8 Tasting Notes

90
drank Carnaval Chai by T2
8 tasting notes

I seem to be fond of non-black-tea chais, and this juicy white chai is no exception. It’s not a traditional chai by any means, but it is a spicy, citrusy, delicious cuppa.

Flavors: Grapefruit, Lime, Peppercorn

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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1
drank Turkish Apple by T2
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It’s sweet and it tastes like apples. That’s about the extent of the similarity between this and actual Turkish apple tea. This is a very expensive bag of artificially-apple-flavoured sugar. It is literally sugar, you dissolve it in hot water like any other instant fruit drink. Sickly sweet and revolting by itself (in my opinion), this is an essential ingredient in making iced fruit tea that tastes like the iced teas on the counter at T2 – they use it by the cupful in each jug. Great for kids and non-diabetics.

Flavors: Apple, Powdered sugar, Sugar, Sugarcane

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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90
drank SweeT Dreams by The Tea Centre
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A very soothing herbal drop to send one off to dream. A very nicely balanced blend of floral and herbal notes, and the gently soporific qualities of the plants seem to have their intended effect. Highly recommend.

Flavors: Floral, Honey, Rose, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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75
drank Japanese Lime by The Tea Centre
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A very light, refreshing citrus tea. Tastes equally delicious hot or iced! The sweetness of the limes cuts through the grassiness of the tea with a lovely degree of acidity in its bite.

Flavors: Citrus, Green, Lime

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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75
drank Chocolate Bomb by The Tea Centre
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Historically, I have been a bit of a fence-sitter on the subject of rooibos tisanes. I like them in principle, but have never fallen so deeply in love with one I’ve tasted to buy it to drink at home. I bought this one on the recommendation of a Tea Centre customer service representative as a response to a suggestion I made to consider including a chocolate/cacao genmaicha, and I will say, it’s pretty good. It has all of the usual tobacco-ey caramel-y woody rooibos notes with a savoury sweetness from the almonds and brittle, and the chocolate doesn’t overwhelm the blend. I’ll probably buy it again, it’s a very nice dessert tea. I’m still hoping Tea Centre creates a chocolate genmaicha, though.

Flavors: Almond, Caramel, Chocolate, Nutty, Smoke, Tobacco

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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Upon receiving this tea, I immediately arranged a blind taste test for my husband, an avowed disciple of another “Australian” (owned overseas) tea merchant’s French Earl Grey . The Tea Centre’s French Earl Grey won hands-down and is our new favourite breakfast tea. As other commenters have noted, it is a lighter black tea with deliciously subtle floral notes and a natural fruity sweetness. The bergamot is present and accounted for (as it should be), but sings in delightful harmony with the blend, rather than beating you upside the head like other blends we’ve tried. And as always, I will note my appreciation of the use of natural ingredients and flavours over artificial flavouring. A beautiful tea.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Mango, Peach

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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100
drank Japanese Cherry by The Tea Centre
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I, too, really love this tea! The sweet, almost grassy greenness of the leaves is enhanced by the tart cherry pieces and delicate floral aromas. It’s not too sweet, though, just light and pleasant – a very enjoyable brew. I warily rebrewed the leaves as directed on the packaging (suspicious of a bitter brew as so often happens to greens) and was surprised with a very drinkable cup the second time around, too.

Also, I want to note that it’s nice to find naturally flavoured green teas for those of us seeking that sort of thing. While I appreciate the molecular similarity between Nature Identical ™ artificial flavouring and natural flavours, I still prefer supporting teahouses that use natural flavours in their teas.

Flavors: Cherry, Dry Grass, Green, Rose

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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85
drank Southern Sunrise by T2
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A fairly pleasant fruit tisane, albeit enhanced with artificial flavouring (as T2 does with almost all of their flavoured teas). Very citrus-y with strong grapefruit and lime flavours. This is tasy iced and also quite nice hot.

Flavors: Citrus Fruits, Citrus Zest, Grapefruit, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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