830 Tasting Notes

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drank Lemon Chiffon by Red Rose
830 tasting notes

Teeny Tiny TTB Round 2

I’m always up for another lemon dessert tea, even if it happens to be a bagged brand. I’m familiar with Red Rose, but I’ve never tried any of their teas before. Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve had a tea in a regular old traditional-style tea bag. Dry, it smells like more chiffon than lemon, it’s quite sweet.

Wow, the steeped tea also smells like a giant pile of meringue with a hint of lemon. Eh, this one is weird. The lemon is really chemically, and it’s reminding me of lemon-scented dish soap or something. Or lemon pepper. I taste zero black tea here, just an artificial sugary dessert flavor. And a weird aftertaste to go with it, ick.

Flavors: Artificial, Lemon, Medicinal, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
TheLastDodo

Ick. Ain’t nothing like drinking lemon pledge! BTW, Happy 800th tasting note!

Cameron B.

Yep, not pleasant. And thanks. :)

Roswell Strange

Better start planning something fun for 1000 ;)

Cameron B.

Honestly I’ve stopped paying attention to it, I feel weird announcing milestones like they’re accomplishments when drinking tea is just something I do every day regardless. :P

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Teeny Tiny TTB Round 2

This is the only other unflavored black tea in the box! How shameful. :P This is a blend of Keemun, Ceylon, and Darjeeling teas. Sounds interesting! The leaves are somewhat thin and twisty, and a dark grey-brown in color. I can see a few greenish Darjeeling leaves but not many, so I decided a 200 degree steep would probably be okay. Dry scent is hay and bread with a light creaminess.

The aroma is nicely bready with some sweetness. Hmm, this one is a little bit too one-note for me. It tastes somewhat generic, similar to the last tea I tried. There’s malt and little tad bit of bread at the end of the sip, but that’s about all… And it’s a little bit astringent, which is not my favorite.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Malt

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Teeny Tiny TTB Round 2

I admit, I was unsure about trying this one. I’ve had a couple of other samples from Just Organic and I did not enjoy them or find them memorable at all. But since this was one of only two unflavored blacks in the box, I looked at the reviews here on Steepster and decided it seemed worth trying. The leaves are dark, wide, and extremely short. They have that reddish hue that reminds me of Japanese blacks. Unfortunately, this bag smells like sugary cinnamon, clearly it was a victim of scent contamination…

Steeped aroma is surprisingly nondescript – perhaps a touch of vegetal? Meh, nondescript is definitely the correct word for this tea. There’s a fair amount of malt, but nothing else besides a generic “black tea” taste like you’d find in unsweetened iced tea. I can taste a touch of grassy/leafy flavor and it leaves a weird aftertaste in my mouth. Meh!

Flavors: Grass, Malt

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Teeny Tiny TTB Round 2

Another fruity black tea. This one is definitely the dregs of the package, and the leaves are extremely broken. There are small pieces of something lighter, perhaps flower petals? Dry scent is surprisingly strong and sweet. I pulled the basket out about 15 seconds early, just because I was worried about it getting bitter due to the broken leaves.

The steeped tea smells sweet and jammy – perhaps a combination of blueberry and blackberry? (I admit, I’ve never had a black currant) The flavor is extremely light, for both the base tea and the black currant, probably because I kept the steep on the short side. At least it’s not bitter! The black currant that is there tastes nice, and kind of reminds me of blueberry with a slight herbal note. Not bad, even if it came out a bit weak.

Flavors: Black Currant, Jam, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Teeny Tiny TTB Round 2

I just finished a very sweet and decadent dessert from the local French bakery, so I figured something with a bit of tartness would be nice to offset that. And since cranberries are a bit tart, I chose this one to try. I can see a few pieces of citrus peel mixed in with the black leaves, and possibly some red flower petals? It doesn’t have much of a scent.

This definitely doesn’t smell or taste like cranberry… Maybe a tiny bit near the end? Mostly it just tastes like a very nondescript black tea base – at least it’s not bitter I suppose. Definitely not going to rate this as clearly it’s lost all of its flavor over time.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Fjellrev

Yay for fancy French desserts. :D

Cameron B.

Hah, yeah! It was thinly sliced hazelnut cake layered with hazelnut cream and topped with candied almonds. :D

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Dammann Frères Advent Calendar – December 13th

Happy Saturday! I’m excited to try another of Dammann’s Christmas teas, as I’ve heard good things about most of them and I enjoyed yesterday’s. The packaging tells me nothing about the tea besides that it’s black. I can see jasmine flowers mixed with the black tea inside the sachet. Dry, it smells strongly of grapefruit and perhaps bergamot? Mouthwatering, really.

The steeped tea has a sweet jasmine aroma mixed with a touch of bergamot and sweet tropical fruits – I can definitely smell the mango and passion fruit. Wow, this is an interesting one! The jasmine and the fruit flavors seem to have actually melded together, so much that I can’t distinguish them individually. I can taste the bergamot, but can only venture a guess at the types of fruit here. I think I can taste passionfruit, and perhaps pineapple as well? The jasmine is actually a little too perfumey for me in this blend, probably due to the combination of it and bergamot. It almost tastes like rose? It’a shame, I was quite excited for this one based on the smell of the sachet… Withholding rating.

Flavors: Bergamot, Jasmine, Passion Fruits, Perfume, Pineapple, Rose

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Fjellrev

Ah, I could see, with a flavour combination like that, jasmine completely taking over the more subtle fruity notes. Too bad!

Cameron B.

It’s a shame, I think I would have really enjoyed this one if they’d left out either the jasmine or the bergamot. Both of them together was too much!

