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Distinctly Tea

Recent Tasting Notes

This one came in the Hapa-tite swap I signed up for via Nicole.

First off, look what a pretty colour it is! The camera didn’t quote do it justice, but you get the picture.
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This one smells just like Forever Nuts, Brioche Free, etc. I have a pretty good feeling it will taste similar. Although, it does have popcorn as an ingredient.

What a shock – IT DOES! Haha. I do enjoy the taste of all these teas, but I can’t drink them all the time. This was nice surprise though, since I haven’t had Forever Nuts in ages. Probably close to a year. This is a great herbal in between my matchas.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML
hapatite

So glad that you got some good teas in the swap!

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Grassy and vegetal, with a more savoury acidic, almost salty flavour I can’t put my finger on. Not quite my thing, but tastes good. Yellow liquor.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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73

The sweet, roasted flavour of the puffed rice dominates the taste of this tea. Not bad, but some more tea leaves or less rice would have made for a more even flavour. Pale yellow liquor.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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79

Dark, malty, and sweet, although not as malty or flavourful as higher grades of Keemun. Still, very pleasant for an everyday Chinese black tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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77

I don’t taste the darjeeling flavours myself, but there’s definitely some maltiness. Other than that, it has the body of an Indian or Ceylon black, with a bit more sweetness. Tasty, for what it is, but I was expecting more flavour given the tea’s grade.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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35

Poor grade of pu erh. Some earthy flavours, but they’re overshadowed by a strong fishy stench. Distinctly Tea doesn’t seem to have a good selection of pu erh teas, and after trying this one, I think I’ll try a store that has a wider range for pu erh.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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76

Honey, roasted grain, and roasted nut flavours. Yellow to orange liquor, depending on steep time. This tea can take relatively long steep times for an oolong, developing more body with a bit of bitterness. Doesn’t have the flavour complexity one would get from a higher grade of ti kuan yin, but still quite pleasant.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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84

A tasty, flavourful lightly oxidized oolong. Sweet, with a strong floral aroma and some honey and nut flavours. Pale yellow liquor.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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89

Additional notes: Sipdown! Not even a full teaspoon, so it was a bit weak. I still like the flavor though. I seriously need to start having at least 1 1/2 teaspoons of tea at a time rather than one. I’d love to try some of Distinctly’s other teas…

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drank Tsar's Blend by Distinctly Tea
1258 tasting notes

Hmmm. I never know how to brew multi-leaf blends! So strange. White and black! No shades of grey here hahahaa
So. The tea. At near boiling, this was interesting. Not quite up to speed for my tastes, being a little mild, so I added milk and honey. Much better! I can taste the white part, coming in as a high note astringency.
Next, I brought the temp way down to see if that changed anything, letting the cup cool for about a minute. Ewww. Do not like at all.
Would I get this again? I think so, one day. One of those comforting teas I could drink all afternoon, out of my pot. Not because I am in love with it, but because it’s naturally unassuming and not in your face. Though if I did that, I’d probably add milk and sugar for the first cup and then have the rest bare.
(backlog from last week)

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drank Garlic Vanilla by Distinctly Tea
4043 tasting notes

sipdown!

So this tea had me expecting more. It’s basically a vanilla rooibos that isn’t TOO rooibos-y that has hints of garlic in the after taste. I was really hoping for a more garlic dominated tea just for something interesting to drink. Overall not bad, but obviously nothing relaly workth writing home about either.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec
TastyBrew

This just sounds strange! A ginger garlic sounds like a good combo though.

Indigobloom

Might be interesting to cook with!

Sil

There’s a lot more garlic in the after taste as it cooled.

TheTeaFairy

Oooh! Garlic? so unsure about that…

Sil

it was pretty interesting. Not as weird as i thought it would be :)

Kittenna

If you had left it sitting overnight, you would have tasted MAJOR GARLIC. It seemed to intensify the longer it sat.

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drank Garlic Vanilla by Distinctly Tea
2221 tasting notes

Sipdown! Thanks to Raritea for a sample of this interesting tea!

The dry leaf didn’t have a great deal of aroma, but once infused, it was kind of a sweet, stinky foot sort of smell, haha. Kind of strange.

The flavour is… very interesting. I’m picking up on the tomato-y note that Raritea mentioned, and definitely can taste the garlic, which is coming off as weirdly savoury. I suspect that’s in part because of the rooibos base. I can’t really taste the vanilla, but I honestly think it would taste really funky here, alongside the garlicky tomato-y rooibos-ness.

Caaaaan’t say I’d want to be having this again :) It’s a bit on the weird side for me, and I’m not a big fan of rooibos blends to begin with. Perhaps a garlic-flavoured white tea would suit me a little better. Or a vegetal garlic green.

Thanks again for the sample though, Raritea!

ETA: Apparently I should be thanking Sil for this as well?? Anyhow, let this cool overnight, and just took a sip… holy garlic! Much stronger than last night, and actually a little stomach churning first thing in the morning. There are 2-3 sips left, but I think I might toss the rest. The thought of more garlic doesn’t appeal to me right now.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Awkward Soul

that be interesting, vegetal garlic green or garlic white! Oooh a mate garlic!

