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drank Garlic Vanilla by Distinctly Tea
6391 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
2970 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 / Oolong Owl

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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63
drank Garlic Vanilla by Distinctly Tea
556 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 / Oolong Owl

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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78
drank Pear Cream Supreme by Distinctly Tea
6391 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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78
drank Pear Cream Supreme by Distinctly Tea
6391 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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78
drank Pear Cream Supreme by Distinctly Tea
6391 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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76
drank G&W Mango Supreme by Distinctly Tea
6391 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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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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89

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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40

Definitely can taste the dense smokiness of this tea — it tastes a bit like burnt pine sap. Not my favorite.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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72

A decent breakfast tea, but not as robust as Punjana or Twining’s Irish Breakfast tea, which disappointed me a bit. Had some small white and orange-colored bits in with the tea, and the tea itself seemed closer to “finings” than the picture would indicate. If given the chance, I’d probably try their Scottish Breakfast or English Breakfast instead. It’s not bad — just not my favorite.

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22
drank Energize Me by Distinctly Tea
17 tasting notes

The peppercorns threw me off of this tea, but if you stick with it you can get a nice blend of everything.

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85

Quite the tasty last cup of this tea. Might have to get more.

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85

Okay, so this tea cannot make up its mind. Black? White? Which is it!? Plus it has ginger AND peaches! Wow, what a massive combination. I love the sound of it, but only a taste test will reveal its true colors (color? flavor? okay, no more puns). Following directions, just like kindergarten…one heaping teaspoon, eight ounces of water, boiled water. Wait, what? Every white tea that I have ever consumed has directed me to not use boiling water. However, I put my trust in Distinctly Tea and boil the water anyway. Four minutes of steeping later, we have a brew that smells faintly of peaches, a bit of black tea, mostly of white tea, and not much (if any) ginger, so far as my nose can detect. The first sip, though, carries the ginger straight from cup to taste buds in less than a second. The ginger is definitely present! More subtle than I expected is the taste of peaches, which actually seems to be overwhelmed by the ginger flavor. That itself is slightly disappointing. As for the notes of tea, the smoothness of the white tea blends surprisingly well with the Ceylon black. I am impressed and sorry that I ever questioned the possibility! I just wish that the ginger and peach flavors were a bit more balanced. Aside from that, a very nice blend from Distinctly Tea. I would give it an 85/100 on my personal enjoyment scale.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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88

This was the last of a small sample that I had. Thankfully, I just got some of this from a different company. It will be interesting to see how the two match up to one another.

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