes

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Oh man I love this tea. It’s rich and decadent without all the extra calories one would normally get from something this chocolatey. And man is it chocolately – like a sumptuous dark chocolate truffle with that hint of liqueur. The peppercorns are more of a background note giving the tea just a little touch of heat and spice. It’s simply delicious.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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81

Yum, the tea smells a lot like margarita mix or maybe those lemon- or lime-flavoured hard candies. It’s almost enough to make me want to nom the leaves, lol. ;) In terms of the actual flavour, I’m getting more lemon and lime than I’m getting cheesecake to be honest, but I like it none the less. The sweet, smooth honeybush keeps it from tasting too tart from all the citrus which in turn gives the tea a nice, fresh, little ‘zing’.

Another good’un courtesy of Frank and 52Teas.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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72

Finally finishing off this tea – I’m making it a mission to use up the older teas in my cupboard.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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85
drank Mocha Nut Mate by Adagio Teas
1735 tasting notes

The yerba mate leaves are quite fine, the sort of caliber you’d usually kind in your generic teabags. Interestingly the smaller leave sizes doesn’t seem to increase the drink’s bitterness as is often the case with actual tea. The leaves do have nice staying power though, keeping their flavour through several steeps.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C

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43
drank Caribbean Dream by The Jade Teapot
1735 tasting notes

Meh, kinda bland, but at least it’s not hibiscus-rific. It has a vaguely coconut and fruit flavour, but nothing terribly distinct. On the other hand this little sample has been sitting in the depths of my cupboard for awhile and may have lost some of its flavour.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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36
drank Kiwi Lime Ginger by Tea Forte
1735 tasting notes

I finished off the last of the little sample pouch and found that the tea wasn’t as strongly medicinal-tasting when it cooled off. I also noticed that it has a nice, fruity, kiwi scent, particularly the dry leaves. But still…Buckley’s. *makes a face *

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Green Apple by UrbanZen Tea
1735 tasting notes

I picked up this iced tea at a new bulk foods store that just opened in my neighborhood recently. They also sell loose-leaf tea, but considering that it’s no-name branded and stored in unsealed bins next to the bulk spices I think I’ll pass on those. Call me a tea snob, but whtever. ;)

This iced green tea manages to NOT be sickly sweet and despite having two different sweeteners in it (cane sugar and honey) has less sugar in general than most other bottled iced teas. I think the jasmine flavours make up some of the sweetness, though I’m not sure if the flowery notes really mesh with the tart green apple flavours. It’s still nicely thirst-quenching so I’m not inclined to be too picky.

UrbanZen Tea seems to be a farily new company (and Canadian!) and I like their all-natural, no preservatives, non high-fructose corn syrup approach to iced tea. Too bad more stores don’t carry their products.

Preparation
Iced

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drank Pumpkin Cheesecake by 52teas
1735 tasting notes

It’s not too bad with some milk in it, as this seems to bring out some smoother notes in this tea and tones down the cinnamon and cloves. I’m still not getting the creamy-tangy flavours that I can taste in Frank’s other cheesecake-flavoured teas though.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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92
drank Bai Lin Gong Fu by Canton Tea Co
1735 tasting notes

Still as good as the last time I drank it. I also noticed that along with the malty flavour there’s some fruity notes in the tea that make me think of sweet raisins.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Kiwi Lime Ginger by Tea Forte
1735 tasting notes

There’s just something about the taste of this tea that reminds me of Buckley’s cough syrup – the one that has the slogan “It Tastes Aweful. And It Works” for good reason. Its ingredients include things like camphor and pine oil, and maybe it’s purely psycological but I swear I’m tasting those things in this tea. It’s not all bad, I’m geting a nice, fruity kiwi note in the aftertaste. But let’s be honest, the only time I want to taste Buckley’s is when I’ve got a bad bout of the flu.

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Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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