678 Tasting Notes

drank Coconut Cream Pie by 52teas
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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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drank Qilan Wuyi Oolong by Verdant Tea
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This came as a sample in my recent Verdant order! Actually on the bag it says “Wuyi Qilan Oolong”, but when I searched the website (including out of stock and archived blends) I could only find reference to this name so I shall put my tasting note here.

I actually weighed out my tea for this one to 3.6 oz. in my 15 oz. mug. I did this first steep for 1 minute, and I’ll try to update with subsequent steeps.

This tea is quite rich. I’m finding it almost filling.

Second steep 2 minutes. Still plenty of flavour.

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

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Like MissLena said: Please take a moment to remember the sacrifices made for our freedom today. Lest we forget.

Mmm I have just a little under a cups worth left, so I topped it up with Premium Taiwanese Assam and yum. The caramel and vanilla flavours are still there, but with just a slight more deep earthiness from the added PTA. Such an awesome cup to start off my morning.

This is a sipdown!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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This was a sample in my recent Herbal Infusions order, woot.

I’m really not big on citrus teas. I’m finding I’m exceedingly picky when it comes to fruit and tea. Anything fake it a deal breaker. Upon smelling this one, I was a little wary but I couldn’t just not try it haha.

So I brewed it up, and surprisingly it’s really not so bad. There is no fakeness or overwhelming sickening sweetness. In fact, it’s almost low on flavour, but to be honest I’d rather low true flavour than more fake flavour. There is a hint of almost carbonation of the end of the sip from the grapefruit and eucalyptus mix which is fascinating. I have a feeling this one would be even better iced. Perhaps I’ll use the rest of my sample to cold brew.

Update: This one IS much better cold. I just poured the rest of my mug into a cup and put it in the fridge rather than cold brewing. The grapefruit really shines as a cold tea.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Cacao Tea by Herbal Infusions
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This is so tasty! I’m not a chocolate fan to be honest, and I’m quite sensitive to sweets, but this is just awesome.

I wasn’t completely sold on the hot tea, but as it cooled the flavour became so much more enjoyable for me. I did enjoy it hot, don’t get me wrong, but as it cooled it just became more and more likely to be a repeat order. The dark chocolate flavour from this tea is just so clean and refreshing.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Sil

I really like this one

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Another delightful tea sent my way from Stephanie :)

This tea is nice switch up from my Mi Xian today. It’s got a completely different flavour with a lovely natural sweetness. I could see myself ordering this occasionally.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Stephanie

Yay! Glad we swapped :)

Courtney

Me too! I hope you enjoy what I sent your way :)

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Thanks Stephanie for sharing this with me :)

I decided to have this one tonight, along with the Wild Hunagshan Mao Feng, just to compare the only two truly straight greens I’ve tried.

I’m not sure I can truly differentiate the subtle differences between these two teas, but this one seems less creamier, though not in a bad way at all. It’s more vegetal and fresh, but still calming. Overall a good green tea evening!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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First, I really enjoy the leaning tower of tea photo of this one. I’m not sure I’ve ever had a straight green, and I go through phases with my (flavoured) green teas. I love, love Bangkok, but even that is somewhat phased in and out.

This one is somewhat vegetal, but also creamy with a sweetness coming through at the end of the sip. I’m actually enjoying this one while studying because it just seems more calming than the extreme amount of straight black teas I’ve been enjoying as of late.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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This tea does not disappoint. The combination of Laoshan Black, cacao, and toasted rice is brilliant. I’m on my second steep and it really is malty and delicious, with a natural sweetness that pulls it all together. Truly a comforting tea.

I’m on my first resteep now and the flavour really holds.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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I saw that my Verdant order was out for delivery as soon as I got to school today. It was essentially torture to diligently attend all my classes ALL day, to finally be off and get home 12 hours later. But I did it.

And this was my reward. AMAZING.

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Ha ha I used to be the same way so I stopped checking my tracking and embraced the element of surprises showing up on my doorstep.:)

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Lover of tea, animals, the ocean (http://eastcoastbest.tumblr.com/), science, travel, 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 generally in the mood for them. I only truly enjoy subtly fruity flavoured greens. Whites have to be pretty amazing (see Butiki’s White Rhino).

Pu’erhs I’m working on at a snail’s pace, but so far I’m not loving them. 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 dark chocolate flavour), rhubarb.

Dislikes:
Any smokiness, bergamot, flowers (rose, jasmine, chamomile), hibiscus is hit and miss.

Location

Canada

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