209 Tasting Notes

This is a backlog from yesterday. I had this in lieu of my morning coffee, as I had slept in, and The Man left me no coffee, and I was too lazy to brew any.

This is earthy and mushroom-y. Maybe a little too mushroom-y for my tastes. I drank it bare. I was able o finish the cup, but I think for the rest of this sample I will be adding cream (maybe sugar). Maybe I will like a little better then. I didn’t get too much roasted flavour, but I was still not quite awake when drinking this. Next brew hopefully will work out better!

Thanks to Dexter3657 for a sample of this !!

No rating until I try it again with different parameters.

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I like this one. I get how the lemon flavouring is in your face, but this one I enjoy. This is a tea that I bring to work, because I don’t have to worry about steeping times and being all finicky about water temp and keeping an eye on how long it’s steeped for. Because I don’t bring extra special tea’s to work, this one does just fine.

I cold brewed this one, and I really like as an unsweetened iced.

JustJames

maybe i should try it iced…..

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drank 7th Heaven by Tealux
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It’s funny that I got this particular tisane because it is made with something called ‘Lapacho’ (I’ve never hear of this), and I was looking at a Toronto based tea company that also uses this herb (??) in a couple of blends, and I was thinking about buying them to see. Now that I’ve actually tried it, I know I will at least request a sample of it.

In dry leaf form it smelled like chocolate orange – not a favourite combination of mine (until I tried Terry’s chocolate orange). It also looked like it would taste like chocolate orange – large pieces of orange, and a dust that I thought was cocoa powder.

Once it was brewed, it didn’t have an overwhelming citrusy taste, nor chocolate. I got a hint of both, plus something else that I am not able to identify – probably due to lack of experience with this herb (?). Not bad.

Thank you JustJames for introducing me to a new tasting experience!!

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Delicious coconut…one of my favourite flavours in a tea.

The dry leaf smell reminds me of coconut rum with a bit woody scent from the rooibos. Generous shreds of coconut are mixed in with the rooibos.

I had a couple of sips of this without and creamer or sugar, and it was quite tasty and sweet on its own. I decided to add almond milk to bump up the creaminess and now I’m in creamy coconut, nutty almond heaven. Yeah, this is good. No added sugar. Not required here.

Thanks goes out to Dexter3657 for this yummy surprise sample!

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drank White Tropics by Adagio Teas
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I requested this tea specifically, because I couldn’t believe that it was so disliked, and needed to see for myself. Now I see why. The description of this tea doesn’t match the flavour. I don’t hate the tea, but it certainly is not reminiscent of a tropical journey to sunny beaches. It actually has no flavour except for the white tea base. I’m ok with white tea, and that’s all this tea is…an unflavoured, ‘flavoured’ white tea.

Thank you Short Sorceress for a sample of this tea!

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drank Coconut Cream Chai by Tealish
209 tasting notes

When I saw this tea I was really excited…coconut AND chai!!! I thought this was gonna be fantastic. Reality? I am really glad I didn’t send out any of this in swaps because I’d never be able to log on here again.

To me the dry leaf smell reminds me of horses. I don’t know why or where or how, but I think horses when I smell this tea. I love horses, and I really miss riding. But I don’t want to drink a tea that reminds of horses. I had The Man smell it and he said he smells sweet spice.

Despite the dry leaf smell I proceed with brewing and drinking. I added almond milk and sugar, and it was ok. I’ll finish it. At some point. Maybe. If don’t have anything better to drink (unlikely).

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Thank you Dexter3657 for sending me a sample of this tea!

When I saw that I got a sample of this, I thought, ‘ohhh, this is gonna be goooood.’ I love gingersnap cookies (probably that spice thing that I so enjoy). But then I opened the pouch and found it quite strongly fragrant. Hmmm. Well, maybe brewed it will taste different.

I took a couple of sips after the recommended brew time, and thought, ‘Ok. Not bad. Maybe add a little sweetener.’ I think I added too much sweetener, ’cos then it turned sickly sweet.

I’m not going to rate this one right now, because it may have been my heavy handed approach with the sweetener. Next time I’ll added a little at a time, or leave it out completely.

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drank Honeybush Mango by Adagio Teas
209 tasting notes

I got this in a swap with Short Sorceress – thank you for the sample!

I tried this as a hot brew, and I found that the mango flavour was quite light, and didn’t come through very much. I got more of the ‘woody’ taste from the honeybush – which isn’t a problem for me – I like both rooibos and honeybush.

I think I’ll reserve rating this one for now, until I try a cold brew

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drank Amandine Rose by Teavana
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Thank you JustJames for providing me with a sample of this tea.

This is not a tea I would normally choose myself just because it has rose in it, and I thought it would be too floral. I actually only got a hint of the rose in the background, more as an aroma than a taste. I mostly tasted sweet almond. I’ll admit though, I cheated a little and had added almond milk to this. It was ok. If they took the rose out, I’d probably enjoy it a little more.

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drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
209 tasting notes

I got this in a swap with Aimee – thank you!!

Unknown to Aimee, I have tried this tea before and found it not to my liking. I found it a little bland. I don’t taste the spices in this one. I get mostly coconut flavouring. The smell is a little off as well.

I don’t dislike it so much that I can’t finish the cup. I drank the last of my sample.

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My tea journey started in 2012, when a friend gifted me some loose leaf. I guess she thought I was drinking too much coffee. Blown away by the amazing flavours I immediately embraced the loose leaf tea. I still drink coffee, but my main choice of beverage is now tea.

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