1609 Tasting Notes

A very light tea, yet it is surprisingly well balanced with the spices. I do get a mild pear note. Comforting and rather nice, but not especially memorable. The second steep might reveal more of the tea notes. We shall see :)
I have some of the sample left, which I look forward to experimenting with. Thank you for the sample A Quarter to Tea!

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73
drank Sakura Cherry by DAVIDsTEA
1609 tasting notes

Cold brew! I like it much better this way. Roswell Strange said it right, bubblegum notes do take over. There is still a hint of cherry. But the overwhelming floral notes from a hot brewed cup are rather muted. A relaxing blend, to be sure. I can see how it would be a love it or hate it type of tea though.
Not something I’ll repurchase, but I’m glad to have tried it.

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I tried this with and without milk. It was better without. A nice simple sipping tea ala dairy.
Will have to try another cup, as I was too distracted for taking notes, or rather noticing the finer details. Tis the first day of 2017 after all, and there is lots to do :)

ScottTeaMan

I’ve actually tried this tea. A couple different batches from years past from Upton Tea Imports, & I really enjoyed it each time! My St. James lots always possessed a minty quality that I really enjoy! The last lot I tried had a wintergreen quality, and had that crisp Ceylon character. :D

Indigobloom

Great to know it’s consistently delicious! I only have a sample, but it might just go on my list to reorder one day, if they have a sale again… their prices are decent, and they are local to me, albeit online only. I’m in trouble if they show at the tea festival haha.
Can’t wait to see if I can find that minty note!!!

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I tried this with about 95c water and about 90 seconds, which resulted in a generically spicy cup, and some background roasted rice notes. I didn’t catch any notes of frosting, other than the odd feeling moment during occasional sips. Next time I’ll try with some milk and sugar as recommended on the package, and at a lower temp/longer steep time.
I’ve not decided anything about this one yet, so this note is more for my reference than anything else!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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82
drank Amaretto Cherry by CitizenTea
1609 tasting notes

So much yum. Just the way I remember. Perfectly cherry!! and almond. Indugent and comforting. Oh yes. I do wish it was a tad stronger in the flavour. It wouldn’t stand up to a latte. Still gonna try it one of these days.
I’m on staycation with the boy, so added a few drops of triple sec, inspired by the “blueberry tea” recipe… amarreto, grand marnier, and tea. The true alcohol version actually does taste like the berry, despite a lack of anything blue in the ingredients. My concoction today is quite delish, but not blueberry though. Still, I am a happy girl.
Nostalgia lives here :)

ScottTeaMan

Somebody likes Cherry. I’ve had two Cherry teas. One by a company I can’t remember a long time ago, with decent straight cherry flavor. Also a number of years ago; Stash had a Cherry Almond tea that’s very tasty. I think they still carry it.

Indigobloom

I adore cherry! True cherry, not the medicinal cough drop type. Will have to keep my eye out for the Stash version. Thanks!!

ScottTeaMan

I didn’t realize there were that many cherry blends! I haven’t had the Stash Cherry Almond in probably 12-13 years, and I’ve only tried their teabag version, which they’ve discontinued. It’s been a long time, but the teabags were delicious, and did not taste any artificial anything. It makes me want to try the loose version. :D

Here’s a link to the loose version on the Stash website:

https://www.stashtea.com/products/cherry-almond-black-tea

I made a post showing Stash’s Canadian shipping roughly 5 years ago [then $15], Now: $19.95 up to $50! I would look online for perhaps a shipping discount there, or call them and ask for a slight reduction-wouldn’t hurt to ask! :D

I haven’t ordered from Stash in a couple years (website), but if I do I’ll order some and send some to you. How much is small package post from Ohio to Toronto?

Evol Ving Ness

Shouldn’t be much. A bubble envelope is probably the cheapest packet option.

Indigobloom

We could definitely do a swap! Cherry for cherry :)
It shouldn’t be too much, like @Evol said. It’s been a long time since I swapped teas by mail. Fun!!!

ScottTeaMan

Here’s Black Forest Tea from Stash with natural flavorings, including cherry & chocolate! Looks delicious, but I’ve never tried it. :D

https://www.stashtea.com/products/black-forest-black-tea

Arby

The black forest one is really gross. I’ve had it a few times and it isn’t worth drinking. I’m actually a big stash fan girl and I love black forest (chocolate + cherry = win!), but this tisane is gross.

Indigobloom

Totally with you on the ickness Arby! The Stash Christmas blend is the only one of theirs I am hooked on. I can’t recall the exact name but it has jasmine and black tea in it. So good. But I am totally willing to try more. Just not the black forest. Never again haha.

ScottTeaMan

The Black Forest isn’t a tisane, because it has tea in the blend:

Ingredients
Black tea, cocoa shells, hibiscus, natural chocolate flavor, vanilla extract, natural cherry flavor.

Although I see the dreaded Hibiscus is an ingredient, and blends usually are overly tart (overdone) with it, which I do not like, and is another reason for me to rethink purchasing Black Forest.

