86 Tasting Notes

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drank Citron Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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I’m surprised by the number of bad reviews. This is my favourite iced tea, and it’s one that is almost always in my cupboard.

I make the tea slightly more than double strong and steep for 7 minutes. Into my Takeya iced tea maker it goes along with a 1/2 cup of simple syrup. Mmmm…I love the lemon flavour without a lemonade tartness and the jasmine notes. I think the oolong comes out very nicely when I go more than double strength.

I did a second steeping and drank it hot. I like it well enough hot, but it shines so much better as an iced tea. My pitcher is almost done…I wonder what I’ll make next.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
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Oh yay for a great big mug of Oh Canada!

This is my second favourite tea (a very close second to Coco Chai Rooibos), and it always makes be very happy when I choose to make this. I steep it for the maximum amount of time to really get that maple flavour going, then I add a teaspoon of maple sugar and a splash of milk. Oh, heaven! It’s all about the maple flavour in this tea.

I may be ambivalent about my current Midsummer Night’s Dream iced tea, but I absolutely love Oh Canada!

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I’ve been hemming and hawing over this one for a few days. Might as well give it a go since the pitcher is almost done.

Earlier this year I tried this tea hot. I loved it. Anything citrus appeals to me, and that touch of mint was very nice. This is one of the rare teas that I don’t feel the need to add milk or sugar too, so it makes a great travel tea that I can make up easily in my hotel room.

A few days ago, I made a pitcher of iced tea with this. I’m having a love/hate relationship with it. I still really enjoy the citrus notes, but now I don’t like the minty thread through it. Yet, I find it really refreshing to drink, even though I’m always taken aback by that first sip. I’m wondering if it’s because my last two pitchers of iced tea were very fruity sweet, and this one isn’t. It’s only very lightly sweetened this time because that pitcher of Luscious Watermelon was a bit much. It feel though that more simple syrup would make the Midsummer Night’s Dream iced tea worse.

I only have enough to make one more mug so I’m going back to hot for this one. I haven’t decided if I like it well enough to buy it again, but I’m glad I got the chance to give this a try.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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84
drank Coffee Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
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A nice lazy Saturday morning. I love these kinds of days, and they come so rarely for me. I’m trying to get my butt in gear to go visit the Farmer’s Market, but first some tea.

I really like Coffee Pu’erh. Smoother than coffee, stronger than most teas I drink. Today I’m having it latte style, and it’s wonderful. This is the only pu’erh I’ve ever tried, so I’m not sure about the fishiness that everyone keeps talking about. I’ll have to get some and try that. With this, I really love the chocolate tones. I get the barest hint of caramel today. But it’s mostly the coffee/tea combo that I really enjoy.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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93
drank Lemonade by Shanti Tea
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I’m feeling very homesick today. It’s my niece’s 4th birthday, and it’s the first time I haven’t been with her to celebrate. I said Happy Birthday over the phone, and she asked me why I didn’t come to her house. I said I’m far, far away. So she said to drive fast. I told her I don’t have a car. So she said maybe her daddy (my brother) could drive really fast and pick me up and drive really fast to get home! She’s so adorable and smart, and it’s killing me that I’m not there right now.

So I thought I’d make a nice iced lemon tea to pick me up. I loved this hot, so I thought it’s about time I tried it cold. Great! Not great enough to lift me from my self-pity, but it’s quenching my thirst. It’s not like the lemonade taste I had while hot. It’s more of a grassy, green tea taste with lemon tones. I’ll probably really enjoy it tomorrow.

Happy Birthday Bella Boo! Tita misses you terribly.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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94
drank Melange Rooibos by 52teas
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Okay, I have to admit it. I’m a geek. Especially now that I work in a software company, the inner geek is making itself known. When I saw a tea based on Dune, I absolutely had to buy some immediately :)

Dry, it smells like a wonderfully spicy chai. Could I have possibly inadvertently found my perfect chai??

When brewed, the scent brings to mind hot apple cider without the apple. It tastes wonderfully spicy. Love the cardamom and cloves. I only put the barest teaspoon of sugar because I wanted to really enjoy the spiciness. I can imagine this as the taste of the melange. Or, as the book says: “Some hold that the spice produces a learned-flavor reaction. The body, learning a thing is good for it, interprets the flavor as pleasurable – slightly euphoric.”

This is definitely a pleasurable tea. I’d have to try it with hot milk to know if this is the chai I’ve been looking for. As it stands, I may just become addicted to Melange :)

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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75

Another yummy iced tea in my fridge. Yay!

You know what this reminds me of? In the Philippines, my aunt would take a cantaloupe, shred it into a pitcher of cold water and ice, and put a tiny bit of sugar. This iced tea has that wonderful melon taste with a watermelon kick. I can’t taste anything other than melon, which can be a good thing since the carrot didn’t really appeal to me.

The only thing I messed up on…I put a cup of simple syrup in without thinking about how sweet the tea would be on its own. I really must learn to taste the iced tea before sweetening it. And sweeten it I probably will because I have an incurable sweet tooth. Luckily, I have more of this (unlike my White Malibu which I’ve consigned to memory) so I can try it straight next time.

And can I just say that the Takeya iced tea maker is awesome!! I got it through a gift certificate to Davids Tea that my sister-in-law gave me for my birthday. It is one of my favourite tea making devices, along with my Steeper, also from Davids Tea.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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drank Jolly Jellybean by DAVIDsTEA
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Made a mug of this while I’m waiting for my Luscious Watermelon iced tea to cool. I got a small tin of it when it first came out; not a single jellybean to be found. I feel ripped off. It smells wonderful dry and I like all the other ingredients, but if the name says Jolly Jellybean and there are jellybeans in the ingredient list, then I should get jellybeans dammit!

It’s a nice tea when brewed. Creamy, slightly coconutty, sweet. I think my disappointment over the lack of jellybeans is colouring my judgement though. I have much better stuff in my tea stash than this, like Oh Canada and Coco Chai Rooibos. The second steeping wasn’t any better but it wasn’t any worse either.

I may change my mind if I ever get to try this with jellybeans. For now, I don’t think I would get this again.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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I’ve had this in my cupboard for a while now. I love coconut so I was super excited when I first bought it. But, there was something about it that I didn’t like as a hot tea. It was so long ago that I can’t remember what it was that turned me off.

I rediscovered it yesterday as I was trying to decide what to make for iced tea. It can’t hurt to try, right? So it was a little more than double in my Takeya tea maker. After 7 minutes, poured into the Takeya iced tea maker filled with ice. Also added 3/4 cup of simple syrup. This is sooooo delicious! It’s like that overpriced coconut water that I love but can’t justify buying. I think I’ve found my fave summer iced tea.

Too bad I can’t get anymore White Malibu when my stash is out :(

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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89
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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I first tried Paris at a friend’s house last year in the spring. I’ve been thinking about it ever since. So when I found it at Chapters, the tin definitely came home with me.

It’s been a very long time since I’ve brewed up a bagged tea at home. It almost felt like I was cheating on my beloved loose leaf tea! In the tin, it does smell like cherry cough syrup as another reviewer said. But I like cherry scent, so that didn’t throw me off. Brewed, it reminds me of a gentler version of Earl Grey. As much as I love Earl Grey, I sometimes find it too astringent so this is wonderful. I barely pick up the fruit accents but there are there. For a bagged tea, Paris is excellent!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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