1904 Tasting Notes

65
drank Chai Spice by Stash Tea Company
1904 tasting notes

Did I ever mention that I HATE mornings? DX

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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68
drank Toasted Sesame by Adagio Teas
1904 tasting notes

I resteeped the leaves and it came out as a light-tasting black tea with a rather nutty/grainy flavour but nothing that tasted distinctly of sesame.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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68
drank Toasted Sesame by Adagio Teas
1904 tasting notes

The first thing I noticed when I opened the tin is how oily the leaves look, like the whole container was dropped in a pot of sesame oil. The smell made me think of Chinese food, or maybe teriyaki. When I started steeping though, the smell reverted back to being just like a bag full of sesame seeds.

I goofed on the steeping time so I’m not sure how long it was, but it’s probably somewhere around four minutes. When I rescued it, the surface of the ‘tea juice’ (ha!) was covered in a distinct sheen of oil. The flavour is very much like what I’d expect toasted sesame to taste like; so Adagio gets points for authenticty. It seems to also work quite well with the tanins in the tea base.

This isn’t a flavour I’m used to tasting in my tea (obviously) so my tongue is sending my brain rather mixed signals and confuzzling the poor dear. I think I’m leaning towards liking it, but not loving it – further testing is required! ;)

Preparation
Boiling
Cofftea

I’m so glad it didn’t taste like BURNED sesame seeds! I got 3 good infusions from mine.

Jillian

No, no burnt flavour, thankfully. I might see if I can get another infusion out of this later.

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67
drank Russian Caravan by Tea Center
1904 tasting notes

A passable resteep of the leaves from earlier. However, for some reason it doesn’t seem to go well with banana. Blech!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec
Cofftea

I would think very few teas would go w/ banana.

Jillian

I suppose you’re right, although I’m temped to try Adagio’s Banana-flavoured black tea out of morbid curiosity.

Cofftea

I’m not a black tea fan and I had WAY too much liquid medication as a kid. I can’t even look at banana runts. Although I am interested in trying guanabanana. And at 1st I thought it was guanobanana… So would that just be banana pu erh? LOL

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67
drank Russian Caravan by Tea Center
1904 tasting notes

This tea seems very appropriate on such a cold day of the year. I might not be able to have a roaring fire, but at least I can imagine one while tasting the smokey essences of this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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60

As much as I want to like this tea because of its tasty apple flavour, no matter how I steep it there’s Just. Something. Missing. It either needs stronger spices or a more robust black tea base – like a malty Assam or a smokey Keemun.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
LENA

wow…I need a few more cups of tea to wake up. I just read the name of that tea as “Orangutan”….and it took about 4 times to snap out of it. yikes!

Auggy

Is it bad that I would be tempted to try any tea with “Orangutan” in the name?

Jillian

snerk The Okanagan Valley is know for it’s fruit orchards and it’s also probably the premier vacation spot in the province.

See? Nothing to do with orange, furry apes living in Borneo. ;P

Auggy

It would be cooler if it had to do with orange, furry apes living in Borneo though… so many things would.

Jillian

Well of course, though it wouldn’t take much to be cooler than this bland tea. ;)

TillicumValleyTeaCo

Hi Jillian, thanks so much for your feedback… we have gone through more testing and development and are finally coming out with a much improved version of the Okanagan Apple Spice. It was tested against the current product and the new one won hands down each time in blind taste tests! I hope you have a chance to try it out soon! We will be releasing it in mid-September. Have a great tea day and hopefully this Halloween, you will be much more satisfied with the OK Apple Spice!
Tatiyanna

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71
drank Jasmine Tea by Fujian Tea
1904 tasting notes

Brrrr! It’s bloody cold outside and I, in all my wisdom, thought today would be an nice day to walk to and from the mall. In my thin autumn jacket. My fingers were turning blue when I got home so I grabbed the first canister of tea I could find which happened to be this one. Frankly I don’t care what it tastes like so long as it warms up my insides!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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75

I’m drinking this sweetened with a bit of wildflower honey right now. I don’t normally sweetened black teas (apart from chais) but the rose flavour is actually complimented quite nicely by a bit of honey-sweetness.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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65
drank Egyptian Licorice by Yogi Tea
1904 tasting notes

You know, I’ve found that since I’ve started drinking this tea that I’ve disliked the licorice flavour less as time goes on. It seems to only be the natural licorice root that this phenomena applies to, though; black licorice and licorice-flavoured jellybeans still garner a “Yurgh!” reaction from me.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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74
drank Bakeapple Tea by The Dark Tickle
1904 tasting notes

First of all the name of this company weirds me out just a touch as it sounds more than just a little dirty – like you’re being molested in a dark room or something…. 0_o

It’s worth mentioning that bakeapple isn’t an apple at all but a type of wild berry related to a raspberry. I orginally thought that this was a loose-leaf tea, but when I got it I was disappointed to see that it’s actually a set of tea bags filled with fine tea dust (Boo!).

The taste started out lightly fruity and berry-like, but then WHAM the bitterness hits at the back of the mouth. I’m all for buying stuff from small, local companies but I wasn’t terribly impressed with this.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
LENA

hmmm…I can’t say that I’m a fan of the company name either. shudders

teaplz

Woooow. That’s creeptastic, Jillian. I felt dirty even typing that into Google to do some research on them. Their website is so bright and cheery and web 1.0-esque! That make me even more suspicious…

takgoti

After asking myself why in the name of Zeus would you name your company that, I had to google, too. From their site:

“Our name. A ‘tickle’ is a narrow channel which in our case is dark because it is surrounded by high hills. It is also the area in Griquet where we are located and as represented by the picture in our labels.”

But still. If I decided to name my company “Rear Channel” because of where I was located, tell me you wouldn’t think of something else…

I guess it’s memorable, though. Probably not going to forget that one for a while.

Auggy

@takgoti: I’ll be doing my best to forget it, thanks.
;)

takgoti

@Auggy You won’t be able to when I start making creepy comments on all of your tea posts. Daaaaaark tickle! Daaaaaaaark tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiickle!

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