754 Tasting Notes

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drank Root Beer Float by Della Terra Teas
754 tasting notes

Rooibos (and honeybush) and I mostly don’t get a long. I am very sensitive to the metallic and peppery flavours in both. Every once in a while I taste a rooibos tea that is just super excellent. But I don’t know what it is. I have not yet found a pattern between low quality, high quality, low price, high price, etc., that gives me a consistent good tasting tea.

In saying all that above, I had to try this tea because it is root beer. I like to think of myself as a rootbeer connoisseur. I have never found a root beer that I didn’t like. Although A and W still reigns supreme. This dry tea smelled pretty good. Like a strong root beer. Almost like a root beer candy. So I had to try it.

The brewed tea however, is just full of pepper. (sad face). There is definitely a root beer flavour. More like a watered down root beer float. So the taste is there, it just isn’t strong enough. The problem is, if I would try to make is stronger by steeping longer or using more tea, then it would be a mouth full of pepper. And not the spice that comes a long with pepper, but the actual taste of black pepper.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
OMGsrsly

Ohh, A&W. <3 A local German deli used to bring in a small batch natural root beer that was amazing too, but in a different way. :)

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drank Purple Tea of Kenya by Butiki Teas
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GCTTB2

Ummmm….No. Sorry Butiki. I am just not liking this one.

To me, the dry tea smells like a kind of green oolong.

After brewing it up, it still has the sweet oolong smell. I have tried a few black Kenyan teas and they have a similar sweet smell.

I am not sure if I did something wrong with this tea. Also, it was close to the end of the little package that has been travelling around in the box so it may have gotten crushed up to dust a little bit as well. I can’t even describe the taste but it is just not good on my tongue. There is a very sweet dark oolong-y but also malty aftertaste.

There is enough for one more cup in the package. I may try again or just pass the rest on.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75
drank Lichee China Black by Golden Dragon
754 tasting notes

GCTTB2

I quite like lychee’s and lychee flavoured things, including tea, but it has to be done right. There is a very thin line with delicious lychee flavour and super chemical tasting.

Like some other tasting notes on this one state, this is quite a mild tea. But it is good. There is very minimal lychee flavour but it is there underneath the black tea.I am getting a slight bitterness with the black base but it is not in a bad way. I also feel like I am getting hints of coffee bean. Not sure if it is the tea or some contamination from the box, it is most likely not contamination from my house, but who knows. The lychee flavour definitely starts to pop more as the tea cools. I would love to try this one iced.

Edit: Iced, this one is really good. It is totally different iced than it is hot. I would say not much much lychee flavour iced, to me it is almost like an apple cider but without that tart apple. Not sure if that is making sense. Lychee cider maybe, ha ha. I brewed 2 tsp tea with 1 cup water for 3 minutes, added ice to make 2 cups then chilled in fridge for about 4 hours. I added 1 tsp of white sugar. It is hardly sweet at all and I am liking that.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75
drank Iced Tea with Lemon by Good Drink
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I grabbed this bottled iced tea at the grocery store. Mostly because it was in an awesome old skool bottle.

I wasn’t expecting terribly much out of the taste based on the ingredients. But it is actually pretty decent. It is one of the most authentic bottled brewed iced tea drinks I can recall having. The base tastes like orange pekoe but I am unsure if that is what it is. There is some sweetness but it is not so sweet that all you get is the sugar. You can actually taste the tea! There is also that artificial lemon flavour most bottled teas have, but it is not too bad at all.

Well Good Drink, I am not sure this is too Good for me based on the 60 cals per 1 cup, and considering the bottle is 473 mL it is basically 120 cals…but I am still going to drink it anyway :)

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62
drank Coffee Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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GCTTB2.

I would not call this one coffee cake, maybe more spice cake, but it is all really similar, I am just being picky this morning.

This one tastes thick, there is some spice flavour, a bit of nuttiness. There is a strong vanilla component but it is a bit too strong, just verging on bitter. I am not getting any fruit flavours at all. Overall it is ok for a Davids blend.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Used up the last of this sample from the GCTTB2 as a cold brew. It is definitely delicious as a cold brew. I only brewed for about 9 hours and am happy because it is just on the verge of getting too tart. Definitely a juicy watermelon candy flavour. I may have to put this on my shopping list…

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70
drank SBT: Bubblegum by 52teas
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Rec’d this from the SBT kickstarter campaign.