Indi, sounds like their Christmas Morning blend. I love it!! I’ve only gotten the teabags, but I drink it every season for Many years. You can smell the Jasmine and it gives the bend a smooth lightly flowery taste (if that makes sense). My Christmas Morning review from December 12-13, 2011:

http://steepster.com/ScottTeaMan/posts/94099#comments

Indigobloom

@ScottTeaMan I don’t recall the black forest being tart. Maybe it was merely that batch of teas that was terrible. If the assembly line forgot ingredients etc, I can see it being bland.

Yes, the Christmas Morning! Love it. Odd, because I despise jasmine teas. In that blend, it seems to work for me and I’ve never figured out why, other than it could be added in a small enough quantity that it imparts only a smidge of flavour

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Really loving this tea!! I must try it as a latte soon.
Plain, it was rich and comforting. A touch bitter when hot, due to the coffee I think. Half a tsp of sugar helped. The chocolate and creamy coffee notes were more present in the second steep. I didn’t get much oolong flavour, but then, I don’t think that was the point here :)

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86
drank Rise N Shine by Citizen Tea
1609 tasting notes

The old me rated this at 90, under Teaopia. Now? Still ahhhhmazing. But I have perspective. Or maybe i’m jaded. hah. Even still, 4 points lower than 90 isn’t much.
Anyhow, I tried it both hot and cold brewed. Delish both ways, and just the way I remember. I love the cola flavour, and it really does wake me up! This is the only tea in my order that I bought 50g of. All the rest were samples. Because I knew it would be worthwhile. I’ve missed you old friend!

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77
drank Blueberry by Citizen Tea
1609 tasting notes

This was ok. No additions.
Light blueberry flavour, which is a refreshing contrast to David’s Blueberry Jam.
I’m not a huge on the base, but I imagine there aren’t many Assam’s out there which would pair well with bluberry. (assuming the base is ceylon, as most flavoured black teas are)
Also found it very smooth, and easy for sipping. There are some teas out there that I adore, but for some reason I can’t easily drink quickly if needed. I’m happy to say this isn’t one of them :)
This would go well iced, I think!

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drank Market Spice by Citizen Tea
1609 tasting notes

I must have underleafed this. My cup was smaller than normal since I’m at the boyfriend’s place and he only has a few mugs. (or room for mugs, or else I’d bring some!)
So using a regular teaspoon seemed too much. Next time I’ll know better.
There was a peculiar tartness that I once associated with astringency, without the mouth dryness. Very ceylon-esque.
Adding milk helped a bit. Hmph. I had planned to make my next cup with a bit of eggnog, but now I feel like it needs another go as a regular tea. But I only grabbed a sample… what to do, what to do?! #firstworldproblems

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64
drank Golden Monkey by DAVIDsTEA
1609 tasting notes

These reviews comfort me. Now I don’t feel so bad for finding this tea so darn boring! I didn’t bother with a second infusion. And I had to add half a tsp of sugar to make it appealing… which did bring out the tobacco and fruit notes a tad, surprisingly. But before that? a cup of meh.

ScottTeaMan

I sampled this tea (some 10 years ago) from Harney & Sons and Upton Tea Imports, both of which were pleasing. For the price, I didn’t find it appealing enough to repurchase any amount of this tea to add to my cupboard.

Indigobloom

I’d had Golden Monkey from Tao Tea Leaf and found it quite delicious, with notes of hay and cocoa but that was awhile back. I should grab a cup one day to see if my tastes have changed

ScottTeaMan

Yeah me too, because I think I’d like it more now, but I remember the samples having a funky taste. I’m sure it was just me because everyone else who reviewed it on their websites liked it.

Indigobloom

I was off Keemum for a long time, as I found it a bit thick and that the thickness could overwhelm the nuances of the tea. Now I’m really curious if that remains true!

ScottTeaMan

I’ll RESEARCH SMALL PACKET COSTS TO Canada (shouldn’t be that much) and see what teas I’ve got, maybe we could swap teas.

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-from philosophy to food, I love it all
Otherwise, what you see is what you get! I can be very straightforward and yet shy.

Also, I’ve started taking tea sommelier classes and it is an absolute blast! Well, so far I’ve only finished the first out of eight courses, but I am really looking forward to the next one.

Anyhow, if your curious as to how I rate things, this is how I work…

0-25
Like eating dirt, or some other unsanitary indelicacy that mentioning in my profile here would likely get me banned.
I don’t think I’ve found cause to banish a tea to the wasteland yet though so who knows what it’d inspire ;P

25-50
You know that expression “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”? I imagine drinking that water would be terrible enough to warrant this rating!
I’d never make my enemy drink this, but perhaps I’d throw it at them. Good thing I don’t have any enemies!

50-70
This is “tea”?? I tried finishing the cup… but my body rejected it. There may be others who enjoy this tea, but it’s beyond me!

70-80
I tried liking it, and I can almost get there! I certainly don’t hate it, but something is holding me back. Allergies? Men in white suits? who knows… certainly not me!

80-90
Lovely tea! Not my all time fave but close. I likely wouldn’t repurchase, but may decide to based on many factors: price, accessibility, whether it fills a “tea gap”, medicinal applications, and how often I crave it.
Every once in awhile I find the sweet spot that bumps these up to 90+. Those are the days I need to buy a lotto ticket!

90-95
Sweet Camellia! this is realllly good tea! Don’t talk to me until I’ve finished my cup…

95-100
Tea of the gods. I would do anything to get my hands on more of this liquid gold!

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