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Victoria's Teas and Coffees

Recent Tasting Notes

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Made this one as a cold brew. Brewed for about 13 hours. It was better than the hot brew but still not super delicious. The black tea base is strong, slightly astringent, even as a cold brew. The peach and apricot are notable but are more on the artificial side. The fruit flavour was quite weak at first, it improved with adding some white sugar. Not the best tea, but it will suffice for a super hot day. It is August and summer has finally hit my area. Today was 34C (feels like 39C with the humidity).

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92

Sil was drinking this and made a comment on icing it. I have tried it hot and cold brewed but have never actually tried it iced. I did try it using a cold drip method and that did not turn out very well.

I brewed 6 tsp in 2 cups water. Then filled the 2 quart pitcher with ice and let it melt. The tea turned out a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles slime green colour. The tea tastes strongly of sweet grassy green tea. There are light notes of strawberry and slight candy like sweetness underneath the green tea. The sweet grass flavour reminds me of summer very much. I feel like I don’t actually taste anything while the tea is in my mouth. Just a light green tea taste. Then the real taste kicks in after I swallow. This one is actually quite nice iced. It is better iced than cold brewed.

Thanks Sil, for reminding me how to brew up my own teas. He he.

Sil

LOL happy to help!

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75

SIPDOWN! (208) yeah…figured i’d better get one more in tonight to make up for my lack of tea drinking on monday. I cannot believe that it’s only tuesday. It for sure feels like friday! Speaking of friday – Tall Ships are here! well they will be on thrs so that’s always exciting. Here’s hoping for some warm weather to go down to the harbourfront and check them out friday evening before we need to get packing and get organised with our house sitter. heh

I still enjoy this tea as far as greens go but i still prefer a good solid black or an herbal tisane! Thank you again lala i do love your random teas :)

Amariel

I <3 tall ships!

Angrboda

Oooh we have Tall Ships Races starting here in Århus in a couple of weeks. We were going to a restaurant not too far from the harbour that weekend for our anniversary, so we decided to make it into an outing and have a go around the harbour as well.

Sil

sounds great angrboda!

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75

made this once we got home from costco today so that i could cool it down and drink it cold after hot brewing. I think this is my favourite way to drink it so far, with just a little sweetner. Best part about actually leaving the house today even though i’m falling asleep? Totally picked up a few books for vacation reading AND splurged on nutella lol which i have never purchased before in my life..but those + the waffle wafer cookie things we have = best time ever…especially with a cup of black tea. Hello dessert tonight!

Emilie

Are the waffle cookie things you have stroopwafels? Those things are delicious!

Sil

not sure.. they are basically flattened waffle cones but waaaay lighter/less dense

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75

Made this cold brewed last night and apparently this is a tea that suits me better as a hot brew. Cold it just didn’t seem to be as flavourful as a hot brew and i was missing out on the deliciousness of the strawberry from the hot brew. I’m thinking hot brew + cool this off might be the way to go. Not a bad run as a cold brew but just not as wonderful as i thought it might be!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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75

thank you lala! I need to try this as a cold brew…as a warm brew it’s really nice. The strawberry blends nicely with the green tea without turning artificial….aaaand work just interrupted this a whole lot. will rate this and provide a better tasting note next brew. Stupid work.

Lala

Happy you liked this one. This one is great cold.

Sil

awesome…looking forward to trying it cold :) i need more cold brews for the summer!

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82

Thank you Lala for this sample.

In raw form this tea had a delicious sweet strawberry scent, juicy but somewhat artificial. I decided to cold steep this one and have left it in the fridge for roughly 16 hours. My previous cold steep worked nicely so hopefully my second one will be just as nice…

The tea is a fairly dark yellow/green colour and it has the same yummy strawberry scent. Ooohh that’s lovely! It’s light and refreshing with sweet fruity tones and a gentle grassy green after taste. I was worried that the green tea would be steeped too long but it’s just right, not bitter or harsh in anyway but thick enough to be noticeable.

This would make a delicious cocktail if mixed with fresh strawberry pieces, a bit of mint and a splash of vodka over ice. :)

Preparation
Iced
Lala

I like your idea of the cocktail, I am going to have to try that!

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92

I decided to try cold dripped tea. Cold dripped tea is when ice melts and drips over tea, making a brew. There are a few different set ups you can use, and I wanted to try it before buying an expensive cold dripping apparatus.

