866 Tasting Notes

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I tried this one cold brewed. Brewed for about 12 hours overnight. It was so delicious and juicy strawberry hot that I figured it would make a good cold brew.

Its just OK. I found that the green tea was very strong and has an astringent aftertaste. There was very minimal strawberry or fruity flavour. Once I added some sweetener, white sugar, it brought some of the strawberry taste out. Moreso tastes like slight strawberry candy, on a green tea base, with an astringent aftertaste.

It is drinkable but I think I prefer hot. May have to try cold brewing for less time or brewing hot then icing.

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72

I remember this tea smelling different in the store. When I first smelled the dry tea I thought it was dead on blood orange. Now that I smell it one day later at home, it smells more like candied orange peel.

The brewed tea smells like creamy tart citrus with a healthy does of hibiscus. The tea tastes very tart (the hibiscus). There is an spicey orange flavour. Slightly creamy. The aftertaste it a dead ringer for blood orange. But it only lasts for a split second. The hibiscus doesn’t ruin the blend, which is nice for a change.

Overall this fruit blend is ok. I have had better and have had worse.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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87

This is one of the rooibos blends that I actually quite like. I am not sure what it is. It must be the black currents, gives it a kind of spicey flavour. I cold brewed this one overnight. I like this one equally hot or cold. When it is cold it reminds me of coca cola. I am not sure why, it does not taste like coke at all, but there is something in the taste that makes me crave a coke. Haha.

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77

I think that this tea is called tart grapefruit but I am not quite sure because when I got home the packaging said banana split…

The dry tea smells deliciously like a freshly sliced ruby red grapefruit.

The tea tastes like grapefruit but is not tart at all. Slightly sweet. However, there is a strong peppery spicey aftertaste. The same you get with eating a real grapefruit. As the tea cools, it gets a little more tart.

The owner of Cuppa T recommended a long steep time for this tea but I failed to inquire what “long” actually meant. I steeped for 4 minutes, so I will try for longer next time to see if it makes a more tart tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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58

I went to my local tea shop to stock up on one tea. And of course I started browsing and smelling everything (there were new teas out). I found a blood orange fruit/herbal tea that smelled amazing so of course I caved and bought some. I was discussing my love of blood oranges with the owner and she suggested her blood orange rooibos. I was hesitant because rooibos is hit and miss for me, mostly miss. So she generously gave me a sample just to try the tea (3 TABLEspoons!!).

On first smell the dry tea does smells like rooibos and blood orange. When the hot water first hit the tea, it smelled exactly like an orange creamsicle. After steeping, there was a very strong metallic rooibos smell, the kind that I would prefer to miss. But there was also a slight creamy orange smell.

At the beginning of the sip, the brewed tea tastes like straight rooibos. Mid sip there is a kind of creamy orange creamiscle taste. There is a slight tartness in the aftertaste. I would not describe this one as blood orange but there is certainly an orange flavor to it, but it’s mostly rooibos.

Very appreciative of the free sample but I don’t think I will be purchasing this in the future.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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72

Made this one as an iced tea today.

It tastes very similar to the tea when brewed hot. A bit less tart and more of the sage flavour when iced. I think I like this one equally hot or iced.

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80

This to me, seems like just a generic flavoured black tea.

The dry tea smell is very vaguely fruity smelling black tea.

The taste of the brewed tea is a strong black base with a faint fruit flavour. Knowing it is called Niagara peach apricot, I can guess that is what the flavour is. But really is just seems more like a generic stone fruit flavour.

Overall not a bad tea. If I was looking for a slightly sweetened black tea, this is what I would go for. I just don’t think it really lives up to its name.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Peach Iced Tea by Harney & Sons
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I had to make an order from Harney and Sons because this tea was on sale. I had wanted to try it for a while. I like to make iced tea and cold brewed teas but I have never actually bought tea specifically designed to make iced tea before.

The tea comes in huge tea bags. There is a gentle smell of sweet fuzzy peach over the black tea.

I brewed this as recommended on the Harney website, 1 pouch of tea in 2 cups of boiling water for 15 minutes, remove tea bag and squeeze out liquid, add 6 cups of cold water. I also added a few tablespoons of sugar to sweeten it. I made it last night and then put it in the fridge for today.

It tasted like a medium black tea base with gentle notes of peach. It feels like a thick liquid, with a vegetal aftertaste. It is refreshing and cooling. This makes a delicious iced tea. Right now the weather where I am can be described as winter storm, despite being the middle of April. I had planned to keep this tea and use it through the summer. But I might have to make a few pitchers of tea just to dream of the summer that will hopefully come.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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92

Made this one again this morning as my first cup of the day. The packaging recommends 4 minute brew which I did the first time. It turned out good. But for a black tea I usually do a 2 minute steep. So I tried 2 minutes this morning. The spice of the tea is a bit more predominate with less orange flavour on the 2 minute steep. It tastes more creamy on the shorter steep. I think I like this one with a longer steep just because there is more orange flavour. Also with the 4 minute steep, I did not find the black tea base to get too overpowering (which is why I normally stick with a shorter steep for black teas).

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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92

This tea smells AMAZING! Its one of those teas that can double as pot pourri. It smells like candy strawberries. So good. There is green tea leaf with chunks of papaya and strawberry. I am assuming the papaya gives it the candy scent.

The brewed tea smells very close to real strawberries. Almost like fresh homemade strawberry jam.

The taste of the brewed tea is a cross between real strawberry and candy strawberry flavour. It is the closest to real strawberry tasting tea I have tried. This was an impulse purchase, so I am super happy it is delicious!

I could have added some sweetener but chose not to for the first tasting. Will probably add it next time depending on my mood.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

oh man… sounds soo good!

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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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