The dry pouch smells like basic plain flavour bubblegum.

I brewed this up as per instructions and added some white sugar. I am kind of unsure how much I added because I made it last night while I was tired, but probably a tbsp or two.

It tastes ok. Not amazing. I have had better bubble gum teas. The black tea base seems to be light but it is present. The bubble gum flavour is quite powerful at the beginning and is quite artificial, but then what bubble gum flavour isn’t artificial. This one also reminds me of hints of the razzleberry SBT.

It is a good thirst quencher, but not my favorite flavour.

Preparation
Iced

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60
drank Sugar and Spice by DAVIDsTEA
754 tasting notes

GCTTB2

I have wanted to try this one for a while. This round of the GCTTB has been working out super good for me, there are a lot of teas in there I have wanted to try for a while.

I quite like Davids Glitter and Gold so I was assuming this one would be a long the same lines. This dry tea does smell like spice cake/coffee cake. There is definitely a sweet cinnamon scent.

The brewed tea have flavours of the black tea base, it is moderately strong. I am getting flavours of cinnamon and clove. Not really getting any apple flavours. Maybe a light vanilla. At the end of the sip I get a quick, very bitter flavour that I often get with an artificial flavour (I am assuming it is the vanilla).

Glad to have tried this one but I am going to stick to Glitter and Gold I think.

Edit: So as this tea cools, the black tea is getting stronger and it tastes very very earthy and mushroomy. I am wondering if it is pu’erh?? I looked up the ingredients but it is just listed as black tea. Anyway, this one is much better when hot.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 1 OZ / 29 ML

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55
drank Be Cool by Kusmi Tea
754 tasting notes

GCTTB 2

I am a spearmint kind of girl, but I settled for this pepperminty blend this evening. On first sip I can definitely tell there is something wrong. This is not peppermint. There is a bit of mint flavour but something is really throwing it off. Is that verbena I taste? Why yes it is, but that is not what is making it weird. I like verbena. Hmmmm. I almost wondered if there was chamomile in here. Chammomile = gross (in case you didn’t know that already). So I cheated and pulled up the ingredient list. Ahhhhhh, licorice. (No chamomile). Why would anyone mix licorice and mint. I obviously would not. There is some sweetness to the tea which does help to balance out the bitter black licorice flavour.

I am able to drink this one but had I looked at the ingredient list first, I would not have tried it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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GCTTB 2.

This is another a from my shopping list.

This came in a little sample tea bag. The tea bag is so cute, it is made of cloth, looks like terry cloth. But it makes me feels good about steeping it in hot water.

The tea smells ok. I am getting a bit of dry, dusty component in the base. But I can also smell the bergamot and sweet flowers.

The brewed tea is very light. Slightly floral. There is a minimal bergamot flavour to it. There are definitely citrus notes.

I am not sure if it is this tea or something I ate previous but it is leaving a bad aftertaste in my mouth. Sort of the same aftertaste you get after eating sour gummy candies.

I am really glad to have tried this one. There are a lot of teas in this box that have been on my shopping list for a long time.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I am a lifetime tea lover.

I did foray into the world of coffee for a period of time, but I returned to my true love. I still, however, enjoy a good cup of java.

My all time favorite tea is Earl Grey, which I drink every morning, the stronger the bergamot the better. I definitely prefer natural oil of bergamot to artificial flavouring.

I mostly like black and dark oolong teas. My current favs are Fujian blacks, Keemun and Assams, and Wuyi oolongs. I gravitate towards anything with lychee in it. I also drink a lot of herbal blends but am wary of hibiscus. I do not favour mate, or pu’erh tea, although I have found a few blends that I like. (I so badly want to like straight pu’erh tea but it all tastes gross to me. I keep trying though). Rooibos, green and white teas fall somewhere in the middle. I find myself gravitating towards heavily roasted oolongs and teas from Paris/France based companies.

I love iced teas and cold brews.

My current tea goal is to make the perfect cup of chai from scratch – almost there…I think.

I am in love with the whole experience of tea.

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