Ok so I started my experiment this morning. I had two experiments going. I used Long Island Strawberry green tea by Victoria’s Teas and Coffees because I have cold brewed before and it was good. So I wanted to have something to compare this to.

I did two different experiments:
1. Tea leaves in a pot, and put ice cubes directly on top of the tea.
2. A set up involving ice in a metal strainer, dripping onto tea in a metal strainer, dripping into a mug. The ice does not touch the tea.

1 hour in:
For experiment 1 with the ice directly on the tea, there was a very small amount of tea liquor produced. Not quite enough for a sip. I tried it anyway. I cringed. It was super strong and thick. Very strong, vegetal green tea. I felt like I was chewing the tea leaves.

Experiment 2, there was some ice melting but no tea liquor produced, almost like the tea leaves were just absorbing the water.

2 hours in:
There was more tea liquor produced in experiment 1. This time it smelled like delicious strawberries. Similar to the cold brewed version. There was just more than 1 sip of liquor. I stated it and still cringed. Not quite as strong but still thick. Very strongly green tea. The vegetal component is quite exaggerated. No strawberry or fruity flavour.

Experiment 2, there was just enough for a sip. Tasted exactly like experiment 1.

Still letting the ice melt at this point.

Lessons learned: It takes a long time; very little tea liquor is produced; experiment 1 and 2 produce the exact same tasting tea; I don’t like it.

Sil

lol well at least you had fun experimenting? :)

Lala

Ha ha. Yeah I can’t complain. I like running experiments with my tea. I am a mad tea scientist!

momo

So I can’t read, anyway also I will say try this out with an unflavored tea. The one time I did it, it was with a cheap gyokuro and it made a world of difference. It was like sweet grass.

Lala

I will have to give that a try. I was wondering if it was due to the flavouring.

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92

I tried this one cold brewed. Brewed for about 12 hours overnight. It was so delicious and juicy strawberry hot that I figured it would make a good cold brew.

Its just OK. I found that the green tea was very strong and has an astringent aftertaste. There was very minimal strawberry or fruity flavour. Once I added some sweetener, white sugar, it brought some of the strawberry taste out. Moreso tastes like slight strawberry candy, on a green tea base, with an astringent aftertaste.

It is drinkable but I think I prefer hot. May have to try cold brewing for less time or brewing hot then icing.

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80

This to me, seems like just a generic flavoured black tea.

The dry tea smell is very vaguely fruity smelling black tea.

The taste of the brewed tea is a strong black base with a faint fruit flavour. Knowing it is called Niagara peach apricot, I can guess that is what the flavour is. But really is just seems more like a generic stone fruit flavour.

Overall not a bad tea. If I was looking for a slightly sweetened black tea, this is what I would go for. I just don’t think it really lives up to its name.

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

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92

This tea smells AMAZING! Its one of those teas that can double as pot pourri. It smells like candy strawberries. So good. There is green tea leaf with chunks of papaya and strawberry. I am assuming the papaya gives it the candy scent.

The brewed tea smells very close to real strawberries. Almost like fresh homemade strawberry jam.

The taste of the brewed tea is a cross between real strawberry and candy strawberry flavour. It is the closest to real strawberry tasting tea I have tried. This was an impulse purchase, so I am super happy it is delicious!

I could have added some sweetener but chose not to for the first tasting. Will probably add it next time depending on my mood.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

oh man… sounds soo good!

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79

This tea smells far more floral before steeping, so much so that it might be mistaken for a purely herb-and-fruit-based tea. There’s just enough maple to give it a sweetly woodsy scent (more sugar bush than sugar), and the black and green teas keep the blackberry from overpowering the taste. A nice interesting blend that’s a bit out of the ordinary.

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67

In a few other of my tasting notes, I told a really long story about why I have a cupboard dedicated solely to apricot tea. I have been trying to get rid of some of this tea, so I decided to start cold brewing the decaf teas. That way I can drink it at any time of the day, and start sipping down some of my teas.
This one is a bit of a surprise. The smell of the dry tea bags is very soapy. I can’t quite decide why it smells soapy. I have cold brewed this a few times and it turned out ok, but nothing to write a tasting note about.
Today I cut back on how much tea I used. Im using a 64 oz pitcher, instead of using 6 tea bags, I used 3. This actually turned out really well. I didn’t even need to add any sweetener to it. There is a sweet apricot taste. It is a bit artificial though. You can still taste the black tea base.
I think I can cold brew this until the tea is gone. And then move onto the next one.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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