1118 Tasting Notes

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drank Bellini by Tetley
1118 tasting notes

This was actually a pretty decent cold brew. It was mildly pink but the hibiscus was fairly tame. The peach isn’t as strong as I was hoping but the orange is quite refreshing. I didn’t find that the licorice got out of hand either, it was fairly tame.
I would likely buy this again for cold brews this summer.

Kristal

I’ll put this on my wish list!

R.F. Hill

I’ve been trying to find a tea for a nice cold brew for the summer. I’m adding this one to that list!

Kristal

Forgot to add-I love doing tea bags for iced tea in the summer. Easier to clean than filters, and a lot cheaper than loose leaf since my husband and I drink sometimes 2L a day of iced tea!

R.F. Hill

Woah! My wife drinks a lot of iced teas, too. I’ll look into it! Thank you.

tigress_al

It is a good candidate for cold brewing.
Kristal—which are your favourite tea bags to cold brew? I need some good recommendations!

Kristal

tigress_al, I only like herbal fruit blends and my favorites include Black Cherry & True Blueberry from Celestial Seasonings as well as Raspberry Hibiscus from Stash (which is the only tea I like from Stash and I’ve tried about 7-8 of their herbal fruit blends). This summer I will be experimenting more with bagged teas instead of loose leaf since it’s cheaper so look out for reviews around then ;)! (I must have spend $200-300 on tea for iced tea between May-August of last year…yikes…)

tigress_al

Wow Kristal!
I will be watching your notes!

tigress_al

Wow, Kristal, that’s a lot of iced tea!
Thanks for the suggestions and I will be keep an eye out for your notes re: iced teas

Kristal

Haha sounds great!
My husband is back to work (he’s a roofer) and has been packing up bottles of iced tea already instead of buying PowerAde/Gatorade so the notes may start up sooner than May!

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92

This is my favourite straight Assam to date. It is malty and smooth with sweet raisin and chocolate notes. Delicious. Age hasn’t affected it too much either.
It resteeps brilliantly as well.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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86

This was the first time having this tea chilled and it is way better this way. The lime shines through a little more and the blackberries seem juicier. I will certainly drink it like this from now on!

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70
drank Sweet Lime by DAVIDsTEA
1118 tasting notes

This was a free tea that I had iced in-store. I hardly ever get tea to go because I usually am heading home right after, so why would I pay extra to have them brew it there! It is convenient though, especially if you were going there on your lunch break or something. I am rambling…

Lime is ok for me, not one of my favourite flavourings, but something I don’t mind with chicken or black beans or something like that. I do enjoy the Lime Gelato tea occasionally though. This was ok. It was sweet enough that I feel it didn’t need sweetener. The mango could have been a little bit more prominent.

Overall, it is a decent tea, but I prefer Lime Gelato (and it’s cheaper too).

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92
drank Raspberry Truffle by Butiki Teas
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Just what I needed this morning. This tea has actually aged fairly well, but it is really time to sip down ALL of my Butiki teas.
Chocolate and raspberry, what more could a girl ask for on a lazy Sunday!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
1118 tasting notes

Hibiscus is sometimes a big miss for me, but it is ok in this fruit tea.
It is sweet and tart. Apple,melon, and lemon are the most prominent notes when I cold brewed this. It sat in my fridge for about 24 hours.

It is so refreshing! It might even be tin worthy this spring/summer, unless something better comes out in the summer collection. I need somthing caffeine free to cold brew in the spring/summer.

VariaTEA

I find cold brewing usually tames hibiscus

tigress_al

Exactly! That’s why I enjoy it so much

Kristal

I hate hibiscus hot, but when cold brewed I actually don’t mind it :)

tigress_al

Yep, as long as it isn’t overpowering

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73

This tea smells fairly creamy. Unfortunately, it does not taste as creamy as it smells. For a milk oolong, I was expecting more “milk”. It is still enjoyable with buttery and floral notes. A little bit lacking for me today I’m afraid.

I need to play around with the parameters a bit more I think.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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82

I used 5 pearls for 16oz.
These pearls are huge and they smell wonderful, malty chocolate with sweet Jasmine.
Unfortunately, the smell does not translate into the taste as much as I was anticipating. There are slight notes of malt and chocolate, the Jasmine is definitely in the background. It isn’t as sweet and floral as I was expecting it to be. I am enjoying this tea, but there is a touch of astringency. Maybe I am just getting more sensitive to astringency that I focus on it too much. Or I need to steep for less time.

Resteep 5 minutes.

I certainly won’t have any trouble finishing my sample, but at that price point, I certainly won’t be getting more.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec
R.F. Hill

Do you think the Jasmine is what gives it the astringency?

tigress_al

Interesting Rufus, it’s a possibility. All the other Jasmine teas I have had have been green or white, and they were Brewed more delicately.

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86

This tea has some sentimental value for me. It was one of the first straight teas that I tried, and for sure the first straight oolong…I have been hooked ever since! I remember saying to my tea friend (that has since moved away) “who would want to drink a tea that tastes like flowers, butter, and spinach?” Oh man, I was naive! Lol. That was probably about 6 years ago, before I joined Steepster and began my tea obsession!

There are much higher quality milk oolongs (I’m looking at you Mandala Tea), but I enjoy this one as well. It doesn’t deserve my previous 97 rating though, because it isn’t THAT good.

Resteep 7 minutes.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Teatotaler

Mandala Tea’s milk oolong, oh yes! Yes, yes, yes!!!

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84

I love a good Assam. This is malty with just a little bit of fruit in the background. I can see this getting astringent very easily though, so I went easy on the steeping. I’m sure it would take milk and sugar well, if I drank my tea that way (but I don’t usually).

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Evol Ving Ness

Assam! How I adore a good Assam!

tigress_al

After I wrote this, I was curious about how it would take milk, and so I brewed up another Cuppa and added some milk. It was delicious!

Evol Ving Ness- definitely, I have a few of them!

R.F. Hill

Assam is the ONE tea I add milk to. I’ve been told that Assams make me “very British” due to the fact that I add cream to it. Ha-ha.

tigress_al

Lol “British” or not, drink your tea how you like!

R.F. Hill

Very true! Ha-ha.

R.F. Hill

Plus, I took it as a compliment.

Teatotaler

I adore a good Assam! Assam is my usual weekday morning cuppa – British style. ;)
I am currently on a quest for a good vanilla Assam.

tigress_al

Let me know when you find a good one!

R.F. Hill

@Teatotaler- that’s the way to drink it! Ha-ha.

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Hello,
I am a nurse. I have numerous hobbies: reading, crocheting, crafting, card making, scrapbooking, photography, shopping, and of course drinking TEA!

I started drinking loose leaf tea in Dec. 2010 when I went into a DavidsTea for the first time and have been hooked ever since! My favourite is probably white tea, but I also love black and oolong. I also like a nice relaxing rooibos or herbal in the evening. On Sundays, I like to treat myself and make a tea latte.

My favourite flavours are nutty, vanilla, chocolate, jasmine, tropical, fruity, earl grey.
My dislikes are lavender, rose, hibiscus, banana, and straight green or overly vegetal teas.

I am admittedly fairly generous in my rating scale. Most of my teas I rate at 90 and above, and would re-stock these teas.
Anything under 90 I probably wouldn’t re-stock unless I found a great price.

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