709 Tasting Notes

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Backlog, from yesterday: (Mis-posted as Wildberry…makes me laugh now that I know the truth).

The smell of the teabag while dry reminds me of licorice candies my grandfather likes. Luckily, licorice is not on the list of ingredients. Nonetheless, this is an off-putting smell for me. While steeping, the liquor is the sort of berry juice purple I’ve come to expect from Celestial Seasonings.

Finally, the smell comes in as promised – berries! And a lot of them. The steeped smell is similar to childhood fruit punch, though the taste is not nearly as strong or sickly sweet. What I am left with if I can ignore the (still strong) sugar smell is really a nice berry flavoured tea. I can’t pick out specific notes and it is a bit of a ‘busy’ tea, but quite tasty. I think I’ll stick with True Blueberry in future, but this is the beauty of the sample packs – I find out what I like for cheap! : )

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

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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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drank Lady Grey by Twinings
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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
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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.

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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
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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!

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185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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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

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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..

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195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Three Wishes Tea by DAVIDsTEA
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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
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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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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.

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185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I’ve been drinking loose tea since 2010 and my tastes have changed a lot over those years. For the last few, I’ve been a fan of unflavoured Chinese blacks and shu puerh. I still drink other things, but that’s where I am.

I live in a rural area with my husband, cat, and soon to be firstborn. I love tea, reading, doctor who, knitting, crosswords, board games, the marvel universe, and lots of other things.

I’m not often rating teas numerically any more but I want to leave this to explain my past 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: These are great teas, I love them, regularly stock them or savour them as unique treats.
71 – 80: These are solid. I drink them, I like them, I may or may not keep them on hand regularly. This is still good stuff.
61 – 70: Just okay. I can drink it, but it doesn’t stand out to me. Might be lower quality, not to my taste, or outside my comfort zone.
41 – 60: Not likely to keep drinking…hoping hubby will enjoy!
0 – 40: No thank you, please. Take it away and don’t make me finish the cup.

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