374 Tasting Notes

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drank Eight Candles by Della Terra Teas
374 tasting notes

I do enjoy this tea, even though its smell at times reminds me of vanilla air freshner. At first sip the tea leaves me with a creamy marshmallow vanilla taste and mouth feel at the back of my throat combined with a drying sensation and slightly woody, bitter taste at the front of my mouth followed by an aftertaste of caramel and spice. It does become quite astringent at the second steeping. A warming and interesting desert tea.

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drank Marie-Antoinette by Nina's Paris
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drank Mayan Mist by Della Terra Teas
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This tea had a scent of orange, cream, pepper, spice and dried orange peel combined with a faint woodiness that reminds me of myrh. The creaminess may come from the coconut. It tastes creamy orange woodiness followed by spice and a reference to sandalwood. The aftertaste is slightly powdery. This is a warming tea. Pleasant.

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drank Marie-Antoinette by Nina's Paris
374 tasting notes

The 2nd steep has an apple flavour still nicely present with more rose and with the tea base shining through. The bitterness is still present but there is no added astrigency.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Marie-Antoinette by Nina's Paris
374 tasting notes
This was a really nice mid afternoon tea. The dry tea smells like boxed apple juice or jolly ranchers apple candy and has dark broken leaves scattered with broken white rose petals. The tea brews to a translucent broth that reminded me of the colour of a liver chestnut horse. It smells of sweet potatoe, apple and a spicy smell I associate with lavender. It’s flavour profile has a top note of apple, followed with a cooling floral note with a touch of bitterness. This bitterness mimics the flavour of biting into apple skin a little. There is a slight astringency that comes off not as a tartness but a dryness in the mouth, maybe from the rose petals. The apple flavour is a cross between granny smith, gala and a juicy red delicious. This is a pleasant light tea to drink without additives. The base has a slightly sweet earthiness which doesn’t have a strong presence. Sugar would strengthen the fruity aspect of the tea but isn’t needed as the apple taste and flavour is very present. This tea would be great in summer as it seems to have a cooling effect on me. The flavours of apple, the tea base, and rose balance nicely. The apple flavour intensifies as the tea cools. This tea may be nice iced. Thanks to Laurent and Sophie for their kindness in providing me with the oportunity to try this tea!
Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Strawberry Fields by Teaopia
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Made with steeps of around a minute I did not find this tea to be tart like others were finding. Instead I am getting a kind of strawberry shortcake type flavour, as the fruit mixes with the creaminess of the white tea. Having said that the fruity flavour doesn’t last through resteeps. Pleasant enough but not a must have, which is good as it is no longer available.

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This green tea contains prickly pear, pineapple and rose. I have never had prickly pear before so I don’t know if this tea captures the flavour but I do know that this tea has a fresh and clean taste with a fruity undertone. I think it would make a nice iced tea in summer if one likes a tea with floral notes. It smells fruitier than it tates, but the fruit in the flavour tastes more like fresh cut fruit than something jammy. I can’t name the fruity flavour but it references pear, slightly ripe strawberry and fig, mixed with a raisony, dried apricot taste. The rose mixed with the green tea leaves it with a fresh aftertaste. The green base is pleasant enough and when brewed at a cooler temperature produces a tea with a creamy mouthfeel. It brews fairly dark for a green tea to almost a saffron colour and has a slight bitterness to it, that nevertheless is refreshing. It resteeps well with consistent flavouring through resteeps.

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Very smooth, brews dark, slight reference to stone fruit such as cherries or plums slightly chocolately with biscuity undertone, great base for chai, especially ginger chai, which goes well with the chocolate tones in the base. great everyday tea.

This tea was fom a locally based importer that markets to the South East Asian Expat market.

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drank Wild Strawberry Tea by Biofix
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This may be a bagged tea, but so far this is the best strawberry tea I have had. It manages to perfectly evoke a childhood memory for me. I went on an impromptu hike on the Bruce Trail with my friend and her mother after we had collected water at a nearby spring. Because the hike was unplanned we had nothing with us, no water or food, and at the end of two and a half hours I was very thirsty. The trail opened up to a meadow and we were lucky to find a lot o perfectly ripe, beautiful, juicy wild strawberries. They were perfect and instantly became my favourite fruit ever. This tea has a beautiful scent and colour and manages to capture that slightly tart , juicy, jammy, sweet taste that really good strawberries reach at that perfect moment when they are moving from ripe to when they darken to slightly over ripe. A really well done tea.

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drank Assam TGFOP by Loyd Tea
374 tasting notes

The tea brews to the colour of slightly aged oak furniture. It smells lightly citrusy. A fairly light tea that is pleasantly drinkable, but seems to lack the deep, malty, biscuity tones I associate with assam. Instead it has bright fruity notes without a great deal of astringency. More of an afternoon tea than a morning tea. Resteeps well.

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