1607 Tasting Notes

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drank Cream Earl Grey by The Teaguy
1607 tasting notes

Wow, this is most certainly an EGC, with major emphasis on the cream aspect. I have prepared this in two ways: cold brewed and hot with 2% milk. A thousand thanks to the Teaguy for sending me a very generous sample of this!

Cold brewed, I initially thought I might have under leafed because the liquor is on the paler side, but whatever I did, it worked out for the best because the base is smooth, the bergamot is prominent but not too sharp, and the cream and vanilla is right in your face. Although, I have noticed that the more I drink this (on my second tall glass), the drier the mouthfeel. I notice it all the more when I take a few sips of the hot tea then go back to the cold brew. I’m double-fisting the EGC, yo.

Hot with 2% milk this is lovely too. I would say that the vanilla is even more prominent here and there is very minimal astringency with the added milk. When I tasted it before adding the milk, however, the base was quite astringent. But I have no intention on ever drinking it that way, so doesn’t matter to me!

I’m curious about how this would compare to Zen’s EGC, my favourite to date. If I were to compare them mentally, I’d say this is heavier on the creamy vanilla, maybe a little more, dare I say, artificial-tasting with the vanilla, but not in a bad way, really. I am super stoked about this one and I could see wanting more of this in the future, especially for cold brew. Thanks again to the Teaguy! This is a total winner.

Sil

aaaaaaaaalmost makes me wanna try it

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drank Swampwater by DAVIDsTEA
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Sad to say, but I’m happy with this sipdown this time around! Last fall’s batch just wasn’t what it used to be. I swear! I’m going to lower the rating (from a 91) without being too harsh so as to respect the previous batches.

Indigobloom

I fear that phenomenon every time I re-order a tea!!

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drank Dulcie Chai by Tea Geek'ery
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I told myself to go to bed nearly an hour ago but I wanted to write about this since it’s sadly gone. And look at that, I screwed up the picture when I took the screenshot. Oh well, good enough. The soothing sound of this 1:30am rain, the cooler breeze, and the wonderful scent of ozone is highly enjoyable too.

This is fantastic, full of spices, citrus, happiness. I really can taste that cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and orange. Then there’s a soft pop of cocoa. Rooibos can be finicky and woody but this was barely detectable amongst the spice and added milk. It took me a while to figure out what this was reminding me of. The particular balance of spices along with the orange was momentarily taunting me. Why, it’s my pepparkakor! Only with a touch of that cacao. I haven’t made those in so many years and it made me wish I had one to dunk into my tea.

This goes well with whole milk and I’m curious about how it would be iced/cold brewed. It may sound odd but it also paired well with my morning breakfast treat: fried eggs and toast.

Methinks I’ll need to order a full size of this from Amoda sometime soon.

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drank Rocky Road by 52teas
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Ugh, another sad sipdown. I was hoarding the last of my sampler but thought I needed to suck it up and drink it already. Nuts, gluten-free Animal Crackers, and cocoa. So good.

I’m supposed to head to the mall now that I’m finished my tea but I just want to sit here and continue listening to The Tea Party. Ever go a long time—years—without listening to a band, only to sort of rediscover them and obsess? That’s me with The Tea Party, especially their album Transmission. This is so mind-numbingly brilliant. I am in love. And now I’m majorly regretting passing up seeing them live a few months ago because I was already going to two other concerts around the same time and didn’t want to push my luck with my work schedule. Noooo!

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87
drank Fruit Salad by 52teas
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Fruit Salad is an apt description for this tisane. I was wondering what it would be like in comparison to DAVIDsTEA’s Swampwater but I enjoyed this more, especially in comparison to the last batch of Swampwater I picked up last fall. The fruits here are fresh, a little candy-ish, but not fake or cloying. The strawberry was the most prominent, then there’s a little apple thrown in there. I didn’t detect any banana but I’m wondering if it would have come out more had I tried this hot. I initially made a jug of cold brew and left some dry leaf aside to try hot, but ended up caving and using the remaining dry leaf for cold brew too. Something tells me that it would have been even fruitier had I used hot water. But regardless, good stuff! I wish I had more.

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drank Raspberry Mojito by DAVIDsTEA
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I actually liked this one more than I thought I would. Blends with carrots and beetroot tend to offend my tastebuds with cellar vibes (although I thoroughly enjoy eating the vegetables) but here, I couldn’t even detect that they were here. The raspberry is noticeable. A tad artificial but I’ve had a lot more extreme artificial raspberry flavouring than this. The hibiscus kept things tart enough but wasn’t overbearing, the mint is refreshing, and is that raspberry leaf I tasted? It’s not in the ingredients listing, but I swear I tasted it in there. Overall, rather refreshing on a 29°C day.

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drank Swampwater by DAVIDsTEA
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My tealogged headache is mostly due to chugging an entire jug of this, and then some. I don’t know if it’s an age thing or a batch thing, because I swear even when I got this batch last fall, even fresh, it wasn’t as good as it was a few years ago? This time around, I’m picking up one a fruity note that resembles the pseudo-fruity note in a (liquid) antibiotic that was prescribed to me a couple times when I was a child. That definitely isn’t a good thing seeing that it was discovered that I could never keep food down whenever I’d have to take it, and after a couple bottles (that’s right, bottles), the doctor finally switched things up and prescribed something much better. No more bad reactions, and even tasted better, like strawberry banana.

SO, yes, this is bringing me back to that. I’m trying to use this up, have about 1-2 jugs left and then it’ll finally be done. I need to get more fruit tisanes! Feels like I have nothing to cold brew.

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drank Honey Lullaby by DAVIDsTEA
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And that’s a sipdown! Because of the heavy smoke in the air from wildfires, I spent the day inside, sitting on my lazy behind, drinking tea to the point that I have a massive headache. Headache and very little physical activity = bad, but tea = good.

Could have gone without the stevia in this but otherwise the chamomile was fresh and soothing.

Look at that, 1600 tasting notes!

mrmopar

Congrats!

Rosehips

Woo! Congrats on the notes, sorry about the headache.

Fjellrev

Thanks, my rockin’ peeps!

Evol Ving Ness

Woohoo, that’s a lot of tea tasting!

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This is an über yummy chocolate peppermint tea. Heavy on the cacao shells with a mellower peppermint kiss. I haven’t been picking up on any marshmallow in the few cups cups I’ve had, but maybe I’ll have to taste it straight up before adding any milk.

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drank Rocky Road by 52teas
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Oh, this is a lovely surprise. I accidentally steeped it for over ten minutes because I received an important phone call while waiting for the 2.5 minutes. Concerned I ruined it for life, I added some whole milk, took a sip, and…?

Wow! Very flavourful and miraculously not bitter at all. There’s a lot going on in this blend. Creamy vanilla, cocoa, pecans, and malt. I think it’s the malt and vanilla together that’s creating an Animal Cracker-like vibe to this too.

You know, altogether, the flavours really do come together to create a Rocky Road ice cream experience. Crazy. I wish I had more than just the taster size!

Sil

this sounds delicious!

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