545 Tasting Notes

85

Surprise! Delicious balance of mint and warming spices. Refreshing. Makes me break into a light sweat, which would be great on a hot day for cooling off. I got a sample amount in a recent order from DavidsTea, and I may add this to my next order. I’ve drunk mint and mint greens before, but the sharpness and, well, playfulness of this blend is fun. I can’t taste the fennel, which is good. Love the cardamom.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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91

Mmmmmmm. Mild. Biscuity, as the shop promises. No grassiness or astringecy. Slightly nutty mouthfeel. Clean finish. Not one of the cheaper teas, but not ‘Oh, do I gas up the car or buy tea’ expensive, either. Soothing.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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100

Far away smoke on the fragrance, as of a distant bonfire. Some china black tea and rooibos taste, then chai with Indian black tea, then cinnamon and a light warmth from the chai, and, finally, smoke.

Warming. Sophisticated. No one aspect dominates. Harmony. A very special blend.

(I drank this once plain and one with light sweetening but no milk.)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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89

Should up the rating on this one. Loose is much more flavourful than bagged. A really, really good Assam, malty but not puckery.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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92

Tart! Lots of real lemon pieces in here, pith and peel, too. Not a strong vanilla taste, but it does temper the citrus. I like this one sweetened. Does NOT forgive a long steep; left too long, this one, even sweeted, becomes undrinkable.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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72

I can taste everything they promise: first the strawberries, then chocolate and roses, then a pleasant China black. I’m not always in the mood for this one, but today it’s doing nicely as a PMS tea. Chocolate and roses, I guess. I prefer this one slighty sweetened.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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80

Got this as a sample with an order …

I steeped it 4 min 30 seconds. It’s got a richness and a sweet coffee & chocolate-ish flavour, but it ain’t coffee.

Ain’t tea, either.

Like David’s Coffee Pu-Erh, a really intersting fusion.

Not sure if a sipper who does not already like coffee would like this coffee-laced tea. But it’s good. Better with every sip.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
Michelle Butler Hallett

The chicory adds a bitterness that makes me reach for stevia … having sweetened, I find the chicory much more agreeable as an aftertaste, bitter and strong. Bitter in a good way.

Kristen

I steeped mine for 3 min and didnt get too much of a coffee flavor more of a mocha with hints of coffee… but it is enjoyable either way!

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100

The owner of Britannia Teas warned me I would not be able to ‘go back’ to other (and less expensive) jasmine teas once I tried the Jasmine Dragon Tears. She was right. Not perfumey, not bitter, but certainly not weak … and the jasmine ‘hit’ lasts and lasts. Demand may increase the price of these hand-rolled tears, but I don’t care.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Not a grassy green tea. Very delicate. The strawberry flavour is refreshing, not fake or jammy. Steep carefully. Evocative. Helps ease me into a meditative state.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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99

My favourite black tea blend, ever, and I have drunk many. While David’sTea’s David’s Organic Breakfast gives this blend a serious challenge, Britannia’s English Breakfast remains my Writin Tea, my comfort, and, when needed, my wake-up. I am not sure what’s in this blend, but I will guess at a goodly amount of Keemun (winey), Assam (malt and heft) and possibly Ceylon (brightness). Deep and complex, with many tastes dancing in the mouth. I never let myself run out of this one. I steep it just over three minutes but have drunk it after 5+ minutes. Can get a little tannic and astringent around 4-5 minutes, so just treat it nice.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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Writer and tea fiend. Author of DELUDED YOUR SAILORS, SKY WAVES, DOUBLE-BLIND, and THE SHADOW SIDE OF GRACE.

I prefer straight teas but will try almost anything … so long as it’s not tainted with hibiscus. I loathe hibiscus.

Oolongs and blacks are my favourites.

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