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249 Tasting Notes

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I’ve tried Margaret’s Hope Darjeeling before, but it is usually later on in the year.

This is a Darjeeling that gives no surprises, yet still does not disappoint.

It is straightforward, a nice balanced leaf with barely any scent while steeping.

The liquor is a nice slight kick to the usual flowery notes, the body is a little fluffy, but balanced nonetheless.

For a Darjeeling with no frills, this is pretty good at keeping any lows and dissatisfaction at bay, a great tea to enjoy when you have no attention for detail.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This is the sample that DarjeelingTeaXpress had included in my order.

The leaves are a deep greenish to brown color with fresh minty scents.

Steeping gives the liquor a deep copper tone, with less fresh but equally minty and lightly floral scents.

The flavor is very rich and floral, dark and deep, with a slight hint of a fresh after-taste.

A good early to late afternoon tea, as strong and slightly fresh as it is.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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90

I have finally received my samples of first flushes from DarjeelingTeaXpress, I am quite excited.

After acquiring my favorite DarjeelingTeaXpress tea, Gopaldhara Wonder Tea, I started shopping, and the first tea that I wanted to try had caught my eye instantly.

It is one of their best selling teas, but that isn’t what caught my attention.

I had tried a vintage Darjeeling once before and loved every leaf, every drop, every steep, so I had to try this one.

There is a delicate feel to this tea, very warm and soft in both scent and presentation, a careful and exquisite leaf.

Steeping gives a deep blonde tone, with bouquets of sweet flowery scents.

But the real prize is the actual taste, buttery rich and full bodied with complex flowery flavors, followed with a sweetly fruity after-taste and hints of vanilla.

This tea is a beautiful way to start this morning.

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

I ordered a bunch of samples from them too and got them last week. very exciting!

ScottTeaMan

This is one of my favorite Estates. :))

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90
drank White Ginger Pear by Tea Forte
249 tasting notes

I was pleasantly surprised to find a canister of this tea in a store I’ve been meaning to visit but never had the time to. My weekend was a great laid back break from a quite busy week, of course watching Marvel’s The Avengers helped my enjoyment significantly.

My last encounter with ginger pear tea was in a teabag that is sold everywhere, so having ginger pear white loose leaf tea was a treat to find, it was also the only loose leaf tea canister in the store, and the last canister left on the shelf.

The aroma once opened is a beautiful blend of fruity ginger, a very strong ginger with that hint of fruity sweetness. It is an extremely effective scent that fills your nostrils and washes you with a fresh calming feeling.

It is a light amber colored brew, with an even stronger fruity ginger scent. As I tend to always do, I try new teas unsweetened, and this tea does not require any sweetener.

The taste is extremely surprising, given my last encounter with something similar. The ginger gives the base white tea a nice kick, while the fruit naturally sweetens. There are lingering floral flavors, with a bit of blackberry somewhere, but it is mainly pear and ginger flavors that dazzle and shine.

This tea would be a great any afternoon tea. For the price, and with a handsome storage tin, this is a great find.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Strawberry Ginger by DAVIDsTEA
249 tasting notes

What the hell is up with David’s Tea and hibiscus? Like rooibos, it seems to want to ruin any fruit teas that I’m mildly interested in.

It smells like it could be better, as it needs more strawberry and ginger than hibiscus, there is barely any strawberry flavor in this, and the ginger is there once you go through the hibiscus tart after taste.

Unlike rooibos, I am more indifferent to hibiscus, as it is not disguisting, but it seems to be overpowering potentially delicious blends, and it is becoming more commonplace in my recent David’s Tea blend purchases.

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

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drank Pink Flamingo by DAVIDsTEA
249 tasting notes

Considering the primary ingredient, hibiscus blossoms, I had a slight dread steeping this tea.

It smells beautifully citrusy with the fresh tinge of lemongrass right upon opening the bag, and continues on steeping, giving a wonderfully deep pink tone to the brew.

I’m glad the hibiscus didn’t ruin the flavor, as the citrus seems powerful enough to stand out, giving an irresistibly fresh flavor with a full tart after taste.

Indeed, this would be much better iced, probably with some sparkling water and citrus pieces, on a nice cool sunny day.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Daydreamer by DAVIDsTEA
249 tasting notes

This is not bad, as the sencha green tea really works with the mango, there’s a nice detailed flavor added to the fruit.

It is quite a dark tea, as mango is a dark fruit, and the sencha tea really solidifies that flavor.

It is quite surprising how closely this resembles Tim Horton’s peach passion drink, as that is one of very few drinks I enjoy at Tim Horton’s.

I guess this is a great drink for an early to mid Spring afternoon, I would imagine this would be better sweetened and iced.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Jolly Jellybean by DAVIDsTEA
249 tasting notes

Have I mentioned how much I hate rooibos? This particular rooibos tea is neither sweet, nor creamy, as the bag suggests.

As well, I had expected more flavors with jellybeans mixed in, but all I could taste was bland terrible rooibos.

I couldn’t even finish my first and only cup, I had to dump it in the sink.

Very disappointing.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Paradise Found by DAVIDsTEA
249 tasting notes

I guess this could’ve used some rock sugar…

There are fruits all around in this tea, it even smells delicious, but there’s an unfortunate hint of the overpowering hibiscus, and the even lesser safflower and cornflower.

Overpowering flower blossoms can be a problem, as they take away a lot of the fresh and bright flavors that would otherwise be prominent in a blend like this.

In this case, the hibiscus adds a disgusting amount of tartness and bitterness to a potentially great fruit cocktail.

I would love to drift away to paradise, but the jarring hibiscus unfortunately takes you back to the tart bitter reality.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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The aroma is a nice delicate fresh blend of subtle floral and plant with light fruits, quite interesting.

The flavors are very mild and slightly sweet. It is nice, but it doesn’t go beyond for exceptional, staying low key and subtle.

I would think it a great late afternoon Darjeeling, not too strong and not too mild, just before a green tea to close out the workday.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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