374 Tasting Notes

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I bought this tea in the Toronto China town South of Dundas at the store labelled China Arts City ( next to a tourist shop) that sells Bonsai. She had 4 or 5 greens and this rose conjou that she sold for about $5 for about 2 ounces.

This tea is quite nice though it is a bit heavier and fruitier than the Pure Aroma Rose Congou I’ve tried. It brews to a nice maple colour and smells of a spicy tea rose with a hint of smoke and a fruit mix of cherry and grape. It tastes of rose water (a spicy sweet floral with hint of a metallic tinge) similar to the PureAroma rose flavouring but slightly more fruity and not as crisp a floral. The base tea is very fruity tasting of plum and cherry and wine. It has a faint hint of charred crust from smoke that provides a hint of bitterness and becomes more prominent with more leaf or a longer steep time. There is a hint of chocolate. The tea is mildly astringent, leaving drying feeling on lower tongue. There is a hint of lemon. The tea re-steeps fabulously well. So far I have re-steeped it four times while retaining a pleasant rose overlaying fruity tea flavour while retaining a medium bodied texture. The body of this tea is slightly heavier than the Pure Aroma and it is not quite as smooth as a result of the astringency but the flavour is very nice and the tea is satisfying.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec
sabrina sharif

I live 10 minutes away from there, IF that. I may be inspired to go on a shopping trip on my way home today.

yyz

I didn’t really expect her to have tea, so it was a nice surprise!

sabrina sharif

Ended up picking up the Iron Goddess instead!

yyz

Enjoy it! I’m curious to see how you like it.

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85

I had forgotten how much I like this one it is such a really nice mix of creamy green tea, fruit and a fresh tasting floral that blend together to create something that is really quite refreshing perfect for one of our first really nice and warm days!

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drank Caramelissimo by Teavana
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This is one of the teas that Teavana decided to keep from Teopia, whether they reworked it or not I can’t really speak to because I mostly used the one from Teaopia as a mixer to add nutty or caramel notes to other teas.

The tea brews to the colour of oak and smells of spice, nut and dark toffee. The tea is moderately astringent. The flavouring is a mix of bitternut like toasted hazelnut, mixed with the flavour notes of browned sugar and butter without the sweetness. The base tea is slightly bitter with floral and red fruit notes and a hint of malt and cocoa. The tea is not creamy, or sweet but has flavour notes of butternut toffee. The flavouring is subtle but blends well with the tea.

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drank Apple Tarte Tatin by LuxBerry Tea
374 tasting notes

Wow this is actually pretty fabulous. It reminds me of having desert and coffee( or some dark rich bitter tea )all at once and would probably be fabulous with cream ( something I never add to tea ).

The dry leaf smells of cinnamon and cloves and raisins and is scattered with sliced almonds, raisins, and pieces of dried apple. After 2.5 minutes it brews up to a nice fragrant copper coloured brew that smells a bit like apple crisp taken right out of the oven. It tastes of a buttery, spicy, apple pastry with the flavour sweetened and deepened by the raisins and with the cinnamon and cloves balanced nicely. The tea underneath is a nice slightly bitter Assam that has a hint of biscuit and cocoa with a medium mouth feel and a light astringency that helps to bring a sense of pie crust to the blend. The tea also has a nice dose of caffeine. All though the flavouring has a sense of the richness of a buttery crust the tea is not creamy. It re-steeps decently well. A touch of sugar really helps to make the fruit pop in this tea. Quite a nice desert tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Sil

Nice! Sounds tasty delicious :)

yyz

It really is.

Sil

don’t think i’ve ordered or tried tea from that company so i’ll have to look in to it

yyz

I’ve tried three teas from them so far and I’ve really enjoyed two of them, the other one I’m still trying to figure out what I think about it. The smallest size they have is 50g but they do offer free shipping in Canada. I think I’m going to try some of their greens next. They have their own web store at
http://www.luxberrytea.com/ but you can also purchase from them on Etsy if you prefer to use that site.

Kittenna

I contacted them and I think they’re willing to sell sample bags of 12.5g for $2.25 each. I’ll be placing an order there eventually – pretty intrigued by some of the flavours!

yyz

That’s good to know.

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drank Autumn Blend by PureAromaTea
374 tasting notes

Hot this tea emits a fruity smell with an orangey peachy top note. It is slightly candy like, and has a hint of malt. The tea brews to a maple wood colour.

