710 Tasting Notes

drank Mango & Chili by Trader Joe's
710 tasting notes

I love TJ’s dearly, but their teas are mostly a let down. I should have known better and resisted, but the lure of a spicy tea was too much for me to pass up. I cold steeped this overnight in the fridge and woke up to a tea who’s first taste is of alkaline, which I always equate to dirt. Dirt tea, mmmmmmm! After the alkaline washes away, I am greeted by some heat and the flavor of fruit. Over all, it was a let down. I might try adding some creamer to see if that helps with the dirt, but I’m worried that it will tame down the chili which was the selling factor for me. :/

Preparation
Iced
juliebeth

oh that stinks. this one has tempted me, as well. maybe i’ll pass…

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drank Earl Grey by David's Tea
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I’m away on summer holiday/work trip and failed to pack a decent assortment of tea. The nice thing is that there are plenty of places to buy tea, including a David’s nearby. I have been drinking two cups of this tea every morning for the past few days. It seems like a good solid EG, but nothing to get super excited about. It is reliable and is an enjoyable cup that I have with a little creamer, but it isn’t something I’d want to keep in stock or would even turn to if I had my tea cupboard nearby.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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I have been eyeing WP teas for a while now, but couldn’t resist a promo sample offer that was posted recently. When my cup is hot, I get a ton of clove and some cardamon to back it up. There is a little malt in the back of the taste that comes out a little more as the cup cools. It has an overall hearty taste and is well balanced. I’m having it without any additions, but would love to try a cup with some cream. Adding cream… it seems to dampen the flavors a little. The malt is dampened, but it does have a sweeter creamier taste overall. I think I prefer it straight. I had my first cup yesterday in class and the caffeine level seemed to go a good job of getting me through the day. Overall I really like this tea!

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

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I could have sworn I wrote a note for this when I tried a hot cup of it a week or so ago… Anyways, I put the rest of the sample in a mason jar and stuck it in the fridge. I didn’t like the taste of it hot. It had a weird alkaline taste to it that I have experienced in some pineapple teas. It is much better cold steeped! The alkaline taste is still there, but is muted and subtle. The mandarin is very bright and dominating the sip and aftertaste with a creamsicle flavor. There is a little bite at the end of the sip that I don’t much care for, but the rest of the sip is great. The vanilla works well to soften the sharpness of the citrus and the other ingredients seems to give it some depth and low notes, making it really well rounded. I could see this working well with a little sweetener to fill out the fruity taste. Overall I’m pretty impressed!

Preparation
Iced

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drank Matcha Kirara Rice by Lupicia
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Oooooooo, I kinda like this one! It has this nice savory flavor to it in a way where I’d expect it to be a little salty. I get a deep toasted rice flavor on the sip that pairs well with the bright grassy notes that take over the aftertaste. It is super smooth without any bitterness. This was a sample in a tea bag and I wonder if/how a cup would differ in loose leaf since there seems to be a mix of things in there that may separate in a tin. Either way, I could see keeping a tin of this on hand!

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

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Three minutes at 200… a touch of bitterness creeps in, but I’m getting a heartier taste out of the base. The bitterness is only a slight distraction because I’m looking for it, otherwise this cup is pretty good and I’m enjoying it without additions.

2.5m at 200 will be my next experiment. I’m nearing the bottom of the tin and am STILL toying around to get the perfect parameters! Fussiest. Tea. Ever.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank English Toffee by DAVIDsTEA
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Cold steeped this in the fridge for a few days and I think I prefer it this way! It reminds me a lot of Chocolate Macaroon in both flavor and that I only like it cold steeped. There is a little fruit in the scent, but taste is all chocolate and coconut. I’m not getting any puerh taste, maybe a touch of earthiness at the end. I’m still not taken by this tea and think I prefer CM over this, but since I’m out of CM this is likely to be cold steeped frequently this summer.

Preparation
Iced

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I used to LOVE this stuff! I saw it a while ago while shopping and picked up a carton, just opening it today. What I remember was the intense mix of spices and the warming kick of pepper. What I got today was way more toned down in the spice department than what I recall and WAY sweeter too. Like sickly sweet. I had to add a ton of milk to cut the sweet which also cuts the spice. It is funny how our tastes evolve and change! I may be dumping the rest of the carton and searching for a good spicy chai alternative.

Whiteantlers

I remember being what felt like addicted to this back in the mid-90s. I was drinking 4 or 5 latte bowls of it through out a morning at work to the point where I was taking in so much caffeine, sleeping restfully was getting to be a problem, so I gave it up and moved on to other teas. Maybe 10 years later I picked up a carton for old time’s sake and found it abhorrent. My neighbor took it off my hands.

Have you tried experimenting with your own chai spice mixture? I rarely drink chai at home these days, but when I do, I always add lightly crushed black peppercorns and brusised green cardamon pods to the mixture.

Dustin

I have not tried blending my own chai, but I just might give it a go! I know clove, cardamon and peppercorns are common chai spices, but I’m not sure what all they put in the mix. I’ll have to do some digging!

Whiteantlers

I think the most important thing is to play around with spices to get a blend that pleases you-some combination of five basic spices: cardamom, ginger, clove, black pepper and cinnamon. Try adding Other spices like star anise, fennel, nutmeg, vanilla pods, coriander, allspice. I think like chili or lentil soup, there are hundreds of spice combos/variations for masala chai. The fun is in blending and drinking.

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drank English Toffee by DAVIDsTEA
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Eehhhhhhhhh…. It smells great dry and steeped, but the flavor seems a bit weak in comparison. It kinda tastes like a slightly altered Chocolate Macaroon which makes me think that it may be better cold steeped. I’m picking up a little coconut and chocolate, which doesn’t seem very toffee like. Adding cream gives it a little more balance, but I still don’t get toffee. I wish I had picked up a sample size instead of 2oz. :/

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

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drank Mango Turmeric by DAVIDsTEA
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I cold steeped the rest of this sample in the fridge. Put it in and didn’t get around to drinking it for several days! It seemed to have an alkaline taste to it for the first few sips, but that seems to be wearing off. It is strange how it has a refreshing quality to it while the ginger leaves heat in my mouth. The pineapple brightens it a little while hiding in the back. I like it, but I’m not crazy about it cold steeped. Hot is definitely the way to go here.

Preparation
Iced

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My name is Dustin and I like tea.

I’m an added flavor kind of tea fan. I want my tea to remind me of cookies and cakes with coconut and almond slices with a hint of chocolate drizzled on top. I want dancing ponies and flying monkeys shooting off fireworks! I like a little sugar in my tea. I love caffeinated tea, but since I limit myself to one cup a day, I have been exploring more rooibos and honeybush teas. Rooibos now = meh and I have upped my caffeine tolerance. BRING ME CAFFEINE!!!!

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