4 Tasting Notes

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drank Strawberry Tea by Lipton
4 tasting notes

I had a browse through the other reviews of this tea, and found it quite interesting.

I wonder if it was presented in an unnamed, loose tea if the comments would be the same?
Yes, it’s Lipton. The ingredients include the word “flavour” (well, in my case, “aroma”, because I picked it up from Germany). It’s worth noting the ingredients also include “Erdbeere 1.3%” (Strawberry).

I actually found this a fantastic, easy drinking fruity tea. I often like strawberry flavoured things, but I’m not the biggest fan of tisanes, personally. I was surprised how good this black tea with a hint of strawberry was – it added a little sweetness and flavour, in an otherwise robust black tea.
This tea is important to stay within the brewing times – too little and the strawberry doesn’t have time to infuse (leaving only the flavouring), but too long and it becomes astringent.

It’s like a $15 bottle of wine, compared to a $150 bottle – I’m never going to serve it to at a fancy gathering, but it’s brilliant as a relaxed tea when I feel like a black tea, but something a little different.

Flavors: Strawberry

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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I was quite impressed with this tea. It really lived up to it’s name! Even though I brewed it for 4 minutes, I’d recommend only 3, and check the water isn’t boiling but is 90 degrees or less. It’s perfect on it’s own, but adding honey might be a good idea for the sweet tooth’s out there.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Strawberry, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 1 OZ / 30 ML

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67
drank New York Breakfast by T2
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An English Breakfast tea, with added flavour – mainly vanilla and cinnamon, plus something else apparently designed to make it taste like “pancakes”, but to me is more of a bread-y taste.

Brewed hot – just off 100c – for just under 4 minutes. Any more is likely to burn it. Added a touch of milk (only around 10mls) just to remove any astringency.

I find that sugar / sweetener isn’t required due to the vanilla and cinnamon.

To sum up – a warming staple good for winter mornings!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cookie, Honey, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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80
drank White White Cocoa by T2
4 tasting notes

T2 recommend “2 to 4 minutes at 90 degrees”.
I tend to like my teas strong, so I went for 4 minutes… and it was a bit too long, or perhaps the temperature was a bit too high. Either way, next time I’m going to reduce both slightly.

Had it straight as this one should be, but it could have done with a drop of milk – but that’s probably just because it brewed too long!

A little bit of sweetness, and a great nose on it.
Better after it’s cooled just a little, as this lets the flavours come through.

Flavors: Caramel, Coconut, White Chocolate

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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