18 Tasting Notes

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This is the tea that got me through undergrad. I worked a full time job while taking five classes, so I would spend all my “free” time holed up in the university library until they forced me out at the 11pm closing, desperately trying to do all my readings and assignments and research. I always had my trusty thermos at my side and a cache of Library blend tea bags (the horror!)

Now that I’m not constantly on the go, I’ve switched to the less-portable but ever so much nicer loose leaf version. This is just a great staple tea, and exactly what I think a breakfast tea should taste like. It’s a little smokey from the black tea, and a little vegetal from the green, but it all rounds out nicely for something that you can drink without being distracted.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Gold Rush (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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I am conflicted with this tea.

Is it delicious? Yes! It is such a lovely creamy caramel flavour that stands very well all on its own. The tea is composed almost entirely of berries with hardly any white tea leaves in it, and definitely no delicate white tea flavour (the coconut and mulberries make sure to obliterate any chance the few white tea leaves had.) 25g netted me just enough tea to make two pots. TWO POTS, for $6! It is such a spendy tea, I feel like a sweet dessert tea fix would be better served with a caramel flavoured rooibos at a fraction of the price.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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87

What can I say about the Skinny? I love this tea. I love that when you open the package, it smells like fresh orange peel with that bright sunshiney smell. I love that when you brew it, it tastes like lovely earthy ginger with a hint of citrus, and I love that it never gets bitter.

The fact that “it just might make you skinny!” hardly factors into this tea for me; it is just plain delicious, and is so nice to drink after a meal with the stomach-settling ginger and palatte-cleansing orange.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Canton Orange by Silk Road
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The smell of this tea dry is amazing: it’s such a nice smokey bergamot scent. Steeped, however, this tea has a very strong tendency to go very bitter very quickly, but steeping it for less time makes for an equally disappointing weak cup of tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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79
drank Pig Tea by Teafarm
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When I saw this booth at the Sidney Nightmarket, I thought it was just another artisan tea blender taking advantage of tea’s growing popularity. Colour me surprised when I discovered that apparently we grow tea on Vancouver Island!

Being born in the year of the boar, and having a soft spot for all things vanilla, I settled on this tea in their selection to see if it was any good.

The tea brewed is darker than most standard green teas, but the first sip tastes like lovely toasty greens in the Japanese style. It has a smooth finish thanks to the vanilla, which allays some of the bitterness I find Japanese greens can have. All in all, a relaxing cup.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank All The Raj by DAVIDsTEA
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If we were rating teas strictly on a “looks” scale, this would be the supermodel-perfect-10 of teas. Holy crap, is this tea gorgeous to look at. Beautiful big brilliant pink rosebuds, petals, a scattering of fennel seeds, and chili threads strewn throughout.

The taste doesn’t quite live up to the promise this tea has dry. It tastes rosey, but not as overwhelmingly so as the dry smell would imply. It is tempered quite a bit by the fennel, which gives it a bit of a licorice aftertaste. It is quite yummy, but perhaps a bit too strange for an “everyday” tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Snow Dragon by Golden Moon Tea
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When I first read the instructions for brewing this tea, I thought it was crazy. Boiling hot water for 15 seconds on green tea? Sounds like it would taste like nothing with an aftertaste of bitter. Boy, was I surprised.

I took a leap of faith and brewed this according to instructions, and it was delicious. The brew itself was the palest jade green, and the taste is vegetal, light, refreshing, and with just a hint of sweet. It is very smooth and not in the least bit bitter, and it tastes just as lovely even after multiple steepings (my record so far with one batch of leaves is 4; unfortunately it got knocked over into the sink!)

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec
ScottTeaMan

I love a good snow dragon tea.

Kalasin

I’ve never had one before, and so this is a very delicious first intro. I might be ruined for all future Snow Dragons!

ScottTeaMan

Maybe you wont be! :))

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drank Peach Paradise by Silk Road
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I like this tea, and I buy it often, but it isn’t as bright and cheerful as I expect peach to be. You really have to add honey to this tea to counteract the bitterness that this brew has even with a regular-strength steeping. I think this may be derived more from the tea leaf base – Ceylon – and the citrus peel than the peach flavouring itself.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Jessie's Tea by DAVIDsTEA
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I’ve passed this tea up in the store before, but something about it caught my eye recently. I think I just needed something to unwind with, and lavender sounded perfect. I feel like I’ve been missing out all this time; this tea is absolutely delicious! It tastes creamy, probably due to the coconut. It also tastes like lavender cake, and I can imagine drinking this before bed to relax after a stressful day. So yummy!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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68
drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
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This is the way you wish marzipan fruit tasted: almondy AND fruity. It is faintly spiced as well, making it taste like a decadant fruit punch. It is a little flat and one-note, but it is nice for an afternoon pick-me-up.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I have been drinking tea for almost as long as I could hold a cup with a handle. I blame this on my British expat parents, who also gave me an entire catalogue of culturally irrelevant reference points in which to confuse the world at large.

I drink almost strictly loose leaf, but the odd tea bag will cross my path due to well-intentioned in-laws and the like. I admit to a sad penchant for flavoured blacks, while aspiring to like more traditional unflavoured te …. oooh, vanilla.

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