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10 Tasting Notes

88

I picked this up on the recommendation of the guy behind the counter at the David’s Tea on Mont Royal in Montreal – didn’t catch his name. He definitely didn’t steer me wrong, though. The dry leaves don’t have much smell, but as soon as you add hot water, it’s stunning. It smells like spring to me – lillacs just starting to bloom.

The flavour isn’t as strong, which is probably a good thing. It’s a somewhat delicate oolong with a very slight flowery taste to it…

I think I may have found my new favorite oolang tea!

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80

My wife called me the other day from in front of the David’s Tea shop out in Montreal’s west island – I came home from work to find 5 new teas waiting for me. I’ll be posting reviews for the others soon.

Today I had to brave the -17C / -30C with windchill weather to tie down the cover on our balcony that had blown loose. I smartly put on some water to heat before heading outside, and I’m now sipping some lovely white tiger tea while thawing out.

The first taste that hits you is the blueberry – which isn’t bad, since I love blueberry in tea. The pomegranate is much more subtle, but adds nicely to the overall effect.

My only complaint is one I have of most flavoured white teas – the added flavours tend to hide the flavour of the white tea - if given this blind I might think that it was a very nice blueberry herbal.

I might try mixing it 50/50 with a straight up pai mu tan or something, just to see what the effect is.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec
JonTea

No way, Thats my favorite david’s tea~!

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85

This is one of my staple teas – I buy it in bulk at a great shop at the Atwater Market in Montreal – it has a great maple smell before steeping, and the maple flavour comes through wonderfully after steeping.

I don’t know who the ultimate supplier of the tea is, but I’m quite impressed with it – it’s my favourite maple tea of all I’ve tried so far, and go through somewhat absurd amounts of it at home and at work.

Sabina

Nice one – will have to check that out!

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28

I’ve tried this one a few times now, and I just don’t like it very much. This latest steeping is the best, and it’s still not great. The problem is that there’s a very strong perfumy scent to the tea, and it comes out quite strongly in the tea.

I normally like my tea quite strong, but I’ve been slowly cutting back on this one, making it weaker and weaker in the hopes it’ll improve – but it still isn’t something I really like.

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82

This is probably my favorite white tea from a tea bag. The peach flavour is pleasant, but doesn’t completely overwhelm the tea.

I regularly make a very pleasant ‘iced tea’ by just tossing a bag of this into a water bottle – if you let it ‘cold steep’ for 30m or so, it’s quite yummy.

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76
drank White Ambrosia by Tea Forte
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I think there must be a couple of different presentations of this tea, since one of the other tasting notes mentioned a tea bag, and I have a loose tea.

The tea smells very nice – strong coconut and vanilla scents. after steeping, the tea has a very pleasant flavour, with the same coconut and vanilla coming through fairly strongly. I do agree with one of the other comments that indicates that the other flavours were strong enough to mostly overwhelm the ‘white tea’ flavour in this. It’s still a very pleasant drink, though.

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79

This tea smells fantastically fruity, and the flavour mostly lives up to that. It’s doesn’t have quite as much of the traditional ‘white tea’ flavour as perhaps I’d like, but it’s still a very pleasant drink.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Toffee Crunch by Teh Bar
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This is a very nice Oolong tea. The toffee/caramel flavour is a little more subtle than I’d prefer, but it blends very nicely with the earthiness of the oolong.

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

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94

This is currently my favorite white tea – it has a wonderful fruity flavor while dry, and smell even better after adding the water. The fruitiness comes through well in the taste, but it isn’t too overpowering or sweet.

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My grandmother was British, and so I’ve been drinking tea from a very young age.

I generally prefer loose tea – and have a few mugs and water bottles designed specifically for brewing of loose tea on the go.

Location

Montreal

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http://synergisticimages.ca

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