1473 Tasting Notes

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This tea just isn’t nearly as good as some of the others in my cupboard right now. Yes, it is flavoured with lemon and strawberry, but mostly what I taste is the lemon, with a little floral berry going on in the background.

I do not care for the black tea base in this one. I steeped for only 3 minutes, and it’s already a little bitter and quite astringent, and that’s even after adding almond milk and honey. Sadly, the rating is dropping on this tea. I probably won’t be getting much else from Granville Island, as their smallest package is 50g and I’d rather try a bunch of smaller samples, then get larger quantities of the stuff I really like.

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

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drank Shiva Chai by Tealux
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I wanted to try something different, and this is extremely different. The black tea base is really strong, and tends towards bitterness and astringency. It’s taken a bit of playing with to get a good cup out of this.

The flavours are really neat – I especially enjoy the twist of the bay leaves. As pretty much every chai, it goes very well with milk and sugar.

I will enjoy this tea as I drink it, but definitely won’t be purchasing more. Unfortunately, it’s too finicky for me.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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60

I made some of this up last night to taste again. I definitely prefer my matcha as a latte, and the lemony flavour doesn’t go with milk. As my package had been open for > 6 months, I decided to throw out what was left.

If you like matcha lemonades, you might like this one. When it goes on sale the price is extremely reasonable, and would be worth picking up to try.

I think I’ll be sticking to plain matcha, and making up my own blends by adding smaller amounts of sugar, and some high quality food flavourings.

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65

I tried doing shorter steeps on this one yesterday, but the hibiscus was really strong. Again, the sour acidic teas just don’t do it for me, which makes me sad because this one smells so amazing and delicious.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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73
drank Women - Uma by Tealux
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I had another cup of this one last night. I do have to be careful, since I already burn easily and St. John’s Wort is known for making the skin more sensitive to the sun. I really enjoy sipping on this herbal medicine-y goodness.

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

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50

This one is another quite sour, rather acidic fruity tisane. Unfortunately, it makes my tummy upset, so I’ll be giving away most of what I have left to a friend who likes the sour fruity ones.

The strawberry and apple flavours mix really well with the vanilla, but the sour acid flavour unfortunately ruins it for me. I had high hopes for this as a hot tea, but I think it might do best as a cold infused iced tea. I’m keeping some just to try the other brewing method out.

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

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65

I think I figured out why I don’t love this tea – it’s the chocolate flavour again.

I ran out of David’s Birthday Cake, and had to order more online because the local shops have been out of it for a few days. I’ll drink this one in the meantime, but I definitely prefer the intense dessert flavour of the birthday cake.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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70

This smells SO gingery, it’s amazing.

I was drinking a tea with hibiscus (That wasn’t supposed to have hibiscus in it! ARGH!) and it was making my tummy upset, so I decided to try this one. I’ve added a little honey to it already while it’s steeping, since my favourite ginger “tea” is essentially a boatload of grated ginger and lots of dark brown sugar, with maybe a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Steeped, this is making my eyes water. In a good way! I mostly taste ginger, with a bit of a kick in the aftertaste from the pepper. It’s not as strong as just grating a boatload of ginger into a pot and boiling it with sugar (haha), but it’s really tasty. This is definitely something I’ll stock in my cupboard.

I didn’t pour all the tea in my pot, so the rest of it is going to steep till I remember about it and go back for it. I hope it gets ridiculously gingery.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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73
drank Amandine Rose by Teavana
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I had this today after a study session at the mall. I’m actually quite surprised that I like it, considering it has rose petals in it. The flavour is strongly almond, then cinnamon, then some floral. I had it unsweetened with almond milk.

I’m not sure I’d buy the tea to make at home, but it’s a tasty option available close to school.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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Just drank my last bit of Birthday Cake, and since my BFF is going shopping later, we’re going to swing by David’s Tea to get more!

Om nom nom.

Still: So incredibly sweet due to the sprinkles and ice cream bits. I will probably also get some Creme Brulee, because dessert teas with no caffeine are awesome.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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Black teas are my favourite, although I do drink the occasional green tea. I am exploring herbal and fruity teas for summer icing and winter evenings, and oolong and pu erh are new and exciting… although I do not like a tea that tastes mostly of seaweed.

No: Spearmint or peppermint, licorice root, gluten (cookie bits, wheat, rye, barley, I’m OK with oats)

After sending my first box to the USA, bubble-envelope swaps are where it’s at.

When I rate, my ratings are based on the little faces, and depend on what face I make when I sip the tea! :)

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