1710 Tasting Notes

85
drank Jasmine Pearls by Canton Tea Co
1710 tasting notes

For this review I decided to brew this tea using a two-cup glass teapot. Canton Tea Co’s website suggests using 1 tsp of pearls per cup, which is difficult to estimate using pearls, so I believe I added about 35-40 of the small pearls to the teapot. Continuing to follow the directions, I steeped the pearls about three minutes, stopping to taste the tea after two minutes (the website had recommended 2-3 minutes).At two minutes, the taste really wasn’t very far developed, but I could already tell that this was one very sweet tea.
With the dry pearls, one could very much smell the jasmine, yet the scent was not overpowering, nor was it almost sickly-sweet, as some teas are that contain jasmine. The aroma of the brewed tea was even less bold and had an even softer nose, with only faint hints of jasmine.
Upon taking the first big sip, the tea flow smooth and thick across the tongue, and the fruity sweet taste of jasmine infiltrated my entire mouth. If a flower could be described as being delicious, this would be the epitome of such a description. The amount of jasmine is enough to lend great character to the tea, while not completely dominating it.
The website recommends steeping this for at least three separate infusions. I most certainly shall.
On my personal enjoyment scale, I rate this tea an 85/100.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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77
drank African Solstice by Tea Forte
1710 tasting notes

To review this tea, I decided to once again utilize my awesome Tea Forte Cafe Cup!
Tea Forte’s website recommended steeping this for at least five minutes, so I poured just boiled water over one pyramid bag and let it steep. The teabag actually remained in the cup for six and a half minutes, but I figured this would not be an issue, as most rooibos blends rarely oversteep.
The dry leaf smells delicious! Lots of tasty smelling berry aroma.
The liquor brews a deep, dark red, very nearly the colour of some red wines. While it still smells like berries, the berry scent has changed to smelling very nearly like juice.
The taste of the steeped tea is very smooth, with a fullness that is neither thick nor watery. The finish is much stronger in berry flavour than is the taste while on the tongue, as though the dominant flavour migrates seamlessly from rooibos to berry.
The smell of this tea was far more bold than the flavour, almost making it a bit disappointing to drink. (I guess I shouldn’t let the aroma set my expectations.)
All in all, it was a very tasty tea. Wonderfully fruity, the hint of the rose petals that are part of this tea even peek out in the aftertaste.
On my personal enjoyment scale, I believe I would rate this tea a 75/100.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 30 sec

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60
drank Vanilla Bean by Mighty Leaf Tea
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55

I have a lot of congestion in my throat, and aside from not helping with that, this tea just didn’t taste as good as it usually does.

Rabs

So sorry — hope that you feel better soon!

Spencer

Thanks!

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65

Fewer leaves = better infusion

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65

Brewed in a four cup pot instead of a small pot. Definitely tastier when made in small amounts.

Preparation
Boiling

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70

The dry leaf smelled delicious! I had really high hopes for this tea.
Very sweet. That’s the best way to describe it. It was just as good as I had hoped.

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60
drank Moroccan Mint by The Tea Table
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Not much flavour in general. Decent amount of mint, but not very tasty. Not much tea flavour at all.
Toward the bottom of the pot, I just started to get a chalky taste in my mouth. Not sure if it was from the tea, but the tea was all I was consuming at that point, so I suspect so.

Rabs

What a sad note! I just can’t bring myself to click the “like” button for a quasi-tasteless chalky tea :(

Spencer

Yeah. I truly expected better, as I’ve had some great Moroccan Mint in the past, but this just wasn’t that good.
I would suspect it would be pretty tasty (and better), if it were iced.

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