157 Tasting Notes

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drank Guava Cadabra by DAVIDsTEA
157 tasting notes

T&C TTB Rd2

I’ve had a serious desire for tropical teas lately and this one totally fits that bill…it’s fruity and purple with hibiscus – although I know some of you heathens don’t like that sort of thing – and it takes to sweetener well.

This cup was tasty hot and cold, so I’d gladly buy more to restock once I pass on the TTB.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Gyokuro Yamashiro by DAVIDsTEA
157 tasting notes

T&C TTB Rd2

This is a very spinach tea…the leaves steep up to a delicious looking light-green and the resultant liquid is lightly grassy and tastes somewhere between collard greens and cooked spinach. That’s a good thing, by the way. :D

One cup of the stuff is more than enough, though, and I’m not a big fan of it overall…so that’s going to have to lower the rating somewhat. It’s interesting, but not something I’d like to keep around.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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85
drank Caramel by Adagio Teas
157 tasting notes

T&C TTB Rd2

Apparently I’ve reviewed this tea before – and liked it a lot less – so I’m rather glad that I forgot about my opinion and threw it into my thermos for “oh gods I need something to keep me awake during physics”…

This tea brews up thick and almost unbearably sweet to smell, but the rich caramel flavour just lingers inside your mouth after every sip and is all kinds of delicious (and the second steep is much the same).

I’m not sure what went wrong in my first tasting of this tea, but this is one that’ll definitely be going on my wishlist for the future. Yum.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Rose Fruit Passion by beTeas
157 tasting notes

T&C TTB Rd 2

I’m reviewing this with the caveat that my cup was 99% rosebuds plus a few wisps of what looked like black tea (though I see that nowhere in the review) and a few bits of fruit.

Even with the limited scope of ingredients this was still a delightful cup of tea. The rose provides a musty sweet backdrop and you can just pick up hints of hyacinth and fruit layered in the middle…it’s a cup that goes down easy and I have faith that the full blend would be similarly tasty.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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T&C TTB Rd 2

I want to like oolongs…I really do. However, they all seem to have this salty note to them that I can’t quite get past.

If I ignore the saltiness, this one is actually rather tasty. It’s fairly mellow and the flavours remind me of the smell of a forest after the rain…but I still can’t quite enjoy the cup, so it’s not a favourite.

I’ll refrain from rating it since my palate clearly isn’t tuned for oolongs.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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T&C TTB Rd 2

This one smells heavenly! I was salivating as I prepped the cup to steep…and then I burned my tongue because I was too excited about getting a taste. :/

In any case, this one brews up to a purplish-dark liquid that’s clearly influenced by the whole – and yes, they are WHOLE and huge – blueberries tossed into the blend. I wound up muting it somewhat with whole milk because I wanted to try and bring out the “cream cheese” notes, but even with that the black tea and blueberries definitely pushed their way to the front of the flavour profile.

With that said, this wasn’t a tea that really impressed me. It was good, yes, but not one that I would want to have again in the future.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Grape Sencha by Den's Tea
157 tasting notes

TTTTB

I typically really enjoy senchas – and the flavouring seemed spot-on when I sniffed the bag – so I’m not sure what went wrong with this one.

The sencha base tasted really bland – more of a generic “green tea” than the more nuanced and complex flavours I’m used to – and although there was a great artificial grape smell when the tea was hot almost none of it came through to the actual flavour of the tea.

So I wasn’t all that impressed with the tea. I wanted it to live up to the expectations built up by the delicious scent…but it looks like it just couldn’t.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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79
drank Black Beauty by Mandala Tea
157 tasting notes

TTTTB

This is a rather standard black, albeit one that tastes rather delightful. It comes across as smooth and woodsy nuanced…takes sweetener well and holds up to multiple steeps without issue.

It’s comfortable and tasty and I’d happily drink it again…but I’m not sure if I’ll go out of my way to buy it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank S'mores Chai by 52teas
157 tasting notes

TTTTB

Ever burned your marshmallow and then decide to make a s’more out of it anyway? Yeah…that’s what this particular cup tasted like – all smoke and singe without the sweetness of marshmallow or the pastry of graham cracker to back it up.

I brewed it up to take to class this morning and I must admit I’m rather disappointed in the whole mess. Perhaps others have had better luck with the blend, but it’s just not the tea for me.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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TTTTB

Man, this is another tea that I really wanted to enjoy…but it just hit me as being generically fruity and crisp. The black tea base is solid and the flavouring is well-executed, but I didn’t get “cranberry” as a flavour.

It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it’s another cup that didn’t manage to impress me.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Overstressed college senior…tea is what gets me moving in the mornings, calms me down at night and fills all the moments in-between.

I’m still in the everything is delicious and I want to drink it all phase of my exploration, so I’m open to swaps, TTBs and trying new things.

My cupboard is things I have and am willing to swap (either I didn’t like them that much or I have a lot of them) and my wishlist is mostly things I’ve tasted and want to buy or swap for in the future.

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