688 Tasting Notes

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There’s a point in the steep where this goes from nice and mild to tart and over-bearing. Somewhere in the 3 minute range, I find. Still not an exceptional tea, but certainly passable. Won’t buy again, what with all the delicious loose tea to be had, but I would snag one off a freebie tray for sure : )

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I bought this at the Market. I have no description for it, no ingredient list, and no link to the website. The shop is based in Mahone Bay, NS and they do have a price list online which contains this tea, but that’s what I got.

All that said, it’s delicious! Clearly a black tea, with a lovely blueberry aroma. The flavour of blueberry does not come out as strongly as it smells, but it’s nice – mild, but still there. Perfectly lovely, though kind of forgettable. I got two other teas from this company which also are sort of forgettable. Shame, considering that it’s a local tea company and it would be nice to support some Nova Scotians.

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drank Lady Grey by Twinings
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Felt like a real tea after my chamomile apple this morning (really coming to hate that tea – chamomile is not for me!) so I turned to the Lady Grey. I found that I needed a bit of sugar and cream in it this morning, but I find it masks the bergamot too much. A little unsatisfying, but still a nice cup of tea. I think I need to give in, greys are not really for me!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Lemon Cream Pie by DAVIDsTEA
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I oversteeped this morning (was playing Little Big Planet 2 before work, so sue me! :D ) but it was still delicious. I found the tart lemon rind sort of bitterness came out too strong as a result of my over-steeping but I think a bit of honey would have fixed that nicely…if I’d bothered.

I really like lemon, so I find this a really nice tea, but if you want the balanced pie sort of flavour, definitely make sure to not steep it more than 4 or 5 minutes. My favourite lemon David’s Tea continues to be Three Lemon, with Citron Oolong coming in just behind, but this was a nice aberration from my norm.

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7 min, 0 sec

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drank Spearmint (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Had a nice amount of this in a travel mug of hot chocolate this afternoon. I love the minty kick, especially when Schnapps isn’t an option. Yum!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Mojito by DAVIDsTEA
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Second steep – mint is strong again. Why is the second steep so strong on mint???

Anyway, this might only do cups today, because this isn’t quite as strong as I would like. The mint is taking over, the base is muted, but a nice complement.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Mojito by DAVIDsTEA
688 tasting notes

Figured I’d go to this delicious tea for work today – I learned yesterday that I can get three solid steeps, so it’s perfect for no fuss no muss tea that’s still delicious! I’ve interested a couple people in this by the smell alone, though most baulk at the price. Why is coffee allowed to be expensive but not tea? Mmm, I love the mint in this..

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Rooibos de Provence by DAVIDsTEA
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The beau selected this as breakfast tea again today. Still lovely, and as I try more and more rooibos teas, I realize how much of the delicious flavour of this tea is really just the rooibos base.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I am a lover of many things, but my passions include my records, tea and books (not necessarily in that order!) I embrace local food and good cooking as much as I can, and place great value on time with family and enjoying the bounty of nature. As of January 2014 my husband and I finally moved to the country to be closer to family and continue our journey in a family home. We have been wanting to do this for a couple years, so we are very excited to follow our hearts. We also have a wonderful kitty named Emma that is the princess of the house.

I am drawn toward good Chinese blacks, enjoy some herbals and the odd roasted oolong. Greens and whites can make me nauseous, but I will have flavoured ones on occasion. While I don’t yet adore puerh, I am giving it my best effort. Chamomile and coconut are the devil though, I wish they didn’t exist. Mint has been a particular favourite of mine since childhood, and I enjoy both flavoured and pure teas though unflavoured blacks are tops for me.

As for ratings, I try to only log teas once or twice because I drink a lot of the same ones repeatedly. My rating is based on my perception of the tea at first tasting and is adjusted if anything notable occurs in subsequent cups. I may also factor in the price and customer service but try to note that when I can.

81 – 100: WOW. This is the cream of the crop.
71 – 80: This is a solid tea. I enjoy it, and would recommend it to others, but may not repurchase.
61 – 70: Just okay. I can drink it, but it doesn’t stand out to me. May try again to improve.
41 – 60: Bleh. Might finish it, but it’s not to my taste OR just doesn’t impress me at all.
0 – 40: No thank you, please. Take it away and don’t make me finish the cup.

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