715 Tasting Notes

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
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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
Dexter

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
Dexter

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
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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
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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
715 tasting notes

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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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.

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