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216 Tasting Notes

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While this does make a decent iced tea, there’s nothing very special about it — and it does feel a little silly to be taking the long way around to fruit juice. I’ll save my new supply of this for hot tea!

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drank Green Japan Cherry by The Tea Table
216 tasting notes

Oh, this is nice! I was uncertain at first, because I ripped open the sample packet and it smelled exactly like cough syrup, but apparently that’s only in the dry leaves. The tea smells fruity and summery, and it tastes sort of in between actual cherries and really good cherry candy. And tea, of course — there’s a really good tea taste too, and it mixes in very nicely with the cherry flavor.

Now I’m wondering if I’ve got enough in the sample to make iced tea out of it! This would be a really great high summer tea, I think.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec
__Morgana__

The friend who turned me on to The Tea Table says this is her staple summer tea.

Cait

I can definitely see why!

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I was one of the lucky requesters to get a sample of this tea from JK Tea Shop’s offer — I’d never had chrysanthemum tea before, but I was intrigued by the concept.

The scent of the dry leaves was…odd. Definitely floral, but not floral the way any other tea I’ve ever had has been. Heavier somehow. I put eight flowers and a small shake of loose petals into a pot, and steeping it was the same scent even stronger. The color was a pale virulent green which wouldn’t be amiss at a mad scientists’ cocktail party!

So I sipped cautiously, and it’s amazing! It tastes just like it smells, and while I still have no idea what that taste is, I can now tell that it’s juicy and extraordinarily sweet. It’s not cloying, but it’s just this side of it — I can’t imagine putting more sweetener in! And it leaves behind a plainer, less confusing aftertaste that’s just sweet and sweet and sweet. I had to go make a second cup right away after finishing the first! (Second cup came out just like the first; I’m not tasting any change at all for the second steeping.)

The flowers were a lot smaller and paler than I expected: I think I was picturing something like an American Black-Eyed Susan flower in a dark purple, but these were about half that size and nearly white. So I have a lot more left than I expected! This is a very generously-sized sample packet.

Flowers steeping in the pot:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/cait_tea/4523798781/in/set-72157623664718933/

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Lori

What a pretty tea! My local Vietnamese restaurant serves chrysanthemum tea and I really enjoyed it. I will defintely add this to my shopping list…

Cait

I almost want to brew it stronger just so I can have more flowers floating in the pot! It’s very pretty indeed.

__Morgana__

Ok now I’m really curious to try this.

JK Tea Shop

Thanks you guys like it. Actually, the floral aroma is totally different from any other chrysanthemum flower tea from China, which is yellow in dry tea color and mild in dry tea aroma. Its dry tea floral arom is delicate, sharp, long-lasting, wild natural and high mountain aroma.

The interesting thing is, after many times brewing, its aroma still exists there. Super for us to drink in summer to balance our interior heat and cold based on traditional Chinese medicine point of view.

teaddict

Beautiful photo of the flower steeping. Wow.

Cait

Thank you, teaddict!

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80

When I opened the pouch this morning, this tea smelled absolutely wonderful! Sadly, it just isn’t as exciting when it’s brewed up. I tried it with sugar and again with milk, and neither one made a big difference.

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drank Champagne Mojito Green by 52teas
216 tasting notes

…Huh. This tea sounds so good, but there’s some weird scent/aftertaste thing going on that’s just not pleasant, like industrial floor cleaner or artificial sweetener. I tried this cooler and then almost-boiling, and the hotter cup was better, but still…odd. I will give it one more chance, and then it may be yuckyface time, I’m afraid.

(Still, though, mad thanks to Doulton for the sample! I always would have wondered, otherwise.)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Cofftea

Hot grape to me just does not sound good. Now steep it in just a little water and fill the rest w/ soda water and I’m sold.

Cait

Hot grape? Is that what it tastes like to you?

(I’m thinking of trying it iced, actually, but I’m worried that it’ll bring out that artificial taste too much….)

Cait

…Okay, I’m slapping my forehead here — yes, of course, champagne is made from grapes. Er. It’s late at night and I…um…I have no excuses.

SoccerMom

Cait, My experience to this tea was similar to yours and I think it is the champagne aftertaste that I too am not crazy about. I don’t like Champagne (I’m more of a mojito girl) I liked the mojito part but couldn’t get over the champagne taste enough to enjoy this one. The Pina Colada Honeybush is much better IMO.

Ricky

This tea grew on me. Didn’t like it much the first time, but then it started to taste pretty good. Less leaves perhaps?

Cait

I’m glad I’m not the only one, SoccerMom!

Ricky, I’ll try using less next time — thanks for the tip! I want to like this one….

SoccerMom

I’ll try it too with less leaves. We could have a mojito party!

Ricky

Mojito party right now? I’m in! Time to get drunk!

Ricky

10oz – 3g – 2.5mins tasted decent to me, but maybe I’m just use to it now.

SoccerMom

Ricky, Did I miss the mojito party?? I just got back from picking up my son at soccer practice. It probably wouldn’t have been a good time to get drunk considering I had to chaffeur soccer players around. LOL

Ricky

Naw, we can have an after party! Cheers! It’s almost the weekends anyways ;)

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drank Four Seasons by Samovar
216 tasting notes

I tried steeping this for longer this time, and it turned up a really bitter aftertaste. Sugar helped, but I really don’t think that “good vehicle for milk and sugar” is what this tea is going for!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I’ve done this to myself several times now: I get the Twinings “Fruit & Herbal Infusion Selection” box, use up all of the Blackcurrant, Ginseng & Vanilla sachets, and find myself left with five-sixths of a box of tea. Once I lucked onto a whole box of just the good stuff, but they’re really hard to find!

Which is to say, this is a decent tea. A bit sharp, but for once (thank goodness!) not in a rosehippy hibiscussed way. I do like it! It’s just, you know, not actually why I buy the box.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Sun's Up by The Tea Table
216 tasting notes

Okay, it’s kind of pointless to pretend that this isn’t my new favorite iced tea when I just went out and bought a big bag of it, isn’t it? I guess it doesn’t matter how it tastes hot if I’m always making it iced!

Have some time-lapse photography!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cait_tea/sets/72157623724833659/

~lauren.

YUM! I bookmarked “Cait’s Cold-brewed fizzy iced tea” recipe – I’m going to have to try it. Looks delicious!

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drank Green Yerba Mate by The Tea Table
216 tasting notes

This has kind of a lot of caffeine/whatever in it, doesn’t it? Doesn’t it?

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drank Florence by Harney & Sons
216 tasting notes

Okay, here’s one for ~lauren!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cait_tea/4516495198/in/set-72157623664718933/

This is decadence. This is a double-strength mug of Florence with three scoops of chocolate ice cream added.

Double-strength Florence is so dark the spoon almost stands up and incredibly bitter — and I say that as someone who loves bittersweet chocolate! But double-strength Florence with three scoops of chocolate ice cream is creamy and smooth and delicious! I didn’t cool the tea down before adding the ice cream, but letting it steep for so long and adding the ice cream cooled it down enough to let me start drinking right away, so I could enjoy the combination of hot tea and cold ice cream before it equalized.

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

(Dinner? What dinner?)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Um… uh… wow… That sounds so good I don’t have words for it- only tears cuz I can’t have any. Tea floats are AMAZING!!!

~lauren.

OMGoodness! WANT! WANT! WANT! Can I have some? WANT! WANT! WANT!

~lauren.

Plus, I like that mug – it’s got an attitude!

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

What a decadent “bad girl” (your mug) dinner! Yum!

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