At first sip the tea has a green faintly floral note that quickly dissipates into a sweet orange taste, closer to a mandarin orange. This is followed by a rich deep note from the base tea that hints of malt or chocolate and a sweet note from the base tea that is seperate from the flavouring. The peach notes in this tea may be the result of the almonds. There is a slight sharp tang from the orange flavouring and the orange peel and hibiscus. There is also a faint hint of spice. The cloves are not in your face but instead leaves a faint tingle on the tongue and bring a certain warmth and brightness to the tea. This is not a spicy tea it is not like the fruity chais you get in fall, and while it tastes warming it is something that I could happily drink all year round.

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drank Kalami Assam by Ahmad Tea
374 tasting notes

This tea brews to a nice copper colour. It smells of biscuit, plums, honey, and a slight hint of cocoa.
This tea is great when I’m craving baked goods as it has the powdery taste of biscuit, and a slight hint of apricot and plum jam with honey and citrus. There is a faint hint of bitterness from malt and cocoa. It is fairly smooth easily drinkable little to no astringency after the 4 and half minutes I brewed it for. There is an aftertaste like eating scones. The tea Offers great value for the money.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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This is a bagged tea that brews to a dark mahogany colour and smells of sweet potatoe, lemon and a hint of floral.
It tastes of sweet potato with a hint of floral, over malt. It is lightly astringent. The tea develops more malty, bitter tones as you drink down the cup and tastes mostly of citrus tones and malt, with very little sweetness. The tea is best drunk when hot as the flavour dissapears as it cools. However it does develop a nice potent dose of caffeine.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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92

I must admit that i really like this tea, it capture the high notes champagne mixed with the fruity notes of slightly sugared crushed srawberries . It smells a little of strawberry cordial. The base is a fairly light slightly grassy sencha, whose grassiness is tempered by the chamomile that acts to also increase the fruitiness of the tea. I steeped the tea for about the two minutes suggested and the tea did not become bitter, there is a little astringency but all it does is act to mimic the dryness champagne can leave in the mouth.

The tea re-steeps well with the champagne weakening and the chamomile strengthening.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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89

This is a tea that benefits from a little exta leaf and a slightly stronger steeping time than i use with tea, but once i discovered this i really do like it.

The base has a bright piny minty top note and is quite refreshing. This is a tea that has lots of flavour notes that you discover as you drink. At first you get a smoky flavour mixed with the minty pine that reminds me of the way that the air tastes when in a recent forest fire zone, this is followed by a bright and fruity citrusy note that lightens the tea and keeps it from becoming heavy. The lemongrass tones down any bitterness from the smoke and the minty tone helps to tie it all together. It does remind me a little of early mornings in early fall when I worked out of Racine Lake near Chapleau Ontario.

Just what I needed right now. A nice accomplishment a smoky tea that manages to be light and refreshing as well!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Glad you’re enjoying this! Also, I love when my teas are effective at evoking the natural memories they are inspired by. :) Enjoy!~

yyz

Thanks! They’re really good memories too, I had two fabulous summers working on a Black Bear project when I was in University.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Ohhh, that sounds beautiful! :)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Curious, what steeping time and leaf amount per 8oz of water did you use?

yyz

For black teas I usually use 1-1.5 tsp / 8 oz, but I think I used two heaping tsp. Instead of steeping for 2-3.5 minutes, I think I steeped it for closer to 5 ;).

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Wow! That’s a lot of leaf!

yyz

I know it might not have been quite that much I kind of had to extrapolate a bit because I brewed it in a 5 oz gaiwan to make one teacup for testing, and it has been a few days!

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drank Apple & Mango by PureAromaTea
374 tasting notes

I needed a bit of a pick me up and I was craving something fruity but not overly desert like so I decided to try this tea. It delivers well on the first part after a cup I am pleasantly buzzing.

The dry tea consists of a nice dark congou blended with calendula petals and dried fruit. It brews to a nice maple colour. The scent of the tea very much reminds me of this peach apricot tea that I have:
http://steepster.com/teas/big-active/35473-essence-tea-yunnan-with-peach-and-apricot. However while the Posti tea is kind of rugged this one has a much smoother and subtle base and a lighter flavouring.

The tea smells more of mango than apple. It smells faintly peppery with a hint of that slightly starchy fruity scent that mangoes can have. The Mango becomes even more distinct as it cools with some bright accents peaking through from the apple

The tea base is very smooth with a slight hint of dark chocolate malt underneath a dominant top note that is very bright and light which melds with a mango note and something that is almost floral. The apple is not distinct but it might be contributing to the floral hint and helps to prevent the mango from becoming heavy and overly sweet. This tea is easily drinkable, but not heavily flavoured. The peppery notes become more distinct as you drink the cup. It has an interesting slightly raisiny aftertaste. A pleasant afternoon tea.

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