431 Tasting Notes

drank Jasmin Mandarin by Lupicia
431 tasting notes

I think I brewed this a bit to strong because I’m getting quite a jasmine bite! I cold steeped it overnight and may not have added enough water. Waiting for some ice to melt and dilute it a little. I can smell a little mandarin in it right before I sip, then the jasmine takes over, then the mandarin comes back on the end a bit. Sweetening it a little and waiting for the ice to melt makes this a much nicer cup. The jasmine isn’t biting as much and I taste the mandarin much sooner in the sip, but there is a little bite on the end. It is really nice and might be a good alternative price wise to the Mariage Freres version of this, but it is missing something that MF has that knocks it up another level. Could be the intensity of the flavors isn’t there in the same way.

Preparation
Iced

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drank Grapefruit Green by Lupicia
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OMG, I hate this! It’s really no surprise since I hate the fruit too, but I figured I’d give it a try anyways since it came in the Lupicia newsletter. I cold steeped it after reading someone’s review, but it didn’t win me over even cold steeped. Maybe if it didn’t taste so much like grapefruit I’d like it, but it is pretty much what I was expecting after seeing the name. Maybe the hubby will like it…

Preparation
Iced
TeaBrat

send it to me.. :)

Cheri

Hey, you gave it a try.

Dustin

TeaBrat, it was just a tea bag sample that they send out in their news letter. If it was any more then I’d be looking for someone to pawn it off on for sure!

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drank Follow Me Tea by TWG Tea Company
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Cold brew is the way to go on this! I cold brewed the tea bag overnight with some sugar added in (a little too much sugar) and it is way better than it was hot. The pineapple flavor really comes out nicely, but there is still that dirt/ginseng flavor. Don’t think I’m a ginseng hater, I like it and it’s alkaline taste, but it is a little odd mixed in a fruity tea. It blends okay with the pineapple at the beginning of the sip, but the aftertaste is all ginseng and reminds me of when I was younger and would get the liquid ginseng shots from some of the Asian markets near where I worked. I loved the little bottles they came in. As I get closer to the bottom of this cup, the ginseng seems to fade or maybe my brain is just muting it out, but the pineapple is more prominent and that is nice. I like this a lot better now! I still don’t feel like it is something I’d pick out and buy, but I’m glad to have tried it.

Preparation
Iced

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Trying this again… I cold steeped it this time. It tastes okay at first, a little bit of almond, then a wave of bitterness mixed with a hint of orange washes over my tongue. I added cream which really tones down the bitterness, but it also masks a lot of the potential flavor. I’m not digging this one, sadly.

Preparation
Iced
Stephanie

bitter even cold steeped? well drat!

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This is really nice right now. It is chocolaty and minty. Could be a little stronger, but it’s nice with cream and sugar this evening. Not too much rooibos flavor, which I appreciate.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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First sip was a little green and bitter. I couldn’t make out the flavors at all. The subsequent sips are much better! I get the green base mixed with the strawberries first and then the mint comes in at the back and rides out the aftertaste. I don’t think I have ever had strawberries and mint, which is why this tea sounded so intriguing. Adding sugar really amps up the berry flavors! It is almost floral at the front of the sip, then I get sweet berries, then more floral and mint in the aftertaste. I must try this cold brewed and iced sometime! I bet the mint would perk up quite a bit! So far I like this!

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

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drank Follow Me Tea by TWG Tea Company
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I was sniffing this tea bag while waiting for the kettle to heat up and was trying to pin the familiar scent. Pineapple. It smells like pineapple candies I used to have when I was young. It still smells faintly of that once steeped and the pineapple comes out well in the flavor. I first get the pineapple flavor and when that trails off at the end of the sip, the ginseng creeps in and tastes a little like alkaline desert dirt, which is oddly nostalgic this time of year with the big burn in the desert coming up and all my friends who build the city posting that they are off to the playa already. Even so, it’s an odd aftertaste that I’m not exactly at peace with. Adding sugar perks up the pineapple, but also amplifies the ginseng, which isn’t what I was hoping for. Adding cream changes the whole thing again! Pineapple at the front of the sip is gone, but creeps in a little at the very end leaving just a suggestion of pineapple and the ginseng is really muted. I don’t get any berries in this like the description says. This tea is interesting, it makes me consider trying more pineapple teas in the future, but I certainly wouldn’t follow it to the check out lane and invite it home with me.

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

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drank Geisha Blossom by TWG Tea Company
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Summer fruits they say? Smells like peaches to me! It tastes very peachy, but there is something else in there too. The peach flavor reminds me of Lupicia’s Momoko, which is the first peach tea I have had that I like and tastes like real peaches. This tea is like that, but is a slightly less intense in both peach and cream. I’m having it without anything added and it is really nice. The green tea is hidden behind the peach and is pretty smooth. If I hadn’t tried Momoko, I’d be pretty ecstatic about this tea. As it is, Momoko is less expensive, easier to obtain and has a slightly better flavor. Even so, it’s still a great option if you are looking for a good peach tea!

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

where do you get your TWG teas?

Dustin

I ordered 12 off of urbantea.com. Canadian company with free shipping when you spend $100. They gave me 5 free samples and a personalized note. I was impressed! I also bought one at a recent trip to a Dean and Deluca, who also sells online. UT sells in bulk so I think the prices are better, but there are a few teas that D&D has that are exclusive.

TeaBrat

Interesting, thanks! They sure are pricey.

Dustin

I was surprised that they weren’t crazy expensive when I was looking at the loose tea 50g options. Most were around $10 which seems really reasonable after the sticker shock on the tins!

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drank Midnight Hour by TWG Tea Company
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This tasted a little tart when I first sipped it. I may have put too little water in it, but cream and sugar fixed it right up. I’m getting mostly fruit in this cup, but I can’t say what kind. I can’t really pick out the tea in there. The aftertaste is floral, smooth and nice.
It’s a nice tea, but it’s boring and doesn’t make the cut. I’m glad to have tried it tho! Yay for free samples with my Urban Tea Merchant order!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Nutmeg Cream by Butiki Teas
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I could melt away into this cup and never come back! I added a little soy creamer and sugar and it is making this cup quite dreamy. The cream really amplifies the creaminess that the tea already has. I can smell a little nutmeg in the cup and get a hint of it just before the tea reaches my mouth. The cream takes over at the start of the sip, riding on a nice solid base, then the nutmeg comes back out at the end. The aftertaste might be my favorite part where they nutmeg and cream hang out together. I need to slow down because I’m downing this cup way too fast. It’s really hitting the spot!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
rosebudmelissa

Mmm, sounds delicious. I love nutmeg flavors in chai.

Dustin

I don’t know that I have picked nutmeg out in chai before! I usually get all cardamon, clove and cinnamon. I’ll have to start paying more attention!

rosebudmelissa

Sometimes I make homemade chai, or add some extra spice to chai I’ve bought, so I’ve experimented with quite a few spices.

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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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