485 Tasting Notes

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drank Cherry Tea by Red Leaf Tea
485 tasting notes

Bought this ages ago to do some mixing and matching and never ended up getting there. So we’ve been graaaadually cold steeping this to sipdown. It’s a pretty decent cherry tea, a little tart from the hibiscus. Generally tastes like really water cherry koolaid. Mixes well with either vanilla liquor or ginger ale (I haven’t tried all three together but could also be tasty).

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
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Had this iced today and it was delicious until the last gulp because I forgot to stir it so that last gulp was 90% pure agave. Gaaaah.

Anyway. This was a “winter” tea, I suppose because of the mint? But it is amazing iced. It’s already so creamy and coconuty it’s a bit like drinking coconut water, but then the mint just makes it incredibly refreshing without being overly tingly.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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I only steeped this for 30 seconds, I could not believe how dark gold the tea got in such a short amount of time – and holy crapnuggets, the flavour! I don’t like floral teas – I especially don’t like rose teas. Most of the time it’s like drinking shampoo. BUT NOT THIS ONE. Which was my point. Really strong flavour, but really nice.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Christina

Which samples from Whittards of Chelsea did you and aisling get? My sister-in-law is heading to the UK soon, and I want to ask her to bring some tea back for me.

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So my wife makes me a cup of this and my first response is “Wow that’s really green!”

Maybe because it’s a green and not black as I was, for some reason, expecting.

This was delicious! But if there was bergamot in it I could barely taste it. The mango was the dominant taste, but it didn’t completely drown the green. The green had a faintly toasted flavour to it, not too strong. Worked well together. Very calming cup for something caffeinated.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Toasted Marshmallow by DAVIDsTEA
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Cup of this with whipped cream vodka tastes weirdly like an apple pie. But delicious. I wouldn’t recommend the whipped cream vodka on its own, though, since it’s way too sweet and has too much of a liquor bite to it.

Oh right! The tea! I love this spice blend, it’s smoky and creamy. Almost like a chai but without the overwhelming flavours that sometimes turn me off chai.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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So Thursday (if you didn’t know) was Beltainn, also known as May Day. I did my solitary prayers and offerings BUT THEN my Celtic recon group got together virtually for some traditional religious festivities – namely, getting ridiculously drunk and playing games.

So. Earl Grey with a shot of vanilla schnapps. Excellent A++ would recommend.

Flavors: Vanilla

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Christina

I find that of the teas I have tried with vanilla as a flavouring, this is one of the only ones I’ve liked. Good mix of vanilla and bergamot.

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Drinking this one cold-brewed right now. My wife put it in the fridge to steep overnight, and I’m really enjoying it! I’m not a huge iced tea drinker but this one is good. It’s not too tart, not too floral, not too grassy, just sweet and blueberry-y. I think hot it would come off as too sweet, but it’s a great choice iced.

Flavors: Berries, Jam

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 6 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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drank Rhubarb & Cream by Whittard of Chelsea
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Oh wow. I wasn’t in the mood for tea this morning (yes, I know, such a thing is possible) until my wife waved the bag under my nose. Then I had to have a cup – and I was not disappointed.

Dry, it’s rhubarb and cream – a little bit tart, a little bit sweet, a bit of white chocolate scent. Dusty black tea somewhere in there.

Brewed, it was exactly what it said on the tin. A tart treat that mellowed out with the creaminess. The black base was rich but not overpowering, worked really well with the cream. The rhubarb was the strongest at the beginning of the cup, by the time I got to the bottom it had cooled a little and it was much more black tea. A bit of an Irish breakfast in taste.

PS I have a list of teas that I’ve drunk but haven’t logged so if it looks like I’m drinking a ton of tea, I’m just catching up.

Flavors: Cream

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Christina

Welcome back! I noticed you hadn’t been around for a while.

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drank Reike by The Whistling Kettle
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Yes so I am so behind on my tea reviews (unsurprising) and this was from a few days ago. My wife made a big jug of this and we split it, and she’s sitting on the other end of the couch making faces and shuddering, and I’m groaning in delight. Now, our tastes are usually fairly dissimilar, but not to that degree. So we switched cups – and yep, hers was gross. Same tea, same brew time, same jug, wildly different taste. Mine was sweet and lemony and honey-like. Surprisingly delicious when cold brewed and full of agave for what’s supposed to be a relaxing medicinal tea.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 4 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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drank Kanpe Tea by DAVIDsTEA
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Another cold brew adventure. We are starting to narrow in on the fact that I only seem to like fruit blends and herbal teas when cold brewed. I’m drinking this one right now, it’s my second big timolino of it, so I think we may have a winner. I think I might need a little less sugar in it, though. It’s sweet to the point of being tart, but it leaves an almost spicy, cinnamon aftertaste on the tongue.

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 2 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML
Cattibrie

This one to me was an ok substitue for Pink Flamingo before it came back. I did find myself drinking a tea the other day and wondering where the cinnamon flavour I remembered was. I must have been thinking of this one but drinking something else.

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Mmmm. Tea. I have become a believer.

I like oolongs and greens, and dark smoky flavours. And Earl Greys. All the Earl Greys. I have bent my nerd powers to learning as much as I can about tea and tea culture. I have started to ramble about tea.

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