190 Tasting Notes

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From the Great Canadian Travelling tea box.
I’m a really big fan of almond, but it is definitely a flavour that can go very wrong. The smell of this was mouth watering, and the taste didn’t disappoint. The flavour definitely isn’t as strong as the smell suggests, but it is a delicious natural almond flavour (like almond extract) with a coconut aftertaste. I would never think that almond would work well with a green base but it does. Keeping this one, sorry guys!

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100th Tasting Note!
I had a cup of this yesterday and was a little disappointed. I know I underleafed because I wanted to make sure I got a few cups out of the sample, but the flavour was very weak. I tried it again today and made sure I put in the correct amount of tea, and what a difference! I really enjoyed this. The cherry flavour is stronger than the chocolate but I think that is a good thing. I find cherry teas are fairly uncommon and it was nice to have a cherry black as opposed to a green. I don’t know if I would buy this again, but I might down the road if I’m craving a cherry black.

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This is my first EVER matcha. Thanks to Sil who threw this into the first round of the Great Canadian Travelling tea box. I also grabbed Red Leaf’s cola matcha out of the box which I still have yet to try, but it smells amazing.

The travelling tea box came around a couple of months ago and I just got around to trying this today, but I have been nervous to try a matcha. One, because I have read that they can taste bitter and I hate bitter, and two, because I am not a big fan of greens in general, especially vegetal greens. But I know matcha has a lot of health benefits so I was determined to give it a shot. I tried the Chocolate Mint matcha first because I really wanted an iced matcha latte and I didn’t think cola would work well with milk. I love lattes so I thought that it may soften the blow of the bitter green flavour.

I have never made matcha so I had no idea what I was doing but I read in someone’s review that they dissolved the matcha in a little bit of hot water and then added the milk after, so this is what I did. As I do not have a matcha whisk or even a small whisk, I threw it in my to-go mug and shook it up. After adding the milk, I took a sip and while it wasn’t as bitter as I was expecting, it was still a little too bitter for my taste buds. I decided that I should heat up the latte in the microwave and add some agave.

OH MY GOD, what a difference! It was really love at first sip. Chocolate mint would not be a flavour I would choose for myself, considering all the interesting flavours that red leaf carries, but it is sooooo good! Although the flavour level was distinctive, the flavour wasn’t overly strong and the matcha itself was able to outshine the chocolate mint. After I was finished, I just had to have another cup immediately.

I was so excited about matcha that I made an order tonight. I can’t wait to try some of their other flavours. You can purchase this matcha here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/mint-chocolate-matcha.html

VariaTEA

You can actually just mix about 1/2 a teaspoon in cold milk. It is really good that way. I have never had any bitterness when I used this method.

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MMMM, I love chocolate and strawberry together. I don’t know if I prefer this or David’s Love Tea #7. They are both good, but this one has a more subtle flavour I find. I guess it would depend on what I’m in the mood for, but when it comes to dessert favours like this, I prefer it to be a little stronger.

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Just like many other steepsterites, it seems, I too am on a quest to find the perfect pear tea, along with the perfect grapefruit tea.

Though this definitely is not the perfect pear tea, it does have the most real pear flavour of all the pear teas I’ve tried. Not bad

Any suggestions?

VariaTEA

The de Vendome by Nina’s Paris is a good grapefruit tea and they send out free samples so it is worth looking into

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When smelling this tea, all I was getting was the cake, but when brewed this tea tastes exactly what it claims to be. I don’t know about the cherry part, but definitely cola and cake. It is good and definitely very interesting, but not a tea I would drink on a regular basis. It’s more of s novelty tea for me.

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I received a package in the mail from Janelle today! Even though I have a strict no caffeine after work policy, I had to try one of the teas. This is the one I made first, but that was an accident, I wanted to try Ruby Pie first, but grabbed this one. This definitely smells like Irish cream, but I’m not getting it in the taste. It was also quite bitter sans sweetener, but that could be because I over-steeped it, like always. With sweetener added, the bitterness was gone. I doubt the lack of flavour is due to over-steeping as many other reviews point this out as well. An ok tea, but I don’t think I will order this, so glad I got to try it! Thanks Janelle!

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There has been something I don’t like about some 52 teas blends that I couldn’t put my finger on. Over the months, I have figured it out. I for one don’t think I like honeybush, the flavour to me is so strong and dominant that all of the blends taste so much alike. But I also don’t like the cinnamon flavouring Frank uses, there is something very medicinal about it. I am assuming it is the cinnamon as that is the common ingredient of the blends I don’t like. Needless to say, I don’t like this blend either. The honeybush is just too strong and the cinnamon flavour just isn’t that natural, comforting cinnamon flavour that I love. My Dad was up for Christmas and enjoyed this tea so I think I will bring it down to Vancouver with me when I visit them in a couple of weeks.

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I have started going through older teas and trying them again. I have a large tin of this and haven’t had it for months. This used to be one of my favourite teas, but not anymore. Mainly because I have tried way more teas now, but partly because I just don’t like this as much as I used to. It is still pretty good, though I find it has a slight metallic flavour, but that could be just my batch or maybe because of the tin? Also, the blueberry flavour isn’t as strong as I remember. Either way, there is something off-putting about this tea. I don’t know if it’s the ugly grey colour it brews up, or maybe it’s the stevia, but I’m just not enjoying the tea like I used to. Maybe I need to take a longer break before coming back to this tea.

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I haven’t had this in a long time. I ordered 50g of it online when it was on clearance. The smell of this was amazing! Just like a real, ripe banana. But, when I drank it, that banana was lost in the oolong. This was back when I first started drinking loose leaf teas and I was looking for BIG flavour. I was really disappointed that I could barely taste the banana, so I mixed this tea with vanilla orchid and Butiki’s strawberry oolong, as I wasn’t impressed with the flavours of those either for the same reasons, not strong enough. Looking back now, I wish I hadn’t mixed those, as I am really craving a cup of this. I can remember the taste and I know I would appreciate it a lot more now, I am getting more into strait teas and am really preferring lighter flavours. Too bad I can’t buy any more :( I still have that blend though, and the most prominent flavour is the banana, so that will have to do.

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I didn’t drink a lot of tea growing up, just the red rose my nana would make me with about 3 teaspoons of sugar added to it. I started getting into loose leaf tea about a decade ago when I visited our local tea house and tried Rooibos for the first time, though I only drank it on occasion. I didn’t get serious about it until David’s tea came to town. I was on a diet and wanted something I could drink without sugar that had a lot of flavours to choose from.

I prefer black teas, but oolong and green come in a close second. White and guayusa are in the middle, while mate, rooibos and herbals are at the bottom of my list.

Likes: banana, jasmine, pumpkin, lychee, blueberry, chocolate
Dislikes: orange, ginger, rose, hibiscus, butterscotch, honeybush

My non-tea related interests are music, camping, poker, softball, snowboarding, biology and animals. I have 2 dogs and they are my whole life.

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Prince George, BC

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