557 Tasting Notes

drank Chocolate-Mint by TeaGschwender
557 tasting notes

I got a free sample of this with my very small TeaGschwender order. It says it is a rooibos, but there isn’t that much rooibos in there which is nice! It looks like it is mostly mint leaves. I get a subtle undertone of chocolate mixing with the clean taste of mint. This is the only chocolate mint rooibos listed on their site, but I’m surprised to read the ingredients because I taste no hibiscus (thank god!) or lemon grass or lemon balm. It almost has a sweetness of it’s own, so I declined to add sugar which is unusual for me especially with flavored teas.

If the minimum purchase amount was less than 100g, I might think about getting this since I’m enjoying it. I just hate when the minimums are so large when I want to try a little of everything. And what’s up with measuring in grams?! I can’t think in grams unless I’m thinking in metals!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Decaf Paris by Harney & Sons
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I keep waiting to be impressed by a H&S tea, but it hasn’t happened yet and this tea is no exception to that trend. It smelled a little caramel like, but I’m not really getting that in the taste. The beginning of the sips are perfumy and joined by a sharp bergamot taste. I’m left with a dry mouth. This tea is not balanced very well with sharp high notes.

I keep reading “Master Tea Blenders” on H&S’s bags and think, “Realy?! Says who?!”. Prove it.

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

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drank Tiramisu Oolong by 52teas
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Oh no! I’m so bummed! I guess the flavors don’t hold up well over time in this tea. I plowed through half the bag, decided to savor the rest and take my time with it to make it last, but that may have been the wrong choice. All I can taste is the oolong. So sad.

Kittenna

Boo. I should finish mine sooner rather than later, then.

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Having this again today with a little sugar. I can smell the chocolate as I go in for a sip and I can taste it laying low underneath the bergamot flavors. The bergamot is a little sharp and I do wish the chocolate was a little more intense and could match or nearly match the strength of the bergamot, but I still enjoy it anyways. The chocolate has a really natural flavor to it like other TWG teas I have tried, which is nice. At this point I’m thinking this isn’t a keep in stock tea, but that could change by the time I finish the bag.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

Chocolate Earl? Oh dear…that sounds vaguely dangerous…

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drank Passion Fruit by Harney & Sons
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This doesn’t taste like passion fruit! It tastes like a combination of muscat and apple gummies with a little flatness in there. Not what I was expecting or hoping for at all. H&S is really striking out with me!

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

I thought American Tea Room’s was much better. Much.

Dustin

I’ll have to give that one a go sometime!

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drank SoHo Blend by Harney & Sons
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I know I have had this before and I thought I had liked it more than I do now. When I opened the sample, the chocolate had a very chemical like smell. It is gone once steeped, but it still isn’t that great. It isn’t well rounded and leaves something to be desired. It’s like the chocolate doesn’t have the proper depth to it. The coconut is very light and lost in the nutty flavor. It tastes better with a little cream and sugar. The chocolate comes out better in the end of the sip, but I’m still feeling like the chocolate coconut combo could be done better.

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

I thought I had liked it more than I do now, too. I keep looking at the tin sideways in the cupboard these days. Not a hated tea, but I don’t enjoy it like I did when I first opened it.

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All I can taste is grapefruit. I hate grapefruit. It is like mild hot grapefruit with mint trying to fight it’s way out from the heavy weight of the fruit at the end of the sip. Monty Python comes to mind. The mint is crying “I’m not dead yet!”.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Tokyo by Harney & Sons
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My blackcyberconsumerweekend purchase finally came in! I chose five teas to get sample sizes of. There were about five more that I was interested in, but they were out of sample sizes during the sale and they now have them back in. :/ Shipping took a while, but oh well.

This one was intriguing because of the sesame seeds. I get a very green flavor in the start of the sip and it is only after the sip that the caramel and sesame flavors come out. It has a little grassy bite at the end of the aftertaste. This tea has a little sweetness of it’s own, but I wanted to try it with some sugar added anyways. I think the addition of sugar makes it less green in the beginning of the sip, a little more buttery and makes the caramel and sesame come out a little sooner. I don’t know that sugar really makes this tea better, just a little different than before. It leaves my mouth feeling dry.

It’s a really interesting tea for a slightly flavored green. At this point I think I could go either way with it. It is possible that by the end of this sample I’ll fall in love with it or loose any interest at all.

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

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I had a nasty run in with some shrimp scampi yesterday that kept me up all night and has left my stomach feeling queasy today. I thought some ginger tea might hit the spot and thankfully I’m getting along better with this tea than I have in the past. I added a little sugar and soy creamer which is rounding this out nicely. The ginger isn’t super strong and dominating, which I wouldn’t have minded especially right now, but it is in there. I’m guessing the cream mellowed it out. I can see enjoying this more when prepared this way when I’m not looking for a strong ginger bite, but I still don’t think this tea warrants the MF price tag.

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

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drank Main Squeeze by DAVIDsTEA
557 tasting notes

Dry, this totally smells like orange juice. I hope it doesn’t trigger my citrus allergy!
The taste is really weird! And so far it’s not weird in a cool sort of way, but more an odd sort of way. The first few sips were alkaline like in flavor… dry leaves. Kind of dirt like with a little orange on the end. I’m not much of a mate drinker, so I’m not super familiar with the taste. This has the flavor of orange juice without the kick that makes oj so juicy and mouthwatering. It’s okay I guess, but not something I’d buy and so far I’m not getting any mate kick from it which sucks because I desperately need a pick me up.

Second cup is a little better with some sugar, but still not something that is rocking my taste buds.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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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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