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249 Tasting Notes

85

So, DarjeelingTeaXpress had run out of their First Flush Gopaldhara Wonder Tea, which I completely love, and advised me to get this instead, as it is similar. I was quite skeptical, but because I wanted the wonder tea so much, I could make do with the supposed next best thing.

The leaves have a quite mild and sweet aroma, I would guess reminiscent of red wine, as they have described.

As the colors of the leaves suggest, the liquor is quite dark. And, as the aroma of the leaves suggest, there is a mildly sweet scent as you are steeping.

It surprises me, though, how this is not close to my beloved wonder tea, but still a very full and delicious tea in it’s own right. The black tea is quite rounded, accenting the very respectable tangy citrus flavors. For such a dark tea, it is also quite brisk and bright.

Despite not replacing their wonderful First Flush Gopaldhara Wonder Tea, this tea stands on it’s own as more than respectable and very much enjoyable.

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

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83

Now this is orange pekoe. This tea is very much darker and stronger, with nice toasty and chocolatey accents.

The taste is also much darker and stronger, more earthy, yet still sweet. It has a nice pine after-taste that thankfully lingers long after the sip.

This is a reminder of how handsome a well rounded strong tea can be. I imagine this tea would be great with some honey, but is, of course, great on it’s own.

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

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82

I was expecting a more bitter tea, as most of my experiences with orange pekoe teabags are.

I was extremely pleasantly surprised by how sweet this tea is, considering how handsomely dark the liquor gets. The aromas of light almonds mixed with even lighter floral notes are very present and very much appreciated.

The sweet and strong dark flavors are nicely balanced. The strong flavors do not overpower but give the best amount of kick with a complimenting sweetness.

I am more than satisfied purchasing this sample, as I didn’t want my impressions of orange pekoe to fall upon inferior teabags.

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

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72

This is less jarring than Teavana’s Sweet Oolong Revolution. Although similar, this is more tropical, with less odd pumpkin quirks. This is also a less dark tea.

When you have a better focus to what your intended flavor is, this works. This feels like an early to late afternoon tea on the beach, with a bit of spice and rosebuds for romantic effect.

It is nice, and a bit harmless. Maybe this could be brighter, less rosebuds perhaps? Despite, it is still nice.

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

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68

This is definitely not what I expected. The brew is quite dark, both in color and in aroma. The pear is quite prominent in aroma, but is mixed with the floral accents, as well as a deep rose color. This will be interesting.

With much of the fruit, I would have expected a fresher flavor, but it comes more of a darker, floral taste, which I would think would come from the hibiscus and rose petals. The salad of fruit is there, but behind the flowers, which is quite disappointing.

I would have preferred more fruit than flower, and a brighter flavor than dark. Nonetheless, it is a good dark tea.

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

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67

Judging by the scent, I can tell right away this will be a dark tea. The papaya and pumpkin are ripe and strong and very sweet. It is an intensely interesting and unique aroma.

Unfortunately, the taste does not live up to it’s aroma. It is a very weird flavor I am really not used to. The papaya is there, but the pumpkin does not blend well, and the cardamom really doesn’t help.

This is the second pumpkin tea I’ve had that surprised me how interestingly unique but oddly disappointing it has resulted. Thankfully, this doesn’t have a strange banana flavor, and is quite strong for such an odd blend, thanks to the cardamom and cinnamon.

There might be a clash of seasons here, of summer and autumn, with the darker papaya and pumpkin attempting to blend with peach and blossoms. There is a bit of paleness that follows the odd after-taste of pumpkin.

It is quite ambitious. It is also not a tea to drink all the time, considering how odd it is. It might be better iced near the end of summer, transitioning to autumn, which would make sense of the clash of seasons here.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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95

With a name that has spice right in the middle, it sure does live up to it. The smell of rich sweet spices just explodes from the bag. I can tell I am going to like this tea.

And indeed, I was right. This tea explodes in your mouth with sweet flavors and spices. Of course, the ginger, cloves and pepper are most prominent, but the vanilla and peppermint sweeten and soften. This gives me the impression of a traditional but not so overbearing chai blend.

Probably because of the candied pineapple and certain spices, this has a tropical tinge, which gives this a non conventional flavor. The blend is quite interesting, because of the richness of each side, you are hit with a wide spectrum of flavors and sensations.

I like this tea. Diving in and out of convention and tradition is exciting, if just for a fleeting steep or two.

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

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90

This tea engulfs you in coconut aroma bliss. The smell of coconut is very potent from opening the bag to steeping. There are chocolate details in there somewhere, but the coconut is most prominent.

My first sip really surprised me. I didn’t expect this tea to be so creamy. The chocolate taste and nutty flavors are there, but I am quite thankful the coconut is still prominent in taste as well, it gives a bit of a sweeter flavor to it’s striking coffee similarity. The rose and licorice are quite faint in the background, which is ok, as they do not need to be big flavors in this already deliciously milky tea.

After getting repeatedly disappointed with coffee extract tea blends from another company, Teavana seem to know how to make coffee alternatives without actually putting one bit of coffee in their teas. This tea has all the right elements for a pitch perfect blend that both coffee and tea drinkers will enjoy.

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

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drank Jessie's Tea by DAVIDsTEA
249 tasting notes

This is not half bad. I was expecting worse, as this is a rooibos tea, and not a lot more.

Indeed, it is quite comforting, thanks to the lavender, the rooibos is levelled out respectably. And the coconut gives it a bit of delicious flavor.

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

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drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
249 tasting notes

My God! The aroma the moment you open this tea. Instant and strong maple syrup. So much maple details. Just smelling this tea is enough to make you end every line with eh, eh?

But, a tea is not just a well scented beverage. I am so glad the maple flavor is working with the rooibos taste, instead of the rooibos taste overtaking everything. It is such a full maple flavor, with a bit of a winter kick. Quite beautiful.

But the aroma of maple syrup just doesn’t fail to comfort. This is a great late winter/early spring tea.

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

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