485 Tasting Notes

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drank Garden of Eden by The Tea Emporium
485 tasting notes

Dry, this tea is outstanding. Just an incredibly heady smell of fresh fruit and light sencha.

Unfortunately, even after a steep at the correct temperature for much longer than I would usually do a green, checking every thirty seconds, the flavour remained stubbornly that of a lightly vegetal green. There was a faint aroma, a back-hint of the fruitiness of the dry leaf, of berries, but the tea was clear and light. Very underwhelming. Very unimpressed. Very disappointed.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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93
drank Citrus Grove by Tealish
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Wow! Tealish occasionally pulls a bizarre combo out of the bag and dazzles with it. Citrus and coconut, paired with the spice blend more commonly found in chai? Say whaaaat? But it was tasty! A very good black tea at the first taste, with the sweetness of the citrus, cream from the coconut, and a tingle and zip from the spices. I snagged a sample of it from Indigobloom for a second and third steep, but this may be sneaking into the collection.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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87
drank Sunshine Mate by The Tea Emporium
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I took my life into my hands unintentionally by making this, as we only have enough for one cup in the house.

I like this, it’s sweet and citrusy, with just a hint of the good-for-you stuff of the more medicinal teas without, well, the medicinal part. I usually find mates a little astringent for me, but the citrus does a lot to balance that out. I definitely want to pick some of this up to add to my wake-me-up rotation.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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82
drank Holiday Tea by Second Cup
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92
drank Pommeberry by The Tea Emporium
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Finally tried this from our Toronto Tea Party and mmmmm, very sweet and fruity without any sugar. I don’t taste any hibiscus, but I only steeped it two minutes, which seems the perfect length for most blacks. I like the berry in this one; reminds me of Tealish’s Bella Berry without the tartness of the melon added in.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Earl Grey Cheesecake by 52teas
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. . . ew.

Burnt, bitter, no hint of creaminess or cheesecake. Just a very poor, very fake-tasting Earl experience.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec
Tina S.

So it IS the other type of cheesecake!

Jessie

Yeah. This is old at this point, but I really didn’t get it. It got good reviews but I found it totally unpleasant. I’m surprised I gave it a 45! Anyway, sorry to inflict it on you but thanks for taking it off my hands!

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drank Citrus Sunburst by The Tea Emporium
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drank Toronto Tea Party by The Tea Emporium
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Ah, a pleasant reminder of our own Toronto Tea Party today. My first venture into the Tea Emporium’s line up, the name caught me right away. My first steep of this (made in-store) was too bitter, but the second steep was very pleasant. It has a mellow, low-key creamy flavour, with just a hint of bergamot, just a hint of smoky green tea, just a hint of vanilla, and absolutely no back-hint of ass.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
Tina S.

Yay no backhint of ass! :D

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drank Green Tea Tropical by Mighty Leaf Tea
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Grabbed a little sachet of this at the Blue Banana months ago, but I haven’t tried it until now. Met up with the devilishly interesting Toronto tea partiers at Fran’s and swapped this out for the Red Rose in the pot of tea I ordered. The conversation and the meal was much more memorable than the tea.

Sweet and fruity, maintained its flavour and didn’t go bitter through multiple steeps (steeps varied in time from two to four minutes, maybe a bit more. Tried to keep the temperature low.). No single “tropical” flavour stood out to me, and the green base was a little grassy without being off-puttingly vegetal. I may have to try this again when I can devote more attention to it.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Tina S.

Awww, I’m sorry the tea was blah. At least the company was awesome!

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8
drank All The Raj by DAVIDsTEA
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. . . ew.

It tastes like rose-scented shampoo and panda licorice. Neither of those are good things. There are very few teas where I can’t even finish one cup.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Ninavampi

Wow… That sounds absolutely terrible…

Cattibrie

I couldn’t get past the smell of this to even try tasting it. And it is the one I am supposed to drink after taking their survey thing.

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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.

Tea. Mmmm.

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