1904 Tasting Notes

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drank Pitta Ayurvedic by DAVIDsTEA
1904 tasting notes

Sip down! I found that as I drank more of this tea I liked it less and less. It’s just too much sour herbal to be my cup of tea (*rimshot *) and while sweetening does improve it somewhat I’ve had better herbal blends that didn’t require a ton of sugar.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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81
drank Napoleon by TWG Tea Company
1904 tasting notes

I had to restrain myself form eating the big chunks of caramel that were scattered throughout the dry tea. It was worth it though, as the liquor had a yummy, rich, caramel flavour augmented by creamy notes of vanilla.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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100
drank Oriental Beauty by Cloudwalker Teas
1904 tasting notes

This tea could easily fool me into thinking it was flavoured. When I opened the pouch I was hit with the aromas of berries and dried fruit. The tea itself is practically bursting with flavour, with a juicy peach or apricot flavour standing out most prominently but there’s also a bit of a wine-like undercurrent. So good!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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71
drank Holiday Green by Enchanted Teacup
1904 tasting notes

This was a Christmas gift from a coworker (part of a Secret Santa exchange) and it comes from a small local tea shop which I would visit more often if not for the fact that it’s located in a rather rough part of town.

This blend has that nice, nutty, vegetal flavour that you get from pan-fried green teas and the sweet strawberries and slightly tart rosehips compliment it quite nicely. I’m not getting much pepper but otherwise it’s quite a nice blend. It’s not really screaming “Christmas” to me though – actually it seems more like a summer tea – but whatever. ;)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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70
drank The Skinny (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
1904 tasting notes

This came as a sample with my latest Davids Tea order – I love that they always send so many extra samples because it lets me try teas I wouldn’t otherwise have drank.

The smell of this blend is quite lovely, a spicy mix of ginger and tangy orange. The pu’erh/oolong blend is a bit of an odd combo in my opinion, and I think it was the pu’erh that made the tea smell like meat (yeah, I know) when I added the hot water. The flavour was a bit of a let down, all told, as the base had a leathery, smokey flavour that was a little bit bitter and the ginger made the whole thing came across as medicinal. Mind you, it did soothe my mildly upset stomach quite nicely.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
KeenTeaThyme

This is one I’ve been debating about ordering. You and I see eye to eye on many teas so maybe I’ll just pass…or beg a sample out of them! ;)

Jillian

Getting a sample first might be a good idea as I don’t think this is a tea that would appeal to everyone.

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85

Here’s another tea purchased at the Victoria Tea Festival imported via the Dream Tea Boutique (http://dreamteaboutique.com/).

I’m afraid that I don’t know what a quince is supposed to taste like, never having tried one, and I had to resort to Google to find out what a ‘cherimoya’ even was. But regardless I found the flavour of this tea to be very agreeable. It’s tastes light and fruity with a bit of a tropical tang to it – from the pineapple maybe – as well hints of citrus and apples. I like that this tea company offers something different from the usual flavoured black tea fare. I mean what other company can you think of that can say they carry a cherimoya-flavoured tea?

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

I bought a cherimoya once. I think. It was… interesting, but kinda good? But verrryyyyy expensive. Like $5.

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72

I got this tea from the Urban Tea Merchant in downtown Vancouver. I was disappointed that they stopped stocking THÉ Ô DOR, but TWG seems to be a pretty decent replacement line.

I’m never quite sure how to steep black tea/green tea blends so in this case I temporized by doing a slightly lower temperature and less time than I would for a straight black tea. I love the Bourbon vanilla scent of this blend – it’s sweet and rich and makes me think of baking sugar cookies. Unfortunately the flavour is more vegetal and less vanilla-y than I would like, although the vanilla is still certainly there. There’s also hints of something else under the vanilla – maybe something citrusy and traces of some sort of spices.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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73
drank Purple Tea of Kenya by Butiki Teas
1904 tasting notes

I followed the steeping direction more closely this time – 1/2 tsp in 8oz water at 77C for ~3 min – and it seems to have paid off. The tea is much smoother and less bitter and while there’s still some astringency it’s more like that of a dry red wine. It’s slightly grassy in a way that reminds me of a Japanese green tea but this is balanced out by a sweetness that’s a little bit fruity. Very interesting, all told.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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68
drank Marsala by DAVIDsTEA
1904 tasting notes

Tried it with milk this morning – not much of an improvement. I’m mostly just trying to use this up.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

I hate that, trying to use something that you dislike up. My strategy is to send it off, cup by cup…. hahaha. Nearly everyone is willing/curious enough to trying something once!

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70
drank Green Tea Kombucha by Yogi Tea
1904 tasting notes

I bough this tea more out of curiosity than anything else. I have tried bottled kombucha in the past with….not so great results. But as this is mixed with green tea I hoped it would go down better.

The smell is very fruity, like plums or papayas, but there flavour is more minty green tea with a hint of fruit and something tangy which I think is supposed to be the kombucha. It’s not half bad for a bagged green tea, although I was expecting a little bit more kombucha than there actually was.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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