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675 Tasting Notes

85
drank Cloud Nine by DAVIDsTEA
675 tasting notes

Second infusion produced two more cups, both drank by me as the beau didn’t want them. Since I over-steeped the first batch, the second came out a little watery but I’ve finally establised that the weird taste is SLIGHTLY reminiscnet of coffee. Upping my rating as I am coming to really enjoy it as an occcasional tea. Something to put a little hair on my chest amidst my usual tisanes : )

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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85
drank Cloud Nine by DAVIDsTEA
675 tasting notes

I went and bought tea this morning before having my first cuppa. Of our three new selections, we’re trying Cloud nine first. The smell is delicious, though I love black currants, so that helps. There’s also a bit of a weird smell to it, almost chocolatey which is weird since there’s none in it. Maybe the St. john’s Wort?

Upon steeping, the liquor came out really brown…starting to worry. There is a strong earthy sort of smell, and I’m starting to lose the resemblance to the dry leaf smell. Hard to imagine black currants in it at this point. Really hoping this is a misleading beginning. There is also an annoying amount of little floaties in the tea, despite my fine mesh infuser.

Of course, as I steep this I talk to a friend about new teas I bought. He reminds me that I smelled this at his house and complained of the smell. Repeatedly.

Okay, here goes. I had a sip. It tastes different than it smells, which is weird. And it ends really sweet and fruity, but the smell that I can only describe as chocolate is freaking me out. I like it more than I thought – Probably won’t buy again, but at least I have something different on hand. I can’t really say much else about it yet. Will try again later. Maybe a second infusion?

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

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83
drank Lady Grey by Twinings
675 tasting notes

Steeped it a shorter time today and threw in a few granules of raw sugar. Delish!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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59

After lunch tea. I think it’s time to change out some of my work teas. Everything is too fruity! Where is the mint?

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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15

Enjoyed it so much this morning I thought I would have it again. The liquor is more pale than I expect, and the green apple taste is delicious. I don’t actually know what chamomile tastes like, but I assume it to be subtle since I don’t find there to be an over-powering flavour.

As it cooled I started to notice something more and more that I referred to as laundry soap – Presumably that was the chamomile. Didn’t like that so much. Downgraded rating : (

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82

So yummy. Was a lovely start to the work day!

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

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15

Breakfast tea!

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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78

It’s a good thing that caffeine has no discernible effect on me because I’m on a roll today. After some shifty tasting teas I felt the need to go for something comforting that I know I love. Black currant, it is! I have a box at home and one at work, and since I spend 9 hours a day here, the work one is going fast.

DELISH!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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50
drank Winter Chai by Tea Forte
675 tasting notes

The last of a sampe plack given to me for Christmas by a thoughtful colleague – This tea is a treat to steep. I’ve used pyramid ‘teabags’ before but the flavour of that particular tea was weak and terrible and I ended up prejudiced against the whole lot. The beauty of the pyramid, however, is that you can see the tea inside expand and fill all the available space. Beautiful!

As for the taste, I like chai. I occasionally get one that is overpowering, but this is a nice compromise. The overpowering cinnamon smell/taste can come in if the sip is too big, but that’s become a personal issue. Small sips = delish!

Edit: downgraded the score as the cup is less tasty as time goes on, :(

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Premium Ceylon by Bigelow
675 tasting notes

Over-steeped. It happens! Might throw a dash of cream or raw sugar in there. Starting to think I should bring my honey from home to work ‘just in case’!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 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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