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567 Tasting Notes

Thanks Dexter3657!

I wasn’t quite sure if I was in an oolong mood, but I took the leap anyway. I’m writing up a term lab report and just finishing up compiling my data now. It’s always a good idea to have an inspirational oolong when writing long reports.

Freshly steeped, this one smelled almost overwhelmingly vegetal. Somewhat impatiently, I waited for this to be cool enough to drink and was pleasantly surprised. I’m halfway through my cup now and it’s creamy with maybe the most subtle hint of spiciness and vanilla. That’s sounds bizarre, but that’s what my taste buds are telling me. I’m looking forward to subsequent steeps.

1st steep – 2 tsp. @ ~208 F for 1 min.
2nd steep – 2 mins. — The steeped scent is much more floral this time around.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Kenyan Black by Justea
567 tasting notes

Ah the scent of straight black tea is so comforting.

This tea is so fresh with the slightest hint of astringency. I’m really enjoying this one mid-afternoon.

Thanks Dexter3657!

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

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I’ve been going through my package of this rather quickly and I’ve yet to write a tea note so I decided to take a break from histology and do just that.

This is delicious! So much carrot-y goodness in every sip. The vanilla creates a nice mellowing of the flavour and there is just the perfect amount of spice. I had to order another package before it disappears!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Cacao Tea by Herbal Infusions
567 tasting notes

I decided I wanted this delightful treat, but I also needed a bit of a boost to get some histology studying done. From that came the brilliant idea of 2 parts cacao and 1 part guayusa.

Oh yes.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
VariaTEA

Is this tea worth placing a Herbal Infusions order? I am trying to cut down on my tea buying but I really want to try this

Sil

I really like this one….I’ll be restocking once the orange lapacho is back in stock heh

Courtney

This was actually the only thing I ordered from them and I’m quite happy with it.

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Thanks Dexter3657 for this one :)

This is my first Teavivre tea woot! This is a lovely black tea. It has that natural honey sweetness that I really enjoy.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Terri HarpLady

Oh yeah, that’s a nice one!

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Mmm this is quite tasty. More to come.

Thanks Dexter3657. I love that you sent me so many black teas I haven’t tried :)

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This tea is exactly what it’s name suggests. Cardamom and black tea. You can’t fault it for that.

I do enjoy cardamom, but I’m not completely sure I enjoy it this much. I am finding this tea tasty, but if I’d have to really be in the mood to want it if I had it in my cupboard.

Thanks Dexter3657. I would’ve probably never had the opportunity to try this one out if you hadn’t sent some along to me :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
Dexter3657

This one might not have been “your cup of tea”, but what you are saying about it is how I feel about NMTC in general. If they call it cardamom black, that’s what it is. I’ve ordered from them a couple of times and have been happy with the teas….

Courtney

I was actually quite impressed with this one. I didn’t know what to expect and it’s a perfectly true flavour of cardamom and black. Thanks :)

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Thanks to Dexter3657 for the generous sample of this :)

This is one I’ve been wanting to try for a while now so I was thrilled to get this swap package in the mail today.

This is definitely a strong black that could really wake a person up. It’s deep and smooth. The only downside for me was the smokiness. I hadn’t read any reviews and I wasn’t expecting it at all. I have only smelled and turned down smoky teas thus far, and I think the smokiness was ultimately a deal breaker. Perhaps I will try to expand my smoky tea repertoire and come back to this one in a while, since every other aspect of this tea was amazing.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Dexter3657

LOL Interesting, if you had asked me if this was smokey, I would have said – no. Love how we all perceive teas differently.

Courtney

Haha it was the first thing I noticed. Then I tried to tell myself it was all in my head and to keep drinking. I made it halfway through my cup before I finally looked up the reviews haha!

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drank Chocolate Cake by DAVIDsTEA
567 tasting notes

Thanks VariaTEA :)

This does smell like chocolate, but maybe more like chocolate ice cream? There’s something there that isn’t quite cake. There is a chocolate flavour, but more in the background here, though I can’t quite tell what’s masking it.

All in all, this was a decent cup.

Preparation
5 min, 30 sec
VariaTEA

I got chocolate ice cream from this too.

VariaTEA

I’m glad you liked it.

Courtney

Thanks :)

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drank Coconut Cream Pie by 52teas
567 tasting notes

The scent when I open this bag was a little overwhelming, but the steeped tea actually turned out pretty tasty.

I’ve been a little wary of 52Teas because I don’t find the black tea base to be my cup of tea, but I noticed someone mention the other day that these blends are best brewed just below boiling, rather than at boiling, so I tried that out this evening. I am quite pleased with the results.

The coconut is here, but not overwhelming like the scent, and the black tea base isn’t overtaking the flavour or lacking. I do think I prefer is hot rather than as it cools.

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec
VariaTEA

I have some of this on the way and I am excited to try it and other 52 teas! The package just arrived to my Dad in California so it will be coming my way soon!

Angrboda

I tend to brew all flavoured black teas at below boiling regardless of brand. I find the flavouring often comes out better that way. Kusmi’s black flavoured blends actually have a below boiling recommendation on them.

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Lover of tea, animals, the ocean (http://eastcoastbest.tumblr.com/), travel, science, and all things summer.

That’s my mug! I may have a slight love of Star Trek.

I love black teas. I pretty well always drink my tea straight. I’m also fond of herbals, but they rarely make my permanent collection. I prefer my tea hot, but occasionally I’ll cold brew.

Oolongs I enjoy, but I’m not always in the mood for them. Greens and pu’erhs I’m working on, but they’re coming along at a snail’s pace. Whites have to be pretty amazing (see Butiki’s White Rhino). Rooibos/honeybush have to be well hidden for me to enjoy them. Mates and are not for me at all.

Likes:
Coconut, creaminess, yogurt, toffee, cacao (true chocolate flavour), rhubarb, to be continued…

Dislikes:
Any smokiness, bergamot, flowers (rose, jasmine, chamomile), hibiscus is hit and miss, to be continued…

Location

Canada

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