154 Tasting Notes

97

WOW! This was my first experience with Damn Fine Tea and I am very pleasantly surprised. Admittedly I wasn’t sure what I was in for, as I am not too familiar with the descriptor of Nepal, but, I was expecting a plain, strong and generally normal black tea experience. That is not what this is at all.

Bottom line… this is an amazingly complex and BEAUTIFUL black tea. The tea is so very, very light with minimal tannins and the only bold, typical black tea flavors in the blend at all come at the very tail end of the flavor profile. The first flavors to hit your tongue are all honey and smooth sweetness and remind me of french pastries. Not the doughy part of the pastry but, the way that chocolate and vanilla can blend with caramels and hazelnuts to make a unique flavor that stands on it’s own. The initial impression is honey but, as the flavor develops it shifts from creme brule to hot chocolate and caramel. And even with all of it’s complexity it remains delicate and well balanced and fricken fantastic. Can you tell I’m in tea love?

At the end of each sip there is just a little bite to remind you that this is a black tea and not an oolong. This is seriously the lightest, sweetest most complex black tea that I can have with no additives and still be the happiest woman on the planet drinking it.

After the little tannin nip at the end the after taste fades into toasted caramel. sigh I wish they would put this out again so I can have more.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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52

I’m trying to like this tea…
theoretically I like everything in it but something about the way the raisin works with the tea is just hitting me really wrong and making my face go into sweet tart position…
I’ll keep trying until I can take it anymore but I don’t think I like this one at all… It tastes like a worse version of vanilla date to me.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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64

I was much more happy with this tea than other fruit mushes because it isn’t as tart tasting. There is something a little more mellow and smoother about this than x-random american fruit in a cup.
And they didn’t use hibiscus which make me way happy!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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68
drank Lotus by Tazo
154 tasting notes

this is the first cup of tazo anything that I’m really enjoying.
I actually wanted to try this before I picked up the pack of tea from the asian market that has a lotus on the box that all of the people who don’t really speak English are giving me the thumbs up sign for.
At least now I have some kind of an idea what I’m in for.
The florality of this tea is nice, but what I’m finding surprising are the buttery notes. So when I try the real lotus tea I’m gonna be looking to see if that is something tazo put in or if it is an actual quality of the lotus in the tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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80

oohhh I like this one. I was brought up with peach tea and this blows black+ peach tea away.
It’s smooth and not bitter at all… there isn’t much sugar in it either which I really like.

Preparation
Iced 0 min, 15 sec

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85

having it now with out sugar and the hint of banana is still there… I find it interesting that it wasn’t due to excess sugar

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Banana? Blech. This tea makes me want the bombilla and gourd set;)

Madison Bartholemew

it actually a pleasant banana… not like a super banana tea… but it’s got to be something with the malt flavor and the mate together.
It really is pretty good though

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85

wow… this is pretty amazing.
So far I like it better hot than iced because I almost get a little tinge of banana when it’s iced which is probably the left over taste from the mate… but it is faint at best.
When it’s hot it really does taste creamy without any milk in it which is awesome.
more notes to come.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Janefan

I thought I tasted banana in the hot brew too, but figured maybe I was imagining it, either because I also ordered Chelsea’s Chocolate Banana Rooibos in the same order, or just because I associate chocolate with banana.

Madison Bartholemew

hmmm if we both got it there must be some real reason… did you put extra sugar in yours?

Janefan

no I didn’t add anything. I didn’t even mention the banana in my tasting note b/c I thought it was either my imagination or my taste buds were a bit off (fighting a cold)

Madison Bartholemew

hmm well I’m not fighting off a cold… so I think we are on to something here!

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74
drank Matcha by Teavana
154 tasting notes

I think this can be really good or relatively bad depending on how you make it. If you make it thin I think the flavor is good and sweet.
If it’s made to their recipe I think it becomes a little bitter for me.
I’ve been brewing it at 140 and that takes off most of the bitterness and instead of 1/2 tea spoon I’ve been using about a quarter.
full review will be up on www.mad-tea.com when I’m done with experimenting.

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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35

If you use more water per teabag it is better… meaning it has less astringency and bitterness.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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35

This tea seems really bitter to me.
Why is this popular?

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

My guess…it’s cheap??? LOL

Madison Bartholemew

haha well then… I guess you’re right

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