688 Tasting Notes

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So in paying attention I’ve established that my review of this tea yesterday was actualy a review of Black Cherry Berry. Sad to say, if that was supposed to be Black Cherry, it was not a good rendition.

Though, in actually drinking the wild berry tea, I like it! Seems redundant considering the other berry teas they make, but maybe they wanted to corner the market.

Edit – Rating is going down down down as it gets more bitter despite not continuing to steep. Stick with Blueberry – Check!

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

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83
drank Lady Grey by Twinings
688 tasting notes

This morning’s steep wasn’t as delicious as usual…I fear I am starting to like this tea less. Will add a splash of milk and see how that goes.

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Uniquity

Tiny tiny bit of sugar and a bit of cream brought this back to what I was apparently in the mood for.

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drank Zing Me by DAVIDsTEA
688 tasting notes

Another favourite! Just like the doctor, all I needed was a good cup of tea – and Zing Me was the one for me this morning! Wakes you up with a lovely ginger/apricot mix, with the strength of the flavours depending of course on how much tea is used and how long it’s steeped. This tea will definitely be re-bought if I can ever bring myself to use what I have left…I tend to hoard my favourites, rather than gulp them down.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Meghann M

I’m the same way with my favorites, I have a box above my cupboard that I put all my treasured tea in…I really should drink them more!

Uniquity

But if you drink them all, then they’ll be gone! I know that’s the point, but it seems every time I finish a favourite, it’s gone out of stock in my area or altogether.

aisling of tea

Me four! If a tea is good, my initial reaction is to hoard it and save it and growl at the wife if she goes near it…and then I can’t bring myself to use it, it’s too good! There never seems to be an occasion worthy of it ;).

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drank Lychee Pear by Tetley
688 tasting notes

Having never eaten a lychee I don’t feel fit to comment on authenticity of taste, but I think the pear aspect of this tea is really quite good. It’s a mild flavour, obviously, as preas aren’t the most in your face fruit but it is nice and tasty, sweet but not sugary so, more just like a ripe pear. yum!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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78

The re-steep is, as expected, delicious!

Also, please enjoy the musical stylings of Santana, since I felt the urge to join TeaEqualsBliss and her nutty musical scheme. The song? Black Magic Woman.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaKnRUfh_5I

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

AWESOME!!! Thanks for playing along! :)

Uniquity

How could I not?? : )

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78

Still delicious. This will make a handsome resteep after my cup has emptied..

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Three Wishes Tea by DAVIDsTEA
688 tasting notes

It was my yummy first thing in the morning tea today. I like to think I don’t like flowery teas, but there are definitely floral notes in here and I enjoy it anyway. Sweet, though it can get a titch bitter if left to steep to long. A lovely tea, really.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Spearmint (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
688 tasting notes

A perennial favourite, I’ve just enough time to finish this mug of deliicous spearmint tea before work is over. The name says it all – There are no other ingredients and there is no confusing the taste. I’ve finally come to understand that non-mint nuts are afraid of mint teas tasting like toothpaste – no danger of that here. Just a delicious warm, fragrant mint tea. Makes me nostalgiac for the field of mint that grew beside the driveway of my ‘childhood home’.

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180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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75

Dry teabag smells like Raspberry Kool-Aid…sweet sweet sweet. While steeping, the tea is a very pink shade and smells much the same, though the sugar smell is toned down a bit, it still smells like raspberry juice. Maybe a sugar added concentrate instead of Kool-Aid.

First sip tastes much like it smells. Definitely raspberry, but not like I am eating a raspberry. It tastes artificially sweetened – Like raspberry Sorbet! It tastes almost exactly like Chapman’s raspberry sorbet. I still like it, but it is a bit strange in a tea. The longer you steep it the more the tartness will come out, though the sweet doesn’t go away so it’s interesting.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Lady Grey by Twinings
688 tasting notes

Still delicious, This cup has come out a little more citrusy than my first few, though the only difference is a lower water temperature. It’s a lovely tea for right now, easing the transition from yummy lunch break to work again.

This time I actually find it a little bitter at the end, maybe over-steeped. I think I would like a tiny bit of sugar and/or cream in it. Inherited habit!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 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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