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drank Marie-Antoinette by Nina's Paris
380 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
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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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drank Creamy Pumpkin Spice by iHeartTeas
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Dry tea smells of cloves, cardamon, and cream and a little bit like graham crackers. Brewed scent reminds me of starbucks pumpkin scones which I adore, so this is promissing. initial taste of ginger and cloves and something almost floral. the spicing is very pleasant, enough to create a pleasant, warm and comforting flavour but not to create heat. Undertone of vanilla underlying the spice, mixed with a faint sweetness from the pumpkin. The base is pleasant, edging towards a slightly bitter and earthy taste that I enjoy in hot drinks. Aftertaste leads to cooling sensation in my mouth. This is perhaps from the cardamon. A pleasant and soothing cup.

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drank Vanilla black tea by Zen Tea
380 tasting notes

The dry leaf smell actually reminds me of bitter chocolate. Brewed, the tea base is full bodied and slightly bitter. A faint vanilla scent, makes for a slightly sweet black tea. Tasted with no additives, the flavouring is very light but present, there is no very distinct taste of vanilla when first sipped, the vanilla is lightly present in the aftertaste, almost as a top note to the flavour of the tea base, true vanilla smell, not cloying, artificial, or sweet. I taste vanilla in the back of my mouth. The tea actually reminds me of vanilla scented dark chocolate. Makes for a nice slightly sweet flavoured tea, for those who prefer the taste of tea to be dominant in their flavoured teas and for flavourings to be used to accentate the tea base. I like the base it is strong deep and leaves a tingling on my tongue and the back of my throat like espresso. It resteeps well.

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The tea brews dark for a green tea and smells faintly of raspberry mixed with a slight smokiness of gunpowder green tea with a clean vegetal undertone. It is not sweet or particularly fruity, but it leaves the aftertaste and mouthfeel of having eaten fresh picked raspberries. Sugar may bring out flavour of raspberries. The green tea base is present, green and refreshing. The base is not bitter but is slightly astringent. Having looked at the ingredient list, the astringency is probably due to the hibiscus. This tea is for someone looking for a fruity green tea that does not taste perfumy or like juice. I brewed it in a gaiwan with steeps starting at 45 seconds raspbery flavour lasted through 4 infusions, faded at fifth. Hibiscus is not dominant and doesn’t colour the tea pink or red.

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The dry leaf is very beautiful a rich dark yunnan base scattered with deep pink fading into yellow rose petals and cornflowers and a spicy frangrace from the bergamot. This is a fairly strong frangranced tea that has grown on me. At first I wasn’t sure that I enjoyed the strong slightly smoky almost liquorishy base with the bergamot and rose, but now I quite enjoy the blend. Usually I have preferred Earl Greys with an assam base. The rose and bergamot blend nicely in this blend, but are strong. The rose increases the spiciness that bergamot sometimes has, without making the tea overly floral, and the liquorishy base sweetens the citrusy aspect of the tea, making it fall towards grapefruit. The tea needs a longer steep than I usually use with black teas but produces a rich dark brew, it holds up well to resteeps and I have resteeped this tea three times while maintaining a strong flavour. Even better is the price. I have never spent more than $2.89 /100g box. Of the three Earl greys I have at home it probably has the strongest flavour. Big-Active is a Polish Brand produced by the same company that produces all of those fruit syrups. I got this at a local grocery store specializing in Polish goods that has a nice selection of very affordable boxed loose leaf teas. Big Active does have an online store. However the webpage is only in Polish. I am not sure if they sell internationally for non-wholesale orders.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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