1747 Tasting Notes

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drank Christmas Cookie Shou Mei by 52teas
1747 tasting notes

I figured it was about time to change my icon – Go ’nucks! ;)

I was expecting something a bit sweeter and more cookie-like, to be honest. LiberTeas was correct in saying this comes across as more like a mild chai, I’d say. The most noticeable flavour is the ginger although it’s relatively low key compared to how it’s been in other blends. There’s also a nice little citrus-orange undertone with a hint of cinnamon. As the tea cools it develops a touch of sweetness, but it’s nothing that really brings to mind ‘cookies’. Still on it’s own it’s a quite a warm, pleasent tea.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Dexter

Just happy that there are quite a few Canadian teams that make the playoffs. GO Jets!! :)

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43
drank Winter Blend by Tealish
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Everyone loves this blend but all I can taste is hibiscus, bleh. It might have just been that the small sample I got had a larger than normal amount of hibiscus but I didn’t get much almond or vanilla or any of the rest. I maybe got a bit after I dumped a bunch of agave nectar in it, but that was it. Yeah, no.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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98
drank White Coconut Cream by Tea Gallerie
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So the boyfriend-creature and I went to San Diego for a week in mid-February and I only brought a few teabags with me thinking I could always buy more tea while I was there. Unfortunately I soon discovered that San Diego. Does. Not. Do. Tea. At all.

The hotel we stayed at didn’t even have so much a crappy Lipton teabag in its continental breakfast. And good luck finding something as basic as a Starbucks. My tea stash quickly ran out and this was becoming a serious problem because I need my caffeine otherwise I get cranky and tired (FYI coffee makes me sick so that was out).

Lo and behold I came a cross this cute little tea house in Balboa Park called the Tea Pavilion – it’s attached to the Japanese Friendship Garden (which is a lovely place by the way). This was the tea I picked out to try and damn was it good – rich, lightly sweet and bursting with creamy coconut flavour. It was so good that I asked them where they got their tea from and it turns out they’re supplied by a shop called the Tea Gallerie. The tea house owners were willing to sell me some of their bulk tea which saved me from having to track down their supplier myself. So I walked away with 100g of this lovely blend. I made myself a another cup this evening and it was every bit as good as I remembered it.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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74
drank Cran-Grape Shou Mei by 52teas
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Thanks you Marzipan for giving me a sample of this tea to try. It smells like fruit punch or maybe Kool-Aid. Flavour-wise, I’m getting more grape than cranberry from this tea but the white tea base goes well with both these flavours.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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78
drank Yogi Berry by DAVIDsTEA
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The initial smell of this tea is sweet and fruity but as it steeps the warm scent of ginger really comes to the fore. The flavour is an interesting one as initially I can taste the fruity strawberry flavour but the warm bite of ginger quickly follows. It’s an unusual combination but I think it could really grow on me.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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62
drank Moroccan Mint by Golden Moon Tea
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The dry tea smells very minty like Trident gum but I found the flavour to be curiously bland. The mint was present and not much else as the gunpowder base seemed rather weak. I think I prefer the black-green mix of the Vanilla Mint blend which gave the tea more body. I find this blend to be only okay.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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79
drank Vanilla Mint by Golden Moon Tea
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I was looking for something to perk me up in the late afternoon and something minty was perfect. I’d say this tea is more mint than vanilla but it does give the tea a creamy, sweet undertone. The mixed black/green base is an interesting one and it gives the tea more body than what you’d get a from a straight gunpowder green. Nice and refreshing it hit the spot.

Preparation
1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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There’s definitely vanilla in this tea but there more to it than that – there a toasty, almost pastry-like scent and flavour, possibly due to the base, making this tea very dessert-like. It’s a very smooth tea with nice, creamy undertones and slight hints of fruitiness in the aftertaste.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Fjellrev

Sounds delicious. :)

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drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
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I was caught off-guard by how strong the melon flavour in this tea was as I’d been expecting something more tart given the hibiscus. I can taste a bit of tartness after the initial sweet-melon flavour, though I’m not sure if that’s just the hibiscus talking or if the goji is getting in on the action too. Personally, I think this blend should be called Melon Pop or maybe Melon-Berry Pop rather than Goji Pop as the goji isn’t really the main focus of the tea. Still it’s a great blend and it’s definitely going to get turned into iced tea sometime in the near future.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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80
drank Spicier Chai by 52teas
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This chai is ‘spicier’ but it’s not really spicy. There’s a touch of heat from the red pepper and the ginger but its well-balanced with the rest of the tea. It has a good dose of cardamom and other spices and it doesn’t fall into the too-much-cinnamon trap that many of Frank’s previous chai blends fell into. It’s also one of those blends that can be drunk either with milk or without and doesn’t suffer for it either way. I can’t wait to try it as a latté.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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