Kittenna

I think vegetal flavours could go well with garlic! You’d have to be careful about too many caramel/sweet notes though (or perhaps it would work…. I’ve caramelized garlic with brown sugar and such before, and it was tasty albeit strange…)

whatshesaid

Garlic with vanilla? That sounds like a joke to me! Ew. I love garlic but cannot imagine wanting to drink an infusion of it. Also can’t see how it would mingle pleasantly with vanilla?! Weird!

Kittenna

Yeaaahhhh. Weird is the right word for it…

Ze_Teamaker

This tea is as weird sounding as pickle snow cone flavor.

Kittenna

Pickle snow cones? I adore pickles but the thought of that makes me gag a bit.

gmathis

Beeee-zarre!

Pia M

Hmmmm, strange as it sounds, this Garlic Vanilla tea sounds really intriguing! I am from Italy and put garlic in just about everything…could that be why? :-)

Kittenna

Eh…. I didn’t mind it when I had it just after it was brewed, but man…. I almost barfed when I took a sip in the morning…. and I love garlic! It just wasn’t the right combination for me.

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78

So tonight, I decided to try out a tea that I purchased to try out from the tea festival. This one was from my earl grey fun pack that I got for 9$, such a great deal:) . This earl grey- inspired tea is a blend of white and green tea.

Dry Leaf: mixed colours of green, purple-blue, and yellow. I like the smell, nice and flowery.

Steeped: More of a citrusy smell when boiled water interacts with the leaves. The water is light in colour, a nice green-yellow tinge. I enjoyed the taste of this, it was like having a light earl grey. I was thoroughly impressed with this, I could see myself buying more of this in the future.

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drank Pear Cream Supreme by Distinctly Tea
4043 tasting notes

I finally found the other half of my sample bag lol At work…so i’m not crazy just forgetful. Had this so i could be in true sipdown status for this particular tea :) Was a good afternoon tea to try and help keep me relaxed and focused.

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drank Pear Cream Supreme by Distinctly Tea
4043 tasting notes

SIPDOWN!

I figure since i only had about a cup’s worth, i might as well finish this up in my quest to sipdown my cupboard…. especially with the 5? incoming orders…6?7?8? eesh…

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drank Garlic Vanilla by Distinctly Tea
415 tasting notes

1 tablespoon for 375 ml

Garlic flavour is pleasant- not too strong. Slightly bitter and wheat-y mouthfeel in the middle of the sip. Vanilla sweetness is present into the aftertaste. Tomato-y hint and maple syrup sweetness from rooibos flavour into the aftertaste. Overall, the flavour profile is rather plain. Slight creamy mouthfeel.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
Azzrian

Strange and interesting!

Sil

hahahahaha you finally tried it! :) Azz it was picked up purely for the random weirdness of it.

BoxerMama

Weird! lol, tomato. . .

Awkward Soul

hmm, I googled around and I can’t find this tea – where do you get it?

Kittenna

O.o I am SO curious…

Raritea

I picked this one up at the Toronto Tea Festival! Also, Kittenna, I have enough to share so I’ll save some for you :)

KittyLovesTea

This sounds so amazing…garlic tea. Revolutionary! :) I must try this.

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drank Pear Cream Supreme by Distinctly Tea
4043 tasting notes

Seems weird that I have no tasting notes from this since my sample is nearly gone after making this big cup. Regardless this is likely the same tea as the pear cream i picked up from steeped and infused, which was something we suspected when we picked it up. So overall not a bad tea, but not a great one either. Still on the look out for a great pear tea!

Kittenna

Glad you said that it’s the same, as I was all SAMPLE but if I’ve had it before (essentially), there’s no need, obviously. Fingers crossed for the Della Terra version, and when we get around to it, the S&V green. And Stacy’s.

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drank G&W Mango Supreme by Distinctly Tea
4043 tasting notes

I thought i’d start by having this cold brewed. I have to say that this is seriously mango-y for starters. However, there’s a bit of a bitterness here as well, that’s more like mango rind than sweet delicious mango. This is one that needs to have sweetner added to it to really have a mango-licious tea. I’m curious to see how a hot blend works. Temp rating for now until i get a chance to try it hot.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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75

Made this as a cold brew and it’s not too shabby at all. With a bit of sweetner added to it, it really accentuates the grapefruit flavour making it pop! Not a bad tea that seems to do a decent enough job hot and cold if for whatever reason i can’t get stacy’s grapefruit :)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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75

New tea that i picked up at the tea festival today. Not a bad grapefruit tea if you prefer a green and white blend to Butiki’s Dragonwell. I’ll stick with Stacy’s version but I’m going to cold brew it to see how different that it. It’s probably the second best grapefruit tea that i’ve tried but it’s slightly artificial.

Indigobloom

Hmph, too bad! I’m curious about the pear one.

Sil

not TOO bad… i like supporting stacy haha. I’ll likely try the pear and the mango one tomorrow.

Indigobloom

of course!! still good to have options :)

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This tea is a pretty nice mango blend, but I think I’m oversteeping it; I find it’s hard not to make a bitter mango tea! Until I can master brewing this baby properly, I’ll leave off on any in-depth reviews! ;~;

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I love the unsteeped look of this, a nice woodsy cranberry red. The flavor is less cranberry and more of a sweet flavor. I would never guess cranberry if it wasn’t already mentioned. But it is delicious anyway. Very sweet, considering that cranberry is more of a tart flavor. A really great rooibos base.

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