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477 Tasting Notes

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drank Green Tea Tropical by Mighty Leaf Tea
477 tasting notes

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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drank All The Raj by DAVIDsTEA
477 tasting notes

. . . 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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93
drank Strawberry Tea by Red Leaf Tea
477 tasting notes

This was a beautifully juicy berry black, I’m so glad I tried it at long last.

The black tea base that Red Leaf uses is always a good accent to their blends, but it is very sensitive to timing. It can get bitter quick, but I managed to avoid that, yay!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec

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Tried this in store. I love our local DT. The associates all recognise us, call us by name, almost know our tea stash by its name (Stashy, Devourer of Worlds), etc. I just wish they wore nametags so we could stop calling them Really Hipster Girl, Less Hipster Girl, That Nice One, Hipster Asian Boy, Hipster White Boy, and the manager.

Anyway.

I liked this tea to start, very sweet and spicy, but there was a cloying aftertaste that snuck up on me and stuck in the back of my throat. Actually made me a little ill. I think it might be the stevia? I’m not sure. Anyway, won’t be repeating the experience.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec
TeaBrat

I don’t like stevia at all… bluh

Jessie

Such apt descriptions for probably employees at all DTs!

I’d say it was the stevia, for sure. I use stevia a lot in baking but have to be careful with it, and hate it in tea. It leaves a very odd aftertaste and sensation.

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91
drank Funnel Cake by Say Tea
477 tasting notes

Yum! I wish I could find a description of the tea online (Say Tea! y u no update website?), because this is a very tasty fruit and nut blend. It reminds me of DT’s Forever Nuts without the beetroot. It’s naturally sweet and very delicious.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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92
drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
477 tasting notes

Been drinking this almost non-stop for the last few days. I’m afraid of burning myself out on it, but I really love the sweet almondyness of it (yes, that’s a technical term).

In related news, it’s another big Stash Cleanse for us today. Cataloging and sorting all our teas and updating our spreadsheet, and then putting together a huge box of swap and destash teas.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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92
drank Caramel Spice by DAVIDsTEA
477 tasting notes

Think I should have steeped this one a little longer than I did, but otherwise delicious.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
477 tasting notes

I’m not usually a lover of rooibos teas, I find them too sweet, but I do very much enjoy this one. I was looking for something light and sweet, not too much work. This fit the bill precisely. Always tastes like sugar cookies to me, the ultimate comfort food.

I made two pots of tea, both of which are sitting next to me with a little gongfu teacup, I’ve been alternating between this and Caramel Spice. Similar spice profiles, they make excellent complements to each other.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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67
drank Earl Grey Sencha by Say Tea
477 tasting notes

Bleh. Brewed it again with the proper specs, and the sencha taste was even stronger. Very grassy, fishy sencha with a slight citrus fuss from the bergamot. Won’t rebuy.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Ninavampi

Sencha, as much as I love it, does not seem like the best to combine with Earl Grey…

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96
drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
477 tasting notes

I’m glad I rediscovered this tea. Definitely need to refill the little candy tin.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Ninavampi

I recently discovered it and I am enamored! Wow… I love it! I have yet to write my tasting note. Sadly I can’t get it Ecuador, so it is a rare treat!

De

Just checked the shipping for a small package to Ecuador, it wouldn’t be more than $5-10. I can pick some up for you . . .

Ninavampi

Really?!? That would be amazing! : ) Would you want me to paypal you the money or would you like to swap? Thanks so much for offering! : )

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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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