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drank Pina Colada by ESP Emporium
830 tasting notes

Teeny Tiny TTB Round 2

Hmm… I must say, I really hesitate to try or order teas that contain coconut, just because it goes soapy very quickly, and then goes bad after that. But I figured I’d give this one the benefit of the doubt, plus there’s a large amount of it so I’m not taking the opportunity away from anyone else after me. There are tiny pieces of coconut and chunks of candied pineapple mixed in with the red rooibos base. Dry scent is mostly pineapple.

Oof, as soon as I lifted the brew basket out of my mug, I could smell soap. I can smell the lovely candied pineapple and a little bit of coconut, but there’s quite a strong soapy aroma. Oh well, I’ll give it a try anyway, for science! It tastes like… mint? What? I can taste creamy coconut as well, but no pineapple. What a strange blend.

Flavors: Coconut, Creamy, Mint

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Lemon Chiffon by Prestogeorge
830 tasting notes

Teeny Tiny TTB Round 2

Hooray, more caffeine-free! I found several interesting rooibos blends worth trying in the box, huzzah. Lemon is one of my favorite flavors, and I’ve tried several different lemon dessert rooibos blends, but none of them has been quite right. So here’s another contender! The red rooibos is mixed with citrus peel and what I assume is lemon balm? Ah, I see it’s lemon myrtle. I admit to not knowing the difference. This tea has literally zero dry scent, ha ha. Poopy box, you stole it all! :P

The steeped tea, however, is quite fragrant and reminds me of lemon drop candies. This is quite nice! It’s definitely more of a refreshing lemon than a dessert one, but it’s not overly tart or sharp. It reminds me a bit of lemon candies but without the sugar. I don’t taste the rooibos base at all, which is a shame since I do actually like rooibos. There’s a little bit of an aftertaste issue because the flavoring is so strong, though. Which is a shame!

Flavors: Candy, Lemon, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Ost

What is the best lemon tea you’ve ever had?

Cameron B.

Ehhh probably Lemon French Macaron from Butiki, though I wish it were a bit stronger. :)

Cameron B.

I also really enjoyed the Dammann Frères tea I had yesterday – Noël à Venise.

Ost

Ah, yeah, Butiki’s was pretty good. Did you ever try H&S’s Wedding Tea?

Cameron B.

Yeah, I enjoyed that one a lot, too. :)

Fjellrev

Just jumping in to say that Lemon French Macaron is also my favourite! I liked Harney’s Wedding Tea too but it’s weaker on the lemon than Butiki’s.

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Teeny Tiny TTB Round 2

Time to switch to some caffeine-free options! Yes, it’s the weekend, but I’d rather not completely ruin my sleep schedule. :P I haven’t been too impressed with the 52teas blends I’ve tried in the past, but this sounded interesting so I figured I’d give it a chance regardless. It appears to be just honeybush and flavoring – I don’t see any mix-ins. Dry scent is just a hint of caramel (I don’t blame any of these teas for not having a scent since they’ve been in a tiny box with a ton of other samples).

The steeped tea smells like… pie crust? Eh? There’s a little bit of apple aroma, but no caramel. Ugh, this is just weird tasting. The apple is sharp and almost alcoholic tasting? And it does taste like salted pie crust, not sure if that’s from the honeybush or what. I don’t really taste caramel. Overall, this is a weird one. Not horrible, but nothing close to what it’s supposed to be. Also, it’s leaving a weird artificial pie crust aftertaste in my mouth, egh.

Flavors: Apple, Artificial, Biting, Pastries, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Strawberry Oolong by TeaSource
830 tasting notes

Teeny Tiny TTB Round 2

When I saw this in the box, I wondered how similar it was to TeaVivre’s version and decided to try it so I could compare. Visually, it looks the same, just a plain green rolled oolong with small to medium pellets. Dry scent was very slightly strawberry, but I don’t expect anything to have much of a scent with the number of teas in this box.

The steeped tea smells like vegetal, slightly floral oolong and strawberry candy. Hm, this has very little strawberry flavor. I only get a small hint of fresh strawberry at the end of the sip. Most of it is just generic, slightly grassy green oolong. Luckily it’s not floral.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Grass, Strawberry, Sweet

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Hello, my name is Cameron. I’m 24 years old and currently living in Saratoga Springs, New York with my lovely boyfriend (a software architect). I am currently not employed, which leaves plenty of time for cooking and tea-drinking! I am a staunch lover of pugs and other squishy-face dogs, although sadly I do not currently have one. :(

I originally got into tea a couple of years ago. My sister introduced me to Teavana (there was a store in the nearby mall) and I was hooked. I have just started to drink tea again and I am very grateful to have found this community where there are so many with experience and wisdom to share!

I am a shameless Western steeper!

I love swaps! If you see something in my cupboard that you’d like to try, shoot me a private message and we’ll work something out!

My general tea info:

Likes:
Taiwanese Blacks
French Flavored Teas
Yunnan (esp. Pure Bud varieties)
Lightly Roasted Oolong
Japanese Greens (esp. Sencha & Gyokuro)
Genmaicha (traditional or otherwise)
Sobacha
Blueberry
Cherry
Vanilla
Fig
Almond/Marzipan
Chocolate-Orange
Most “Dessert” Flavors (caramel, toffee, butterscotch, cake, cookie, etc.)

Favorite Companies:
Lupicia
TeaVivre
Yunnan Sourcing
Fauchon
Kusmi
Mariage Frères
Dammann Frères
Yunomi

Not A Fan
High Mountain Oolong
Overly Floral (esp. Rose)
Licorice Root
Hibiscus
Rose Hip
Strong Bergamot

Rating Scale:

90-100: Spectacular, a staple
80-89: Delicious, might buy again
70-79: Pretty good, won’t repurchase
60-69: Just “okay”
00-59: Undrinkable!

Location

Saratoga Springs, New York

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