314 Tasting Notes

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drank Melocotón e hibisco by Fuze
314 tasting notes

Gave up drinking commercial ice tea years ago, as I most often don´t identify any good tea in them. Op top of that, they are almost always way too sweet(ened) so they don´t really quench your thirst. Therefore, I didn´t know this brand, and I don´t know either whether it had a proper product line before entering teh Coca Cola group. Anyway, this bottle was part of a pack of products I got at a low price at ny supermarket, so obviously, I tasted it. Honnestly, I had feared worse ;-) Yes, it´s very sweet (how they dare to fool us saying it is “low in calories”!!!), the peach stands out and you can even tell the black tea backbone, but I´ll stick to my home made ice teas, thank you!

Flavors: Peach, Sweet, Tea

ashmanra

I bought a sweet tea on a trip once and it was so sweet it was almost syrup. I find Harney and Son’s ready to drink ice tea refresh and they mean it when they say it is lightly sweetened. It is just about perfect! I don’t know if it is available near you, though.

Martin Bednář

Ilse, if you can get Pfanner ice teas, they are definitely better than Fuze or Lipton.
But they can be very sweet too. Afterall, you can read my notes about them as I wrote a few in previous months.

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This is another fruit tisane from Kent&Sussex : I bought a pouch of 50g to try this as an alternative ice tea. First, I give it a try hot following K&S´s steeping indications.

From K&S website : “Cherry Compote Fruit Tea is a strong, full-bodied infusion packed with an unmistakably fruity punch. It blends the indulgent aromas and flavours of cherries with those of raspberries and bananas to create a match made in heaven.
Other ingredients include apple pieces, sultanas, elderberries, coconut pieces and rose petals, all of which have something unique, indeed extraordinary, to offer.”

Already strong in nose, which is confirmed in mouth at the very first sip : as no flavourings figure in the list of ingredients, I guess the elderberry is to blame. This even overwhelms the kirsh-y cherry (I love cherries but the kirsh-like smell and taste come through, I sort of lose interest)! Needless to say, the rest (raspberry, apple…) is lost in the hot brew.
But then I put my cup aside, and had half of it when it had already cooled down quite a bit…and then the volatiles of the strong kirsh-like cherries had gone, and the blend showed more harmony! So, I guess I will like this tisane much better as an ice tea, hurray.

Flavors: Cherry, Elderberry, Fruit Punch

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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I´ve been brewing this tea for ice tea about twice a week for the last month, and I think the subtleties of the rhubarb get through better when drunk hot. The ice tea is nice, but it seems it´s already diluted even when I make a point to cooling the brew overnight instead of adding ice cubes… imagine doing it the latter way! It would end up as water with a slight taste and a light colour.

Flavors: Fruit Punch, Hibiscus, Rhubarb, Rosehips

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 3 tsp 1000 OZ / 29573 ML

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As I just finished one tisane (for iced tea preparation), I decided to look through my tea cupboard and I still had this tisane unopened.
I first have it hot according to the instructions by K&S T&C co (steeping time of 10-12´), and although it takes me a while to find the rhubarb, I like the colour – like the liquid when making rhubarb compote, just less viscous – at once. Hibiscus and rose hip define the aroma´s, but the rhubarb comes through at the end with a not so subtle ;-) acid touch, which I really like. In a couple of days, I´ll test the tisane for iced tea, and I´ll decide which preparation I prefer from now on.

Flavors: Acidic, Fruit Punch, Hibiscus, Rhubarb, Rosehips

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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Iced tea season has started once and for all now (a bit late this year, but for other reasons that´s quite OK), and I still had enough of this tisane left for 2 batches of iced tea.
By the method I use to make iced tea (brew a pot, leave it infuse quietly – I honestly don´t count the minutes, or even hours ;-) – and cool it overnight in the fridge), this tisane is fresh and tastes more of peaches than the nose detects at first. Definitely a good pick but I think the blood orange tisane I used before (and I ordered more of) I like even better.

