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274 Tasting Notes

Okay, cold brewed? Wow! This is really good as a cold brewed tea! It is bright, fruity, citrusy and delicious. There is a lot of lemon grass that takes over this cup and it reminds me of two other cups that it is very similar too that I also enjoyed! I’m liking it!

Thanks again VariaTEA!

VariaTEA

Glad you liked it. I am excited to get back to trying more samples once my exam is finished.

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drank Breakfast Earl Grey by Lupicia
274 tasting notes

The bag smells so much like bergamot that it is almost pine like! This was a free sample with my last order. I’m starting to have mixed feelings about these free samples. Last time I had to have more of their Momoko and placed another order. Wow, this is overpoweringly strong! What did I do?! It does have a very fresh tang, like fresh rose petals. Adding sugar and soy milk is making it much more palatable. It is a very bright and floral tasting tea! I’m not a huge EG fan, but I’m really enjoying this one!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Detox by Kusmi Tea
274 tasting notes

From reading the ingredients I didn’t think I was going to like this tea. When I took a sip I got lemon, pepper and smokiness! Very interesting! Almost like smoked paprika with a hint of lemon. This is a much more savory tea than I am used to, but I’m really liking it!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Euphoria by Kusmi Tea
274 tasting notes

Huh! Interesting little sewn muslin for a tea bag! That is kind of charming. Holy smokes! The orange in this is like the bright fresh oil from the peel! The chocolate is in there somewhere, but this tea is all about the orange. The aftertaste is like I just had a sip of OJ. As it cools, the chocolate hides even more. The first cup was so flavorful that I didn’t need sweetener. Not sure if it would have helped the chocolate come out some more. I sweetened the second steeping, which is weaker, but still delicious. This tea is amazing and I would like to have more of it someday!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Cucumber Mint by Tea Forte
274 tasting notes

I want to like this. Cucumber and mint sound like an excellent combo, but what is coming through is chemical like. It smells a little like perfume and some of that comes through in the taste. It is flat, the flavors don’t seem to dance well, there is a walnut aftertaste and my skin doesn’t feel any smarter (advertised as a skin smart tea). I just can’t get over the gross. Mmmm, and dry mouth to top it off. Nice. : [

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drank Honey Yuzu by Tea Forte
274 tasting notes

Ehhhhhh…. Tastes a little of honey, I guess. Leaves my mouth dry. That is about it. Bummer.

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

I was not impressed at all with Tea Forte :/

Dustin

Yeah, I think I’m there with you. Drinking my 3rd sample from them and all have been on the gross side.

darby

It’s sad, I haven’t found one I like from them either!

CHAroma

I personally enjoyed their Black Currant and Chamomile Citron.

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Having this tea again and coming to the same conclusions as my first tasting note. The tea is nice enough, but kind of mellow and a little boring for the price tag. I do wish they had added something to make this tea spectacular like apricot, honey, cream, mango, chocolate… There is really a lot that pairs well with ginger, so why stop with just ginger?

I tried adding honey, but the honey from my yard was too flavorful and overpowered. Maybe store bought honey? I tried adding powdered goat milk (my go to for cream flavor) and sugar, which was good, but I think it was too much milk. I’m determined to find something to make this tea more exciting. The quest goes on!

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

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Whoa there is a lot of stuff in this tea! I’m surprised by the five minute steep time, too. I’m tasting mostly cherry in this cup. A little lemon grass in the beginning of the sip. This is interesting! And is that a strawberry aftertaste?! I bet this would be great cold brewed and iced!

Thanks for this sample VariaTEA!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Miz by Nina's Paris
274 tasting notes

Thanks for this sample VariaTEA!

The flavor in this tea is on the lighter side. I can taste cherries, but not an impressive amount. It is more of a dried cherry taste as apposed to fresh cherry. The base is nice enough, smooth and not overwhelming the flavor. It feels like it is lacking something to really pop. It’s good, but is getting an “eh”. I’m happy to have tried it though!

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

They can’t all be winners. Now you know for sure it is not for you and that is what counts :)

Dustin

Exactly! It would be a bummer if I found out after I bought a tin!

VariaTEA

For sure. That is the beauty of swaps. Try before you buy :)

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drank Mango Black Tea by Trader Joe's
274 tasting notes

Wow, I gave this a 41 last time I tried it?! It has been sitting in my cupboard for quite some time now. My husband has been wanting iced tea lately since it is heating up here in Texas, so I threw several bags in a pitcher with some water and sugar and put it in the fridge. This time it tastes exactly like the Paradise tea I was hoping it would be! Have my tastes changed? Had this tea aged well? Is the secret in the cold brew? Who knows! Once I added ice it was a little watered down, so I may toss in a few more tea bags. This tea has redeemed it’s self and just when I was about to give up and toss it to make room in my cupboard!

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.

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Austin, TX

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