1714 Tasting Notes

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drank Blueberry Merlot by Tea Forte
1714 tasting notes

I liked the smell of this tea, it’s sweet and fruity and reminds me of blueberry pie or cobbler. Sadly the sweetness is mostly confined to the smell and right as I take my first sip I can pick out the tart hibiscus. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not as horribly sour as some blends (I’m looking at you Stash’s fruit teas) but it’s still kind of unecessary as blueberry isn’t normally a tart fruit to begin with. There is some actual blueberry flavour there too, thankfully, but I’m not really feeling the sage and mixed with the tartness of the hibiscus it gives the tea a bit of an acrid, unpleasent flavour.

Sorry, this one isn’t a winner.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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These cookies are more crumbly than the rooibos ones – I keep having to brush crumbs off my keyboard as I type this, lol. These cookies taste more like sugar cookies (though not quite as sweet) rather than shortbread, and the bits of dried cherries baked in are a nice touch too (I looooove cherries). I’m not getting anything that really says ‘white tea’ to my tastebuds though. Personally I think white tea is too mild to be used in something like this – maybe they should have used one of the bolder green teas instead(?)

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drank Creamed Earl Grey by Teaopia
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Hmm, this is nice but not as creamy as some of the other cream earl grey’s I’ve tried – the now defunct SpecialTeas for instance. It’s a smooth, light tea and the vanilla-cream takes the edge of the bergamot, but it’s striking me as rather ordinary and unremarkable.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
gmathis

Sounds just about right to me … I’m not a huge bergamot fan, so toning it down sounds like a plus :)

ScottTeaMan

SpecialTeas was in my top three tea vendors….I miss them. I always wanted to, but now will never get the chance to try their “Earl Grey de la Creme” I think it was called. :((

Jillian

@gmathis: I can trade you what I’ve got (about 50g) for something of yours if you’re interested. ;)

@ScottTeaMan: I miss them too, now several of my favorite teas either aren’t produced anymore or are sold at Teavana (urgh) for ridiculously jacked up prices. >:(

ScottTeaMan

I don’t like Teavana’s selection of teas, and they’re more expensive! They had a China Black called EMPEROR’S RED. It was tea like…Golden Monkey, but much more tippy and flavorful. Also a China Black similar to EMPEROR’S RED, but more tippy, and sadly it sold out before I got to order it. BUDDHA’S RED I think it was called.-gorgeous curled, abungantly tippy leaves.

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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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