Flavors: Fruity, Peach

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 3 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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We spent last weekend in León, Spain. Apart from a small but really interesting market (at least for those who like meat and charcuterie), we tend to shop at a local tea shop whenever we visit the town. However, since Covid the tea shop only opens Monday-Friday and I hadn´t been able to go there last time we stayed in León in 2021. This time, we would be leaving on Monday afternoon, so a visit was long due.
The shop owner is very knowledgeable and I really like the pu erh blends she sells, but this time I wanted something different, with a black tea base. And I picked this blend, where lavender doesn´t stand out too much, where the lime doesn´t make it too citrusy, and where the mint gives a fresh touch to balance it all. Refreshing and elegant, to be enjoyed also by people who are normally not into black tea.

Flavors: Citrusy, Fresh, Lavender, Mint, Tea

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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I have no clue where I got this teabag from, maybe from one of my husband´s professional trips to Norway? I didn´t have a clue either about the contents of this teabag, other than it including some kind of berry. As the nordic languages are germanic of origen I managed to understand from the company page (in danish) that this is a 97% black tea + 3% berry aroma blend which gives a typical Nordic taste. I wouldn´t be able to confirm the latter, but it sure is primarily a black tea, subtly aromatised with a natural berry flavour. The berry flavour isn´t sweet at all (more a subtle tartness, because of cassis or elderberry???), which is a detail I can only applaud.

Flavors: Black Currant, Elderberry, Tea

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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Although I´m not a huge fan of ginger or ginseng (both are easily too overwhelming, in my opinion), it´s useful having a pack of these teabags around, to drink when you´re having a sore throat or feel under the weather. Not overly aromatic, not too strong, simply a nice drink to sooth the throat.

Flavors: Citrusy, Ginger, Ginseng, Lemon

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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drank Mate de coca by Del valle
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This is a Peruvian teabag, something I must have received from a friend who´d been there (My holidays there are too far back, the last one in 2010). I remember from our first trip to Perú that we chewed coca leaves to help us overcome possible problems related to the high altitude in the Andes, whereas the coca leaf tea (or mate de coca, cf mate used in Argentina por instance) was a herbal tea all hotels offered together with coffee at breakfast. Even then I thought chewing the leaves had an effect, while the tea was rather flavourless. Having a cup of this tea at home confirms this even more, if that´s at all possible ;-)

Flavors: Dry Grass

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

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The second of the free Easter treats from Bird&Blend with my ohh deer order.
It´s nice to try teas I´ve never tried before, but the name of this blend refers to the Cadbury cream eggs and the smell alone of these cream eggs already makes me sick. Needless to say, I wasn´t really hopeful to discover a tea I would be convinced to buy ;-) …and no, it wasn´t a success, although I feared it to be worse.
In nose the typical Cadbury drinking chocolate powder – I used to like when doing my PhD in UK in the ´90s – with a pseudo boozy touch to it. This could result in a nice after-dinner drink, but an infusion in water is just too thin IMHO. I used to prepare the Cadbury chocolate drink powders in hot milk for the exact same reason, to add density and body. Although I´m not so fond of chocolate drinks anymore, I would advise fans of these drinks to use the chocolate powder with milk instead of paying far more for a tea blend like this. BTW, I didn´t even notice the black tea backbone here, nor the jasmine blossom indicated in the list of ingredients.

Flavors: Cacao, Eggnog

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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Introduced to tea by my sister-in-law in my country of birth = Belgium more than 30 years ago, I still love tea, mainly black, which I enjoy without sugar or milk. Having lived in UK, near good tea shops (e.g. Betty´s all over Yorkshire), I tend to buy most of my tea in bulk from tea shops (as such, most of these are not represented in my on-line cupboard). Nowadays, I live in Spain where tea gives me another sensatory bliss (as wine or beer or coffee can give me too).

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