9 Tasting Notes

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drank Maple Chai by The Naked Leaf
9 tasting notes

The thing that really hooked me in about this tea is the smell – it’s crazy good. I found it steeped best at the recommended time of 5 minutes – any less and it’s not quite strong enough to stand up to milk. But when it’s done right, it’s a delicious cup of tea. Best with milk and a bit of sugar to really bring out the maple flavour and add creaminess – it’s like dessert in a mug.

I really want to try boiling this tea in milk on the stove, the traditional chai way, to see how it tastes. I have high hopes!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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83
drank Silver Jade by Silk Road
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Subtle is the key word here. It’s pleasant, slightly sweet. I tried a few different brew lengths and it never became bitter and oversteeped, which is nice. It’s a beautiful light clear green colour. Not a lot of tasting notes, as it is very subtle, but I did like it.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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27
drank Cinnamon Heart by DAVIDsTEA
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I like seeking out really good quality tea – so I’m not sure what possessed me to buy something from David’s Tea – I also don’t know why I bought a flavoured tea! But I did actually hand over money for this terrible “tea”, and now I’m stuck with it. I’m not sure why they bother calling it Pu’er, as it has very little in it (and it is of poor quality). All I could smell was cinnamon hearts. I had to add sugar (!!) to get any flavour out at all, and even then it was just cinnamon hearts. For anyone wanting to try Pu’er, go visit a reputable tea merchant and get the good stuff. This ain’t it. If you’re not a real tea connoisseur, and you love cinnamon hearts, then you might actually like it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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64

Quite a bit more tannin than other Darjeelings I’ve tried. The liquour is orange and floral aroma. Nice, but not amazing.

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

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80

Delicious! The aromas of clove and cinnamon come through so much stronger than any chai tea I’ve tried in the past. Similar to the Assam used in this tea on it’s own, I would prefer the citrus notes to come through a bit more, but it’s a very intoxicating tea. Good on it’s own, or with milk and sugar!

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

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34

This was sent to me as a review sample.

I can see what Teapigs are trying to do here – they are introducing matcha to the Western world as a health product. They have imported organic matcha (hence the very high price), but it is not neccessarily high quality matcha. The flavour was bland and bitter, and the powder was not as brightly coloured as I would have liked to have seen. You can find higher quality matcha at a lower price (with all the health benefits!) in Japanese grocery stores.

Teapigs products are normally quite good, but I think they are just jumping on the health bandwagon with this one.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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35

This tea is on the expensive side ($8/oz), so my expectations were high. I fell in love with the soft, even needles. It smelled beautiful while steeping. The liquor aroma was also beautiful – a sweet, but strong grassy smell. However, the liquour itself disappointed somewhat. It had hardly any taste at all. I have tried steeping for less time, and for more time, but can’t seem to get much flavour out of it. I would also have liked it to be a brighter, more typical Sencha colour. I will try a different brand of Sencha next time.

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

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87

I love this tea – the taste of seaweed is amazing, it’s there, but it’s subtle and beautiful. This tea would be delicious with a light fish dish (obviously it would be perfect with sushi). It’s a very dark brown colour for green tea, but lovely and toasty tasting. Yum!!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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65

Not a lot of astringency, which was nice as I am not a huge fan of Assam teas. Nice malty flavour and beautiful copper colour. I would have like to have tasted more citrus and spice coming through.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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