403 Tasting Notes

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drank Snow Day by DAVIDsTEA
403 tasting notes

I tried some of this in-store, but they didn’t make it very strong so when I only tasted mint, I figured that was the reason and bout some anyways (because c’mon, lookit those snowflakes; and chocolate!).

I never really think about the different types of mint ‘peppermint, spearmint’, but goodness this puts the pepper in peppermint. I’m not tasting much else. Did five minutes, might need less than that. Not getting any chocolate, but kinda getting weak sweetness probably from the snowflakes.

I was hoping for a new caffeine free tea. It’s funny, I’m fine with mint in tea, but dislike mint-flavoured things (because they tend to overdo it and it gives me a headache). This might be too minty for me, though. We’ll see, I’ll probably play with the steeping a bit. I think I’m getting some of the white chocolate as it cools…

Really looking forward to the Honey Black tea for December, that looks interesting.

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drank Mount Kenya by Justea
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Malty, with strong notes of ripe berries. Used to astringency in Kenyan teas, but the almost juicy fruitiness actually really reminds me of Sun-Moon Lake Taiwan assam teas (the most recent one I’ve got on-hand to compare is Oollo’s Red Jade; might do a comparison…). It’s really quite nice to try a full-leaf Kenyan black tea; really makes a difference. Was sipping this during work today, so it’s not fresh in my mind, and I’m a bit sleepy now.

Was actually hoping to pick up Justea’s hand-crafted black (I’ve got the oolong), but it’s a limited release as I understand it and not really easy to find in the grocery shops.

Flavors: Berry, Malt

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Earl Grey by Clipper
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This was unexpectedly bitter. First time I made it I steeped it at four minutes, this time around, three minutes and it’s still rather strong. Don’t know if the bitterness comes from the bergamot flavouring oils or just the tea itself.

I picked it up because I like supporting local/Canadian companies, and as a bonus it was also being sold at a local independent home/kitchen accessories store.

I might just have to play around with steeping a bit more.

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drank Pu'erh Raw 2013 by Cultivate Tea
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I wasn’t sure on this one in-store, but I got to try a little sample of it and ended up going for it.

Discarded the first rinse, then steeped for twenty seconds. It’s sweet and green, with a bit of citrus, maybe apple, rather than grass or spinach. It’s very smooth.

Second steep for 25 seconds was a little sharper, slightly vegetal, still mainly citrus. Still thinking of warm apple.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec

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Life Hack: Buy a samovar and use it as a daily hot-water dispenser for when you’re drinking tea that you’re not picky about water over. Or at least that’s my life plan. I’ll let you know how practical that ends up actually being.

Aroma: Honey with a touch of something vegetal.

Bright, almost brisk but very smooth. Mellows into honey-like sweetness, maybe darker. Raisin? I usually just say drop fruit. Each sip starts brisk, bright, followed by drop fruits and honey.

I’ve been drinking this for a while, but haven’t really gotten around to a proper review. Out of the Russian teas in the sample set I got, this one is definitely my favourite. I plan to reorder if I can, although What-Cha didn’t have the Russian teas separate last I checked (understandable, since they’re probably a bitch to get… damnit Russia).

Also back to the Tea Books again; been reading an independent published university study from the 60s on Tea Production, so expect there’ll be a post up on teatra.de about that. …Eventually.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Dark Chocolate Delight by DAVIDsTEA
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Smells like Brookside chocolates. Specifically the blueberry ones.

Sort of a thick dark chocolate texture, vaguely reminiscent of chocolate chili chai, although there’s a touch of tartness under it from the blueberries. Not as strong as CCC, but that’s because of the chilis I figure. I was hoping you’d get a bit of that brownie-like taste that I like so much about it, but it’s not quite there. Similar, and I am surprised, actually, that something of the fruit makes it through.

Dusty dark chocolate with an after-tang of blueberries. Ceylon tea base, I think.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Sri Lankan Pumpkin Chai by 52teas
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Actually smells like it contains pumpkin! I know a lot of these blends just use the spices associated with pumpkin, but I’m sure I’m getting a bit of that creamy squash.

Disappears a bit in the brewed version; more spice coming through. Subtle but still there in the first sip. Just sort’ve a creamyness that isn’t from the spices. Dominant nutmeg, cardamom. Cinnamon isn’t overpowering, luckily.

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drank Strawberry Banana Black Tea by 52teas
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I don’t know what to think of this one. Something seems a bit plastic. I don’t know if my tastebuds are still off (they’ve been on again off again messed up for a while… I was taking zinc a few months ago which seemed to fix it temporarily, who knows). Actually tasting the tea much more strongly, with a touch of banana. I’m glad there’s no hibiscus or rosehip in the blend to make the strawberries ‘pop’. Because for me all it does is make it pucker too much.

I’m avoiding giving these latest reviews ratings so I don’t sway anything until I’ve got an actual opinion.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Kiwi Cheesecake Oolong by 52teas
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I agree with tea-sipper that this reminds me more of banana. But kiwis are also a similar sickly sweetness. As I sip more, it transforms into more of a kiwi flavour. Also coming through is… yup, I oversteeped the oolong. But I tend to treat teas poorly when they’re flavoured, since the flavouring comes out more with hotter/longer steeps. That tang might also be the cheesecake. I think I am getting a bit of graham cracker coming through as well.

Kiwi is a good choice for oolong.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Marshmallow Assam by 52teas
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Assam goes about as well with marshmallows as it does with vanilla (and no, that’s not a joke; I mean they go really well together).

Dunno what to say. Felt a little weak, which is weird for assam. Guess I’ll just have to make it stronger next time. But it’s assam, it’s marshmallows, they’re together, and it’s fantastic.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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A tea-drinking transgendered Canadian, currently in the third year of university, majoring in geology (yes, “rocks and things”). I take most of my tea made straight into a mug, although occasionally if I’m not in a hurry (this isn’t often), I’ll have time to sit down with a pot or gaiwan. It’s the highlight of a good day.

My notes are pretty disjointed because I’m a fairly absent-minded individual, and I also keep a teatra.de blog for reviewing and rambling about tea books/publications.

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